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Bob Dylan – Nobel Prize for Literature 2016

Huge congratulations to American songwriter, singer, artist, and writer Bob Dylan, who earlier today, in Stockholm, Sweden, was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Described today by the Swedish Academy as “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”, Dylan most certainly brought a form of beauty and feeling to life’s greatest tragedies and during more than six decades his poetic songs have reflected his thoughts on death, betrayal, war and heartbreak, with each deserving of being read in their own right as simply a poem.

“Visions of Johanna” – words by Bob Dylan

“Lights flicker from the opposite loft
In this room the heat pipes just cough
The country music station plays soft
But there’s nothing, really nothing to turn off
Just Louise and her lover so entwined
And these visions of Johanna that conquer my mind.”

Born Robert Allen Zimmerman in May 24th, 1941; at the age of 20 years Dylan was playing at clubs around Greenwich Village befriending many folk singers and musicians including the “The Clancy Brothers” from Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary.

“Blowin’in the Wind” (Video shown above – Words possibly more relevant today than in the 1960’s), and “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” were songs that established Dylan as the voice of his mid 20th century generation and demonstrated his unique understanding of how concerned American youth felt about issues like nuclear disarmament and the then fast growing movement for civil rights.

Dylan in his lifetime to-date has already and deservedly won many awards throughout his long career. These include: – eleven ‘Grammy Awards’, one ‘Academy Award’, one ‘Golden Globe Award’ and the ‘Polar Music Prize’, latter from Sweden’s King Carl XVI. He has been inducted into: – the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’, ‘Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame’, and ‘Songwriters Hall of Fame’. Dylan received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in May 2012, and in February 2015, he accepted the ‘MusiCares Person of the Year award’ from the National Academy of Recording Arts.

Thank you for the music.


Huge Attendance At Thurles Garda Division Open Day

Over 600 post primary school students attended at Thurles Garda station last Wednesday for the Thurles Garda Division’s ‘Open Day for Secondary School.’

This event followed on from the extremely successful Thurles Garda Public Open Day held last September (2015).

Click HERE to view Video hereunder in High Definition.

The event organised by serving Thurles Garda Officer Annette Connolly and supported by Templemore Garda College; Officers and Management serving the Thurles Garda Division, saw officers give up one days leave to return to their workplace to inform, educate and provide a fun day for all the visiting students.

Education on ‘Drugs’; overall ‘Crime Prevention’; ‘Garda Training’; ‘Thurles Text Alert’; ‘Know Your Patch’; ‘AFIS’ (Fingerprinting), and ‘Evidezer’ (Breath Analysis); ‘Communications’ etc were the order of the day; together with information on the dangers of ‘Speed’; the use of ‘Speed Cameras’ (Garda Traffic Unit); ‘Powers of Arrest and Detention’; Equipment used by the Regional Garda Armed Response Unit and the Public Order Unit.

A huge attraction were Officers, with their horses, from the Garda Mounted Unit, together with Officers and their dogs from the Drugs Unit and Public Order Unit.

Irish TV and Radio Tipp FM were also in attendance, so expect to see and hear more on this most positive and informative of events in the weeks ahead.

Congrats to all who took part – Truly this was community education at its very best.


Thurles Garda Station – Open Day For Secondary Schools

Thurles Garda Station Open Day for Secondary Schools – Wednesday 7th September 2016 – Time: 9.30am to 4.00pm.


Garda Annette Connolly

Serving Thurles Garda Officer Annette Connolly reports:

Following on from their extremely successful Public Open Day last September (2015), Thurles Garda Station will again host an ‘Open Day’ pacifically targeting Post Primary School students throughout the Thurles Garda District.  This event will cover the areas Borrisleigh, Templemore, Thurles, Ballingarry, Littleton and Killenaule and will take place next Wednesday September 7th 2016 from 9.30am – 4.00pm. The event will target, in particular, attendances from 4th, 5th and 6th year classes.

“We are anxious to make information freely available to young people who may have an interest in policing, not just as a future career, but those also wishing to obtain a clearer understanding of the true role played by An Garda Síochána in local communities throughout the length and breadth of Ireland,”  stated Garda Connolly.

Solely a Thurles Gardaí organised event; off-duty officers of all ranks will be making themselves available at Thurles Garda Station to provide information and answer the many queries from students regarding the day-to-day demands placed on Irish police in their role as guardians of the peace. They will also be joined, where possible, by persons operating other essential services and with whom our police force liaise, often on an hourly basis, e.g. the Ambulance Service & Fire Brigade etc.

