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Further Mining Surveys In Thurles Area

Lisheen Mine, Moyne, Co Tipperary

Lisheen Mine, Moyne, Co Tipperary

The Connemara Mining Co state it is starting further surveys in the Thurles Area.  Connemara holds three licenses in the Thurles area close to the Lisheen zinc mine. 

This zinc and gold exploratory mining company said it is beginning geophysical induced polarisation and resistivity surveys across previously identified structural targets in the Thurles Area.

The company state that these surveys are aimed to improve its geological model for the block, as well as sampling and analysing key intersections from its 2012 drilling programme, to identify if it can locate more prospective areas.

Significant work has been previously completed on these three licences by Connemara, including four drill holes, which did not find mineralisation but did identify positive structural indicators.

The Thurles exploration programme is designed to better identify potential drill targets,” the Chairman Mr John Teeling stated.

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Thurles, Templemore & Roscrea Top 100 Poorest Towns

tippIt will come as no surprise to North Tipperary residents that Templemore, Roscrea and Thurles have been named in the top 100 of Ireland’s poorest towns.

Well that is according to a recent published survey undertaken by Teagasc, latter the Agriculture and Food Development Authority, who have studied the effect of the economic downturn on rural Ireland, taking into account emigration and unemployment over recent years.

The downturn has been felt everywhere, but its impact has been far from equal, with Carrick-on-Suir in South Tipperary rated 4th poorest in the country.

This report on the Economic Strength of Rural Towns in Ireland has found that there is a wide variation in how they have been affected by the economic crisis. The report by Teagasc found that there is a significant difference between towns within a particular region and found that the Midlands, South East and West have the highest concentration of the weakest towns, while areas of the South West have the highest concentration of strongest towns.

A government plan to assist rural towns is expected be launched next week and Teagasc Senior Research Officer Dr David Meredith said the solutions to the challenges that these towns now face will have to be tailored to their own specific needs rather than a ‘one size fits all strategy‘ which he believes will not simply work.

This new report was undertaken to support the Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas, which is expected to be launched on Monday next and appears to contradict recently published employment figures which showed that 96 people in Thurles had left the live register of unemployed persons, many choosing instead to either emigrate or return to unassisted further education.

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Clare Glens Tipperary To Be Upgraded


The video shown above is taken at one of Tipperary’s most picturesque and pure waterways, situated in a beautiful dense natural occurring wooded area, adjacent to the banks of the Clare River and known to visitors worldwide as ‘The Clare Glens.’

Latter forms a natural boundary dividing Counties Tipperary and Limerick and is an area of outstanding natural beauty, attracting walkers and hikers from across Ireland and further afield.

A contract for the upgrading and conservation of this area has now been signed with effect from Friday last, April 4th, in association with Northern Landscapes and work is set to get under way in the near future.

This proposed work will now greatly improve this magnificent local amenity, which due to natural weather erosion had been slowly losing its full accessibility and splendour.

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Thurles Home Of The Current Heirs To The British Crown

broyf-copylady-thurPeople here in Thurles, Co Tipperary will be well aware of the close historic connections the town holds with the British Royal Family, Thurles being the latter’s true Ancestral Home. Indeed their many ancestors are buried in St. Mary’s Famine Museum Church and its outer graveyard here in Thurles.
(Please click on images Left & Right for greater magnification.)

This week Ireland’s ninth and current President, Mr Michael D. Higgins Irish: Mícheál D. Ó hUiginn) together with his wife Sabina, are enjoying a State visit to England, having entered Windsor Castle and meet many powerful dignitaries, including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh.

During this visit President Higgins told a State Banquet at Windsor Castle that this first state visit of a President of Ireland to the United Kingdom “was a very visible sign of the warmth and maturity of the relationship between our two countries” thus marking a transformation in English / Irish relations.

“Through conquest and resistance, we have cast shadows on each other, but we have also gained strength from one another as neighbours and, most especially, from the contribution of those who have travelled between our islands in recent decades,” he stated. “While the past must be respectfully recognised it must not imperil the potential of the present or the possibilities of the future,” he said. “We must, however, never forget those who died, were bereaved, or injured, during the tragic conflict,” he continued.

President Higgins said the warm welcome he had received was “very deeply felt and appreciated.”

