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Question: Which Irish County Grows The Best Spuds?

 Which Irish county grows the best potatoes?

potatoflowerSupposedly first discovered by the Spaniards back in the 16th Century, and understood to have been eaten by the Peruvians some 2,000 years previously, our humble potato is still, by far, the most popular of all consumed vegetables. This versatile tuber can be boiled, chipped, steamed, baked, roasted and sautéed.

However according to An Bord Bia which held its All Ireland Quality Potato Championships recently, not surprisingly the winning county was identified as; yes you have guessed correctly, Co. Tipperary.

Last weekend at the Tullamore Show in Co Offaly, latter which is attended by some 60,000 people annually, potato grower Mr David Curran from Fethard, Co. Tipperary was crowned All Ireland Champion and quality spud producer.

According to An Bord Bia, this annual competition is designed not just to increase the level of awareness among growers, but to highlight what actually constitutes a top quality potato.

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Three Thurles Obituaries

deathWright: It is with great sadness we learned of the death on Saturday last (8th August 2015) of Mr Michael (Mickey) Wright, Hazelwood Grove, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Wright, formerly of Littleton and Manchester, passed away, deeply regretted by his sons, daughters, grandchildren, brothers, sisters and extended family.

Funeral Arrangements
Mr Wright’s earthly remains will repose at Egan’s Funeral’s Home, Thurles, today Tuesday (11th August 2015) from 5:00pm to 7:00pm with removal at 7.30pm to St. Kevin’s Church, Littleton. Requiem Mass will take place on Wednesday at 11.30am, followed by private cremation.

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 McGrath: It is also with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday (Monday 10th August 2015) of Mrs Peggy (Margaret) McGrath (née Ryan), Malahide, Dublin / Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs McGrath, formerly of Thurles, Co. Tipperary, passed away peacefully in the wonderful care of the staff of Tara Winthrop Nursing Home. Loving wife of the late Edward and mother of the late Agnes (O`Leary)  Mrs McGrath will be very sadly missed by her son Denis, daughter Mary, sons-in-law Terence and P.J., grandchildren Alan, Cillian, Terryann, Catraoine, Amy and Andrew, great-grandchildren Neil, Chloe, Scott and Eve, her sister Kathleen, sister-in-law Breda, nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
Mrs McGrath’s earthly remains will repose on Wednesday afternoon at Stafford`s Funeral Home, Strand Road, Portmarnock, from 4:00pm until 5:00pm before her removal that evening to St. Sylvester’s Church, Malahide, arriving for 5:30pm.

Funeral Mass will take place on Thursday morning at 10:00am, followed immediately thereafter by burial in Fingal Cemetery.

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Gilmartin: It is also with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday (Monday 10th August 2015) of Mrs Mary Gilmartin (née Quinlivan), Churchquarter, Kilcommon, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs Gilmartin formerly of Annaholty, Birdhill passed away peacefully at University hospital Limerick. Sadly missed by her loving husband Patrick, daughter Nuala, son D.J., son in law Garrett, grandchildren Ciara, Connor and Donal, brothers, sisters, brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
Mrs Gilmartin’s earthly remains will repose at Meehan’s Funeral Home, Newport, today (Tuesday 11th August) from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, with removal afterwards to Kilcommon Church. Requiem Mass on Wednesday 12th at 11.30am, with burial afterwards in the New Cemetery, Kilcommon.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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251 Persons Join Dole Queues In Tipperary In 31 days

School-Ahead

School Ahead” – Picture taken yesterday on the outskirts of a rural village in Co. Tipperary. Same best depicts the destruction of rural Ireland, under a current Labour /Fine Gael led government. (NRA please take note.)

Viewing the latest unemployment figures, uploaded on line today (Monday August 10th 2015) by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), residents of Co. Tipperary, possibly, with the exception of our over paid politicians, are less likely to be visiting the Bahamas to swim with pigs in the immediate future, as a current TV commercial currently invites.

