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Craggy Island Drifts To Milleas Bar Thurles

Craggy Island’s most celebrated ecclesiastical celebrants, Fr. Ted Crilly, Fr. Jack Hackett and Fr. Dougal McGuire will be making a long awaited return of sorts, this weekend in Thurles.
Enthusiastic Father Ted fans will gather in Milleas Bar in the town’s Liberty Square to emulate all the characters, comedic cues and colourful kinks of the classic TV series.

The event takes place on the 28th July (Next Saturday) in The Castle Tavern (Milleas) Thurles, with all funds raised going to Suir Haven and North Tipperary Hospice. There will be a ‘Dancing Priest Competition,’ a ‘Lovely Girls Competition’ and here please note, local businesses can nominate a girl of their choice for just €10, to take part.

There will also be a battle of the bands for the best rendition of “My Lovely Horse,” and a raffle, containing some excellent prizes & all to raise much needed funds. This event is part of the “Get Back Challenge,” that has raised €10,000 over the last two years alone for North Tipperary Hospice and for Suir Haven.

Deirdre Ryan and Michelle O’Connell have just completed an 80k cycle in June last, to raise funds and this event is to further boost these funds already to hand.

Note: The event will be kicking off on Saturday next from 9.00pm and there is no cover charge, just a nominal amount to enter the various competitions. There will be live music and a DJ, so all in all it’s shaping up to be a great night, promising loads of laughter and good humour.

(Remember Ted and Dougal holding up the protest signs condemning the film “The Passion of Saint Tibulus.”)
Father Ted Crilly: Down with this sort of thing!
Father Dougal: Careful Now!

Possibly one of their funniest episodes ever.


Irish Government On Summer Recess

It was most peculiar the Cabinet were meeting for the last time before the ‘Summer 2012 Recess.’

I can remember that talks on proposals for the reform of local government were not discussed at the meeting, despite much media speculation that the number of town councils, like Thurles, were about to be cut from 75 to 50.

There was no mention either of the .30 cent mystery price increase, imposed on tobacco products, earlier this month. However outrageous health warnings presently printed on tobacco product packaging was announced as continuing, thus demonstrating a caring and concerned HSE and Government.

Talking of a caring Government, also discussed was the placing of pictures of obese humans on all ‘Burger Joint’ packaging, as was the need to place images of the victims of drunk driving on Whiskey, Gin, Vodka, Wine and Beer bottles / containers.

But these discussions, including a motion to place the images of known, serving, dishonest politicians on annual tax returns, were ruled as unnecessary by the large majority of Government Ministers present, as was images of tortured animals on women’s hair & other cosmetic products.

Cabinet also discussed preparations for the Children’s Rights Referendum, which it intends to hold in the autumn, but could make no real decision on a suitable date, since presently the HSE admit that children remain totally unprotected, despite government claims to the contrary.

It was however agreed that the Revenue Commissioners were to be given the responsibility of collecting Phil Hogan’s new property tax, which is to be introduced next year. Later a Government spokesperson said this decision was being taken because Phil Hogan had failed miserably, in his badly thought-out efforts, to collect the previous €100 household charge & therefore could not be trusted.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar said that some capital spending will have to be now deferred and CIE non-core assets sold to fund their €36m bailout for Dublin.  Well really, I remember thinking, sure we have no buses in Thurles and anyway such a bailout was not necessary. All Leo has to do is put one staff member working in railway stations like Monasterevin, from whence presently you can travel to Thurles for free, saving €22.20, that is if you should depart from there. It has no ticket office, no ticket machine and no personnel employed after around 6.00pm. So passenger, embarking from here, have a 90% chance of “seeing old Ireland free,” to use the well known republican quote. By the way if you are infirmed in any way, please note; last out locks the lift at this named station, so you must take to the stairs.

It was the screeching of drunken teenagers outside my window, returning from the local Disco, which woke me from this my sweaty, nightmare slumbers.  Thank God for that, the dream was so real; the Dail chamber was so real; even the politicians seemed real.

I can tell you now folks, without any fear of contradiction, that’s the last time I’ll eat Aldi’s mouldy old Irish Blue cheese, before I go to bed.


Macra Festival August Bank Holiday Weekend

Once again Clonoulty Rossmore Macra na Feirme are delighted to announce details of this year’s International Miss Macra Festival, which will take place over the coming August Bank Holiday weekend, beginning from Thursday August 2nd  to Monday August 6th.

