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Féile Fidelma Returns To Cashel September 12th 2014

Celebrating Ireland’s International Best Selling Historical Crime Mystery Series.

The 5th three-day gathering of international enthusiasts of the best-selling historical crime series “The Sister Fidelma Mysteries,” by Peter Tremayne will be held in The Cashel Palace Hotel, Cashel, Co Tipperary from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th September 2014.

The series, which has been published in some 18 languages to date, is set in 7th century Ireland, whose sleuthing heroine is Fidelma, sister of King Colgú of Munster. With her companion, a Saxon, Brother Eadulf, she is an advocate of the Brehon Laws of old Ireland. There are now 25 books in this series.

Sister Fidelma

The event will be extra special as it will coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the first ever Sister Fidelma novel entitled “Absolution by Murder” published in 1994.

Online registration is now open. You may pay in Euro or dollars. Full registration is €160 or US$225. This fee covers the opening reception on Friday evening, a registration pack, three days of talks, an outing to Coolmore Stud Farm to accompany a talk on the horse breeds in Fidelma’s day, tea/coffee breaks and of course the Saturday evening gala dinner with Peter Tremayne and guests.

Day registration is also available, which will include the three lectures and tea/coffee break at €30 per day and €40 if a visit to Coolmore Stud Farm is also to be included.

Please Note: There is limited availability to Coolmore Stud Farm for day registration.

Féile Fidelma 2014 Community Programme of Events

Friday, September 12th 2014
From 18.00-19.00: Registration at The Cashel Palace Hotel.
19.00: Reception by the Mayor of Cashel.
19.30 Official Opening of Féile Fidelma Weekend 2014.
20.00 An Evening with Peter Tremayne.
This will be followed by an informal session in the Cellar Bar.

Saturday, September 13th 2014
09.30: The Sister Fidelma Novels: Professor Edward Rielly, Maine, U.S.A..
10.30: Coffee Break.
11.00: What was in Sr. Fidelma’s Liber Hymnorum?: Dr. Ann Buckley, T.C.D..
12.00: Horses in Fidelma’s Day: Mr. Noel Mullins, equestrian expert.
14.30: Visit Coolmore Stud Farm, the centre of bloodstock breeding in Ireland.
19.30: Gala Dinner in The Cashel Palace Hotel featuring Caroline Lennon (The Voice of Fidelma) who will read passages from the Sr. Fidelma Series.

Click here to download the Gala Dinner Menu

Sunday, September 14th 2014
09.30: Food in Fidelma’s time: Regina Sexton, U.C.C..
10.30: Coffee Break.
11.00: The Eóghanacht: Professor Pádraig Ó Riain, U.C.C..
12.00: David Robert Wooten, founder of the International Society.
13.00: Conclusion of Féile Fidelma Weekend 2014.

Distinguished Speakers

Professor Edward Rielly from Maine, USA, who was co-editor, with David Robert Wooten, of the academic study “The Sister Fidelma Mysteries”: The Historical Novels of Peter Tremayne (2012). Rielly is Professor of English at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine in the U.S.A.

Professor Pádraig Ó Riain is Ireland’s leading scholastic expert of the Fidelma’s period. Ó Riain is an Irish Celticist and prominent hagiologist focusing on Irish hagiography, martyrdom, mythology, onomastics and codicology. He has spent much of his academic life at the University College Cork, where he became a lecturer in 1964 and was professor of Old and Middle Irish. He has been a member of the Royal Irish Academy since 1989, president of the Irish Texts Society since 1992, Parnell Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge, since 2002 and more recently, a member of the ‘Place Names Commission of Ireland,’  (Irish: An Coimisiún Logainmneacha).

Dr Ann Buckley is a leading expert on liturgical music in Fidelma’s time. Buckley holds a B.Mus., M.A. (National University of Ireland), doctoral (University of Amsterdam) and a Ph.D. (University of Cambridge) and is a research associate at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Trinity College, Dublin.

Regina Sexton from University College Cork, who is a food historian, food writer, broadcaster and cook. Sexton has been researching and publishing in the area of Irish food and culinary history since 1993. Her research interests include food and identity, food and tradition and food in the Irish country house. She has published widely at academic and popular levels and is a leading expert on food in Fidelma’s time.

Noel Mullins is an equestrian expert. Mullins has not only authored two books about the origin of horses in Ireland, countless articles in equestrian journals, but he is also an expert advising and appearing in many films and television shows on the subject. In 2005, for example, he played a huntsman in the remake of ‘Lassie’ with Peter O’Toole.

