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Death Of Anne Doyle Glenbane Holycross Thurles

With Sincere SympathyIt is with great sadness we learned of the death today (Wednesday 22nd July 2015) of Mrs Anne Doyle (née Reidy), Glenbane, Holycross, Thurles, Tipperary.

Mrs Doyle, who passed away in the loving care of the nurses and staff of the Community Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles, was pre-deceased by her husband, latter former hurling legend John Doyle, her brother Fr. Ray and son-in-law Danny.

Mrs Doyle’s passing is deeply regretted by her loving sons John and Michael, daughters Margaret, Sandra, Colette, Elizabeth and Anne Marie, brother Gerry and sister-in-law Ann Marie, daughters-in-law Una and Josie, sons-in-law Kevin, Henry, Seamus and Maurice, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and a wide circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
Mrs Doyle’s earthly remains will repose at Egan’s Funeral Home, Thurles, on tomorrow Thursday July 23rd from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to arrive later at Holycross Abbey at approximately 8:30 p.m..
Requiem Mass will take place on Friday at 11.30 a.m. with burial afterwards in the Abbey Cemetery.

Note: Family flowers only please, however donations, if desired, to the Community Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Premier Ballroom Thurles – Fund Raising Event

Premier-BallroomA dance to raise funds towards the refurbishment of The Premier Hall, here in Thurles, will take place in The Premier Hall on the Saturday night of August 29th next.

Tickets costing €15 each can be purchased at The Premier Box-Office on any Thursday or Friday in August (between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon) or at Bingo on any Wednesday night.

(Click on Poster to view same in greater magnification.)

As part of this planned fund raising event, a great night’s entertainment is guaranteed, with ‘Patrick O’Sullivan’ playing from 8.45 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. and ‘Loraine & The Conquerors’ playing from 10.45 p.m. to 1.00 a.m. Doors will open at 8.15 p.m. and admission will cease from 12.00 midnight. Seating will be provided in the balcony area for 170 and seating provided downstairs for over 300. An enjoyable night out for everyone is guaranteed and, if you are unable to take part in the dancing, feel free to just sit back and enjoy some truly great music.

Over the past 51 years The Premier Ballroom here in Thurles has provided the community with the very best of entertainment in the form of dancing (in particular the show band era), variety shows, musicals, drama, comedy and of course on every Wednesday night there’s Bingo. For a number of years the Miss Macra finals took place in The Premier and drew large crowds to the town for the International Miss Macra parade and dance. The dance floor itself is still considered to be one of the very best in the country.

The Premier Ballroom celebrated the 50th Anniversary of its official opening on Sunday the 18th of May 2014 with an anniversary dance in the ballroom. ‘Mike Denver & his Band’ were the main attraction and the supporting band was ‘Finbarr Dennehy’.  Over 500 people attended this very enjoyable night. Later that same year ‘Nathan Carter’ and his band played to a packed Prmier Hall dance floor.

Please do come along on Saturday the 29th of August and enjoy a great night out.

NOTE: For further information please contact Mobile: 087-9732837.

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Comm’r Karmenu Vella Lunches At Anner Hotel Thurles


Pictured L- R: Commissioner Karmenu Vella with Mrs Anne & Mr Michael Maher, Anner Hotel.

“If our oceans are not healthy, our economy will be sick.” – Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment.

The European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Mr. Karmenu Vella, together with leading business people from Thurles, visited the Anner Hotel for a business lunch last week.

Commissioners Vella’s present EU responsibilities include protecting our environment while maintaining Europe’s competitiveness, harnessing the potential of our land and seas to create sustainable jobs that preserve our natural resources, implementing the new Common Fisheries Policy and leading the task of defining the management and governance of our planet’s oceans with our global partners.

Commissioner Vella is also part of the Project Team which promotes Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, Energy Union, Better Regulation and Inter institutional Affairs and Budget and Human Resources.

