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Irish TV Advertising

Watching television commercials recently (I lead a sad life) I realise that even the quality of Irish made advertising has gone to the dogs.

Take the case of one of our Irish Telephone Companies, which tells us that over 60,000 customers have come back to them over the past year. Why did they leave in the first place, I ask, was their service over priced and offering very poor customer service I wonder?

Then there is the Public Health Information Advert which invites us all to dial 999 if we are suffering from a heart attack. I would have assumed that this kind of information was already common knowledge, however this TV advert now begs the question, were people phoning their local undertaker, in an effort to cut out the middle man. Perhaps it is aimed at Thurles residents, who because of the long distance over potholed surfaces, are now deciding their journey to Limerick hospital would be a waste of time.

Another advert selling a brand of liquid Disinfectant Hand Wash, which claims to kill 99% of all known germs, has introduced a new automatic liquid disperser. It’s to stop you from picking up germs from handling the outer surface of their container. Hello! does the liquid we access within, not claim to kill 99% of germs or are they suggesting that their product is not possibly as deadly to nasty bacteria, as previously believed?

Well, let’s face it, commercial advertising has got to really catch the eye of the consumer. So my friend Michael and myself have come up with a possible scenario, that we believe might offer help to Greengrocers, who feel the need to promote their dwindling sales of garden fresh vegetables. Our Advert would run something like this, so bear with us as we extol our “Story Board,” for the benefit of any viewing, interested marketing executives.

Imagine the following scenario, in your mind’s eye, flashing on your TV screens.

Tired of constantly being lectured over his womanising, his drinking and being faced with an unhappy relationship, husband Tom decides to solve, once and for all , his marital problems. He first takes out a large insurance policy, €500,000 to be exact, on his wife, naming himself as the sole beneficiary. Then having made discreet enquiries, Tom,  courtesy of a very loyal friend, gets the name of a professional experienced “Hit Man.”

Tom arranges a meeting with this underworld figure, named “Artie,” and explains he wants his wife ‘snuffed.’  Artie quietly explains to Tom that the going price for a hit on a spouse on today’s market is €5,000.

Tom agreed to the prices and even adds a bonus, but explains that he wouldn’t have any cash on hand until he could collect on his wife’s insurance money. Artie insists on being paid at least something up front, so Tom opens his wallet, displaying only one single €1.00 coin. As you can imagine Artie is not too happy, but with unemployment in this country as it stands and no other job on that weekend, he reluctantly agrees to accept the €1.00 as a down payment.

A few days later, Artie begins following Tom’s wife, learning her everyday habits.  He discovers that everyday, without fail, she goes browsing for vegetables to a local greengrocers. Artie decides this is the best place to strike, as the shelving used offers good cover from the rest of the shop. The following day he is waiting and surprises her as she tests the firmness of bright red tomatoes on offer. Using gloved hands, Archie proceeds to strangle her and as the poor unsuspecting wife draws her last breath, the manager of the store stumbles unexpectedly on his murder scene.

Artie is leaving no living witnesses behind.  He has no choice but to strangle the fresh produce Manager. Unknown to Artie, the entire proceedings are being captured by a hidden security camera and are also being observed by the store’s security guard, who immediately calls the police. Artie is arrested as he attempts to exit the Greengrocers. Now under intense questioning in the police station, he reveals the full details of the whole sordid plan, including his unusual financial arrangements with Tom.

Now comes our sales pitch; The following day a man is observed reading the bold headlines of a newspaper:-  ARTIE CHOKES TWO FOR JUST €1.00 AT LOCAL GREENGROCERS.”

Now if that wouldn’t boost the sales of fresh Thurles Artichokes, kindly tell me what would?


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RTE Mass Broadcast From St Patricks College Sunday Next

RTE I will broadcast Sunday Mass live from St Patrick’s College, Thurles, on Sunday, February 5th next, to mark the 175 years of this historical College’s existence.

St. Patrick’s College, Thurles was originally founded in 1837. The College was built on church land, part of which was bought from the estate of a Wexford Protestant Minister.  Building began in 1829 under the deceased patronage of the Dr. Patrick Everard, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, who after his death in 1821 had left £10,000 for the “purpose of founding a college to provide a liberal education for catholic youth destined for the priesthood.”

In 1850 the first Synod of bishops, since the Middle Ages, met here at this college in Thurles, commencing on Thursday, 22nd August of that year. This Synod was used to standardise many practices in the Irish Church which had evolved differently to then practices on the continent.

Over more recent years major refurbishments have taken place supporting lecture theatres, tutorial rooms, the original old library, modern computing facilities, playing pitches in the grounds, as well as to the colleges retreat and conference facilities. As well as the academic course the college runs a number of courses in pastoral care, youth work and also Irish language training courses for adults.

Starting from September last, a teaching degree programme, accredited by the University of Limerick, can be conferred on successful graduates.  The degrees to be awarded are; BEd with Irish and Religious Studies and BEd with Business Studies and Religious Studies. Graduates are registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland and will be qualified to teach up to and including Leaving Certificate standard.

