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Tipperary Reps Join Ború Delegation In US Promotion

Killaloe-1An all-island tourism delegation from counties Tipperary, Armagh, Clare and Dublin, latter areas with strong connections to the only undisputed High King of Ireland, Brian Ború, will embark on a promotional drive in the United States next week.

Coinciding with the millennial anniversary of Ború’s death at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014, National Brian Ború Programme representatives from Tipperary, Armagh, Clare and Dublin, will attend the annual Milwaukee Irish Fest in Wisconsin, where they will be seeking to attract some of the estimated 150,000 festival goers to Ireland.

Internationally, Brian Ború is celebrated for his contribution to uniting Ireland and quelling the destabilising impact of the Vikings. Born in Killaloe in East Clare, Brian Ború became the only undisputed High King of Ireland and today is regarded as the most significant figure in Irish history.

Ború is a central theme of this year’s Milwaukee Irish Fest from August 14th -17th. Established in 1981 by members of Milwaukee’s Irish community, the Fest covers 74 acres of Lake Michigan’s shoreline and showcases Irish music, history, dance, drama, sports and culture. The Festival is also used by tourist agencies such as Tourism Ireland, Aer Lingus and CIE Tours, as an opportunity to market Ireland as a desirable tourist destination.

The travelling Ború tourism delegation will be located in the festival’s ‘Cultural Pavilion,’ where extensive promotional material on visitor attractions associated with Ború will be distributed.

Members of the delegation, which includes historians, living history interpreters, genealogists, musicians, a bowyer and a folk theatre group will also deliver a series of public lectures and demonstrations on Brian Ború’s life in culture, history, food, genealogy and music.

Among the sites and buildings associated with Brian Ború that will be promoted in Milwaukee will be Killaloe where he was born, Clontarf where he was killed following his victory over the Viking rulers of Dublin in 1014, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the City of Armagh where he is buried; the Rock of Cashel where he was crowned High King of Ireland; and Lough Derg and the River Shannon where his navy was located.

All four locations feature prominently in the National Brian Ború Programme, a comprehensive nationwide programme of commemorative festivals and events taking place during 2014.

Tipperary Representation at Milwaukee Irish Fest

Sean Laffey, writer and editor for Irish Music Magazine, headed up the Cashel Heritage group, which produced the 2014 Ború celebrations. He will speak on the music of warriors, among other things.
Geraldine Wall Laffey, an educator, will present scriptorium lettering in both the Children’s Tent and the Boru Tent
Joanne Hughes, an archaeologist and member of the Cashel Heritage Group, is an expert on the Viking excavations in Ireland. She will present a Viking dig in Viking costume in the Children’s area.

In addition, Maurice Lennon and the Willis Clan will present Lennon’s Brian Ború ‘The High King of Tara’, at the festival. This orchestral suite, written by Lennon in 2002, was produced by Lennon and Donal Lunny, who will also appear at the 2014 Milwaukee Irish Festival. Clare artists Sharon Shannon and Socks in the Frying Pan will also perform at the Fest.

Visit to learn about the National Brian Ború Programme of events taking place during the remainder of 2014. Visit for more on Milwaukee Irish Fest.

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Miss Brid Cooney Crowned 43rd International Miss Macra 2014

DSC_0204Miss Brid Cooney from the Avondhu region of Co Cork was triumphantly crowned International Miss Macra 2014 at the close of the 43rd International Miss Macra Festival in Dundrum House Hotel, here in Co Tipperary late last night.   Miss Meabh Campion from North Tipperary who achieved second place and Miss Roisin Ni Dhonnabhain (Rosemary O’Donovan) from the Carberry region of Cork. were aptly named as worthy runners-up.

Pictured Left (L-R): Mr Declan Ryan (President Clonoulty / Rossmore Macra and Adjudicator), Caroline Kinane (Adjudicator representing Tipp FM Radio), Roisin Ni Dhonnabhain from the Carberry region of Co Cork (Third Place), Miss Meabh Campion from North Tipperary (Second Place), Miss Brid Cooney from the Avondhu region of Co. Cork, (Latter winner & crowned International Miss Macra 2014), with Mrs Joan Pollard-Carew (Sponsor representing Michael’s Jewellers Thurles and Adjudicator).

