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Fun & Games Requiring No IT Streaming Or IT Applications

With all our IT Streaming Services and other IT Applications, it’s easy to forget those games that entertained the whole family, before the era of Smart Phones, Tablets and other screen time entertainment.
If you are getting tired of staring at computer screens and TV, and looking for some fun, indoor activities, that require no IT equipment, why not play some of these tried and trusted family games suitable for all ages.

(1) Charades
Divide your group into teams or simply take turns. Player 1 thinks of something to act out without using any words, typically, e.g., a book, film or title of a T.V. programme. They use agreed gestures to indicate whether it’s a book, film or T.V. show and then they try to act out each word until some guesses their title. You can adapt the game by picking different categories and acting out words associated with that category. Example: category = summer and words = sunscreen, swimming, sandcastle, ice cream etc.

(2) Categories.
One player decides on a category and the other players take turns naming things that belong in that category. For younger children it’s best to keep the categories broad, e.g. animals. For older kids and adults, it’s best to keep the categories narrow, e.g., books by Roald Dahl. To keep the responses quick and to keep the pace going, try playing with a clapping rhythm. The game ends and players are ‘out’ if they can’t think of any more things that belong in the category.

(3) Geography.

Each player comes up with a place name (town, county, country) that begins with same letter as the last letter of the place mentioned by the previous player. For example, player 1 says ‘Thurles’, so player 2 says ‘Sligo’ and player 3 says ‘Offaly’. You are out if you can’t think of a place. The winner is the last player left standing.

(4) Ghost.

Player 1 picks and says a letter of the alphabet. Each player takes turns and thinks of a letter that will spell a real word. The aim of the game is to spell a real word but to avoid incorrect spellings or being the player that ends the spelling. If you add a letter that doesn’t spell a word or you can’t think of a letter you are ‘out‘. Every time you end a spelling you get a letter from the word ‘ghost’. Once you have all five letters of ‘ghost’ you are ‘out of the game’. Example: Player 1 starts with the letter c. Player 2 adds a, thinking of the word call. Player 3 is thinking of the word ‘catch‘ and adds t, but ends a word because that spells ‘cat’ and player 4 gets the letter g in ghost.

(5) I Spy
Player 1 looks around and picks an object they can visually see, beginning with a letter and says “I spy with my little eye something beginning with g “, for example. The other players then have to then guess what player 1 saw beginning with the latter ‘g’ in the immediate area.

(6) Twenty Questions.
One player thinks of an animal, vegetable, person or object. They only tell the other players what category it belongs to, i.e., whether it’s an animal, vegetable, person or object. The other players try and guess what it is by asking questions that result in a yes or no answer only, for example, “Is it bigger than a car?” or “Can you eat it?”

(7) I Packed my Suitcase.
Each player starts off with the same sentence: “I packed my suitcase and in it I put _.” The player completes the sentence with a word that begins with the letter A. For instance, “I packed my suitcase and in it I put an apple”. The next player repeats the previous sentence and has to add a B word. “I packed my suitcase and in it I put an apple and a ball“.
Taking turns, each player has to remember what the previous players have said and add an item that starts with the next letter of the alphabet.
If you forget what they have said or can’t think of a word beginning with that letter, you are ‘out’ of the game. You can adapt the game further by picking different categories, e.g., animal words only or fruits.

(8) Pictionary
Divide your group into teams or simply take turns. Decide on a category, for example ‘sports’. Player 1 thinks of a sport and starts drawing it. The first person or team that guesses what he/she is drawing, will scores a point for themselves or their team.

(9) Heads-Up
Players agree on a category, for example, ‘Superhero’s’. Everyone writes down the name of a superhero. One player is on and picks a piece of paper and without looking holds the name of the superhero against their forehead for everyone else to see. The other players take turns giving clues about the superhero to the player who is on. When player 1 guesses their superhero, another player in on.

(10) The Laughing Game
Players sit in a circle and take it in turns to quickly say ‘Ha’, ‘Ho’ or ‘Hee’. Anyone who starts laughing is knocked out of the game. The game continues until everyone is out. The winner is the person who keep a straight face the longest.

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Tipperary Celebrating International Women’s Day

“I am Generation Equality; Realizing Women’s Rights”


International Women’s Day is held annually on Sunday March 8th; celebrating the women’s movement and their struggle in gaining equality. On this date, women from all different backgrounds and cultures worldwide and where possible, band together to raise awareness in their need for gender parity and women’s rights.

The theme for International Women’s Day 2020 is “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”

International Women’s Day (IWD) has a rich history dating back 108 years and is dedicated to celebrating women’s achievements, especially in the spheres of sport, Education, economics, culture and politics.

