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Top 5 Educational Shows on Netflix For Kids

With rainy days on the horizon, these five shows on Netflix might just help to keep kids and adults entertained and educated indoors.

(1) Our Planet (Video Trailer Above)

Narrated by that remarkable English broadcaster and natural historian, Sir David Frederick Attenborough; Our Planet explores the impact of climate change on all living things. Each spectacular episode takes you on a cinematic journey across the continents to view their incredible creatures. It is sure to enthral kids and adults, regardless of age.

(2) Little Baby Bum

Little Baby Bum is the perfect show for pre-schoolers. It features hours of traditional and new nursery rhymes, which are a huge part of learning and laughter with this age group. Little Baby Bum can also be accessed through their YouTube channel HERE . With 26.7 million subscribers and counting, it’s a proven hit with parents and children alike.

(3) Ask the Storybots

A child’s sense of wonder is one of their most precious gifts and Storybots is the perfect programme for the curious child. With the help of five zany creatures, called Beep, Bing, Bang, Boop and Bo, each episode finds the answer to some very interesting questions. Ask the Storybots is highly recommended for younger children.

(4) Brainchild

For older children, Brainchild is a must watch. In a refreshingly relatable yet scientific way, it explores everything from germs to outer space and creativity to dreams. Its first episode explores social media. With kids on social media more than ever at present, it provides an excellent opportunity to re-visit some of the pros and cons of communicating via social media.

(5) Horrible Histories

Based on the popular books, Horrible Histories explores some of the least pleasant and downright disgusting moments in history. From the Stone Age to the Romans and beyond, young and old will learn, giggle and wince their way through history.

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69 New Covid-19 Cases Confirmed On St. Patrick’s Day

With the Coronavirus death toll sadly rising in Italy to 2,503, a further 69 new coronavirus (Covid-19) cases have been confirmed in the Irish Republic, this St. Patrick’s Day 2020; bringing our overall number of effected cases to 292.

A further 10 cases have been confirmed in Northern Ireland, bringing their total there to 62. Thus, overall on our green island there are now 354 cases and rising, with large volumes of individuals waiting to get tested.

We understand that Irish Cabinet Ministers held an incorporeal meeting this evening, designed to sign off on emergency regulations to deal with the present Covid-19 crisis.

We understand amongst these welcome measures is legislation which would allow people to be detained on foot of medical recommendations, if they have been affected by the coronavirus (Covid-19) and are refusing to self-isolate.

We understand these new measures will give the Government the legal power to shut down large gatherings and will give effect to special welfare payments, for those who are unable to work as a result of the need to comply with the public health authority’s immediate requirement.

These regulations; build on already introduced legislation back in 1948; latter designed to fight the spread of infectious diseases, e.g. tuberculosis (TB), then also a major public health problem of that particular era.

Tuberculosis used to be much more common here in Ireland, with nearly 7000 cases a year identified, back in the early 1950’s. It would be the highly controversial public representative, Waterford born, medical intern Dr. Noel Christopher Browne, then acting Minister for Health who would introduce free mass screening for tuberculosis sufferers and launch a huge construction program, to erect new hospitals and sanitoria. His efforts also coincided with the development of a new vaccine and new drugs, e.g. BCG and Penicillin; which would help to cure this previously untreatable medical condition.

This current emergency legislation is expected to be passed, by our current caretaker government, during a Dáil sitting convened for Thursday afternoon next.


Slievenamon Road Car Park In Thurles To Close Temporarily In 2020

The car cark situated beside Lár Na Páirce, latter the Gaelic Athletic Association’s (GAA) Museum, on Slievenamon Road in Thurles, is to close Temporarily with effect from January 2nd, 2020.

Slievenamon Road car park, Thurles.

According to officials from the Thurles Municipal District, this area will be closed to facilitate the long-awaited further development of the new car park, which can be entered from the south side of Liberty Square (referred to affectionately as the ‘money side’).

This entrance was facilitated by the demolishing of Griffin’s newsagents’ premises.

One question however, for our local Municipal District Councillors to answer. Where is the plaque which I had personally erected in the mid 1990’s which was previously to be found located on the wall between CostCutters Off-License and the now demolished Griffin’s premises? [Watch Video and note dissappearence]. Certainly, CostCutters Off-License did not remove it in recent shop front upgrades. Could perhaps Smith Demolition throw some light on its disappearance. In the interest of Thurles residents, it is now essential that Tipperary Co. Council have this plaque replaced.

This blue aluminium plaque read: – Patrick John Ryan, Archbishop of Philadelphia born in this house 20th Feb 1831. He was appointed archbishop in 1884. [READ HERE]. He died on 11th February 1911′.

Not that it matters a whole lot as far as I personally am concerned; but not only have Thurles Municipal District councillors and Thurles Chamber, in association with Tipperary Co. Council; presided over the total destruction of Liberty Square, Thurles, Co. Tipperary as a business hub, but also our elected representatives must be seen as being responsible for the destruction of our valuable local history.


Keep A Candle In Your Window

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared”.


All the 54 years of her married life, every Christmas Eve, up until her death in 1969, Eliza-Jane, my grandmother, placed two candles in the window of our single-story home. She claimed that this tradition, gave a sign of welcome to all who passed our gate, and an invitation to come inside and share our fire.

A wooden slide bolt, on the back of our heavy door, remained pulled back, thus allowing any traveller who “passed the road” to enter, should they arrive after our family had retired to bed.

