Thurles Shopping Centre Takes Lead In Displaying Christmas Decor.

With just seven Saturdays left to Christmas Eve, 2022, Thurles Shopping Centre, have begun displaying their new Christmas decorations.

Thurles Shopping Centre, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
Pic: G. Willoughby

“Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat.
Please put a penny in the old man’s hat.
If you haven’t got a penny, a ha-penny will do.
If you haven’t got a ha-penny, then God bless you.”

N.B. The decimal halfpenny coin, latter the smallest denomination of our Irish pound, was first issued when the Irish currency was decimalised on February 15th 1971.
It was removed from circulation and demonetised some 16 years later, on January 1st 1987.
In the same year, 2.8 million of our halfpenny coins were melted down, leaving the halfpenny Irish coin (particularly the 1985 coin) now particularly rare, and of value to coin collectors; so give the ‘old man’ one Euro and save and keep your halfpenny’s dry.


Thurles Shopping Centre Setting High Standards In Thurles.

If you’re out and about visiting Thurles in the coming days; enjoying our summer spell of warm sunshine, please do be sure and take a walk down to the rear of Thurles Shopping Centre. There you’ll find a ‘must see’ wildflower garden, reminiscent of a showcase exhibit at “Bloom” in the Phoenix Park, Dublin.

Congratulations to the Management of Thurles Shopping Centre for not just supporting this wonderful example of biodiversity and urban beauty, but also in providing a new seating area, together with an appropriately sized Litter Bin to handle recycling waste.

“Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey,
Where wealth accumulates, and men decay”

Extract from the poem “The Deserted Village”, by Irish born novelist, playwright, dramatist and poet, Oliver Goldsmith (1728–1774).

In Goldsmith’s poem, “The Deserted Village”, latter published as a poem but also as a political broadside, in 1770; the poet laments the total decline of rural life and the depopulation of the countryside.
Same decline had been brought about as a result of commonage land enclosure, by greedy, wealthy individuals then in power; eventually leading to the destruction of the livelihoods of peasants and subsistence farmers.

“Those fence-less fields the sons of wealth divide
And ev’n the bare-worn common* is denied”.

[* ‘bare-worn common’ – land that was owned by more than one person.]

This poem remains as up to date today, as it did in 1770, when first dedicated to the 18th century English artist Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723 – 1792).
However, today, the then 18th century land grabs by the wealthy and power hungry, have changed name and are known as ‘Local Property Tax’, (LPT), latter introduced in 2013 to provide we were told “a stable funding base for local authorities” and to supposedly deliver “significant structural reform”.

“Thus fares the land, by luxury betrayed:
In nature’s simplest charms at first arrayed;
But verging to decline, its splendours rise,
Its vistas strike, its palaces surprise;
While, scourged by famine from the smiling land,
The mournful peasant leads his humble band;
And while he sinks, without one arm to save,
The country blooms — a garden, and a grave.”

Currently, we reside in a town where elected representatives and highly paid Municipal District Council officials are no longer embarrassed by their abject failure to administrate.

Same was evidenced today when a Government Minister visited the town to officially opened an upgraded Liberty Square and the public were not invited to attend, despite same being invited 4 years ago to contribute their vision for the future of this same town centre area.


Winner Of Thurles Shopping Centre Art Competition Announced.

The winner of the Thurles Shopping Centre Eco Art Competition has been announced this morning. The competition had been to design a scene for a wall mural, to fit in with a theme for Thurles Shopping Centre, based on “Wildlife”.

Huge congratulations now go to Ms Aoibhe Kojiol, aged 11 years; the outright winner of this Thurles Shopping Centre’s recent competition, first announced in mid-April of this year.

Ms Kojiol will now have her work enlarged and displayed on the entrance wall in this busy shopping complex and has already received her first prize of a €250 shopping voucher.

Thurles Shopping Centre would like to thank all of you young artists out there, for your magnificent response to the competition and are now looking forward to displaying Ms Kojiol’s art work, to further brighten up this busy, popular, market place.


Thurles Shopping Centre’s €250 Eco Art Competition.

Ecological – the set of relationships existing between individual animal, plants, or single-celled life forms and their environment.

Thurles Shopping Centre are rightly proud of their new Eco-Friendly renovations surrounding their shopping centre complex.
They strive to be even more eco friendly for 2022 and are looking for your help.

To celebrate, Thurles Shopping Centre are running an Art Competition for children aged 12 years and under.

Competition: What To Do.

First pick up an entry form leaflet from Thurles Shopping Centre.
The competition itself is to design a wall mural to fit in with a theme for Thurles Shopping Centre, based on “Wildlife”.
Do remember on completion of your chosen design; fill out your Name, Age, Address and Parent Contact Phone Number.
Next, place your entry form into the Box provided in the central Mall area within the Shopping centre; easily located in the area between the Eason bookshop & An Post offices.


Winner will receive a €250 voucher for Thurles Shopping Centre.
Plus, the winning Artwork will be enlarged and painted on the wall at the River Walk entrance at Thurles Shopping centre.


Congrats On Recent Upgrades Introduced At Thurles Shopping Centre.

Congratulations to Thurles Shopping Centre, situated south east on Slievenamon Road in the town.

Thurles Shopping Centre Upgraded Front & Rear.

The recent beautiful landscaping undertaken, over the past fortnight, has truly enhanced not just the shopping centre building itself, while also adding to the overall customer experience of feeling safe and secure, not forgetting granting to consumers a further air of relaxation, without the worry of time limits related to car parking charges demanded in our town centre.

To the rear of Thurles Shopping Centre, wheel chair access has now also been added, for those using the ‘Thurles River Walk’ and wishing to avoid continuous heavy traffic; thus all adding to a more untroubled and contented shopping experience within the town.