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New Book Launch – Memoirs of a Small Town Solicitor

RotaryThurles Rotary Club are delighted to assist Mr Christopher Kavanagh, of the Sue Ryder Homes, to launch his third book entitled: “Memoirs of a Small Town Solicitor”.

The launch will take place in Thurles Library, situated in the Source Arts Centre building, Cathedral Street, Thurles, on Tuesday May 24th, beginning sharp 6.30pm; with a Judge of the Circuit Court, Mr Gerard O’Brien, doing the honours on the evening.

The book tells the story of Christopher’s most exciting and interesting life, during which time he practised as a Solicitor in Zimbabwe, for some 47 years.

Do not be misled by the title of this book; apart from his life as a Solicitor, it also encompasses his life experiences as a Mountaineer: a Commissioned Officer in the Rhodesian Armed Forces; a part time Policeman; an Actor; his activities as a Rotarian; his first marriage in Switzerland and subsequent honeymoon in Budapest and Vienna; his participation in various Legal Conferences in Venice, Vancouver, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania etc. not to mention his incarceration in a Zimbabwe prison. The publication also deals with his second marriage to Wendy and his decision to settle in Ireland.

The book is lavishly illustrated with some 30 colour photographs and contains the most amusing of anecdotes; moments of terror; his sadness’s / joy’s, and is guaranteed to appeal to everyone who enjoys a thoroughly good factual read.


Thurles Rotary ‘Reaching For Great Heights’

Can You Meet the Thurles Rotary Challenge?

On June 18th 2016, an expedition of ‘intrepid adventurers’ will attempt to walk up and down three hills in Co. Tipperary on the same day.


Pictured L-R: Jean Forbes Cooke, Jonathan Gleeson, The Don, Michael Wright, Sean Spain and Barry Cagney on the top of Slievenamon, Co. Tipperary recently.

Starting at the base of the 2,277 ft. high ‘Keeper Hill’ (Sliabh Coimeálta or The Mountain of Guarding), outside Newport, the team will take three hours to climb up and down. Then an hour long drive later on to Skeheenarinky (with a lunch stop at Kilcoran Lodge Hotel), when the team will take four hours to climb up and down the 3015 ft high ‘Galteemore’ (Cnoc Mór na nGaibhlte, or Big Hill of the Galtees). Finally, after a drive to Kilcash, take the two hour walk up and down the 2,365 ft Slievenamon (Sliabh na mBan, or Mountain of the Women). The team will then collapse into McCarthy’s Bar in Fethard for food and a bit of ‘craic’. (Sean could even be persuaded to drag along his guitar.)

The expedition is organised by the Rotary Club of Thurles and the objective, as well as completing the walk is to raise money for the Jack and Jill Foundation. Last year the Rotary Club of Thurles raised over €4000 for this charity.

This year the Rotary Club of Thurles is delighted to invite anyone with good fitness and who is interested in completing this expedition, to join this walk on June 18th next.

Walkers will be accompanied by an experienced mountain guide; with transport to and from Thurles to all three peaks above mentioned. There are no costs to joining the expedition, although it is essential that each walker must bring suitable clothing and walking boots, in order to take part. Each walker must also be able to effectively fund raise for the Jack and Jill Foundation, to secure a place on the team.

Information: For more details on competing in this most exciting of adventures, please contact Michael Wright on Mobile: (083) 3581304.


Alzheimer’s Tea Day – Thurles – May 5th, 2016


Picture: John Butler (Proprietor ‘Bookworm’) & Michael Wright (Home Instead Senior Care) preparing for the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland’s Tea Day.

Thurles Rotary Club are proud to support the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland’s Tea Day.

Alzheimer’s Tea Day will take place on Thursday, May 5th in Bookworm Bookshop, (latter premises situated at No.1 Parnell Street, here in Thurles) from 10:00am.  All donations to this event will be gratefully accepted on the day, e.g. Cakes, Buns, Tarts and of course financial contributions, regardless how small.

Alzheimer’s disease, together with other types of dementia, affect over 1,900 people here in County Tipperary and people with dementia and their families need our strong support. The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland is the national leader in understanding and providing for dementia-specific supports and services.

