I am sure Thurles residents and our readers have already noticed that this year; in particular, there is a huge difference in the prices charged for a very basic fuel item; that ever handy bale of Bord na Móna peat briquettes.
The most expensive prices charged this year appear to be at some petrol filling stations, obviously taking advantage of consumers who are rushing, and prepared to part with €4.95 per bale.
However if you organise yourself and you are prepared to make a second stop on your journey, one bale of exactly the same product can be purchased from Centenary Co-Op for just €3.85, an obvious colossal saving of €1.10 per single bale.
With a cold spell being promised this week by Met Éireann and the final remnants of my last year’s remaining fuel supply now almost depleted, this unbelievable price difference took me on a short trip around town today to seek out the cheapest fuel source and hereunder are my findings.
While tempted, I will not name and shame the many overpriced outlets in the town, but I will point out where you can get the best deal coming up to Christmas; latter that period of the year when money needs to be more elasticated, before departing from now permanently open wallets and purses.
Thurles Centenary Co-Op, Brittas Road, Thurles once again this year are offering the best deals retailing winter fuel: see prices hereunder based on recognised quality fuel products.
Coal 40kg bag – Premium Polish Coal – now €17.25 or buy 5 bags for €85.00.
Briquettes per Bale – now €3.85 or 3 Bales for just €10.95.
Of course if your finances are in a position to buy in greater bulk, Premium Polish Coal can be purchased, per tonne, at €395.00, while a tonne of Briquettes can be purchased for €284.00, thus making even greater savings.
Other special offers can be found also at Centenary Co-Op; e.g. 5 bags Premium Polish Coal with 4 bales of briquettes – €96.00 or 3 bags Premium Polish Coal with 2 bales of briquettes – €56.00.
Note: All products can be collected from their Agri yard situated at Brittas Road, [Map Ref ] Thurles, on the Templemore road, just as you exit north of Thurles town.
“A moment on the lips, forever on the hips.”
Are you wondering what to do with yourself on this upcoming St Stephens day? Worried that the hunger hormone Ghrelin; produced by our bodies when it feeling peckish, has forced your brain into ‘making a total pig of yourself,’ as you sought out those delicious tempting high-calorie food stuffs, coming up to and including Christmas day?
Dieters please do not throw in the towel just yet; perhaps Thurles Rotary Club can assist you in removing those existing pangs of lingering guilt being experienced; read on.
Above Picture shows: L-R Pat McKenna (Rotary), Billy Shanahan with his guide dog ‘Bess’ (Rep. Guide Dogs for the Blind), Sean Spain (Rotary), Nicky Veasey (Mo Chara), Evelyn Nevin (Rotary President), Barry Cagney (Rotary) and Jill Moore (Rotary).”
Thurles Rotary Club, latter originally founded in 1988, have put together an organising team to work on a special project to assist two local organisations and help with the funding of same. President of Thurles Rotary Club, Ms Evelyn Nevin has confirmed that the club will now assist in a project to lend a hand to two local animal organisations, namely ‘Guide Dogs for the Blind’ and ‘Mo Chara Animal Rescue.’
In these difficult times, funding for these organisations has dwindled and Thurles Rotary Club are now determined to support with the funding of upcoming events taking place on St Stephens day 2014.
Run – Walk – Cycle and above all – Support
December 26th 2014 will now see four events taking place at Thurles Rugby Club and which are as follows:-
(1) Starting at 11.00am :- A 55k Cycle Event.
(2) This will be followed quickly by a ‘Family Fun Cycle’.
(3) Starting at 11.30am:- A 10k Walk.
(4) Starting at 11.45am:- A 10k Road Race.
Please note that Thurles Rugby Club has kindly offered their facilities to assist those taking part; to Park Vehicles, Change Clothing and Take a Shower.
After this event a separate draw will take place in the Clubhouse. Entertainment will also be provided for a period of time. Note: Thurles Knights of Malta and Thurles Gardaí are also assisting at all four events, in the interests of health & safety.
Please do attend and support with whatever donation you can afford to give. Cheques can be made payable to Thurles Rotary Local Charities.
Carols by Candlelight
“Carols by Candlelight,” the now long established ecumenical service of Christmas Carols by candlelight, returns to St Mary’s Church, Thurles, Co Tipperary this year, on Sunday next December 14th at 8.00pm sharp.
