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Taoiseach Enda Kenny Will Visit Thurles Tomorrow

ekennyDemocracy: A system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.”

According to a report in North Tipperary’s Nenagh Guardian Newspaper, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny is expected to visit Templemore, Co Tipperary, tomorrow Monday (February 2nd 2015). According to this same report the purpose of his visit is to welcome the latest batch of 100 Garda students selected to enter the Garda Training College in the town.

An Taoiseach is also reported to be visiting St Patrick’s College, here in Thurles to observe at first hand the magnificent facilities and opportunities available to current and prospective future students at the College and to meet with the administrator Fr. Tom Fogarty.

Although not publicly reported, An Taoiseach is also likely to visit the Arrabawn CO-OP Group Headquarters in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, in which an event is being held with Ministers Mr Richard Bruton, Simon Coveney and Mr Alan Kelly, Backbench TD Mr Noel Coonan and Minister of State Mr Tom Hayes; latter all believed to be in attendance.

The newspaper reports their source as emanating from Deputy Mr Noel Coonan TD.

Mr Kenny’s last visit to Thurles was almost 3 years ago on Thursday, May 24th 2012. Back then, while speaking to an assembled audience at a convened ‘Breakfast Briefing,’ Mr Kenny stated: “The prospectus for Thurles should be as fine as anywhere else and I will take Deputy Coonan up on his offer to come back to Thurles with positive news for the town. I am happy to associate myself with efforts made locally by bodies such as Enterprise Ireland and Shannon Development to mention a few.

Real Economic Facts:

North Tipperary Unemployment – Both Sexes – All Ages = 6,271

Nenagh – Both Sexes – All Ages = 2,542, Roscrea – Both Sexes – All Ages = 1,193, Thurles – Both Sexes – All ages = 2,536.

South Tipperary Unemployment – Both Sexes – All Ages = 7,864

Cahir – Both Sexes – All Ages = 1,135, Carrick-On-Suir – Both Sexes – All Ages = 1,699, Cashel – Both Sexes – All Ages = 1,031, Clonmel - Both Sexes – All Ages = 2,478, Tipperary Town – Both Sexes – All Ages = 1,521.

Total Current Unemployed Persons in Co. Tipperary up to and including December 2014 = 14,135

Thurles.Info, having contacted various development groups, note with some disappointment that as we go to press today, voluntary Tipperary organisations e.g. Thurles Chamber of Commerce, Hidden Tipperary Tourism, Co Councillors, etc., are totally unaware of the Taoiseach’s reported visit.

Perhaps Mr Noel Coonan has “no positive news” for Thurles, or maybe he is afraid of local ISIS activity during An Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s visit.

Still at least now we know that Tipperary people are superfluous to our Irish economy; except in the case of blanket taxation; oh and yes I forgot, future votes for powerless politicians.

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Thurles CBS Reach Harty Cup Final Stage


A determined Rory Purcell (Thurles CBS) in action.          Picture Courtesy John O’Loughlin.

Thurles CBS (Tipperary) 1-9 – Castletroy CC (Limerick) 0-11

Disappointment this afternoon (Saturday31/1/2015) for Annacotty’s Castletroy College, when they were beaten 1-9 (12pts) to 0-11 (11pts) by Tipperary’s Thurles CBS, in the Harty Cup semi-final in Toomevara.

Full forward Ian Coates (Castletroy) was issued with a straight red card for an off the ball strike on Jack Derby (Thurles), thus leaving Castletroy to play 50 minutes with just 14 men.

Castletroy clung on against the breeze in the opening half, but were dealt another blow just before the break when Robbie Long (Thurles) deflected a Niall Heffernan (Thurles) free, neatly into the back of their net.

In today’s bitterly cold conditions Thurles did however struggle to take advantage of both the wind and the numerical difference in the first half, but were leading 1-6 (9pts) to 0-3 at the break, with all of Castletroy’s scores coming from Barry Nash frees.

Castletroy had the breeze with them after the break and they made it count with accurate free-taking from Brian Nash (South Liberties) and two excellent scores from half back Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen).

Some 13 wides from Thurles ensured Castletroy would continue to remain in tight chase right up until full time, but mainly due to the super attacking ability of Niall Heffernan, Thurles managed to survived and book their final appearance.

Thurles CBS endured a ferocious second half fightback from this 14-man Castletroy Community College to progress to their first Harty Cup final since 2011.

Thurles CBS: W Tierney; C McCullagh; E Heffernan; J Derby; T Hayes; J Skehan; D Quirke; B McCarthy; C Moloney; M Connors; K Duggan; N Heffernan; J Butler; R Teehan and R Long.

Subs: R Purcell for J Butler; P Kennedy for C Moloney  and B Kelly for M Connors.

Scorers Thurles CBS: Niall Heffernan 0-7 (5 frees); Robbie Long 1-0 (3pts) with Kevin Duggan and Michael Connors 0-1 each.

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Thurles Exhibition – Archaeological Artefact Replicas

LibraryExecutive Librarian M/s Ann Marie Brophy Reports;

Thurles Library, The Source Complex, Cathedral Street Thurles is proud to present an exhibition of ‘Replicas of Archaeological Artefacts’.

The exhibition will open on Tuesday 10th February at 7.00 p.m. and will be launched by Mattie McGrath TD. All are welcome to attend.

This exhibition will run until Tuesday 10th March, during normal Thurles Library opening hours. [e.g. Monday: 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. / 2.00 p.m. – 5.30 p.m. TuesdayThursday: 10.00 a.m. – 8.30 p.m. Friday: 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.  Saturday: 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. / 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.]

