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Revenue Seize Tipperary ‘Fag Stash’.

Revenue Commissioners

In excess of some 2,500 cigarettes were seized from an address in Cahir, Co. Tipperary yesterday (May 18th 2017).

The tobacco products, branded as ‘Richman’, ‘M1′ and ‘John Bull’, were found, located as part of a search; embarked on under a warrant, issued to officers of the Revenue Commissioners.

The above named cigarettes brands are understood to hold a retail value of some €1,500, with same representing a potential loss of around €1,300 to the Irish Exchequer.

Contiguous inspections regarding the above seizures are understood to be currently continuing.


Thurles Cardiac First Responder Community Defibrillator Course

Thurles Order of Malta Ambulance Corps – Mr Gerard Fogarty, Parnell Street, Thurles reports:-

Thurles Order of Malta Ambulance Corps will be holding a ‘Cardiac First Responder Community Course’ for anyone wishing to learn or renew their skills on Automated External Defibrillator; CPR, and Choking.

Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Map of Thurles, County Tipperary – Thurles Order of Malta.

This course is the national minimum standard required for AED use. Certification lasts for two years, so anyone whose training has lapsed and is required for insurance or work, etc., is urged to renew immediately. The course has been designed over one evening to accommodate full-time workers. All of our courses are fully certified by Order of Malta Ireland and the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council of Ireland.

The next course begins at 7.00pm on Wednesday 24th May, at the Order of Malta Training Centre at Bohernavoroon, Thurles.

Remaining places are limited and can be booked by calling John on Mobile 087 2390 111, or Mobile 086 3144 126.

Note: Private classes can also be arranged by appointment.


New Ballingarry (South) To Thurles Bus Service

The Tipperary Transport Coordination Unit (TTC) financed by the Dept. of Transport in conjunction with Tipperary Co. Council, got approval last week, under the Tipperary Local Transport Initiative, to provide a twice daily bus service from Ballingarry (South) to Thurles.

The service will serve Ballingarry, Killenaule, Glengoole, Ballynonty, Littleton, Thurles Town centre and the Thurles 3rd level college campusLimerick Institute of Technology (LIT).

In particular geared to serving the College, and a Thurles workforce, it will also we understand, link, in Killenaule village, to the service visiting Clonmel, thus removing at least some feelings of total isolated from small rural communities, which they have been experiencing over past years.

The TTC Unit is based in the Templemore / Thurles Municipal Offices here in Thurles. The service, as with Bus Éireann commercial services, will remain free to those over 65 and the fares, we understand, will be fairly and competitively priced.

Operating Times of New Ballingarry (South) to Thurles Bus Service.

The new Ballingarry to Thurles service, as stated, will operate twice each day; five days per week (Mon -Friday), beginning from Ballingarry at 7.50am and 12.20pm, to arrive in Thurles LIT at 8.57am and 1.27pm.

Same will return from Thurles at 2.00pm and 5.45pm, arriving back in Ballingarry at 3.05pm and 6.50pm respectively.

The service is expected to begin in July next (2017) and for the moment at least, will not run on Church or National Holidays.


Warning To River Suir Water Users

Earlier this month, a large numbers of freshwater crayfish were reported as dead, on a stretch of the River Suir, downstream from Clonmel.

Analysis, now carried out on the crayfish, has confirmed that the cause of the mortality was a water multicellular fungus or mold known as ‘Crayfish Plague’.  All agencies including the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Inland Fisheries Ireland and Tipperary County Council, have been working to contain this outbreak.

Important to Check, Clean and Dry
Any person entering the river for any reason is now being urged to observe the practice of ‘Check, Clean and Dry’ when leaving or entering water. All wet gear, including boats, waterproof clothing and other associated equipment used, should be checked for mud, silt and plant material before disinfecting or washing using boiling water, and before allowing a drying period of at least 24 hour. Ensure also that water introduced internally in boats and other water craft, are also treated. This procedure is essential in the preventing of the spread of Crayfish Plague to other unaffected waters.

