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Clare & Sean Tie Marital Knot

DSC05427The wedding took place on August 22nd last of the very lovely Miss Clare Monahan, to Mr Sean White.

Clare, a native of Thurles, and Sean both travelled home from Australia to ‘tie the knot’ and the Bride was chauffeured from her native Thurles to the church of The Sacred Heart situated in the picturesque village of Templetuohy for the ceremony.

Escorted down the aisle by her father Larry, Clare looked stunningly beautiful in her wedding gown. Equally beautiful were her four accompanying bridesmaids; sister Tara Monahan (Maid of Honour) and Bridesmaids; Lynn Maher, Theresa White, Deirdre O’Gorman.

Also adding to the splendour of this occasion were Flower Girls; Miss Emily White, Roisin Maher and Pageboy Jack Monahan.

Sean, the Groom, was attended by Colm Ryan (Bestman) and Groomsmen Michael White, Johnny Brown & Bobby Monahan.

The couple proclaimed their love for each other in front of a large gathering of family members and close friends, same beautifully conducted by Rev. Fr Pat Murphy, a close friend of both families.

Following a very beautiful and relaxed ceremony, the new Mr and Mrs White retired to the ever popular Tipperary wedding venue, the Abbey Court Nenagh, Hotel, where guests were entertained to a champagne and wine reception, together with other light refreshments.

Their wedding video was recorded by the very popular Tipperary videographer Mr Joe Boland of Abbey Video Productions Cashel. Following family photographs in the wonderful private gardens attached to the Hotel, the newly married couple joined their guests in the venues main Banqueting Suite for dinner, latter which was followed by dancing very late into the evening with music provided by popular band ‘ The Paddies.’

The couple had previously chosen to travel around Ireland for a few days to relax, covering Dingle and other popular coastal areas in the west of Ireland before returning to Australia a few days later.

To Clare and Sean, go all our best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous long life together and from all your guests in attendance, thank you for a most wonderful and enjoyable evening.

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Historic Hayes Hotel Sells For €650,000

Hayes Hotel, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Hayes Hotel, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Historic Hayes Hotel hotel, situated here in Thurles Co Tipperary, where the GAA was first founded, has been sold today at the Allsop Space auction for €650,000.

A solicitor, representing the new purchasers was present to conduct bidding at the auction, however afterwards refused to be drawn by media as to the new clients true identity; stating that the new owner wished to remain anonymous for the time being.

The Hotel in Thurles, went under the hammer initially with a reserve price of a mere €500,000.

Hayes Hotel

Hayes Hotel traded under the name ‘The Star and Garter’ in the 18th Century. The hotel was purchased in the 1830’s by Mr William Boyton and became known as ‘Boyton’s Hotel’. In the 1870’s the hotel was then purchased by Miss Eliza J. Hayes and became known as ‘Hayes’ Commercial and Family Hotel’.

On November 1st, 1884, a group of Irishmen, Michael Cusack, Maurice Davin, John K. Bracken, George McCarthy, P.J. Ryan, John Wise-Power and John McKay gathered in the then hotel’s billiard room, later to be known as the ‘Red Room’ to formulate a plan to establish an organisation to foster and preserve Ireland’s unique games and athletic pastimes. The end result was the foundation one of the world’s greatest amateur associations, the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).

Despite going into receivership in April 2013, Hayes’ Hotel today still remains a popular venue for sportsmen, local people and tourists alike.

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Beware Silent Killer Warn Chief Fire Officers

The Irish Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) are urging householders here in Tipperary and indeed nationally to be aware of the dangers associated with carbon monoxide (CO) build-up (“The silent killer”) in your home, as part of Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week 2014.

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week

The main aim of the week is to raise public awareness of the causes, symptoms, prevention and protection measures for this highly poisonous gas latter which can kill within minutes of being inhaled.

TipperaryMapMr Seamus Murphy, Chairperson of the CFOA explained that CO is one of the leading causes of poisonous deaths throughout the world.  “This potentially deadly gas can build up to dangerous concentrations indoors when fuel-burning devices are not properly vented, operated or maintained. Because it has no odour, colour or taste, CO cannot be detected by our senses. Symptoms associated with exposure to CO include a mild headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, fatigue and drowsiness,” stated Mr Murphy.

“Fortunately, simple measures can be taken to prevent CO problems.  One such action is the installation of a CO alarm to detect potentially deadly conditions. Householders should also make sure that all fuel burning appliances and heating devices are properly vented and maintained, while knowing the symptoms of CO poisoning is important,” Mr Murphy stated.

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week 2014 is coordinated by Bord Gáis Networks and is supported by the CFOA, COMREG, Register of Gas Installers, Irish LPG Association, OFTEC, NSAI, HSE, HSA and all of the major Irish energy retailers.

For further Carbon Monoxide information and advice, please do visit

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Tipperary Victoria Cross Goes On Sale

One of the first Victoria Crosses ever won by an Irishman will be auctioned in London on Friday next (September 19th 2014) by medal auctioneers and valuers DNW (Dix Noonan Webb) of Bolton St, Mayfair, London The VC for auction, the British Army’s highest honour for bravery, was awarded to the Cashel, Co Tipperary, born Stephen Garvin in 1857, during the Indian Mutiny, latter a 19th-century rebellion against British rule in India.