David Robert Wooten is the founder of The International Sister Fidelma Society, its director and editor of its thrice yearly journal The Brehon. Wooten will be introducing and chairing the first evening with the author, Peter Tremayne. He will also be winding up the event on Sunday with his usual look at the state of Fidelma’s World. He will be reflecting on the Society’s thirteen years of existence (it was founded in 2001 and The Brehon was launched in February, 2002). And, of course, he will be examining the Féile Fidelma past and present and future.

Caroline Lennon is the actress acclaimed as the ever popular ‘Voice of Fidelma,’ and who reads the Sister Fidelma Audio Books published by Soundings, Isis Publishing Ltd.

So please do note your calendar to experience this truly most enjoyable of annual events.

Book Your Tickets: http://www.cashelartsfest.com/content/Buy-Tickets.html
Date: Friday 12th until Sunday 14th September
Venue: Cashel Palace Hotel, Cashel, Co. Tipperary
Cost: €160.00

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Wedding of Jackie & Stephen

The wedding took place in brilliant sunshine yesterday of the very lovely Miss Jackie Harris, daughter of Mrs Eileen and Mr Liam Harris, Horse & Jockey, Thurles; to Mr Stephen O’Reilly, latter son of Mrs Colleen and Mr Frank O’Reilly, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth.

The Bride was chauffeured to her native Church of St Peter In Chains, latter situated in the picturesque hamlet of Moycarkey, near Thurles, Co. Tipperary, by Mr Michael F. Hogan, in a rare vintage 1963 Silver Cloud III, formally owned by William Waldorf Astor, 3rd Viscount Astor.

Their wedding ceremony was conducted by Rev. Fr. John Morris a relative of the Harris family, ably assisted by Rev. Fr. Lorcan Brennan and Moycarkey PP Rev. Fr. George Bourke.

Step-&-Jackie

Jackie Harris & Stephen O’Reilly following their wedding yesterday. (August 30th 2014)

Escorted down the aisle by her father Liam, the bride looked stunningly beautiful; wearing a striking V Neck afternoon wedding gown, with embroidered tulle overlay, lined with smooth satin, latter designed by Amy Hamilton and beautifully foiled by a two-tier chapel bridal veil.

Equally beautiful was her accompanying bridesmaid and sister, Miss Triona Harris, who wore a maxi length ‘eggplant-purple’ gown cinched at the waist with beaded embellishment.

The groom Stephen, together with Adam Meah (Best Man) both looked dashing in their dark suits, elegantly highlighted by white shirts, silver coloured waistcoats and matching ‘eggplant-purple’ and white ties.

The couple proclaimed their love for each other in front of a large gathering of family members and close friends, with music and vocals provided for the ceremony by the well-known and very popular ‘Michael John String Quartet,’ from Tipperary town.

Scripture readings were undertaken by Helen Harris and David Burns, while prayers of the faithful were read by Peadar Kehoe, Gretta Dunne, Marian MacCourt, Lorna Kollat and Michéal Lambert. The Offertory Procession of bread and wine were carried to the Alter by Mrs Eileen Harris and Mrs Colleen O’Reilly, both mothers of the bride and groom.  The customary wedding day ‘Communion Reflection,’ was recited by Frank O’Reilly, father of the groom.

Following a very beautiful and relaxed ceremony, the new Mr and Mrs O’Reilly retired to that ever popular Tipperary wedding venue, Dundrum House Hotel, Dundrum, Co Tipperary, where guests were entertained to a Champagne and Wine reception, together with other light refreshments.

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; music provided by popular bandBentley Boys’.

The couple have chosen Malta as their favoured honeymoon destination and to Jackie and Stephen go all our best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous long life together.

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Global Warming First Realised In Ballynonty, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Ballynonty

Scientists were first awakened to the theory of ‘Global Warming’ for the first time here in Ireland, following the destruction of Ballynonty Bridge, near Thurles, in August of 2008.

Well that is, with ‘Tongue in Cheek’  I might add, according to local Ballynonty poet and historian Gerry Cullen; latter who regularly records such significant district occurrences in rhyme.

In fact if you are looking for someone to write a poem about any topic, be it related to matters humorous or material required of a more serious nature, then look no further than this Ballynonty resident lyricist; Tipperary’s answer to the late great Lancashire born poet Robert Service, (1874 – 1958).

