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Thurles “Believe None Of What You Hear!”

“Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.” ― Benjamin Franklin.

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How Dublin and our local elected politicians see Tipperary.                         Source: Imgur

If it is reported in a daily newspaper, heard on our radios or viewed on our TV’s then surely it must be true; Dublin has been voted the world’s second friendliest city by readers of the so called travel tourism guidebook ‘Rough Guides.’

This month, the guide book asked its readers to vote for the friendliest city they had visited and Dublin was unveiled as the runner up, taking the number two spot on the planet. For those even remotely interested; the list of top 10 cities are Glasgow, Dublin, Montreal, Liverpool, Copenhagen, Vancouver, Toyko, Dubai, Melbourne and Manchester.

‘Rough Guides’ replied by inviting tourists to; “Spend a weekend enjoying Dublin’s Georgian town-houses, squares and historic churches among some of the friendliest people in the world.”

Welcoming this news, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, Mr Niall Gibbons said that it “chimed” with Dublin’s own research undertaken recently which discovered how truly attractive our ‘Fair City’ is, to our overseas visitors and highlighted the fact that the ‘Irish Welcome’ was one of the country’s main attractions. (How much public funding was wasted on that research result one wonders?)

Mr Gibbons stated: “Again and again, our research shows us that the friendliness of our people is one of our unique selling points. This accolade bestowed by the readers of Rough Guides gives Tourism Ireland another wonderful platform to continue to promote Dublin and the island of Ireland, throughout the world as a ‘must-see’ destination.”

Well to use the supposed riposte of Marilyn “Mandy” Rice-Davies sometime back in the 60’s/70’s, “He would, (say that) wouldn’t he?”  Looks like Dublin will now not need to spend the recently announced €20 million fund to clean up our capital’s image and design that new clever logo for the city. Same was announced last month by a colleague of Mr Gibbons; the former deputy chief of Ryanair, Mr Michael Cawley.  This €20 million funding will no doubt now be divided up countrywide, (in the interests of friendliness) with a substantial amount being instead invested to assist neglected Tourism interests and marketing here in Co Tipperary. (Yes & Pigs Might Fly).

Let us pick, at random, a friendly day in the life of Dublin City; lets pick yesterday the 20th September, 2014 as a typical example.

In one incident: Dublin senior footballer Jonny Cooper was stabbed in the face and neck on Dorset Street, Lower. He was treated at the Mater Hospital and thankfully his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

In a separate incident: Another male in his 20’s is in a serious condition, following a stabbing in Blanchardstown. This incident took place in Whitestown Park at around 5.15am, with the victim taken to Connolly Hospital.

In another incident: An investigation is being carried out after a shooting took place at around 3.45pm at Belcamp Grove, Priorswood in Dublin. A 32-year-old man was shot by a gunman on a bicycle as he was leaving the garden of his house.

In another incident: RTÉ confirms it is cooperating with Gardaí; later investigating allegations about “creepy and menacing” phone calls made to a “high profile businesswoman” from its Montrose Studio campus in Dublin by someone who was employed on a casual basis.  (Perhaps possibly this situation is the reason why thousand of Irish Water protest marchers in Dublin, latter who feel they are justified in stopping the implementation of a tax on a human right to swell our governments coffers, got no real TV coverage yesterday.)

In another incident: A 31-year-old male was arrested in connection with a car-jacking at knife point in the shopping centre car park at Palmerstown, in Dublin.

In another incident: Dublin Region Homeless Executive director Cathal Morgan has stated that there is a growing trend of families being forced to leave private rented accommodation in Dublin; to move into homeless accommodation. Official figures agree that the number of people sleeping rough on Dublin’s friendly streets has increased by almost 50% since April last.

Finally: How many friendly drug dealing thugs left Dublin yesterday, heading for Co Tipperary and elsewhere, using high powered motor vehicle down Ireland’s motorways. Their intention would have been to behave like the ancient marauding Vikings, to plunder the private dwellings of those living alone in rural areas, latter presently now devoid of any real Garda presence.

