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Thurles To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day On March 20th

Michael and Joan Carew (Michael's Jewellers) present perpetual cup, for best marching band, to the St. Pat's Day Parade Committee. Pictured shows: J. Purcell , J. Pollard-Carew; M. Ryan; M. Carew and P. Durack-O'Dwyer .

Thurles will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2011 on Sunday March 20th. Evenings spent planning by the town’s St Patrick’s Day Committee have ensured that the organisation of this event is well advanced and the celebrations promise to be even bigger and better than any celebration heretofore.

Music In The Square.
Music will be provided, on the band-stand in Liberty Square, by ‘The Moynihan Brothers‘, from 2.00pm to 3.00pm, and immediately after the Parade.  This group is being sponsored by ‘The Club for Dancing‘. There will be a dance in The Premier Ballroom from 9.00pm to 12.00 midnight to the music of ‘Patrick O’Sullivan‘.  Additional entertainment in Liberty Square, from 2.00pm, include stilt walkers, jugglers, face painters, balloon modellers, comedy etc.

The Parade And Fancy Dress.
This year there is a prize fund of up to €3,000 and a grant of up to €300 is available for any group entering a large float in the parade. Prizes include Cash, Cups, Trophies, Plaques, Shields, Crystal trophies, Ladies watch, Sony Walkman,750 Medals and lots of other prizes. Everyone is invited to take part.

C. Burke (Thurles Shopping Centre) presents perpetual cup, for Best School entry, to St.Pat's Day Parade Committee. Picture shows: J. Kenehan (Mayor), T. Gleeson PRO, A. Broderick (Pres C of Commerce), C. Burke and J. Kennedy(Chairman NTCC).

There are some special prizes for individual entries in costume or fancy dress. Schools are especially invited to take part, as there is a brand new perpetual cup this year, which has been sponsored by Thurles Town Shopping Centre. If your school can’t enter, maybe an individual class can, or alternatively a small or large group of individuals to represent the school. Please be involved and please do take part. Contact Tom Gleeson – Tel: 087-9732837.

Parking Restrictions on Sunday 20/03/2011.
Note:- From 1.00pm to 4.30pm:- No parking in Liberty Square from Executive Menswear to Fones4U and no parking from Brennan’s Pub to Hayes Hotel entrance. No parking in the centre of the Square between those areas. No traffic through this section of the Square from 2.15pm to 4.45pm. Diversions will be in operation. The viewing stand will be placed in the area between Scanlon’s and The Post Office and the band stand will be placed in the centre of the Square opposite Brennan’s Pub. Both of these areas must be clear by 10.00am on Sunday morning to facilitate parking of those lorries. No parking on the left hand side of Abbey Road from the Kennedy Park roundabout to the Railway Bridge for the period from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.

50c Bucket Collection.
The St. Patrick’s Day Committee have organised a bucket collection during the Parade on Sunday 20th March. Everyone is asked to give 50c to this collection. The collectors will be easily recognised, wearing yellow vests marked ‘St. Patrick’s Day Parade Thurles’.

The committee wish to thank all those who have helped to sponsor this year’s parade or who have helped out in any way.

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A Spring Wedding For Kathleen And Derek

The wedding took place yesterday in pleasant Spring weather of the very lovely Miss Kathleen Cosgrove, daughter of Mrs Anne and Mr Rodger Cosgrove, Killaloe, Co. Clare, to Mr Derek Ryan, son of Mrs Peggy and Mr Pat Ryan, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary.

The wedding ceremony took place in the picturesque Church of the Sacred Heart and St Lua in Garraunboy, presided over by  priests and family friends, Rev. Fr J. Grace, Rev. Fr P. Malone, and Rev. Fr L. Everard.

Wedding of Kathleen and Derek

Escorted down the aisle by her father Rodger, the bride looked breathtaking in a slim A-line ivory evening gown with pleated skirt and full embroidered bodice.

Equally beautiful were her bridesmaids, Patricia O’Connor and Mary Cosgrove, both attired in full-length ‘Mermaid’ green, halterneck evening gowns.

The groom, Derek, together with his two groomsmen Seamus Farrell and Noel Ryan added further to the splendour of the occasion, dressed in dark grey evening suits, light grey waistcoats, and white wing collar shirts with silk cravats.

Also assisting the bride were Flower Girls, Ciara O’Connell and Tracey Burke.

