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‘Clan Kenny’ Visit Thurles in Co Tipperary

Some 27 close-knit members of the ‘Kenny Clan,’ led by George Kenny and his wife Sandy, visited Thurles for some six days last week; all part of their summer vacation and ongoing research into their roots.

Gathered from all over the USA, the ‘Clan Kenny’ group choose the historic Lisheen Castle, near Thurles, Co Tipperary as the location for their base and recent sojourn.

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American, Australian and other welcome European and Asian visitors searching for their roots and who carefully and intelligently plan their trips to Ireland are now beginning to wisely make their holiday bases here in Thurles, Co.Tipperary. Of course logically and geographically Thurles Co. Tipperary represents the very hub of Ireland, providing just a one or two hour drive, at most, to access most of Ireland’s historical and scenic areas, (e.g. Cobh – 1 h 20 min or 126.4 km, Cliffs of Moher – 2 hrs or 156.8 km, Kilkenny Castle – 44 min or 48 km, Dublin’s Trinity College – 1 h 31 min or 146.2 km etc.). 

Visitors on the other hand who choose their holiday bases on Ireland’s coastline, soon learn to their financial and other costs that a great deal of vacation time is being lost in attempting to reach these same destinations, during any visit. Coastline visitors end up instead constantly forced to change their ‘base camps’ in their efforts, over a short period, to pack in all of what our island of Ireland has to offer.

George and Sandy Kenny, through their own research, have discovered that their Kenny ancestors first arrived in America, possibly sometime in 1846 during the great Irish famine (1845-1849) period. However while records of their arrival in New York are recorded, to date little is known about from whence they originally hailed here in Ireland. To this end if anyone has any information on known Kenny immigrants in or around that period in Irish history, perhaps you could contact us here on Thurles.Info and we can arrange to connect you with the US Kenny Clan.

The Clan members, many of whom are keen musicians, visited the Monk’s Traditional Irish Pub here in Thurles, to join local musicians as part of their regular Wednesday night Irish music jam sessions.

We look forward and welcome their promised return trip to Ireland in the not too distant future.

Last, but by no means least, a big ‘Thank You‘ to classic rock and folk singers, songwriters and musicians; Nikki Turner and Nora Fogarty ; latter also Sean-nós (Irish for “old style”) singer for their granting of the free use of their great vocal & musical talents, in the making of this slide-show video.

Hidden Tipperary Launch New Tourism Brochure

Hidden Tipperary Tourism Group launched their new Tourism Brochure for the 2014 season on Thursday night last. This new brochure is the first group tourism venture to be published, in an attempt to attract visitor to the areas of Thurles, Holycross and Upperchurch, in recent years.

Pictured above L-R : Mr B.Clancy, Mrs M.Cullen, Mr J.O’Shaughnessy (President Thurles Chamber), Mr C.Cullen, Ms. Kathleen Bourke and Mr S.King, representing Hidden Tipperary Tourism Group and Thurles Chamber.

Launching the new Hidden Tipperary brochure at the Thurles Chamber Enterprise Centre, Nenagh Rd, the Thurles Chamber President Mr John O’Shaughnessy congratulated the tourism group on the layout of the brochure and the attractive content published therein. He also informed the gathered assembly at this launch that for the first time a Portable Document Format File (PDF) of this brochure would now be shortly published on-line on various websites, thus allowing visitors from both at home and abroad, not only the opportunity to read same but also to print off a copy, prior to visiting the area.

Mr O’Shaughnessy stated “I believe that in the future other tourist visitor attractions in this area will join with the Hidden Tipperary Tourism Group, to also jointly market their particular attraction. Same attractions properly networked would demonstrate that Thurles and its environs is no one stop shop,” but rather the perfect place to visit in any season, to spend a few days quietly relaxing, while visiting just some of these various and numerous wonderful venues, now shown to be on offer in this new publication, right here in our rural Hidden Tipperary.”

This first venture into such brochure networking, features the attractions; Cormackstown Heritage Centre, Holycross Abbey, Farney Castle, St Mary’s Famine and War Museum, Cabragh Wetlands, Upperchurch and Lár na Páirce GAA Museum.

All of attractions also offer a wide variety of interesting entertainment headings including; Sport, History, Culture, Scenic Countryside, Heritage, Family Fun, Walking, Climbing etc in Upperchurch, Holycross and Thurles town.

