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Tipperary Roads Claim New Victim

gardaA  male, aged in his sixties, has died following a single-vehicle crash in Co Tipperary this afternoon. The accident occurred on the R687 at Newtown, New Inn, Cashel, at approximately 2.45pm this afternoon.

Gardaí confirm that the victim was fatally injured when the car, driven by himself, left the road, entered a ditch, before eventually colliding with a tree trunk. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene and his body has now been removed to South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel, where a post mortem is expected to take place.

Another 35-year-old male passenger, accompanying the driver in the vehicle, was taken to South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel, where his injuries this afternoon were described as being non-life threatening.

The road was closed for some time to facilitate Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to contact Cahir Garda Station on Tel: 052 7445630, or the Garda Confidential Line Tel: 1800 666 111 – or indeed any Garda Station.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Search Begins For 2014 Tipperary Rose Of Tralee

Ciarán from the “Tipperary International Rose of Tralee Organising Committee,” reports:-

The Tipperary Rose of Tralee Centre is proud to invite you to nominate an entrant in this year’s Tipperary Rose of Tralee Selection.

The winning Rose will represent her family and friends and the whole of County Tipperary at the Regional Finals in June. This is a wonderful opportunity for a company / business and for the chosen Tipperary Rose herself  to become a part of the 2014 International Rose of Tralee Festival.

Nominating an entrant is simple, it requires a nominal fee, but in return the entrant will carry the name of your company/business on her sash throughout the many events which will be held during the county selection. This is a great branding and image awareness opportunity for your company, especially during these difficult times.

Your company will also be featured in all Local Media, Press Releases, on all our Social Media sites, (including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, reaching out to thousands of people), and to be mentioned on the main Rose of Tralee web page, on the Show Night Program and you will be represented by ‘Your Rose,’ to the huge crowd of 300 people on the selection night here in Thurles.

Putting forward a young lady also entitles you to two VIP tickets to the 2014 Tipperary Rose Selection night (To be held in the Anner Hotel, Thurles, 4th April) a picture of your Rose and throughout the year we will be happy to facilitate the 2014 Tipperary Rose to attend an event your company may be hosting.

Note: To this end a free ‘Information Evening’ will be held this Sunday evening (Tomorrow 23/3/2014) at 5.00pm at the Anner Hotel here in Thurles – all are welcome – you can even bring a friend if you so wish – or even bring someone with you to join us up on stage.

Remember: We would be delighted to answer any questions or enquires you may have so please don’t hesitate in contacting us; we can be reached by Telephone on 0863871635or by Email at

The Tipperary Final Selection itself will be on in the Anner Hotel, Thurles on Friday the 4th of April.

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Three Thurles Men To Run 2014 Boston Marathon

Internet UseThurles Chamber President Mr John O’Shaughnessy and two of his running colleague from Thurles Crokes AC, namely Mr Billy Philips and Mr Declan Doherty are doing a fundraising event for charity, by running the Boston Marathon.

To this end they would very much appreciate your support in helping them to raise funds for their two very worthy chosen charities, namely “Irish Autism Action” and “Pieta House.”

The three lads have created an on-line fund-raising page on and you can sponsor them via credit or debit card. You will automatically receive an e-mail from them thanking you for your support and fully acknowledging the amount of your donation.

Any donation you can make therefore, no matter how small, will be hugely appreciated.

Note. All costs for travelling to and from Boston are at each individuals own expense and all money raised will go fully 100% to both charities split on a 50%/50% basis. Their fund-raising target is €5000.00 with the total raised to date, both on and off-line now amounting to almost €3000.00 already secured.

Irish Autism Action

Irish Autism Action’s mission is to raise the quality of life of individuals and their families affected by autism, through ensuring the provision of the highest standards in education, care, support, employment and equality of living opportunities in partnership with families.

