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November 2015
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B&B Road Trip To Feature Thurles Area

Last Monday night marked the half-way point of the popular TV series, “Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip“, featuring Daniel and Majella O’Donnell. The UTV Ireland series saw more than half a million people or 19% share of Ireland’s TV viewing audience across Ireland, tuning in to view last week’s programme.

Daniel and his Thurles native wife Majella spend the night at John and Norah Egan’s B&B (Inch House) situated on their farm in Inch, Bouladuff, Thurles, latter a Georgian building, constructed originally back in 1720.

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Daniel and Majella are proving to be a huge hit amongst TV audiences of all ages and their episode on next Monday night (16th November) will feature the Thurles area of Co Tipperary. This broadcast will go out at 8:00pm and feature a segment from this year’s “Cut Loose Country Music Festival”, where headline act Nathan Carter invites Daniel to join him for a song.

Remember to tune in on Monday night (16th November) next at 8:00pm

Launch Of Upperchurch-Drombane Historical Journal 2015

“Oft did the harvest to their sickle yield, Their furrow oft the stubborn glebe has broke;
How jocund did they drive their team afield! How bow’d the woods beneath their sturdy stroke!
Let not ambition mock their useful toil, Their homely joys, and destiny obscure;
Nor Grandeur hear with a disdainful smile, The short and simple annals of the poor.”

[Extract from a poem by Thomas Gray – “Elegy Written in a Country Church-Yard]

Tipperary’s new Senior Hurling manager, Michael Ryan, will officially launch the eagerly awaited 2015 Upperchurch-Drombane Historical Journal this Saturday night Nov. 7th in Upperchurch Hall, starting at 8:00pm. This sixth annual publication, in this very successful series, has stories, poems and photographs dealing with many aspects of the history and heritage of the parish and indeed the frequent and continuous demand for back volumes prove the lasting value of each past publication.


Martin Greene, Dooree, Upperchurch, Co. Tipperary, at work.

At this official launch there will be a short talk about the history of local emigration by a regular contributor to the Journal, Eugene Shortt. Same will be followed by discussion and a question and answer session. Stories and accounts from the floor are always much welcomed at such events.

While tales of G.A.A. sports have historically been the most prominent locally, the book this year puts the spotlight on other sports where there were local connections, e.g. American Gerry Britt, a frequent visitor whose ancestors came from the area and who has published an account of his travels in Ireland, writes about the famous baseball player and manager John McGraw, who dominated the game in the USA in the early years of the last century. McGraw’s father had parents who emigrated from the parish.

The victory of locally owned ‘Rugged Lucy’ in the 1981 Galway Plate is recalled by John Ryan (C) while Tom Quinlan writes about the three Irish Senior Soccer Internationals, Shane Long, Seamus McDonagh and Mike Milligan whose ancestors were local. Billy Clancy writes about one of the greatest ever scandals in greyhound racing; which occurred sixty five years ago, involving a greyhound from Upperchurch, which today has a street in England named after it.

Sports including handball and racquet ball also feature in Paddy Dwyer’s reminiscences entitled “Gortahoola Memories”, along with the story of Gortahoola School, latter which operated for only nineteen years. ‘Courting’ (That period in a couple’s relationship which precedes marraige.) might also be considered a type of ‘sport’ by some and in verse Ned Harrington describes the goings on at the Metal Bridge Platform, in more innocent times.

A hundred years ago Ned’s grandfather John wrote a stirring patriotic ode to the green flag of Ireland, which demonstrated an encyclopaedic knowledge of Irish history, and the poem is given in full. Also on a patriotic theme, Thomas Fogarty tells of a few local connections with the 1916 rising, which also includes is the first half of Paddy Kinnane’s statement to the Bureau of Military History concerning his involvement in the War of Independence. The final part of the ‘Eamon an Chnoic‘ play is also in this new publication, as well as a continuation examining the local burial records.

Andy Byrne completes his list of local musicians and reproduces the happenings of a hundred years ago from the newspaper archives. Among the hundreds of religious and missionaries, the parish produced, were seven priests from the O’Rourke family and Joan Ryan gives a short account of each of them.

Nowadays we take for granted and frequently complain about our road networks, failing to appreciate the hardships suffered by our ancestors in putting them there in the first place; using pick, shovel, horse and cart. Eugene Shortt has researched the subject and gives the details of the various roads, fences, bridges and gullets and who put them there and when. There is also an account of the legal case concerning the Mulgrave Bridge at Drombane Creamery, which was built on a disputed land site and the ensuing tragic aftermath.

