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Sunday 27th August 2017 – Dualla Show, Cashel, Co. Tipperary

Doing anything special on Sunday 27th August 2017 next?

Answer NO!

Well why don’t you and your family join everyone else, just 5km outside of Cashel, in Co. Tipperary, where the Dualla Show will be taking place.

Set against the picturesque backdrop of the historic 18th century Ballyowen House,  here every year you will find a broad mix of agricultural events; machinery; food stalls and kids’ entertainment.

One of this year’s big attractions this year, will be the FREE Big Top Circus – Circus Gerbola!  This year the free family and children’s entertainment will be second to none; with a FREE Big Top Circus running throughout the day, featuring clowns, jugglers, acrobats, daredevil tightrope walking, and a host of other speciality acts. The circus will perform four, forty-five-minute shows; starting at 1.00pm, so there is plenty of opportunity for everyone to view.

So too returns the incredible Tipperary Truck Show, same promising to be the biggest yet to date, with hundreds of trucks forming a true viewing spectacle.

RTE and TV3’s Chef Adrian Martin will be on hand; running cookery demonstrations throughout the day, while the Grand Prix Show Jumping and Livestock Shows will highlight the best in horses, cattle and sheep from around Ireland. This year’s livestock section alone has over 100 cattle and sheep classes, with two new classes added; Best Traditional Breeding female and Best Continental Breeding female, plus a prize of €500 cash for the Best Pair in Show. In the sheep section, exhibitors will compete in ewe, lamb, hogget and ram classes, with the highlight being the Champion Zwartbles.

For lovers of motor vehicles, the VAG Car Show is back for its second year, with some of the best in modified and classic cars.  A dedicated Volkswagen / Audi group car show that also includes Seat, Skoda and Porsche cars, will offer a rare opportunity to view some of the best in highly modified vehicles.

This year’s dog show is expected to be the biggest yet to date, with classes open to all canines, (both Mongrel and Pedigree), with two judges on hand to help get through a large number of entrants.

Featured also will be:- Modified Tractor Pulling; ‘Tug O’War’ competitions; Wrestling; a Food Village; an Emergency Services Display (Crash response re-enactments); An Auction; Local and National Trade Stand Exhibits, and most importantly a secured ‘Kidszone’, with 10 totally FREE Bouncy Castles, running non-stop, to ensure all young people are fully entertained.

The whole event is planned to ensure both you and your family enjoy a truly great one day break so looking forward to meeting with you on Sunday 27th August 2017.

Approx. Starting Times of each Event and its Duration.

09:30  Show Jumping commences – continues all day.
11:00  Tractor Pulling – continues all day.
11:30  Judging of cattle and sheep commences – continues all day.
12:45  Wrestling – 30 mins.
13:00  Circus Gerbola – 45 mins.
13:00  Tug of War commences – 3 hours.
13:30  Chef Adrian Martin – 45 mins.
13:45  Wrestling – 30 mins.
14:00  Dog Show – 2 hours.
14:15  Circus Gerbola – 45 mins.
14:30  File Services Demonstration – 30 mins.
14:45  Chef Adrian Martin – 30 mins.
15:00  Wrestling – 30 mins.
15:30  Prize Giving VAG CarFest – 15 mins.
15:45  Chef Adrian Martin –  30 mins.
16:00  Circus Gerbola – 45 mins.
16:00  Monster Auction – 1 hour.
16:15  Vintage Mementos – Presentation 15 mins.
17:00  Chef Adrian Martin – 30 mins.
17:00  Wrestling – 30 mins.
17:30  Circus Gerbola – 45 mins.

Important Notices for Visitors:
Substantial car parking is available on site with just a short walk to the show grounds. Stewards will assist visitors on arrival.
Disability Parking and Mobility Assistance:
Disability parking is adjacent to the main entrance & the Ticket Cabin, with a very short walk to the show entrance. Here you can find disabled parking and our mobility assistance vehicle will be running all day around the main show grounds. Starting from the ticket entrance it will follow a route with a number of drop off / pick up points around the showgrounds. If you have any particular requirements please contact Michael on Mobile Tel: No. (087) 253 2406 in advance, to ensure needs where practicable, are fully met.
Food, Toilets, and other Facilities:
A food village area will provide a wide variety of hot and cold foods throughout the day.
Toilets are provided & sign posted on site.
A Baby-Changing area can be found, located behind the main stage, close to the ‘Kidszone’.

