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Love Yourself At Liberty Pharmacy, Thurles, This Christmas

“Perfume follows you; it chases you and lingers behind you. It’s a reference mark. Perfume makes silence talk.”

Above quote by late French fashion designer and writer, Sonia Rykiel (1930 – 2016).

“Perfume is not just about finding a fragrance you like”, according to Allie Quinn, [Latter Resident Cosmetic Consultant, at “Liberty Pharmacy”, No. 34 Liberty Square, Thurles, Co. Tipperary].
“Your choice is also about finding a fragrance that represents you the person and who you are. As French fashion designer Christian Dior once said, “A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting”.

This Christmas what fragrance should I buy?

“It is important to remember that once you have found a fragrance that you like; its concentration will impact on the products overall cost. So, depending on your budget, you may want to pick either an Eau de toilette, an Eau de parfum or a Perfume Extract, replied Allie.

So, what’s the difference?

Allie explains “Fragrances come in a range of oil essence concentrations. The more concentrated the oil essence, then it follows the more you can expect to pay. Typically, Eau de Toilette is the least concentrated (Roughly 10% essence) and thus is the least expensive version of any chosen fragrance. The scent lasts a short time before easing off, so, you need a big bottle to re-apply it regularly.”

Allie continued, Eau de parfum on the other hand is more concentrated (as high as 20% concentration) and therefore at a higher price point. Although more expensive, the higher concentration should ensure you smell nicer and for longer.

“The most concentrated and most expensive version of any fragrance is the Perfume Extract version. It can contain up to as much as 40% oil essence concentration and is most often sold in small quantities, because a tiny drop lasts a very long time”, continued Allie.

“Being powerfully evocative, remains the wonder of all great perfumes. The ability to accurately describe what our nose is signalling to our brain, often doesn’t come easily to either women or indeed today’s men. However, most of the ‘mass market fragrances’ are indeed enchanting; with each and every product having been created by truly imaginative and incredible dedicated perfumers”, concluded Allie.

The proprietor of Liberty Pharmacy, Kate Kennedy, is quick to point out that while modern perfumery began in the late 19th century, ‘Perfumery’, as in the art of manufacturing perfumes, began initially in ancient Western and Southern Asia, and in Egypt, around 3300 BC; same to be further refined in the ninth century, by the Romans and the Arabs. Indeed in 2003, archaeologists found what they believe to be the world’s oldest surviving perfumes in Pyrgos, latter a village in Cyprus. The perfumes found in Pyrgos are understood to date back more than 4,000 years.

The Liberty Pharmacy at No. 34 Liberty Square, Thurles, presently carry a wide selection of all perfumes for men and women of all ages. To help you find that fragrance most suited for you, why not drop into the Liberty Pharmacy and seek advice from their resident cosmetic consultant.

“Wear perfume wherever you want to be kissed”, was the advice of the late French fashion designer, Nazi spy and businesswoman Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel (1883-1971).


Reading Books Can Add Years To Your Life

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

[Extract from that wonderful book, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut” by Dr. Seuss. (Theodor Seuss Geisel or Theo LeSieg, was an American children’s author, political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, screenwriter and filmmaker).]

It is possibly one of the very few shops, here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary, where you, without difficulty, could solve all of your Christmas gift problems with ease and within one hour. I am referring of course to Eason, situated at the bottom of the main isle in Thurles Shopping Centre.

The store can fulfil the wishes of just about every man, woman and child, and not just in their book title offerings, which are truly extensive; but also through sales of National Lottery Tickets, Toys, Christmas Cards, Jewelry, Diaries, Filofaxes, Calendars, Jigsaws, Mass Cards, Birthday Cards, Get Well Cards, Scented Candles and Back-to-School paraphernalia of every discription, to name but some of the stock being carried this Christmas time.

Yes, this is the same lucky Eason establishment, which successfully sold three winning National Lottery Jackpot tickets, with prize-winners collecting a whopping total of €26 million Euro, in prize money.

But of course this family run store’s greatest asset is the service provided by a dedicated group of employees, latter who instantly takes ownership of their particular role within the Eason organisation. All staff here are fully trained and committed to the mission of their business; living the values that have been created by three generations of the same local O’Toole family.

Why not check out the Eason store for yourself during this festive season?

Incidentally, talking about books and reading; did you know that reading books can add years to your life?

A research team at Yale University tracked some 3600 adults all over the age of 50 years for 12 years. Results of their research indicated that people who read books for just 30 minutes each day, lived nearly two years longer, than those who simply read magazines or newspapers.

Scientific research has proven that reading can achieve many incredible effects on our everyday lives. It can improve our health and emotional understanding, while boosting our intelligence and creativity and reducing stress. The brain’s ability to become fully immersed and distracted in a book, is what makes reading the perfect way to relieve stress.

Indeed, it also seems that the sooner you start reading to your new born child, the better, with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), back in 2012, highlighting research which confirms that children who are read to in their early years, grow to be become better readers themselves, by the age of 15 years.


Death Of Musical Genius Philip Donnelly, Co. Tipperary

It was with a great personal sadness that we learned of the death yesterday, Thursday 28th November 2019, of renowned guitarist & songwriter, Mr Philip Donnelly, Clonmel, South Co. Tipperary and formerly Clontarf, Dublin

Mr Donnelly passed away peacefully, while in the care of University Hospital, Waterford, surrounded by those who loved him.

Musical genius Mr Philip Donnelly, affectionately known as “The Clontarf Cowboy”, had, during his lifetime toured with household named singing artists like Johnny Cash, The Everly Brothers, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith, Townes Van Zandt, Donovan, Don Williams, Sara Dee, Ray Lynam, Clannad, Joe Ely, Kathy Mataya, Lyle Lovett, Hal Ketchum to name but a few.