So please do drop into the Bookworm Bookshop on May 5th, they look forward to drinking tea with you and having a chat.


Thurles Rotary Club – Events St. Stephen’s Day 2015

Are you wondering what to do with yourself on this upcoming St Stephens day 2015 in Thurles? Well to use that well known Christmas biblical phrase from St. Luke 2:10-11 “Fear not: for, behold, we bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”


Picture shows: L-R – Sean Spain (Former President Thurles Rotary), James Doran, Sean Doran, Dillon Skehan, Nicola Skehan, Michael Wright (Thurles Rotary President) and John O’Shaughnessy (Thurles Chamber President), at the launch in the Anner Hotel, Thurles today, of the 2nd Annual Rotary Challenge.

Thurles Rotary Club, latter originally founded in 1988, have again this year put together an organising team to work on a special Christmas project, thus assisting three worthy local charity organisations with future funding.

President of Thurles Rotary Club, Mr Michael Wright has confirmed that the club will now endeavour to lend a helping-hand to: ‘The Sean Doran Thurles Fund’, ‘Thurles Guide Dogs for the Blind’ and ‘Mo Chara Animal Rescue’.

“In these difficult times, funding for the above named organisations are particularly low”, stated Mr Wright, “Thurles Rotary Club are now determined to support same from the funding raised at this years Rotary Christmas Challenge (detailed hereunder), taking place on St Stephen’s day 2015 at the Thurles Crokes AC Club House at Nenagh Road, Thurles.”

Run – Walk – Cycle and above all  Support Thurles Rotary Christmas Challenge

December 26th 2015 will now see three events taking place at the Thurles Crokes AC Club House, Racecourse (Nenagh) Road, Thurles and which are highlighted as follows:-

NOTE FIRST: Registration for the following events will begin sharp at 10.00 am.

(1) Starting at 11.00am:- A 55k Cycle Event.
(2) Starting at 11.30am:- A 6k Walk.
(3) Starting at 11.30am:- A 6k Fun Run.

Prizes will include:-  €70.00 for 1st Men & Women; €40.00 for 2nd Men & Women and €25.00 for 3rd Men & Women. Please note also that Thurles Crokes AC have kindly offered their facilities to assist those taking part to; Park Vehicles, Change Clothing and Take a Shower.

After this event a separate Prize Draw will take place in the Clubhouse, where entertainment will also be provided for a period of time.
Note: Thurles Knights of Malta and Thurles Gardaí are also assisting, where needed, at all four events, in the interests of Health & Safety.

Please if at all possible, do attend and support this event. Entry to Fun Run/Walk costs €10.00, with Cycles costing €20.00 or whatever donation you can afford to give. Cheques can be made payable to Thurles Rotary Local Charities.


Thurles Rotary Club Continue Support Of Local Charities


Pictured Above: (L-R; Back Row):-  Mr Barry Cagney (Thurles Rotary), M/s Jill Moore (Thurles Rotary) and Mr Michael Walsh (Thurles Rotary).       (L-R; Front Row):- Mr Sean Spain (Thurles Rotary), M/s Evelyn Nevin (Thurles Rotary President) and Mr Billy Shanahan (Rep: Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind), with his own guide dog ‘Bess’.

Thurles Rotary Club member Mr Sean Spain, pictured here, presenting a cheque for €500 to Mr Billy Shanahan, latter representing ‘Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind,’ following the clubs successful ‘Run – Walk – Cycle’ fund-raising event held on St. Stephen’s Day, December 26th 2014 last.

The fund-raising events, which took place from Thurles Rugby Club, involved a 55k Cycle Event, a Family Fun Cycle, a 10k Walk and 10k Road Race. For this event Thurles Rugby Club provided access to the full resources of their Clubhouse, thus assisting with the parking of vehicles together with shower and changing facilities for all those taking part.

In presenting the cheque Thurles Knights of Malta, Thurles Rugby Club and Thurles Gardaí were warmly thanked by the club membership for their great assistance in making this event such an outstanding success.