Pieta House – The Centre for the Prevention of Self-Harm or Suicide

Pieta House opened its doors in January 2006 and is the first charity of its kind in Ireland. Pieta House offers a specialised treatment programme for people who have suicidal ideation or who participate in self-harming behaviours.

The 2014 Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 21st, latter Patriots’ Day in Massachusetts.

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Tipperary Funerals Can Soon Go Live

deathMembers of the Tipperary Diaspora who are unable to travel to Ireland to attend family funerals are set to benefit from a newly launched service providing internet broadcasts of Irish funeral services, to clients.

Funerals Live‘ is the brainchild of a Co Clare businessman Alan Foudy, latter who has announced plans to create up to 10 new jobs over the next 18 months, as his innovative service is rolled out.

Wherever in the world our client may be, whether it is in Australia or the United States, this service provides them with a private web link to a live stream of a funeral service or the option of a video recording of the entire service, including the burial, and all within two hours of its conclusion,” explained Mr. Foudy.

He continued: “The idea behind this venture, the only service of its kind being offered anywhere in Ireland or the UK, arose after I was asked to make a DVD of a funeral service for relatives and friends of the deceased whose funeral they could not attend. The general feeling was that a live web-cast or a delayed broadcast of the service would be a better option rather than having to wait up to two weeks for a DVD to arrive by post.

With the approval of the relevant Parish Priest and family members, I provide live streamed footage and audio of funerals in the church and graveyard subject to the availability of broadband on location. The entire service can also be made available on-line, no more than 2 hours after the funeral service with prices for all services starting from €350. The web link is password protected, so as to ensure only people who you want to see it will see it.

Based on our initial work, we expect that the majority of clients we will be working on behalf of will include either family members or friends of the deceased who have not been able to travel to Ireland to attend a funeral. We also expect that the service will also be particularly useful to persons in hospitals or nursing homes who are unable to attend services,” Mr. Foudy concluded.

While their website was off line today, note, for the future, same should be up again shortly and visible at

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Premier Ballroom Thurles – 50th Anniversary

Premier-BallroomThomas Gleeson Reports on The Premier Hall, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Over the past 50 years ‘The Premier Ballroom‘ in Thurles has provided Tipperary people with the very best of entertainment in the form of dancing (in particular the show band era), variety shows, musicals, drama, comedy and of course on every Wednesday night there’s Bingo.  For a number of years the Miss Macra finals took place in ‘The Premier’ and drew large crowds to the town for the Miss Macra parade and dance.

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The Premier Ballroom will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of its opening on Sunday the 18th of May, with an anniversary dance in the ballroom.   The dance will be from 8.30pm to 1.00am with music by ‘Finbarr Dennehy’ (8.30pm to 10.30pm) and ‘Mike Denver’ (10.45pm to 1.00am).   Tickets at €15 each are currently on sale and can be purchased at The Premier Box Office from 11.00am to 12.00noon on any Wednesday or Friday over the next couple of weeks.   The booking contact number is (Mobile) 087-9732837 or e-mail

The balcony, with seating for 170, will be open for anyone who wishes to relax, just listen to the music and watch the dancing.  There will also be seating downstairs for over 300.  A large crowd is expected and you are advised to come early.  The doors will open at 7.45pm and there will be no admission after 12.00mdt.

History of The Premier Ballroom Thurles, Co Tipperary.

The building of The Premier Ballroom was completed in May 1964 at a cost of £40,000.   The handball alley, which was on the site at that time, had to be knocked down to make room for the building and part of the old dance hall (The Confraternity Hall latter once Thurles Jail) was incorporated into the new building e.g. the ladies toilets and the mineral bar.   The main contractor was the late Mr Christy Foyle (Formally of Slievenamon Road, Thurles,).   The plumbing was completed by the late Mr Tom Mason (Formally of Friar Street, Thurles,) and the electrical work was completed by the late Mr Joe O’Brien (formally of Cathedral Street, Thurles,).

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