Thurles WW1 Exhibition Scheduled For March 2014

Major Rare WW1 Exhibition Scheduled for Thurles


The World War1 (1914-1918) Memorial Wall situated in St Mary’s Graveyard is dedicated to some 71 known soldiers from Thurles, Co Tipperary, who unselfishly gave of their lives, in the defence of small nations.

This Memorial Wall is possibly the first such monument erected in rural Ireland, same being funded by Thurles Town Council (TTC) and erected by a TTC Fás scheme in 2000, based on research undertaken and made available publicly by Holycross author, Mr Thomas Burnell.

On Saturday March 1st 2014, as part of a memorial to all those brave Irish men who gave their lives in this ‘War to end all wars,’ an exhibition of WW1 artefacts will go on display at Thurles Famine & War Museum, here in Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Special Admission Price
Old Aged Pensioners & Retired Groups – €2 per person.
School Student Groups – €1 per person.
Note Booking: Same is by appointment only and for more information please Tel: 0504-21133.

Students, Old Aged Pensioners & Retired Groups, who intend to visit Thurles for this major exhibition, are also invited to check out the  educational and other major attractions within the town and its immediate environs and to plan their trip to include a day long visit.

Bookmark this page to find out more information on special ‘Week-End Accommodation Packages‘ during March & April 2014, which will be announced during February this year, by the newly formed tourism group Hidden Tipperary.

You can also get this information and other local breaking news stories around Thurles in your Mail Inbox, simply by inserting your Email address in the box supplied on the Right Hand Side of our Home Page. (See Daily News To Your Inbox.)

Other Recommended Attractions Nearby

Cabragh Wetlands. Clare GlensCormackstown Heritage Centre.  HolyCross AbbeyLár na Páirce GAA Museum Semple StadiumSt Mary’s Famine & War MuseumUpperchurch Walking Routes & Indoor Rock Climbing Wall.

To find Thurles & St Mary’s Famine & War Museum – Click Here

Thurles Credit Union Offer New Holiday Insurance Product

Thurles Credit Union are delighted to announce the launch of a new and exciting holiday insurance product, Holiday Insurance is a website based product. It will offer members of Thurles Credit Union greater accessibility, better value and most importantly, excellent cover providing peace of mind when travelling abroad. holiday Insurance which is being offered by Thurles Credit Union in conjunction with AIG Europe, offers comprehensive worldwide travel insurance, available on an individual, couple, group or family basis. Apart from offering great value, other advantages of holiday insurance include:
•    Single Trip, Annual Multi Trip and Extended Stay options available.
•    Choice of 3 levels of cover to suit all budgets (Budget, Premier & Premier Plus).
•    Up to 4 children (under 18 years of age) go FREE on a family policy.
•    Medical and Emergency Assistance cover when abroad.
•    Trip cancellation and baggage cover included.
•    Additional add on options to tailor cover to suit travel needs.
•    Online quotes for those aged up to 79 years of age and over the phone for those aged 80 and over.
•    Those with private health insurance with VHI, Aviva or Laya Healthcare get an extra 25% discount.

The website utilises the latest technology offering secure and efficient payment processing. Payments can be made by debit or credit card (Laser, Visa Debit, Visa Credit or Mastercard). The website will give a fast and secure online quotation and purchase in minutes. Cover can also be purchased over the phone via a free phone number 1800 344 455.

Additional options can be added to the policy for an additional premium. For example Golf, Volcanic Ash and Natural Catastrophe Cover, Wedding, Ski or winter sports, Business Trip and Backpacker cover. Backpacker cover is available on the Extended Stay travel insurance product for trips of up to 12 months in duration for those aged 18- 35 years of age.

Michael Harty, (Business Development Manager of Thurles Credit Union) states; “Thurles Credit Union is continuing to look to the future and how it can meet the growing needs and demands of our members. is an excellent product proposition in terms of cover, options and price to members. If you are spending your hard earned savings on that once in a lifetime trip to Australia or simply taking a weekend break to Europe has a product to suit your needs.”

He continued; “There are three levels of cover, Budget, Premier and Premier Plus to choose from, designed to provide affordable travel insurance cover for all budgets. An additional discount is also offered to those taking out travel insurance if they already have Private Health Insurance. If you would like more information about please check out the website for policy information and terms & conditions. If you’re not already a member, why not pop into us and join us for the many great benefits of credit union membership.”

Ambassador Hae-Yun Park To Visit Thurles

ParkOn 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.

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