On November 10th next, it is expected that His Excellency the Korean Ambassador Mr Hae-Yun Park, will visit Thurles, making a public appearance at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Cathedral Steet, Thurles at 11:30am.
Amongst those to officially welcome the Ambassador will be His Grace Dr. Dermot Clifford Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, the Mayor of North Tipperary Co Council Councillor Mr Gerard Darcy, the Mayor of Thurles Councillor Mr Michael Grogan, the recently appointed Thurles Garda Superintendent Mr Gerard Delmar and Mr Martin Quinn latter the Tipperary Person of the Year 2013 and a member of the Tipperary International Peace Convention.
His Excellency the Korean Ambassador presented his Letter of Credence to Irish President Michael D.Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin in late June of this year (Thursday 28th June).
A Guard of Honour was provided at Áras an Uachtaráin by the 1st Mechanised Infantry Company, Defence Forces Training Centre, The Curragh, Co. Kildare, under the command of Lieutenant Stephen Cunningham. The Ambassador were escorted to and from Áras an Uachtaráin by an Escort of Honour consisting of a motorcycle detachment drawn from the 2nd Cavalry Squadron, Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin, under the command of Lieutenant Fergal Reilly.
There have been a number of high-level visits by Irish Government officials made to Korea in the last ten years; notable among them were the current Taoiseach Enda Kenny in 1996, the former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in 2000 and former President Mary McAleese in 2005.
Representatives of the Munhwa Broadcasting Corp (MBC) visited Thurles in June 2011 to make a two part film documentary for Korean broadcasting, based on the Irish Potato. The representatives, led by Miss Sunyoung Lee, Film Crew Coordinator, were met by George Willoughby latter a member of the Tipperary tourism group ‘Hidden Tipperary,’ before being shown points of interest within the Thurles area, including St. Mary’s Famine museum. The recorded programme was later broadcast on Korean T.V.
The county of Tipperary must welcome today’s announcement by Ryanair of its plans to increase the number of services it provides both to and from Shannon International Airport.
Ryanair have stated that as from April 2014 it will begin operating services to Berlin, Faro, Fuerteventura, Krakow, Munich, Nice, Paris and Warsaw, delivering an additional 300,000 passengers per annum to the airport.
If this latest announcement of new routes and the airline’s decision to increase and pursue significantly its Shannon Airport passenger numbers is successful, it will put the newly independent west of Ireland airport on a much more firmer footing with regard to possible future prospects for tourism growth in the Tipperary region.
As a result of today’s announcement a thriving Shannon Airport can be seen as ‘manna from heaven’ for the Tipperary economy as well as obviously being a significant moment for the entire West of Ireland Region, but only provided our heartland of Mid Tipperary now takes full advantage.
We must now introduce a stronger embryonic tourism cord from this western area, using the natural and other newer significant Tourism developments which have been put in place over the past number of years, thus linking to the smaller towns and villages creating the “Spokes of a Wheel,” to which I referred in the past. These “Spokes” will lead eventually here to Thurles and its Co Tipperary environs. The routes announced by Ryanair will then open up a number of new markets not just for Irish holidaymakers going outwards, but should also greatly contribute to the already growing number of Continental tourists currently visiting the West of Ireland and if encouraged the now neglected heartland of Ireland.
Here is an ideal opportunity to create real jobs in Co Tipperary.
To this end the tourism group Hidden Tipperary will shortly call on all Tourism Service Providers in Co Tipperary to a meeting to discuss tourism marketing issues in the coming weeks. While this event will take place in Thurles, an actual date and venue has yet to be decided.
Watch this space for further details to be announced in the coming week ahead.
Planning on going abroad on holiday this summer? If your answer is in the affirmative, it would be best to check your passport now.
Before making any overseas travel plans, intending travellers should check passport expiry dates and submit their applications in sufficient time, before their intended travel date.
A new appointment service will operate from the Passport Office in Molesworth Street, Dublin, aimed only at those who have to make an application in person, brought about by the fact that they are obliged to travel at short notice, or within 3 to 10 working days. The opening hours for such appointments are from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.
Persons travelling in more than 10 working days are advised that it is both quicker and cheaper to use the Passport Express Service available through approximately 1,000 local An Post offices and through another 70 post offices in Northern Ireland.
Persons, who forward their applications through the normal postal system after June 30th 2013 will have same returned to sender.
Thurles Sarsfield’s Hurling Festival Chairman, John Enright demonstrates road bowling skills.
IPB Insurance, in association with North Tipp County Council and Thurles Sarsfields International Hurling Festival, will lead the way for “The Gathering 2013,” here in Thurles on July 12th to 14th next.
Welcome Home And Enjoy Thurles Co Tipperary
The joint organisers of this year’s International Hurling Festival, under the Chairmanship of John Enright, are inviting home all Thurles people, wherever they may be, for the International Hurling Festival, now in its third successive year.
This year in particular, they are inviting back former Sarsfields Club Members and players who have been associated with this successful club in the past. They are calling on same to “Camán home for the Hurling,” on July 12th and include the Munster Final on Sunday July14th and guaranteeing to make this a most joyful reunion for all concerned.
This year’s festival will once again be centred on the International Hurling Competitions featuring the Tom Semple Cup and Carew Cup, latter names famously associated with Thurles and the GAA.