Created by Mr Edward Moten-Letsome, the exhibition features objects in stone, wood, leather, copper and silver; from Early Man through to Egyptian, Greek, Inca, Aztec, Olmec and Viking periods. Edward has also crafted agricultural items from our own Irish heritage.

Edward was originally born at Tullaskeagh, Roscrea but moved to the picturesque Gaeltacht village of Newcastle in 2006. He is a self-taught sculptor and artist. Edward says, “It was during one of my many walks on Bothar na nGall, latter situated in the South Tipperary mountains, that I was inspired to create these artefacts.”

Edward uses the artefacts on display to illustrate his 40 minute talk, which covers the evolution of Early Man and his progress up to the Viking period. Edward hopes that the people who visit this free exhibition will derive as much pleasure from it as he has from sculpting the objects.

If you are interested in bringing a group to this exhibition please contact Thurles Library on Tel: (0504) 29720.

This exhibition should be of particular interest to schools and other educational groups and offers all visiting students and their teachers an ideal opportunity to also visit other interesting primary resource centres, which are within easy distance of this immediate area, e.g. St Mary’s Famine & War Museum Tel: (0504) 21133; Lár na Páirce GAA Museum Tel: (0504) 22702; Cormackstown Heritage Centre Tel: 085-7131584 and the Cabragh Wetlands Trust Tel: Tel: (0504) 43879.

Note: In the case of all of the above named venues, booking in advance is essential to ensure a qualified tour guide is present during your visit.

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Tipperary Co Co Win ‘Council of the Year’ Award

The Council of the Year Award 2015 has been won by Tipperary County Council.

Tipperary County Council have deservedly won the ‘Council of the Year’ award at the Local Authority Members Association (LAMA) Community & Council Awards 2015, held in association with IPB Insurance, latter event which took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin last Saturday night, (24th of January 2015).
Tipp-CoCoPictured above receiving the award on behalf of the overall Tipperary Council Team are M/s Ruth Maher (Project Leader, IT Section, Tipperary Co Co), Cllr John Carroll (Leas Cathaoirleach Tipperary Co Co), Cllr Micheál Anglim (Tipperary Co Co), and Cllr Andy Moloney (Tipperary Co Co), with Mr Ronan Foley (CEO IPB Insurance, Sponsor) and LAMA Chairperson Cllr Mags Murray (Mayor of Fingal Co Co.)

This annual awards event, hosted this year by M/s Miriam O’Callaghan, recognises and celebrates Community and Councils working together and provides a great opportunity to highlight and celebrate the work undertaken within communities, while also rewarding unsung heroes.

This deservedly won award, as expected, was quickly branded in the press and on local radio, by populist negative Tipperary Independent TD Mr Mattie McGrath, as ‘premature’; latter no doubt anxious to associate himself in some degree with this hard won accolade.

Mr McGrath, in his usual negative tirade failed to mention that all the targets set by this new joint Tipperary authority has been achieved; no easy task when attempting to combine North and South Tipperary into one single unit.

While many logistical problems still continue to demand solutions within this latest merger, Tipperary CEO Mr Joe MacGrath and his Council Team must be fully congratulated in their welding together the uncoordinated hallucinations of Mr Phil Hogan, latter the former dictatorial government Minister, whom history and future elections will record as having contributed greatly to the downfall of the present Fine Gael administration.

Meanwhile a Message to Tipperary Independent TD Mr Mattie McGrath.

“Sir, You were one of five apparently powerless elected Tipperary public representatives who attended  at the Horse & Jockey in Co Tipperary on Friday April 25th 2014, for the launch of the “Derrynaflan Trail Tourism Project.” Your attendance was observed by all, as a self promotional long ‘weekend away‘ for Tipperary TD’s, latter whom were originally sent by the counties electorate to represent Tipperary in our National Parliament.

As a Co Tipperary elected representative, please now inform your electorate of your success to-date in changing the current non-lending policies of our Dublin based National Museum and Government, with regard to loaning the Derrynaflan Hoard for three months, to Thurles this year.

Latter Derrynaflan Hoard was taken, without permission or right of ownership, from its rightful home (Co Tipperary), and is now used to attract overseas visitors to Dublin’s already flourishing economy, at the expense of the county you claim to lovingly represent.”

I wonder what day will Vincent Browne be arriving in Thurles for his ‘People’s Debate’

Still today, with the weather so cold, it seems we can relax according to one contributor on Facebook who posted; “Its so cold outside I saw a politician with his hands in his own pockets.” 

I wonder was he wearing his own coat?

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Death Has Occurred Of Mr Pierce Molony

With Sincere Sympathy

With Sincere Sympathy

It is with great sadness we report the death today (Wednesday 28th January 2015), of Mr Pierce Molony, Racecourse Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Surrounded by his family, Mr Molony died peacefully following a long illness while in the loving care of his friends in Private 2, St James’s Hospital, Dublin 8.

His passing today is deeply regretted by his loving wife and best friend Riona, his daughters Patricia, Helen, Ann-Marie and Kate, his adored grandchildren Killian, Laragh, Isabelle, Emma-Mai, Pierce and Jack, his sons-in-law Jack, Michael, John and Robbie, his brothers, sisters, brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and a huge circle of close friends.

Mr Molony’s body will repose at his residence on Friday next from 3.00pm until 8.00pm.

Removal to the Cathedral of The Assumption, [Map Ref.] Cathedral Street, Thurles will take place at noon on Saturday, arriving at 12.15pm for Requiem Mass at 1.00pm.  Following Mass, burial will take place in St Patricks Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Please Note: House private on Saturday morning. Family flowers only, but donations if desired to Friends of St. James’s Hospital, Dublin.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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