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Tipperary Farmer Wins Selfie Contest

Mr P.J. Ryan, latter a native of Newport here in west Tipperary, has won the coveted “Selfies on the Farm” competition, run by the Irish Farmers Journal this week on Facebook.


Our County Tipperary border native the US President Barack Obama from Moneygall, has done it, as has Pope Francis and British PM David Cameron, so why not a good looking farmer from County Tipperary?

People from all over the country submitted images in a bid to win this coveted Irish Farmers Journal prize of a hamper. “What is in that hamper?” I hear you scream.  “Don’t know,” I answer, but knowing the Irish Farmers Journal it is unlikely to include cheap vegetables from leading Irish Supermarkets and even more unlikely to include frozen burgers from same establishments, containing imported horse meat.

A carefully chosen panel of judges selected some 10 of the best farm ‘Selfies,’ allowing the public to vote for their particular favourite on Facebook. The photo with the most ‘Likes,’ by 5.00pm on December 18th last, won the hamper.

This self-taken photograph by P.J. Ryan, above, was submitted by his daughter Aisling. “Dad was helping my younger sister with her agricultural science project, when he took the picture with his ‘salers’ in the background,” she stated.

P.J’s photo received almost 1700 likes to crown him undisputed winner of this competition.

Tipperary’s Drombane Village Renewal Scheme In Full Swing

“How often have I loitered o’er thy green, Where humble happiness endeared each scene.
How often have I paused on every charm, The sheltered cot, the cultivated farm,
The never-failing brook, the busy mill, The decent church that topt the neighbouring hill,
The hawthorn bush, with seats beneath the shade, For talking age and whispering lovers made!”

The Deserted Village” – By Oliver Goldsmith.

That world famous black-and-white photograph, featuring men having a lunch break atop a Skyscraper, (today known as the General Electric (GE) Building) taken by Charles Clyde Ebbets, during construction of part of the Rockefeller Center in New York City in 1932, has just been superseded.  This time however showing workers in the village of Drombane, Thurles Co Tipperary, during a 10:00am official tea break, courtesy of an idea by Drombane village native and Thurles resident, Mr Paddy Gleeson. (Latter named pictured here, wearing a white vest.)


Picture: Left – Right: Dog ‘Rusty; Mr Phil Lowry; Mr Michael O’Sullivan; Mr John Ryan (P); Mr Paddy Gleeson; Mr Thomas Ryan (P) and Mr Brien Phelan.  (Photo G.Willoughby.)

The original photograph was taken on September 20th, 1932 on the 69th floor of the RCA Building and depicts eleven men eating lunch, while seated on a girder with their feet dangling some 840 feet above the New York City streets.  Like our photo above, the 1932 photo was also prearranged; staged by the Rockefeller Center in New York City to promote its then latest skyscraper, appearing in the Sunday photo supplement of the New York Herald Tribune on October 2nd 1932.

Our 2013 picture here shown above is also to highlight latest developments in the picturesque rural village of Drombane, which itself is currently undergoing an upgrade under a village enhancement scheme’ initiative, currently being undertaken by Drombane Village Group, a committee under the Chairmanship of Mr Con Harrington and Treasurer Martin Donoghue, and funded mainly by North Tipperary Leader Group.  Works currently nearing completion include a river board-walk and seating, river railings, a water wheel, tree planting and quite pedestrian walk way areas.

Having had the privilege of viewing current agreed plans for the village, I have to agree with Mr Gleeson’s predictions; “Future expected tourists and natives returning to this small rural village will have difficulty in recognising it and may even now decide to remain and attempt to re-grow their earlier roots, reversing the prophesy of Oliver Goldsmith, Quote; Trade’s proud empire hastes to swift decay, as ocean sweeps the labour’d mole away’.

So if you are out and about on the road from Thurles to Upperchurch, over the coming days, do take a short detour and examine the magnificent work currently being undertaken in rural picturesque Drombane village.

Surely, with apologies to Oliver Goldsmith; “Contented toil, and hospitable care, and kind connubial tenderness, are HERE.

Le Château ‘Choos’ & Clothing Boutique Showcase Autumn / Winter Collection

Le Château ‘Choos’ and Le Château Clothing Boutique showcased their annual Autumn/Winter 2013 Clothing, Shoes and Jewellery Collection on Thursday 26th September last in The Anner Hotel, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

The event which began at 7:30pm, offered the large attendance complementary wine together with a host of other light refreshments before being seated. Some fabulous prizes were also on offer for those in attendance at what turned out to be a thoroughly enjoyable Gala evening.

