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Thurles Town Park Officially Opened

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Today April 27th 2016, Thurles Town Park was officially opened by Councillor Mr Seamus Hanafin, Cathaoirleach (English Trans. – Chairperson) of Tipperary County Council and Councillor Mr John Hogan, latter Cathaoirleach of the local Templemore-Thurles, Municipal District.

Proceedings began, in splendid sunshine, with the officially blessing of the park by His Grace Archdiocese, Kieran O’Reilly, SMA, (Archbishop of Cashel & Emly). Following the official unveiling of a plaque to mark the occasion, those in attendance then retired to the ‘The Source’ exhibition centre, to address all those in attendance.

Speaking at the event, Councillor Mr Hanafin praised the ‘tremendous foresight’ of all involved down through the years, in ensuring that this dream for Thurles truly became a reality. In particular he thanked St Patrick’s College, through college custodians His Grace, Archdiocese, Kieran O’Reilly and Fr. Tom Fogarty (St Patrick’s College President), for ensuring that the site was made available. He was also strong in his praise of Templemore/ Thurles Administrator Mr Michael Ryan and former Thurles U.D.C. Manager Mr Tom Barry, who ensured that the necessary funding was kept securely in place to support this overall planning project going forward to completion.

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Councillor Hanafin pointed out the various modern amenities now being made available to everyone; Play and Sporting areas; Seating areas; Free Exercise facilities; New Bridge offering pedestrian only access to the town centre / Short-cut to the south of the town and not least, an area retained for natural flora/ fauna and other naturally occurring insect & wild life.

Councillor Mr John Hogan spoke of his strong past memories of the old car-park area as a schoolboy; again pointing out the huge benefits that this new amenity now afforded the people of Thurles; not just our youth but also our elderly; our parents with young children; our visitors of all ages, entering into our local community.

In attendance also Mr Joe MacGrath (C.E. Tipperary Co. Council), congratulated his staff on their professional leadership, in bringing to full fruition, this newly completed project. He also hinted that the revitalisation of Liberty Square in the town could begin as soon as the end of this year or very early in 2017, subject to agreement by all relevant stake holders.

Speaking on his Facebook tonight, Mr Michael Lowry TD, who also attended the official opening, concurred with remarks made by Councillor Hanafin, stating;  “A huge debt of gratitude is due to all the businesses of Thurles; their support body Thurles Chamber; former and present Town Councillors and their officials, in making this tremendous park amenity a reality.”

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Kitty Kiernan Car To Go On Display In Thurles

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Pictures: (1) Lions Club Poster, (2) Car actually used by Kitty Kiernan & Michael Collins, (3) Lions Club Vintage Car Emblem to be presented to all vintage cars on display.

A 1916 Ford Model T, once belonging to Larry Kiernan, brother of Kitty Kiernan and used often by both Kitty and Michael Collins, will be just one of the star viewing attractions at the forthcoming Thurles Lion’s Club Vintage & Classic Car Show on May 8th 2016 next here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

One of the principal founders of our Irish State independence and later Chairman of the Irish Provisional Government, Michael Collins was first introduced to the ‘bubbly and cheerful’ Kiernan sisters and their family, by his cousin Gearóid O’Sullivan. Gearóid was already courting Kitty’s sister Maud. Kitty, latter the fiancée of Michael Collins, planned to marry in Dublin on November 22nd 1922, in a double ceremony, to include her sister Maud and Gearóid O’Sullivan. The death of Collins four months earlier sadly however would result in only one wedding taking place, with Kitty attending same, dressed in black.

As already stated, the 1916 Ford Model T belonged to Kitty’s brother Larry and has just recently been restored. Back in 1916, it was then a new car – just of the assembly line, when it first arrived in Granard, Co. Longford, with Larry having it registered then as a hackney vehicle. Larry, trading as L.D. Kiernan, was a successful businessman in Granard, owning the Greville Arms Hotel, a shop and a licensed premises, latter which he inherited from his parents Bridget and Peter Kiernan, following both their deaths in 1908, within a couple of months of each other.

In 1916, the car drove two volunteers to Dublin including Paul Cusack, a relative of Larry Kiernan’s wife and later often collected Michael Collins from Ballywillan Railway Station, situated on the Dublin to Cavan railway line, when he visited Granard to see Kitty.

Over 35 years ago the vehicle was discovered in a field, in the Mullinlaghata/Cloncivid area of Co. Longford; in very poor condition, however, with the help of a local vintage enthusiast, the wreck was brought back to a garage in Granard and since then has been slowly and carefully restored to its original glory.

Thurles Lion’s Club Vintage, Classic Car Show
This vehicle will be just one of the many items on view at the Thurles Lions Club’s Annual Vintage/Classic Car Show and family day, to be held in Thurles Greyhound Stadium on Sunday May 8th 2016 beginning at 12:00 noon5:00pm.

Amongst the other attractions will be; a Dog Show; an Artisan Food Fare; Craft Stalls; a Bouncy Castle; Auto-Jumblers; Face Painting; an Obstacle Course; a Fortune Teller and a 1916 Exhibition of rarely seen artefacts, latter not just relating to that troubled period in our Irish history, but to a broader world history of that particular era, one hundred years ago.

With children under 12 years FREE and admission to adults only costing €5, this well organised event is expected to attract a large crowd of visitors to Thurles on Sunday, May 8th next.

