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Saturday June 24th – A Purr…Fect Afternoon Guaranteed

“Join us for a guaranteed purr…fect afternoon of fun, chat, music, and a cuppa,” writes Thurles Rotary Club member Mrs Evelyn Nevin.

Evelyn would like to invite you to come along and support Phoneix Productions at a Cats Tea Party in Bookworm on Saturday June 24th from 2.00pm 5.00pm. (Do please note your calendar).

“Thurles Rotary club has a long standing friendship with Phoneix Productions and its Founder Member/Producer Mr Gerard O’Brien,” states Evelyn, “And to this end we felt the need to support this very worthy charity, which provides such great opportunities to our local young people, through creative expression both in song, dance and stage craft.”

It is the worst kept secret in Thurles that plans are well under way for Phoneix Production’s next musical extravaganza. Yes, Deo volente (God being willing), ‘Cats’ ; composed by the great Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, and based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot, will be staged here in Thurles next August.  This of course can not happen without an enormous amount of effort, time, support and, it goes without saying, financial assistance. Theatre lovers will remember, based on past productions, that Phoneix Productions does nothing by half measures, so expect prodigious thespianism.

Evelyn continues, “We at Rotary Thurles recognise the need for patronage of this worthwhile organisation and to this end wish to support our talented local young people by coming up with what we believe is a novel idea,  “A Cats Tea Party”.

Mr John Butler proprietor of Bookworm book shop, on the corner of Liberty Square, has kindly allowed us the use of his premises for the afternoon of June 24th from 2.00 – 5.00pm, with all money raised going directly to Phoneix.

So do please join us for a ‘cuppa’, a chat and we will have special guests providing entertain for you during the afternoon. Your support would be greatly appreciated for this worthy cause and donations of buns and cakes would also be welcomed”.

For further info why not contact Evelyn on Mobile 087 9774725 and pledge your support.


Home Of Shane MacGowan On Sale In Tipperary

Fairytale of New York
“They’ve got cars big as bars, they’ve got rivers of gold,
But the wind goes right through you, it’s no place for the old.”
Poetic extract from the song Fairytale of New York  by the Pogues.

A house at Garryard East, Silvermines, Nenagh, in Co Tipperary, the oft-time home of Irish-British musician and singer Shane MacGowan and his family, has just been offered for sale.

The sale follows earlier this year the tragic death of Shane’s mother, Mrs Therese MacGowan, in a car accident.

Best known as a song writer and the lead singer of the Celtic punk band the Pogues; Shane together with his father Maurice; his mother Therese, and Siobhan his sister, moved to the Silvermines back in 1988, after living at an address in the UK, near London, for some 30 years, and where Siobhan and Shane were both born and raised.

It was from this Silvermines address in the 1990’s, that Shane started writing most of what would become his second full-length album entitled ‘Crock Of Gold,’ and other songs like ‘Lonesome Highway’.

Shane was also a member of the Nipple Erectors and the Popes, as well as producing his own solo material and working in collaborations with leading artists such as the late English singer and songwriter Kirsty MacColl prior to her death in 2000; English musician, singer, actor and songwriter Joe Strummer who died in 2002;  Nick Cave (Australian musician, singer-songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and occasional film actor);  Steve Earle (American rock, country and folk singer-songwriter, record producer, author and actor), and Sinéad O’Connor (Irish singer-songwriter).

Asking price for this Silvermines property is €229,500, through selling agents Sherry FitzGerald Talbot,  Tel: (067) 31496.


Humanitarian Priest Fr Jack Finucane Passes Away

The humanitarian priest, and valuer of human life, Fr. Jack Finucane, passed away today at the age of 80.

Ordained in 1963; Fr. Jack was a brother to the late Fr. Aengus Finucane, latter a former Chief Executive of Concern Worldwide, and earlier a former teacher at Rockwell College, secondary school close to New Inn, Cashel, here in Co. Tipperary.

The brothers were both natives and ‘Freemen’ of Limerick; being aptly recognised in 2005 for their inspirational and tireless work with the starving of Africa and Asia. Fr. Jack, with his brother Fr. Aengus, tended to some of the poorest people in the world; from Biafra in Nigeria to Bangladesh and Ethiopia.

Fr. Jack would later became an adviser to Sir Bob Geldof and his Live Aid team, and in 1985, escort a young Bono (U2 fame) on his first trip to Ethiopia, greatly influencing latters future thinking.

This staunch belief by both men; based on the view that all human beings deserve respect and dignity and therefore should be treated as such, would lead to the formation of the organisation known as Concern Worldwide in 1968.

Fr. Jack and Fr. Aengus had been sent to Nigeria by the Holy Ghost Fathers and were at the ‘coalface’ in the distribution of aid, flown into Biafra by Concern and other relief organisations. Both Finucane priests had become involved in the distribution of this humanitarian aid, following the Nigerian government’s blocking of food supplies to the breakaway state of Biafra (Biafran War or Nigerian Civil War carried on from July 6th 1967 to January 15th 1970 with the loss of over 1 million lives).  This food blockade caused massive starvation and continued despite receiving, back then, worldwide condemnation. The Finucane priests organized food to be sent through makeshift airstrips, including one at Uli, Anambra.