The winners were all announced on the stroke of midnight in the Ballroom of Dundrum House Hotel, marking the conclusion of this year’s magnificent festival and following the Gala Banquet which had taken place some hours earlier.

The winner, Miss Brid Cooney was presented with a specially made Sterling Silver Tiara, embellished with cubic Zirconia, designed and hand crafted by Michael’s Jewellers, Thurles, especially for the 2014 festival. Miss Cooney was also presented with the perpetual silver International Miss Macra trophy courtesy of Dundrum House Hotel and a sponsored cash prize of €1000.

In second place, Miss Meabh Campion received a specially commissioned piece of Tipperary crystal and a cash prize of €500, while Miss Roisin Ni Dhonnabhain, who came third, also received a piece of Tipperary crystal and €300.

Well over two hundred supporters of the 21 hand-picked club contestants were present and seated for the five course annual Gala Banquet Dinner at the luxurious Dundrum House Hotel which concluded this three-day festival event. Contestants previously, that morning had attended Mass in the local parish church in Clonoulty Village, presided over by Rev. Fr. Thomas F. Egan PP.  Amongst the events which took place over the weekend included a visit to Coolmore Stud, raft racing on the river Suir in Golden Co Tipperary, numerous sporting events in Clonoulty village, and an opportunity for each contestant to demonstrate their various talents on stage through music, dance, poetry and song.

A massive “Thank You,” to all contestants taking part this year, giving all who attended a truly enjoyable weekend and memories, latter never to be forgotten. A big “Thank You,” also to every person involved in the precise planning and organising of the festival, all working on a completely voluntary basis, with particular thanks to Mr Donnacha Ryan (Chairperson) and his dedicated team of officers; Miss Anne-Marie Lyng and Miss Simone Loughman (Secretaries), Miss Eiblis Maher and Miss Laura O’Dwyer (PRO’s), Mr Shane Ryan (Treasurer) and Mr Colm Taylor (Assistant Treasurer), not forgetting other Clonoulty / Rossmore Committee Members;  Mr TJ. Freeny, Mr D. O’Dwyer, Miss L. Shanahan, Miss S. Ryan, Miss A. Corcoran, Miss L. Ryan, Miss M. Horan, Mr M. Carey, Mr M. Fogarty, Miss A. Kennedy, and Mr C.Ryan, to name but a few.

Thank you also to main Sponsors; Dundrum House Hotel, FBD Insurance, Tipperary Co-Op and Michael’s Jewellers Thurles, all of whom continuously and generously support this event annually.

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Helicopter Crash On Tipperary Border With Offaly

Heli crashA helicopter pilot in his 50’s was luck to escape when his R 44 Raven helicopter crashed, just before it was due to pick up a newly married couple yesterday.

It is understood that the accident may have been caused when the chopper clipped cables on the Kinnitty to Camdamstown Road,  just beside the school in Kinnitty, Co Offaly, as it came in to land in a nearby field.

The pilot, understood to be from the Roscrea, Co Tipperary, area, escaped comparatively unscathed, following the mid afternoon incident.

The helicopter was scheduled to pick up a newly married couple from a landing site near their Church in Kinnitty and take them to their wedding reception at a Roscrea, Co Tipperary hotel.

The Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) has launched an inquiry.

Photograph: James Flynn/APX

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“Irishmen In The Great War” By Tom Burnell

“To all of the fallen in their silence we offer our own silence, without judgement, and with respect for their ideals, as they knew them,
and for the humanity they expressed towards each other.”

(Extract from the speech by Irish President Michael D Higgins during the dedication of the Cross of Sacrifice at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin this week.)


Dublin born author, Mr Tom Burnell, now resident here in Holycross, Thurles, Co.Tipperary, has penned yet another remarkable factual history book; launched just yesterday entitled “Irishmen In The Great War.”  Many of our regular readers will be familiar with Tom’s other publications including “The Wicklow War Dead,” and “Tipperary Casualties of the Great War,” and of course his valued assistance through this website in tracing military family members lost in two great wars.

