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.
If you are a lover of history and on the lookout for a Bargain Priced Weekend Away, then Thurles Co.Tipperary has to be your destination.
A new Tourism group “Hidden Tipperary,” in association with the Anner Hotel, Thurles, Thurles Library and the GAA are offering visitors a chance to relax, while experiencing at first hand, Ireland’s real hidden history, some of which has never been previously revealed.
The week-end break begins at 12.00 noon on Friday August 26th next and runs until 12.00 noon on Sunday 28th inclusive. But Note this year the event is strictly limited to just 100 visiting couples.
Total cost of this weekend is just €60 inclusive and will include 2 nights Bed and Breakfast at the beautiful modern Anner Hotel, Thurles, free guided tours to the Thurles GAA museum, the Thurles Famine Museum, a Thurles Ecclesiastical history lecture and a lecture on how to begin tracing your family roots.
Time will also be given to visitors to shop locally and to experience the friendly atmosphere of a midland town, which has singularly contributed more to Ireland’s past history than any other town in Ireland.
Over this 2 day event, lectures will be undertaken by GAA historian Seamus King, Church historian Monsignor Dr Maurice Dooley, Chief history researcher and archivist from Thurles Library and Curator of Thurles Famine Museum George Willoughby, who will also act as the weekend events co-ordinator.
Those wishing to be part of this bargain weekend event are requested to immediately email firstname.lastname@example.org for bookings or for to obtain any further information.
Bookings and Information can also be exchanged by Telephoning 0504-21133 or by Mobile Phone Contact to 086-8785859.
Local people are invited to notify their friends at home and abroad regarding this August event here in Thurles.
News is just breaking that a blue two-seater UK-registered aircraft has crashed, shortly before 11.30 today, in the area of Ballyduggan close to Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary’s on the border with neighbouring County Kilkenny.
The aircraft believed to be a two-seater Pegasus Quantum flexwing microlight, is understood to have taken off from Kilkenny earlier this morning on a training flight.
Reports state that one male, aged in his middle forties, has been removed from the scene, by Coast Guard rescue helicopter, and taken to Waterford Regional Hospital, where he is reported to be in a serious condition.
The light planes pilot, understood to be aged also in his forties, was removed by ground ambulance to hospital, having sustained minor lower body and leg injuries.
Gardai have sealed off the crash site for examination and a Department of Transport air accident investigation team has now been notified to attend, and to investigate the cause of this crash.