Ecumenical Solemn Commemoration Service on the Centenary of the outbreak of WW1
“If ye break faith with us who die we shall not sleep, though poppies grow in Flanders fields.”
( Extract from the poem ‘In Flanders Fields,’ by Canadian Physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae.)
“And the band plays Waltzing Matilda, and the old men still answer the call,
but year after year, their numbers get fewer; someday, no one will march there at all.”
( Extract from the song ‘The Band Played Waltzing Matilda,’ written by Eric Bogle.)
At the very least, some 75 soldiers and their officers from Thurles and its immediate environs, saw fit to enlist in the British Army, fought and died bravely between 1914 to 1918, and indeed even later, from wounds received, after that ” war to end all wars” period of our history.
Tomorrow night (October 28th 2014) in St Mary’s Church, here in Thurles, an Ecumenical Solemn Commemoration Service on the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War (WWI) will be held, beginning at 7.30pm sharp, to which all are invited to attend. The service of Prayer, Music and Poetry will be conducted jointly by clergy representing both traditions of the Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland communities, led by Rev. Ian Coulter.
Music for the event will be provided by renowned local pianist M/s Mary Rose McNally, with special guest; composer, guitarist and much-loved folk singer M/s Nora Fogarty. Retired former aide-de-camp to H.E. the President of Ireland and Co Galway native, Commandant Michael Walsh, will give the commemorative address, with a poetry reading by Mr Shane Willoughby.
Names Of Known Thurles Area Officers and Men Who Died In and Following WW1
(Our thanks to published author Mr Tom Burnell for his research.)
Anderson John, Armstrong William Maurice (Capt) M.C., Beirne John, Bermingham Patrick, Bourke James, Brett Timothy, Butler John, Byrne Patrick, Carroll Martin, Carroll Thomas, Carty John, Cassidy John, Cleary Joseph, Cleary Patrick, Cleary Thomas, Coady Edward, Coady Joseph, Coady Richard, Coffey Michael, Cooke Henry F, Cooney David,Cummins John, Conway Denis, Cunningham John V.C., Cunningham Patrick, Cusack Oliver, Dea Patrick, Dwyer Cornelius, Egan Martin, Fitzpatrick Joseph, Gouldsborough Patrick, Griffin Thomas, Hackett Martin, Hanrahan Daniel, Hayes Daniel, Hayes Thomas, Hennessey Thomas, Horan Joseph, Jordan Denis, Kelly James, Kelly William, Kennedy, Matthew, Kiely Owen, Knox Hubert Lt Col., Knox William Lt Col., Lawyer Joseph, Maher Frank, Maher James, Maher James Bernard, Maher John, McCormack Francis, McCormack Thomas, McLoughlin James J, Meany James, Mockler Patrick, Moyler George, O’Brien Lawrence, O’Grady Patrick, O’Shea John, Power Michael, Purcell Philip, Quinlan Joseph, Ryan Andrew, Ryan James, Ryan John, Ryan Martin, Ryan Michael, Ryan Patrick, Scally Patrick, Shields Matthew, Stapleton John, Sullivan Patrick, Terry Timothy, Walsh James.
A ‘Cross of Sacrifice’ was erected in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, earlier this year, to coincide with the centenary of the beginning of World War One and in particular to commemorate the many thousands of Irish soldiers nationally who lost their lives as a result of both World War One and World War Two.
In his speech at the dedication and unveiling of this ‘Cross of Sacrifice,’ on Thursday, July 31st 2014, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins stated; “We cannot give back their lives to the dead, nor whole bodies to those who were wounded, or repair the grief, undo the disrespect that was sometimes shown to those who fought or their families. But we honour them all now, even if at a distance, and we do not ask, nor would it be appropriate to interrogate, their reasons for enlisting.
To all of them in their silence we offer our own silence, without judgement, and with respect for their ideals, as they knew them, and for the humanity they expressed towards each other. And we offer our sorrow too that they and their families were not given the compassion and the understanding over the decades that they should have received.
Let us now, together, cultivate memory as a tool for the living and as a sure base for the future – memory employed in the task of building peace.”
Military personnel in particular, community elected representatives and indeed all residents of the town of Thurles are invited to attend and the short Commemoration Service will be followed by a cup of tea and some seasonal “buttered bairín breac,” plus the chance to view a rare display of primary source WWI artefacts’ pertinent to Tipperary and indeed to Thurles.
Admission is free, however a collection will be made during the service with proceeds going to the upgrading of St Mary’s War Museum. (Latter presently under re-construction and due to be reopened as a local tourist attraction on May 1st 2015 next.)
Popular local young farmer Mr Thomas Dwan, aged 26, together with his parents Eddie and Ann, latter residing on their 105-cow farm at Bohernamona Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary have won this year’s National Dairy Council (NDC) and Kerrygold Quality Milk Award.
