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The Voice of Ireland – Thurles Following Jo Petit

Well known in Thurles circles, the very talented vocalist Jo Petit made his first successful appearance on the RTÉ-1 programme The Voice of Ireland last Sunday night. Starting with the blind auditions Jo got safely through to join the team of judge Kian Egan, latter former member of boy band ‘Westlife’.

To watch Video in HD click HERE

Above video was undertaken here live in Thurles at HQ Nightclub, now known as The Watermill, Slievenamon Rd, Thurles, as part of an effort to promote music and tourism in Thurles and Co Tipperary by Hidden Tipperary.

The ‘Voice of Ireland’ judges this year in their spinning red chairs are; Rachel Stevens formally a member of ‘S Club 7′,  Kian Egan former member of boy band ‘Westlife’,  Bressie (Niall Breslin) latter Irish musician, former Westmeath Gaelic footballer / Leinster Rugby player and Thurles born Una Foden (Una Healy) a member of ‘The Saturdays’ all girl band since 2008.

Of African descent, the talented jazz, swing and pop performer Jo Petit came to live here in Ireland from Mauritius in 2006 and has been attracting audiences ever since with his voice, which ranges from Sam Cooke to Stevie Wonder.

“Judge Kian Egan you may not yet be fully aware of the real talent you has managed to acquire here, so do tutor him well, as all Thurles will be watching with more than just a certain pride.”

Injured Kayaker Rescued From Clare Glens On Tipperary Border

A 26 year old man, who was injured while kayaking yesterday with a group of friends in the Clare Glens area near Newport in Tipperary, has been treated in Limerick University Hospital for non-life threatening injuries, following a rescue operation which lasted some three and a half hours.

The rescue efforts were supported by the South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association (S.E.M.R.A), the Coast Guard Helicopter service from Waterford, together with the Newport Fire Service, the Killaloe Coast Guard, HSE Ambulance Staff and members of the Gardaí.

It is understood that the man ran into difficulties in a very inaccessible area, while attempting to traverse the river Clare. Latter river flows through a naturally occurring dense wooded area which is situated on both sides by a red sandstone gorge, known to visitors as the Clare Glens and which in turn displays numerous natural waterfalls, rock pools and rapids.

This extremely picturesque location has become a very popular visitor attraction for walkers, due to its sheer natural beauty and its offer of some wonderful photographic opportunities.

Mr Jimmy Barry, Deputy PRO for the Clonmel based S.E.M.R.A. stated that rescuers needed all the resources they could access to get the man and his friends to safety. Having assessing the overall situation it had been decided to lower a stretcher and mountain rescue volunteers to the casualty site.

This operation was the first call out for the S.E.M.R.A team in 2015, the last being on St Stephen’s Day 2014.

A Happy 2015 From Thurles Information

As one year comes to an end and another is about to begin, we here at Thurles.Info would like to wish each & everyone, both at home and abroad, a very happy, peaceful and successful new year in 2015.

For those of you far from home this year, we thought we should bring you something recorded just this month from the wonderful atmospheric candlelit ecumenical Carol Service conducted by the Rev Ian Coulter, (Acting Rector of St Mary’s Church, Thurles) and Rev Fr. Thomas Dunne, (Representing the Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles) at St Mary’s Church here in Thurles.

(This short video, you will note, also attempts to remember and recreate part of the one hundred year old Christmas Day Truce of 1914, with lead singer, Mr J.J. Cullinane, very careful to ensure no harm came to a true original and rare WW1 tunic, temporally allowed to be worn for the first time 100 years later, for this special event.)

Click HERE to view in HD

A very special Happy New Year to all our Thurles community leaders and performers who attended at this ‘Carols by Candlelight’ event; namely “Cephas,” (Band featuring Noreen, Edward (Ned) and John J. Cullinane), Ms Geraldine Delaney (Musical Director), Mr Michael Molumby (Tenor), Mr Seamus Hanafin (Tipperary Co Councillor), Mr Pat Corbett, Ms Joan Pollard Carew (Local published Poet), Mr Brian Corbett, Mr John Butler (Thurles Chamber / Bookworm),  Mrs Lila Stanley (St Mary’s Church Restoration ),  Miss Rachael Willoughby, Mr Christopher J. Verling, (Rep. An Garda Síochána) and some 150 Thurles residents who packed themselves tightly into the tiny church space, for this year’s event.

