The St. Patrick’s Day festival weekend is in full swing here in Thurles, with many events taking place in the Cathedral town. With our major colourful parade taking place on Bank Holiday Monday March 18th, many of you will be wondering where the best entertainment and ‘craic’ is to be found on this St. Paddy’s day, March 17th.
Look no further than The Arch Bar, (Pat Hayes) Liberty Square, here in the centre of town, where a marathon 12 hour Traditional Irish Music Session is taking place, beginning at 12.30pm until 12.30am. Amongst the many artists who will be dropping in over this 12 hour session is top recording artist Nora Fogarty. Here is a song from her album, “One Star Awake” called Caledonia.
To play the song, please click the play button on the right hand side below.
This song is for Katie & company in Australia, Maureen, Eileen, Patrick & family (Loughmore connection) in the USA and all the many other ex-pats who are regular daily readers of Thurles.Info and to whom we wish a very special Happy St. Patrick’s day.
The event is being hosted in aid of North Tipperary Hospice/Suir Haven, the Thurles Cancer community based counselling support centre, located on Clongour Road, (Tel: 0504 21197) here in the town. Admission to this marathon Traditional Irish Music session is totally free, but if you would like to drop your loose change into the collection boxes strategically placed around the venue, your donation, however small, will be greatly appreciated.
Do remember this latter counselling support centre, whether one is living with cancer or affected by it, including family, carers and friends, offers emotional support, practical help and information in a safe, positive and confidential environment, free of charge.
If you are a Musician, a Performer or a Singer and you would like to showcase your particular talent why not celebrate St.Patrick by giving a performance of your particular God given talent, at what promises to be a major community event.
Eamon O’Dwyer of TippFM Radio‘s weekly popular specialist programme “Down Your Way,” will be calling in during the event, to chat and record some live music, by those performing.
To all readers & contributors to Thurles Information – A Very Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all.
The Bank of Ireland, in collaboration with the Gathering Ireland 2013 and the Department of Education and Skills, have given 2nd Level Transition year students an opportunity to “Put their town on the map.”
Raising the banner, “Res Non Verba,” (Loosely translated “Deeds rather than words.”) four young ladies, all Transition Year students from the Ursuline Secondary School here in Thurles, have taken the lead, to positively promote Thurles as a definite and alternative tourist destination.
Public Representatives and Development Organisation members please observe video, learn and take special note. This is a story of how four young ladies, Rebecca Chute (Thurles), Mary Claire Fitzgerald (Golden), Treise Gleeson (Urlingford) and Tanya Moore (Thurles), sold Thurles to the world in just less than three minutes.
Recently, these four young ladies have qualified for the National Finals of ‘The Gathering Transition Year (TY) Film Competition.’
This competition required these four students to make a film, of strictly three minutes duration, to promote their town, Thurles, as a venue for “The Gathering.” As our readers are aware, communities throughout Ireland are showcasing and sharing the very best of Irish culture, tradition, business, sport, fighting spirit and the uniquely Irish sense of fun. Over 70 million people worldwide claim Irish ancestry. The Gathering Ireland 2013 provides the perfect excuse to reach out to those who have moved away, their relatives, friends and descendants, and invite them home. The Gathering is the people’s party and kicked off in spectacular style for the first time on New Year’s Eve 2012.
These four TY students had previously attended a workshop under the Young Irish Film Makers initiative and with this knowledge gleaned now met under the watchful eye of TY and Ursuline school co-ordinator Miss Anette Flanagan, to write a script and during just one day’s filming, visited some of the town’s renowned food producers, an arts centre, sport facility and visitor attraction, such as Thurles Co-Op Creamery (Food Producer), The Source Theatre (Arts), Semple Stadium (Thurles European town of Sport) and St Mary’s Famine Museum (Heritage & Culture).
