Folks it is not even April 1st; the day people are most wont to play practical jokes on each other, but UPC appear to have brought that date slightly forward.
Most of Thurles residents returned home weary from their labours today to find the following email waiting in their Inboxes. (Actual Account Number & Name hereunder withheld.)
The price of your UPC Service is going up so we can keep giving you the best.
Account Number: XXXX
Dear Mr Smith,
We’re writing to inform you that the price of your UPC service will go up by €6.00 a month from 1st February 2015 and will be reflected in your next bill. While a price rise is never welcome, it means that we can bring you even more of the best value and most exciting entertainment in 2015.
Some of our Home Phone call rates will increase from 3 March 2015. You can find more details on these changes in the link below.
To find out more about these changes visit our website at http://www.upc.ie/pricechanges
We really hope you want to continue enjoying all the great value entertainment you get from us. But if you wish you can downgrade or cancel your service within 30 days of receipt of this notice without any penalty or cancellation fee.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued custom and for selecting UPC.
Customer Care Director
Now having read this email you will be rushing to return to the link http://www.upc.ie/pricechanges, “To find out more about these changes.” But prepare yourself; the link is returned as ‘Timed Out’ in many areas of Thurles; at least it was as I go to print, but refresh a couple of times and you may be lucky. No doubt this €6.00 increase will assist in their efforts to “bring you even more of the best value.”
Of course you could get totally rid of their TV Service for a once off initial fee of between €99.00 (On-line) or €120.00 (Purchased Locally) by purchasing an Ariva 150 Combo Box which combines Irish Terrestrial Channels and Satellite Channels, leaving you with one less future bill to pay.
In the meanwhile do give UPC a call to their Loyalty Department on Tel: 061 272190 and thank them for increasing your monthly charges, keeping in mind that this company now charges €12.50 if you pay your account later than 10 days after an invoice has been issued. Thank them also for leaving you without Internet access in some areas of Thurles for 6.5 days in December 2014 and after their shoddy repairs, only partial access for a further 3 days, during the same period. Don’t forget to say ‘thanks you’ also for charging €37.00 per month to their long term customers, for Sky Sports; while offering all new customers the same channel for just €1.00.
Remember this new €6.00 monthly increase or €72.00 per year (Almost the cost of an Ariva 150 Combo Box) is not to glean extra profit for the company; it is because they want to “keep giving you the best.”
No wonder Alex White TD is ‘holding off ‘ on the controversial €160.00 broadcasting charges, which were originally to be introduced this month on all eligible households, regardless of whether they owned a TV.
In the meanwhile ask your employer for an immediate increase in salary and explain why; your employer will fully understand your request.
First RTÉ drama ever commissioned about a political figure includes portrayal by Thurles born actor.
Thurles born Peter O’Meara as Brian Lenihan in ‘Charlie’.
Episode one (Duration: 1hr – 12mins) of the feature-length drama ‘Charlie’; exploring the real events and the emergence of modern Ireland through the rise and fall of Charles J. Haughey, was broadcast last night (Sunday, January 4th) at 9.30pm for the first time. It should be noted that this RTÉ One slot was previously occupied by ‘Love/Hate’ and will continue to air this month for the next two Sunday nights.
The first Episode of ‘Charlie’ seen last night, began with the Fianna Fáil leadership heave of 1979 in which Mr Charles J. Haughey (September 1925 – June 2006), ousted the then sitting Taoiseach Mr Jack Lynch (August 1917 – October 1999) and ended with the formers 1981 narrow election defeat.
This new historical drama stars Aidan Gillen, formally drug trafficker ‘John Boy Power’ in the aforementioned ‘Love/Hate’ drama, as Charlie J Haughey, while Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, formally ‘Nidge‘ in ‘Love/Hate’, plays Mr Haughey’s press secretary P.J. Mara in ‘Charlie’.
However from a Thurles viewing perspective all eyes were on the outstanding performance, once again, by Tipperary and Thurles native, actor Peter O’Meara, who played the part of a young ‘Brian Lenihan TD’ in ‘Charlie’, having been formally cast as ‘Andrew’, latter the dentist who fleeced his clients to fund his love of champagne and low-rent prostitutes, also in the popular ‘Love/Hate’ series.
The Thurles, Co Tipperary 5ft 9in award-winning Irish actor, producer and television host (born Peter Emmanuel O’Meara on October 27th, 1969) is no stranger to stage and screen. Hailed for his work on the London stage he came to the screen in the ground-breaking HBO series ‘Band of Brothers’ playing 1st Lt. Norman Dike. He acquired an impressive following on the US TV series ‘Peacemakers’ as detective Larimer Finch latter bringing the science of the future to the ‘Old West,’ opposite Tom Berenger playing Marshall Jared Stone, and received the Western Heritage ‘Bronze Wrangler’ award.