In a past publication by that same so called travel tourism guidebook ‘Rough Guides,’ North Tipperary towns receive the following testimonial: “Thurles is of very little interest in itself. Having seen the Rock of Cashel, most people head out of Tipperary for the west, and frankly this isn’t a bad idea – the north of the county has little to distract you.  Templemore is even less interesting than Thurles.”  Of course there is little of interest in Thurles itself, it has all been stolen from our midst to enhance Dublin’s National Museum thus destroying our Tipperary rural tourism economy.

In the words of the brilliant Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu (Around 400BC) and Al Pacino of “Godfather” film fame; “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”

Historic Hayes Hotel Sells For €650,000

Hayes Hotel, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Hayes Hotel, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Historic Hayes Hotel hotel, situated here in Thurles Co Tipperary, where the GAA was first founded, has been sold today at the Allsop Space auction for €650,000.

A solicitor, representing the new purchasers was present to conduct bidding at the auction, however afterwards refused to be drawn by media as to the new clients true identity; stating that the new owner wished to remain anonymous for the time being.

The Hotel in Thurles, went under the hammer initially with a reserve price of a mere €500,000.

Hayes Hotel

Hayes Hotel traded under the name ‘The Star and Garter’ in the 18th Century. The hotel was purchased in the 1830’s by Mr William Boyton and became known as ‘Boyton’s Hotel’. In the 1870’s the hotel was then purchased by Miss Eliza J. Hayes and became known as ‘Hayes’ Commercial and Family Hotel’.

On November 1st, 1884, a group of Irishmen, Michael Cusack, Maurice Davin, John K. Bracken, George McCarthy, P.J. Ryan, John Wise-Power and John McKay gathered in the then hotel’s billiard room, later to be known as the ‘Red Room’ to formulate a plan to establish an organisation to foster and preserve Ireland’s unique games and athletic pastimes. The end result was the foundation one of the world’s greatest amateur associations, the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).

Despite going into receivership in April 2013, Hayes’ Hotel today still remains a popular venue for sportsmen, local people and tourists alike.

Kelly Launches Dedicated Lough Derg Tourism Website

1Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Mr. Alan Kelly TD yesterday (Monday, 8th September 2014) launched a brand new website dedicated exclusively to the promotion of the Lakelands Lough Derg region.

The website www.discoverloughderg.ie provides visitors to the region with information on places to visit, events, accommodation providers and restaurants, special offers, and land and water based activities.

The website is one of a number of marketing initiatives being rolled out over the coming months and during 2015 to establish the Lough Derg area in counties Clare, Galway and Tipperary as Ireland’s premier Lakeland destination.

“Lough Derg is the most important tourism asset in this region, and the lake has the capacity and the potential to entice and host domestic and international visitors alike,” stated Minister Kelly at the launch of www.discoverloughderg.ie.

The Minister added: “We need to continue to work on increasing the demand for lakeside and leisure activities and attract tourists into the Lakelands Lough Derg Region. An online presence is just one activity to assist us in doing this.”

Minister Kelly confirmed that a €2 million stimulus package is being invested to progress the objectives of the “Roadmap for Experience Development and Destination Marketing Plan 2014-2017″ for Lough Derg, which was launched earlier this year.

Implementation of the Plan is being co-ordinated by the Lough Derg Marketing Group (LDMG), comprising Fáilte Ireland, Waterways Ireland, Inland Fisheries, Clare, Galway and Tipperary County Councils, LEADER and tourism trade representatives from the private sector.

In addition to the website, the LDMG has coordinated a promotional video for the Lakelands Lough Derg Region, which is available to view on the newly launched website and which local tourism businesses are encouraged to incorporate into their websites. Lakelands Lough Derg will also be promoted on websites across France and Germany later this year, while a domestic marketing campaign is planned for the national print and broadcast media in early 2015.

