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Death Of Theresa Curran, Cormackstown, Thurles.

With Sincere Sympathy

With Sincere Sympathy

It is with great sadness we learned this morning (July 8th, 2015) of the death of Mrs Theresa Curran (née Crowe) Ballyvoneen, Cormackstown, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, following a long illness.

Mrs Curran was predeceased by her brother Seamus and her passing today is deeply regretted by her loving family; husband Kevin, daughter Catriona, sons Shane and Brian, parents Patrick and Kathleen, her sisters Eleanor and Mary, aunts and uncles, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
Mrs Curran’s body will repose at her home at Ballyvoneen, Thurles, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm on Friday, July 10th next.

Removal will take place on Saturday morning at 10.30am to Holycross Abbey for Requiem Mass at 11.30am. Burial will take place afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Note: House private on Saturday morning. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to Suir Haven.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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On Friday Go Duck Racing In The River Suir

duckStaff and Management at Hayes Hotel here in Liberty Square, Thurles, Co. Tipperary are running a ‘Duck Race’ on the River Suir on Friday next July 10th in aid of two very worthwhile charity groups.

To purchase and enter your personal Duck for this racing event please note same are currently on sale at Hayes Hotel, Liberty Square and from ‘Fred’s Fashions’ on Slievenamon Road, Thurles.

The worthy charity groups who will benefit from funds raised at this major event will be the Thurles Branch of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) and TCL4CF, a charity fund raising organisation which supports Cystic Fibrosis Patient Care in the counties of Tipperary, Clare and Limerick.

This Duck Racing Event will start from both the Ursuline Bridges, latter area situated between Liberty Square and Cathedral Street; starting at 8:00pm sharp, with the runners and riders expected to pass the winning post, latter which will be clearly marked out, directly opposite the Thurles Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre building.

This event will be followed at 9:00pm with a Traditional Music Session, beginning later back in Hayes Hotel.

Ducks cost just €5.00, so please do rent a Duck and do lend your support to this very worthy fund-raising event.

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Thurles Credit Union June €13,000 Cash Draw

Credit UnionThurles Credit Union Members’ Cash Draw.

Thurles Credit Union held its monthly Members’ Cash Draw at Credit Union House, Parnell Street on Saturday 27th June 2015.

The 1st prize winner of last month’s (June 2015) Cash Draw was M/s Helen Gleeson, Monakeeba,Thurles, Co Tipperary. Helen wins €10,000.

Pictured above, left, attending at the presentation of her winning cheque, are (Left to Right) M/s Helen Gleeson (Winner) with Mr John Fogarty (Deputy CEO).

Congratulations also to the other runners-up Mrs Eleanor and Mr Philip Taylor, Thurles Beg, Cashel; Mr Marek and Justyna Szanjner, Tramore, Co. Waterford and M/s Gemma Doyle Cussen, Waterfall, Co. Cork, all of whom won €1,000 each.

Note: The Thurles Credit Union Members cash draw is computer generated.

Our congratulations to all the winning members.

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Tipperary Tourism – A Definition Of Total Incompetence

Please do take the time to watch the video uploaded once again below (First uploaded back in April 20th, 2013) and do read this current article in full.

June 1st to September 30th marks the annual summer vacation period for the vast majority of tourists visiting Tipperary; visiting both from here at home or abroad.

Since “The Gathering”, a tourism-led initiative which first began in 2012 in Ireland; same aimed at mobilising the Irish Diaspora; attempts at attracting tourism and creating much needed employment in Tipperary have taken a severe downward plunge. Lack of political support for tourism has most certainly impacted on our current catastrophic unemployment figures, which over the past two months alone have seen 835 Tipperary people lose their jobs. Prior to the most recent local county and general elections, selected TD’s and Co. Councillors gave ‘firm lip service’ only to supporting and encouraging tourism here in Tipperary, none more so than Fine Gael’s Mr Noel Coonan TD and Labour Party Deputy Leader and Minister Mr Alan Kelly, back then also given responsibility through the post of Junior Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport.