Lena Rice, Co. Tipperary – Queen of the Tennis Court

In celebrating International Women’s Day, let us today resurrect the now slowly fading achievements, by one Co. Tipperary born woman, namely Ms Helena Bertha Grace Rice.

Ms Helena Bertha Grace ‘Lena’ Rice.

Latter entered this world on June 21st 1866, and who passed away 41 years later, on her birthday, June 21st 1907. The cause of her death was that infectious disease, which back in the late 19th and early 20th century, killed up to seven thousand Irish people every year; known as Tuberculosis, (TB).

Better known to her public as, ‘Lena’ Rice; she was born the second-youngest of eight children to Mr Spring Rice and his wife Mrs Anna Rice (Gorde). The family lived in a two-storied Georgian style house at Marlhill, situated approximately a half mile west of New Inn, Cahir, in Co. Tipperary.

Her father died when she was just two years old, in 1868, (also as did Lena Rice his daughter, aged 41 years), leaving her mother to struggled somewhat, in the management their household affairs.

Lena first learned to play tennis with her other siblings, in their rather large garden at Marlhill, and Lena and her sister Anne, latter three years older, continued their love of the sport, eventually joining the membership of Cahir Town Lawn Tennis club, in Co. Tipperary. Here both sisters honed their ever-developing skills, by playing not just other local resident club members, but also by competing with a steady flow of competitors from a nearby stationed army camp.

As Lena’s competitive skills and confidence grew, she now sought to compete nationally and beyond the borders of her native mid Co. Tipperary.

In 1889 at the tender age of 23 years, she ventured up to our nation’s capital, Dublin, and to in Fitzwilliam Square, to take part in the Irish Tennis Championships. Despite reaching the semi-finals of the single’s event, she was defeated by the English player Ms Blanche Hillyard, but succeeded in winning the mixed doubles title, with her Kildare male partner Mr Willoughby Hamilton, (no relation), latter himself to later become a Wimbledon winner.

Six weeks later, both Rice sisters then travelled to England to participate at Wimbledon, which in 1889 attracted just six entrants in the ladies’ singles event. Lena again made it to the finals but here she was met once again by Ms Blanche Bingley Hillyard, the very same woman who had kept her from victory in Dublin. Again she was defeated, with Ms Hillyard securing the title 4-6, 8-6, 6-4. But, despite her defeat, Ms Rice had already made history, in becoming the first Irish woman ever to reach a Wimbledon final.

Ms Rice, (who by the way never married), now returned to Ireland to further advance her training. However, her weak backhand was now renowned in tennis circles. She was described in the book entitled “Lawn Tennis at Home and Abroad” as “a wonderful player with a terrible ‘Irish’ drive and a powerful service”.

The following year, in 1890, a now determined Ms Rice returned to Wimbledon. This time Ms Blanche Bingley Hillyard did not compete, as she was expecting her first baby. With Ms Hillyard no longer competing, Ms Rice; having formulated a new style, the ‘overhead smash’, and with only four entries in the 1890 tournament; reached the final with ease, beating Ms Mary Steadman 7-5, 6-2, to take her place at Centre Court, opposite Ms May Jacks.

On July 4th Ms Rice; dressed in the tennis attire of the time, i.e. a knee-length skirt, blouse tightly cinched at the waist, a tie, leather shoes and a straw boater hat, stepped onto the court to take the winner’s trophy 6-4, 6-1.

Using her twenty-guinea prize money, she purchased an emerald and diamond ring, which we understand she later left to her grand-niece.

There is no known record of Ms Lena Rice ever played in public again, but almost 130 years later, today, she remains the only Irishwoman ever to have won a Wimbledon Singles Final.

Following her early death, Wimbledon Singles Champion Ms Lena Rice was buried beside her parents in a small Protestant cemetery in New Inn, Cahir, Co. Tipperary.

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Brother Of Former Labour Party TD Alan Kelly Sleeps During US Super Bowl

Mr Declan Kelly; latter who once served as a US economic envoy to Northern Ireland and who is brother of former Tipperary Labour TD Mr Alan Kelly, has been caught sleeping with his mouth wide open, during the Super Bowl.

The video clip has now gone viral in the US.

Tipperary Team Sponsored By Teneo.

Mr Declan Kelly, an Irish-American business executive, best known for his role as Chairman & CEO of a company called Teneo; latter an international consulting company based in New York City, which sponsors the Tipperary Senior hurling team, was caught “dead to the world” at Super Bowl 54 on Sunday last.

