The Office of Public Works (OPW) are pleased to announce that as and from today (6/4/2016), or on the first Wednesday of every month, during 2016, all their managed Heritage Sites in Tipperary and throughout Ireland will offer FREE ADMISSION to individuals wishing to visit their sites, for the duration of their tourism opening season.
Swiss Cottage, Cahir, Co. Tipperary.
The list of participating sites in Co. Tipperary include:- Cahir Castle,* Rock of Cashel,* Roscrea Heritage (Castle and Damer House) and the Blackmills, and the Swiss Cottage.
* Note: Where an asterisk is shown above; same venues are open all year-round while others may have more limited seasonal periods of operation.
Details on the above venues and other national Irish tourist attractions can be found by simply clicking HERE
That means sites like Kilkenny Castle and Clonmacnoise, which usually charge €17 for a family visit, the recently-restored Kilmainham Gaol (€16) and Ross Castle in Killarney (€10), won’t cost a cent to visit, except perhaps for parking in some instances.
Tickets will be allocated on a ‘first come / first served’ basis with normal conditions of admission applying at all sites. Visitors may experience delays at some of the busier sites and are therefore advised to arrive early.
If allocated a time, visitors are asked to arrive promptly for the start of their tour. There is no guarantee that visitors who miss their allocated tour-slot can be accommodated at a later time. Children must be supervised at all times and access to some sites will be by guided tour only. Visitors are also warned that opening times can change at short notice.
So please, old age pensioners & those enjoying free travel, do take advantage and use this opportunity “To see old Ireland free.”
With the long winter nights imminent it is worth noting that for a short period while stocks last, Centenary Thurles Co-Op, Templemore Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary, are running once again this year their Winter Fuel Special Offer.
This ‘Special Offer’ is as follows:
1 x 40kg. bag of Premium Polish Coal for €17.25 – Collected.
5 x 40kg. bags of Premium Polish Coal for €85.00 – Collected.
5 x 40kg. bags of Premium Polish Coal plus 5 Bales Briquettes for €96.00 – Collected.
3 x 40kg. bags of Premium Polish Coal plus 2 Bales Briquettes for €56.00 – Collected.
Briquettes (Bord Na Mona) per single Bale presently €3.85 – Collected.
3 x 1 Bales Briquettes presently just €10.95. – Collected.
Latter Briquette offer alone represents a colossal saving of €2.55 when compared to some shops / petrol stations / supermarkets, who currently today were extorting up to €13.50 for the same 3 Bale purchase; and up to €21.00 for a single 1 x 40kg. bag of Polish coal; latter representing a colossal €3.75 above the ‘Special Offer’ shown here above.
You can contact Thurles Centenary Co-Op during normal business hours at Telephone: (0504) 91950 or telephone any of their other Agri Stores, in Tipperary by clicking HERE.
Your chance to win a set of Bridgestone Tyres courtesy of Lyons Tyre Services, latter situated at Cashel Rd. in Clonmel or at Slievenamon Rd. here in Thurles, over the next 10 days only.
Reminder to all Vehicle Owners – National Road Safety Week begins next week – 5th to 11th October.
To promote tyre safety, Lyons Tyre Services are offering a free set of Bridgestone Tyres to the winner of a draw, which will take place on Tipp FM Radio next Monday week – 13th of October 2015.
Note: Here, at both service depots, all entrants can also avail of a free tyre safety check upon entry into this worthwhile competition.
As our Irish winter fast approaches, keeping our vehicles tyres in a roadworthy condition is especially important. To this end; Lyons Tyre Depots are supporting this year’s ‘National Road Safety Week‘ with this hugely generous offer, while also highlighting the certain risks motorists very often undertake when driving with dangerous tyres on their vehicles.
How Can You Enter
To enter this competition you simply have to fill out an entry form at any Lyons Tyre Services depot; either at their premises on Cashel Rd, Clonmel or on Slievenamon Rd, Thurles. So if your National Car Test (NCT) just happens to be pencilled in on your calendar under ‘things to do’ in the coming weeks, do take full advantage of this very generous free safety check offer.
Remember also of course that Lyons Tyre Services are always a ‘one stop shop’ for the sales and fitting of:- Wipers, Brakes, Batteries, Alloy Wheels and are the market leaders in Headlight Focusing, Wheel Alignment and Alloy Wheel Repairs.
Note Opening Hours: All above mentioned Lyons Tyre Service depots open each day, Monday – Friday from 9.00am – 6.00pm and each Saturday from 9.00am – 3.00pm.
