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Horse & Jockey Concert In Aid Of Thurles Order Of Malta

Horse and Jockey Singers support Thurles Order of Malta

No break for the Horse and Jockey Singers – Having presented their highly successful and widely acclaimed Tipperary Echoes of 1916, they are now putting the final touches to their Summer Variety Concert.

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The full cast of Horse & Jockey Singers, pictured here during rehearsals for their previous sell-out concert; “Tipperary Echoes of 1916”.

The concert will be staged in the ‘Derrynaflan Theatre’ at the Horse and Jockey Hotel on Friday June 3rd next.

This year’s concert proceeds will go to support the work of Thurles Order of Malta. The Order of Malta is a major provider of first-aid training, ambulance transport, community and elderly care services. Locally, the Thurles Order of Malta is well organised and highly motivated. Members are a regular presence at major games at Semple Stadium and other sporting and community occasions.

Indeed the opening, back in 2014, of their new state-of-the-art Unit Headquarters and Training Centre at Bohervaroon, Thurles, truly signified the vibrancy of the Order, locally.

A great night’s entertainment is guaranteed with many local performers featured, including:- The Doran Family, Michael Molumby, Derrynaflan Male Voice Choir, Comhaltas Cashel, Horse and Jockey Singers, John O’Sullivan, Lorraine Treacy, Jockey Quartet, Margaret Kennedy, Noel Joyce and the Two-Mile-Borris Set Dancers.

The concert starts at 8.00 pm and tickets costing €15 are available from the hotel reception or from Connie O’Keeffe Tel: 087-6667988. Please do book early to avoid disappointment.

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Bealtaine Festival Thurles May 2016

Bealtaine Festival Thurles May 25th 2016.

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In conjunction with the Tipperary Bealtaine Festival, ‘The Club for Dancing‘ are holding a free mid morning dance for those who want to learn a few basic steps of social dancing (and for those who can dance and would like to help out) e.g. The Slosh, Military Two Step, Waltz, Quickstep etc.

Anyone over the age of 18 years is invited.

The dance will be in ‘The Gallery Space’ of The Source/Library in Thurles on Wednesday the 25th of May from 11.15am to 1.00pm.

Admission is free. Dancing to the CDs of Peter Bourke, Dermot Lyons, Patrick O’Sullivan, Dave Rae, Johnny Barrett, Finbarr Dennehy etc. etc. etc.

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‘Vintage & Classic Car Show’ Thurles – Sun Next May 8th

Thurles Lions Club 1st Annual Vintage and Classic Car Show Moves To St. Patrick’s College

Lions-ClubNext Sunday’s event will be the first year that Thurles Lions Club will host a ‘Vintage and Classic Car Show’, with the intention of developing the event into an annual festive date in the town; attracting visitors into the area, while also raising funds for many needy causes.

Thurles Lions Club in association with Supermacs, (Thurles) are being supported by the Clonoulty-Rossmore Vintage Club, Clonmel Transport Museum, North Tipp Vintage Club and the Thurles War Museum, in hosting this event.

Please Note Change To Originally Advertised Location.
The Thurles Lions Club Vintage and Classic Car Show is now being held in St Patrick’s College Thurles and NOT Thurles Greyhound Stadium, as was previously advertised, due to match traffic congestion expected around Semple Stadium and in the interests of health & safety.

Organising Committee & Sub-Committee
The organising committee of this event is composed of Thurles Lions Club members together with volunteer experts, who each bring a specialised knowledge and experience to this event.

A Sub-Committee of approximately 60 extra volunteers will be offering support on the day which will include allocated Thurles Lions Club members, the Thurles-Syrian Community, Phoenix Productions and Clonoulty-Rossmore Vintage Club.

Opening Hours
The show will be open to visitors from 12:00 noon to 5.00pm. Exhibitors will however have access from 8.30am sharp on the morning of the show until 7.00pm that evening, to facilitate the setting up, dismantling and eventual removal of exhibits.

A Day Out for all the Family
Lions Clubs International is based solely on volunteer-ism, with 100% of funds, raised on the day, going directly to the cause for which it is intended.
Admission for adults will be €5.00 per adult, with admission for children under 12 totally free. [Note: Exhibitors of extra vintage and classic cars who turn up will also be granted free admission.]