Nationally the actual number of people currently unemployed in Ireland rose slightly during the month of July 2015, standing 300 higher than the seasonally adjusted figure for June at 208,900. Sadly the seasonally adjusted youth unemployment rate (persons aged 15-24) was 20.2% in July 2015; when compared to 19.9% in June 2015. Latter we understand was caused by a rise in the number nationally of unemployed females during the same month, which stood 500 higher at 81,200.

As we forewarned on Thurles.Info; here in Co. Tipperary some 251 extra persons joined our ever lengthening dole queues, despite continued political electioneered spin from our current Fine Gael & Labour government; no doubt assisted greatly by radio and newspaper journalists, happy to simply ‘copy and paste’ political press statements, without the slightest modicum of questioning as to the real facts.

In total, for just the three combined months of May, June and July 2015 a total of 1,086 Tipperary residents, represented under the CSO categories of ‘All Ages’ – ‘Both Sexes’ are now signing for unemployment benefit in the county as a whole; an increase of 251 within the last 31 days.

 June 30thJuly 31stNorth Tipperary and Associated Towns – 2015.
6,462 – 6,601 – North Tipperary, an overall increase of 139 persons.
2,635 – 2,658 – Nenagh, an increase of 23 persons.
1,187 – 1,246 – Roscrea, an increase of 59 persons.
2,640 – 2,697 – Thurles, an increase of 57 persons.

 June 30th– July 31stSouth Tipperary and Associated Towns – 2015.
7,998 – 8,110 – South Tipperary, an increase of 112 persons.
1,145 – 1,164 – Cahir, an increase of 19 persons.
1,697 – 1,719 – Carrick-On-Suir, an increase of 22 persons.
1,025 – 1,063 – Cashel, an increase of 38 persons.
2,611 – 2,616 – Clonmel, an increase of 5 persons.
1,520 – 1,548– Tipperary (Town), an increase of 28 persons.

In July 2015, led by an Taoiseach Mr Enda Kenny (F.G.) and accompanied by Labour Minister Mr Alan Kelly, Mr Tom Hayes F.G. and F.G. Jobs Minister Mr Richard Bruton, latter politicians trotting into Tipperary South, to the town of Cahir, here to announce 152 imaginary jobs and a €50m Investment at ABP Food Group, which jobs so far to-date have failed to materialize.

The same political spin, on August 1st 2015, informed us of some 300 new jobs being created; supported by the IDA, in Cashel in Co Tipperary, by US generic drugs giant Amneal Pharmaceuticals, latter who purchased the former long idle Johnson and Johnson plant on the Cahir Road. In two years time following renovations Amneal expect to hire an estimated 250-300 employees, but only when the facility is at full capacity. Minister Richard Bruton F.G. described these latter futuristic jobs as being a massive boost for Cashel and the whole of Tipperary, capping what has been a good month for regional jobs announcements.

To add to today’s published CSO unemployment figures; during this same period (May 1st to July 31st 2015) at least 373 unemployed persons here in Co. Tipperary have already been moved off the Unemployment Register to work on Tús schemes (See Pay Rates of €1 per hour) and therefore not correctly categorised as being unemployed persons. A more accurate figure for unemployment in Tipperary during this same 3 month 2015 period should therefore read approximately 1459.

This latter figure does not take into account those other unemployed persons who chose to accept emigration. Neither does it take into account those who could not afford to leave this country and have since become members of that well known unpaid Internship Club known as ‘JobBridge’; latter which continues to remain unmonitored, offering poor conditions and little if any insurance cover through its forced membership.