In an effort to boost Tipperary tourism and having met with both of the above named politicians, both in Thurles and Dublin, all efforts to return the Derrynaflan Hoard to Thurles, just briefly for just 3 months, were met by total silence and a refusal to even communicate via email.

Allow Me to Demonstrate the True Definition of Local and National Political Incompetence and Money Wasting.

Please click HERE to locate the website titled ‘Tipperary Tourism’. Next, scroll down to bottom of page one.

Note: This Tipperary Tourism website was designed in 2014 and confirms it was funded, no doubt handsomely, by European Regional Structural Funding, South Tipperary Development Company, Minister Alan Kelly’s Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, 28 European countries, better known by the abbreviation EU and finally through Tipperary County Council.

Having confirmed to yourself this undeniable fact, move your cursor indicator up slightly to the heading marked ‘Discover(Positioned to the left on same page).  Next click on ‘Attractions In Tipperary’.  See all preferred attractions listed and available by striking the down arrow to the right in the box provided (marked ‘Angling‘), and then choose from the list of other popular attractions on offer.  Once you highlight your chosen attraction; move across to choose your preferred Co. Tipperary town, by hitting the down arrow right of the box marked ‘Clonmel‘.  Next click on Thurles.

What do you mean, you can’t find Thurles?

Seriously, is this prevailing situation not the most perfect definition of ‘Total Local and National Political Incompetence‘, at a time when our Live Register Unemployment Figures for Co Tipperary today are almost double the national average?

More ‘Definitions of Incompetence’ to follow.

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Primula vulgaris ‘Tipperary Purple’


Primula vulgaris ‘Tipperary Purple’

Plants have been chosen in many countries as symbols, representing specific geographic areas, while some countries have a country-wide floral emblem e.g. England (Rose), Scotland (Thistle), Spain (Carnation), and Canada (The Maple Leaf).

Of course the Shamrock (or trefoil) is widely used as an official symbol for Ireland, while the Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) has officially and more recently been proclaimed the floral emblem of Australia.

Recently located new species of wild flowers have been named in honour of persons like the brilliant naturalist Sir David Attenborough, e.g. the new species discovered on the Brecon Beacons, now recognised as Attenborough’s Hawkweed (Hieracium attenboroughianum) and the new genus of flowering plant from the custard apple family, Annonaceae, discovered in the jungles of Gabon, now identified as Sirdavidia. One of three newly discovered species of a flowering plant endemic to the area around Mt. Madja, Antique Province, in the Philippines, has been named after Pope Francis.

‘Tipperary Purple’ Primrose
Very few, if any, cities, towns, areas or countries however can boast of a flower bearing its name with the exception of our beloved Co Tipperary.
The ‘Tipperary Purple’ Primrose bears a multitude of very distinct coloured dusky pinkish to purple flowers with sharp white dots at the base of the cleft in each petal, all set against an enlarged green cup-like structure which offers a protective layer around the flowering bud. Hardy to minus 25 degrees Celsius, this plant enjoys full sunshine in the spring but prefers shade in summer, thus being planted underneath deciduous trees or shrubs, in humus rich soil, is ideal.

The passed origins of this most attractive of Primroses (Primula vulgaris) today remains shrouded in mystery, but it is understood that it originated first here in Tipperary and hence the name.

A limited number of ‘Tipperary Purple’ Primroses can to be found today in O’Driscoll’s Garden Centre, Mill Rd, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, Tel: (0504) 21636. Believe me O’Driscoll’s Garden Centre is well worth a visit presently, if just to view their magnificent mature wild flower garden, now a ‘must have’ if only to assist in reducing weekly mowing and other constant garden maintenance.

Who knows maybe one day some enterprising Vexillographer (Flag Maker) will manufacturer our Co. Tipperary flag not just bearing those proud blue and gold colours; but also bearing the small flower emblem of the ‘Tipperary Purple’ primrose.

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