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Learn to Knit & Crochet Free During COVID-19 Lockdown

With level 5 restrictions set to stay in place until at least April, many people are taking up new, stay safe, hobbies; chief among them knitting and crochet.

As well as the personal pride and satisfaction one gets from creating something from scratch, knitting and crocheting have other great benefits.

Research confirms, what many knitting and crochet enthusiasts already knew, that knitting and crocheting is great for our mental health. The repetitive nature of knitting and crocheting reduces anxiety and increases a sense of calm and well-being. Knitting and crocheting also have valuable social benefits, because they bring together people who share an interest in these crafts.

Where to Start?
YouTube offers thousands of videos on beginning to knit and crochet, but the one we recommend is the HappyBerry Knitting and Crocheting Channel. The presenter uses craft materials, terms and measurements used in Ireland and presents clear and easy guides on how to get started.

Knitting for Absolute Beginners.
For step by step clear demonstrations on basic knitting stitches and patterns, visit the YouTube channel by clicking HERE.

Crochet for Absolute Beginners.
For easy to follow tutorials on the basic crochet stitches, as well as great beginner crochet projects, visit the YouTube Channel by clicking HERE

Top Tip.
ALDI regularly offer ‘special buy’ crafting events. Watch out for great deals on wool and needles in your local Thurles ALDI store, located at Kickham Street, Thurles, soon.

Share Your Ideas.
If you have recently come across any good videos or websites dedicated to knitting or crochet post a comment on this website and share your link.

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How Do You Solve A Problem Like Clothes Pods?

We are informed online that during our present Covid-19 Virus Pandemic, our Clothes Pods (Textile Recycling Facilities) are being serviced as normal.

The clothespod.ie website also informs us that they have been advised by numerous County Councils that their service offered, across over 1,200 convenient locations in our Republic of Ireland, is considered part of the Waste Management Structure and currently Waste Management, both nationally and locally, is considered an essential service.

Clothes Pods In Parnell Street Car Park Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Here in Thurles clothespod.ie; using a rather outdated website, and in an effort to direct us to our nearest Clothes Pods in Thurles, identify only two locations; namely Ardeen Nursing Home, Abbey Rd, Thurles and Thurles Greyhound Stadium.

There is no mention of the six (6) Clothes Pods available in the Parnell Street, Carpark, Thurles. This error may answer the question as to why Clothes Pods, in the latter vicinity, are not being emptied.

Note: There is also one Clothes Pod also in the front of Aldi Shopping Centre, on Kickham Street, and two others at the junction of Mitchel Street and Borroway in the town; latter three filthy dirty looking Pods, which should get an early mention in the next Thurles Tidy Towns report.


[Please do note: If clothes pods are full, you can phone one of the following Telephone Numbers: 087 222 1077 or 087 631 1698 or 01 4642676, to have same emptied.

To demonstrate the sad life we lead during this virus lockdown, we have been keeping an eye on these Clothes Pods over the past few days, to discover that same are being used as uncontrolled “charity thrift swap shops”.

People arrive to deposit their unwanted textiles, to find them packed to capacity. Having attempted to push items further in and failing in their efforts, full plastic bags are then pulled out and the now available space filled by the new depositor. Contents of the bag initially pulled out are then examined and items donated by an earlier depositor are often taken away.

The photograph above was taken on Saturday last, Oct.24th. Today anything that could be removed within easy reach in three of these clothes pods have been removed, some no doubt will end up for sale on Facebook.

We won’t even discuss or highlight the discarded single mattresses, also on view dumped between two Pods in the picture shown above.

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Love Yourself At Liberty Pharmacy, Thurles, This Christmas

“Perfume follows you; it chases you and lingers behind you. It’s a reference mark. Perfume makes silence talk.”

Above quote by late French fashion designer and writer, Sonia Rykiel (1930 – 2016).

“Perfume is not just about finding a fragrance you like”, according to Allie Quinn, [Latter Resident Cosmetic Consultant, at “Liberty Pharmacy”, No. 34 Liberty Square, Thurles, Co. Tipperary].
“Your choice is also about finding a fragrance that represents you the person and who you are. As French fashion designer Christian Dior once said, “A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting”.

