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Thurles Born Kerry Condon One Women On The Verge

The very lovely Thurles actress, Ms Kerry Condon, will be appearing on RTÉ2 this month; on Thursday, October 11th, at 10.30pm to be precise, in the highly anticipated TV comedy dubbed “Women on the Verge”.

Talented Actress Ms Kerry Condon.

“Women on the Verge” is set in Dublin, and tells the comical tale of three career-driven friends all in their 30’s, each at various stages of their chosen careers. Their friends and colleagues appear to be ever increasingly in full and total control of their daily lives, while these 3 aforementioned friends seem to be moving in quite the opposite direction. These same three friends referred, are played by Ms Kerry Condon (35); Ms Eileen Walsh(41) and Ms Nina Sosanya (48).

The blue eyed, Ms Condon stars as ‘Laura’, an investigative journalist who is at serious risk of ruining her career, following a ‘sleepover’ with none other than her boss. Ms Walsh, stars in the character of ‘Alison’, latter who is back with her old ex-boyfriend Martin yet again, trying for a baby, following her series of disastrous previous one-night stands, while Ms Sosanya, staring as Laura’s (Kerry Condon) friend ‘Katie’, persuades her to go for a series of psychotherapy sessions with a psychologist played by Ms Sharon Horgan.

The very talented and unassuming Miss Condon first shot to fame in “Angela’s Ashes” in 1999, following it up with a string of films including “Rat”; “How Harry Became a Tree”; “Ned Kelly”; “Intermission”; “The Halo Effect”; “Unleashed”; “The Last Station”; “The Runway”; “This Must Be the Place”; “The Shore”“Dom Hemingway”; “Gold”; “Avengers: Age of Ultron”; “Captain America: Civil War”“Spider-Man”: “Homecoming”; “Breaking Bad”; “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri”; “Avengers: Infinity War”; “Bad Samaritan”  and finally “Dreamland”, latter, an upcoming American drama thriller completed and set for full release sometime next year.

Ms Condon, since 1999 has also appeared in numerous TV series including:-  “Ballykissangel”; “Born and Bred”; “Rome”; “Anatomy of Hope”; “Five Days”; “Luck” “The Walking Dead”; “Believe”; 12 episodes being presently broadcast in Series 4 of “Better Call Saul” and “Brace for Impact”.

Ms Condon first developed her love for stage, as a schoolgirl in the late 1980’s performing here for local audiences in the Premier Hall Thurles, in the Thurles  John Player “Tops of the Town” performances; latter a cigarette-sponsored talent show, that surely rivalled nationally, today’s X Factor. Having honed her considerable talents both locally and nationally; today she performs, on an equal footing, rubbing shoulders alongside Hollywood greats like Colin Farrell, Tom Hanks, Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, Nick Nolte, Dustin Hoffman, to name but a few.

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Case Against Tipperary Hotel Settled Out Of Court

A High Court case which was expected to resume today, being heard by Mr Justice Kevin Cross, has been informed that the case had been settled out of court.  The settlement agreed has not been disclosed.

The case involved the throwing of a wedding bouquet in the Aherlow House Hotel, Aherlow, Co. Tipperary, some 6 years ago. A 53-year-old childcare worker, Ms Ann White, with an address at Highfield Grove, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, had sued the extremely popular wedding venue after she had allegedly slipped on rose petals lost from a bridal bouquet, which had been thrown two hours earlier by the then bride, during her wedding reception.

The bride flinging the bouquet over her head to all the single ladies is a sign of good fortune, only for the one who catches it.  Hundreds of years ago, it was thought to be very good luck to touch the bride. This often caused discomfort and an invasion of privacy to the bride.  In order therefore to deter guests, brides then began the practise of tossing their bouquet to distract people before making a break for it with her husband, to their bridal chamber. The groom would later open the door and toss out her garter, once the couple was inside.

People just wanted pieces of the bride’s accessories because she was married. So female guests were naturally thrilled to grab the flowers, and male guests her garter, since both items were believed to bring romantic luck for the future to those who gained their possession.

Ms White informed the High Court that at around 12.30am in the early morning the bride had thrown her bouquet of pink roses to an over enthusiastic crowd of some 20 single ladies. Ms White stated that while she was dancing later, she slid on one of the rose petals lost from this bouquet; leading to her falling on her back and hitting her head and arm on the floor. She claimed that hotel staff had failed to gather up and remove these petals at this 2012 wedding reception, thus creating this incident on the dance floor.

The Aherlow House Hotel had fully accepted the accident had taken place on their premises, but contested Ms White’s claim, stating that her ongoing pain was in fact due to an already pre-existing condition.

Ms White claimed she had been unable to work again due to an ongoing pain in her wrist.

Wedding Venues are, in future, likely to look closely at this century’s old tradition, with a view to a total ban on this practise taking place on the dance floor, into the future.

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Thurles Order of Malta – Anniversary Reunion Gala Dinner

Order of Malta Ambulance Corps Thurles are issuing an invitation to all of their former members to attend this year’s Anniversary Reunion Gala Dinner.

