Vanishing Thurles.

How many people in Thurles can remember this house?

The above picture was photographed by Jill Forrest in 1969.

The photographer, Jill Forrest, was the wife of well-known artist/book illustrator Donald Forrest, both of whom hailed from Hastings, Sussex, on England’s south-east coast.

The Forrest family were previously owners of Farney Castle, close to Holycross, in Co Tipperary and at least one of their daughters was educated for a time, here in Thurles, by the Ursuline Convent.

The above rare picture of this quaint Thurles thatched building, was once the property of the McCormack family.

Those who can still remember the building, will also remember the delightful displays, set in drills, of Dahlias and the tall colourful supported stalks of trumpet-shaped blooms, known as Gladioli, (latter meaning ‘Sword’ in Latin).
Same flowers were then easily visible on the left side of the above dwelling.

Former Jobst Ireland Ltd, medical goods manufacturing plant building as viewed today.

Alas, the building is no longer to be seen; demolished by the IDA, to accommodate the short lived medical goods manufacturing plant, known as Jobst Ireland Ltd, once situated in the Archerstown Industrial Estate, here in Thurles.


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