Frederick Forsyth CBE, with Fr. Jack Finucane, latter who passed away today. 

The Royal Air Force pilot, novelist (70 million books), political commentator and spy, Mr Frederick Forsyth CBE, (Works include ‘The Day of The Jackal,’ ‘The Odessa File,’ ‘The Dogs of War’, ‘The Fourth Protocol,’ ‘The Biafra Story‘ and ‘Cry of the Innocent,’ latter film made here in Ireland), who was then a journalist covering the Biafran war, knew both Fr. Jack and Fr. Aengus; indeed Mr Forsyth regularly dined with both men close to Umuchima village, Uli, at the airstrip code named ‘Annabel Airport’, during his stay of some 2 years.

Both religious brothers were involved in using old Douglas DC6s and DC7s from the 50’s, together with old worn out Lockheed Constellations planes from a similar era, in their efforts to get sick children out and food provisions in, and while dodging Nigerian MiG-19 jets supplied by East Germany and manned by East German pilots.

Frederick Forsyth, wrote of the children airlifted out of Biafra, stating that these children were a “living, breathing monument”  to the work of Fr. Aengus Finucane and his colleagues.

Irish President Mr Michael D. Higgins stated today;  “His (Fr. Jack Finucane) commitment to the ethical basis for, as well as the practical application of humanitarian principles was exemplary.  Jack Finucane’s lifelong commitment to protecting the dignity of some of the world’s poorest and most marginalised people will stand not only as a lasting tribute to all that is good about mankind, but is exemplary in its invitation not to avert our gaze from our current challenges of global hunger and poverty.”

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.


Thurles Arrange Tribute Night To Joe Dolan

On the tenth anniversary of Joe Dolan’s passing, a tribute night to remember the recording artist and pop singer’s memory has been arranged by the Moyne Road Residents Association, here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Pictured above are some of those involved and performing in this special event:- L-R : Liam Campion (Ticket Seller), Mary Barry (Thurles Care), Gary Roche (Ticket Seller), Kenny Ryder (Musician), Tommy Barrett (Moyne Road Res. Assoc.), Bridin O’Gorman (Moyne Road Res. Assoc.) and John McCarthy (Thurles Order of Malta).

Paschal Brennan and his six-piece band will perform a fitting tribute to the voice of the show-band years, with all of Joe’s greatest hits being performed including: ‘Good Looking Women’, ‘Make me and Island’, ‘It’s You, It’s You, It’s You’, and ‘Sister Mary’.

This event will take place on Saturday 17th June 2017 in the Premier Hall, Thurles. Doors will open at 7.00pm with the show starting at 8.00pm with Kenny Ryder and band.

Tickets are only €10 available from outlets: Tipperary GAA Shop, Liam Campion Butchers, Ryan’s Daughter Restaurant or call the box office on Tel: 0894487657 / 0861538355.  All those who purchase a ticket before the 17th June are entered into a draw to win a one night stay in the five star, Park Hotel Kenmare, owned by the Brennan Brothers. This special draw will take place on the night of this event.

A great night of fun and entertainment is guaranteed. This event will allow for patrons to dance the night away on the dance floor, while seating will be situated along the sides isles of the hall.

All monies raised will stay in the local Community and aid the ongoing work of Thurles Order of Malta and Thurles Care. So, without delay go purchase your ticket today for what promises to be a magical music event for Thurles.


Public Meeting To Engage On Water & River Basin Plans


Are you are interested in water quality, biodiversity, heritage, water based recreation and tourism? Are there issues affecting your local water body, be it a stream, river or lake?

The first in a series of public meetings in Tipperary regarding local community engagement on water bodies takes place tomorrow, Thursday (1st June 2017) beginning sharp at 7.30pm in the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh, Co, Tipperary. All are invited to attend (Tea / Coffee provided) and all will be given their chance to have their say.

[To View Video Below in High Definition please Click Here]

The public meeting is expected to outline what is included in the Draft River Basin Management Plan (2018-2021) together with details on how you personally can provide input into the final plan, thus providing you with the opportunity of influence policy.

The Waters & Communities Office aims to get local communities more involved in protecting and enhancing local water bodies.

Mr Ruairí Ó Conchúir, Community Waters Officer for North Tipperary, will present information on the Draft Plan and facilitate a discussion on different issues and interests emerging including funding opportunities for local community projects. The meetings will be an important opportunity to network. Mr Ó Conchúir can be contacted on Tel: 085 808 3715 or 061 496310 or email roconchuir@lawco.ie for more information.

For information on water quality in your area or to find out what local communities are doing around Ireland please see www.catchments.ie and sign up for the free Catchments Newsletter.

For more information on the work of the Waters & Communities Office please see www.watersandcommunities.ie

Music used in the video clip above is by Johannes Brahms and entitled “The Cradle Song”.