The Irish Heart Foundation is the National Charity fighting heart disease and stroke and funded 92% by donations from the public. It is their vision that every person living in Ireland will live a long, active and healthy life, free from heart, stroke and blood vessel disease. They aim to lead the way in improving the cardiovascular health of people living in Ireland so they do not experience disability or die from preventable heart, stroke and other blood vessel diseases.
The Irish Heart Foundation provides information on heart health to the public and media. We support patients in managing heart disease and stroke and provide heart health programmes in schools and workplaces. The IHF co-ordinates the training of medics and the public in emergency lifesaving skills (CPR) and supports research, education and development in the medical profession.
The Irish Heart Foundation is an independent, national charity with a transparent, ‘one job – one salary‘ policy, with no top-ups. They adhere to the ICTR Guiding Principles for Fundraising, which requires practices similar to a Regulator. Their total income of €5.04 million, of that the State funding they received for co-funded projects, is worth €384,000. There is a total payroll including nurse, CVD prevention and Patient Support Staff of €1.84 million. The full balance remaining is spent on rolling out their many programmes that are managed by the aforementioned staff.
Ireland’s public donations are put to work through numerous channels such as; Health Promotion, Research, Resuscitation, Advocacy, Patient Support and Public Information. To avail of these services or to find out more information you can contact their helpline on 1890 432 788 or visit www.irishheart.ie
The Irish Heart Foundation personnel here in the Thurles area are currently seeking volunteers for their annual Church Gate Collections and ‘Happy Heart Appeal.’ Their annual Church Gate Collection will take place next weekend, 8th & 9th March, while the ‘Happy Heart Appeal’ will take place from Thursday 15th May until Saturday 17th May 2014.
The local committee are always on the lookout for new collectors and the communities continued support for the vital work of this charity, latter assistance which is very much appreciated.
If you would like to help with their Church Gate Collection or Happy Hearts Appeal, you can contact Catherine Fogarty on Mobile 087 2701689 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anner Hotel Thurles (Photo G.Willoughby)
We understand that the Anner Hotel, situated on the Dublin Road here in Thurles, has been rescued from its recent receivership status.
Mr Kieran Wallace and Mr Padraic Monaghan of KPMG had been appointed Joint Receivers to the hotel here in Co Tipperary with effect from May 2013 last.
Pillo Hotels Limited had immediately taken over the management of the hotel, which was and remains a wonderful, family friendly run Three Star venue, first begun some 50 years ago and greatly extended and operated by the Mulcahy family for the latter 25 of these years.
The hotel is now understood to have been purchased by three brothers, namely Michael, Patrick and Seamus Maher, operating from the nearby village of Two-Mile-Borris.
It is understood that the new purchasers are also current owners of a Property Development business and the contract to purchase the property, which had continued to trade without interruption to date, was signed yesterday.
Details of the actual purchase price are not publicly known, however an asking price tag of €1.1m had been initially put forward by receivers KPMG who in turn appointed agents, Savills Commercial, of No. 11 South Mall, Cork to offload the hotel.
This venue presently trades as a three star hotel, offering its large clientele 96 bedrooms, a lounge bar, a restaurant, private dining room, air-conditioned conference and banqueting facilities and a leisure centre with an 18m swimming pool, Jacuzzi and Sauna. The hotel, situated on a manicured two acre site fronts the main Dublin Road, on the eastern edge of Thurles town centre, also boasts seven varying sized conference rooms and a main function room with comfortable seating capacity for some 250 guests.
We wish the new owners every success in this their latest successful enterprise.
Thurles Musical Society will stage the Republic of Ireland première of ‘Sister Act’ The Musical in The Premier Hall, Thurles from Tuesday March 25th – Saturday 29th in association with the Anner Hotel.
For those travelling to this magnificent musical extravaganza and staying overnight, note the Anner Hotel is located on the outskirts of Thurles town here in Co. Tipperary and is a 96 bedroomed hotel situated on its own private grounds with beautifully landscaped gardens, offering all guests full complimentary use of their Leisure Centre during their stay.
