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Cashel Palace Ceases Trading With Immediate Effect

DSC_0144One of Tipperary’s leading hotels, the Cashel Palace, situated at Main Street, Cashel on some 28 acres of ground, has closed its doors with the loss of some 30 permanent jobs.

The four star family owned and managed late Queen Anne style hotel, first opened its doors in 1962. Its award-winning restaurant, “The Bishop’s Buttery,” was awarded a Michelin star in 1982 and 1983 and an Egon Ronay star in 1982.

All staff were called to a meeting with their management this morning and were informed that reluctantly the facility would cease trading with immediate effect.

It is believed that from here Guinness porter was first accidentally conceived in the early to mid 1700’s at this same facility.  The story goes that the estate manager, Arthur Guinness’s father Richard Guinness was in charge of supervising the brewing of beer for the estates employees of the then resident protestant Archbishop Arthur Price.  A servant had been dispatched from the estate to purchase and convey the necessary beer making materials from a brewery stores here in Main Street, Thurles. Somewhere later in the brewing process, back in Cashel, some of these ingredients, possibly barley, was accidentally over roasted, thus providing that unique burnt flavour known to us today as porters ale or Guinness porter and described by the then Archbishop to guests as being “a brew of a very palatable nature.”

This latest closure further highlights the continuous failure by government and Fáilte Ireland to make any real worthwhile tourism investment in mid Tipperary, with hotel after hotel either closing down or entering into receivership.

Take a look at the Fáilte Ireland website this evening;

” Tourism brings much-needed foreign exchange, creates jobs and contributes to a better quality of life for Dubliners. The Grow Dublin Taskforce was established by Fáilte Ireland in late 2012 with the aim of reversing the downward trend in tourism to Dublin, which had begun in 2007, and driving growth to Dublin City and Region in the period to 2020.”

No ‘Grow Tipperary Taskforce,’ only the continuous trend of raiding Tipperary’s heritage for the benefit of an over priced Dublin tourism economy, e.g.  Faddan More Psalter, Derrynaflan Hoard, Book of Dimma, Two Mile Borris Viking Silver Coin Hoard, Carrick-on-Suir 17th Century Gold Coin Hoard etc.

Upperchurch Hosts 9th Annual Walking Weekend

The picturesque mountainous village of Upperchurch [Map Ref] will host its 9th Annual Walking Festival this coming weekend. Since its inception in 2006 this event continues to grow from strength to strength making it now one of the main walking festival gatherings of its type in the country.

This year’s program once again offers over a dozen different walks as well as cycling and indoor rock climbing activities. Set dancing and traditional music enthusiasts will also have a good time. For beginners and the less mobile, the new 1 km bog walk is short, level and suitable for wheelchairs and buggies.

The fun will begin on Friday night (Nov 7th) with a choice of two torch lit road walks; the 10 km Glown-Garnakilka walk is for those who like a fast pace while the 7 km Moher-Gortkelly walk will cater for those who enjoy a more leisurely speed.

The really serious hill walkers will get going on Saturday morning, taking to the gruelling 18 km Hills of Upperchurch walk. This walk is entirely for the very fit, while later in the day there will be shorter and easier walks leaving Upperchurch village.

Next Sunday will see no less than six walks and three cycle events taking place simultaneously. There are two new routes this year; the 18 km Hollyford-Red Hill walk takes place in the Hollyford-Cappawhite area and will include an option of visiting a cave where the outlaw Ned O’ the Hill (“Éamonn an Chnoic,” Edmund O’Ryan 1670–1724) is understood to have taken refuge in bygone days.

The 14 km Farney Castle-Upperchurch walk is the only linear walk of the weekend. There will be an opportunity to take in a guided tour of the Castle before this walk for a small additional fee so arrive early. The 8 km walk on the Birchill Nature Trail starts at Rosmult and there will be two further walks in Upperchurch also.
Cyclists will have a choice of three different routes over 25 km, 50 km and 75 km all starting from Upperchurch at 12 noon on Sunday.

The Upper Limits Indoor Climbing Wall will be open after all walks and will offer short introductory climbs. (Note: Clean footwear please.)
All events start at Upperchurch Community Centre, except for the Hollyford-Red Hill Walk, the Farney Castle-Upperchurch Walk and the Birchill Nature Trail Walk, latter all on Sunday.

The organisers wish to thank all the landowners in the area involved for their cooperation.

Registration before all events. Friday night walks: €5. Other walks and cycles: Adults €10, post primary students €5, primary school students free. Farney Castle tour €5. Complimentary refreshments after all walks.

For further details visit www.upperchurch.ie or Telephone 086 0518934.

Programme of Events:

Fri. Nov 7th: Glown-Garnakilka Road Walk 10 km 7.30 p.m. Moher-Gortkelly Road walk 7 km 7.45 p.m. Reception and official opening in Upperchurch Hall at 9.00 p.m. followed by Seisiún Mór in Kinane’s.

Sat. Nov. 8th: Hills of Upperchurch Walk 18 km 10.00 a.m. Knockalough-Red Hugh Walk 8 km or 10 km 12.15 p.m. Eamon an Chnoic Loop Walk 8 km 12.30 p.m. Set Dancing lessons in Ryan’s 4.00 p.m. Traditional music in Jim O’ the Mills 10.00 p.m.

Sun. Nov. 9th: Farney Castle-Upperchurch Walk 14 km 11.00 a.m. Start Farney Castle on Holycross-Ballycahill Road. Guided tours of Castle at 10.00 a.m. and 10.30 a.m. Hollyford-Red Hill Walk 14 km or 18 km 11.00 a.m. Start Hollyford Village. Cycles over 25 km, 50 km and 75 km all start at 12.00 noon. Knockalough-Red Hugh Walk 8 km or 10 km Start 12.15 p.m. Eamon an Chnoic Loop 8 km Start 12.30 p.m. Birchill Nature Trail Walk 8 km Start 12.30 p.m. P.J.Ryan’s Pub Rosmult on Thurles-Upperchurch Road.

