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Aherlow House Hotel Has New Owner

AherlowIt has been confirmed today that the Aherlow House Hotel, Aherlow, Co. Tipperary, which closed rather abruptly on February 9th 2016, will soon reopen to guests and their patrons on the 3rd March 2016, after the property was sold to a Dublin based hotel operator.

This news now means jobs have been secured as a result of this sale and also ensures the availability of this excellent venue to future wedding couples and other events, which had previously booked ahead into 2016, 2017 and 2018.

It is understood that up to 40 couples had secured their future wedding bookings at this venue and were being forced, following the closure, to seek alternative hotel arrangements, without any guarantee regarding large deposits previously paid in advance while securing upcoming events.

It is understood that Mr Adrian Shanagher, an experienced hotel operator, based in Dublin, has now purchased the popular venue and is anxious to honour all future weddings that were booked with the previous tenant company. He has confirmed that he will offer couples full credit against their future wedding costs in Aherlow House Hotel.

The new purchaser is also expected to begin immediately to refurbishment and upgrade this newly acquired property, with a view to reopening for business on the 3rd March 2016.


Thurles Enterprise Town Expo Set For March

Do you wish to highlight what your business can offer to customers?
Do you feel the need to inform those in the community, precisely what your organisation is attempting to achieve?

If so, then the upcoming Thurles Enterprise Town Expo could be just the thing for you.


Thurles Branch of Bank of Ireland, through their Manager Patricia Ryan, is facilitating an initiative which will see a major expo based on the three pillars – Business, Community and Schools – of our local community, with same taking place on Friday and Saturday March 11th and 12th in St Patrick’s College, here in Thurles.

Following a very successful and well attended launch at the B.O.I. branch in liberty Square on Thursday evening last, full community participation is anticipated in a drive to portray Thurles as the Enterprise Town.

A special organising committee has been established for the event and a fun run/walk will also be part of the activities which will see clubs, organisations, societies and community associations, rubbing shoulders with the many superb businesses operating in Thurles; together with the schools/colleges; to showcase their overall activities. This promises to be a very unique event for the premier town.

Patricia Ryan told those in attendance last week; “We are privileged to be able to introduce the Enterprise Town concept to Thurles. Everyone will have a chance to showcase everything they wish and having witnessed it first hand in Callan, County Kilkenny where I live, I can vouch for the success of the programme and the benefits to be accrued.”

As part of this initiative Thurles Vintage Club will also hold a Tractor Run on the 13th March, thereby making the event in reality more of a three day occasion. The chosen charities for the Enterprise Town are Suir Haven and North Tipperary Hospice with the funds being raised through registration for the Tractor Run, and also for the Fun Walk/Run on the Saturday morning. Entry, for participants and visitors to the Expo in St Patrick’s College is free of charge to both exhibitors and visitors, but exhibitors must book in advance in order to be allocated exhibition space.

Thurles Chamber of Commerce elected President, Mr John Butler backed whole heartedly the initiative and commended Bank of Ireland for putting Thurles forward as an Enterprise Town. “Here is”, he stated, “a great opportunities to promote Thurles and what it has to offer from a business, community and enterprise perspective”.

Exhibitors will be allocated space in the chosen venue on Friday afternoon – the event takes place from 4:00pm7:00pm on Friday and from 11:00am2:00pm on Saturday. Bank of Ireland will match the funds raised for both charities up to a maximum of €1,000.  There will also be a schools element to the initiative with opportunities to view school exhibits in the afternoon – the students of today are the business people of tomorrow after all.

Josette Hartnett, a native of Thurles, who has worked on a number of Enterprise Town programmes, said she was thrilled to have it in her native town and outlined the benefits which can accrue from it. She encouraged all Businesses, Enterprises, Clubs, Societies and Organisations to get involved and stated that participation in the event will help to open up those participating to a much wider audience.

A keynote speaker at this event will be announced very soon and the hard working committee are putting the preparations in place to ensure that everything runs smoothly over the course of the two day event.

Remember: If you are interested in participating, you must register with Bank of Ireland immediately. “This can be a major success for Thurles and I encourage everyone to get involved,” stated B.O.I. Branch Manager Patricia Ryan.


Thurles Credit Union – Feb 2016 Cash Draw Winners

credit unionThe 1st prize winner of €10,000 in the Thurles Credit Union (TCU) Members’ Cash Draw for February 2016, was M/s Rona Sorrell, Gortataggart, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Congratulations also to three other lucky TCU Members; M/s Kathleen Joyce, The Islands, Urlingford, Co. Kilkenny; M/s Phyllis Fitzpatrick, Glenbane, Holycross, Thurles, Co. Tipperary; Margaret M. Ryan, Thurles Road, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co.Tipperary, each of whom also received €1,000 in this monthly computer generated draw.

Note: Members can still join the TCU Members Monthly Cash Draw by simply completing an application form in any of 3 associated Thurles Credit Union offices.


Aherlow House Hotel Tipperary Closed With Job Loses

AherlowAuburn Hotels (Aherlow) Limited, Aherlow, Co. Tipperary has announced, with great regret, that it has been obliged to cease trading as Aherlow House Hotel, with effect from the 9th February 2016.

The scenic hotel has surrendered possession of the hotel premises to the Receiver of Aherlow House Hotel Ltd, Mr Costelloe of Messrs Grant Thornton’s, Limerick office, with immediate effect.

Auburn Hotels (Aherlow) Limited had been in negotiations with the receiver of the hotel over an extended period with regard to the future of the property and in the expectation that it could remain operating the premises, having envisaged that bookings could be taken for functions for dates into the future.