The state of Mr Declan Kelly, with regard to his demeaner, is quite understandable to the many millionaires’ resident here in Tipperary, who are represented by his Irish Labour Party brother Mr Alan Kelly, after all the tickets to the game at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, only cost a mere €6,335.00 each.

And Irish people complain about paying €80.00 for an All-Ireland Hurling Ticket in Croke Park, Jones’ Rd, Drumcondra, Dublin 3

Easy known Mr Declan Kelly wasn’t found languishing on Dineen Hill 16, at the Railway End of Croke Park.

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Lowry Unveils Plans For €5M Fethard Town Park

Fethard is set to become the envy of towns across the country with the announcement this week that funding is now fully in place for a €5million Town Park with an amazing package of facilities.

Deputy Michael Lowry secured the sum of €2.6m under the Governments Regeneration Fund, the largest allocation of funding ever granted under this scheme.

This funding is being matched by Mr. John Magnier, who wishes to leave a legacy project to the town he loves and where his world renowned Coolmore Stud is based. Groundworks will commence in June of this year and the projected completion of Phase 1 will be January 2022.

Locals gathered in the Town Hall to hear details of the 22 acre project, which received full Planning Permission in July of last year, and there were ripples of excitement as they heard details of the Town Park, which will be a community recreational facility in the very heart of the town with a particular focus on health and wellbeing.

It will include a 2.5km perimeter walkway/running track, a Community Pavilion that includes a multi-use community hub with intergenerational hall, a community-commercial gym and café, health consultation rooms, changing rooms, showers etc. A popular inclusion is a much needed routeway for pedestrians and cyclists through the Town Park from the residential area at Strylea to the education facilities at Rocklow Road.

A very popular inclusion is a full-sized All-Weather Pitch that incorporates multidimensional playing fields for all codes and recreational uses. The amenity facilities include a variety of community amenity resources including an Adventure Playground, Sensory Garden, outdoor classroom, dog park, outdoor fitness equipment and there will also be an Open Parkland and Public Space with grassland and natural landscaping including seating and lighting.

Addressing the gathering at the announcement of the details of the project, Deputy Michael Lowry said that it is a truly amazing project, the scale and scope of which is unmatched in any part of Ireland, and he was delighted to have secured €2.6million in funding for it. He praised and thanked the Magnier family for their generosity and for leaving this legacy to the town, which became home to John Magnier in 1975.

“As soon as John Magnier heard about the Government funding he wanted to be involved. He wanted to be involved and put his stamp on it to make sure this project would be a centre of excellence for Fethard and all the surrounding communities. Nothing has been spared or overlooked. Everyone in the town has bought into the project by having their say in what was wanted and needed, it has full Planning Permission and the support of Tipperary County Council”, stated Lowry

Recalling the meetings he had with Government on securing funding, Deputy Lowry said “Negotiations went from no hope, to possible, to over the line”.

He recalled the day that Minister Michael Ring came to Fethard to announce the funding and the anticipation it created. He also acknowledged the incredible support he has received from Maurice Moloney at Coolmore Stud and the amazing work carried out by Caroline Madden, Strategic Planning and Project Consultant who designed the plan for the Town Park.

Mr Lowry continued, “A project of this magnitude could not happen without partnership and this project shows partnership at its best”.
He complimented Fethard Regional Community Sport and Recreational Campus CLG, which is the Development Company and Operator, along with their partners Tipperary County Council, Coolmore Ireland, Cashel and Emly Diocese, Healthy Ireland, local schools and clubs and groups and the community of Fethard.

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Lowry Further Commits To Support Of Phase 2 Work at Cashel Handball Club

Deputy Michael Lowry has welcomed the opening of the new 40 x 20 handball court at Cashel Handball Club and committed to furthering his help in the securing of future funding for planned work at the club.

The new court is an important addition to the facilities on offer at this thriving sports facility and Deputy Michael Lowry was delighted to assist with securing initial funding to provide this court.

The new court is now the culmination of Phase 1 work and just the start of a further 3 Phase modernisation plan.

The new Court, which opened in the 3rd quarter of 2019, has over the past number of months proved to be a very popular addition with members.
Cashel Handball Club has a very impressive track record within handball circles, with current members holding numerous All-Ireland and World titles at both Juvenile and Adult levels.

This new 40 x 20 modern court will go a long way to help develop the skills of the more than 80 juvenile club members, both boys and girls, who are currently training and playing at the club. Access to these enhanced facilities will continue to build the Club’s winning profile and attract more young people into the sport.

Funding for upgrading work such as this is provided through Capital Sports Grants. The funding for the new court was made possible a couple of years ago, through the hard work and persistence of Independent TD Mr Michael Lowry, who will continue to work towards securing further funding in support of Phase 2 of this project.

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