Of course the main attraction of this show will be the selection of vintage and classic cars that will attend and Thurles Lions Club can, to date, confirm the presence of some 70 cars being in attendance, including the genuine 1916 Ford Model T, once belonging to Larry Kiernan, brother of Kitty Kiernan and used often by both Kitty and Michael Collins. Many other cars are also expected to show up on the day, with between 100 and 150 cars expected to be in attendance at any one time. The Irish Defence Forces will also have on exhibition a rarely seen 19141 Ford Armoured Car. Local motorcycle clubs have also been invited to attend and it is expected that some 20 bikes will also go on display.

The Purpose Of This Exciting Event
The refugee crisis, created by the Middle East war; Syria in particular, has created an enormous humanitarian aid problem. Since the outbreak of civil war in Syria in 2011, over 250,000 people have lost their lives and almost half the population of 20 million have been forced into exile from their homes, their villages and cities, turning into the largest body of refugees on the edge of Europe since World War II. Approximately 5 million, half of them children, are in camps, in appalling conditions, in Jordan, the Lebanon and Turkey and they desperately need humanitarian aid.

The Lions organisation in Ireland has been, over the past number of months, communicating with other Lions Clubs across Europe, evaluating essential needs and endeavouring to find supportive solutions to this desperate humanitarian crisis. In particular, the Irish Lions organisation has been in contact with the Scandinavian Lions organisation, who are operating on the ground in Lebanon and are planning to site a ‘Care Centre’ serving several Refugee Camps there, with basic Health and Education facilities. Funds raised from this year’s ‘Thurles Lions Club Vintage and Classic Car Show’ will go, 100%, directly this cause.

Special Attractions At this Event
As already stated: Numerous restored vintage and classic cars, motorcycles and tractors; Auto-Jumblers (Vintage Car Accessory Parts) from all over the country, including Northern Ireland; Artists Fare – More than 15 local artist exhibitions; Artisan Foods; Bouncy Castle (9m x 4m); An Inflatable Obstacle Course (9m x 4m); Carousel Roundabout for Children; “Hook a Duck”; Fun Train Rides around the wonderful grounds of St. Patrick’s College; Face Painting; “Wanderly Wagon”; Fortune Teller; “Mo Chara” Dog Show; An 1916 Exhibition; A Taste of Syria” – Syrian coffee and cakes; Vintage Fairground Organ; Photo Booth; and finally a chance to meet and greet this years very lovely 2016 Tipperary Entrant in the Rose of Tralee – Miss Fiona O’Sullivan, to top it all off.

Monster Raffle
A monster raffle with magnificent sponsored prizes will also be held with single tickets costing just €2 each or 3 tickets for €5 can be purchased at this event .

1st Prize: Samsung “48in” 4K TV valued at €800 (Sponsored by Ronayne Hardware, Thurles)
2nd Prize: A set of 4 Tyres to the value of €400 (Sponsored by Lyons Tyre Services)
3rd Prize: Travel Voucher to the value of €200 (Sponsored by Bowe Travel, Thurles)
4th Prize: Car Valeting Voucher to the value of €70 (Sponsored by Denis Kinane Motors, Thurles)
5th Prize: Steering Tracking Voucher (Sponsored by Martin Shanahan Tyres, Thurles)
6th Prize: Voucher (Sponsored by Seamus Hayes Motors, Ballagh)
7th Prize: Cash Voucher (Sponsored by M.J. Bowe, Thurles)
8th Prize: Meal Voucher (Sponsored by Ryan’s Daughter, Thurles)
9th Prize: Private Tour for 8 of Connacht Whiskey Distilliary (Sponsored by Connacht Whiskey, Ballina, Co. Mayo)
10th Prize: Goody Bag (Sponsored by Good Year Tyres )

For more information on this event, see Thurles Lions Club’s Facebook.

Welcome To Lions Clubs International

Lions Clubs International is a non-political, non-religious voluntary organisation that empowers and encourages its volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding. There are approximately 1.4m members in over 47,000 clubs throughout the world. In Ireland there are approximately 2,500 members in 111 clubs throughout the island of Ireland.

Thurles Lions Club was founded in 1964. Membership of Thurles Lions Club are a diverse mix from the local community. A club of men and women ranging in age from their 20’s to their 80’s with a mix of experience, nationalities and backgrounds. The objective of the Club is not for personal gain, but to serve the community in an enjoyable, co-operative way. Over the past 50 years Thurles has provided much community, national and international aid. Each year, in addition to providing many services to the local community, Thurles Lions Club raises between €30,000 and €40,000 towards local, national and international charitable causes.