This Christmas what fragrance should I buy?

“It is important to remember that once you have found a fragrance that you like; its concentration will impact on the products overall cost. So, depending on your budget, you may want to pick either an Eau de toilette, an Eau de parfum or a Perfume Extract, replied Allie.

So, what’s the difference?

Allie explains “Fragrances come in a range of oil essence concentrations. The more concentrated the oil essence, then it follows the more you can expect to pay. Typically, Eau de Toilette is the least concentrated (Roughly 10% essence) and thus is the least expensive version of any chosen fragrance. The scent lasts a short time before easing off, so, you need a big bottle to re-apply it regularly.”

Allie continued, Eau de parfum on the other hand is more concentrated (as high as 20% concentration) and therefore at a higher price point. Although more expensive, the higher concentration should ensure you smell nicer and for longer.

“The most concentrated and most expensive version of any fragrance is the Perfume Extract version. It can contain up to as much as 40% oil essence concentration and is most often sold in small quantities, because a tiny drop lasts a very long time”, continued Allie.

“Being powerfully evocative, remains the wonder of all great perfumes. The ability to accurately describe what our nose is signalling to our brain, often doesn’t come easily to either women or indeed today’s men. However, most of the ‘mass market fragrances’ are indeed enchanting; with each and every product having been created by truly imaginative and incredible dedicated perfumers”, concluded Allie.

The proprietor of Liberty Pharmacy, Kate Kennedy, is quick to point out that while modern perfumery began in the late 19th century, ‘Perfumery’, as in the art of manufacturing perfumes, began initially in ancient Western and Southern Asia, and in Egypt, around 3300 BC; same to be further refined in the ninth century, by the Romans and the Arabs. Indeed in 2003, archaeologists found what they believe to be the world’s oldest surviving perfumes in Pyrgos, latter a village in Cyprus. The perfumes found in Pyrgos are understood to date back more than 4,000 years.

The Liberty Pharmacy at No. 34 Liberty Square, Thurles, presently carry a wide selection of all perfumes for men and women of all ages. To help you find that fragrance most suited for you, why not drop into the Liberty Pharmacy and seek advice from their resident cosmetic consultant.

“Wear perfume wherever you want to be kissed”, was the advice of the late French fashion designer, Nazi spy and businesswoman Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel (1883-1971).

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Louise Kennedy Autumn / Winter Collection 2018

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ actress Ellen Pompeo did it when she married Chris Ivery in 2007. Sex and the City’s Sarah Jessica Parker did it when she married Matthew Broderick in 1997 and singer Avril Lavigne did it when she married Nickelback rocker Chad Kroeger in 2006.

 Question: “Did what”, I hear our readers say. Answer: “Got married wearing a black wedding dress.”

Model: Sarah Morrissey;    Photograph: the vow.ie

Earlier this month, a ‘second time around’, black wedding gown, with corded lace, hand-embellished crystals and feathers, together with a glamorous, scallop-edged train; stole the show, while being unveiled during Louise Kennedy’s Autumn / Winter Fashion collection for 2018.

The internationally renowned Tipperary designer, herself lauded the ‘uncrowned queen of Irish fashion’; Ms Louise Kennedy has entered her 35th years in the designer fashion industry, which she successfully headquarters in Merrion Square. Dublin.

Top Model Sarah Morrissey was the wearer of this black, nautically inspired or bateau neck lined dress; beautifully accentuated by a most dramatic tulle headpiece.