The slide-show hereunder captures just a little of the action and enormous fun, generated over this four day event, which is now celebrating it’s 41st successive year as a rural County Tipperary festival.

After the very successful 40th anniversary of this prominent festival last year, this year sees a new revamp, with many firsts. Once again this year’s festival will see girls travelling from all over the country and beyond, gathering here to Co. Tipperary to compete for the honour of being crowned International Miss Macra 2012, with dreams of succeeding to the title previously held by last year’s very worthy winner Sarah-Louise Healy from Muskerry Macra Club in Cork.

The luxurious Dundrum House Hotel, described as an oasis in the Golden Vale & sets the perfect scene for those who seek relaxation and fun. The hotel which recently was winner of the Certificate of Excellence 2012, has once again been chosen as the prominent venue for this year’s festival.

The committee would like to send an enormous ‘Thank You,’ to all their sponsors, host families and local businesses who continue year after year to generously support the festival. Sponsors in particular to be thanked are Dundrum House Hotel, Michael’s Jewellers, Thurles, Tipperary Co-Op and Gleeson Concrete, to name but a few.

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Tipperary Libraries Short Story Competition

It is time to get those creative writing juices flowing again. Well, that is if you feel that you have the necessary creative skills to write a short story.

In conjunction with the “Tipperary Reads Festival,” Tipperary Libraries are again running their now popular ‘Short Story Competition.’

The competition is open to all Adults and Senior Cycle secondary school students. The story must be between 2,000 (Minimum) and 3,000 words (Maximum) and all entries must be the original work of the author and previously not published.

There will be just one prize of €200 for the best story, with the winner being announced during the well heralded and welcome visit by Patrick Gale  to Tipperary Libraries in November next.

Stories may be submitted by email to thurles@tipperarylibraries.ie or as hard copy (preferably on CD) to Thurles library, in The Source centre, Cathedral Street, Thurles.

Note: Closing date for your submission is 01/10/2012 & if further details are required please contact your local Thurles library or Phone 0504 29720.


Thurles Wedding Of Corrie & Stephen

The wedding took place in brilliant warm sunshine, today, of the very lovely Miss Corrie Ryan, daughter of Mrs Eileen and Mr Phil Ryan, Slievenamon Rd, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, to Mr Stephen Browne, son of Mrs Marie and Mr Michael Browne, Moyne Rd, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Relaxing in the garden at the Anner Hotel, Thurles – a happy smiling Corrie & Stephen Browne

Their marriage took place in the historic Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles, with the ceremony presided over by Rev. Fr. Philip Barry, (Pallottine Order) a relative of the bride.

Escorted down the aisle by her father Phil, the bride looked stunningly beautiful in a traditional white, full length “Hourglass,” strapless afternoon gown, covered in beaded lace, with “Sweetheart” neckline, fishtail train and wearing fresh flowers as her head piece.

Equally beautiful were her accompanying bridesmaids, Ellen Stakelum and Ailís Browne, who both wore jade green, full-length evening gowns, with pleated bodices & also wearing fresh flower head pieces.

The groom, Stephen, and his groomsmen, William & Paul  Browne, looked dashing in their grey evening suits, elegantly highlighted by white wing collared shirts, cream waist coats & and matching cream silk cravats. Also adding to the splendour of this occasion were Flower Girl Hannah Maher and Pageboy Conor Browne.

Scripture readings were undertaken by Michelle Browne & Philip Ryan, while ‘Prayers of the Faithful,‘ were recited by Ciara Maher, Fiona Browne, Caitriona Cass, Fidelma Coakley, Grace McDonald & Aaron Martin. The traditional ‘Communion Reflection,’ was read by Stiofan Ryan.

The couple expressed their love for each other in front of a large gathering of close family and friends, while music and song for the ceremony were performed by the very talented organist Rachel Cornally, accompanied by superb vocalists Edel Morris & Melanie Butler.

Following the ceremony, the new Mr & Mrs Browne retired to the popular wedding venue, the Anner Hotel, here in Thurles, Co.Tipperary, where guests, on arrival, were met by the manager Mr Michael Cleary, before being entertained to a strawberry & champagne reception, together with other light refreshments.

Following family photographs, in the beautiful manicured gardens adjoining the hotel, the newly married couple joined over 200 guests in the hotels “Banqueting Suite,” for dinner, which was followed by dancing, late into the evening.

To Corrie & Stephen, from all your family and many, many friends here in Thurles & the surrounding areas, go all good wishes to you both for a happy, healthy and prosperous life together.