Discovered for the first time in Ireland in 1987; based on previous experience gleaned regarding this disease, a 100% mortality of the crayfish population is expected, which in turn creates major consequences for the future ecology of this stretch of the river Suir. No resistance to this disease as yet has been discovered in native European crayfish.

River users are also being asked to alert the local authorities of any other mortality of crayfish discovered elsewhere. Contact Ms C. O’Flynn (coflynn@biodiversityireland.ie) at the National Biodiversity Data Centre, in Waterford.


“All Hands Together” – Exhibition – Thurles Library

Thurles Library’s “All Hands Together” Exhibition

As part of the Bealtaine Festival, Thurles Library (The Source, Cathedral Street, Thurles) are currently and kindly hosting an amazing exhibition in the Source Library & Arts Centre Gallery.

Ms Phyl Dwyer, Turtulla, Thurles, demonstrates the ancient art of  ‘Quilting’.

This exhibition, featuring the skills of the ‘Spike Quilters of Littleton’ and entitled “All Hands Together”, is open free to the public until Tuesday May 30th next; to be viewed in conjunction with the opening hours of Thurles Library.

The Spike Quilters of Littleton.
‘Spike Quilters’ are a group of compatible and inclined women aged between 15 years & 90 years, who meet together on a monthly basis to undertake and learn the ancient art of patchwork. With their monthly meeting place in The Muintir na Tíre Hall, Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary; here the elderly share the considerable knowledge they have acquired in the art of ‘Quilting’ with their younger counterparts. Meetings are held in the hall from 10.30am to 4.00pm on the appointed day, (Usually second Sunday of every month), with each individual working on their own project, be it a ‘Wall-Hanging’ or a ‘Quilt’. Here colours are discussed, ideas are exchanged, progress encouraged and all over numerous cups of tea and chat. Guest teachers are a regular feature of these workshops, initiating new ideas and up skilling.

The Patchwork Quilt.
A patchwork quilt is a multi-layered textile in which the top layer consists of pieces of fabric sewn together to form a design. Originally, this was to make full use of accumulated left-over or salvaged scraps of fabric.

As stated, the quilt is usually formed of three individual layers; the patchwork quilt top; a layer of insulation wadding (batting), and a layer of backing material. Same may be used as throws, wall hangings, table runners or even tablecloths.

  • The art of quilting has a long history, first evidence of which appears back in the 35th century BC, with an ivory carving, found in the Temple of Osiris, at Abydos near the modern Egyptian towns of el-‘Araba el Madfuna and al-Balyana, during 1903 and currently in the collection of the British Museum. This carving features the king of the Egyptian First Dynasty wearing a cloak which appears to be quilted.
  • Attributed to the 1st century BC2nd century AD, we have a textile in the form of a quilted linen carpet found in a Mongolian cave tomb which today is housed in the collection of the Leningrad Department of the Institute of Archaeology of the Academy of the Sciences of the Union of the Soviet Republic.
  • Made circa 1400 AD, we have a Milanese ivory carving of the Holy Family depicting the ‘Flight into Egypt’, showing Joseph wearing a coat quilted in a diamond pattern. Same is housed in the collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum, United Kingdom.
  • In 1547, the Inventory of King Henry VIII of England lists “Quyltes” and “Coverpointes” among the bed linen. The inventory describes the quilts as made of “holland cloth” (linen or cotton), “bockeram” (cotton),” or various types of silk including “sarceonett”, “tapheta,” and “lynnen.” Some of these quilts would have been given to lesser members of Court, either as a sign of favour or as a gift. Indeed, the young 16 year old Catherine Howard, fifth queen (for three months only) of Henry VIII, was given a gift of two dozen quilts, sometime before being beheaded, on the grounds of treason, and for supposedly committing adultery, while married to Henry.

Now thankfully, due to the ‘Spike Quilters of Littleton’ and Thurles Library; in 2017, the craft of quilting can be seen to continue, with this exhibition showcasing work to most impressive effect.

When shopping in Thurles over the next 10 days, please do take a coffee break and go visit this exhibition of splendour and truly talented aptitude.