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Winter Fuel Special Offer At Centenary Thurles Co-Op

With the arrival of the long cold winter nights, it is worth noting that Centenary Thurles Co-Op Ltd, Templemore Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary are running, once again this year, their Winter Fuel Special Offers.

A Warm Coal Fire

‘Special Offers’ are as follows:

3 x 40kg. bags of Premium Smokeless Coal for €56.00 – Collected.
5 x 40kg. bags of Premium Smokeless Coal for €90.00 – Collected.
Note: Per Tonne – €440 or per Pallet €700 – Collected.

3 x 20kg. bags of Premium Smokeless Coal for €28.50 – Collected.
5 x 20kg. bags of Premium Smokeless Coal for €46.00 – Collected.

5 x 40kg. bags of Premium Polish Coal for €89.00 – Collected.
3 x 40kg. bags of Premium Polish Coal for €55.00 – Collected.
Note: Per Tonne – €420 or per Pallet €670 – Collected.

Briquettes3 x 1 Bales, are presently €11.95 – Collected.
Note: Per Tonne – €315 or per Pallet €499 – Collected.

Do not forget to check out their annual great value Black Friday Weekend Fuel Sale [ 29th & 30th of November 2019].

You can contact Thurles Centenary Co-Op, during normal business hours, at Telephone: (0504) 91950, or telephone any of their other nearby Agri Stores, throughout Co. Tipperary, by simply clicking HERE for contact Telephone Numbers.


AmazonBasics Ergonomic Wireless Mouse With Fast Scrolling

AmazonBasics Full-Size Ergonomic Wireless Mouse with Fast Scrolling

Currently being sold at a whopping 42% discount for just £9.99 (Note sterling price) and also note with free delivery on orders dispatched by Amazon of over £20.00. [So, buy 3 and use the other two as stocking filler Christmas Gift for your student children. Or, chip in with two friends anxious to buy at a bargain price.]

Comes Highly Recommended

As a user of this equipment myself, this full-size wireless mouse, with its fast-scrolling, clickable wheel and forward/back thumb buttons which offer fast, easy navigating through large documents and web pages, thus making for enjoyable surfing or project work. This Wireless Connected mouse offers quick, precise results, whether you are shopping online, navigating articles, perusing family photos, or just creating documents for work or for school.

  • Ergonomically designed for right-handed users; its smooth, gently curved profile fits perfectly in the palm of your hand for enhanced comfort.
  • The 2.4 GHz wireless connection; uses a tiny USB receiver that can stay plugged into your computer without obstructing other ports.
  • Laser sensor (1600 DPI resolution) works on most surfaces, including glass; uses 2 AA batteries (included); with a battery LED light and on/off switch for extended battery life.

User-Friendly Controls

The wireless mouse is ready to use right away, providing plug-and-play convenience (no drivers needed) and is compatible with Windows 7, 8, and 10.
Do quickly check out this bargain for yourself HERE, before same is finally withdrawn.


Ely’s Centra Supermarket – People Before Profit

Ely’s Centra Supermarket, Petrol Station and Car Wash, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

While the Tesco Supermarket chain were taking a 24 year old woman to court, accused of criminal damage to the value of €1.50 (Yes criminal damage to the value of one Euro and fifty cents), wasting your, the taxpayers, money, Ely’s Centra Supermarket, The Mall, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary were putting real ‘people before profit’. [No connection whatsoever to that Socialist, and Eurosceptic political party formed in October 2005.]

The family run supermarket, who also have a Centra outlet on Kickham Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, together with a Petrol Station and Car Wash, on The Mall were publishing the following message on their Facebook page.

Dear Parents and Students,
Autumn is here and with it the dark wet evenings. Now with school back just to let you know – if your child can’t be picked up or missed their lift, let the children know that they can stay in the shop, safe and warm. If they want to ring you from the shop, from our phone, no problem. If they forget their lunch money, or are hungry in the evening while waiting, come and talk to us. Growing up is difficult enough for a lot of kids, so we’ll try to do our bit to make their lives easier.

It is not for the first time, that Pat Ely and his family have demonstrated such generosity, benevolence and humanity; gifting quietly and discreetly to the people of Thurles town.

 Thank you Ely’s Centra Supermarket.


Bring Early Spring Colour To Your Garden.

Japanese Pink Pussy Willow (Salix gracilistyla ‘Mt Aso’) [Salix = Willow, – gracilistyla = slender style, – Mt Aso (Aso-san) = largest active volcano in Japan and overall amongst the largest in the world.


The above ‘Mt Aso’ Willow shrub, with its changing pink, to purple, to red coloured catkins was first selected in Japan by a cut-flower developer.

