Free parking has been extended to Thurles town car parks in the run-up to Christmas, well that’s if you are prepared to leave your Christmas Shopping until the very last minute.
Same has been introduced in a bid to encourage consumers into the town centre and hopefully put funding into the cash registers of those businesses trading at a major disadvantage and situated in the area of Liberty Square and surrounding streets, latter forced to compete with free car parking permitted elsewhere on the Towns outskirts.
Obviously the Town Manager and Town Clerk were feeling in Festive Mood last night, allowing our Local Councillors apparently to run riot, thus making at least one real decision on their own, for this year.
Whatever, Thurles Town Council have now announced that free parking will be available in the local authority car parks in Thurles with effect from December 21st to December 24th inclusive.
I wonder was there any debate on the tender being sought for the planning, design and delivery of a proposed new car park on the ‘money side’ of Liberty Square, Thurles, last night? No matter this is possibly information that would only further confuse the average struggling businessman/woman in our town centre and better off not being discussed by the great unwashed.
I don’t often support Minister Phil Hogan, but thank God that as and from June 2014 local secret societies like Town Councils will be banned.
In the words of that minor character Timothy Cratchit, called “Tiny Tim”, is the 1843 novel ‘A Christmas Carol,’ by Charles Dickens, “God bless us, every one!”
New Climbing Wall To Be Finally Revealed In Upperchurch
Work on the secretive installation of a new Climbing Wall, currently being erected in Upperchurch village near Thurles here in Co Tipperary, is almost finally complete after a number of extremely busy months.
Unlike Angela Merkel’s telephone and despite the best efforts by the US National Security Agency (NSA) to monitor this same Upperchurch activity, this latest attraction here in Co Tipperary has managed to remain a closely guarded secret.
Thurles.Info’s Undercover Agent paid a brief visit to this project, under the cover of darkness last night, managing to sneak past the numerous armed guards and several snarling, lunging, foreboding Rottweiler and Doberman Pinscher guard dogs, to take us back exclusive pictures of this truly ‘state of the art,’ secret visitor attraction, now featured hereunder for the very first time.
Upperchurch, Thurles, Tipperary – New Climbing Wall Revealed – Have You Got Nerves Of Steel?
We can also report that this brand new facility will be unveiled to the public during the Upperchurch Walking Festival, latter most enjoyable of events taking place next week (Beginning 8th, 9th & 10th November) and all are invited to come, observe and experience at first hand, as climbers from mid Tipperary Hill Walkers demonstrate what can be achieved in safety on this wall, which our undercover agent reports is akin to “The North Face of the Eiger.” (Well after all the area is not called UPPER church for no reason.)
Upperchurch Walking Weekend
Of course the 8th annual Upperchurch Walking Weekend also takes place on the 8th, 9th and 10th of November this year, with a choice of over a dozen different walks all ranging from 7kms to 18kms.
In addition to both these walking and climbing experiences, outdoor enthusiasts can observe a Bush-Craft display which will demonstrate and explain wilderness survival skills such as shelter erection, fire creation, water filtration, cooking wild food, wood carving and rope making from natural materials.
The local cycling club are also running three organised cycles over 25kms, 50kms and 75kms starting at noon on Sunday.
Looks like Upperchurch village, Thurles, Co Tipperary will be the only place to be for all those who like to “live a little on the wild side,” in early November this year. So do head for the Upperchurch Hills the weekend after next, not only for the walking, but also for the healthy atmosphere, the beauty and the freedom that abounds. Also experience the warmth and friendliness of the local people you will meet should you stop off in the village for any type of food or beverage.
Check out their website by clicking www.upperchurch.ie for all the action over the 8th, 9th and 10th of November 2013 or Tel: 0504-54284 or 086-0518934 for further information.
An Announcement and a Little Thurles Humour from Thurles Born Mark Fielding, CEO at ISME;
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With a footfall of over 400 members, the ISME Annual Conference is the place to be on Friday 8th November next in the RDS Concert Hall, Dublin 4, when Matt Cooper will chair what promises to be the Business Conference of the Year.
John Fanning, Lecturer in Branding and Marketing Communications in the Smurfit Business School will give us his insight into BRANDING; “Size doesn’t Matter.”
Dr. Gints Apals, Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia for Ireland asks the question; “How will Ireland fare, Post Troika?” He will give REAL examples of what is in store for Ireland.
Tom Healy, Director of the Nevin Institute.,
Prof. John McHale, Chair of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council.
Conall Ó Móráin, Presenter & Columnist, to discuss and debate the future for Ireland Post Troika and how it will affect SMEs.
Fintan O’Toole, a strong critic of political corruption in Ireland, brings a sharp focus to; “The Rise, Fall and Aftermath of the Irish Celtic Tiger.”