The Victoria Cross medal is the highest military honour to be awarded in the world and a medal which has always been awarded regardless of an individuals class, religious creed or colour. Indeed when Queen Victoria first instituted the Victoria Cross first in 1856 she essentially wanted it to be an award “Trifling in intrinsic value, but shall be highly prized and eagerly sought after.”  This small medal, often referred to as “The little Cross of Bronze,” manufactured from the bronze of two Russian cannon captured at Sevastopol during the Crimean War, soon was to become the world’s most prized gallantry award.

Stephen Garvin VC, Cashel, Co Tipperary

Stephen Garvin was born in Cashel here in County Tipperary, Ireland, in 1826 and originally enlisted in the 74th Regiment first in 1842. Later he transferring to the 60th Rifles, seeing action in the Punjab campaign of 1848-49 and in operations on the North-West Frontier in 1849-50. He was serving in India when the Mutiny broke out in 1857 and was one of those men of the 60th who found the mutilated bodies of two comrades and the corpse of a popular Englishwoman, all of whom who had been killed by the mutineers.

A Colour-Sergeant in the 60th Rifles, Stephen Garvin was regarded as one of the great heroes of Victorian Britain, also winning the Distinguished Conduct Medal and was the most highly decorated non-commissioned soldier to emerge from this conflict. He was personally presented with the VC at an investiture in Windsor Home Park by Queen Victoria herself, when he returned to England in 1860.

Garvin was awarded his Victoria Cross following a deed which took place on 23rd June 1857 at Delhi, India.
His citation reads; “For daring and gallant conduct before Delhi on the 23rd of June, 1857, in volunteering to lead a small party of men, under a heavy fire, to the ” Sammy House,” for the purpose of dislodging a number of the Enemy in position there, who kept up a destructive fire on the advanced battery of heavy guns, in which, after a sharp contest, he succeeded.”

Stephen Garvin left the army in 1865 and was later appointed a Yeoman of the Guard. He moved to Cambridge, where he died in 1874 aged 48, just months after the deaths of his second wife Mary and baby daughter Sophia. The three of them remain buried together in St Andrew’s Churchyard, Chesterton, Cambridge.

The London sale of Stephen Garvin’s six medals, brought to the market by a private collector, are expected to reach a possible sale price of some €175,000.

Of course Stephen Garvin was not the only Tipperary VC winner present in India at this time. William Bradshaw VC (12th February 1830 – 9th March 1861), born here in Thurles, County Tipperary, was also an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross. He served during the Crimean War in the 50th Regiment of Foot, transferring latter to the 90th Regiment of Foot.

William Bradshaw VC, Thurles, Co Tipperary

William Bradshaw was 27 years old and an assistant surgeon in the 90th Regiment (later known as ‘The Cameroonians’ (Scottish Rifles)), of the British Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place at Lucknow, India, and for which he himself was awarded the VC.

Assistant-Surgeon William Bradshaw carried out his act of bravery on 26th September, 1857.
His citation reads; “For intrepidity and good conduct when, ordered with Surgeon Home, 90th Regiment, to remove the wounded men left behind the column that forced its way into the Residency of Lucknow, on the 26th September, 1857. The dooly (A light litter (stretcher) suspended from men’s shoulders, for the carrying of persons.) bearers had left the doolies, but by great exertions and notwithstanding the close proximity of the sepoys (Private Soldier), Surgeon Home, and Assistant-Surgeon Bradshaw got some of the bearers together and Assistant-Surgeon Bradshaw with about twenty doolies, becoming separated from the rest of the party, succeeded in reaching the Residency in safety by the river bank.”

William Bradshaw died on March 9th 1861 and is buried in St Mary’s Church graveyard, here in Thurles, with a memorial to be found within the church itself. His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Army Medical Services Museum in Aldershot, Hampshire England.

In all 30 Irish Victoria Crosses (VC) were awarded during the Crimean War with 59 Irish VC’s awarded during the Indian Mutiny. Some 46 Irish VC’s were awarded in numerous other British Empire campaigns between the years 1857 to 1914 followed by 37 Irish VC’s awarded during World War I and eight Irish VC’s awarded during World War II. Latter therefore represents a very large number of VC’s being awarded to Irish military born personnel, especially when you understand that in the 158 years since it was first instituted, only 1356 VC’s are understood to have ever been awarded in total.

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Wanted Part-time Firefighter Thurles Brigade

Fire At Thurles Bus Depot - Photo: Brian CorbettApplications are being invited for the position of a part-time fire-fighter in the Thurles Fire Brigade. A panel may be created from which vacancies arising, during the lifetime of the panel, will be filled following assessment if deemed necessary.

Average Possible Annual Earnings:- Circa €22,000.

Note: Depending on the number of applications received, short-listing of candidates may be necessary. Short-listing will be based on the information available on each individuals application form.

All application forms and further particulars are available hereunder and on (Latter not yet updated) and also from the Customer Services Desk or by email from to whom completed application forms must be returned not later than 4.00pm on Friday, 19th September 2014.


Click on both links hereunder for ‘Application Form’ and ‘Particulars.’


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