Like the road networks, it took centuries of work and nurturing to bring our agricultural land to its present state of fertility. One of the big breakthroughs was the introduction of lime from kilns and Frankie Shortt describes the process of burning lime in the various local kilns. Eamonn Ryan also deals with the subject in later years when lime from Killough Quarry became available. He also recounts early drivers and their cars and the impact of Hogan’s bus service together with wartime shortages.

All are welcome to attend this launch on Saturday night and this latest publication will be available from the usual outlets from Sunday onwards. Overseas buyers can of course order online from www.upperchurch.ie.

Wherever you reside today, this latest publication promises to be a truly heart warming read on the long expected winter nights ahead.

2015 IPB ‘Pride Of Place’ Awards

prideofplace-The IPB ‘Pride of Place’ Awards ceremony will be streamed live online this year, organisers have announced.

Up to 1,000 people from all over the island of Ireland will gather in Treacy’s West County Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare, on Saturday, November 14th, for a ceremony hosted by Clare County Council and Cooperation Ireland, which runs the competition north and south of the border.

It is the first time in the 13-year history of the all-island competition that the same county has hosted the ceremony two years running. More than 100 groups nominated by local authorities all over the island of Ireland are participating in this year’s competition, which is regarded as Ireland’s most prestigious all-island community awards.

One of the main category winners in last years (2014) IPB Pride of Place competition was our own Cloughjordan, here in Co. Tipperary, who won an Eco Initiative Award.

The 2015 IPB Pride of Place Awards will be broadcast live on www.prideofplace.ie and www.clare.ie from 7.30pm on Saturday, 14th November 2015.

Michael Lowry TD Welcomes Tourists Visiting Thurles

M/s Rachael Willoughby (PRO Thurles Famine Museum) Reports.

Tipperary Independent TD Mr Michael Lowry was on hand to welcome and lead a group of tourists visiting Ireland and Thurles, Co. Tipperary, last week.

The visiting coach tour, which numbered some 42 persons from Maryland, USA, visited Thurles Famine Museum and the Cathedral of The Assumption, before spending an hour checking out some of the shops in the town. The above visiting tour group were endorsed by STITA Tours & Pathfinders, STITA House, 11 Trinity Lane, Cheltenham, GL52 2NT.

For the first time this year coach tours have begun visiting Thurles; their main agenda to visit Thurles Famine Museum and view at first hand the rare primary source exhibits on display, which are strongly promoted by the voluntary efforts of Thurles Famine Museum personnel, through continuous national TV, local and national press reports.

Meanwhile, Tipperary Tourism Company supported by Tipperary County Council and Tipperary Local Enterprise Office has announce that the long awaited Tipperary Tourism Seminar will take place not on Tuesday, October 20th as scheduled, but is now pushed back to Tuesday, November 23rd beginning at 10am 2pm, at Brú Ború, Cashel, in Co. Tipperary.  This Seminar is expected to feature Fionn Davenport, (Award winning Travel Writer); Fáilte Ireland discussing their development of Ireland’s Ancient East together with updates from Tipperary Tourism, latter expected to include the launch of a redeveloped tourism website www.tipperary.com (not as yet on-line).

This Seminar is an opportunity for service providers to find out exactly about what is happening on tourism in Co. Tipperary and to network with other tourism providers.

Note: To confirm your attendance and be assured of a place at this Tipperary Tourism Autumn Seminar, click HERE and for further information do please contact:  marie.phelan@tipperarycoco.ie

Fire Breaks Out At Dundrum House Hotel

It is understood that considerable damage has been caused to Dundrum House Hotel as a result of a kitchen fire discovered early this morning.

The blaze was first spotted shortly before 7:00am this morning with the source of the blaze understood to have begun in the kitchen area, before then spreading to other immediate areas of the complex.


Up to seven units of the Co. Tipperary Fire Service were summoned; latter arriving from the nearby towns of Cashel, Tipperary Town and Cahir, to tackle the blaze, which later this morning was brought under control.

All staff and guests were evacuated from the premises as a precaution during the outbreak and we understand that the function room and the kitchen areas (shown framed within the white area in picture above) have suffered considerable damage.

As is customary, Gardaí and Fire Officers are now expected to launch an investigation into the cause of the blaze.

The classical Georgian manor house, built in the 1730’s and known worldwide today as Dundrum House Hotel, first opened for business as a family run hotel in 1981. This magnificent three-star accommodation includes 67 bedrooms, bars, restaurants, banqueting room, conference facilities, leisure centre, gymnasium and pool as well 16 self-catering holiday houses, six apartments and an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Golf Professional Philip Watson.

Located in the much vaunted Golden Vale area of Co. Tipperary, this luxury complex, which boasts two suburb restaurants, is set on some 170 acres of private ground containing natural woodland and mature trees dating back to the original estate buildings.

Our sincere sympathy’s go to Dundrum House Hotel staff and management at this time.

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