St Patrick’s College Students L-R: Liam Cullen (Thurles), Barry McLoughlin (Thurles) & Ailbe Power (Two-Mile Borris), receiving their Maher Cup Medals from Tipperary hurling legend Mr Jimmy Doyle.
Pictured above are Thurles & District victorious St. Patrick’s College hurlers, who were recently crowned All-Ireland Champions, having won the Fergal Maher Cup for the second time in just three years.
The combined winning team of students who attend St Patrick’s College Thurles & who hail from the surrounding counties of Kilkenny, Wexford, Limerick, Tipperary and Galway, were presented with their medals at a special ceremony held in the College on Wednesday last.
The medals were presented by Tipperary hurling legend Mr Jimmy Doyle, who congratulated the hurlers on their skills & dedication to the game.
This successful third level Thurles College, which tenders quality University-Level Programmes, dates back to 1837 & currently offers a range of courses, both full-time and part-time in the fields of Education, Business, Religion, Theology, Philosophy, Pastoral care and Psychology.
The Irish Government, through the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government, have announced the release of €90 million in funding through the LEADER elements of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.
Due to changes at European level, the approval of projects which were already in place under this programme had been halted, however the Government are now asking all Local Development Companies to authorise the issuing of contracts for projects which have the necessary approvals already in place & who are ready to proceed.
North Tipp Leader is to get €1.8 million while the South Tipperary Local Development Company has been allocated over €1.2 million.
Local Development Companies are being asked to strictly ensure that only the very best projects, likely to generate the highest impact, will be now put forward for this newly released European funding.
This money, spent correctly, should now facilitate access to sustainable employment opportunities for rural areas like Tipperary, thus supporting sustainable communities, while also enhancing rural economies for future business creation and development.
North Tipperary LEADER Partnership (NTLP) are just one of some 35 Local Development Companies who are contracted by the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government to deliver LEADER elements of this rural development programme.
Thurles Credit Union has announced the launch of its Annual Student Bursary Scheme, and to this end are inviting applications from all eligible Leaving Certificate students to apply for these significant financial bursaries on offer.
Credit Union President, D. J. Darcy, said that “The Credit Union was very pleased to sponsor the Student Bursary once again,” and referred to the excellent response among all the secondary schools in the area to the scheme in 2012.
Speaking at the 2013 Launch, Mr. Darcy said “The costs of third-level education have risen considerably in the past few years and we feel that this is an excellent way of easing the burden on hard-pressed parents in these difficult times.” He urged all those students with ambitions to go to Third-Level College in the next academic year, to immediately submit an application.
Marketing Officer, Michael Harty, stated “Thurles Credit Union’s bursary is different from most other similar schemes in that is not based on academic achievements but solely on ‘the luck of the draw,’ for all the eligible students.” He stated they are offering bursaries with a total value of €3,500 to applicants from within their Common Bond.
The Bursary Scheme is open to all eligible Leaving Certificate Students who intend pursuing a full-time third level course for the first time this year. Applicants must have a Thurles postal address and either the student, or a parent or guardian, must be a member of Thurles Credit Union. Leaving Certificate Students, who are not members at present, can join Thurles Credit Union and enter the bursary competition. The closing date for entries is June 1st 2013.
The Bursaries will be drawn by lottery from amongst all the qualifying entries, under the supervision of a Peace Commissioner.
Entry forms are currently being distributed to all the secondary schools in the area, and students from Thurles attending schools outside the area can apply to the Credit Union offices in Thurles, Urlingford or Killenaule.
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Hayes Hotel, Thurles, Co Tipperary
Joint receivers have been appointed to the land mark Hayes Hotel here in Thurles, and the Creggan Court Hotel, in Athlone, Co Westmeath, it has been confirmed today.
Kieran Wallace and Padraic Monaghan of KPMG accountancy have been put in place as joint receivers of both establishments.
