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Covid-19 – Tough Times Ahead But This Too Shall Pass

Ask ‘What can I do?’

Last night’s somewhat emotional ‘State of the Irish Nation Address‘ by our caretaker Taoiseach, Mr Leo Varadkar, showed great sincerity, empathy and leadership, while calmly warning this country, as a whole, on what to expect during this Covid-19 global pandemic.

While sincerity and empathy can be classified as welcome personal qualities, Leadership above all is about keeping our small nation collective and driven towards a common goal.

Ely’s Centra, Inver, Slievenamon Road, Thurles.

Meanwhile here in our Thurles community, leadership is being shown by at least two businesses in particular:-

(A) John Lacy – Lacy’s Butchers, Friar Street, Thurles.

Using Social Media he and his staff state:- “We are open for Business this week. However, with the growing seriousness of the Covid-19 virus in Ireland, please help us by taking on board a few cautious steps & little tips”.
If possible, ring in your order on Tel. No. 0504-21447 with an estimated time for collection. (please allow at least 90 minutes)
If possible, call/collection, Max of 2 customers in premises together
and wait outside until only one customer remains in the premises.
We love our customers one & all, however during this difficult time, please keep visits & chit chat short and sweet, we will catch up properly when this all blows over.
Please where possible pay by CONTACT LESS.
Please keep with guidelines by practising personal protective hygiene.

Thank you, Lacey’s Butchers.

(B) Ely’s Supermarket – Ely’s Centra, Inver, The Mall, Slievenamon Road, Thurles.

Again, using Social Media, the proprietors of Ely’s Supermarket and their staff are offering a ‘Home Delivery Service’.
Consumers can call them on Tel. No. 0504-23778, to place their orders.
Note also, from here you can obtain DVD/Blu-ray rentals, to keep your children of all ages fully entertained.

Any other businesses wishing to tell us about their leadership efforts in this time of crisis? Why not contact us here on Thurles.Info.


Punter Wins €500k Lotto Plus Prize – Ticket Sold Ely’s Centra, Kickham Street, Thurles

Left -Right: Staff who sold last nights €500k winning Lotto Ticket at Ely’s Centra, Kickham Street, Thurles, were Louise Collins, Tina Bourke, Aisling Melbourne, Laura Barett, Cathal Ely (Prop), Theresa Cooke, Marie Gleeson & Clare Dee.

Some lucky person or persons have scooped a €500,000 Plus prize last night in the Ireland-only EuroMillions Plus draw, having purchased their ticket in Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The Winning Ticket was purchased in Ely’s Centra Supermarket situated on Kickham Street, in the town.

The numbers drawn were 15, 16, 17, 37 and 45. There was no winner of the €50million jackpot. In total, over 45,000 players in Ireland won prizes.


In Praise Of Stewed Rhubarb & Custard

Rhubarb (Timperley Early), a high-yielding first early cultivar, is now available from O’Driscoll’s Garden Centre, Mill Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, Tel: (0504) 21636.

According to the late British journalist, musician and broadcaster Miles Kington, “Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.” Likewise, for those lovers of rhubarb, “Knowledge is knowing that rhubarb is a vegetable; wisdom is not boiling or steaming it to accompany your boiled bacon.”

Rhubarb is grown easily and widely, here in Ireland and now with greenhouse production it has become widely available in your local supermarket for much of each year.

Rhubarb is grown primarily for its fleshy pink/red stalks and is a comparatively recent food innovation. Rhubarb usage was first recorded here in Ireland in the 18th century, becoming more popular as a food possibly because sugar became more widely affordable and thus more easily available to the working classes.

This almost maintenance free food plant, enjoys sunshine and well-drained soil, containing organic matter. However, same will accept a more shaded area and if you have wet soil the use of a raised bed is highly recommended.

Here in Ireland, rhubarb stools can be found in most vegetable plots and gardens, and is used to make wine, but mostly in desserts e.g. Pies, Tarts, Crumbles, Sugar Syrup Compôte, often nowadays combined with whipped cream and yogurt to make Rhubarb Fool or that more common favourite Rhubarb & Custard.