Mr Joe MacGrath, LDMG Chairperson and Chief Executive of Tipperary County Council commented: “One of the key objectives outlined in the Roadmap is to improve orientation around Lough Derg for visitors. This will be achieved by erecting new signage to create a sense of arrival and enhance the visitor experience in exploring the area. It will focus on the three counties of Clare, Tipperary and Galway that border the lake with signage from motorways to the regional and local roads included in the scheme. Work is progressing in relation to this project and new signage is expected to be put in place in 2015.”

“The marketing and promotion of Lough Derg is an ongoing process,” explained Áine Mc Carthy, Tourism Marketing Coordinator for Lough Derg, who added: “For example, the Lough Derg Marketing Group launched a pilot food tourism initiative, A Taste of Lough Derg 2014, in June of this year which became an instant success generating public attention on social media through a series of events organised by the tourism trade in July and August. The initiative, which continues this month has created a significant interest in local produce available around Lough Derg and has heightened awareness of Lough Derg as a food tourism destination.”

“The initiative will be extended next year to get more of the tourism trade involved, with more events taking place throughout the summer months offering visitors to Lough Derg a choice of food events to attend,” added Ms. Mc Carthy.

Meanwhile, the LDMG has been involved in an EU Project called TRAP (Territories of Rivers Action Plans) since March which involves improving stakeholder engagement around Lough Derg.

Businesses wishing to be added to www.discoverloughderg.ie or to have their details updated should send an email to info@discoverloughderg.ie.

Tipperary’s Irish Anzacs – Clonoulty Village Hall

"Pat" Armstrong

“Pat” Armstrong, Moyaliffe, Co. Tipperary

More than 340 men and one woman from here in Co. Tipperary enlisted in the Australian forces during the First World War. Of those who enlisted; 45 were killed or died as a result of their service.

An event to be hosted in Clonoulty village hall on Wednesday next (August 20th 2014 beginning 7.30pm sharp) by Mrs Kitty Barry (Vice-chairperson of County Tipperary Historical Society) and Chaired by Mr Richard O’Brien (Chairman of County Tipperary Historical Society), will now for the first time discuss Tipperary’s overall involvement in this ‘war to end all wars’.

Guest speakers at this Clonoulty, Co Tipperary event will include historians Professor Jeff  Kildea, Dr. Danny Cusack and Mr Tom Carroll.

Professor Jeff Kildea – Tipperary’s Contribution to the Australian War Effort

Prof. Jeff Kildea is a historian, lecturer and author with a PhD in history from the University of New South Wales. He is currently the Keith Cameron Professor of Australian History at University College Dublin having previously taught Irish and Australian history to undergraduates at the University of New South Wales and at Sydney University’s Centre for Continuing Education.

Prof. Kildea is an Adjunct at the Global Irish Studies Centre at the University of New South Wales and has written books and articles and presented papers both in Australia and Ireland on early 20th-century Irish-Australian history. His books include “Tearing the Fabric”  (Sectarianism in Australia 1910-1925) (2002), “Anzacs and Ireland” (2007) and “Wartime Australians,” Billy Hughes (2008).  He is currently researching Irish Anzacs and a biography of Hugh Mahon, the Labour member for Kalgoorlie who in 1920 was expelled from the Commonwealth parliament for his criticism of British rule in Ireland.

For more than 30 years Prof. Kildea has practised as a barrister from 5 Wentworth Chambers and is now an Acting Commissioner of the Land and Environment Court. He is also the editor of Land & Environment Court Law & Practice NSW and a contributing author to “Planning & Development Service NSW,” published by Thomson Reuter.

On Wednesday night next Professor Kildea will for the first time here in Tipperary publicly examine Tipperary’s contribution to the Australian war effort and tell the stories of some of the little known Irish ANZACs from our county who fought and died in the War.