Ms Kennedy, from North Co. Tipperary, first studied at the College of Marketing and Design, now part of the Dublin Institute of Technology and the Grafton Academy, before she set up her own designing business between 1982, and 1984. Since then she has dressed members of the British, European and Middle Eastern Royal Families. Other wearers of her unique designer styles have included former British Prime Minister Gorden Brown’s wife, Sarah Brown; former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s wife, Cherie Blair; actress, director, producer, author Angelica Huston; 21 time Academy award nominated American actress Meryl Streep; actress Rosalie Anderson “Andie” McDowell; singer Beyoncé; singer/actress Kylie Minogue; British Perfumer Jo Malone; actress Emma Thompson; English model Yasmin Le Bon, and the late actress Ms Elizabeth Taylor; to name but a few.Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

Closing Down Sale At Home Of Dr. William Bradshaw

In 2018, we rightly condemn the closure of rural Post Offices, but take note, some five assorted clothing retail outlets, all situated within the area of Liberty Square, here in Thurles, [e.g. Heatons, Dempsey’s, Joanne’s Boutique, Elverys and First Editions] worryingly have either closed, moved or are about to shut shop, and all within a 12-month period. [Those that claim they rule over us, should perhaps please pay attention.]

Heatons
Established some 70 years ago, one such premises, ‘Heatons’ fast became one of Ireland’s largest group of department stores, providing the latest in men’s, women’s and kid’s fashions; as well as retailing contemporary home wares and home textiles. March 2016 saw the sale of this Irish chain store to Mike Ashley’s ‘Sports Direct’ for a reported €47.5m, following the eventual settlement of a bitter legal dispute.

The Heatons department Store building here in Thurles, which had allowed its outer appearance to greatly deteriorate, has however a rich, past, local, associated history.

Picture [1] – Heatons Liberty Square, Thurles. Picture [2] – Senior Surgeon Sir Anthony Dickson Home. Picture [3] – Assistant-Surgeon Dr. William Bradshaw. Picture [4] – Dr. William Bradshaw’s medal display. Picture [5] – Painting by the VC Artist Louis William Desanges (1822–1906), depicting Surgeon (later Surgeon General) Sir Anthony Dickson Home (1826–1914), VC (Victoria Cross), KCB (Knight Commander of the Bath), and Assistant Surgeon Dr. William Bradshaw (1830–1861), VC (Victoria Cross), Lucknow (Lakhnau), 1857.

The Heatons building once occupied the Medical Hall in Thurles and was the home of Dr. George Bradshaw and his son Dr. William Bradshaw; former who died on the 14th Aug 1867, aged 68 years and who was a member of the Thurles / Rahealty Famine Food committee, (1846/1847), contributing not only his medical skills, but also his family’s finances; and the latter, William, who died on March 9th 1861 aged just 31 years.

An assistant surgeon; Dr. William Bradshaw served in the 50th regiment (West Kents) during the Crimean war. This war was a military conflict fought from October 1853 to February 1856, in which the Russian Empire lost to an alliance of the Ottoman Empire, France, Britain and Sardinia. Dr Bradshaw was a recipient of the Victoria Cross (VC), won while serving with the 90th (The Cameronians) Scottish Rifles, at the relief of Lucknow, latter the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

A Victoria Cross remains the highest and most prestigious medal awarded for valour in the face of the enemy granted to British and Commonwealth armed forces of any military rank. The VC was first introduced on the 29th of January 1856 by Queen Victoria to honour acts of valour during the Crimean War. Since that day, the medal has been awarded 1,358 times to 1,355 individual recipients. Only 15 medals, (11 to members of the British Army, and four to the Australian Army), have been awarded since the Second World War. The source of the metal from which the medals were struck / manufactured, was derived from Russian cannon guns captured at the Siege of Sevastopol, an important and historical port on the Black Sea. Metal for most of the medals struck since December 1914 are understood to originate from two Chinese cannon. Owing to its rarity, the Victoria Cross is highly prized, with medals fetching figures in excess of some €600,000 at auction.

An assistant surgeon in 1857 and then just 27 years old, Dr. Bradshaw’s VC was presented two years later by Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace, London, England on June 8th 1859. His Victoria Cross today is on display at the Royal Army Medical Corps Museum, Keogh Barracks, Mytchett Place Road, Ash Vale, Aldershot, Hampshire, England.