Should those travellers of course be named Mary and Joseph, then it was better not to advertise that a baby could be in their company. After all, according to the Gospel of St. Matthew, (Chapter 2 – Verse 7), King Herod; fearing the prophesy handed down in the Old Testament, [Latter found in Isaiah Chapter 9: Verses 6 & 7 ] [Same foretold of the coming of a “Prince of Peace”, whose government would be endless.], had called the three Magi [Named Bithisarea, Melichior and Gathaspa], secretly and had sent them to Bethlehem, saying: “Go, search carefully for the Child, and when you find Him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship Him.” King Herod’s intentions were far from wanting to worship this new born Prince, as we read later and realising this also, the three astute Magi returned home by a different route, to avoid him.

Candle traditions of course change from district to district. Here in the province of Munster, most families lit just one candle; its purpose simply to offer light along the way for Mary and Joseph; on their way to find that stable in Bethlehem. The candle was traditionally lit by the youngest girl in the house, who would also be called upon to extinguish same on Christmas morning.

A house without a candle was seen as unwelcoming, as per the innkeeper who had refused a room to the same Joseph and Mary. In the years prior to and since the Great Famine (1845 – 1849), as emigration left so many Irish families missing a loved one at Christmas, the candle came to be seen more and more as a sign of welcome to those able to afford a visit home.

Another explanation for the lighting of candles in a window at Christmas time, dates back to the time of Na Péindlíthe, (English: Penal Laws). Same period saw the introduction of a series of laws imposed, solely, in an attempt to force Irish Roman Catholics and Protestant dissenters to accept an established Church of Ireland or Protestant faith. Begun in the early 1600’s, practicing Catholicism became outlawed, with priests often forced into hiding, in order to defy the British government’s order that they cease performing Mass and other Sacraments.

According to the Dublin born statesman and philosopher, Edmund Burke, the Penal Laws were, “a machine of wise and elaborate contrivance, as well fitted for the oppression, impoverishment and degradation of a people, and the debasement in them of human nature itself, as ever proceeded from the perverted ingenuity of man.”

However, these laws did little to convert the faith of Irish Roman Catholics. Lit candles on Christmas Eve became a sign that a family was of the Roman Catholic faith and thus candles became an open invitation to any passing priest to come inside and say Mass with the family at Christmas. This feigned welcome for the Holy Family now became an explanation or cover story, used by households when British officialdom queried this “lit – candle” practice during these penal times.


Love Yourself At Liberty Pharmacy, Thurles, This Christmas

“Perfume follows you; it chases you and lingers behind you. It’s a reference mark. Perfume makes silence talk.”

Above quote by late French fashion designer and writer, Sonia Rykiel (1930 – 2016).

“Perfume is not just about finding a fragrance you like”, according to Allie Quinn, [Latter Resident Cosmetic Consultant, at “Liberty Pharmacy”, No. 34 Liberty Square, Thurles, Co. Tipperary].
“Your choice is also about finding a fragrance that represents you the person and who you are. As French fashion designer Christian Dior once said, “A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting”.

This Christmas what fragrance should I buy?

“It is important to remember that once you have found a fragrance that you like; its concentration will impact on the products overall cost. So, depending on your budget, you may want to pick either an Eau de toilette, an Eau de parfum or a Perfume Extract, replied Allie.

So, what’s the difference?

Allie explains “Fragrances come in a range of oil essence concentrations. The more concentrated the oil essence, then it follows the more you can expect to pay. Typically, Eau de Toilette is the least concentrated (Roughly 10% essence) and thus is the least expensive version of any chosen fragrance. The scent lasts a short time before easing off, so, you need a big bottle to re-apply it regularly.”

Allie continued, Eau de parfum on the other hand is more concentrated (as high as 20% concentration) and therefore at a higher price point. Although more expensive, the higher concentration should ensure you smell nicer and for longer.

“The most concentrated and most expensive version of any fragrance is the Perfume Extract version. It can contain up to as much as 40% oil essence concentration and is most often sold in small quantities, because a tiny drop lasts a very long time”, continued Allie.

“Being powerfully evocative, remains the wonder of all great perfumes. The ability to accurately describe what our nose is signalling to our brain, often doesn’t come easily to either women or indeed today’s men. However, most of the ‘mass market fragrances’ are indeed enchanting; with each and every product having been created by truly imaginative and incredible dedicated perfumers”, concluded Allie.

The proprietor of Liberty Pharmacy, Kate Kennedy, is quick to point out that while modern perfumery began in the late 19th century, ‘Perfumery’, as in the art of manufacturing perfumes, began initially in ancient Western and Southern Asia, and in Egypt, around 3300 BC; same to be further refined in the ninth century, by the Romans and the Arabs. Indeed in 2003, archaeologists found what they believe to be the world’s oldest surviving perfumes in Pyrgos, latter a village in Cyprus. The perfumes found in Pyrgos are understood to date back more than 4,000 years.

The Liberty Pharmacy at No. 34 Liberty Square, Thurles, presently carry a wide selection of all perfumes for men and women of all ages. To help you find that fragrance most suited for you, why not drop into the Liberty Pharmacy and seek advice from their resident cosmetic consultant.

“Wear perfume wherever you want to be kissed”, was the advice of the late French fashion designer, Nazi spy and businesswoman Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel (1883-1971).