Philip co-wrote (With Sam Hogin and Roger Cook) Crystal Gayle’s number one wonderful hit song ‘Living in these Troubled Times’, latter released in August 1982, as the third single from the album Hollywood, Tennessee. The song reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

His gold discs included bass-baritone singer the late Don Williams(1939-2017) million selling album ‘I Believe in Love’, regarded as one of the biggest Country Singles of all time.

Mr Donnelly married artist Ms Jessica Roth in 1990. Miss Roth was also living in South Tipperary at that time and following the marriage they had a son together, before getting divorced. However, though separated, the family remained very good friends.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his brother Gerard; son Brian; grandson Matson; Jessica; Fiona; Aegina; Ciaran; Orla; extended relatives and many friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements

The earthly remains of Mr Donnelly will lie in repose at Stafford’s Funeral Home, No.60 North Strand Road, Dublin 3, on Monday evening next, December 2nd, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.
Removal will take place on Tuesday morning, December 3rd, to St. John the Baptist Church, No.15 Seafield Road, Clontarf east, Co. Dublin, arriving for 10:00am Funeral Mass, followed by burial in St. Colmcille’s Cemetery, Swords, Co. Dublin.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Christmas 2019 At Thurles Library

Ms Suzanne Brosnan (Senior Library Assistant), Tipperary County Council Library Service, reports: –

“It’s beginning to feel alot like Christmas here in Thurles Library as is indicated by our list of events shown hereunder.

Saturday 7th December: Christmas story-time will take place at 11.30am. It’s time to get out those Christmas jumpers and Santa hats and come along to help Santa find his proper suit, when Mrs Claus is sick on our interactive story-line. Raise our voices and sing-a-long to great songs like “Jingle Bells” and lots more!

Wednesday 11th December: Christmas Workshop for Adults at 11.15am. This workshop is facilitated by Bertranda Delaney from the Thurles Flower Club. Some materials will be provided on the day, with more details on booking. Note: Spaces are limited – Bookings please to the Thurles library on Tel: 076106-6131.

Tuesday 17th December: Christmas Pyjama Story-time will take place at 6:30pm. Join us for stories and songs with special guest Mrs Claus who will pop-in to visit the children on the night.

Wednesday 18th December: Annual Christmas Coffee Morning takes place from 11:15am. Come along for a cuppa, a mince pie and some wonderful festive entertainment. We will be joined by two choirs this year – The Little Flower National School and The Lámh Choir from Scoil Aonghusa Cashel. We look forward to sharing this special morning with all our customers. Free Event and in this case no booking is necessary!

Friday 20th December: Take time out from the busy Christmas craziness and come along to our Christmas Family Movie afternoon! The movie will start at 2:30pm and we are rolling back the years with this years choice of The Muppets Christmas Carol. Same is a gentle version of the Charles Dickens classic!

Please note that while all our events are free, we are taking bookings for story-times, the workshop and film afternoon.
So, please do book at the desk with a member of our staff, or call 0761-06-6131.”


Horse & Jockey Singers Support Thurles Hospital

Horse and Jockey Singers support the Hospital of the Assumption Unit In Thurles.

The Horse and Jockey Singers annual variety concert is now a well-established event on the social and entertainment calendar here in Co. Tipperary.

Since its inception about five years ago, it has attracted a loyal band of regular supporters, who wouldn’t miss it for the world and many see it as the beginning of the festivities for the Christmas season.

Others point to the variety of entertainment that is regularly on offer, as audiences over the years continue to be enthralled by top class singers, dancers, choirs, soloists, musicians, not forgetting memorable recitations and sketches.

This variety concert has always supported charitable causes, both local and national, and this year will be no exception as the Comfort Fund at Unit C of the Community Hospital of the Assumption, will benefit from the proceeds.

Master Of Recitations Mr Noel Joyce

This year’s programme is as attractive and varied as ever.

  • The Doran family are back again on Saturday night, while the indomitable Jim O’ the Mill and family will entertain on Friday.
  • The singing of renowned soprano, Emma English, from Tipperary town will be a highlight of the evening.
  • Rathdowney’s Mick Creagh is new to the bill, but not to the stage as his one-man show has played to packed houses already this year.
  • Multi All-Ireland winner, Noel Joyce is back by popular acclaim and his recitations will, no doubt, have the audience in stitches.
  • The Presentation School dancers, recently returned from the stage at Nashville, the capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee, are eagerly anticipated as are the group of Harpers who have delighted us in the past.
  • New to the programme this year are Sonas from New Inn, the Ryan Girls, Cashel and the talented Cailínís.
  • The ever popular Derrynaflan Male Choir has been busy rehearsing for the show.

The Horse and Jockey Singers are grateful for the wonderful support they have enjoyed in the past and are really looking forward to meeting old and new friends at the concert.

The choir first came into existence in September 2014 and comprises both male and female members. The love of singing permeates the group and the social outlet it provides enhances all their lives. Based at the Horse and Jockey Hotel, this fifty strong group, under the musical direction of Mr Patrick Conlon and accompanied by Ms Ann Marie Dwan, have participated in many concerts and choral festivals.

These popular concerts will take place on Friday November 22nd and Saturday November 23rd, at the Derrynaflan Theatre, in the Horse & Jockey Hotel, with winning author Mr Liam Ó Donnchú once again taking on the role of ‘Master of Ceremonies’.

Starting time is 8.00 p.m. sharp and tickets costing €20.00 are available from the hotel reception or from Connie O’Keeffe Tel: 087-6667988.

Please do come along and support this most deserving of causes.