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Successful Ageing In Thurles To Run Tea Dance

Thurles Community Garda Officer Mr Chris Verling, reports:-

positive-ageing-week-poster-2015Beltaine or Beltane, the Anglicised name for the Gaelic Festival of Bealtaine (Irish for the month of May), takes place this month; marking the halfway period between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice.

To celebrate ‘Bealtaine’, while simultaneously helping elderly people to achieve their optimum physical, cognitive and mental health, as well as maximising their engagement in life; on Wednesday next, May 4th 2016 a “Tea Dance” will take place at an event run and organized by the local charity “Successful Ageing Thurles”.

This “Bealtaine Tea Dance” will take place at the Anner Hotel, Dublin Road, Thurles, from 2.00pm5.00pm and all elderly people in our community, wishing to attend, are being asked to please R.S.V.P. Thurles Library Tel: (0504) – 29720 or Mr Michael Wright Mobile Tel: (083) 3581304(R.S.V.P required solely to ensure there is tea and a biscuit for everyone.)

Note: Admission to all elderly members within our community is totally free, including the music and light refreshments being provided during the course of this most enjoyable of annual Thurles events.

So all you young people out there, inform and check with your elderly parents, elderly friends, relatives not forgetting elderly neighbours. Help to assist them in sending their R.S.V.P.’s; latter indicating their intention to attend, shake that leg, meet, greet, laugh, chat or limply listen to the music, while sharing in this most pleasurable of ‘Bealtaine Festival’ afternoon events.

Remember Wednesday next, May 4th 2016.

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Plans Revealed For St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2016

The Thurles St. Patrick’s Day Committee launched plans recently for the Thurles parade, which will take place on March 17th in Liberty Square at 4:00pm. We understand that in attendance at the launch were the main sponsor of this annual event Mr Michael Carew (Michael’s Jewellers), Westgate, Thurles; together with Mr John Tarpey (Manager Thurles Supermacs). An appeal also was issued for more voluntary stewards to participate on the day and same have been asked to contact the Chief Steward Mr Pat Carey at Tel: 0872797757, confirming their availability.

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This year’s parade, which starts from LIDL carpark in Abbey Road Thurles at 3.45pm, will feature musical entertainment in two areas; Liberty Square, starting at 2:00pm and provided by provided by the ‘Jim O’ The Mills Traditional Irish Group’; while in the new Thurles Town Park Bandstand the Thurles Silver Band will give further renditions of well known Irish musical favourites.

Parade Entries
Places in this year’s parade are still available for those wishing to enter and same will remain open up until the final day of the event. The Committee are also requesting that all Parade Entrants have clearly visible identification displayed, thus indicating their group to reviewers and onlookers alike. It is advised that a short written account of each participating groups activities be provided to committee members on the reviewing stand, prior to the start of this event.

A special prize of a 1ft high, Bronze Statue of Michael Collins in uniform, will be on offer to the ‘Best 1916 Commemorative Float’; same kindly donated by Michael’s Jewellers, Westgate, Thurles.

Reptile Zoo
A reptile zoo will also be on display on the east side of Liberty Square again this year and visitors will be permitted to “get up close and personal” with at least some of the unusual tetrapod animals, expected to be on display.

Other attractions are understood to include a Climbing Wall; an exhibition of Vintage Vehicles and a Miniature Train for use by children and accompanying adults.

Best Dressed Shop Window
Thurles St. Patrick’s Day Committee are inviting all shops to take part in the ‘Best Dressed Shop Window Display’ for 2016, which will incorporate added prizes for the ‘Best Dressed Window Runner-Up’; ‘Best Dressed Window”; ‘Best Traditional Window; and ‘Best Traditional Window Runner-Up’. The winners of the Best Dressed Windows will be announced on the 17th March at the parade, together with the winners of all the best entries in the 2016 parade.  Note: This year awards ceremony to be held in The Source on the 21st March at 7.30pm for the winners in all of the categories.

Thurles St.Patrick’s Day Committee would like to thank and gratefully acknowledge the continued support of their sponsors, without whose help they would be unable to stage St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2016.

So do join in the celebrations and help make St. Patrick’s Day 2016, here in Thurles, a special occasion to remember.

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