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Tomorrow Sat. Oct. 30th Three Hours of Pumpkin Festivities At Holycross Market.

Muppet Monster.

It is “Ready, Set, Go” for Halloween Festivities at Holycross Market, here in Holycross, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, tomorrow, with their extra special “Holycross Pumpkin Fest” taking place.

A host of spooky and other spectacular events will take off, promising to entertain young and old and guaranteeing the very best in family fun.

Market organisers will be seeking those skilled conker fighters to participate in the “Tipperary Conker Championship” which will result in a trophy and prizes for both the winner and runner-up.

Don’t forget Ruadhán Gormally, that incredibly talented Galway born puppet maker, who was recently featured on the Ryan Tubridy Show, will be here in Holycross Market tomorrow, to entertain and delight with a collection of his best puppets.

A “Muppet Monster” style Puppet will also be raffled off as part of the afternoon’s much anticipated festivities.

As stated, the market will be extending their opening time by one hour, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, with lots of extra music, tricks, treats and other shenanigans, for children and adults, in honour of this truly Irish tradition.

Meanwhile; the market organisers of this Holycross Market Pumpkin Fest, want to keep the family fun rolling out over the full Halloween holiday, with other ‘spooktacular’ Halloween activities after their market closes.

Create Your Own Halloween Puppet from Paper

After Ruadhán Gormally’s puppet display, you’ll be inspired to make your own puppets. To make these easy Halloween hand puppets, all you need is paper, glue, scissors and some ‘crafty’ creativity.

Make Some Halloween Garlands.

Street area’s and stalls at the Holycross Market will be decorated for Halloween. Why not have a go at making your own Halloween decorations? Many of us will remember making these paper garlands as children. Why not put a Halloween spin on this oldest of paper crafts. No skill required, just some folding and cutting with a scissors. Just click HERE.

Learn to Draw a Favourite Halloween Monster.

You are sure to see lots of creepy costumes at the Holycross Halloween Market. When you get home, why not learn to draw a few. As always, Art for Kids Hub offers hundreds of free tutorials on how to draw our favourite Halloween characters. With lessons for all ages and abilities it’s no wonder this channel has over 5 million subscribers. Click HERE.

Bake Some Halloween Buns with Mum.

Once you have eaten all the delicious cakes you bought at Holycross Market, try out some of these delicious Halloween bakes, courtesy of Oldlum’s by clicking HERE.

Play Some Halloween Games.

Still feeling competitive after the Holycross Conker Championship? Here are five other Halloween games that will provide lots of fun for young and old.
Halloween Charades click HERE.
Pin the Spider on the Web click HERE.
Wrap the Mummy click HERE. (Persuade Mum to buy a few extra toilet roll)
Halloween Relay Race click HERE.
Guess the Gross Food click HERE.

See you all tomorrow at Holycross Market Pumpkin Fest. It’s the place to be.


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Johnny Enright Jnr. Appointed Tipperary Senior Hurling Selector

THURLES.INFO wishes to extend its congratulations and best wishes to Johnny Enright Jnr, formally of Dublin Road, Thurles, on his appointment as Tipperary Senior Hurling selector, alongside Manager Colm Bonnar and fellow selectors Tommy Dunne and Paul Curran.

Johnny, the son of Susan and the late John Enright, is a decorated former Tipperary, UCC, Thurles CBS, Durlas Óg and Thurles Sarsfields hurler, who captained the “Blues” to County Senior Hurling success in 2009, being just amongst one of his many honours.

He is considered to be one of the finest and most skilful exponents of the game to have been produced from Durlas Óg and Thurles Sarsfields GAA clubs.

He is now tasked with guiding the Tipperary Senior hurlers back to the summit in pursuit of All Ireland success and to challenge the current Champions Limerick – the home county of his late father John Enright Snr.

We wish Johnny every success on his appointment.

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Colm Bonnar Named New Tipperary Senior Hurling Boss.