Same rhubarb stalks are harvested from late April to May and again from late June into July.

Remember the green leaves of rhubarb do contain an abundance of oxalic acid and therefore same should not be consumed. However, nutrition wise, the fleshy rhubarb stalks themselves provide a good source of antioxidants, together with healthy amounts of vitamins K1, vitamin C, potassium, manganese, and are an excellent source of fibe.


Müller Yoghurts Recalled From Irish Stores

Several products manufactured by Müller have been recalled by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland over fears of the presence of small pieces of metal. This recall referrs to batches of yoghurt, dessert and rice products. 

Product details:
Müller Corner Fruit 6 Pack – Cherry & Blackberry/Raspberry
Pack size 6x143g. Best before 4th March.
Müller Corner Fruit 6 Pack – Strawberry & Peach/Apricot
Pack size 6x143g. Best before 26th February, 2nd March.
Brooklea Light Fruit 6 Pack – Raspberry and Cranberry, Strawberry
Pack size 1050g (6x175g). Best before 2th March. , 26th February, 4th March.
Milbona Fat Free Greek Yoghurt – Strawberry
Pack size 4x125g. Use by 4th March.
Milbona Fat Free Yoghurt Multipack – Mixed
Pack size 6x165g. Use by 26th February, 4th March.
Milbona Fat Free Fruit Yoghurt – Strawberry
Pack size 165g. Use by 4th March.
Müller Corner Favourites 6 Pack – Strawberry, Vanilla/Chocolate Balls & Digestive Biscuit
Pack size 6×130/143g. Best before 3rd March.
Müllerlight 6 Pack – Strawberry, Cherry & Raspberry/Cranberry
Pack size 6x160g
Best before 7th March.
Müllerlight – Cherry Single
Pack size 1x160g. Best before 13th March.
Müllerlight 6 Pack – Mango/Passionfruit, Peach/Pineapple & Mandarin
Pack size 6x160g. Best before 14th March.
Müllerlight Greek – Strawberry
Pack size 4x120g. Best before 7th March.
Müller Rice 6 Pack – Apple & Raspberry
Pack size 6x180g. Use by 8th March.
Müller Bliss Mascarpone Style Yogurt – Peach & Apricot
Pack size 4x110g. Best before 10th March.
Brooklea Light Strawberry Single Pot
Pack size 175g. Best before 26th February 4th March.

The Food Safety Authorities advice to consumers is if you have bought any of the above products, do not eat them. Instead, return them to the store from where they were bought for a full refund.

Note: This recall alert was issued yesterday. 


“Do Not Consume Notice” Issued With Regard To Templetuohy Water Supply

Please note, this is NOT a Boil Water Notice and boiling and cooling your water will NOT make it safe to drink for infants under six months.

Due to elevated levels of nitrate, the drinking water quality, entering the water supply scheme at Templetuohy village, near Thurles, Co. Tipperary has been contaminated.

As a result, and following consultation with the Health Service Executive (HSE); Irish Water and Tipperary County Council a “Do Not Consume Notice”, has been issued for all customers, especially for babies under the age of 6 months, which are being supplied by the Templetuohy Water Scheme supply.

The notice only applies to customers in receipt of today’s notice, latter posted through letterboxes.

Err on the side of caution
However, do err on the side of caution, just in case, accidently, nothing got posted through your mail box today.
Note: A Map of the Templetuohy Water Supply Scheme, detailing the area affected can be found HERE.

Note: Irish Water will provide bottled water to customers with children under six months old in this affected area. Customers should contact Tel: 1850 278278 to arrange for delivery.

Remember: An alternative safe water supply or bottled water should be only used to prepare infant feeds. Bottled water can be used to make up infant formula. All bottled water, with the exception of Natural Mineral Water, is regulated to the same standards as drinking water.