To mark this most important and historic State visit to Great Britain why not view host Dermot O’Leary for a showcase of Irish culture, Ceiliúradh (English; ‘Celebration’), at The Royal Albert Hall. The evening will celebrate Ireland’s long-standing cultural connections with Britain.

Performers will include Imelda May, Fiona Shaw, Joseph O’Connor and Glen Hansard. The event will be streamed live on the internet tonight on RTÉ Player from 8:25pm.

If you miss it tonight, don’t worry you can catch the highlights on BBC4 this coming Sunday at 8.00pm.

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Home Of Brian Ború Prepares For Millennium Weekend In Tipperary

Killaloe-1Brian Ború’s birthplace and the seat of his High Kingship of Ireland from 1001-1014AD will this weekend host a programme of events marking the 1000th year anniversary of his death.

Visitors to the twin towns of Killaloe, Co Clare and Ballina, Co Tipperary are being invited to step back in time and experience a glimpse of life in medieval Ireland during the Brian Ború Millennium Weekend, which kicks off tomorrow (Friday) and continues through Sunday.

Battle re-enactments, Viking boat tours on the River Shannon, theatre, walking tours and music will bring the town’s medieval heritage and links to Brian Ború to life during the festival, which is being funded by Clare County Council, North Tipperary County Council and CLDC, Dept. of Heritage, Waterways Ireland, IPB Youth & Community Fund, Failte Ireland, Lakelands and Inland Waterways.

The Brian Ború Millennium Weekend is one of the flagship events of the Brian Ború Programme 2014. The all-island initiative features a series of commemorations in the four main locations with connections to the life and High Kingship of Brian Ború; namely Killaloe Ballina which was the seat of Brian’s High Kingship of Ireland (1001-1014AD), Cashel where Brian was crowned High King of Ireland, Clontarf where Brian was killed following his victory over the Viking rulers of Dublin at the Battle of Clontarf, and the City of Armagh where Brian is buried.

Mayor of Clare Councillor Mr Joe Arkins commented: “Clare County Council is delighted to partner with the local community of Killaloe Ballina in celebrating the life and achievements of one of its most famous citizens. The Millennium Weekend forms part of a national Programme which the Council is delighted to lead in an effort to ensure that the Brian Ború millennial anniversary is established as an important cultural and tourism activity which lays the platform for further cultural and tourism development in future years.”

Mayor Arkins noted that Clare County Council will also be holding its April monthly meeting next Monday in Killaloe, which he said “was once the de-facto capital of Ireland.”

According to Ms Úna Kierse, Chairperson of the Killaloe Ballina Millennium Weekend: “The people of Killaloe and Ballina are deeply proud of their close links with an individual who is arguably one of the most high profile and influential figures in Irish history. Planning for this weekend’s festival has been ongoing for over a year and we are delighted to be able to showcase our towns’ rich heritage to a wider audience, which we hope will have long-lasting, positive consequences for tourism in the area for years to come.”

Ms. Kierse said: “Visitors will be spoiled for things to do, with art, theatre, games, historical re-enactments, puppetry, music, sport and food all on offer across the twin towns over the weekend, which is just one of many cultural highlights in a busy calendar of Ború themed fare.”

The Brian Ború Millennium Weekend gets underway tomorrow evening (Friday, 11th April) when re-enactors depicting Brian Ború and key characters from the time await the arrival of their Viking allies by longboat to Ballina Quay on the shores of Lough Derg.

At midday on Saturday 12th April, a guided historical walk will take place around Brian Ború’s Killaloe, punctuated by specially commissioned theatrical performances featuring up to 80 re-enactors from all over Ireland. The 90-minute tour will introduce participants to Brian Ború’s story and his life in Killaloe 1000 years ago. St. Flannan’s Cathedral in Killaloe will host an evening of drama and music at 8.00pm on Saturday April 12th. Re-enactors, accompanied by old and contemporary music, will relive scenes from the life of Brian, his troublesome wife Gormlaith, his inspiring Goddess Aoibheal, and his faithful son Murrough.  A series of other events are also scheduled for Sunday April 13th, including a “Pig on the Spit” medieval feast.

For a full schedule of events, including ticketing and times, visit, Email

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