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Cherry Blossom & A Rose Bloom In Thurles

Alison Brolan

Miss Alison Brolan, Thurles, Co Tipperary, chosen as the 2015 Tipperary Rose of Tralee.

A crowd of some 200 patrons witnessed Miss Alison Brolan from Clongour, Thurles, Co Tipperary, being chosen recently as the 2015 Tipperary Rose of Tralee. The event took place in the luxurious Anner Hotel, latter situated on the Dublin Road, east of the town.

The very beautiful and home loving Alison, is daughter to parents Mrs Colette and Mr Jody Brolan, both natives of the town.  Alison formally a pupil of both the local primary and secondary Ursuline Convent School is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, and currently works as a primary school teacher at the Sacred Heart NS, Tallaght, Co Dublin.

Alison, who was selected from amongst nineteen other young ladies, each representing other towns and villages in Co. Tipperary, will now go forward to represent her county in the Irish Regional Rose of Tralee Finals, to be held at the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel from May 28th – 31st, (June bank holiday weekend).

Some six young ladies will now be chosen from some 29 Irish county lovelies taking part; to appear at the International Rose of Tralee finals. This will equate to one lady from each Irish province being selected, together with two ‘wild cards’.

County Tipperary has not reached an International Rose of Tralee Festival since 2011, however Alison, displaying both brains and beauty, offers Tipperary high hopes for 2015.

Our congratulations to Alison and on behalf of the town, we wish her every success for the future.

Alison is pictured here supporting and promoting her favourite local charity ‘Suir Haven,’  latter under the umbrella of North Tipperary Hospice and one of two cancer support centres which promotes and supports the development of hospice and palliative care in North Tipperary.

This organisation supplies specialised equipment, psychological and social support for patients and their families, often regrettably towards the end stages of life and is one of the charities being supported by the “All Ireland Tractor Challenge” which will take place on Sunday May 3rd in Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, Co Tipperary.  (More details on this latter ‘massive fund-raising event’ in the coming days.)

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Thurles Swimming Pool To Re-Open

Thurles Leisure Centre gym remained closed to the public today (Sunday 12th April) to allow for staff training in final preparations ahead of the re-opening of Thurles swimming pool tomorrow.

This magnificent leisure facility here in Thurles has been closed for 11 months after tiles had been identified as lifting from the base of the pool, during May of 2014.

DSC_0195Now it is all systems go for tomorrow morning with the pool fully refilled with water and the temperature brought up to correct levels,  [Between 77° to 82° F (25°-28°C)].

Tipperary Co. Councillor Seamus Hanafin, who has been most vocal in keeping local people up-to-date on this issue, has explained some of the reasons for the delays over the past 11 months.

“It was a case of ensuring that this project was undertaken to the highest possible standards using correct public procurement procedures. It was most important also that through these procedures, an engineer be identified with the necessary hands on knowledge and experience; thus ensuring that into the future there would be no further recurrence of previously identified structural problems and the inevitable waste of taxpayer funding,” stated Mr Hanafin.

“Once the correct tiles and adhesive had been identified and replaced, it was imperative that expansion joints be allowed to set, before water was slowly added; to give the tank time to properly expand as massive water pressure was increased.  A ‘back wash process’, latter which flushes water in the tank back through sand filters, had also to be undertaken to flush out all / any dirt which may have accumulated from previous filtration,” continued Councillor Hanafin.

The Councillor also stated that; “To further ensure a successful conclusion to previous issues the Co. Council had also re-commissioned both the filtration and chlorination systems, as part of this latest refurbishment.”

From tomorrow (Monday 13th April) the Thurles Leisure Centre will re open at 7.00am, as was previously usual for a Monday, with valued customers once more having full access to the Swimming Pool, Sauna, Steam Room and Spa Pool, hopefully long into the future.

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Tipperary To Host Repair Café

repairThe people of Co. Tipperary are being urged not to discard broken household items, but instead bring them along to a free pop-up fixing clinic; latter taking place at the Scout Hall in Nenagh, North Tipperary, on Saturday April 18th from 11.00am to 2.00pm.

The Repair Café is part of a growing international movement, first initiated in Holland in 2009, which encourages people to repair things rather than simply throw them away.

The Southern Region Waste Management Office, in conjunction with Tipperary County Council and Nenagh Mens Shed, are inviting people to drop in to the ‘Cafe’ with items such as tools with broken handles, wooden furniture, bikes or electrical equipment, where they will learn to fix them.