Meanwhile, last week the drinks giant C&C announced the potential loss of 31 jobs, through redundancies, from its production workforce at Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

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Death Of Patrick Buckley, Graigue, Thurles, Tipp

deathIt is with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday (Saturday 8th August 2015) of Mr Patrick Buckley, (formerly Gaile), Graigue, Horse and Jockey, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by his sister Norrie; Mr Buckley’s passing is deeply regretted by his loving family: sons Michael and Pat, daughters Martina, Margaret and Noreen, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements

Mr Buckley’s earthly remains reposed at his residence today (Sunday, August 9th) from 5:00pm to 7.00pm and arrived at St. Peter’s Church, Moycarkey at 7.30pm this evening. Requiem Mass will take place tomorrow Monday at 11.30am. His burial will take place afterwards in Ballysheehan, Graveyard, Cashel, Co. Tipperary.

Note: Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to Milford Hospice, Co Limerick.

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Trip To Tipp Weekend Of Cycling – 15th & 16th Aug 2015

Miss Katriona Shanahan (PRO ‘Trip to Tipp Weekend of Cycling’) reports.

Join us here in Tipperary for the 20th Anniversary of the ‘Trip to Tipp Weekend of Cycling’, which will take place on the 15th & 16th August 2015, in aid of NCBI, working for people with sight loss.  This year, as part of the celebrations, ‘Trip to Tipp’ have made some changes to the routes and participants and supporters also will be able to purchase a Special Limited Edition ‘Trip to Tipp’ jersey.
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Trip to Tipp’ Programme of Events.
Saturday 15th August
12:00 pm. The Three Counties Tour.
Here you can choose from either the 70 KM route or the slightly more challenging 100 KM route!
Both Routes depart from the Sarsfields GAA Centre Thurles at 12:00pm sharp.

Links to both the maps for Saturday’s Challenge
70km Routehttp://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/788239301
100km Routehttp://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/788238589

12:30pm. Family Fun Cycle.
The family fun cycle departs from the Sarsfields GAA Centre Thurles at 12:30pm sharp.
Here participants can register online or on the day – €12.50.

Sunday 16th August
9:45 am: Grand Tipperary Challenge 140 KM.
The Grand Tipperary Tour departs the Thurles Sarsfields GAA Centre at 9:45am. The two notable climbs on the 140km route will be Dolla and the Glen of Aherlow. View Route at http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/788241117

10:15 am: Glen of Aherlow Challenge 100 KM.

The Glen of Aherlow Challenge departs the Thurles Sarsfields GAA Centre at 10:15am. View Route at http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/788240341

10:15 am: Scenic Tour of Tipperary 80 KM.

The Scenic Tour of Tipperary departs the Thurles Sarsfields GAA Centre at 10:15am. View Route at http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/788242015
Once again entries for all cycles can be taken on the day, or you can avail of the online reduced price by registering at: http://www.active.com/thurles-munster/cycling/races/trip-to-tipp-2015

Note: Online registration closes on Friday 14th August at 6:00pm.
Online Special Offers are as follows:
2 days cycling & Cycling Jersey – €65.  2 days cycling only – €45
1 day cycling & Cycling Jersey – €45.  1 days cycling – €25

Entry on the day for all routes is €30.00 with Family Fun Cycle €12.50(Special offers for Families).
All participants over the weekend will receive a ‘Goodie Bag’ and ‘Certificate of Completion’.

All routes will be marshalled and the roads will also be clearly marked. Each route will have a Water Stop and Food Stop.

Accommodation: For anyone seeking accommodation in Thurles for the weekend 15th & 16th August 2015, please note that special hotel rates have been secured from the following venues:-
Anner Hotel Thurles:- [(0504) 21799] B&B €45 pps. Hayes Hotel Thurles:- [(0504) 22122] B&B €35 pps.
In all bookings please reference ‘Trip to Tipp’ when securing accommodation.

To celebrate this 20th Anniversary Milestone, ‘Trip to Tipp’ are going to have a special night of entertainment, with spot prizes, in Hayes Hotel, Liberty Square, Thurles, Co Tipperary on Saturday 15th next.

For further information Email katriona.shanahan@gmail.com

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