Peter O’Meara later went on to star on season 4 of ‘Alias’ as the International arms dealer Martin Bishop opposite Jennifer Garner and guest starred on ‘CSI: NY’ with Gary Sinise, and in ‘Without A Trace’ with Anthony La Paglia and of course ‘The Forgotten’ with Christian Slater. He recently returned to the Sky/Cinemax action series ‘Strike Back’ as Major Brian Donoghue.
Peter has appeared in the independent feature films; ‘Haven’ with Orlando Bloom, ‘Resident Evil: Extinction’ with Milla Jovovich and the acclaimed British World War I drama ‘My Boy Jack’ with Daniel Radcliffe and Carey Mulligan.
In relation to comedy roles Peter is friend to Justin Long in the New Line Cinema hit romantic comedy ‘He’s Just Not That into You’ playing Bill opposite Ginnifer Goodwin. He has also taken minor roles in the comedy‘The Grand’ with Ray Romano and the movie ‘Leap Year’ opposite Amy Adams and John Lithgow.
Peter, who is married to comedy and drama writer Kayla Alpert, are both parents to twin 7-year-old boys, Myles and Clive and often take low profile trips home here to Thurles to visit his parents, now living in active retirement.
For those of you who may have missed episode one of this historical drama, his excellent and most believable portrayal of the late Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr Brian Lenihan TD (November 1930 – November 1995), can be viewed by clicking HERE, anytime over the next 14 day.
A 26 year old man, who was injured while kayaking yesterday with a group of friends in the Clare Glens area near Newport in Tipperary, has been treated in Limerick University Hospital for non-life threatening injuries, following a rescue operation which lasted some three and a half hours.
The rescue efforts were supported by the South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association (S.E.M.R.A), the Coast Guard Helicopter service from Waterford, together with the Newport Fire Service, the Killaloe Coast Guard, HSE Ambulance Staff and members of the Gardaí.
It is understood that the man ran into difficulties in a very inaccessible area, while attempting to traverse the river Clare. Latter river flows through a naturally occurring dense wooded area which is situated on both sides by a red sandstone gorge, known to visitors as the Clare Glens and which in turn displays numerous natural waterfalls, rock pools and rapids.
This extremely picturesque location has become a very popular visitor attraction for walkers, due to its sheer natural beauty and its offer of some wonderful photographic opportunities.
Mr Jimmy Barry, Deputy PRO for the Clonmel based S.E.M.R.A. stated that rescuers needed all the resources they could access to get the man and his friends to safety. Having assessing the overall situation it had been decided to lower a stretcher and mountain rescue volunteers to the casualty site.
This operation was the first call out for the S.E.M.R.A team in 2015, the last being on St Stephen’s Day 2014.
It is with great sadness and sincere regret that Thurles residents have learned of the death; which occurred yesterday (Friday January 2nd 2015), of much loved and highly respected retired parish priest, Rev. Fr. James Feehan, formally of Ballinure, Thurles and Boherlahan.
Fr. Feehan, who passed away while a resident at the Padre Pio Nursing Home, is predeceased by his parents Thomas and Ellen, his brothers Capt. Sean and Thomas Feehan.
His passing is deeply regretted also by his family; nieces Kathleen and Mary, nephews Gerald and Sean, Dr Dermot Clifford (Archbishop Cashel & Emly), his fellow priests, together with a wide circle of loyal friends and parishioners.
Reposing at the Ardeen Nursing Home, Abbey Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary on Saturday, January 3rd, from 3.00pm to 6.00pm and Sunday, January 4th, from 2.00pm to 4.00pm, later to arrive at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Boherlahan, Cashel, Co Tipperary, at 5.00pm, for evening prayer.
Requiem Mass will be held on Monday January 5th at 2.30pm with burial afterwards in Boherlahan Church grounds.
Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.
It is with great personal sadness I learn today of the death of former respected work colleague and friend, Mrs Kathleen Quinn, 57 Ard Mhuire, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
Mrs Quinn regrettably passed away earlier today (Friday 2nd January 2015) deeply regretted by her loving husband Bernard, sons Pat and John, daughters Frances, Joan, Annmarie, Sheila and Michelle, her brother Brendan, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.
Mrs Quinn’s body will repose at Egan’s Funeral Home on Saturday evening, January 3rd from 6.00pm to 8.00pm, arriving at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Cathedral Street, Thurles, at 8.30pm.
Requiem Mass will take place on Sunday, January 4th at 12.00 noon, followed by her burial later in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.
Family flowers only, however donations can be made, if desired, to the National Council for the Blind.
Farewell old friend.
Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.