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RTE Mass Broadcast From St Patricks College Sunday Next

RTE I will broadcast Sunday Mass live from St Patrick’s College, Thurles, on Sunday, February 5th next, to mark the 175 years of this historical College’s existence.

St. Patrick’s College, Thurles was originally founded in 1837. The College was built on church land, part of which was bought from the estate of a Wexford Protestant Minister.  Building began in 1829 under the deceased patronage of the Dr. Patrick Everard, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, who after his death in 1821 had left £10,000 for the “purpose of founding a college to provide a liberal education for catholic youth destined for the priesthood.”

In 1850 the first Synod of bishops, since the Middle Ages, met here at this college in Thurles, commencing on Thursday, 22nd August of that year. This Synod was used to standardise many practices in the Irish Church which had evolved differently to then practices on the continent.

Over more recent years major refurbishments have taken place supporting lecture theatres, tutorial rooms, the original old library, modern computing facilities, playing pitches in the grounds, as well as to the colleges retreat and conference facilities. As well as the academic course the college runs a number of courses in pastoral care, youth work and also Irish language training courses for adults.

Starting from September last, a teaching degree programme, accredited by the University of Limerick, can be conferred on successful graduates.  The degrees to be awarded are; BEd with Irish and Religious Studies and BEd with Business Studies and Religious Studies. Graduates are registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland and will be qualified to teach up to and including Leaving Certificate standard.

Note: This televised programme will be broadcast on RTE I beginning at 11.15 am, on Sunday morning next, so here is one TV  programme certainly not to be missed.

The Mass will be lead by the College President, Rev. Fr.Tomas Fogarty, from the College’s magnificent modern Chapel, with students and staff taking part.


Tipperary Native Lara Doodles 4 Google

Lara's Doodle 4 Google

Congratulations to Tipperary school girl, Lara O’Dwyer, from Dundrum, Co.Tipperary who has been selected for the public voting stage of the “2012 Doodle 4 Google” competition.

Lara is in Senior Infants grade and currently attending Knockavilla, National School, Dundrum, Co. Tipperary .

Lara’s submission is entitled “The Best School,” and states “My doodle is about teaching. I have a big pencil in my picture. I have a child in my picture too. We have the best school.

Next time you go doodling Lara, perhaps you could compose a picture for Thurles.Info. God knows we badly need one.

So you folks out there, spend a minute of your surfing time to congratulate the work of this budding talented young artist, by voting for her selected prize entry.

To vote for Lara’s picture simply click Here and vote.


Tipperary Second In San Francisco Best App Ever Awards

The Irish Horse Welfare Trust (IHWT)

The Tipperary “Grey Horse Apps,” which can be downloaded for both iPhone and Android, has won second prize for the ‘Best Doing Good’ App in the 2011 ‘Best App Ever,’ awards held in San Francisco, California.

The ‘Save a horse’ App was developed to support the work of the Irish Horse Welfare Trust, latter established in 1999, to assist the current plight of horses here in Ireland.

A total of more than 7,240 Apps were nominated for the 2011 Best App Ever Awards and more than 1.5m votes were cast globally.

Elaine Heney, GreyHorseApps.com producer, (whose website appears to have been compromised this morning, so Warning do not go there just presently) is absolutely thrilled with the win and states she is greatly honoured that she has been able to support and further raise awareness of horse welfare here in Ireland.

The ‘Save a horse,’ app for iPhone and Android can be downloaded by horse lovers, completely free.


Two Burst Bubbles

The old terraced house, situated at Number 1922, Liberty Square, Thurles, had been up for sale for years. The delay in its sale attributed to the lull brought about by the bursting of the Irish housing bubble. This latter caused by greedy people, urged on by greedy bankers, builders and politicians who spent far too much time at the Galway races. This has since been confirmed to me on the phone just last night by my friend Enda, currently holidaying in Davos.

To be honest, the original valuation of €2.5 million placed on the property, had been suggested by the auctioneer and not the vendor. The auctioneer had this gut feeling that one of our now rarely seen elected representatives might know someone who would view this property as a suitable site for a waste recycling centre or even a Casino. After all it stood in a fine central residential location, with easy access to supermarkets, chip shops and betting offices.

However, regrettably for all concerned, genuine interest was slow to materialise and the vendors eventually let the property go on the market for its true but disappointingly low value of €90,000. But then as my friend Wayne knowingly said to me later, “Sure you couldn’t bury the wife at night in the back garden of that property, without half the town gawking at you.

The first inkling that the property was sold actually came via Wayne’s wife, Imelda May, latter who suffers from a slight speech impediment, easily recognised by the fact that every now and then she stops talking long enough to catch her breath. Imelda, I should add, never misses a trick, squinting as she does, from behind that off-white net curtain, covering her front window. It was she who first spotted the large removal van parked outside, with men busy carrying inwards, the usual ordinary everyday household goods required to set up a loving, caring, close knit family unit, in a modern Irish State like ours. You know the things I mean; Versailles Silver Side Cabinets, Corona Computer Desk, Nevada Pine Bedroom Furniture, St Austell chairs, a Lille Oak table, and enough hydroponic equipment to grow your own personal supply of marijuana.

Wishing to know more about her new neighbours, Imelda suggested to Wayne, that perhaps it would be seen as a neighbourly gesture, for them to introduce themselves and welcome the new residents. This suggestion was repeated by her for several days, until Wayne, now resigned to the fact that if his marriage was made in heaven, then it was quite obvious that someone up there didn’t like him, agreed. So true to form our Imelda, followed reluctantly by Wayne, marched across the road a few days later, rapping loudly on a paint cracked front door. Eventually the door opened slightly, offering a limited close-up view of the new residents.

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Nenagh Town May Welcome Aldi

Aldi, the German discount supermarket giant, have submitted a planning application to set up a new development at the former SuperValu store at Springfort Retail Park, Nenagh Co Tipperary. Aldi purchased the store last month having been refused permission previously to trade at a nearby site, following an objection lodged by Nenagh Chamber of Commerce.

While Nenagh Town Council had previously given the ‘go ahead,’ for Aldi’s previous plan, the Town Council’s decision was further appealed by Nenagh Chamber of Commerce, which, while not opposed to the retail giant coming to Nenagh, argued that the company should find a town centre site for its store.  An Bord Pleanála generally accepted this view, and ruled that a peripherally located Aldi would greatly detract from Nenagh’s town centre.

Nenagh Town Council will decide whether or not to grant planning permission in the coming weeks, or may seek further information and clarification from Aldi. Shopkeepers in the town’s centre, in general, are expected to welcome this application, which is basically in line with Nenagh town’s current development plan, latter which strongly recommends that Town planners and Management first protect the town centre, where many business sites are presently available for use. Springfort Retail Park is situated however 1 kilometre to the south-west of Nenagh town centre, on the main Limerick Road

This German owned discount retailer currently operates over 8,000 stores worldwide, of which 84 are based here in Ireland, including one profitable outlet in Thurles.