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Thurles Free Parking To Promote Local Trade

Liberty Square, Thurles, Co. Tipperary (November 26th 2020)Photo G. Willoughby.

The Templemore / Thurles Municipal District Council, have given notice (announced on November 25th 2020, @ 10:15am), that Free Parking is being made available to the general public for the three Saturdays only, prior to Christmas.

Same 3 Saturdays are listed, as follows: –
Saturday 5th December 2019.
Saturday 12th December 2019.
Saturday 19th December 2019.

With regards to Thurles and Roscrea, free parking is restricted to only public car-parks. In Templemore Town, free parking will be permitted throughout the town.

According to Ms Janice Gardiner (Acting District Administrator, Templemore – Thurles Municipal District, Castle Avenue, Thurles, Co. Tipperary), quote, “This initiative is designed to promote local trade and to encourage support for Town Traders, during the festive season, so please shop local”.

If local traders are very good the Municipal District Council promise to turn on the Christmas lighting, after all the shops have closed for the evening.

Ho! Ho! Ho! – Merry Xmas.


Shop Local With Frank Roche & Sons, Liberty Square, Thurles.

In a recent post entitled, “Ní neart go cur le chéile. – No strength without unity”, (View Here), we shared a directory of links to local businesses who promote an online presence.

Today we place ‘the spotlight’ firmly on one such successful Thurles business that has cared for Thurles and Co. Tipperary customers, for 3 generations.

Frank Roche & Sons
Since its establishment in 1960, Frank Roche & Sons has evolved and expanded to sell a diverse and comprehensive range of products including wallpapers, paints and decorative accessories, housewares, china, glass, giftware, domestic appliances and so much more.

Do check out the video hereunder, which showcases just some of the brands and products, available to purchase for loved ones this Christmas.

If you can’t decide what exactly to purchase for that ‘someone special’, do contact Frank Roche & Sons to arrange a Voucher, allowing for your loved one to easily find a gift to treasure always.

To shop online at Frank Roche & Sons, visit www.frankrocheandsons.ie/

Iconic Brands Stocked Include:- Genesis; Wedgewood; Royal Doulton; Tipperary Crystal; Waterford Crystal; Galway Crystal; Denby; Ansley; Belleek; Newbridge, Willow Tree.

Early History of the Building Housing the Premises Operating as Frank Roche & Sons, No 57, Liberty Square, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

In 1846 the building at No 57, Main Street Thurles (Now Liberty Square, Thurles) was a Warehouse owned by Thomas Moloney, the rear of which was easily accessed by Cooke’s Lane [Latter situated immediately to the right, as you stand facing the current attractive shop front] The lane was named after Archibald Cook, himself in 1846 trading next door as a Sadlier and Grocer and now occupied today by a Turkish Barbers Shop. Cooke’s Lane also gave access to a pawn shop and a forge at the rear of the featured premises.

In 1846 Mr C. Duan resided to the left of Roche’s and same premises traded as a Bakery and Toy Store. This latter premises would later become Thurles Post Office occupied by An Post until September 2019, before moving to Thurles Shopping Centre, some 500 metre south of Liberty Square.

Former occupiers prior to Frank Roche & Sons.

The building would next be acquired by Meagher Brothers who sold clothing from the premises.

Frank Roche Snr. fulfilled a long held ambition, when he opened his own business, having previously worked in Molloy’s hardware shop, (Just a few doors further up the street, currently today occupied by AIB Bank), for over 35 years. Himself a native of Skibbereen, Co. Cork, Frank Snr. had served his apprenticeship in Kelleher’s Hardware in Skibbereen, before moving to Thurles in 1925. He had been chief buyer for Molloy’s for many years, when his eldest son Allen joined him as a staff member and served his own apprenticeship there.

Frank Roche Snr. had met his wife Maisie Mullaney from Cathedral Street Thurles, before getting married in 1936. They raised a family of six children, with Allen, Frank Jr. and Mary continuing to work in the business.

From small beginnings the company grew under the careful stewardship of Frank Snr. who set about securing agencies for iconic brands such as Waterford Glass, Belleek China, Wedgewood, Royal Doulton, Ladro and Hummel, making them available to the people of Thurles and its hinterland. Home decorating became a key part of their business with brands such as Crown, Colortrend, Sadolin and Farrow & Ball.