As special guests this year the St Mary’s Church of Ireland community welcome back singers and former Rock Band members “Cephas,” (Featuring Noreen, Edward (Ned) and John J. Cullinane), together with Thurles Town’s much loved tenor Mr Michael Molumby and Miss Rachel Willoughby; all under the superb musical direction of well known accomplished organist Ms Geraldine Delaney.
Of course the original idea of Carols by Candlelight first originated in south-eastern Australia, sometime in the 19th century, and was popularised in Melbourne in 1937. The tradition has since spread around the world and involves people gathering to sing carols by candlelight, accompanied usually by a band. Indeed one of the earliest forms of Carols by Candlelight began when Cornish Miners in Moonta, South Australia gathered on Christmas Eve to sing carols, lit with candles stuck to the brims of their safety helmets.
Amongst those taking part at this year’s event in Thurles will be community leaders; Mr Seamus Hanafin (Tipperary Co Councillor), Ms Joan Pollard Carew (Local published Poet), Mr John O’Shaughnessy (President Thurles Chamber), Mrs Lila Stanley (St Mary’s Church Restoration member) and Christopher J. Verling, (Rep. An Garda Síochána).
This years seated ecumenical service will be conducted by the Rev Ian Coulter, presently acting Rector of St Mary’s Church Thurles and Rev Fr Thomas Dunne, Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles. All are invited to attend.
Note: Elderly persons are advised to attend this Christmas event early, thus ensuring seated accommodation.
The usual cup of Tea and a Biscuit or two will be provided after this Christmas event, thus enabling all those attending to “halt awhile” and chat.
Admission is free; however a charity collection will be taken up during the service.
Police Officers from all countries across Europe, including Ireland, are to begin a week-long campaign on Monday next, December 8th 2014 to raise awareness of the dangers of drunk and drug driving. The campaign is co-ordinated by TISPOL (the European Traffic Police Network), and involves officers conducting alcohol and drug checks at any time of the day and night.
TISPOL President Garda Chief Superintendent Aidan Reid says: “Driving after consuming any alcohol is dangerous. Driving while over the drink drive limit is against the law. Drivers will experience slower reactions, poor judgement of speed, reduced co-ordination and concentration with much lower levels of alcohol in their system. “That’s why our message this year is simple: your ability to drive safely is impaired by even a small amount of alcohol. So if you have had a drink, do not drive. If you need to drive, then do not drink.”
Drivers can expect highly visible and widespread enforcement of alcohol and drug laws during the operation, at any location and at any time of day or night.
Chief Superintendent Reid says it’s also important to be aware of the continuing effects of alcohol the day after an evening of drinking. “Your body takes time to remove alcohol from your system. If it is still present in your body, then it will be identified during a breath test. That’s why a night’s sleep is no guarantee that you’re safe and legal to drive the next morning,” he warned.
“If you have used recreational drugs, then do not drive. If you are taking medicine, whether prescribed or purchased over the counter, then read the notes of advice that go with it. If these tell you not to drive after taking the medicine, then do not drive. The advice is there for a reason, to keep you and others safe.”
“If you are in any doubt about medicines and driving, then our advice is to consult a healthcare professional before you get behind the wheel.”
During a similar week-long operation in December 2013, 1.1 million drivers were checked in 31 European countries. Officers reported 15,305 alcohol offences and 2,133 drug offences, as well as more than 2,500 other crimes.
The results of this co-ordinated operation are expected to be made available by mid January 2015, don’t be part of their statistics.
Following strong concerns over the condition of the R498 road, linking Thurles to Nenagh at Latteragh, Templederry, and the safety of those using it, notice has been given by Tipperary County Council to make an emergency road closure order, under the Roads Act 1993 – 2007 (Section 75 of the roads Act 1993,) Roads Regulations 1994.
The period of closure will come into effect from 8.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. from Monday December 8th to Friday December 12th 2014.
Motorists must now use the following alternative routes; with all R498 North Bound traffic diverted Currabaha Cross via the L2261, L2124, L2122, R497, R499 to re-join the R498 at Ballinamona Cross.
The R498 south bound traffic will divert at Ballinamona Cross via the R499, R497, L2122, L2124, L2261 to re-join R498 at Currabaha Cross. Heavy Goods Vehicles are well advised to use the R501 and N62 via Templemore and Roscrea as their chosen alternative diversion routes.
Note: Diversions will be fully in place and clearly sign-posted for all those travelling this route and Tipperary County Council sincerely regrets any inconvenience caused as a result of this unforeseen yet very necessary road closure, brought about as a result of serious recent flood damage.