A very happy, peaceful and successful new year to you all in 2015.

“Carols By Candlelight” St Mary’s Church Thurles Dec 14th

Carols by Candlelight

“Carols by Candlelight,” the now long established ecumenical service of Christmas Carols by candlelight, returns to St Mary’s Church, Thurles, Co Tipperary this year, on Sunday next December 14th at 8.00pm sharp.

As special guests this year the St Mary’s Church of Ireland community welcome back singers and former Rock Band members “Cephas,” (Featuring Noreen, Edward (Ned) and John J. Cullinane), together with Thurles Town’s much loved tenor Mr Michael Molumby and Miss Rachel Willoughby; all under the superb musical direction of well known accomplished organist Ms Geraldine Delaney.

Of course the original idea of Carols by Candlelight first originated in south-eastern Australia, sometime in the 19th century, and was popularised in Melbourne in 1937. The tradition has since spread around the world and involves people gathering to sing carols by candlelight, accompanied usually by a band. Indeed one of the earliest forms of Carols by Candlelight began when Cornish Miners in Moonta, South Australia gathered on Christmas Eve to sing carols, lit with candles stuck to the brims of their safety helmets.

Amongst those taking part at this year’s event in Thurles will be community leaders; Mr Seamus Hanafin (Tipperary Co Councillor), Ms Joan Pollard Carew (Local published Poet), Mr John O’Shaughnessy (President Thurles Chamber), Mrs Lila Stanley (St Mary’s Church Restoration member) and Christopher J. Verling, (Rep. An Garda Síochána).

This years seated ecumenical service will be conducted by the Rev Ian Coulter, presently acting Rector of St Mary’s Church Thurles and Rev Fr Thomas Dunne, Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles.  All are invited to attend.

Note: Elderly persons are advised to attend this Christmas event early, thus ensuring seated accommodation.

The usual cup of Tea and a Biscuit or two will be provided after this Christmas event, thus enabling all those attending to “halt awhile” and chat.

Admission is free; however a charity collection will be taken up during the service.

TISPOL To Co-ordinate Drink and Drug Driving Operation

gardaPolice Officers from all countries across Europe, including Ireland, are to begin a week-long campaign on Monday next, December 8th 2014 to raise awareness of the dangers of drunk and drug driving. The campaign is co-ordinated by TISPOL (the European Traffic Police Network), and involves officers conducting alcohol and drug checks at any time of the day and night.

TISPOL President Garda Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid says: “Driving after consuming any alcohol is dangerous. Driving while over the drink drive limit is against the law. Drivers will experience slower reactions, poor judgement of speed, reduced co-ordination and concentration with much lower levels of alcohol in their system. “That’s why our message this year is simple: your ability to drive safely is impaired by even a small amount of alcohol. So if you have had a drink, do not drive. If you need to drive, then do not drink.”

Drivers can expect highly visible and widespread enforcement of alcohol and drug laws during the operation, at any location and at any time of day or night.

Chief Superintendent Reid says it’s also important to be aware of the continuing effects of alcohol the day after an evening of drinking. “Your body takes time to remove alcohol from your system. If it is still present in your body, then it will be identified during a breath test. That’s why a night’s sleep is no guarantee that you’re safe and legal to drive the next morning,” he warned.

“If you have used recreational drugs, then do not drive. If you are taking medicine, whether prescribed or purchased over the counter, then read the notes of advice that go with it. If these tell you not to drive after taking the medicine, then do not drive. The advice is there for a reason, to keep you and others safe.”

“If you are in any doubt about medicines and driving, then our advice is to consult a healthcare professional before you get behind the wheel.”

During a similar week-long operation in December 2013, 1.1 million drivers were checked in 31 European countries. Officers reported 15,305 alcohol offences and 2,133 drug offences, as well as more than 2,500 other crimes.

The results of this co-ordinated operation are expected to be made available by mid January 2015, don’t be part of their statistics.

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