Tipperary native and former county player Colm Bonnar has been officially named as the new Tipperary senior hurling manager. This confirmation, identifying a suitable replacement for outgoing manager Mr Liam Sheedy, follows a meeting of the Tipperary’s County management committee on last night.

Previous successes:
Bonnar oversaw Carlow’s progression to the Leinster SHC for two seasons; winning the McDonagh Cup, Christy Ring Cup and Division 2A league crown during his successful incumbency.

The Cashel native, together with former Tipperary and Waterford hurler Andy Moloney, Bonnar also guided Ballyhale to All-Ireland honours in 2015.

Having served three years as “Yellow Bellies” (Wexford) manager, Bonner has previously also been involved in management teams in his native county and Co. Waterford.

Playing Career:
As a player on the field, Bonnar won a minor All-Ireland in 1982; an under-21 title in 1985; and senior All-Ireland titles in both 1989 and 1991, with his brothers Cormac and Conal with Tipperary.

In 1991 he captained the Cashel team which won Tipperary and Munster club honours.

We wish Colm every success in his future roll.

Other Sports News:
We also wish success to five-time ‘All-Star’ Brendan Cummins who has been appointed as the under-20 manager for a three-year term.

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September 2021 Is ‘Heart Month’.

September is Heart Month and this year the Irish Heart Foundation is all about men’s health!

RPI Ambassadors Peter Stringer and Malcolm O’Kelly are helping us Reboot this September.

Ms Janis Morrissey, (Director of Health Promotion, Irish Heart Foundation), reports.

Did you know that 1 in 4 men will die from heart disease and stroke? And men are nearly three times more likely than women to die young from heart disease and stroke?

But the good news is that 80% of these deaths are preventable with lifestyle changes.

That’s why we in the Irish Heart Foundation  have teamed up with  Rugby Players Ireland to get men all over Ireland to Reboot their life.
Supported by the HSE, we are here to help men to challenge themselves to make some positive lifestyle changes for their heart health.

Head over to irishheart.ie to find out how you or the men in your life can Reboot and  make small changes for a healthier heart  and future.

You’ll find plenty of tips and Reboot stories from our Rugby Players Ireland Ambassadors Tommy Bowe, Paul Wallace, Malcom O’Kelly and Peter Stringer as well as the inspiring stories of our Irish Heart Foundation Ambassadors Don O’Sullivan and Niall Nugent.

It’s never too late to choose to Reboot.” Signed Janis Morrissey.

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Report Highlights Importance Of Greyhound Racing Industry To Tipperary Economy.

The significant contribution made by the greyhound racing industry to the Irish exchequer and rural employment is highlighted in a new report published today by Greyhound Racing Ireland (GRI).

The report, compiled by consultant economist Jim Power, contains a county-by-county breakdown of the 6,211 active owners across the island of Ireland with Cork leading the way, accounting for 890 or 15% of the overall number followed by Tipperary (669, 11.3%), Kerry (599, 10.1%), Limerick (540, 9.1%), Wexford (314, 5.3%) and Kilkenny (286, 4.8%.). Tipperary accounts for 12.5% (50) of the 400 active trainers in Ireland followed by Cork (38, 9.5%), Kerry (34, 8.5%), Limerick (30, 7.5%), Wexford (21, 5.25%) and Tyrone (19, 4.75%).

The report shows the industry made a net contribution to the Irish economy of €132.3 million in 2019 and supported 4,150 full-time and part-time jobs. An additional 6,211 active greyhound owners derived economic benefit from the industry in 2019, the last full year of activity before the pandemic. An investment of a further €117.8 million was made by greyhound owners in 2019 in preparing and racing greyhounds.

While Covid-19 restrictions have resulted in a significant decrease in activity and revenue during 2020 and 2021, GRI expects to return to pre-pandemic activity and attendances in 2023.