Note: This televised programme will be broadcast on RTE I beginning at 11.15 am, on Sunday morning next, so here is one TV  programme certainly not to be missed.

The Mass will be lead by the College President, Rev. Fr.Tomas Fogarty, from the College’s magnificent modern Chapel, with students and staff taking part.

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Tipperary Native Lara Doodles 4 Google

Lara's Doodle 4 Google

Congratulations to Tipperary school girl, Lara O’Dwyer, from Dundrum, Co.Tipperary who has been selected for the public voting stage of the “2012 Doodle 4 Google” competition.

Lara is in Senior Infants grade and currently attending Knockavilla, National School, Dundrum, Co. Tipperary .

Lara’s submission is entitled “The Best School,” and states “My doodle is about teaching. I have a big pencil in my picture. I have a child in my picture too. We have the best school.

Next time you go doodling Lara, perhaps you could compose a picture for Thurles.Info. God knows we badly need one.

So you folks out there, spend a minute of your surfing time to congratulate the work of this budding talented young artist, by voting for her selected prize entry.

To vote for Lara’s picture simply click Here and vote.

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Dundrum House Hotel Divas & Diamonds Fashion Show

One of the largest Fashion and Beauty evenings ever undertaken in Co Tipperary to date, will take place in Dundrum House Hotel on March 2nd next organised by Dundrum Tidy Towns Committee.

The show, aptly entitled “Divas & Diamonds,” will feature Celia Holman Lee and models from the Holman Lee Agency. Her professional models will be showing clothing, jewellery, shoes and other fashion accessories by leading retailers, e.g. Le Chateau, Footsteps & Stakelums Fashions (Thurles), Fran & Jane (Clonmel), Mr Mister (Mitchelstown),  Kilkenny Shop & Golden Threads (Cashel) and Pageant Boutique (Tipperary Town).

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The evening will also include a Wine & Canapé reception on arrival at 6.30pm, a Fashion & Beauty exhibition, a style talk by Fashion TV Presenter Celia Holman Lee, the Fashion Show itself, beginning at 8.00pm sharp, followed by music in “The Venue,” provided by top entertainer Willie Bun. Note the event will also feature “Best Dressed Awards,” with lovely prizes to be won, so “don your best frock,” ladies.

The event promises to be a fabulous evening of fashion entertainment and your chance to view Tipperary’s full range of retail fashion stock all under one roof. Tickets costing just €20 are available by telephoning Cait on 087 244 1265, Michelle on 062 – 71116, Collette on 087 852 0248, Claire’s Hair Studio & The Beauty Suite (Dundrum) or from the Fashion Houses participating.

Dundrum Tidy Towns Committee was formally established in February 2010 and is constituted as an “open,” committee with three elected officers, namely a Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary.

Since it’s formation the Committee has been ably chaired by D.J. Butler, with the support of Vera O’Dwyer as Treasurer and Kyran Colgan as Secretary. Active membership consists of approximately 10 people, with supplemental support from a further 10 associated members, from time to time as work and planning demands.

The committee has now participated in two National Tidy Towns competitions and have made considerable progress since their inception.  They scored a very creditable 269 points in the 2010 competition which placed them joint third with Newcastle in their county category, and with only Emly and Kilsheelin (Both National winners) ahead of them. With an increased effort from everyone last year, and with the benefit of a full year of planning, they managed to improve their score in the competition by a further 9 points up to 278.

The activities of the Committee have given a fantastic boost to local community spirit and village awareness. The Committee’s activities to date have been funded by modest grants, donations, and fund raising activities. However, they now need to undertake more ambitious projects, which will require a greater level of funding and support.

The village is fortunate to be home to a fine array of historic buildings and features, as well as a fantastic natural environment and high quality outdoor amenities. The Committee’s long term aim is to maintain, improve and integrate all these assets in a way which will enhance the village experience for both residents and visitors alike. They hope that this in turn will help the village develop an even stronger sense of identity and continue it’s evolution, to being both a vibrant business centre and a gateway for leisure and environmental tourism.

They hope that this forthcoming Fashion Show, to be held in Dundrum House Hotel on the 2nd. March 2012 will give them the financial foundation to embark on a number of projects already identified in the village this year.

Note your calender:  Venue: Dundrum House Hotel;  Date: 2nd. March 2012;   Ticket Cost: €20;  Time: 6.30pm till Late.

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Male Shot on Newport Road

The Garda Ombudsman has been asked to investigate an incident which happened this evening near Newport in Co Tipperary, in which a man died.

The incident is understood to have happened between 8.00 and 9.00 pm and was referred to the Ombudsman by the Garda Commissioner.

The scene of this incident has now been preserved pending the arrival of investigators from the Ombudsman’s office.

It is understood that a male opened fire on Garda officers after being pulled over by a Garda patrol car, which observed him driving erratically. It is also understood that the as yet unnamed male then shot himself. The Gardai in the patrol car on the scene were believed to have been unarmed.

The body of the victim, which still remains at the scene, is believed to be a native of County Limerick, living in Tipperary.

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