Tickets for this glamorous annual event were just €15 each, with total proceeds being donated to St Vincent de Paul, latter the largest, voluntary, charitable organisation here in Ireland, committed to working for social justice and the creation of a more just and caring national community.

Exclusive fashion labels in Shoes, Bags, Jewellery, Gloves, Wraps, Scarves and Hats  included Beverly Feldman, Chie Mihara, Alex Gold, Satryani, Tracey Neuls, Papucei, Otazu, Maria Calderara, Totoborello, Ganteb’s, Amati Chic, Airfield, Lanzetti, Luisa Cerano and Ganteb.

Europe’s leading and exclusive Fashion House clothing labels were also on show, e.g. Luisa Cerano, Bleu Blanc Rouge, Beate Heymann, Annas Dress Affair, A-Z, Isabel de Pedro, Ischiko, Creenstone, Jota+Ge, Leo Guy, Nougat, Gustav, M.C. Planet, Legatte, Brax, and Fred Sabatier.

The “Le Château,” boutiques here in Thurles, carry a wide range of designs in footwear clothing and jewellery to suit both casual and formal occasions.

For further information please contact Marion O’Shea (Tel: 0504-26535) or Noreen Ryan (Tel: 0504-58587) directly.

Lighting Rig and Sound Equipment for this event were supplied by lighting and audio specialists  Star Systems Thurles.

Cabragh Wetlands To Hold Open Day On Sunday

The Cabragh Wetlands Trust are holding their annual “Open Day,” on Sunday next, August 11th, 2013. The Open Day will have the usual range of raffles and sales of everything from cakes, to unique pictures of wetland wildlife, to bird boxes for your garden.

Courtesy Eamon Brennan & G.Willoughby.

Dario G, ” Sunchyme.”
The Wiggles, “Country Garden.”
Vivaldi “Autumn” (3rd Movement) & “Winter” (1st Movement)

Children’s events begin from 2.00pm to 4.00pm with farm animals to see, creepy-crawlies to observe, together with talks and guided walks by local experts, not to mention a pottery wheel demonstration. Games and races include the traditional Egg & Spoon Race, Sack Races and 3-legged Races, plus plenty more for all of the family to enjoy.

There will also be a Children’s Fancy Dress Show, with the theme “Nature,” so a great turn out of human birds and animals are anticipated.

Donations for the Open Day will be gratefully received, particularly raffle prizes and items for auction. They do ask that items for auction are of good quality; no bric-a-brac please. These items can be left at the Cabragh Wetland Centre any morning, or Telephone 0504-43879  / 086-3179919 to arrange delivery.

This is also the perfect opportunity to understand a bit more about the Cabragh Wetlands Trust, its priorities, its plans for the future and its role both as a conservation body and as an important community development group. You may even be tempted to join their growing membership of experts and volunteers, as they do need your assistance in continuing their efforts in creating a greater awareness of conservation and the appreciation of our natural environment.

Thurles Past & Present Photographic Exhibition


So How Good Is Your Memory?

Tom Noone Reports:

Exhibition With A Difference

An exhibition with a difference will be launched in Thurles on Thursday of next week. Originating from an idea by Tipperary Libraries and carried to fruition by Thurles Camera Club, the exhibition will show, in very graphic form, the changing face of our town over a 30-year period, pictured in almost 100 photographs.

The members of the Camera Club put together a selection of photographs representing a range of buildings, businesses and various scenes in the town during the early 80’s, and then photographed the same locations from the same aspect over the past few months. The results will provide a fascinating “Do you remember?” slice of nostalgia for townspeople, particularly for those young enough to have only hazy memories of the street-scape from that period.

Thurles Camera Club has been in existence for nearly 40 years and its members have gained wide recognition for the quality of their work over the years, so there is keen anticipation for this latest venture. Both the Club and Tipperary Libraries are certainly to be commended for their initiative in accepting such a challenging task and bringing it to a successful conclusion with the month-long showing of the results.

The exhibition takes place in The Source and will be officially launched on Thursday 8th August at 6.30 p.m. by well-known Gaelscoil principal and local historian, Mr Jimmy Duggan.

The venue is The Source Arts Centre, Thurles; and a hearty Céad Mile Fáilte is extended to the community at large to attend the launch. The exhibition runs from the 8th to the 29th August 2013 and admission is free.

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