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Holycross Novena Begins Today

The annual Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help at Holycross Abbey, Thurles, Co.Tipperary begins today Wednesday

Holycross Abbey 1841

September 8th and will continue until September 16th, inclusive.

Those interest in attending should note service times which are as follows:-

Weekdays:
Abbey: 7.00 a.m. – 1030 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. – 7.30. p.m. and  9.30. p.m.
Marquee: 10.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. and 9.30 p.m.

Confessions: Before, during and after each session.

Sunday times:
Abbey: 7.00 a.m.- 10.30 a.m. – 12.30. p.m.- 2.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. and 9.30 p.m.
Marquee: 10.30. a.m. – 12.30. p.m. – 2.30. p.m. – 7.30. p.m. – 9.30. p.m.
Note: Special Sessions for the sick (anointing of the sick) on Saturday 2.30 p.m. during the Novena.

A special Mass for young people will be celebrated on Saturday Sept 11th at 7.30 pm. and a blessing for infants will take place this coming Sunday at the 2.30pm Mass.

During this Solemn Novena each year thousands of Christian pilgrims gather at this historic Abbey, in search and, more importantly, often finding the spiritual and natural healing they so earnestly seek in their lives.

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Financially Strained Families Urged To Apply For Step Up Grant

North Tipperary Deputy Noel Coonan is urging financially strained families throughout the constituency to avail of a new grant called the STEP UP! Grant for Education, Training and Skills, which is available to people formerly self-employed, jobseekers, people in receipt of social welfare and full time students.

North Tipperary Leader Partnership

The local Fine Gael TD said the grant, administered by North Tipperary Leader Partnership, replaces the former Millenium Grant.

It will assist those most in need and examples of some of the costs eligible under this programme include tuition fees, transport costs, materials costs and accommodation costs. Grants are subject to available funding and selection and will be based soly on the information supplied, supporting documentation and informal meeting.

Deputy Coonan has informed www.thurles.info that:

“The STEP UP” Grant will be an enormous help to the many people who are in financial difficulties and those who feel they are eligible should apply as soon as possible due to funding being limited. While this Government claims that the economy has turned a corner and that its plan for recovery is working, there are still record numbers on the dole throughout North Tipperary. Nationally, 100,000 people have emigrated in the last two years, unemployment rate is the second highest in Europe and one in three men under 30 are now out of work. This means countless families are struggling to make ends meet and any grant that can help allay concerns is warmly welcomed.”

So where do I apply you ask ?

Feel free to contact Noel Coonan office Tel: 0504 32544 for an application form, or you can download same by clicking – Here

Applicants must be resident in the North Tipperary area and completed application forms will be accepted until Friday 19th November 2010 next.

Email applications will not be accepted, as supporting documents are required and forms need to be signed in person. Applicants will be contacted as part of the application process. Decisions on grants will be made on the basis of the evidence supplied.

People who are eligible include those formerly self-employed, who are not eligible for other supports and who can show need, those who are holders of or dependents of persons, with Social Welfare Payments such as Job Seekers Allowance, Job Seeker Benefit or means-tested welfare payment.

Applicants in receipt of the Back to Education Allowance for unemployed people, lone parents and people with disabilities will also be considered. Applicants in receipt of a Local Authority, County Council or V.E.C. maintenance grant (thus establishing level of income and residence) will only be eligible in exceptional circumstances.

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Faddan More Psalter On RTE Television

Faddan More Psalter

A TV documentary on the Faddan More Psalter, latter a remarkable archaeological find in a remote bog at Faddan More in North Tipperary and its conservation, will go out on RTE Television tonight at 10.15 p.m.

“Treasure of the bogs” is a documentary about a unique archaeological find here in County Tipperary which reveals the potential links between Irish Christianity and the Coptic Church of the Middle East.

The find, a fragmented illuminated vellum manuscript of psalms dating back to the late eighth century was cased in a leather binding and is the first manuscript to be found in a water logged state in a bog, posing unique and profound difficulties for the Conservation Department at the National Museum.

This documentary offers exclusive insight into the work of leading Irish book conservator John Gillis and the National Museum’s team as they embarked upon this dramatic and pain-staking journey of recovery and indeed discovery.

This is a programme not to be missed by lovers of Tipperary history.