With less than two weeks to go, do mark your calendar and watch this website, especially coming nearer to the date of this event, for further details and more exiting news.

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Premier Ballroom Thurles – Fund Raising Event

Premier-BallroomA dance to raise funds towards the refurbishment of The Premier Hall, here in Thurles, will take place in The Premier Hall on the Saturday night of August 29th next.

Tickets costing €15 each can be purchased at The Premier Box-Office on any Thursday or Friday in August (between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon) or at Bingo on any Wednesday night.

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As part of this planned fund raising event, a great night’s entertainment is guaranteed, with ‘Patrick O’Sullivan’ playing from 8.45 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. and ‘Loraine & The Conquerors’ playing from 10.45 p.m. to 1.00 a.m. Doors will open at 8.15 p.m. and admission will cease from 12.00 midnight. Seating will be provided in the balcony area for 170 and seating provided downstairs for over 300. An enjoyable night out for everyone is guaranteed and, if you are unable to take part in the dancing, feel free to just sit back and enjoy some truly great music.

Over the past 51 years The Premier Ballroom here in Thurles has provided the community with the very best of entertainment in the form of dancing (in particular the show band era), variety shows, musicals, drama, comedy and of course on every Wednesday night there’s Bingo. For a number of years the Miss Macra finals took place in The Premier and drew large crowds to the town for the International Miss Macra parade and dance. The dance floor itself is still considered to be one of the very best in the country.

The Premier Ballroom celebrated the 50th Anniversary of its official opening on Sunday the 18th of May 2014 with an anniversary dance in the ballroom. ‘Mike Denver & his Band’ were the main attraction and the supporting band was ‘Finbarr Dennehy’.  Over 500 people attended this very enjoyable night. Later that same year ‘Nathan Carter’ and his band played to a packed Prmier Hall dance floor.

Please do come along on Saturday the 29th of August and enjoy a great night out.

NOTE: For further information please contact Mobile: 087-9732837.

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Thurles Swimming Pool To Remain Closed

DSC_0195Due to identified structural problems and in the interest of public safety Thurles Swimming Pool and Health Suite continues to remain closed until further notice.
Management and staff at the Centre apologise for this unavoidable inconvenience and promise to post updates as soon as new information becomes available.

Thurles Swimming Pool Update

Recently re-elected Tipperary FF Councillor Mr Seamus Hanafin has stated that specialist engineers have now examined Thurles Swimming Pool since Monday of last week and have taken away samples of Tiles, Adhesives, Grout and other Compounds for further analysis. Their report is imminent and should identify both cause and solution to this disappointing problem.

Councillor Hanafin has stated “I have been assured that Council Officials are treating this problem with extreme urgency and are anxious to have the Pool re-opened as quickly as possible. However it is imperative for all concerned that a proper and permanent solution be now identified. To this end therefore no time frame for the pool reopening is available just at the moment.”

Please note: The excellent Gym facilities at this fine Health Venue will still remain operating as normal and customers can avail of discounted ‘Pay As You Go’ rates, which will reflect the temporary closure of the pool.

So do please direct all enquiries to reception (Telephone 0504-58640) or keep an eye on their website by clicking HERE.

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Balance Between Human Demand & Environmental Collapse

Proinsias Barrett reflects on our recent article relating to the introduction of new Bye-Laws on the River Suir.

Proinsias states, “I wonder is this in response to declining catch numbers in recent years? I wouldn’t know a lot about angling in Ireland today except what I see and hear about it out west. Fishing on the Corrib is big business in Galway city during the season and the anglers braving the fast flowing Corrib in waist high water are an added attraction to the curious gawking visitors.

I landed a beautiful rainbow trout at Lady’s Well in Thurles, as a lad of 11 or 12, with a ‘Spinner,‘ I bought up at John Freeman’s shop in Bothairnanaomh. Then expert for a day, the camera came out and the trout was then cleaned, stuffed and baked, delicious!

fishingUp in Mayo on the Moy River at Ballina, the fishing is also big tourism business with people paying a substantial fee to fly fish for salmon. In the centre of
the town is a part of the river known as the Ridge Pool, where the river bed dramatically declines into a deep pool and the salmon tend to congregate there, possibly a temporary reprieve on their struggle up river to spawn. Here, as in Galway centre, you will see the big-guns casting fly.
An old work colleague from Ballina by the name of Ford mentioned the fact that ‘word in the town‘ had been that the catch rate is down considerably over the last number of years, and that the angling tourists weren’t getting value for money. This story was repeated in Galway five or six years ago, I don’t know if it has improved.

Anyone who has been remotely interested in Irish fisheries lately (I know our politicians are,) will know about the west of Ireland’s battle over the last 25 years to halt the rapid decline in wild fish stocks, particularly Salmon, Trout and Eel’s, fish which migrate, spending their lives moving between fresh and salt water environments. The reasons for the decline cannot be pinpointed exactly and though, as I said earlier, I am no authority on the matter, nor have I been consciously reading up on the latest information, it will suffice to say that the problem seems to stem from a combination of adverse affects, all with negative consequences, for everyone. We neglected the water quality of our rivers and tributaries for too long, many angling associations and voluntary groups across the country did their best for years and lobbied hard for protection.  This latter, combined with pressure from Brussels relating to water quality and habitat directives, finally got a concerted effort going in Ireland and many of our rivers and lakes have improved considerably, many others however have changed irrevocably.

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