Members of the third generation of the Roche family now work in the company, ensuring continuity of the business in providing their iconic brand products to not just the people of Thurles and Co. Tipperary, but also to any address within the islands of Great Britain and Ireland.

Do check out their website & continue to Shop Local.


Ní neart go cur le chéile. – No Strength Without Unity.

Share Links to Shop Local.
Support Our Local Thurles Economy.

Never before has it been so important to shop local and support our local economy.

Although many of our local businesses have had to shut their physical doors, they have opened up an online presence and are combining incredible bargains with the convenience of “click and collect services”, as well as free delivery to your door.

With our thoughts on Christmas and to help support our local Thurles town shops; we have pulled together an online directory of local businesses with websites and an online presence.

As the nights get colder and darker, why not sit down by the fire and enjoy some local retail therapy, with the help of www.thurles.info.

Local Thurles Businesses with Online Websites

Note: All the businesses named hereunder are in alphabetical order.

Born Clothing
Bookworm Bookstore
Ciaran O’Flynn Jewellers
Frank Roche and Sons
McMahon shoes
Michaels Jewellers
Morans Menwear
Paul Byron Shoes
The Gift Rooms
The Mall Curios
Ronayne’s Homevalue
Stakelum Menswear
Stakelum Office Supplies
Stakelums Home and Hardware

Local Thurles Businesses on Facebook and Instagram

Bits and Bobs
Dwan’s Hardware
En Paris
Graces Fashion
Helen’s Kidswear Limited
Jim McSherry
Le Chateau Clothing and Choos
She Boutique
Stakelums Ladies Fashions
Tipperary Lighting

If we have forgotten any links or if your business would like to be further included, do let us know.
We will be happy to update this directory at regular intervals.

Do Remember to Share & Shop Local

Happy Local Shopping!


Jackie Cahill Not Considered For Agriculture Portfolio

Tipperary TD Mr Jackie Cahill

As we expected, it has been confirmed this afternoon that Fianna Fáil’s Charlie McConalogue has been nominated as the new Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

The Donegal TD now succeeds Mr Dara Calleary, who resigned last month over his attendance at the Oireachtas golf society dinner, latter held in Galway, which also led to the resignation of EU Commissioner for Trade Phil Hogan.

Tipperary Fianna Fáil TD Mr Jackie Cahill, who had expressed a serious interest in this post; using press, social media and radio interviews, was not considered for this Agriculture portfolio.

Mr Cahill, was one of the Irish racegoers who returned from the Cheltenham racing festival in the United Kingdom, having socialised in an area which had held some 250,000 other racegoers over the Cheltenham festival event.

Like other Irish lovers of the ‘Sport of Kings’, Mr Cahill did not have to be screened for Coronavirus COVID-19, when he and others travelled through our Irish ports and airports and was foolishly not asked to self-isolate.
Mr Brian Kavanagh (Chief Executive of Horse Racing Ireland) has since admitted that, with the benefit of hindsight, the Cheltenham festival should not have taken place.

After all, only 81 persons had been at the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner in Clifden, Co. Galway on the 19th August 2020, when Mr Phil Hogan had to retire, as did then Minister for Agriculture Mr Dara Calleary TD.


Lidl Rises From Ashes Of Erin Foods

Lidl Ireland have yesterday confirmed the commencement of construction work at their new site on Slievenamon Road, Thurles; latter just one mile from the retailer’s current store on Abbey Road, in the town. This development will, when complete, see them move from their existing premises.

According to Lidl and Mr Paul Downey (Regional Property Executive) this latest project will see an estimated investment of some €10 million in the Thurles area, as well as the creation of at least 10 permanent new jobs, once the store opens for business. “The discount group is eager to continue support within the local community, with significant investment and further job creation,” Mr Downey explained.

Lidl further confirmed that Monami Construction has been awarded the construction contract and having introduced the necessary installation of COVID-19 protective measures, have begun construction on the new Lidl location this week.

The new facility is understood to incorporate a range of sustainable features including an ISO 50001 certified Energy Management System; the town’s first electric vehicle charger spaces and a solar panel system.