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Tipperary Team Homecoming – Fans Flock To Semple Stadium

Home are the Heroes. Pic courtesy Irish Times Newspaper

Within minutes of the referee’s final whistle sounding in Croke Park, cars were spinning around Liberty Square here in Thurles, their with horns blaring, and occupants screaming “Up Tipp” through the windows, their thoughts and plans eagerly anticipating the team’s homecoming.
The word “Enfer”, advertised on the front of the Tipperary Blue and Gold jersey, when translated from the French means “Hell” and that was what the Tipperary team had metered out to old rivals Kilkenny. The most hyped ever final  had ended in a surprisingly comfortable win for mighty Tipperary and this undisputed “home of hurling” would now break into a carnival like mood.

The victorious Tipperary players showed off their newly acquired silverware first to young patients at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin, before departing to make their way home. It was only proper that the first baby to sit into the cup was eleven month old Martin Gleeson, from Gortnahoe in Co Tipperary. Danny Walsh just nine months old from Cloughjordan, suitably decked out in the smallest Tipp jersey ever manufactured, was next.

Here on home turf yesterday, the conversation was of little else across the Cathedral town, not to mention the other towns and hamlets throughout the county, as long-standing devotees and new-found enthusiasts spoke of their team’s magnificent accomplishment.
Even failed Tipperary politicians, from all parties, while unable to staunch job losses to the tune of over 7712 in North Tipp alone, were jumping on the band wagon, quickly changing their ‘Best of Luck’ political posters to ‘Congrats Tipperary’, in the hope of duping voters into believing they had some input into this great victory, by some weird past associations.

But enough negativity. The special train carrying the new Cat Conquering, All-Ireland Champions arrived at the railway station in Thurles at 6.21pm attired in purple striped shirts. Through the smoke and smell of cordite from the railway’s celebratory old warning explosives, the first view of team captain Eoin Kelly and manager Liam Sheedy, seated in the driver’s enclosure, emerged, carrying that most elusive of objects, the Liam MacCarthy Cup. A few hundred supporters, despite police advice, had braved entry unto the station’s platforms, to be among the first to greet their 26th title holding heroes, on their arrival.

Then it was on to an open-top bus which made its way through the crowds, to the strains of ‘Slievenamon‘ and through part of the town, before arriving for the official reception at their hallowed Semple Stadium, arriving just after 7.00pm.

And what a reception, at very least 30 to 35 thousand souls were already lying in wait. They had been gathering since 3.30pm in the town, proudly bedecked in their Tipperary blue and gold shirts with matching accessories.

Among the loudest ovations were rightly those for Eoin Kelly himself and the home town hat trick hero Lar Corbett, both of whom now get entered into those guarded gilded pages of Thurles/GAA history, in the wake of Jimmy Doyle, Tony Wall and Mickey ‘The Rattler’ Byrne.

As upsets go this victory will rank up there with the very best of them, and when the players are old and grey, the younger players of Tipperary will recall with pride to their kinsfolk and acquaintances, stories of the greatest hurling victory ever recorded by the Premier County.

For the successful players and management it promises to be a long, exhilarating and exhausting week as the celebrations continue.
The party moves to Mullinahone this evening as the victorious Tipperary team arrive in the village to meet an expected five thousand more fans. Indeed the centre of the village will be closed to traffic from 5.00pm until 10.00pm tonight, but there will however be free car parking on all approach roads into Mullinahone village.

The excitement is not over yet either, as the Premier County could yet easily pull off an All-Ireland double, with their under-21 hurlers scheduled to take on Galway at Semple Stadium this Saturday, despite the whinging of Galway’s chairman Joe Byrne, seeking the advantages of a more neutral venue.

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Tipperary And Liam McCarthy Are Coming Home

Thousands are expected in Thurles this evening to welcome home the All Ireland Winning Tipperary Hurling Team and the Liam McCarthy Cup.

2010 Tipperary All Ireland Victorious Hurling Team. Photo courtesy of Jerry Ring

The gates of Semple Stadium will be thrown open at 5.00pm and people are being advised to get there early, to ensure a good viewing point.

Tipp FM have been broadcasting live from the Dome since midday today and live entertainment can be expected later from Johnny B and The Boogie Men, Seamus Doran, Billy O Dwyer and Michael Molumby.

Following this live concert the victorious Tipperary players will be introduced to their adoring  fans.

www.thurles.info will also be in attendance, so see you there.

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