The couple publicly declared their love for each other in front of a large gathering of family and close friends, while music and song for the ceremony was performed by extraordinary talented friends of both families.

Following the ceremony, the new Mr and Mrs Ryan retired to the popular wedding venue, the The Lakeside Hotel and Leisure Centre, over looking the picturesque towns of Ballina and Kilaloe, on the banks of Lough Derg, where guests were entertained to a champagne reception, together with a full assortment of other light refreshments.

Following family photographs in the beautiful grounds adjoining their chosen venue, the newly married couple joined their guests in the hotels Banqueting Suite, where a lavish dinner was enjoyed by all, followed by live music and dancing very late into the evening.

A video recording of the days events were undertaken by top videographer Mr Pat Corbett

The couple have chosen the Mediterranean Island of Malta as their favoured honeymoon destination.

To Kathleen and Derek go the good wishes of all their families members and many friends here in counties Clare and Tipperary, for a happy, healthy and prosperous life together.

My very special thanks to hotel receptionist Lynsey Molloy, employee of the Lakeside Hotel, Killaloe, for her kindness on the day.

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Sheep Shearing and Wool Handling Championships 2011

Clik Pour-On All Ireland and International Sheep Shearing Championships.

County Tipperary and Thurles are expected to gain a significant lift in terms of Revenue spin-off, if an expected 10,000 or more visitors gather for the Clik Pour-On, All Ireland and International Sheep Shearing and Wool Handling Championships. The event just across the border in Kilkenny, is taking place over this coming June bank holiday weekend and will be held at the Cillín Hill exhibition centre, a 28-acre agribusiness development, owned and operated by Kilkenny Co-operative Livestock Market Ltd.

Details of the event, which will see competitors from all parts of Ireland, from Britain, Australia, New Zealand and mainland Europe, were confirmed yesterday in Kilkenny. The event will coincides with the long-established Cats Laugh Comedy Festival, in the city.

The National Sheep Breeders Association confirmed a number of its breed societies will host the All Ireland championships at the event and it is likely that the Young Sheep Farmer competition will also be staged.

The organisers predict the championships will be a massive revenue-spinner in tourism terms for the Southeast and surrounding counties. The two-day festival will also be a major showcase for Trade, with Craft and Food exhibitors being offered exhibition space at very affordable rates.

Mr Michael Nolan, chairman of the organising committee, said the focus would be on helping craft exhibitors and indigenous artisan producers, showcase their quality goods, without having to spend a fortune.

Irish Farmers’ Association president, Mr John Bryan said the championships would attract farmers from all over the country. He forecast: “Higher lamb prices and additional direct payments have helped restore huge confidence to the sheep sector and it is essential that strong lamb prices during 2010 are now continued into 2011.”

Earlier this week meat plants paid sheep farmers up to 600c/kg for the first of this years spring lambs.

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Woman Died Following Road Crash In Co Tipperary

A Garda Forensic Collision Team are investigating a two vehicle collision at Knocklofty, on the Clonmel to Ardfinnan Road, in Co Tipperary at around 12.30 p.m. today.

The unnamed victim in her late 40’s was pronounced dead at the scene and her body has since been removed to South Tipperary General Hospital.  The woman’s car collided with a tractor however the driver of the tractor remained unhurt.

Earlier today, two articulated lorries crashed in foggy conditions just after 8.00 am between junctions 16 and 17 on the M7 at Portlaoise.  At least seven other cars crashed as a result. It is understood that the driver of one of the trucks was taken to hospital, but his injuries are not regarded as life threatening.  All diversions put in place have been now lifted.

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Thurles Story Telling Morning At Bookworm

World Book Day 2011

This Saturday, March 5th, as part of Ireland’s World Book Day celebrations, Bookworm, Liberty Square, Thurles, Co.Tipperary, the leading local book retail store, are having a “Story Telling Morning” from 11.00 am sharp to 2.00 pm.

So why not bring along the kids to have their faces painted and get their imaginations working overtime, while you, the parents can enjoy a delicious coffee and some other delicious baked treats.

Remember the words of journalist Edward P. Morgan:-
A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face.  It is one of the few havens remaining, where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.

A good book on your shelf is a friend that turns its back on you, yet continues to remain a friend, so don’t forget to bring your World Book Day vouchers with you.

Bookworm will be looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday.

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