“The concept is really simple,” explained Pauline McDonogh, Regional Waste Prevention Co-ordinator, who continued: “The ‘Café’ brings together local businesses from the Nenagh area that have a range of skills and knowledge about fixing items. Householders bring along their broken items, sit with the experts and watch and learn from when the item is taken apart to when it is put back together again.”

Ms. McDonogh added: “Repair Cafe organisers find the majority of people who show up bring items they feel are too expensive to repair and would simply throw them away; shovels, lamps and children’s toys being popular examples. Often however, these items are easily repairable.”

Next week’s event in Nenagh is the final in a series of three Repair Cafés being held across the Southern Waste Region with other events already taking place in Tralee and Kilkenny.

The Southern Waste Region, which is administered by the Southern Region Waste Management Office (SRWMO), covers counties; Tipperary, Carlow, Clare, Cork City, Cork County, Kerry, Kilkenny, Limerick, Waterford and Wexford.

For more Information see wwww.southernwasteregion.ie .

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St Mary’s Graveyard Project Under Way In Thurles

Death the Leveller

[Extract from the poem by James Shirley. (1596–1666)]

“The glories of our blood and state, are shadows, not substantial things;
There is no armour against Fate; death lays his icy hand on kings:
Sceptre and Crown must tumble down and in the dust be equal made
With the poor crookèd scythe and spade.”

On April 2nd last year (2014) here on Thurles.Info we featured a Video Blog, asking the question “Are we Neglecting Tipperary’s National Heritage?”.  We highlighted in that particular feature, the neglect of St Mary’s Graveyard here in Thurles, in which numerous individuals of national and county historical importance have, in the past, been laid to rest.

Now one year later, following planning and debate, work has finally begun, using voluntary labour and the valued assistance of Tús Community Work Placement Initiative members, led by supervisors Mr Tony Lanigan, Mr Maurice Leahy and Mr Michael Carey.

This project, now ongoing, together with those involved, have been extremely careful to ensure that this historic burial ground is respected in full, firstly, with regards to the rights of living family members of those deceased, and secondly, the rules already put in place by the Heritage Council with regard to the Guidance for the Care, Conservation and Recording of Historic Graveyards.

A partial planting programme began last November (2014) with the support and supervision of North Tipperary Co Council officials, Mr Michael Ryan (Administrator) and Mr Seamus Hanafin (Co.Councillor), under the direction of Dr Aine Lynch, latter a Conservation Ranger with the Irish National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).

Note: You can view details of many of those persons currently laid to rest within St Mary’s Graveyard simply by clicking HERE.

Click on ‘Vimeo’ (Bottom Right of this Video Clip) to view progress to date in HD.

Aims and future aspirations of this St Mary’s Graveyard Conservation Project.

Very few tourists, if any, visit St.Mary’s Graveyard in Thurles for its own merits presently, with those who do arrive intent only on viewing the Famine and War Museum, latter situated centre on this site. Imagine their delight when, weather permitting, they are taken into the surrounding ancient graveyard area, to view the final resting places of some of Tipperary’s greatest citizens.

Continue reading St Mary’s Graveyard Project Under Way In Thurles

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Thurles Rotary Club Continue Support Of Local Charities

Rotary

Pictured Above: (L-R; Back Row):-  Mr Barry Cagney (Thurles Rotary), M/s Jill Moore (Thurles Rotary) and Mr Michael Walsh (Thurles Rotary).       (L-R; Front Row):- Mr Sean Spain (Thurles Rotary), M/s Evelyn Nevin (Thurles Rotary President) and Mr Billy Shanahan (Rep: Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind), with his own guide dog ‘Bess’.

Thurles Rotary Club member Mr Sean Spain, pictured here, presenting a cheque for €500 to Mr Billy Shanahan, latter representing ‘Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind,’ following the clubs successful ‘Run – Walk – Cycle’ fund-raising event held on St. Stephen’s Day, December 26th 2014 last.

The fund-raising events, which took place from Thurles Rugby Club, involved a 55k Cycle Event, a Family Fun Cycle, a 10k Walk and 10k Road Race. For this event Thurles Rugby Club provided access to the full resources of their Clubhouse, thus assisting with the parking of vehicles together with shower and changing facilities for all those taking part.

In presenting the cheque Thurles Knights of Malta, Thurles Rugby Club and Thurles Gardaí were warmly thanked by the club membership for their great assistance in making this event such an outstanding success.

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