The London Gazette, the official journal of record of the British government, on June 18th, 1858 stated, “Her Majesty has also been graciously pleased to signify Her intention to confer the Decoration of the Victoria Cross on the undermentioned Officers of Her Majesty [Later to be Surgeon General  Sir Anthony Dickson Home (1826-1914) and Assistant-Surgeon Dr William Bradshaw] and of the East India Company’s Armies, who have been recommended to Her Majesty’s Warrant for that Decoration, in accordance with the rules & regulations laid down in Her Majesty’s Warrant before referred to on account of Acts of Bravery performed by them in India.

Citations
 Surgeon General Sir Anthony Dickson Home
“For persevering bravery and admirable conduct in charge of the wounded men left behind the column, when the troops under the late Major-General Havelock, forced their way into the Residency of Lucknow, on the 26th September, 18o7. The escort left with the wounded had, by casualties, been reduced to a few stragglers, and being entirely separated from the column, this small party with the wounded were forced into a house, in which they defended themselves till it was set on fire. They then retreated to a shed a few yards from it, and in this place continued to defend themselves for more than twenty-two hours, till relieved. At last, only six men and Mr. Home remained to fire. Of four officers who were with the party, all were badly wounded, and three are since dead. The conduct of the defence during the latter part of the time devolved therefore on Mr. Home, and to his active exertions previously to being forced into the house, and his good conduct throughout, the safety of any of the wounded, and the successful defence, is mainly to be attributed.”

Assistant-Surgeon William Bradshaw
Date of Act of Bravery, 26th September, 1857
“For intrepidity and good conduct when, ordered with Surgeon Home, 90th Regiment, to remove the wounded men left behind the column that forced its way into the Residency of Lucknow, on the 26th September, 1857. The doolie bearers had left the doolies, (Latter a Hindi word for a ‘litter’ or covered stretcher), but by great exertions, and notwithstanding the close proximity of the sepoys; Surgeon Anthony Dickson Home Home, and Assistant Surgeon Bradshaw got some of the bearers together, and Assistant-Surgeon Bradshaw with about twenty doolies, becoming separated from the rest of the party, succeeded in reaching the Residency in safety by the river bank.”

The British Residency at Lucknow saw some of the bloodiest fighting of the Indian Mutiny (1857–1859). Under siege from July 1857, a relief force fought its way into the city in September 1857, but the siege could not be lifted until November. Surgeon Sir Anthony Dickson Home, and Assistant-Surgeon Dr. William Bradshaw were both part of this relief force.

Sir Anthony Dickson Home gave his own account of the action in ‘Records of the 90th Regiment’: “Here our men fell thickly and all the doolies (covered stretchers) were deserted”.

Some of the doolies did manage to reach safety. William Bradshaw was sent back with Mr Hurst, latter an Apothecary (Chemist), to the rear of the column and after managing to round up some of the doolie bearers, they then succeeded in getting the wounded away from the area and along the river to the Residency.  Bradshaw became wounded in during this evacuation.
The remaining doolies; with their wounded still with them, were scattered about the street and square with the doolie bearers themselves sheltering from grapeshot fire. When the mutineers began to make their entry into the square; fearing for the safety of the wounded left stranded in the doolies, Sir Anthony Dickson Home rushed out into the open and with the help of some of the escort, they dragged the wounded into a doorway. The mutineers now turned their attention on this doorway. Using the bodies of dead mutineers and any other objects available; a barricade was erected against the mutineers increasing fire power. Further attempts continued in the rescuing of the wounded from the doolies, resulting in wounds to both the rescuers and the rescued. When not treating the wounded Sir Anthony Dickson Home found himself involved in the fighting.

Eventually the mutineers gained access to the roof with the intention of setting it alight and burning out the party below. The able bodied rushed to another building, however the mutineers followed followed and again set fire to the roof. Desperate for water and on constantly alert to the fighting in their vicinity, at daybreak the party were finally relieved and were led to safety.

Dr. William Bradshaw died on March 9th 1861 and today his ashes can be found buried in St Mary’s graveyard, here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary.Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail