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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.

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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.

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‘Vintage & Classic Car Show’ Thurles – Sun Next May 8th

Thurles Lions Club 1st Annual Vintage and Classic Car Show Moves To St. Patrick’s College

Lions-ClubNext Sunday’s event will be the first year that Thurles Lions Club will host a ‘Vintage and Classic Car Show’, with the intention of developing the event into an annual festive date in the town; attracting visitors into the area, while also raising funds for many needy causes.

Thurles Lions Club in association with Supermacs, (Thurles) are being supported by the Clonoulty-Rossmore Vintage Club, Clonmel Transport Museum, North Tipp Vintage Club and the Thurles War Museum, in hosting this event.

Please Note Change To Originally Advertised Location.
The Thurles Lions Club Vintage and Classic Car Show is now being held in St Patrick’s College Thurles and NOT Thurles Greyhound Stadium, as was previously advertised, due to match traffic congestion expected around Semple Stadium and in the interests of health & safety.

Organising Committee & Sub-Committee
The organising committee of this event is composed of Thurles Lions Club members together with volunteer experts, who each bring a specialised knowledge and experience to this event.

A Sub-Committee of approximately 60 extra volunteers will be offering support on the day which will include allocated Thurles Lions Club members, the Thurles-Syrian Community, Phoenix Productions and Clonoulty-Rossmore Vintage Club.

Opening Hours
The show will be open to visitors from 12:00 noon to 5.00pm. Exhibitors will however have access from 8.30am sharp on the morning of the show until 7.00pm that evening, to facilitate the setting up, dismantling and eventual removal of exhibits.

A Day Out for all the Family
Lions Clubs International is based solely on volunteer-ism, with 100% of funds, raised on the day, going directly to the cause for which it is intended.
Admission for adults will be €5.00 per adult, with admission for children under 12 totally free. [Note: Exhibitors of extra vintage and classic cars who turn up will also be granted free admission.]

Of course the main attraction of this show will be the selection of vintage and classic cars that will attend and Thurles Lions Club can, to date, confirm the presence of some 70 cars being in attendance, including the genuine 1916 Ford Model T, once belonging to Larry Kiernan, brother of Kitty Kiernan and used often by both Kitty and Michael Collins. Many other cars are also expected to show up on the day, with between 100 and 150 cars expected to be in attendance at any one time. The Irish Defence Forces will also have on exhibition a rarely seen 19141 Ford Armoured Car. Local motorcycle clubs have also been invited to attend and it is expected that some 20 bikes will also go on display.

The Purpose Of This Exciting Event
The refugee crisis, created by the Middle East war; Syria in particular, has created an enormous humanitarian aid problem. Since the outbreak of civil war in Syria in 2011, over 250,000 people have lost their lives and almost half the population of 20 million have been forced into exile from their homes, their villages and cities, turning into the largest body of refugees on the edge of Europe since World War II. Approximately 5 million, half of them children, are in camps, in appalling conditions, in Jordan, the Lebanon and Turkey and they desperately need humanitarian aid.

The Lions organisation in Ireland has been, over the past number of months, communicating with other Lions Clubs across Europe, evaluating essential needs and endeavouring to find supportive solutions to this desperate humanitarian crisis. In particular, the Irish Lions organisation has been in contact with the Scandinavian Lions organisation, who are operating on the ground in Lebanon and are planning to site a ‘Care Centre’ serving several Refugee Camps there, with basic Health and Education facilities. Funds raised from this year’s ‘Thurles Lions Club Vintage and Classic Car Show’ will go, 100%, directly this cause.

Special Attractions At this Event
As already stated: Numerous restored vintage and classic cars, motorcycles and tractors; Auto-Jumblers (Vintage Car Accessory Parts) from all over the country, including Northern Ireland; Artists Fare – More than 15 local artist exhibitions; Artisan Foods; Bouncy Castle (9m x 4m); An Inflatable Obstacle Course (9m x 4m); Carousel Roundabout for Children; “Hook a Duck”; Fun Train Rides around the wonderful grounds of St. Patrick’s College; Face Painting; “Wanderly Wagon”; Fortune Teller; “Mo Chara” Dog Show; An 1916 Exhibition; A Taste of Syria” – Syrian coffee and cakes; Vintage Fairground Organ; Photo Booth; and finally a chance to meet and greet this years very lovely 2016 Tipperary Entrant in the Rose of Tralee – Miss Fiona O’Sullivan, to top it all off.

Monster Raffle
A monster raffle with magnificent sponsored prizes will also be held with single tickets costing just €2 each or 3 tickets for €5 can be purchased at this event .

1st Prize: Samsung “48in” 4K TV valued at €800 (Sponsored by Ronayne Hardware, Thurles)
2nd Prize: A set of 4 Tyres to the value of €400 (Sponsored by Lyons Tyre Services)
3rd Prize: Travel Voucher to the value of €200 (Sponsored by Bowe Travel, Thurles)
4th Prize: Car Valeting Voucher to the value of €70 (Sponsored by Denis Kinane Motors, Thurles)
5th Prize: Steering Tracking Voucher (Sponsored by Martin Shanahan Tyres, Thurles)
6th Prize: Voucher (Sponsored by Seamus Hayes Motors, Ballagh)
7th Prize: Cash Voucher (Sponsored by M.J. Bowe, Thurles)
8th Prize: Meal Voucher (Sponsored by Ryan’s Daughter, Thurles)
9th Prize: Private Tour for 8 of Connacht Whiskey Distilliary (Sponsored by Connacht Whiskey, Ballina, Co. Mayo)
10th Prize: Goody Bag (Sponsored by Good Year Tyres )

For more information on this event, see Thurles Lions Club’s Facebook.

Welcome To Lions Clubs International

Lions Clubs International is a non-political, non-religious voluntary organisation that empowers and encourages its volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding. There are approximately 1.4m members in over 47,000 clubs throughout the world. In Ireland there are approximately 2,500 members in 111 clubs throughout the island of Ireland.

Thurles Lions Club was founded in 1964. Membership of Thurles Lions Club are a diverse mix from the local community. A club of men and women ranging in age from their 20’s to their 80’s with a mix of experience, nationalities and backgrounds. The objective of the Club is not for personal gain, but to serve the community in an enjoyable, co-operative way. Over the past 50 years Thurles has provided much community, national and international aid. Each year, in addition to providing many services to the local community, Thurles Lions Club raises between €30,000 and €40,000 towards local, national and international charitable causes.

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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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Thurles Lions Club Suicide Awareness Programme

Extract from a poem by Misao Fujimura.

“To end is to start; to surrender is to know,
Despair and depression, together they grow,
Hope shall meet hopeless, when there’s nowhere to go.” 

Ann Marie Brophy, Executive Librarian at Thurles Library Reports:
Thurles Lions Club are holding a suicide awareness programme on Saturday January 18th, 2014.

This awareness programme will begin at 10:00 a.m., in the Tipperary Centre for IndHSEependent Living.

Latter building, as most of you will know, is situated to the rear of the once Stradavoher Industrial Estate, in Thurles, Co Tipperary.

This is a four hour programme, fully facilitated by the HSE, during which time qualified personnel will attempt to train people in being more suicide aware.

“This is a free programme and I think this is of particular interest to any of us who work with the public on a day to day basis.”

If you are interested in attending, just let Ann Marie know by email to brophyam@tipperarylibraries.ie or by Tel: 087-6853936.

Ann Marie would also greatly appreciate if you could also spread the word about this upcoming informative programme, either by word of mouth or by perhaps ‘Sharing’ on Facebook.

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