(Pictured left Gerry’s serious poetic reflection on Tipperary road traffic accidents, first published and cut in stone at the wonderful Ballynonty Garden of Remembrance back in 2012.)

Anyway back to the topic of Global Warming; hereunder recorded for future generations, the demise of the bridge in Ballynonty, with a veiled environmental warning to each and every resident of this our planet.

 Global Warming
(From the pencil of Gerry Cullen.)

The weather is gone wallop and the seasons out of whack,
We’re heading for disaster and down a one way track,
We’ll have to face the music or wise up and be smart,
Or the bridge in Ballynonty will only be the start.

Twas like a big tsunami or the floods in New Orleans,
Or back when Noah built the ark to save the human beings,
But nothing ever read or seen has caused the jaw to drop,
Like the bridge in Ballynonty near Alice Perry’s shop.

The clouds grew dark; the deluge came; the rain was strong and fast,
The stream became a torrent and the bridge just couldn’t last.
The flood flowed down Slieveardagh’s slopes and the dark night turned to day,
And then at dawn, in turmoil, the battered road gave way.

For weeks we’ve taken detours and the moods have struck us all,
And we suffer from depression tryin’ to get to Killenaule,
The “Powers that Be” are out in force; no opening day as yet,
(A week, a month, a year or two, I wouldn’t hold my breath.)

And years into the future the people will recall,
How the curse of “Global Warming” damn nearly took us all.
Don’t prod and poke at nature; we have to stop and think,
For living life the way we do, has brought us to the brink.

Sure you never know Gerry might share some more of his poetry with us into the future. There is, I hasten to add, talks of a limited edition book of poetry shortly to be published, which is eagerly awaited by the many lovers of his localised thought-provoking verse.

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Hayes Hotel Goes Under The Hammer

Hayes Hotel, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Hayes Hotel, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Hayes Hotel, situated in Liberty Square here in Thurles and the birthplace of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), is finally set to go under the hammer at the next Allsops Space auction; to be held on September 16th 2014.

The Allsop Space Catalogue (Lot No 82) lists the sale as follows:-
Hayes Hotel is an historic 30 bedroom hotel comprising a reception, Cusack’s Bar, lounge bar, coffee dock, two nightclubs, together with 30 bedrooms extends to approximately 1,949.9 sq. m (19,901 sq. ft) in a town centre location and holding a 7 day publican’s licence

The premises are situated on a site extending to approximately 0.44 hectares (1.08 acres). The property is arranged over ground with two upper floors to provide a hotel. The adjoining building comprises a former shop and seven bedrooms.

The property has not been internally inspected or measured by Allsop Space and viewing times, as  this article goes to print have not as yet been confirmed. The premises are being offered with vacant possession and with a guideline of just €450,000 – €500,000.

I don’t know about you, our regular readers, but it would appear rather peculiar to me, that as Failte Ireland, using taxpayers funding, set about spending some €20m to design a new logo for Dublin city, (Thus making it a more attractive city for women tourists no less), that a building bearing such important national historic importance is being completely cast aside, without a threatened revolt by lovers of our national games. (Michael Cusack and Maurice Davin must be turning in their graves.)

Still I suppose someone will eventually purchase this piece of our nation’s history and could then move its front facade to Dublin’s National Museum, in keeping with every other historical artefact stolen from Co. Tipperary and held in our nation’s capital city in recent years.

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Scammers Target Third Level Student Accommodation

To-rentFuture Tipperary third level students seeking accommodation are being warned by the Union of Students in Ireland to be on the look-out for scammers and to be vigilant when searching for all future rented lodgings.

The Union of Students confirm that fraudsters have been using bogus adverts in the marketing of properties, while seeking payment on-line for accommodation which either does not exist or is not truly available to rent.

Mr Greg O’Donoghue, latter Vice President of Welfare for USI, is advising students to do their research fully and to ring landlords in advance seeking to view all accommodation being offered for rent.

As the jostle to obtain suitable accommodation is currently in full swing, a small number of students to date have been duped into handing over deposits for apartments that do not in fact exist, e.g. an apartment for rent on Dublin’s Fade Street for €500 per month, including utilities.

Students encountering such experiences are being advised to immediately contact the Gardaí.

The Union of Students are also appealing to families in urban areas to consider renting out their spare rooms in an effort to alleviate the severe current shortage of suitable student accommodation.

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