Thurles Musical Society – The Cast Of ‘Sister Act’ The Musical 2014. ( Photo G.Willoughby)
This truly fantastically up-beat show with its all-singing, all-dancing repertoire is eagerly awaited in the Premier County and following on from the wonderfully successful Titanic last year, T.M.S. are hoping to wow audiences in a different manner with Sister Act.
Award winning and renowned Director Tony Finnegan is back at the helm with the Society, while Choreographer Debbie Kiernan also renews acquaintances with the Thurles Company, who have the local extremely talented Mary Rose McNally as Musical Director/Conductor.
The show follows the same story line as the hit film which featured Whoopi Goldberg and taking up the leading role will be the very experienced Linda Ryan as Deloris van Cartier. There are other prominent roles for well known Maria McElgunn as Mother Superior, Cathal O’Donoghue as Monsignor O’Hara, Cathy Keane as Sister Mary Robert, Barry Derby, Jonathan Gleeson, Olwyn Grogan, Nina Scott, Ber Ryan, Mary Callanan, Michelle O’Connell, Fiona Delaney, John Butler, Peter Donnelly, Brendan Bailey and many more.
The cast and chorus have been working hard to ensure that they are ready for the opening night, latter a charity night for Thurles Rotary Club’s “Thurles Care Group” charity. Proceeds on the night will go towards the Care Group and Thurles Musical Society is thrilled to be associated with such a worthwhile cause, considering the magnificent work undertaken in the community by the Group.
Tickets for the show are available as usual at Hickey’s Pharmacy, Liberty Square, Thurles from March 18th or at the door on the night. The Booking Office Tel No: 0504- 21423.
Don’t miss your chance to see a truly great show. We promise this really will be a great weeks entertainment.
Lament On The Absence Of The Thurles Clothesline.
The clothesline was a news forecast to the neighbours passing bye. There were no secrets you could keep when clothes hung out to dry.
It also was a friendly link for the neighbours always knew, if company had stopped on bye, to spend the night with you.
For then they’d see those “fancy sheets,” that towel upon the line; they’d see that “special table cloth,” with its elaborate design.
This line announced a baby’s birth from the folks who lived inside, as brand new infant clothes were hung, so carefully with pride.
The ages of their children too, could so readily be known, by watching how their sizes changed; you’d know how much they’d grown.
It also told when illness struck, as extra sheets were hung; your nightclothes and a bathrobe too, when irregularly were strung.
It also said, “On holidays now,” when lines swung limp and bare. It told, “We’re back,” when full lines sagged, with not an inch to spare.
New folks in town were scorned upon, if their wash was dull and grey; as neighbours carefully raised their brows, then turned their eyes away.
But clotheslines now are of the past, for dryers make work much less. Sure now what goes on inside a house, is anybody’s guess.
Ah sure I really miss that way of life; it was a friendly sign, when neighbours knew each other best, by what hung upon their line.
Expect temporary road closures on the L4105-14 from Shanbally Cross to Moycarkey and the R659 from Padre Pio Nursing Home to the Yellow Lough in Co Tipperary between March and May next.
To this end ‘Notices’ have been given by North Tipperary County Council under the Roads Act 1993 – 2007 (Section 75 Of The Roads Act 1993) Roads Regulations 1994.
According to North Tipperary County Council these road closures are expected to begin on March 3rd 2014, reopening again on May 2nd 2014 (both dates inclusive).
Alternative Routes: Diversion for the L4104-14 will be via Horse and Jockey, i.e. R639, N62 and L4106 and vice versa. Diversion for the R659 via Holycross and Thurles, i.e. R660, Butler Avenue and R659 and vice versa.
The purpose of these closures are to facilitate the installation of new watermains. Diversions are expected be in place and clearly signposted.