The festival will again include road bowling, wheelchair hurling, camogie, Camán Abú and other numerous social events that are currently still being finalised and for which full details will be posted as planning progresses. For now, just put this weekend date into your diary and begin planning your visit, thus making Thurles the centre of International Hurling and a special annual weekend for all who the game.
Latest Gathering News For Thurles Sarsfields International Hurling Festival.
(1) All the way from Salt Lake City, we welcome Fr. Paddy Carley and some 30 friends travelling here once again for the festival.
(2) Two full coaches from Indianapoliis, Illinois, who will spend a week in the area, playing hurling and camogie at the festival.
(3) Mr Tom Bergin from Moyne is arriving with an enhanced group of Kilburn Gaels hoping to make it a ‘three-in-a-row,’ for the Tom Semple Cup. (Mr John O’Riordan from Ardfurt, the Kilbrun Chairman has been rumoured as stating he is determined to keep the cup.)
(4) Seán Callanan with Dunboyne is back for the third year hoping this time it will be third-time lucky for his group.
(5) Former Sarsfields stalwarts Colm O’Rourke, Jamie Murphy and David Kerins are bringing the All-Irish speaking Setantas back again.
(6) Ger Collins, former Tipp County Minor, is bringing back Naoimh Moninne for the third time. Louth are also sending a road bowling team to compete in the Cusack Cup.
(7) McCormack is a name very much associated with Thurles Sarsfields. The McCormack clan from Keady are coming back a third time expecting this time to win the Tom Semple trophy. They also have strong ambitions with regard to road bowling.
(8) Mayo are coming with a huge contingent, Toureen ( Carew Cup Holders ) and Castlebar for the hurling, Ballina for Camán Abú and Westport for Road Bowling. David Hughes and Peter Goggin are the current Interprovincial ‘Michael Cusack Cup,’ champions. Mr Adrian Hession, the Mayo development officer, is the driving force here.
(9) We have a second Setanta team from the Gaeltacht in Donegal, giving us our second Irish speaking team.
(10) Ballyduff and Causeway are our two Kerry teams. It’s great to see two traditional clubs from North Kerry joining us.
(11) North Cork are arriving representing the birth place of Dr. Croke, Kilbrin.
(12) Last year Manorhamilton became the first Leitrim team to hurl in Thurles and Mr Steve Feeney is bringing them back this year for more of the same.
(13) Damian O’Doherty and Na Magha from Derry are coming back again and very welcome indeed.
(14) Fulham Irish from London, under Mr Michael Ruby from Kilshannig in North Cork will be the third London club to take part in the Tom Semple Cup.
(15) It is great to see Naas hurling manager Pat English bring his native Carlow club Ballykellin to this year’s festival.
(16) Another new entrant this year is the Rialto club from Dublin under Mr David Broderick.
(17) Bernie O’Dowd and Louise Lanigan, Thurles Sars Camogie, and Deirdre Murphy from the Munster Council are organising a senior seven-aside camogie tournament in St Patrick’s college, the latter I hasten to add is a fantastic addition to this Thurles Festival.
All in all, this year’s festival promises to be the biggest and best to date, so do stay tuned as we continue to keep you up to date with all events planned, as same are confirmed here on Thurles.Info and our sister website Hidden Tipperary.
Pézenas, France – Photo Gerard Connaughton
Pézenas, a town in the south of France, was once the seat of local Government for the Languedoc region of France, during the 16th-17th Centuries, and remains to this day, one of the prettiest towns to visit in this French region.
Nestling between the Mediterranean sea and the Haut Languedoc, Pézenas is a town, much like Thurles, which is rich with the sort of good living for which both the French Languedoc region and county Tipperary, are individually in their own right, renowned.
Just like Tipperary speciality foods are numerous. In Pézenas it’s “Les Petits Pates” (a sort of warm mince pie) and “Berlingots” (a unique type of boiled sweet,) an almost inexhaustible range of olives, honey and of course wine. In Tipperary it’s the freshness of our local produce emanating from the Golden Vale, Cashel Blue, Cooleeney Farmhouse, Dunbarra & Gortnamona Cheeses, not forgetting of course Inch House black pudding.
Like Thurles, Pézenas enjoys sumptuous food emanating from the many restaurants dotted throughout the town, which is home to a population of some 8.500 people. Like Thurles also, Pézenas enjoys the arts and an ancient architecture and heritage.
Thurles native Mr Gerard Connaughton, a regular reader of Thurles.Info, is currently enjoying part of his well earned holiday in the Languedoc region. Writing to us from Pézenas he states he is “struck by the similarities and saddened by the differences in economic fortunes,” between his native town Thurles & his chosen holiday destination.
While there are a lot of tourists about, the local market draw French people in huge numbers from all over the Hérault, latter a department in the south of France named after the Hérault River.
Gerard writes, “I visited the Saturday market in the centre of town this morning. I was astonished by the buzz and business activity I witnessed. Pézenas has a population of about 8,500 – similar to Thurles. I believe we made a big mistake moving the market out of Liberty Square!”
Gerard was kind enough to send us a picture of his morning visit to the market area in question.
Do you think our now lifeless Liberty Square here in Thurles could benefit with the return of a morning market? Personally I believe, like Gerard, we need to generate a bit of “buzz and business activity,” in the centre of our town which has presently (I regret to state,) all the appearance of a waiting room in a morgue, or as tourism brochures presently label us “Liberty Square, Thurles, is just one giant car park.”
Perphaps it is now time to launch an attack on our town & reclaim it from the greedy hands of central government officialdom. Your comments please.