Contact Details: Telephone (0504) 21233 or E-Mail email@example.com
Facilities: On-site customer facilities include: Handicapped access, Comfortable Waiting Area, Children’s Corner, Toilet.
I am sure Thurles residents and our readers have already noticed that this year; in particular, there is a huge difference in the prices charged for a very basic fuel item; that ever handy bale of Bord na Móna peat briquettes.
The most expensive prices charged this year appear to be at some petrol filling stations, obviously taking advantage of consumers who are rushing, and prepared to part with €4.95 per bale.
However if you organise yourself and you are prepared to make a second stop on your journey, one bale of exactly the same product can be purchased from Centenary Co-Op for just €3.85, an obvious colossal saving of €1.10 per single bale.
With a cold spell being promised this week by Met Éireann and the final remnants of my last year’s remaining fuel supply now almost depleted, this unbelievable price difference took me on a short trip around town today to seek out the cheapest fuel source and hereunder are my findings.
While tempted, I will not name and shame the many overpriced outlets in the town, but I will point out where you can get the best deal coming up to Christmas; latter that period of the year when money needs to be more elasticated, before departing from now permanently open wallets and purses.
Thurles Centenary Co-Op, Brittas Road, Thurles once again this year are offering the best deals retailing winter fuel: see prices hereunder based on recognised quality fuel products.
Coal 40kg bag – Premium Polish Coal – now €17.25 or buy 5 bags for €85.00.
Briquettes per Bale – now €3.85 or 3 Bales for just €10.95.
Of course if your finances are in a position to buy in greater bulk, Premium Polish Coal can be purchased, per tonne, at €395.00, while a tonne of Briquettes can be purchased for €284.00, thus making even greater savings.
Other special offers can be found also at Centenary Co-Op; e.g. 5 bags Premium Polish Coal with 4 bales of briquettes – €96.00 or 3 bags Premium Polish Coal with 2 bales of briquettes – €56.00.
Note: All products can be collected from their Agri yard situated at Brittas Road, [Map Ref ] Thurles, on the Templemore road, just as you exit north of Thurles town.
Tipperary Children Please Note: Santa Clause Is Coming To Thurles On Thursday Evening Next.
Father Christmas is making his usual unscheduled pre-Christmas visit to Thurles on Thursday next December 4th, on his way back to the North Pole to begin organising his final “Reindeer Run” beginning after 6.00pm on December 24th.
Santa’s wife, Mrs. Clause or Mother Christmas as she is also known, won’t be travelling to Thurles this year, as she is up to her eyes making cookies with the elves, caring for the reindeer and supervising the toy making. Sure Christmas wouldn’t be the same were it not for the backup and support given by Mother Christmas.
By the way Mrs. Clause’s first name has always remained somewhat of a mystery here in Ireland, though I can confirm in confidence that she is called Mary, Annalina, Jessica, Layla, Ahoop, Seeki, Martha, Kasey, Gretchen and Santarina depending on which country in the world you may reside. (Kids do keep this information quietly to yourself, as we Irish children just call her Mrs Clause. You see Irish children are better mannered and demonstrate a greater respect for older citizens than most other children in other world countries.)
Of course Father Christmas is here in Thurles pre-season for a particular reason; “So you better watch out, you better not cry, better not pout, I’m telling you why. He’s making a list and he’s checking it twice, he’s gonna find out who’s naughty and nice. He sees you when you’re sleeping and he knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake! ”
The Tipp FM Radio Outside Broadcast Unit will be stationary in Liberty Square, Thurles; broadcasting live from around 4.00pm-7.00pm and the Christmas street lighting will be officially turned on at around 5.30pm, by a very special as yet not disclosed mystery guest.
It is understood Santa may be carrying a large consignment of sweets which will be distributed in Liberty Square and those of you who have not sent your Santa Letters may get an opportunity to whisper your gift preference quietly in his ear.
You might also inform your parents that there are some €100 gift voucher being kindly given away by local businesses like Michael’s Jewellers (Westgate), Boyles China & Gift Shop (Liberty Square), O’Dwyer Shoes, (Friar St.), Aisling Health & Beauty, (The Mall Thurles), Daly’s Fish Shop, (Liberty Square), but to name just a few.
All in all there will be a great atmosphere in the town, so do come and make a start on that Christmas shopping.
Remember: No Crying, No Pouting, Be Nice, Be Good.
A particular thank you to Thurles Chamber President Mr John O’Shaughnessy and his back-room team for organising this most festive of annual Thurles events.