The report also contains details on the care and welfare initiatives progressed by GRI during the past two years, including the provision of care and foster care centres, the introduction of an expanded inspection programme for greyhound establishments, the operation of a Greyhound Injuries Support Scheme, and the commissioning of the Rásaíocht Con Éireann Traceability System. 3,995 greyhounds also have been rehomed (2019 – 974; 2020 – 1,775; 2021 to 30 June – 1,246) with the support of GRI and the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust.

Frank Nyhan, (Chairman of Greyhound Racing Ireland), commented, “The greyhound industry is going through a very challenging period, but the economic, financial, and employment contribution remains significant.”

“The challenges experienced in recent years by the industry include declining attendances, the closure of some tracks for economic reasons, Brexit and adverse publicity in relation to welfare and other practices within the industry,” added Mr. Nyhan.
“The ongoing challenge for GRI is to continue the development of a commercial greyhound racing industry built on a consumer-focused, and high-quality entertainment product, which meets the highest possible international regulatory and welfare standards.”

Mr. Nyhan says COVID-19 has represented a significant challenge for the industry, but as restrictions are eased, activity levels are expected to recover.

“In 2019, 462,709 patrons attended race meetings, and it is difficult to see that total being surpassed in 2022. However, provided the public and private greyhound stadia are put on a sound commercial footing, and there is a continuance of the aggressive approach to regulating the sector it is anticipated that attendance levels will reach or exceed pre-pandemic levels in 2023,” he explained.

Gerard Dollard, CEO of Greyhound Racing Ireland, says government support for the sector is “very important”, and in the absence of such support, there would be “considerable implications” for rural employment and economic activity.

In 2019 and 2020, the Department of Agriculture, Fund and the Marine paid €16.8 million to the greyhound industry through the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund, and it increased the allocation to €19.2 million in 2021 to provide general support to the industry and to enable it deal with Covid.

“The greyhound industry is an important part of the social and economic fabric of rural Ireland. It supports considerable employment directly and indirectly down through the supply chain, and it is an important way of life for greyhound owners around the country. For stakeholders in the sector, it is an important economic and social activity,” explained Mr. Dollard.

Highlights from the Greyhound Racing Ireland report:

  • The total cost to greyhound owners each year of keeping the ‘greyhound pipeline’ in operation is around €117.79 million. This is a significant amount of expenditure, and much of it is injected into local economies and supports thousands of local jobs.
  • Wagering activity on greyhounds contributes to the overall betting levy collected by the Exchequer. This levy was increased from 1% to 2% in 2019 resulting in a return to the Exchequer of €95 million in 2019.
  • In 2019, the total prize money granted was €9.58 million, of which GRI contributed 82.4 per cent, which works out at €7.89 million. The remainder came from race entry fees and sponsorship contributions. In 2020, the total prize money granted was €6.11 million, of which GRI contributed 81 per cent, which works out at €4.95 million. Between 2006 and 2020, prize money totalling €129.9 million was paid out, with GRI contributing 74.4 per cent, which works out at €96.6 million.
  • An estimated €8 million per year was raised at greyhound meetings for worthy causes. In a post-Covid world, greyhound racing will re-establish itself as a significant vehicle for fundraising for sporting organisations such as GAA clubs and charitable causes.
  • While much has been made in media reports of withdrawal of sponsors from support of greyhound racing, this is not borne out in reality. Three sponsors withdrew from sponsorship due to targeted and significant campaigns from those opposed to greyhound racing. GRI has seen some new sponsors emerge and other sponsors are willing to continue to support the industry but have asked for a lesser public profile than heretofore.
  • An area of growth for GRI has been the sale of media rights for its greyhound racing activities. An agreement has been entered into with Sports Information Services (SIS) who transmit Irish greyhound racing to UK bookmaker outlets and international markets. The 8 meetings incorporate 2 early morning meetings (Waterford and Kilkenny) which are aimed towards the international wagering market. Total income from SIS in 2019 was €2.1M.
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