Gates will open to the public at 11.00am. Entry for adults is €15, while young people aged 16 and under are free.


Life & Loves Of Thurles Native Majella Brown

Mrs Majella Brown, a 70-year-old Thurles woman, having received her free medical card, went to visit her local doctor. Previously she could not have easily afforded the contemptible €65 demanded for the usual 5 minute consultation with her physician, but now thanks to her free medical card, she arrived to the surgery to seek advice on how to revive her husband’s libido.

Having considered her husband’s age and state of health from previous available medical records; the doctor prescribed a well-known product, latter readily obtainable to all medical card holders and known as ‘Viagra’.

“It simply won’t happen, not even a chance”, a dejected Majella informed her friend Betty, in somewhat low tones half an hour later, over a large G & T, in the corner of the Monks Public House, Mitchel Street, Thurles, “Sure it’s me best to get him to take his Type 2 Diabetic tablet in the morning”.

Betty gave Majella one of her renowned knowing smiles, “Not a problem”, said she “Try giving him a Tipperary Viagra”.

“What the hell is a Tipperary Viagra?”, Majella queried.

“It’s Viagra dissolved in his morning tae”, said Betty, with a knowing nod “Believe me I have had the need to used the method meself on a few occasions, on my own ould lad, before he died; God be good to him. Sure, trust me, Majella even without his forbidden use of sugar, he won’t even taste it”.

Having promised to give it an immediate try, Betty called on Majella some days later, for a progress report.

“Well, how did it go?” she asked with a knowing smile.

“Oh faith, it was terrible”, whined Majella, in vocal tones more akin to a hired ‘keener’ (wailer) at a west of Ireland wake, “It was simply unspeakable I tell ya; for the past two days I’ve been totally beside meself!”

“Oh, no! What in the world happened?” queried Betty with a look of tragedy about to set in.

“Well, I did the deed, you know what I mean, just as you advised; but to be sure of outright success on the day, I actually put three tablets in his morning tae, and sure he drank the lot”, said Majella. “Well they literally took effect immediately; he jumped straight up out of his chair, with the smile of an evil Satan on his face; a twinkle in his eye, and with one fierce swoop, with the back of his hand, he resigned the cups, saucers and cutlery; previously laid out on the table; to a flight across the room. He grabbed me from behind, ripped me clothing to tatters, before committing an act of passion there and then, right on top of the highly polished table.  ‘Twas truly the stuff of nightmares, I can tell ya Betty; yes and the stuff of a frenzied nightmare at that.”

“What was so terrible about that?” asked Betty, “Wasn’t the experience good?”

“Feckin hell, I do declare it to be the best experience I’ve had since my late-night drunken encounter in the back seat of Paddy Ryan’s Ford Anglia; way back in the late 1950’s”, said Majella, “but there is one major regrettable drawback which has kept me confined here to the house; sure I won’t be able to show me face in ‘Ryan’s Daughter’ Restaurant, in Rossa Street, Thurles, for many a year to come.”


Free-Phone Helpline For Leaving Cert 2017 Students & Parents

The results are out on Wednesday next for some 2,200 students across Tipperary, who sat their Leaving Cert, just last June.

If you are uncertain about your Leaving Certificate Results and what they actually mean for your future personally; please note that an Exam Helpline (2017), kindly sponsored by eir and provided by the National Parent’s Council Post Primary (NPCpp), will open on Wednesday morning, August 16th, 2017.

This helpline will offer, in complete confidence, advice, information and support to all students / parents, latter seeking advice by phoning free-phone 1800 265 165.

This helpline will be open from 10.00am on Wednesday next; (See below), to accept calls from students / parents seeking up-to-date information on the available choices open to all students. This free-phone helpline will open for 2.5 days during the week of the results having been issued, and a further 2.5 days the following week, after the CAO First Round Offers have been release.

Helpline Opening Hours for Aug. 2017 (Week 1), are:-
Wednesday, August 16th: 10.00am-7.00pm; – Thursday, August 17th: 10.00am-7.00pm; –  Friday, August 18th: 10.00am-1.00pm.