The eco-friendly Thurles farming family were presented with their €5,000 first prize and the national perpetual trophy by Kilkenny hurling legend and ten times All Ireland hurling champion Henry Shefflin, at the national awards ceremony held in Dublin’s RDS yesterday.
Speaking at the ceremony, Thomas stated that it was a proud moment for all of his family; and he was particularly delighted to bring a national trophy back to his home town of Thurles.
Eddie (father) and Thomas Dwan (son) work as a team with all of their milk from the farm being purchased by Centenary Co-Op Creamery here in Thurles.
Other National Finalists from Tipperary commemorated at this awards ceremony were: Mr Michéal Crowe & family, Parkroe, Cappawhite, Co. Tipperary (Tipperary Co-op) and Eoin Toohey, Cullenwaine, Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary, (Arrabawn Co-op), which demonstrates the high quality of milk currently being produced here in Ireland within the Premier County.
Thurles TV Presenter Fiona O’Sullivan
Irish TV will broadcast a special live All-Ireland Hurling Final TV show entitled ‘Dream For Liam’ from here in mid Tipperary tomorrow night, (Wednesday).
Presenters will be the head of Irish TV Pierce O’Reilly assisted by the very lovely Fiona O’ Sullivan. Fiona, you will be aware, presents the very popular programme ‘County Matters’ for Co Tipperary and Co Waterford every week. (Same can be viewed on SKY 191, online at www.irishtv.ie or on Freesat 400.)
Fiona has been travelling around the county this week meeting the players and the Tipperary supporters and informs us she is looking forward to tomorrows live broadcast and the whole build up to the match, which she is lucky enough to have a ticket to attend.
As already stated, tomorrow night’s live show will be broadcast on SKY 191, online at www.irishtv.ie and on Freesat 400 from 8.00pm to 10.00pm tomorrow night September 3rd; from the Horse & Jockey Hotel.
The Irish TV outdoor broadcast unit will be in position together with the crew from Thurles AV Star Systems, latter who have been busy this week shooting the colours of flags, banners and headbands in schools and streets around Tipperary and editing these same clips for Wednesday’s broadcast.
Note: A further half hour programme will be dedicated to the Tipperary match on Saturday night on ‘County Matters’ here from Tipperary at 8.30pm.
Tomorrow night’s live show will include insightful and engaging interviews from both camps, expert analysis from top GAA pundits and all the excitement and atmosphere in the built up to the ‘Big Match.’
The ‘Dream For Liam’ live TV show from the Horse and Jockey Hotel will look at the close links and fierce rivalry between Tipperary and Kilkenny ahead of one of the most eagerly awaited All-Ireland hurling finals in years. The show will also include some great music from both Tipperary and Kilkenny while the pundits look at the key battles in the big match and the strengths and weaknesses of both panels.
Tipperary and Kilkenny GAA stalwarts will also take centre stage during the live TV show with former Tipp manager Declan Ryan and former player Joe Hayes among the panellists. They will be joined on the couch by Kilkenny Celtic Cross holders John Power, Michael Walsh and Michael Kavanagh – just a few of the top stars set to feature.
“We have followed the progress of both these counties from the very beginning of the year and we wanted to do something special to mark this historic final. Our live shows ahead of the All-Ireland last year attracted a phenomenal audience and we are confident that it will be similar this year,” commented Irish TV head of programming Malachi Cush.
Entertainment on the night will be provided by the ‘crème de la crème’ of musical acts from both counties with the highly regarded folk group ‘The Kilkenny’s’ set to rock the house. Tipperary will also be well represented in the musical stages by ‘Louise Morrissey’ and traditional music sensations ‘Ceol Trad’ who are set to have the audience and team dancing all the way to Croke Park.
If that wasn’t enough, the legendry duo of ‘Foster and Allen’ are also in this fantastic line up. Mick Foster has strong links with Tipperary hurling. His great grandfather played on the Tipperary winning team in the first All Ireland in 1888 against Galway in Birr. His cousin Matt Hassett captained the 1961 winning All Ireland Tipperary team.
Note: Yes audience tickets are limited for this event, but you can still apply by calling Irish TV on Tel; 098 56582.
It is also interesting to note that AV Star Systems here in Thurles have produced 13 weekly programmes for Irish TV for counties Waterford and Tipperary and are always looking for information and stories for their show. From a business advertising point of view programmes have a very high rating of over 900,000 on SKY every week.
It’s great to see Johnny B & The Boogie Men are back again with a fantastic new song and video for the Tipperary Hurling Team in 2014. The song is called “This Could be Our Year” and you can check out the YouTube video below right now;
Great work once again lads, we love it. Make sure to like this video and share with all your friends on Facebook, etc as this song and video deserves to be played a lot. You can also check out Johnny B & The Boogie Men’s website at www.johnnyb.ie and on Facebook here.
We’re all looking forward to the All-Ireland Hurling Final this coming Sunday, September 7th for the epic battle against Kilkenny.
It’s going to be a great match! C’mon Tipp!!!
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.