Some 27 close-knit members of the ‘Kenny Clan,’ led by George Kenny and his wife Sandy, visited Thurles for some six days last week; all part of their summer vacation and ongoing research into their roots.
Gathered from all over the USA, the ‘Clan Kenny’ group choose the historic Lisheen Castle, near Thurles, Co Tipperary as the location for their base and recent sojourn.
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American, Australian and other welcome European and Asian visitors searching for their roots and who carefully and intelligently plan their trips to Ireland are now beginning to wisely make their holiday bases here in Thurles, Co.Tipperary. Of course logically and geographically Thurles Co. Tipperary represents the very hub of Ireland, providing just a one or two hour drive, at most, to access most of Ireland’s historical and scenic areas, (e.g. Cobh – 1 h 20 min or 126.4 km, Cliffs of Moher – 2 hrs or 156.8 km, Kilkenny Castle – 44 min or 48 km, Dublin’s Trinity College – 1 h 31 min or 146.2 km etc.).
Visitors on the other hand who choose their holiday bases on Ireland’s coastline, soon learn to their financial and other costs that a great deal of vacation time is being lost in attempting to reach these same destinations, during any visit. Coastline visitors end up instead constantly forced to change their ‘base camps’ in their efforts, over a short period, to pack in all of what our island of Ireland has to offer.
George and Sandy Kenny, through their own research, have discovered that their Kenny ancestors first arrived in America, possibly sometime in 1846 during the great Irish famine (1845-1849) period. However while records of their arrival in New York are recorded, to date little is known about from whence they originally hailed here in Ireland. To this end if anyone has any information on known Kenny immigrants in or around that period in Irish history, perhaps you could contact us here on Thurles.Info and we can arrange to connect you with the US Kenny Clan.
The Clan members, many of whom are keen musicians, visited the Monk’s Traditional Irish Pub here in Thurles, to join local musicians as part of their regular Wednesday night Irish music jam sessions.
We look forward and welcome their promised return trip to Ireland in the not too distant future.
Last, but by no means least, a big ‘Thank You‘ to classic rock and folk singers, songwriters and musicians; Nikki Turner and Nora Fogarty ; latter also Sean-nós (Irish for “old style”) singer for their granting of the free use of their great vocal & musical talents, in the making of this slide-show video.
Gardaí are warning retailers and consumers in County Tipperary to be on the lookout for fake €20 notes.
Ireland’s National Police Service are strongly advising the public, in general, that high quality forgeries of notes, in the €20 denomination, have been making their way into the market place in counties Tipperary, Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Waterford and Kildare.
The forgers are understood to be particularly targeting major events, such as festivals and crowded public houses, to pass these notes on into public circulation.
In particular busy national retailers are being strongly urged to check all €20 notes that they are handed, using the same methods used to ensure that €50 notes in circulation are legal tender.
Unlike most forgeries, these €20 notes use high-quality paper, very similar to real cotton-based Euro notes.
These recently discovered forgeries come about just months after Gardaí smashed a network involving a Dublin-based criminal gang and which resulted in the seizure of almost €2m worth of forged notes.
An all-island tourism delegation from counties Tipperary, Armagh, Clare and Dublin, latter areas with strong connections to the only undisputed High King of Ireland, Brian Ború, will embark on a promotional drive in the United States next week.
Coinciding with the millennial anniversary of Ború’s death at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014, National Brian Ború Programme representatives from Tipperary, Armagh, Clare and Dublin, will attend the annual Milwaukee Irish Fest in Wisconsin, where they will be seeking to attract some of the estimated 150,000 festival goers to Ireland.
Internationally, Brian Ború is celebrated for his contribution to uniting Ireland and quelling the destabilising impact of the Vikings. Born in Killaloe in East Clare, Brian Ború became the only undisputed High King of Ireland and today is regarded as the most significant figure in Irish history.
Ború is a central theme of this year’s Milwaukee Irish Fest from August 14th -17th. Established in 1981 by members of Milwaukee’s Irish community, the Fest covers 74 acres of Lake Michigan’s shoreline and showcases Irish music, history, dance, drama, sports and culture. The Festival is also used by tourist agencies such as Tourism Ireland, Aer Lingus and CIE Tours, as an opportunity to market Ireland as a desirable tourist destination.
The travelling Ború tourism delegation will be located in the festival’s ‘Cultural Pavilion,’ where extensive promotional material on visitor attractions associated with Ború will be distributed.
Members of the delegation, which includes historians, living history interpreters, genealogists, musicians, a bowyer and a folk theatre group will also deliver a series of public lectures and demonstrations on Brian Ború’s life in culture, history, food, genealogy and music.
Among the sites and buildings associated with Brian Ború that will be promoted in Milwaukee will be Killaloe where he was born, Clontarf where he was killed following his victory over the Viking rulers of Dublin in 1014, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the City of Armagh where he is buried; the Rock of Cashel where he was crowned High King of Ireland; and Lough Derg and the River Shannon where his navy was located.
All four locations feature prominently in the National Brian Ború Programme, a comprehensive nationwide programme of commemorative festivals and events taking place during 2014.
