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National Folklore Collection Features 100 Tipperary Images

Some 100 images from around Co. Tipperary, including images from Thurles and Holycross, have now been uploaded to the recently launched and redesigned Dúchas (Translated into English meaning ‘Heritage’) Website.  These images can be viewed and indeed downloaded from HERE.

Date: 1945. House Location: Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Photograph: Courtesy Caoimhín Ó DanachairSo who is the woman hiding behind the pillar to the left of the dwelling and where was the house once locally situated? Do you recognize it? We would love to know.

This digitized version of the National Folklore Photographic Collection was launched at the National Library by the Minister of State with responsibility for Gaeilge, Gaeltacht and the Islands, Mr Joe McHugh.

This photographic collection remains the latest supplementary source to be uploaded to the Dúchas website, where, in all some 10,000 photographs having been digitized, catalogued and now made available to the Irish people and the Irish diaspora.

Possibly the largest number of the photographs featured, date from the early 20th century, taken by professional photographers and those working with the National Folklore Commission, and others.

Current surfers of the Dúchas website can be tracked to locations in the USA, Australia, Canada, and the British Isles, most anxious to trace and research local history and native folklore provided, from almost every parish in Ireland.


Tipperary- All-Ireland Champions 1961

Following our recent report on the sad passing of hurling legend Mr Liam Devaney, on Tuesday 15th August 2017 last, we have received unprecedented requests; sent by email, asking that we name the other players in the picture, used in this report.

Following confirmation by Mr Liam O’Donnchu, we are now happy to fully caption the published picture as follows:-

Tipperary- All-Ireland Champions 1961.

Back Row (L to R): – Matt O’Gara; Tony Wall; Tom Moloughney; Kieran Carey; Liam Devaney; Michael Maher; John Doyle; Mick Burns; Liam Connolly; John Hough, and Pat Ryan.
Front Row (L to R): – Sean McLoughlin; Jimmy Doyle; Donie Nealon; Donal O’Brien; Matt Hassett (Capt.); Billy Moloughney; John ‘Mackey’ McKenna; Theo English; Tom Ryan, and Roger Mounsey.

Our thanks to Liam and all who made contact with us.


Niamh Kennedy Tipperary Takes Title “Miss Ireland”


The very lovely Miss Niamh Kennedy, Portroe, Nenagh representing Miss Tipperary, has taken the coveted title of “Miss Ireland,” surpassing 33 other beauty queens from around the country.

The event which took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry, Dublin, last night saw the classically trained 20-year-old ballerina who currently enjoys works as a waitress, go forward to represent Ireland at the Miss World Pageant in Washington D.C. on December 19th next.

On left, pictured L-R; Miss Aoife McGrane (First Runner Up); Miss Niamh Kennedy chosen “Miss Ireland 2016” and Miss Leanne Gray (Second Runner Up), at the Miss Ireland 2016 final last night. (Picture Courtesy Mr Brian McEvoy).

Part of her prize last night, included a modelling contract and a professional photo-shoot. This year’s pageant saw for the first time no exhibition featuring swimwear; instead a talent section was introduced into proceedings, which saw Miss Kennedy showcase a very fine singing voice.

TV3’s Elaine Crowley and pageant organiser and stylist Brendan Marc Scully hosted last night’s event, with singer Karl Day providing the entertainment.  Judges in attendance on the night included Julian Benson, Bellamianta Tan CEO Linda Mc Namee, Stylist Sonja Mohlich, Miss Ireland organiser Sean Montague, together with former winners Jessica Hayes and Anne Marie Gannon.

Every success Niamh from all here in Co. Tipperary, we will be watching your progress with immense pride.


Tipperary Crystal – New Sponsors Of Rose of Tralee

Newbridge Silverware have stepped down, after more than a decade of Sponsorship of the Rose of Tralee Festival.

Quick of the mark and now taking their place, come the new lead sponsor; Tipperary Crystal, whose current owner is businessman Robbie Scanlan of Allied Imports and who took over the company back in 2011.

‘Tipperary Crystal’, today an Irish design legend, has over the years become synonymous with excellent quality, high-end design.


Natural beauty and Thurles native, Miss Fiona O’Sullivan, attracts attention to a 1909, 7.2 x 2 cylinder, Renault, at the successful Thurles Lions ClubVintage & Classic Car Show’, recently held in the beautiful grounds of St. Patricks College here in Thurles.

The firm now produces a very fine range of fine jewellery and intend to launch an even bigger collection in July 1916. Same will arrive just in time to deck out all contestants in the 2016 Rose Festival, one of whom will be the very lovely, Thurles native Miss Fiona O’Sullivan, daughter of Liz and Declan O’Sullivan from Loughlahan, Thurles.

Miss O’Sullivan was already selected from 22 other beauties from across Co. Tipperary and who will now go forward to represent Tipperary in stage two of three processes, in the all new expanded Tralee festival this August.

Mr Scanlan has stated that, “Tipperary Crystal and the Rose of Tralee are both iconic Irish brands that have a real and tangible sense of modern Ireland.”  However, he is keeping the design of the new Rose of Tralee tiara ‘under his hat’, until August next.


A Picture Is Worth Ten Thousand Words

The game of hurling; considered to be the world’s fastest field sport, is a well known outdoor team sport of ancient Gaelic and Irish origin, today administered by the Gaelic Athletic Association (G.A.A.). The game has prehistoric origins and has been played for over 3,000 years.


Gaile National School Hurling Team (Circa 1927-1930).   Back Row: (L. to R.) John O’Meara, John Flanagan, (Galbertstown), Jim Sause, (Gaile), Teacher Mr. Matthew Kennedy, (Ballytarsna), Timmy Maher, (Killough), Willie Keogh, (Glenbane), Bill Dunne, (Gaile). Middle Row: Paddy Dunne, (Galbertstown), Jack Dunne, (Gaile), Pat O’Meara, (Killough), Dick Murphy, (Regaile), Mick Volkes, (Galbertstown). Front Row: Tommy Ryan, (Gaile) and Philly Ryan, (Peake).

The Hurling team, (picture shown above), was taken at Gaile National School, situated close to the village of Holycross, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and possibly dates back to the end of the 1920’s. In or around this same time period the Victorian English illustrator, Fred R. Barnard was quoting the idiom “A picture is worth ten thousand words.”  Barnard of course was referring to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single still photographic image, or that a photograph / sketched / painted image of any subject can often convey its meaning much more effectively than any description written in the form of text.

Look at the picture above. Back then these children wore no protective padding, after all the plastic protective helmet, complete with facial safeguard; today mandatory, did not come in to being for all age groups, until 2010. Note and compare the assortment of Hurley sticks and their evolutionary process compared to what players use today. Note also the bare footed then pupil, seen on right of the back row.

Had this picture been used by outgoing Labour Party candidates in recent Irish General Election posters; it would have conveyed effectively, that Rural Ireland in 2016 is most definitely experiencing “Recovery.”