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Community Tourism Diaspora Initiative Grants

tippThose involved in event planning in Co. Tipperary are urged to apply for Community Tourism Grants. The application process for 2016 funding remains opens for community tourism initiatives for the diaspora.

Applications for funding are being sought under the Community Tourism Initiative for the Diaspora. The initiative first launched in 2014, builds on the community involvement legacy of ‘The Gathering 2013’ and remains a joint partnership between Tipperary County Council, IPB Insurance and Fáilte Ireland.

Now in its third year, the scheme provides a national fund of €1m to support local community-based events and festivals each year. Last year, some 23 local events were supported in Tipperary, attracting up to 1120 visitors from overseas.

Administered locally by Tipperary County Council, the application process for 2016 currently remains open, but will close on the 11th of March 2016. Interested parties are therefore advised to contact M/s Áine Mc Carthy by emailing tourism@tipperarycoco.ie to apply. The application form is available to download HERE

Local authorities throughout the country are now accepting applications in order to determine those local events with the best potential to have the impact and long-term potential to make a difference. The initiative is being administered at local level with the grant applications and awards being decided in accordance with agreed national criteria.


Thurles Enterprise Town Initiative Updated

Tipperary senior hurling centre-forward Noel McGrath to start ‘Fun Family Walk’ in aid of Suir Haven from St Patrick’s College during the ‘Thurles Enterprise Town’ event on Sat 12th March 2016.

Registrations continue to pour in this week for the ‘Thurles Enterprise Town‘ initiative which runs in St Patrick’s College on Friday & Saturday 11th & 12th of March with Schools, Colleges, Clubs, Organisations and Societies joining together with businesses of all kinds, to help make the event one of the biggest in the country.


Tipperary Senior Hurler Noel McGrath

Facilitated by Bank of Ireland, Liberty Square; Thurles will be the 1st Enterprise Town in Co. Tipperary and plans are now well advanced to ensure that the venue will be jam-packed with entrants and visitors of all ages, as well as some high profile guest speakers, debaters and interviewers.

The event kicks off on Friday evening 11th March at 4:00pm with the Schools and Colleges of the town having a major input alongside numerous Business enterprises. Young and old will mix and mingle throughout the college – a centre of education for centuries – and the hope is that businesses will learn from each other and derive inspiration from the interaction.

It will be a unique opportunity to showcase the many businesses, industries, commercial entities, agri, food, motor, and many more sectors. A celebrity ‘Key Speaker’ will attend the event and there will also be a panel of successful Tipperary Business people, details of which will be announced next week.

The event on Saturday 12th will be built around a whole series of activities starting with a ‘Fun Family Walk’ from St Patrick’s College at 10:00am. Tipperary senior hurler Noel McGrath has kindly agreed to be involved and will blow the starting whistle for the scheduled walk to kick start the day ahead. All can register for this walk on Sat morning (€10 per family) and full proceeds will go to Suir Haven. The ‘Official Opening’ will take place at 11:00am sharp allowing those attending to enjoy the many stands featuring Agri Businesses, Clubs/Organisations,  Kiddy Activities and multiple opportunities for everyone involved to network, sell, recruit etc. And yes, it is all free of charge.

Note: There are no entry fees; no enrolment fees; no hidden costs; but major promotional benefits to be gained by generating interest amongst visitors and exhibitors.

Aoife Hearne (Dietician of ‘Operation Transformation’ fame) will be on hand to deliver a presentation on ‘Nutrition’, which will be interactive and of major interest to many. It promises to be a huge event in our Cathedral Town and the organising committee, led by Bank of Ireland Branch Manager Trish Ryan, are busy putting the arrangements in place at the present time.

Sunday will also see activity with the Thurles and District Vintage Club organising a ‘Tractor Run’, as part of this ‘Thurles Enterprise Town’ week-end, with all funds going towards North Tipperary Hospice.

There will be a Vintage Craft and Food Fair in the Anner Hotel also on Sunday from 12:00-6:00pm which will be incorporated under the Enterprise Town initiative umbrella – this also promises to be a huge attraction for exhibitors and visitors and will further help to enhance the week-end programme of events greatly.

So, if you have a ‘Business’; are involved in a ‘Club’; ‘Voluntary Organisation’; if you run a ‘Small Firm’, or produce your own ‘Food’; make sure you are registered to have a stand at this event. It maybe just the move you need to take your business to the next level, or to recruit much needed new blood for your clubhouse.

Registration forms are still available from Bank of Ireland in Liberty Square. So do make sure you are a part of this unique event in St Patrick’s College – the perfect setting for space, comfort, parking, facilities and an assured welcome to all.


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.