Irish TV Visits St Mary’s Famine Museum Thurles

St. Mary's Famine Museum, Thurles. Tipperary.

St. Mary’s Famine Museum, Thurles. Tipperary.

Primary Source Education, readily available here in Thurles to students attending Primary, Secondary and Third Level educational facilities nationally, has received a huge boost this week, due to being highlighted by Irish TV.

As many Tipperary people are aware, Irish TV’s media programmes now highlight local daily happenings here in Co. Tipperary and elsewhere; broadcasting to a wide global audience.

These programmes generate interest in our county; encouraging tourists to visit, while keeping our forced emigrants, both past and more recent, up to date with regard to everyday happenings in and around our Premier County.

One of the many venues visited this month, by Irish TV’s popular programme presenter Miss Fiona O’Sullivan, was the popular Thurles tourist visitor attraction St.Mary’s Famine Museum here in Thurles.

To view Irish TV’s latest Tipperary video broadcast, please click Here(Use the Seek Bar Slider on the bottom time line of the video to slide to 12.56 minutes to view the St Mary’s Famine museum section of the programme.)

A big ‘Thank You’ to Irish historian Monsignor Dr Maurice Dooley, Tipperary / Thurles Co. Councillor Seamus Hanafin and Museum Guide Stewart Willoughby for taking part in this video and of course to Thurles AV Star Systems, for their skilled photography, presentation and superb editing of this their latest Sky 191 TV production.

Dundrum House Hotel & Golf Resort Tipperary Is For Sale

Dundrum HseThat wonderful 1730’s Georgian, 67 bed roomed country mansion, known as Dundrum House Hotel, together with its magnificent golf resort and numerous holiday homes, has been put up for sale by a receiver with a €2.75 million price tag.

This three-star venue, set on 220 acres in the heart of the Golden Vale, close to the M8 near Cashel, in Co Tipperary, has operated as a hotel, a much-loved function venue and a top golf resort for well over 30 years under the management of the Crowe family.

This sale comes about following the successful sale of several golf resort hotels, including the 170 acre Blarney Hotel, Cork and the 5-star Heritage, Killenard, Co Laois.

The hotel has been run by the Dalata Group since going into receivership in April of this year and is now understood to be coming to the market via Savills on behalf of receivers Kieran Wallace of KPMG.

The property boasts 16 self-catering apartments and six coach-house apartments, while the attached golf course, taking up some 160 acres is confidently rated as being in the top ten best designed courses in Munster. This very popular venue also boasts conference facilities, bars, two restaurants, a leisure centre which includes a 21m pool and a gym.

Positioned in close proximity to popular Tipperary tourism sites like Holycross Abbey, the Rock of Cashel, Lár na Páirce GAA Museum, St Mary’s Famine & War Museum, Cabragh Wetlands, the Swiss Cottage and the scenic Glen of Aherlow, this busy concern currently holds on its calendar over 80 weddings and other major secured events planned for the coming year.

Liam Ó Maonlaí To Play Borrisoleigh Festival Sunday October 5th Next

borrisoleighBorrisoleigh Festival will Commence October 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2014

Borrisoleigh Co Tipperary is the place to be for the first weekend in October with their Festival taking place from Friday Oct 3rd to Sunday October 5th.

Local residents have been busy again this year painting premises around the town and even more exquisite murals have been added again this year.  A booklet has also been produced this year to mark this growing festival occasion.

Friday 3rd: The festival will commence with an officially opening in McDonagh Square. The Borrisoleigh festival committee are launching this year’s festival with a Mayoral Candidacy contest.  The candidates will be trying to impress you to get your ‘No 1 vote’ and a fun filled evening’s entertainment is guaranteed followed by live music by ‘Outa Diesel.’

Saturday 4th: Same will see two walking tours organised by the local ‘Bush and Briar Ramblers’ over the Devil’s Bit and on the newly opened Inch Loop Walk. There will be also a ‘Line Dancing Workshop’ in the Marion Hall and a ‘Food and Craft Fair’ in the Square. Live music in the Square starts at 7.30pm with the ‘White Gypsy Band,’ followed by the ever popular ‘Silver Dollar & friends’ at 9.00pm.

Sunday 5th: Sunday starts off with the annual 40k Charity Cycle organised by the local cycling club, with funds raised this year going to Downs Syndrome North Tipp Branch. The Family Fun Day in the park is bigger and better this year with a host of new fun activities added. Along with popular favourites from last year such as Bubble Soccer, Strongman Display by Irish Champion and local man Kevin Murray, Tug of War, Sheaf Tossing, BBQ and novelty games of skill, there is also an exhibition of Birds of Prey, Bouncy Castles, Sumo Wrestling, Rodeo Bull, Arts, Crafts and Music workshops for kids, a Vintage Tractor display, a Climbing Wall, Face Painting and more.

Live music in the Square kicks off at 5.00pm with the ‘Castle Trio,’ and at 7.00pm the acclaimed Liam Ó Maonlaí (Hothouse Flowers fame) will take to the stage.  At 9.00pm the band ‘Ebony’ will take over and the new Mayor of Borrisoleigh will be announced.

Note: There will be parking restrictions in the town over the course of the weekend so do follow directions.

For further details or to register for events visit www.borrisoleighfestival.com or email info@borrisoleighfestival.com. You can also follow updates on Facebook and Twitter.

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