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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.

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.

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