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46th Intl. Miss Macra Festival Aug Bank Holiday Thurles

International Miss Macra Secretary Ms Edel Ni Riain reports.

“Clonoulty-Rossmore Macra na Feirme are once again delighted to confirm that this year’s International Miss Macra Festival will take place over the 2017 August Bank Holiday weekend, from Friday August 4th to Sunday August 6th, inclusive, here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

This will be the Festival’s 46th year and is an exceptional representation of what just one farming organisation can achieve through hard work, determination and the full support of its local community.

This year will once again see young ladies travelling from all over Ireland and abroad, in the hope of following in the footsteps of last year’s winner, Miss Sinead Guiney from Avondhu Macra Club, Co. Cork, crowned last year ‘International Miss Macra 2016.

The festival will kick off on Friday night, August 4th, with a charity night in Coffey’s of Stouke, Rossmore, Cashel, Co. Tipperary.

On Saturday night August 5th, you can join us for our Cabaret in The Dome, Semple Stadium, Thurles, while on Sunday night, August 6th, our annual Banquet takes place in the Four Star, Anner Hotel, Thurles, followed by the crowning of the winning 2017 International Miss Macra winner.”

“Looking forward to welcoming you all.”


Farmer Dies In Tragic Tipperary Workplace Accident

It is with great sadness we report the death today, Friday 5th May, of popular local farmer and father of All-Ireland winning hurler, Mr David Kennedy.

Mr Tom Kennedy, aged 74, a resident of Clogheraily, Loughmore, Templemore , Thurles, tragically died following an accident, while he was employed on his outside farm in the Ballycahill area, close to Holycross, at midday today.

The Gardaí­ together with the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) have now launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr Kennedy’s death.

While the facts are not fully confirmed; it is understood that Mr Kennedy while involved in minor land reclamation, using his tractor and trailer, may have allowed his tractor to roll backwards while he was standing behind it, causing the fatal injury.

Following attention by emergency services at the accident scene, Mr Kennedy was pronounced dead and his body was removed to University Hospital Limerick, for a post-mortem examination.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.


Male Receives Serious Burns In Tipperary Accident

A man has been airlifted to Cork University Hospital, having sustained serious burns to his body at a major dairy produce providers, in north Tipperary last night.

The accident is understood to have occurred at around 8.30pm at the well known Arrabawn Co-Op Creamery in Nenagh. Latter complex, which is also the headquarters of the Arrabawn Group, encompasses a food ingredients division; an agribusiness division and a dairy division, providing dairy produce to the successful brand ‘Kerrygold’.

The injured victim, who is understood to have been in the creamery complex at the time, was removed by ambulance to the Thomas MacDonagh GAA park in the town, before being met by a Shannon based Coast Guard Rescue helicopter.  The seriously injured victim was then transported to Cork University Hospital just before 9.15pm.

A Health and Safety Authority investigation into the cause of the accident is expected to get under-way today.


Dept Of Agriculture Lift Bird Flu Restrictions

Health chiefs at the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine have lifted confinement restrictions relating to the H5N8 bird flu. They confirm it is no longer a legal requirement to confine poultry and other birds under the emergency measures against the dreaded avian influenza threat.

This threat saw not just farmyard poultry, but also birds at Dublin Zoo removed from public view, e.g. flamingos, penguins, and ostriches.

The initial curfew was imposed following confirmation of the H5N8 strain of bird flu in a wild duck, found in Co. Wexford late last year and also in a migrating Whooper Swan, found near the village of Borrisokane, Co. Tipperary, in January 2017.

But the Department said today it has decided to lift the confinement because there has been no further cases of bird flu confirmed in wild birds for the last eight weeks. This decision is further based on other factors, including rising temperatures and the now reduction of migratory birds.

A Department of Agriculture spokesman has confirmed that bird owners can now allow their poultry access to open areas, but should continue to remain vigilant, monitoring their birds for any signs of disease which in theory could still be transmitted to their flock by wild birds. In particular, over the coming weeks, birds should still be fed indoors or under cover where at all feasible.

Producers of previously branded free range chickens and eggs; which had been barred from using the “free range”  logo; can return, as and from next Tuesday onwards, to again use their previous branding, for all eggs produced and all poultry slaughtered.


Black Friday Weekend At Thurles Centenary Co-Op

thurles-centenaryBlack Friday Weekend begins at Thurles Centenary Co-Op today (Friday 25th- Sat 26th November 2016), with massive saving to all consumers.

Call and check out Centenary Home & Garden at Templemore Rd. Thurles today and tomorrow.

Coal 40kg Premium bag €15.00 – a saving of €2.25 per bag.

Bord na Móna Briquettes – normally €3.85 per bale (Cheapest price currently in Thurles) are now even further reduced in price to just €3.50 per bale.

Broxo Water Softening Salt – normally €7.25 per bag – this weekend 5 x 1 bags for just €30.00.

Dog FoodsGain and Star Brands  – normally €18.70 per bag and €16.95 per bag – this weekend €32.00 and €28.00 respectively, per 2 x 1 bags purchased.

There are huge reductions also on Household Paint and special offers on other DIY Goods including Stanley, Bacho and Tata branded hand tools.

The Black Friday Sale will continue into Saturday only, to ensure that those unable to take advantage, due to work or other commitments, are given an opportunity to take full advantage of the huge discounts on offer.