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Ireland’s Ancient East Tourism Region

The Map below shows the Route expected to be taken by some extra 600,000 overseas visitors, by the year 2020, thus increasing revenue in this Eastern Tourism Region by almost 25%, or an estimated €950m. Well that’s according to the spin from outgoing Tourism Minister Mr Paschal Donohoe, TD, but do read on as your rural future may very soon depend on it.

“View Ireland’s Ancient East Map Route.

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Fáilte Ireland
Firstly we should understand that Fáilte Ireland is Ireland’s National Tourism Development Authority. Their role is to support Ireland’s tourism industry and work to support and maintain all of our beautiful green island equally as a high-quality, attractive, tourism destination. Their work is to support / provide a range of practical business supports to help tourism services to better manage, market and grow already existing services, while working closely with other state agencies and representative bodies to encouraging further value added products.

They are required to promote the island of Ireland fully as a holiday destination, through domestic and overseas marketing (See DiscoverIreland.ie), while managing / financing, a network of nationwide tourist information centres, offering advice to those on holiday.

Ireland’s Ancient East
Ireland’s Ancient East is best described as a “Touring Region,” as opposed to a “Route,” like the “Wild Atlantic Way”.  This new cultural and heritage trail stretches in circular motion from the Boyne Valley in the north-east, down through the midland of Meath & Tipperary, and east & south through Wicklow, Kilkenny, Carlow, Wexford & Waterford; eventually ending up in Cork city.

To-date only projects funded by the Office of Public Works (OPW) are seen as worthy of inclusion on this touring route in Fáilte Ireland’s marketing efforts. Private and non nationally funded, but nevertheless, attractive tourism enterprises are deemed not worthy of real note in attracting the visitor.

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Death Of Paul Ryan, Ballycahill, Thurles

deathIt is with sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Sunday 1st May 2016, of Mr Paul Ryan, Lucan, Co. Dublin and formerly of Ballycahill, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Ryan passed away peacefully in Beaumont Hospital, beloved husband of Joan and much loved father of Seán, Kate and James. His passing is most deeply regretted by his loving parents Alma and Vincent, sister Mairéad, brother Jim, dear friend and cousin Cormac, mother-in-law, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Ryan will repose at Cunningham’s Funeral Home, Chapel Hill, Lucan, on Tuesday May 3rd between 5:00pm and 8:00pm. Removal will take place on Wednesday morning, May 4th to St. Mary’s Church, Lucan, to arrive for Requiem Mass at 10:00am, followed by burial afterwards in Esker Cemetery, Lucan.

Note: House Private. No flowers please. Donations if desired to the Ross Nugent Foundation.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis

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Broadband Problems In Thurles.

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Hope you filled your Census correctly. Water comes uncontrolled from the Sky, thank God.

We were gathered in the Arch Bar in Liberty Square celebrating, having completed filling-up the Census form last weekend. There was myself and Mick; all two of us supping pints to beat the band, while discussing, reasonably I hasten to add, the all important political issues currently pertaining to our local Tipperary economy.

Discussions centred mainly around former Minister Alan Kelly and the unpaid €3 a week Irish Water invoices; the 1,432 pre-election jobs he promised to North & South Tipperary, which never appeared to actually materialise; the sudden jolt to people’s pockets as a €3.50 a week flat tax was seized in the Budget, through the implementation of an increase in tobacco costs; and the more than generous Labour Party donation of €3 per week, granted to old aged pensioners.  It was not surprising then that the sticky issue of Kelly’s failure to provide that new era of faster Broadband to rural Tipperary; (promised in 2014), would raise its ugly head.

In relation to the latter topic, Paddy more than illustrated the overall devastating consequences to family life of this Alan Kelly broadband failure. In graphic detail he told me the heart breaking story of the local family, whose mother-in-law arrived home from Lidl, to find her son-in-law David rushing around in a steaming rage, hurriedly packing his few belongings.

“What’s happening David ?”  she asks anxiously.

“What’s happening?, What’s happening?  I’ll tell you what’s happened”, the obviously enraged David ranted. “I sent an email to my wife; yes your daughter Victoria, this very morning informing her I was coming home today from my fishing trip. I get home here and guess what I find?  Yes, your daughter, my wife Victoria, naked with Francie Murphy in our marital bed!  This behaviour is unforgivable; it’s the end of our marriage; I’m done with her – done with you – and I’m out of here forever!”

“Ah now, calm down, calm down David!” says his mother-in-law. “Sure there’s something very odd going on here. My daughter would never behave in such a manner!  There must be a very simple explanation. I’ll phone her immediately and find out the truth of what really happened.”

Moments later, his mother-in-law comes back with a big, wide smile. “David” said she, “Didn’t I tell you there was a very simple explanation ….. sure she never got your feckin E-mail!”

I ask you is it any wonder that Alan Kelly’s Labour Constituency Office has closed suddenly on Slievenamon Road, as our much loved rural Tipperary is allowed to sinks further into deep decline.

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Death Of Bridie Spillane, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary

DeathIt is with sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Saturday 30th April 2016, of Mrs Bridie Spillane (née Treacy), Ileigh Road, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her beloved husband Michael, Mrs Spillane passed away at St.Conlon’s Home, Nenagh, most deeply regretted by her loving nieces and nephews; Breda (and Gerry), John (and Statia), Josephine (and Eoin), Tony and Martin, grandnephews and grandnieces, great grandnephews and great grandnieces, cousins, neighbours and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Spillane will repose at Stapletons Funeral Home, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, today, Sunday May 1st, from 5.30pm with removal to the Sacred Heart Church, Borrisoleigh, at 7:00pm.

Requiem mass will be held on tomorrow, Monday, at 11:00am, followed by burial immediately afterwards in St.Brigid’s Cemetery, Borrisoleigh.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.

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Borrisoleigh Drama Group Present ‘The Chastitute’

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Borrisoleigh Drama Group present ‘The Chastitute’ for one extra night only, by popular demand.

Borrisoleigh Drama Group will stage ‘The Chastitute’; a play by John B. Keane; that much loved Irish playwright, novelist and essayist, in The Marian Hall, Borrisoleigh, Thurles Co. Tipperary on tomorrow evening, Monday May 2nd, beginning at 7.45pm sharp.

Define a ‘Chastitute’, I hear you say?  He, according to the late, great John B. Keane, is a person, without holy orders, who has never lain down with a woman, or a rustic celibate abandoned by the forces of his own circumstances.

The play itself centres around a character, one John Bosco, (The Chastitute); a man who ‘hasn’t the makings of a decent sin in him’. He is a bachelor farmer and all he is searching for is a ‘plain, dacent woman to share his life’. He nearly found her a thousand times, but to use the well known rural phrase, “nearly never bulled a cow”.

Without giving too much of the script away to those not familiar with this wonderful tale and current stage production, the play goes on to tell of this Chastitute’s many endeavours to find a suitable mate and the tragic end results. (Perhaps some viewer may even recognise privately a little hint of their own character and circumstances, as staged events progress.)

The production, tomorrow evening, by Borrisoleigh Drama Group comes highly recommended.

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