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Nine Day Sports Festival Set For Thurles Co Tipperary

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Thurles Sports Festival 2015

The first ever sports festival of its kind to be held in Ireland, the ‘Thurles Sports Fest’, will take place in various indoor and outdoor venues, throughout the town of Thurles, from July 3rd next to July 11th inc, with the full support and backing of Tipperary County Council, Tipperary Tourism, Tipperary Sports Partnership, together with LIT Thurles, Fáilte Ireland and Tipp FM.

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This annual festival is massively expanded this year, following on from the previous and hugely successful annual Thurles Sarsfields Festival of Gaelic Sport. Sports teams from across Ireland and abroad are all lined up, once again for the trip to Thurles, as part of this exciting Sports Festival.

The town of Thurles will showcase the best it has to offer as a sports, tourism and shopping destination to the many visitors who are expected to visit the home of the G.A.A. during this 9 days of festival activity. The nine day festival features 24 sports, national and international, as well as very attractive musical and cultural events.

The feast of Sport will see games such as Hurling, Camogie, Ladies Football, Juvenile Hurling, Road Bowling, Rounder’s, Handball, Target Ball (Latter for persons with special needs), Basketball, Soccer, Boxing, American Football, Fencing, Swimming, Golf, Fun Cycle, 5Km fun run/Walk, Taekwando, tag rugby, and a special feature; an International Polocrosse match between Ireland and the U.S.A..

There will also be sports talks, fitness talks, healthy food talks, children’s workshops, a food village to include cookery demonstrations, a craft village, family fun-day, funfair, live music day, dance shows, bouncy castles, climbing walls, G.A.A Heritage trail, re-enactment of the founding of the G.A.A., pub music trail, traditional music sessions and much more.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to avail of special incentives and explore the sights of Thurles such as St Mary’s Famine Museum, Semple Stadium, Lár na Páirce (Latter the G.A.A museum), Cabragh Wetlands, Farney Castle, Holycross Abbey, Pony-trekking with Thurles Equestrian Centre, and Thurles Greyhound Stadium.

We will be bringing you lots more news on this 9 day festival over the coming days, in the meantime why not visit www.thurlessportsfest.com/ and download the complete festival brochure.

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Staff At Bulmers Clonmel Threaten Strike Action

bulmersFollowing a row over redundancy terms, the Unite Trade Union has announced that its members, currently working at Bulmers Cider Brewery in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, have voted unanimously for industrial action.

This action follows the company’s apparent decision to renege on the said terms of a 2009 collective agreement.

We understand that according to the Unite Trade Union, the company has informed 24 Unite members; current employees working at the brewery, that they are not covered by this same 2009 collective redundancy agreement.

It is understood that the company has made one member redundant, while offering terms which will now only amount to around half of what was then originally and collectively agreed.

Explaining the background to this dispute, the Unite Trade Union’s Regional Officer Mr Tony Kelly stated: “Following a unanimous vote by Unite Members for industrial action, it is in the company’s interests to continue honouring the 2009 agreement, which was negotiated under the auspices of the Labour Relations Commission (LRC), pending engagement under the same auspices”.

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Death Of Timothy (TK) Dwyer Thurles Tipperary

deathIt is with great sadness we learned of the death today, Sunday 28th June 2015, of Mr Timothy (TK) Dwyer, Turtulla, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Dwyer passed away peacefully in the company of his family and is sadly missed by his wife Philomena, his children Mary, Ned, Alice, Tom, Kate, Tadhg, Josie and Angela, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, aunt and numerous friends.

Funeral Arrangements
Mr Dwyer will repose at his residence on Monday June 29th from 4:00 p.m., with removal to Our Lady and St. Kevin’s Church, Littleton, Co Tipperary, on Tuesday morning; to arrive at 10.45 a.m. for Requiem Mass at 11.30 a.m..
Burial will take place afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery.

Note: House will remain private on Tuesday morning please. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to Golden Years Day Care, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Help Trace Missing Tipperary Man

J RyanGardaí are seeking your help in their efforts in locating a missing Tipperary man.

Mr John Ryan, aged 30 years old, has been missing from Faranaderry, Templemore, Co Tipperary since June 7th 2015 last. Mr Ryan was last seen driving his car near the Cliffs of Moher, Liscannor, on that same evening.

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Mr Ryan is described as being 5’10” (1.77m) in height, of slim build with short brown hair and green eyes.

He is understood to have been wearing when last seen a black t-shirt, blue jeans, a light grey zip hoodie and white runners.

Gardaí and family are presently concerned for Mr Ryan’s welfare and anyone with any information are asked to contact Ennistymon Garda Station on Telephone 065 7072180, or to contact the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666111 or indeed any Garda Station.

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Hospice Fund Raiser Convicted Of Drug Possession

Cannabis SativaMr William Gleeson, with an address at Lisdoon Cottage, Ballycraggan, Puckane, Co Tipperary, was given a five-month suspended jail sentence at Nenagh District Court yesterday on drug charges.

Mr Gleeson, aged 27 years, was charged with seven counts under the Drugs Trafficking Act, including possession of cannabis, possession of the drug cannabis for sale or supply, together with possession of drug associated paraphernalia including a weighing scales.

Mr Gleeson pleaded guilty to possession of an estimated €900 worth of cannabis, latter discovered by Gardai during the search of a bedroom at his address at Ballycraggan, Puckane, Nenagh, on March 3rd 2015 last. He also pleaded guilty to possession of €230 worth of cannabis for sale or supply, following the search of a car in Nenagh Co. Tipperary on June 26th, 2014. Latter search made by Gardaí who also located a weighing scales during this search.

Mr Gleeson, together with two friends recently announced plans to drive 13,000km to Beijing in China for a friend’s wedding while also raising funds for a children’s hospice and claim they had already secured €3,500.

Judge Elizabeth McGrath fined Mr Gleeson €900 and granted liberty to re enter the suspended sentence should he be found to re-offend over the next two years.

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