Dr. Danny Cusack – With the Anzacs at Gallipoli: Fr John Fahey

Dr. Danny Cusack is an independent historian currently residing at Kells, Co. Meath. A native of Perth, Western Australia, he has lived in Ireland for many years. He has completed a PhD and book on the Meath-born Western Australian politician Senator Paddy Lynch (1867-1944) and written and lectured on various aspects of the history of Meath (where he has family connections) and on Irish-Australia.
His talk entitled “With the Anzacs at Gallipoli: Fr John Fahey (1883-1959),” Dr. Cusack will discuss the Rossmore born priest who served most of his life in Western Australia. As an Australian army chaplain he took part in the famous Gallipoli landing of April 25 1915.

Mr Tom Carroll – Personal Accounts from Gallipoli

Mr Tom Carroll is a native of Clonoulty and a retired company director. His expertise was in regional and local economic development. His particular interest is local history and to understand how it was affected by change at national and international level i.e. political, economic, social and technological change. In regard to local history his focus has been on his native county, Tipperary, his mother’s county (Laois), his wife’s county (Kilkenny), and Limerick where he resided for some 46 years.
He will give those in attendance information on his uncle: Lce. Cpl. Martin Carroll, 1st Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers: killed in Gallipoli 28th June 1915.
Also on his uncle-in-law from Conahy / Three Castles, Co. Kilkenny: Private William Keeffe, 1st Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers, killed in Gallipoli 25th April 1915. Tom has William’s diary completed to the day prior to his death, extracts from which provide insights into the life of an ordinary soldier.

WWI Memorabilia – St Mary’s War Museum

St Mary’s War Museum will display rare World War I memorabilia, some relating to Gallipoli, at this major Clonoulty historic gathering.
Note: Discussion & Refreshments afterwards.

Further Information: Please address all queries to: catherinebarry@eircom.net

Admission to this event costs just €5.00, with all proceeds going to the Tipperary Libraries Digitisation Project.

‘Clan Kenny’ Visit Thurles in Co Tipperary

Some 27 close-knit members of the ‘Kenny Clan,’ led by George Kenny and his wife Sandy, visited Thurles for some six days last week; all part of their summer vacation and ongoing research into their roots.

Gathered from all over the USA, the ‘Clan Kenny’ group choose the historic Lisheen Castle, near Thurles, Co Tipperary as the location for their base and recent sojourn.

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American, Australian and other welcome European and Asian visitors searching for their roots and who carefully and intelligently plan their trips to Ireland are now beginning to wisely make their holiday bases here in Thurles, Co.Tipperary. Of course logically and geographically Thurles Co. Tipperary represents the very hub of Ireland, providing just a one or two hour drive, at most, to access most of Ireland’s historical and scenic areas, (e.g. Cobh – 1 h 20 min or 126.4 km, Cliffs of Moher – 2 hrs or 156.8 km, Kilkenny Castle – 44 min or 48 km, Dublin’s Trinity College – 1 h 31 min or 146.2 km etc.). 

Visitors on the other hand who choose their holiday bases on Ireland’s coastline, soon learn to their financial and other costs that a great deal of vacation time is being lost in attempting to reach these same destinations, during any visit. Coastline visitors end up instead constantly forced to change their ‘base camps’ in their efforts, over a short period, to pack in all of what our island of Ireland has to offer.

George and Sandy Kenny, through their own research, have discovered that their Kenny ancestors first arrived in America, possibly sometime in 1846 during the great Irish famine (1845-1849) period. However while records of their arrival in New York are recorded, to date little is known about from whence they originally hailed here in Ireland. To this end if anyone has any information on known Kenny immigrants in or around that period in Irish history, perhaps you could contact us here on Thurles.Info and we can arrange to connect you with the US Kenny Clan.

The Clan members, many of whom are keen musicians, visited the Monk’s Traditional Irish Pub here in Thurles, to join local musicians as part of their regular Wednesday night Irish music jam sessions.

We look forward and welcome their promised return trip to Ireland in the not too distant future.

Last, but by no means least, a big ‘Thank You‘ to classic rock and folk singers, songwriters and musicians; Nikki Turner and Nora Fogarty ; latter also Sean-nós (Irish for “old style”) singer for their granting of the free use of their great vocal & musical talents, in the making of this slide-show video.

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