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Phoenix Productions Annual Coffee Morning

“Music is one of the most powerful things the world has to offer.
No matter what race or religion or nationality or sexual orientation or gender that you are, it has the power to unite us.”     

(Latter quote attributed to Lady Gaga)

“What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play,
Life is a cabaret, old chum, Come to the cabaret.”
(From the musical “Cabaret”, with Music by John Kander, and Lyrics by Fred Ebb.

M/s Miriam Callanan [Denis Kinane Motors (Honda Centre)] Reports:-

For many years here in Thurles, the youth musical theatre group, known as ‘Phoenix Productions’ have been bringing to the stage, annually, performances par excellence.

As the years have progressed, many of these young performers have continued on in their great love of theatre and are regularly invited to join other well known musical theatre groups and societies around this country and abroad, because of their undoubted talent and knowledge based stage craft.

To ensure and encourage that such talent is continued on into the future here in Thurles, Phoenix Productions will hold a fund raising coffee morning in The Source Library on Saturday next December 16th 2017, from 9.20am12.30pm.

So do take a break from your busy Christmas shopping and pop into Thurles Library for a relaxing cup of coffee, a piece of delicious home-made cake.   All support as usual will be greatly appreciated.


A Song For Christmas Coming

“A Song For Christmas Coming” By Author & Poet Tom Ryan.

Not all the gifts in bright lit windows
In all the Christmas shops in town
Shall I now choose,
But prefer to sit in silence and reflect
On the joy you are to me.

There is no present you can buy,
Though you parcel up creation,
That will bring more sparkle to my eye
Than the love I have for you.

I sing sweet carols under the stars
And hymns by the Milky Way,
And I am happy wandering,
In dreams, to gently touch
Your hand, your face, your eyes, your soul,
And, contemplating bliss, a kiss,
There is no happy Christmas if there is not this.

Tom Ryan,”Iona,” Rahealty, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.


Death Of Dan Gallagher, Hillview Drive, Thurles

It is with a deep personal sadness that I report the death today, Tuesday 12th December 2017, of Mr Daniel (Dan) Gallagher, Hillview Drive, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly Waterford City.

Mr Gallagher passed away peacefully today, while in his 92nd year.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his loving wife Breda; daughters Mary (Cooke) and Eileen (O’ Donoghue); sons Barry and Donal; grandchildren Kevin, Ciarán, Kate, Jack, Cillian, Chloe and Robin; sons-in-law Martin and Aidan; daughters-in-law Marie and Medbh; nephews; nieces; brothers-in-law; sister-in-law; extended relatives; carers; neighbours and many good friends including the many members, past and present, of Thurles Drama Group.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Gallagher will repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, on Thursday evening, December 14th, from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, before arriving at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles at 7.30pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Friday morning, December 15th, at 11.00am, followed by burial immediately afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Note Please: Family flowers only, donations in lieu, if desired, to Cameo Care Thurles.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.


Death Of Walter Hayes, Ballintaggart, Ballingarry (SR), Thurles

It is with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Monday 11th December 2017, of Mr Walter Hayes, Ballintaggart, Ballingarry (South Riding), Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Hayes, passed away peacefully yesterday at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Predeceased by his wife Peggy; his passing is most deeply regretted by his sons; daughters; sister Kathleen Bourke; sons-in-law; daughters-in-law; grandchildren; great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; extended relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Hayes will repose at Molloy’s Funeral Home, Callan, Co. Kilkenny from 5.00pm on Wednesday evening. Funeral Prayers will follow at 7.00pm with removal to the Church of The Assumption, Ballingarry, Thurles,  arriving at 8.00pm approximately.

Requiem Mass will be held on Thursday morning at 11.30am followed by burial immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.


Marital Relations Restored In Ryan Household


“I hear that you and the wife have patched things up, said I to Mikey Ryan, when he approached me quietly for the ‘loan of a score until pay day’, when we met above in the Arch Bar, in Thurles, last night.

I slipped him the €20 Euro note out of public view, under the table and he immediately signalled barman Pat for a small brandy, before informing me that marriage overall was an institution made up of three rings. “Firstly”, said he, “there is the engagement ring, followed by the wedding ring and finally the unexpected suffering”.

“So, what made you change your mind and go back into the bosom of the family home”, I asked, not that I really wanted to know.
“Well”, said Mikey, “I suppose it was my young lad who started me thinking. I was picking him up from the Christian Brothers last Friday, when he informed me that his teacher had stated that in some parts of Africa a man doesn’t know his wife until he marries her.   “Son”, Mikey supposedly replied, “Sure that happens in every country”.

Mikey stopped to take a sip from his brandy before remarking on the early morning snowfall and how cold the weather had become.
“Begod, I see you have lost the beard”, said I, “when did you get rid of it?”
“I had it removed by ‘Pat the Barbers’, down beside Barry’s Bridge”, said Mikey “and to be honest that’s another reason for getting back with the wife.”

“You decided to go back to the wife because you shaved off your beard!”, said I scoffing at the very idea.
“No, No, No”
, said Mikey, “you’ve got it all wrong.  What happened was that I originally walked into that new barber’s shop that just opened, further up the town, and asked, for a shave and a shoe shine.  The barber applied the hot towel to my hairy face, and gripped his strop, before honing his cut-throat razor.  Meanwhile a very attractive woman knelt down to begin shining my shoes”.

Mikey continued; “You and I should spend some party time together” I said to her with a nod and a wink, to which she replied, “My husband wouldn’t like that.” 
“Ah sure tell him you’re working overtime”, said Mikey, “and I’ll make up the few extra quid”, to which she supposedly replied, “You tell him. He’s the one sharpening the straight blade razor.”  Having quickly excused himself under some pretext or other, Mikey fled down to “Pat the Barbers”.

“Now with beard cleanly removed”, said Mikey, “I decided that the single life was no longer for me, so home I went. We have since come to an amiable agreement to save our marriage. We take time to go to the Mitchel House Restaurant, Mitchel Street, Thurles, two evenings every week. You can’t beat soft music, a little candlelight dinner, washed down by a couple of glasses of that Mateus Rosé wine. Mind you, she goes on a Tuesday and I go on a Friday.”

“Last Tuesday night” said Mikey, “before she headed out she said to me, ‘look darling, you gifted this to me some 20 years ago on our honeymoon, and it still fits!’  I decided to let it pass, as she was referring to a scarf.

“God help me but I don’t ever envisage getting a divorce; committing murder yes, but divorce, nah”, concluded Mikey.