KPMG have also announced new management operators for both hotels, with the Creggan Court, being now managed by Pillo Hotels Limited with immediate effect.
Leinster Overview Concepts Limited we understand will take over the running of the famous Hayes Hotel, best known as being the birthplace of the GAA, since back in 1884.
The receivers have confirmed that business will continue as normal at both hotels and there will be no noticeable interruptions to current day-to-day trading activity.
Both hotels will continue to fully honour all customer bookings, all deposits and all current memberships.
Despite confirmation, the appointment of new management operators will be seen here by Thurles residents as yet another blow to an already ailing uncertain rural town economy.
I trust that now many of our readers will more fully understand the reason for our recent “tirades,” regarding the Derrynaflan Hoard and the importance of profiling our badly neglected tourism industry in Thurles.
It has just been announced that more than 807,000 visitors attended the new Titanic centre in Belfast during its first year. The attraction, built at a cost £77 million, overlooks the slipways, where the legendary liner was launched, attracted tourists from some 128 countries worldwide in one year.
Meanwhile the total visitor figures to the 4 sites owned by the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin for 2011 were 1,096,027.
The Dublin Kildare Street Museum houses “The Treasury – Celtic and Early Christian Ireland,” exhibition, a collection of masterpieces from Celtic and Early Christian Ireland, which contains the recently conserved Tipperary owned Faddan More Psalter & the Tipperary owned Derrynaflan Hoard.
These above named two items in this Dublin exhibition, should by now be sitting in the Exhibition Centre at The Source Arts Centre, complex, but alas, due to in fighting amongst local councillors, and helpless Co Councillors & TD’s same remains to the benefit of Dublin’s continuously rising economy.
This Dublin Museum now boasts, at the expense of employment in Thurles, that it has had the 2nd highest tourism figure ever, with an overall 10% increase on the previous year 2011. You do not believe me? Then please CLICK HERE folks.
Thurles – Imagine For Just One Moment
Let us all imagine, for just one moment, that if only one third ( 365,342 visitors ) of the National Museum of Ireland’s visitors arrived in Liberty Square, Thurles, in any one year period, the difference it would make to our rural economy, in relation to full-time & part-time employment. Imagine the increase in revenues that would be returned to this present sleepy government.
A Pinch Of Powdered Rhino Horn Anyone?
Rhino heads and horns worth €500,000 were ‘pinched,’ possibly by an Irish organized crime gang, from the National Museum of Ireland’s warehouse, in Swords, Co Dublin, late on Wednesday night last. The National Museum’s previous excuse, which usually stated that only it had the necessary security to protect our national heritage, has just evaporated. This also now begs the question, why were there any artefacts stored, not being made available for viewing by our visiting guests of the Irish Nation, especially during the year of “The Gathering.”?
In our submission to Minister Jimmy Deenihan some five months ago we stated:
“Finally, we would request the Minister (Jimmy Deenihan) to immediately order a full audit of the National Museum’s present artefacts, with special emphases to be placed on items currently not on display, e.g. Sheela-na-gigs, guns, swords etc, which would further benefit other tourist centres / museums etc. within the Irish mid-lands in particular & which would in turn further encourage / tease visitors to travel …”
It would appear that despite the existence of so many small wonderful museums, right throughout the heartland of Ireland, Dublin has decided that if history cannot be viewed by tourists in “The Pale,” Irish history cannot be viewed at all.
Where now are the Thurles chests, proudly displaying the powerful “Chains of High Office,” & those others claiming to be Community Leaders, when we need them?
Note: According to the Irish Examiner, dated yesterday, employment levels in firms supported by the IDA/Enterprise Ireland (EI) have decreased by more than 19,400, or 6%, to 281,965 in the past five years. Dublin and Cork accounted for three-quarters of all net job increases at IDA companies in 2012. At the same time, Tipperary, Kildare & Leitrim, experienced net losses, yet our County & Town remains silent.