Schools who have already confirmed their wish to be in attendance on the day will include:-  St. Mary’s Templemore; Our Lady’s, Templemore; Templemore College; Scoil Naomh Cualan Borrisleigh; Presentation Secondary School, Ballingarry; St Kevin’s, Littleton; Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles; Presentation Secondary School, Thurles; Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed, Castlemeadows, Thurles and Thurles C.B.S.

During next Wednesday’s event expect to see members of the Garda Mounted Unit on the streets around Thurles, together with Tipp FM Radio and Irish TV, who will also be in attendance on the day.

As part of the event on Wednesday next, students will receive information on matters pertaining to Crime Prevention; Garda Training; the Garda Reserve; Thurles Text Alert; ‘Know Your Patch’; ‘AFIS’ (Fingerprinting), and ‘Evidezer’ (Breath Analysis), together with many other interesting facts pertaining to the everyday life of a serving Irish police officer.

In attendance also will be members of the Garda Dog Unit; Regional Armed Response Unit; Drugs Unit; Traffic Unit and Public Order Unit.

All in all this very positive event promises to be a most enjoyable and informative experience for the young people in our society.


Borrisoleigh Festival Kicks Off On Sunday July 17th Next

A two hour 80’s ‘Rock Music Experience’ set for eve of Borrisoleigh Festival.

This year’s Borrisoleigh Festival will take place on Sunday July 17th next, with a packed day of activities for all the family.

The day will begin with a ‘Bush n Briar’ walk. Registration will be taken for this event in the Community Centre, beside the Church, starting from 8.45am.

Following Mass there will be live music from local musicians on the Square, followed by a 1916 themed parade through the town at 12.30pm. (Participants will start from Shanahan’s Centra store, marching to McDonagh Square.)

Following the opening ceremony at 1.00pm, Tipperary’s own very lovely Rose of Tralee contender and current Presenter of Tipperary County Matters on Irish TV, Miss Fiona O’Sullivan, will be found chatting and presenting prizes to the winners of this year’s Children’s Art Competition.

This event will be followed by ‘Line Dancing’ with Suzanne at 1.30pm and ‘Social Dancing’ with Phil Maher at 3.00pm; both events also happening in McDonagh Square.

The ‘Boom Boozlers’ group will entertain children from 2.00pm to 4.00pm in the Community Centre, while a ‘Taekwando’ group will put on an exhibition at 5.00pm in the village’s centre square.

Later from 5.30pm7.30pm, there will be a massive treat in store for all you ‘Lovers of Rock’, as that Rock Music Experience of ‘Sleaze n Cheese’, feature hits from Bon Jovi; Bruce Springsteen; Guns N Roses; Journey; Van Halen; ZZ Top, and many, many, more favourites.

After you’ve rocked your socks off, the extremely popular art of ‘Churn Rolling’ returns for a second year to the Borrisoleigh Festival. Participants from the Tipperary Town All Ireland Churn Rolling competition will be on hand to display their acquired new talents. Note: To take part in the Churn Rolling event, participants will have to take part in the completion of a training schedule, so do keep an eye on their Facebook Page, for details of all training sessions.

This truly enjoyable day will concluded with further music in the Square from 9.00pm onwards, hosted by that most popular of bands ‘Ebony’, latter renowned for their musical talents and fun crowd participation.

So remember the date and be sure to come along for a great day’s family entertainment.

Remember you can keep up to date with all upcoming events on the Borrisoleigh Festival Facebook page.


Note Change To Thurles Sports Fest Programme

We understand from the Thurles Sports Fest Committee that two errors appear on the recently published programme brochure, issued publicly to homes throughout Tipperary today. One of these errors regrettably is also carried presently on their website, for which the committee humbly apologise.

Firstly the Thurles Sports Fest Committee wish to point out that the Festival will run from July 1st to July 10th 2016 and not July 1st to July 9th as published on the brochure.

Secondly, and more important, the ‘Scór Bowls for Special Needs’ event, scheduled originally for Friday July 8th 2016, will in fact open this year’s festival on Friday July 1st 2016 at 11.00am.  We wish the best of luck to all of those set to take part.

To remind you all of this upcoming event, please see pictures on video hereunder from the very first successful Bowling occurrence in 2014.

To watch in HD please click HERE.

The Thurles Sports Fest will now in fact get off to a flying start with a well attended official ‘Indoor Target Bowling’ competition, and with all competitors playing for the coveted Olden Cup, together with associated individual medals for runner’s up and winning team members.

You can find an up-to-date Calander of correct Sporting Events for the festival HERE