Tom has taken over twenty-seven Irish newspapers for the period covering the Great War (1914-1918) and has trawled through each and every publication to deliver the most amazing stories of those years, which as we now realise changed our world for ever.

While the book is not necessarily just about Co Tipperary it nevertheless does have many Tipperary people mentioned in it, most of whom survived World War1. Names like:- Miss M. J. Fitzgibbon, Corporal Michael O’Mara (Carrick-on-Suir), Sapper James O’Donnell (Carrick-on-Suir), Private W. Roberts (Clonmel), Corporal A.S. Dowling (Tipperary), Corporal Edward Jackson, (Roscrea), Private Robert Walsh (Carrick-on-Suir), Miss Mary F. Doheny, (Carrick-on-Suir), Sergeant Major Drought Jackson (Roscrea), Captain W. Gibson (Brittas Cashel), Cyril Triscott, Dr Wetterell (Tipperary) and Lance Corporal George White (Knockanvar, Cappawhite).

Contained between these hard covers are the fascinating accounts of the day-to-day lives of men in the front lines; of torpedoed ships; drunken wives, final farewell letters and requests direct from the trenches. There are also many eye-witness accounts of the slaughter as it was happening; battle reports from officers serving in Irish regiments; quirky snippets; chaplains’ sympathetic letters; P.O.W reports of conditions and war poetry.

Here are the tales of the Leinster’s, Munster’s, Connaught’s and Dublin Fusiliers serving in the Ulster Division, 10th and 16th Irish Divisions. We read of medical breakthroughs, paranormal occurrences and miraculous escapes from death.

After the Irish Rebellion of April, 1916, these type of newspaper articles and lists of casualty slowly began to dwindle as here at home Irish hearts would became politically divided.

A cracking great read compiled for the very first time into one single publication and offering a memorable primary source for true lovers of Irish History.

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Tipperary – Bord Pleanála Overrules Own Inspectorate

windenergyAn Bord Pleanála has overruled their own planning inspector and given approval for plans to erect a substantial €80 million wind farm on Tipperary’s highest scenic mountain peak.  Objectors now claim that a proper environment impact assessment was not carried out by the planning authority, before this final consent was confirmed.

The Planning Appeals Board have granted permission to ESB Wind Development and Coillte for 16 wind turbine to be built on the slopes of Keeper Hill; latter situated in the Silvermines mountains south of the M7 motorway, joining Limerick to Dublin. These planned wind turbines will have a tip height of some 145m (475ft) – 25m (81ft) higher than Dublin’s 120m (394ft) O’Connell Street Spire.

The planning board’s own Inspector had recommended refusal of these plans; as the development would greatly interfere with the striking skylines and greatly detract from the attractive natural wild, rough countryside appearance, that is this Keeper Hill site. The Inspector had also recommended refusal fearing that this development would seriously result in the loss of a protected European-designated site and give rise to severe water pollution through the slippage of natural peat formation.

Last year, North Tipperary County Council had refused permission for this project and were supported in their refusal by the Department of Arts and Heritage, as the development could result in the significant loss of foraging habitat for an EU protected bird species, namely the Hen Harrier, latter residing within the Slievefelim and Silvermines environs; already an area granted special protection.

An Taisce,latter the charity that works to preserve and protect Ireland’s natural and built heritage, have also raised concerns over this planned proposal; claiming that 28 wind turbines had already been granted planning permission within this same specially protected area and that no further planning should be granted until a comprehensive assessment had been made of the ability of the Hen Harrier to forage within the vicinity of the wind-farm.

An Bord Pleanála, in granting this sought after 25 year planning permission period made by ESB Wind Development and Coillte, have in effect ruled that this new proposed wind farm will not seriously injure the amenities of the area or property within the vicinity and will not be injurious to the cultural heritage and tourism potential of this outstanding scenic area.

It would appear that those responsible for our National Planning have little interest in protecting Co Tipperary’s history and remaining naturally occurring scenery.

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