Four leading owner/managers will give their “take,” on; “Survival and Revival- The Irish Way.”
All in one day, under one roof along with 400 of your peers and 50 exhibitors.
BOOK NOW: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e7xesyjd2a7b15d0&llr=nirmdb44
Any Questions ? Please contact the ISME Team, Tel: 01 – 6622755 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or why not visit the Website: www.isme.ie
If you are not in attendance here – You are not really serious about your business!
Comedian Tommy Tiernan will begin his world tour of Tipperary beginning late next month.
Tiernan states he is delighted to be touring Tipperary, “a county as split as Korea,” but regardless, the Irish comedian, actor and writer will be bringing his show to both sides of the North/South divide.
Tommy’s mother Helen O’Brien was born and raised in Clonmel Co Tipperary and he spent many a family holiday as he recalls “skittin around the town.”
Not always at home in a county which has no coastline, Tommy will take to the roads of North Tipperary with a show full of stories gathered from his touring of both rural Ireland and the rest of the world.
Tipperary Venues Listed
Fri 22 Nov – Ormond Hotel, Nenagh
Sat 23 Nov – Cahir House Hotel.
Sun 24 Nov – Racket Hall Hotel, Roscrea.
Thur 28 Nov – O’Keefe’s, Clonmel Comedy Festival
Fri 29 Nov – Anner Hotel, Thurles.
Sat 30 Nov – Strand, Carrick-on-Suir.
Tickets costing €28 each are now on sale Here for all events shown above in County Tipperary.
The Royal College of Physicians Ireland (RCPI) have launched a scathing attack on Arthur’s Day, organised by Diageo, latter to supposedly celebrate the anniversary of the Guinness brewing company.
To this end RCPI have organised a public discussion aimed at highlighting the dangerous side of alcohol and to further underscore their concerns that alcohol related illnesses in Ireland have now reached epidemic proportions.
Dr Stephen Stewart a Liver Disease Specialist, together with Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr Bobby Smyth will speak at this event tomorrow evening, with the Chairperson of the RCPI’s policy group on alcohol, Professor Frank Murray opening the meeting.
The RCPI claim that deaths relating to cirrhosis of the liver have doubled between 1994 and 2008, and that hospital admissions for alcoholic liver disease has almost doubled between 1995 and 2007. The RCPI also claim that increasing numbers of young people are dying from alcohol related illnesses due to alcohol substances being more affordable than ever, being more acceptable than ever and being more available than ever. (A pint of Guinness in Dublin is €0.70 cheaper than in Thurles.)
The RCPI debate will take place at 6:00pm tomorrow Monday, at the college’s headquarters on Kildare Street, Dublin, and will wave the banner “Join the National Conversation on Alcohol: Who’s calling the shots.”
Diageo is not aware yet, but Guinness porter of course was first accidentally conceived in the early to mid 1700′s at the Palace of Archbishop Price, here in Cashel, Co Tipperary, now known as the Cashel Palace Hotel. Estate manager and Arthur’s father, Richard Guinness, was in charge of supervising the brewing of beer for the estates employees on the Archbishop Price estate. Supplying beer to employees at that time was considered part of their weekly entitlement. A servant was dispatched from the estate to purchase and convey the necessary beer making materials from Ryan’s brewery stores here in Main Street, Thurles, latter now known as Cathedral Street. (Time for Urban Councillors to erect another Memorial Plaque in St Mary’s Graveyard perhaps.)
In the brewing process, later back in Cashel, some of these ingredients, barley possibly, was accidentally over heated in error, in fact roasted until virtually black, thus giving that unique burnt flavour known to us today as porters ale or Guinness porter and described by the then Archbishop as being “a brew of a very palatable nature.”
It is not too long ago in Ireland that pregnant women were told to drink a glass of Guinness every day to fortify themselves and their baby. Indeed US scientists in the state of Wisconsinin in 2011 gave Guinness to dogs who had narrowed arteries. They found that Guinness worked as well as aspirin in preventing clots forming. They believe that antioxidant compounds in Guinness are responsible for these health benefits because they decrease harmful cholesterol gathering on artery walls. But then what do I know?
Still this National Conversation on Alcohol could now lead to the start of Fine Gael and Labour’s promised two year Dáil Reforms, with Mr Enda Kenny closing the Dáil Bar instead of the Senate. (Possible new Logo for those opposed to Irish Senate closure. “Close The Bar Not Our Senate.”)
(Just a thought, sure you never know, Mr Enda Kenny and Minister for Health Dr James Reilly could decide to lead by example, instead of their “Do as we say, not as we do,” current philosophy.)