Their finished work has now been selected from a host of similar projects at the Regional Finals of the competition, held in Kilkenny, just last week, where their film was presented for the scrutiny of an elite judging panel. These young ladies also were required to give a two minute verbal presentation of their work, prior to the viewing of their film. With the standard very high and despite being pitted against “traditional” tourist destinations such as Kilkenny and Waterford, theirs was selected as the Regional winner.
For the National Final, these Tipperary girls will now challenge three other film and presentation projects, submitted by schools from Clonakilty, Dún Laoghaire and Donegal Town.
On Thursday next they will present their project in The House of Lords, Bank of Ireland, Dublin. Some 50% of the final result will depend on the judges’ decision with the other 50% based on the number of votes received on their film.
If you truly love your home town of Thurles, please give them the support they rightly deserve and here is how to help.
To vote & support the super effort by these girls – Click HERE – watch film No 2 & simply ‘LIKE‘ on YouTube. (Note: You will need a YouTube/Gmail account to vote, but that only takes about 2 minutes to set up).
Note: Voting closes this coming Thursday at 1.00pm & these ladies really do need your votes, so exercise your mouse.
Nice one girls & BO, well done and thanks for your real leadership.
Pictured here at the recent presentation of a contribution by Thurles Credit Union (TCU) to Littleton Development Association, same granted towards the construction of their new Sports Centre currently under construction in Littleton village, near Thurles, Co.Tipperary are:- (L-R.): Sean Ryan (Secretary.), J. J O’ Sullivan (Chairman.), D.J. Darcy (TCU President.), Seamus Hanafin (North Tipp Co Councillor.) and Donal Scannell (CEO TCU.).
Thurles area Speed Enforcement Zones as on 14/3/13 shown in Red
Nationally the number of Go-Safe motorist speed detection camera zones are to increase by over 243 and from the end of April there will be a total of 727 locations where the vans will now be deployed.
As stated an additional 243 stretches of road have now been further identified as having a collision history suitable for inclusion as a speed enforcement zone. Some 60% of these roads are regional/local roads while the remaining are national roads. Some 48% of all fatal collisions in the five year period 2006 to 2012 occurred on these 727 sections of roadway.
Twenty new sites have now been identified here in Co Tipperary and monitoring will come into effect, as stated, in April.
The twenty new accident prone areas identified in Tipperary are as follows:- RATHBEG, LONGFORDPASS (R639.), COOLEENY (local.), BORRISBEG (N62.), AGHSMEAR (N62.), CARRICK (R445.), FOXHALL (R503.), KILCORAN, BOHERNARNANE (R639.), CLOONYHEA, KILLAGHY (R690.), LICKFINN, LANESPARK (R689.), LOUGHLOHERY, MOORSTOWN (N24.), BALLYNARAHA, SESKIN (N76.), ANNAGH (R438.), BALLINVILLA, LISGARRIFF (N52.), GARRANMORE, FUSSOUGH (R691.), NEWPARK, BALLYSHEEHANN (R639.), BURGES MANSION, BURGES WEST (R668.), BALLYBEG, PARKSTOWN (R639.), THURLES TOWNPARKS (N62.), WHITEFIELD (N62.) and finally KILBOY (R497.).
From January 2011 to January 2013 road deaths fell to record lows with 186 deaths in 2011 and 162 deaths in 2012.
The primary purpose of these safety cameras is to reduce speed related collisions, lessen injuries and save lives.
Safety cameras only operate on sections of road which have a history of collisions occurring where speed is a contributory factor. The areas where these cameras are operating are available to the public on the Garda website. (ClickHERETo View.)
‘GoSafe,’ monitoring commenced operation on a phased basis in November 2010 and reached full operational capacity in March 2011. GoSafe are contracted to provide a minimum of 6000 hours speed enforcement per month as directed by An Garda Síochána. GoSafe are also set key performance indicators, to ensure enforcement is targeted at key days and times, with a particular emphasis on night time and weekends.
From 1st November 2010 to 31st December 2012, more than 408,000 fixed charge notices were issued as a result of detections from both GoSafe and Gardaí operated Robot vans, for non-intercept speeding offences.