It is now understood that the receiver intends to place the hotel for sale on the open market and that the present lease granted will not be renewed or extended; leaving the company with no option but to cease trading with immediate effect.

Some 25 employment contracts held by the hotels staff have been now terminated and the hotel will not itself be in a position to carry through bookings already confirmed. The hotel is understood to have in excess of 40 weddings and other functions confirmed for the year ahead, but say it will not be in a position to meet future commitments. However the Receiver has requested full particulars of all bookings for weddings and functions to be furnished to them, together with full particulars of all staff currently employed. Same information will be passed on to all / any interested future purchasers.
Dundrum Hse Functions booked to take place in the immediate future at Aherlow House Hotel have now been accommodated at other venues including Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Cahir and at the Clonmel Park Hotel, some 25km to 43km distance from the Aherlow venue.

Dundrum House Hotel

Fears are also growing for the immediate future of the wonderful Dundrum House Hotel, in Dundrum Co. Tipperary, situated some 28km from Aherlow House, where 110 employees have been given notice that their place of employment may also close within a month unless a new buyer can be located.

The loss of both superb Tipperary hotel venues are seen as a massive economic blow to the over all future of tourism in Co. Tipperary, particularly through attendance at numerous visitor centres, museums and the wider county’s rural economy.

Such job losses are not expected to feature on any Irish TV channels, unlike the loss of 140 jobs in Cleary’s department store in O’Connell Street, Dublin. Tipperary after all is only a jobless region somewhere in a long forgotten ‘Rural Ireland’.


Broken Promises Lead To Rural Tipperary’s Destruction

Some €150 million is being spent to redevelop the historic 1916 Boland’s Mill site in Dublin’s docklands, including the construction of a 15-storey apartment block, by Dublin City Council.

Buildings at No.14 to No.17 inclusive at Moore Street, Dublin have been purchased since 2015 from Nama, by Fine Gael Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys. Possibly three of these buildings were in ruins prior to the 1916 Easter Rising and therefore, despite Sinn Féin’s revenge protestations, are of no real historic significant.  Admittedly around three hundred Irish Volunteers and members of Cumann na mBan did use the cover of these derelict buildings to escape from the GPO after it caught fire, following a bombardment by British artillery; breaking in and tunnelled their way through gable walls. The fourth house No.16 is important, since it became Volunteer headquarters and the place from which it was decided to finally surrender on April 29th, 1916.

An extra €2 million in 2015, we are informed, was transferred from Arts to secure funding for the wages of staff operating free tourist admissions to National Cultural Institutions which included the National Museum of Ireland, the Natural History museum on Dublin’s Merrion Street, Archaeology on Kildare Street and the National Library of Ireland.

We are informed that a capital provision of €22 million was allocated in 2015 to a number of flagship projects, including the development of a permanent exhibition space and interpretative centre at the GPO in O’Connell Street; the renovation of Kilmainham Courthouse in Dublin to enhance the visitor experience at Kilmainham Gaol; the provision of a permanent visitor facility at Cathal Brugha Barracks for the Military Service Pensions Archive; renovation works at Richmond Barracks; the development of a Tenement Museum in Dublin; and the restoration of the Kevin Barry rooms in the National Concert Hall.

Forgetting the €150 million spend on the historic 1916 Boland’s Mill site, some €28 million, at least, has now been set aside for 1916 projects; all of which has one theme in common – DUBLIN.

KellyiToday the Tipperary Kelly / Coonan Circus rolled into Thurles, led by their Ringmaster the Minister for Property Tax, Water and higher Bin Charges, Mr Alan Kelly. You know the guy I mean; in April 2010, as an Irish MEP he had his Twitter account supposedly “compromised” and God forbid, if the little ‘divils’ didn’t write; “just got stopped by a pikey, scuse me sir, ya haven’t seen a black mare and white pony go by ave ya??? err no sorry”.  The word ‘Pikey’ here in “Éire of the Welcomes” is rightly considered a derogatory insulting racist reference, directed at members of our Travelling Community. (It was on the back of this insulting Tweet that no doubt gave justification to Labour’s Joan Burton to raise Kelly’s political stature to the post of “Minister for the Homeless”.)

The other partner of this Circus, Fine Gael’s Minister for Nothing or Other, Mr Noel Coonan also arrived into Thurles today; no doubt to familiarise himself after five years with the Thurles layout. After all when you get a few extra Saturday shoppers walking the town one thinks in the words of our Saviour Jesus Christ “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

The late session with the Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Templemore last night must have kept the junior Minister for Something or Other, Mr Tom Hayes running late; no sign of him.

Anyway, I digress; sure feck-it, unable to afford the price of a parking space in Liberty Square, didn’t I miss both or all of these fine publicly elected representatives.

Question: Why bother, I hear our readers say?
Answer: I suppose Firstly I wanted to sincerely thank all three for staying up in Dáil Éireann to vote, thus supporting their ‘Party Whips’ wishes; that they should support the largest majority government in the history of this State, instead of being down here in their constituencies of Co. Tipperary spreading “The Recovery.” Well done boys; as FG MEP Phil Hogan would have said “That’s real patriotism being expressed lads.”
Secondly: I wanted to thank them both for creating 135,000 jobs since 2012, and to explain that I understand perfectly, unlike other ungrateful bastards, why all three of these boyo’s failed miserably to find even one job, over the last 5 years in Tipperary, until 6 weeks before the forthcoming 2016 General Election.
Thirdly: Boys, what happened, on your watch, to ‘The Bolton Library’ down the road in Cashel?

Question: What the hell is ‘The Bolton Library’ I hear you say?’
Answer: Read on and be enlightened!

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