Helpline Opening Hours for Aug. 2017 (Week 2), are:-
Monday, August 21st: 8.00am-7.00pm; – Tuesday, August 22nd: 8.00am-7.00pm; – Wednesday, August 23rd: 8.00am-1.00pm.

The National Parent’s Council Helpline, through experienced guidance counsellors, will offer expert advice to students / parents, thus enabling both to make informed choices regarding 3rd Level Courses; Leaving Cert Appeals and Repeats; CAO Procedures; Offer Failures and Financing.

We wish all student the very best of luck.


Fr. Joseph – Welcome Home To Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipp.

The Deserted Village
“And, as a hare, whom hounds and horns pursue, Pants to the place from whence at first she flew…”
Oliver Goldsmith (1728–1774).

Pictured Above: Fr. Joseph Ryan (Larry Ryan), as he prepares to return to Norway with cheese donated by the Hayes family, Liathmore, Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, pictured with local priest Rev. Fr. George Bourke, latter donating a copy of the History of Pouldine School, outside the Ryan family home, Thurles Rd., Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Local correspondent Mr Gerry Bowe reports:-
On holiday this month with his family, who reside at Thurles Rd., Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, is Fr. Joseph Ryan (Larry Ryan) who has spent the last 25 years at the Cistercian Monastery in Mellifont Co. Louth. Fr. Joseph has been recently moved, on a permanent basis, to a new Monastery, which is at an early construction stage, in Norway. Currently the community is small with two priests and two brothers and a fifth member due to join them shortly.

The sale of home-made Monastery cheese currently helps pay the communities bills and on a recent visit to the sixth century Monastic site at Liathmore, Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles; associated with Saint Mocheomog(1); Fr. Joseph is reminded that today cheese making, on these same ancient monastic lands, continues to be carried on by the Hayes family. Mr Donal Hayes, on behalf of the Tipperary Cheese Company, gladly donated tubs of their soft cheese, which Fr. Joseph will now share with his brothers back in Norway.

(1) St. Mocheomog or Pulcherius, who studied under St. Comgall at Bangor and afterwards founded monasteries in Leinster and Munster; is said to have been born circa 550 A.D. and to have died at Leigh (Liath, Liathmore) in Co. Tipperary, on March 13th, (Year Unknown) at a great age.

Rev. Fr. George Bourke, in one of his final gestures as Parish Priest (PP) of Moycarkey-Borris-Littleton parish, presented Fr. Joseph with a copy of the Pouldine School History (Pouldine School – Inné agus Inniu) which has an excellent article by former Principal Mr Liam O’Donoghue, on the history of Liathmore.

Fr. Joseph met with members of the local ‘Legion of Mary’, and indeed attributes his calling to the times spent helping at the ‘Morning Star Men’s Hostel’, in Dublin city.

Fr. Joseph takes with him the best wishes of Moycarkey-Borris-Littleton parish community and for those wishing to contact him or spend some time on retreat, his address is Fr. Joseph Ryan, Munkeby (meaning ‘Place of the Monks’) Mariakloster, Munkeby Veger 310, Levanger, 7608, Norway.


Death Of An tAthair Liam de Veale, Holycross, Thurles

It was with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Sunday 13th August 2017, of An tAthair (Fr.) Liam de Veale, St Patrick’s Missionary Society, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow; the Diocese of Eldoret, Kenya, and formerly Holycross, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by his sisters Nóirín (Martin) and Eibhlin (Keogh); the passing of Fr. de Veale is most sadly missed by his sister Mairead (Ryan) (Littleton); his brothers Claus (Dublin) and Tomás (Holycross); his sisters-in-law Helen and Margaret; his brother-in-law Pat Ryan; his nieces and nephews; his grandnieces and grandnephews; extended relatives and his Society family.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Fr. de Veale will repose at St. Patrick’s Missionary Society, Kiltegan, Co Wicklow, on tomorrow, Tuesday 15th of August, with removal to St. Patrick’s Chapel at 5.30 pm.

Funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday at 12.00 noon, followed by interment immediate afterwards in the Society Cemetery.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.