Commissioner Vella later travelled to the Co. Cork hosted national maritime festival ‘Seafest 2015’ where he spoke of the progress being delivered through the Harnessing of our Ocean Wealth strategy, which positioned Ireland as a world leader on Ocean Governance.

The invisible side of our oceans wealth

“The seas are a new frontier”, stated Commissioner Vella. “New technologies such as underwater robotics and DNA sequencing mean that marine resources have become ever more accessible. Today, perhaps more than ever before, the seas offer new opportunities and new types of jobs.

The seas can deliver food. The UN reckons that aquaculture is one of the fastest growing food-producing sectors. The seas can deliver medicine. Scientists wondered why certain marine sponges caused a decline in nearby species – and found a substance that inhibits breast cancer.

The seas can deliver energy. Some 13% of new wind turbine capacity was installed offshore in 2014. And this is creating new jobs: since 2008, employment in offshore wind has grown at an astonishing 30% a year.

The seas are the destination of choice for our holidays. Some 45% of all nights spent by tourists in paid accommodation are in coastal areas. The turnover of the European cruise industry has grown at 3% a year since 2008. Surfing schools and yachting marinas are thriving.

As islanders, the Irish people understand the importance of the sea, adept at making the most of the opportunities that it provides, from aquaculture and marine biotechnology to coastal tourism. Taking the risks that go with a drive for innovation, for instance in ocean energy, is part of the make-up.

But as a people who are so closely linked to the sea, the Irish also understand the importance of preserving this shared resource for the future. Our seas are a huge economic asset. Europe’s maritime economy employs around 5 million people and contributes with around 550 billion Euros to our wealth. The Irish maritime economy is growing nearly twice as fast as the overall economy: by 9% between 2010 and 2012 and by over 8% for 2012 to 2014.

But there is also the ‘invisible side’ of our oceans’ wealth. Our oceans regulate the climate, their wetlands and dunes protect our coasts. If we are to preserve these benefits it is crucial that we preserve our natural assets. If our oceans are not healthy, our economy will be sick”, stated Commissioner Vella.

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Death Of Mr Joseph Hegney Collins Park Thurles

deathIt is with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday (Tuesday July 21st 2015) of Mr Joseph (Joe) Hegney, No. 10, Collins Park, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Hegney’s passing is deeply regretted by his loving wife Maura, his son Shay, daughters Maria, Caroline and Annette, grandchildren, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
Mr Hegney’s earthly remains will repose at his residence today Wednesday July 22nd from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

Removal will take place tomorrow, Thursday, at 1:00pm to the nearby Church of St. Joseph and St. Brigid, Bothar-na-Naomh, Thurles,  for Requiem Mass at 2:00pm.

Burial will take place immediately afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

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Fianna Fáil Add Ambrose & Smith To Tipp General Election Contest

Fianna Fáil

Fianna Fáil

Following a meeting of Fianna Fáil’s National Constituencies Committee last night, the party have decided to included M/s Siobhán Ambrose and Mr Michael Smith (jnr) on the ticket for the forthcoming General Election, latter expected late this year or in the spring of 2016.

Both candidates had previously lost out to Councillor Jackie Cahill at the Tipperary selection convention, held at the end of May last, in the Anner Hotel, Thurles.

M/s Ambrose, a previous General Election candidate, is based in Clonmel in the south of the county, while Mr Smith is based in Nenagh, in the north of the county.

However in this upcoming General Election the new single constituency of Tipperary will return just five instead of six Dail Deputies; replacing the previous two x 3-seater constituency riding’s of North Tipperary and South Tipperary.

Given the size of this constituency and the now required 30% gender quota introduced for the first time, it was always a foregone conclusion that two extra names would be added to the ticket.

Presently Fianna Fáil have no TD’s in Co. Tipperary, although the present Tipperary South Independent Dáil Éireann representative, Deputy Mattie McGrath did defect from the Fianna Fáil party, prior to the last general election.

All nominated Tipperary Fianna Fáil candidates believe they can now reclaim two lost seats in this newest constituency.

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