Tipperary Representation at Milwaukee Irish Fest
Sean Laffey, writer and editor for Irish Music Magazine, headed up the Cashel Heritage group, which produced the 2014 Ború celebrations. He will speak on the music of warriors, among other things.
Geraldine Wall Laffey, an educator, will present scriptorium lettering in both the Children’s Tent and the Boru Tent
Joanne Hughes, an archaeologist and member of the Cashel Heritage Group, is an expert on the Viking excavations in Ireland. She will present a Viking dig in Viking costume in the Children’s area.
In addition, Maurice Lennon and the Willis Clan will present Lennon’s Brian Ború ‘The High King of Tara’, at the festival. This orchestral suite, written by Lennon in 2002, was produced by Lennon and Donal Lunny, who will also appear at the 2014 Milwaukee Irish Festival. Clare artists Sharon Shannon and Socks in the Frying Pan will also perform at the Fest.
Visit www.brianborumillennium.ie to learn about the National Brian Ború Programme of events taking place during the remainder of 2014. Visit www.irishfest.com for more on Milwaukee Irish Fest.
Miss Brid Cooney from the Avondhu region of Co Cork was triumphantly crowned International Miss Macra 2014 at the close of the 43rd International Miss Macra Festival in Dundrum House Hotel, here in Co Tipperary late last night. Miss Meabh Campion from North Tipperary who achieved second place and Miss Roisin Ni Dhonnabhain (Rosemary O’Donovan) from the Carberry region of Cork. were aptly named as worthy runners-up.
Pictured Left (L-R): Mr Declan Ryan (President Clonoulty / Rossmore Macra and Adjudicator), Caroline Kinane (Adjudicator representing Tipp FM Radio), Roisin Ni Dhonnabhain from the Carberry region of Co Cork (Third Place), Miss Meabh Campion from North Tipperary (Second Place), Miss Brid Cooney from the Avondhu region of Co. Cork, (Latter winner & crowned International Miss Macra 2014), with Mrs Joan Pollard-Carew (Sponsor representing Michael’s Jewellers Thurles and Adjudicator).
The winners were all announced on the stroke of midnight in the Ballroom of Dundrum House Hotel, marking the conclusion of this year’s magnificent festival and following the Gala Banquet which had taken place some hours earlier.
The winner, Miss Brid Cooney was presented with a specially made Sterling Silver Tiara, embellished with cubic Zirconia, designed and hand crafted by Michael’s Jewellers, Thurles, especially for the 2014 festival. Miss Cooney was also presented with the perpetual silver International Miss Macra trophy courtesy of Dundrum House Hotel and a sponsored cash prize of €1000.
In second place, Miss Meabh Campion received a specially commissioned piece of Tipperary crystal and a cash prize of €500, while Miss Roisin Ni Dhonnabhain, who came third, also received a piece of Tipperary crystal and €300.
Well over two hundred supporters of the 21 hand-picked club contestants were present and seated for the five course annual Gala Banquet Dinner at the luxurious Dundrum House Hotel which concluded this three-day festival event. Contestants previously, that morning had attended Mass in the local parish church in Clonoulty Village, presided over by Rev. Fr. Thomas F. Egan PP. Amongst the events which took place over the weekend included a visit to Coolmore Stud, raft racing on the river Suir in Golden Co Tipperary, numerous sporting events in Clonoulty village, and an opportunity for each contestant to demonstrate their various talents on stage through music, dance, poetry and song.
A massive “Thank You,” to all contestants taking part this year, giving all who attended a truly enjoyable weekend and memories, latter never to be forgotten. A big “Thank You,” also to every person involved in the precise planning and organising of the festival, all working on a completely voluntary basis, with particular thanks to Mr Donnacha Ryan (Chairperson) and his dedicated team of officers; Miss Anne-Marie Lyng and Miss Simone Loughman (Secretaries), Miss Eiblis Maher and Miss Laura O’Dwyer (PRO’s), Mr Shane Ryan (Treasurer) and Mr Colm Taylor (Assistant Treasurer), not forgetting other Clonoulty / Rossmore Committee Members; Mr TJ. Freeny, Mr D. O’Dwyer, Miss L. Shanahan, Miss S. Ryan, Miss A. Corcoran, Miss L. Ryan, Miss M. Horan, Mr M. Carey, Mr M. Fogarty, Miss A. Kennedy, and Mr C.Ryan, to name but a few.
Thank you also to main Sponsors; Dundrum House Hotel, FBD Insurance, Tipperary Co-Op and Michael’s Jewellers Thurles, all of whom continuously and generously support this event annually.
A helicopter pilot in his 50’s was luck to escape when his R 44 Raven helicopter crashed, just before it was due to pick up a newly married couple yesterday.
It is understood that the accident may have been caused when the chopper clipped cables on the Kinnitty to Camdamstown Road, just beside the school in Kinnitty, Co Offaly, as it came in to land in a nearby field.
The pilot, understood to be from the Roscrea, Co Tipperary, area, escaped comparatively unscathed, following the mid afternoon incident.
The helicopter was scheduled to pick up a newly married couple from a landing site near their Church in Kinnitty and take them to their wedding reception at a Roscrea, Co Tipperary hotel.
The Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) has launched an inquiry.
Photograph: James Flynn/APX