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Thurles History Decays In Favour of ‘Dubline’

“Glory looking day, glory day, glory looking day,
And all its glory, told a simple way, behold it if you may.”
Lyrics Neil Diamond (Album: Jonathan Livingston Seagull.)

Rural Ireland and in particular Co Tipperary continues to be seen as the ‘Poor Relation,’ or ‘The Lower Order,’ and unworthy of  Dublin’s well healed bourgeoisie when it comes to Fáilte Ireland and the fair distribution of taxpayer public funding.

We learn in recent weeks that well over half a million Euro (€620,000 to be precise) is to be spent on developing a number of tourist attractions in our capital city, latter aimed at our discerning International visitors who are only encouraged to stand at the gateway to Ireland. These funded projects are to be part of “Dubline,” a proposed heritage trail which will run across Dublin from East to West along a route roughly selected from College Green to Kilmainham. Proposed tourism projects here in Thurles will once again go unrewarded, not for the first time, with not one single cent of our nations central funding being spent for future tourism promotion.

Amongst these five funded Dublin restoration projects is the repair of a bell, at a cost of almost €18,000, supposedly the first Catholic bell to ring in Dublin in nearly 300 years, breaching the then existing penal laws of the 16th and 17th centuries (same laws were largely ignored in the 18th century) while also providing secure exhibition space for a few miserable artefacts found on the Smock Alley site, latter which will now move from where they are currently housed in the National Museum.

(Note: Despite a meeting in January last, to present date and some nine weeks later, Thurles cannot yet get clarification on the possibility of returning the Derrynaflan Hoard back to its native county, same being required on loan for just two months, to celebrate the 35th anniversary of its finding.)

Here in Thurles, during the years 1804-1862, Archbishop Thomas Bray and later Archbishop Patrick Leahy had no problem ringing the bell at the Big Chapel here in Thurles. The cracked bell at the Smock Alley Theatre, latter which only reopened in 2012, was built originally as a Theatre Royal and now in 2014 lends itself to the myth that Daniel O’Connell rang it to celebrate Catholic Emancipation in 1829. Natives here in Co Tipperary are being now asked to augment this ‘Freedom Bell’ myth, which will be acclaimed as the Dublin equivalent of America’s also cracked ‘Liberty Bell,’ latter that iconic symbol of American Independence, and in the case of the former, therefore worthy of €18,000 of Irish public funding just to remove a few splatters of pigeon poop with a power washer.

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Thurles Hosts Fine Gael’s Tipperary Local Election Campaign

Thurles hosted the official launch of Fine Gael’s Tipperary local election campaign.

It was standing room only for the official launch of Fine Gael’s Tipperary local election campaign held at the Anner Hotel, here in Thurles on Friday night last.

With 23 candidates, the Fine Gael party is very confident that it has brought together the best possible team to represent Tipperary’s diverse communities. With the creation of the newly integrated Tipperary authority running alongside five municipal districts it is vital that a strong unified voice is heard in order that the council can continue to achieve its stated objectives.

Fine Gael, as a major partner in government, is best placed in creating synergies with Tipperary County Council by having as many elected representatives on the council, thereby creating a partnership that can only benefit Tipperary in both the short and long term.

The launch was held in conjunction with the Fine Gael Constituency Annual General Meeting (AGM) and was opened by Constituency Chairman Mr Michael Harty. Michael outlined the enormous amount of work and co-operation carried out by local party officers in ensuring the seamless transition from North and South Ridings and uniting them into a single authority. Special thanks was given to Lucy McCormack, Constituency Secretary for the trojan work undertaken by her personally in this process.

North Tipperary’s Mr Noel Conan TD addressed the local issues facing Tipperary such as infrastructure and unemployment and wished all of the candidates well in the forthcoming local elections. South Tipperary Minister Mr Tom Hayes TD spoke about national policy and the difficult decisions that have to be taken whether locally or nationally in safeguarding the new found stability and growth.

Mr Simon Harris, MEP candidate for Ireland South and representatives for both Mr Sean Kelly and M/s Deirdre Clune also addressed the meeting.
The night concluded with a sense of determination that no stone would be left unturned in the pursuit of representing the people of Tipperary.

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Tipperary Overcome Cork At Semple Stadium Thurles

HurlingTipperary beat the Rebel County Cork 3-25 (34pts) to 4-19 (31pts) in what can only be described as a truly thrilling Allianz Hurling League quarter-final here at Semple Stadium in Thurles yesterday. In front of a relatively small crowd of spectators, just 6,615 dedicated loyal supporters watched Tipperary’s man of the match; John O’Dwyer (Killenaule) hit 1-07 (10pts) for the Premier County, to set up a semi-final meeting with Clare in three weeks time.

At half-time, Cork were 3-11 (20pts) to Tipperary 3-09 (18pts) in front, however they were soon to fall six points behind during the course of the second half. Patrick Horgan’s late goal provided just a glimmer of hope for Cork and they could even have snatched a draw had Anthony Nash’s 20m free not been blocked by a determined Premier County gathered in mass on the Tipperary goal-line.

From a sheer defensive point of view on both sides, the game was noteworthy in its openness, with 51 scores in total totted up over the course of the seventy minutes played and which also saw Seamus Callanan take his League tally to a massive 5-40 (55pts) with an added haul yesterday of another 8 pts. Tipperary had edged into the last eight with a three-point victory over Dublin in Thurles just seven days ago and with the threat of relegation now removed, within Tipperary was almost certainly a feeling of freedom in some of their action, which was well documented in the first ten minutes as the Premier county tallied up a ten-point lead.

While S.Harnedy grabbed two goals within the space of three minutes, thus bringing Cork back into close contention, it was the O’Dwyer goal, three minutes before the break which kept the Premier fifteen in contention, levelling twice early in the second half, to establish a 3-21 (30pt) to 3-15 (34pt) lead.

Cork were handed a possible lifeline in the 65th minute when Horgan rifled his fourth goal past Tipperary goalkeeper Darragh Egan, however although Cork were to come within a point of their host team in the final minute, efforts from Noel McGrath and John O’Dwyer ensured the winning result for the Premier side.

Final Score: Tipperary 3-25 (34pts) – Cork 4-19 (31pts).
Tipperary Team: D. Egan; P. Stapleton, C. O’Mahony, C. O’Brien, J. Barry, B. Maher,  T. Stapleton, K. Bergin, J. Woodlock, D. Maher, N. McGrath, J. O’Dwyer, S. Bourke,  S. Callanan and N. O’Meara.
Subs: R. Maher for C. O’Mahony, J. Forde for N. O’Meara, L. McGrath for S. Bourke, E. Kelly for D. Maher and J. O’Brien for S. Callanan.

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Joy For David In Rosegreen, Co Tipperary

The wedding took place yesterday of the very lovely Miss Emma Joy, daughter of Mrs Maureen and Mr Anthony Joy, to Mr David Cagney, son of Mrs Helen and Mr Maurice Cagney.

The marriage took place in the Church of St.Thomas The Apostle, here in the village of Rosegreen, Co.Tipperary, with the ceremony beautifully conducted by Rev. Fr. Thomas Hearne, latter a close friend of the Bride and Groom.


Emma & David share a “Selfie” by phone to celebrate their wedding at Dundrum House Hotel yesterday.

Escorted down the aisle by her father Anthony, the bride looked stunningly beautiful; wearing a bespoke, one shoulder, ivory afternoon wedding gown, with sweetheart neckline. Same was highlighted by matching flower detail in relief and beautifully foiled by a one-tier chapel bridal veil. Equally beautiful were her four accompanying bridesmaids; Cathy Day (Maid of Honour), Louise Joy, Christina Ryan and Helena Cagney, all who wore full-length, purple, V-necked evening gowns with fine pleated bodices and delicately embellished diamonte waist bands.

The groom, David, together with his best man, Kevin Ryan and groomsmen, Paul Cagney, Allan Devitt and Alan Pyke, all looked dashing in dark evening suits, elegantly highlighted by white ‘Oxford Plain’ shirts with white / silvery waistcoats and grey and purple matching silk cravats.

The couple proclaimed their love for each other in front of a large gathering of family members and close friends, with music provided for the ceremony by guitarist Mr Dom Driscoll and with vocals provided by Mrs Maureen Joy and Mrs Anne Rhatigan.

Scripture readings were undertaken by Maureen O’Dwyer, Maureen B. O’Donoghue and Denise Boyle, while prayers of the faithful were read by Kelley Lee, Caroline Cagney, Avril Rhatigan, John O’ Donoghue and Denise Boyle. The Offertory Procession of bread & wine were carried to the alter by Mrs Maureen Joy and Mrs Helen Cagney, latter mothers of the newly married couple. The customary wedding day ‘Communion Reflection,’ entitled ‘The Dance,’ was sung by Mrs Maureen Joy, mother of the bride.

Following a very beautiful and relaxed ceremony, the new Mr and Mrs Cagney retired to the ever popular local wedding venue, Dundrum House Hotel & Golf Resort, Dundrum, Thurles, Co Tipperary, where guests were entertained to a Champagne and Wine reception, together with many other light refreshments.

Following family photographs in the wedding complex, the newly married couple joined their guests in the hotels main Ballroom for dinner, which was followed by dancing very late into the evening.

The couple have chosen to keep secret, for the moment at least, their favoured honeymoon destination.

To Emma and David, go all best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous life together and this wish comes from all your family, friends and well wishers here in Co Tipperary and indeed further afield.

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Two New Road Deaths In North Tipperary

GardaWith great sadness we again report that two people have died following a motor vehicle collision here in Co Tipperary earlier today. The two-car collision happened on the road (N52) between Nenagh and Borrisokane near Grange at approximately 5.20pm this evening.

A male and a female, both believed to be aged in their 60′s were fatally injured and were both pronounced dead at the accident scene. Another male passenger, latter aged in his twenties and who was also in the car, was seriously injured and rushed to the Midwest Regional Hospital in Limerick.

The driver of the second car believed to be a woman in her 30s, thankfully remained uninjured.

The road is closed to allow for a Garda forensic examination; with local diversions put in place, however due to poor light, motorists are advised that the road is expected to remain closed until the early part of tomorrow.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to contact them at Nenagh, Tel: 067-50450 or on the Garda Confidential Line Tel: 1800 666 111.

These latest two fatalities now bring to nine deaths, the number of persons killed on the roads of Tipperary in just the last 12 weeks.

Requiescat In Pace.

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