Mr Gerard Fogarty, (Deputy Officer in charge – Thurles Unit)  sends us the following report.

Celebrating 70 years, and 50 years of the Cadet Corps in Thurles, we are cordially inviting members, past members and friends to join our Gala Dinner Dance Reunion on Saturday 13th October, 2018 in the Anner Hotel, Dublin Road, Thurles.
Drinks Reception at 7.00 p.m., followed by a four-course meal and music by ‘Small Fish’ until late.

Guest of Honour for the evening will be the National Director of the Ambulance Corps, Commander John Wright K.M.

A special concession ‘Bed & Breakfast’  rate can be obtained from the Anner Hotel, by telephoning (0504) 21799.

Tickets are also available by telephoning: 087 2390 111, or by E-mail: thurles@orderofmalta.ie, or from the Order of Malta Ambulance Corps, Training Centre, situated at Boheravoroon, Thurles, Wednesday’s at 8.00 p.m.

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Féile Returns To Thurles, Co. Tipperary After 28 Years

Are You Ready To Rock?

Féile Classical will take place in Semple Stadium, Thurles this coming weekend. Bands performing will include ‘The Stunning’, ‘Hothouse Flowers’, ‘An Emotional Fish’, ‘Something Happens’, ‘The 4 of Us’, ‘The Frank & Walters’; all with special guests and all performing alongside the Irish Chamber Orchestra. This festival will be fully seated and complete with organised food stalls and bar facilities.

From tomorrow, this two day event [Friday and Saturday, 21st and 22nd September 2018], Semple Stadium and Thurles town here in Co. Tipperary, (after 28 years), are happy to make welcome once again 10,000 expected attending guests.

All traffic travelling to this event will be directed along designated routes thus ensuring that all persons arrive at a chosen car park designated for that particular route. Each route will be colour coded and will coincide with the car parks in that area.

Access Routes:
There will be 3 primary vehicle access routes to this event, which will be colour coded as follows:
Red – Vehicles approaching from East/South.
Blue – Vehicles approaching from North/West.
Purple – Local vehicular traffic via R660.

Emergency Routes:
Emergency routes will be maintained for all emergency services. They will be designated as a Yellow route.

Signage:
All routes, both to and from the concert venue, together with car parks will be clearly signposted. The organisers in conjunction with An Garda Siochána will ensure adequate signage is put in place the day before this event; same to help ease traffic flow, thus providing full information to all patrons attending and leaving this event.

Security:
Patrons are please asked to park in supervised car parks and remember to secure and lock all vehicles, leaving no possessions or other valuables on display.

NB: Ploughing Championship Traffic:
All patrons should note that the newly extended National Ploughing Championships are also taking place in Tullamore on tomorrow Friday the 21st of September 2018 and therefore extra traffic can be expected, returning through Thurles town at the same time as concert goers are arriving. Therefore it is advisable to allow extra time for your journey to Féile Classical.

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More Children Than Ever Sign Up Free To “Summer Stars”

Ms Breda O’Shea, (Tipperary Library Headquarters, Castle Avenue, Thurles, Co. Tipperary) reports:-

“Summer Stars” has been rolled out again this year to all County Libraries nationwide. Interest in this exciting reading-based programme has escalated since the beginning of July in Tipperary Libraries, with more children than ever signing up.

It has been proven that children who visit their local Library regularly, develop stronger literacy and numeracy skills, alongside a positive attitude towards reading for pleasure and knowledge building.

As Dr Seuss so perfectly put it, “The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go”.  Reading is a powerful motivational developmental tool. Parents who introduce and encourage their young children to read are giving them a huge gift for life.  Numerous studies show strong links between reading and a child’s emotional development, imagination, creativity, social skills and overall well-being.

If you have not already registered your child for “Summer Stars”, simply drop into your local Library today and collect your Summer Stars Reading Card to record and track reading progress.  It’s never too late to join up!  Registration will be accepted right up to the last week in August. Rewards and incentives will continue throughout the summer with a presentation of certificates in early September for all participants who return their cards to their local library.

Don’t forget to check out the Summer Stars website HERE to participate in the online games and activities as well as sampling a range of animated e-books.  Keep an eye on our library website HERE, for up and coming Summer Star events at your local Library.

Note: “Summer Stars” is a free programme and events are also free.

Nenagh Library for example will entertain your 5-8-year olds with Arts n’ Crafts sessions on Wednesday mornings at 11.15am and with Storytime on Thursday mornings at 11.15am throughout the Summer months.

Borrisokane Library are hosting Rico’s Magic show and Balloon Modelling on Thursday 9th August at 3.00pm.  Booking is essential.

Cashel Library has a Teddy Bears Picnic Storytime on Wednesday 25th July at 3.00pm, and again booking is also essential.

This is just a sample of what is on offer in Tipperary Libraries this summer.

Well done to everybody who has signed up to Summer Stars. Keep up the excellent work and tell all your friends; so that they get to join in the fun too.

Finally, well done also to our excellent Library Staff, who as usual are working tremendously hard to provide a top-class service to everybody in our communities.

Library Membership is free to all ages.

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