In your garden, this shrub spreads to a maximum size 6ft x 6ft, with handsome bluish-grey leaves that are silky underneath. The twigs are covered with a greyish-tan fuzz and here in Ireland the catkins will begin to swell in late January; opening fully in February and March, depending of course, on the prevailing climate temperature.

The wonderful shrub will grow almost anywhere in full sun and in either sandy, average or moist soil, but will insists on being watered regularly, if residing in an area of low rainfall.

Little troubled by disease; the soft and silky catkins grow from 1 inch, expanding as they mature to around 2 inches in length. If coppiced (cut back annually) firmly; this truly ornamental shrub will maintain a steady annual supply of young stems, producing maximum flowering.  The cut stems can be brought indoors from late January onwards and placed in 3-4 inches of water until the flowers expand. Then remove the water and the dried stems will hold the pussy catkins, literally for months.

Currently, while stocks last, this rare and unusual shrub is available at O’Driscolls Garden Centre, Mill Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary [Tel: (0504) 21636] and is categorised under our ‘Good Deals‘ section, retailing for the amazing price of just €8.50.Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

Time For Primrose Power

English Country Garden

“How many kinds of sweet flowers grow
In an English country garden?
We’ll tell you now of some that we know,
Those we miss you’ll surely pardon.”

Lyrics extricated from the song “English Country Garden”, by James Frederick “Jimmie” Rodgers.

Following on from the snows which arrived courtesy of Storm Emma last week, looking out through our kitchen windows we must admit that our gardens, with the exceptions of those few daffodils growing in one corner, are looking just a bit deadbeat and colourless.

However, this would not have been the case if we had planted some of the earliest of spring bloomers those delightful primroses, (Primula polyantha), which with today’s variations, offer such a multiplicity of form, size, and colour. Primroses, which range in colours from white, traditional creamy-yellow, cream, purple and blue, yellow to orange, and red to pink, have easily shrugged off the severe cold of Storm Emma, and will continue to bloom right into the summer, adding magnificent colour well after spring bedding plants have come into maturity.

Take Note: Right now, while stocks last, these colourful plants can be found right here in Thurles, in the O’Driscoll Garden Centre, Mill Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary (Telephone: (0504) 21636).

Ten assorted, mature primrose plants will cost you a mere €12.50 (inclusive) for all 10 plants, thus offering spectacular value for truly extravagant colour.

This garden centre is renowned countrywide for all manner of garden lovelies, such as trees, shrubs, perennials, alpines, climbing plants, ferns and herbs and is an oasis for those anxious to locate that extremely rare and unusual plant.

The name primrose, of course, comes from the Latin ‘prima rosa’ meaning “first rose”.  These perennials (Perennial … meaning plants that remain leafy from year to year or evergreen), should be planted in a lightly shaded area with well-drained soil, preferably amended with organic matter. Set the plants about 6 to 12 inches apart with roots set 4 to 6 inches deep. Do water thoroughly after planting, trying not pour over the plants themselves. Good idea also to add a layer of mulch around each plant to assist in retaining moisture.

Suitable for planting almost anywhere in garden flower beds and borders, as well as in window boxes and other larger flower containers; once given proper growing conditions, these vigorous plants will multiply each year, adding stunning colours to your garden space.  Remember, primroses do appreciate a light application of organic fertilizer, throughout the growing season.

Like most other garden plants, the primrose will come under attack from slugs, snails and aphids, but these can be easily controlled using non-toxic slug bait in the case of the slugs and snails, together with soapy water in the case of aphids.
Of course, if these delightful flowers are simply left in the ground, when they have finished flowering this spring, they will sit happily throughout the late summer and winter, to once again burst into flower next spring.

Try Crystallize Your Primrose Blossoms
Primrose flowers are edible and while they do not exactly taste delicious on their own; when coated with sugar they can be transformed into rather a tasty decoration, with which to beautify your baking, e.g. cakes and even desserts.

  • Lightly beat the white of one egg with a teaspoon of cold water to make up an egg wash.
  • Make sure the flower blossoms are clean and if you have to wash them, allow them to dry on kitchen paper towelling, before continuing.
  • Dip or use a clean previously unused artists brush or a pastry brush to paint the egg wash unto the entire surface of each flower blossom, both back and front.
  • Pour approximately 1/4 cup of white or brown granulated sugar into a bowl, (Note: Icing sugar is not fit for purpose in this case). With the flower bloom now coated in egg wash, place it in with the sugar; coating as much of the flower’s surface as you can, before placing it face-down on a surface lined with greaseproof paper. Leave your blooms to dry for 1-2 days; until they stiffen up.

Once hardened, these decorations will decorate delightfully, your cakes, buns, and desserts.Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail