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A Huge ‘Thank You,’ From St. Mary’s Church, Littleton

M/s Martha Melbourne reports on a successful ‘Afternoon Tea Fundraiser’ in aid of  St. Mary’s Church, in Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.


St. Mary’s Church, Littleton.

St. Mary’s Church (C of I) parishioners would like to thank, most sincerely, everyone who supported their recent ‘Afternoon Tea Fundraiser,’ which proved to be a huge success.

Martha stated; “Sincere thanks to all those who baked cakes and buns, made sandwiches, those who came to enjoy a ‘cuppa’ and a ‘chat’, those who bought raffle tickets and cakes on the day. Truly your support and help is most greatly appreciated”.

Martha also expressed a special word of thanks to all those who worked so hard in the kitchen and serving at table, keeping the tea flowing and everyone fed.

“Thank you to those who donated raffle prizes, made cash donations and let us borrow your china. A sincere word of thanks to the Management of the MB Community Hall for all their help with this event and also for housing us for Church Services, while the Church was closed, following a fire. We are now back using the Upper Room of the Church for Sunday services, while works are still progressing downstairs, concluded Martha.

The St. Mary’s Church in Littleton village was extensively damaged by fire, leaving restoration works expected to cost in the region of €200,000. The proceeds of this recent afternoon tea event will now go, in its entirety, towards the ongoing works which parishioners hope to have fully completed by the autumn of 2016.


Tipp Through To Munster Hurling Semi-Final

HurlingFull-time Score Tipperary 0-22 – Cork 0-13 at Semple Stadium to-day

Tipperary go forward, comfortably, to a Munster semi-final game, with a nine-point win over Cork at Semple Stadium, Thurles, this afternoon, in front of a 30,000 crowd.

Despite Tipperary playing with real intensity, particularly as Cork attempted to show real enthusiasm in the second half, the Tipp manager Michael Ryan will no doubt feel that he still has a little work ahead of his meeting with Limerick on June 19th. Overall Tipperary’s half-backs appeared more dominant than of previous years, despite today’s appalling weather conditions, which displayed a mixture of sunny spells, torrential rain, hail and sudden wind gusts.

Today’s game began with four-time All-Ireland referee Mr Barry Kelly throwing in the ball and Paudie Maher putting Tipperary in front, by a point from the start. With rain lashing down, it took until the fifth minute for Cork to register their first point on the scoreboard from Alan Cadogan, following a pass from Bill Cooper.

Today also ‘HawkEye’ had its first ever outing in Semple’s field; used late in the first half, while declaring a ‘Níl’ and confirming a Cork’s Dan McCormack effort, slightly wide of the uprights.

By half-time Tipperary had registered points for the Premier County courtesy of John McGrath, Seamus Callanan, Brendan Maher and Noel McGrath. Cork continued to remain out of range for some 11 minutes, following their first and only point, eventually scoring just 4 further points courtesy of Patrick Horgan, Brian Lawton & Conor Lehane.

The half-time score, with three minutes of stoppage time included, showed Tipperary 0-14 Cork 0-05.

With the wind gusting now behind them, Cork appeared to show a mini revival, entering the second half.  In the 37th minute of play Tipperary’s Seamus Callanan opened the scoring again with a point, followed by a point in the 46th minute of play from Cork’s Patrick Horgan.

Points from Cork’s Cormac Murphy, Seamus Harnedy, Conor Lehane and Alan Cadogan, however did little to stifle Tipperary’s hunger, with  points answered from Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer, Seamus Callanan, John O’Dwyer & Kieran Bergin.

Full-time Final Score – Tipperary 0-22 Cork 0-13

Tipperary Team: Darren Gleeson (Portroe), Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill), James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane), Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields), Seamus Kennedy (St Mary’s), Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Brendan Maher (Capt, Borris-Ileigh), Michael Breen (Ballina), Sean Curran (Mullinahone), Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh), Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), John O’Dwyer (Killenaule), Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch) and John McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney).

Subs: B. Maher for S. Curran; K. Bergin for M. Breen and  N. O’Meara for J. O’Dwyer.


Horse & Jockey Concert In Aid Of Thurles Order Of Malta

Horse and Jockey Singers support Thurles Order of Malta

No break for the Horse and Jockey Singers – Having presented their highly successful and widely acclaimed Tipperary Echoes of 1916, they are now putting the final touches to their Summer Variety Concert.


The full cast of Horse & Jockey Singers, pictured here during rehearsals for their previous sell-out concert; “Tipperary Echoes of 1916”.

The concert will be staged in the ‘Derrynaflan Theatre’ at the Horse and Jockey Hotel on Friday June 3rd next.

This year’s concert proceeds will go to support the work of Thurles Order of Malta. The Order of Malta is a major provider of first-aid training, ambulance transport, community and elderly care services. Locally, the Thurles Order of Malta is well organised and highly motivated. Members are a regular presence at major games at Semple Stadium and other sporting and community occasions.

Indeed the opening, back in 2014, of their new state-of-the-art Unit Headquarters and Training Centre at Bohervaroon, Thurles, truly signified the vibrancy of the Order, locally.

A great night’s entertainment is guaranteed with many local performers featured, including:- The Doran Family, Michael Molumby, Derrynaflan Male Voice Choir, Comhaltas Cashel, Horse and Jockey Singers, John O’Sullivan, Lorraine Treacy, Jockey Quartet, Margaret Kennedy, Noel Joyce and the Two-Mile-Borris Set Dancers.

The concert starts at 8.00 pm and tickets costing €15 are available from the hotel reception or from Connie O’Keeffe Tel: 087-6667988. Please do book early to avoid disappointment.


Bealtaine Festival Thurles May 2016

Bealtaine Festival Thurles May 25th 2016.


In conjunction with the Tipperary Bealtaine Festival, ‘The Club for Dancing‘ are holding a free mid morning dance for those who want to learn a few basic steps of social dancing (and for those who can dance and would like to help out) e.g. The Slosh, Military Two Step, Waltz, Quickstep etc.

Anyone over the age of 18 years is invited.

The dance will be in ‘The Gallery Space’ of The Source/Library in Thurles on Wednesday the 25th of May from 11.15am to 1.00pm.

Admission is free. Dancing to the CDs of Peter Bourke, Dermot Lyons, Patrick O’Sullivan, Dave Rae, Johnny Barrett, Finbarr Dennehy etc. etc. etc.


New Book Launch – Memoirs of a Small Town Solicitor

RotaryThurles Rotary Club are delighted to assist Mr Christopher Kavanagh, of the Sue Ryder Homes, to launch his third book entitled: “Memoirs of a Small Town Solicitor”.

The launch will take place in Thurles Library, situated in the Source Arts Centre building, Cathedral Street, Thurles, on Tuesday May 24th, beginning sharp 6.30pm; with a Judge of the Circuit Court, Mr Gerard O’Brien, doing the honours on the evening.

The book tells the story of Christopher’s most exciting and interesting life, during which time he practised as a Solicitor in Zimbabwe, for some 47 years.

Do not be misled by the title of this book; apart from his life as a Solicitor, it also encompasses his life experiences as a Mountaineer: a Commissioned Officer in the Rhodesian Armed Forces; a part time Policeman; an Actor; his activities as a Rotarian; his first marriage in Switzerland and subsequent honeymoon in Budapest and Vienna; his participation in various Legal Conferences in Venice, Vancouver, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania etc. not to mention his incarceration in a Zimbabwe prison. The publication also deals with his second marriage to Wendy and his decision to settle in Ireland.

The book is lavishly illustrated with some 30 colour photographs and contains the most amusing of anecdotes; moments of terror; his sadness’s / joy’s, and is guaranteed to appeal to everyone who enjoys a thoroughly good factual read.