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JYSK Chain Gets Set To Open New Furniture Outlet In Thurles.

As we announced back on June 29th 2021 last on Thurles.Info; JYSK have begun the first steps in opening up their latest Irish store on Abbey Road, situated on the west side of Thurles town.

Signage already erected on the old Lidl outlet on Abbey Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
Pic. Courtesy G. Willoughby.

The company had received planning approval for change of use, from the previous Lidl store, and for the installation of appropriate signage and parking.

JYSK (meaning “Jutlandic”) now already with 12 stores in Ireland, was founded in Denmark and is owned by the Lars Larsen Group; selling household furniture and other associated furnishings including, office and garden furniture, linen, curtains and blinds, while boasting over 3000 outlets globally.

With the loss of Heaton’s on lower Liberty Square, Thurles; same establishment is seen as most welcome here in Thurles.


Three Tipperary OPW Sites Offering Free Admission To Outside Visitor Spaces.

Pic: G. Willoughby

With the country wisely making staycation holiday plans this year, the government has given hard-pressed families an uplift, by waving the cost of admission charges at all OPW sites for the rest of 2021.

Traditionally, except for the first Wednesday of each month, families had to shell out for an annual OPW heritage ticket to avail of free access to our best-loved castles, gardens and ancient sites, latter costing some €90 for a family pass.

In announcing this decision, Minister of State Mr Patrick O’Donovan stated that with a growing list of open heritage sites and the easing of travel restrictions, we have a renewed opportunity to explore the treasures which the OPW has in trust for the nation.

While the news is no doubt a limited blessing for holidaying families here in Tipperary, currently as yet only some OPW sites in the county are open and those that are, namely Cahir Castle, Ormond Castle and the Rock of Cashel, are only offering admission to their outside areas.


Easter Egg Alternatives For Kids.

With Easter eggs so plentiful and cheap to buy and kids getting so many, you’d be forgiven for looking for an alternative to the chocolate egg gift. This year in particular, with everyone continuing to work together to reduce the spread of Covid-19, many of us will be sending Easter gifts by post rather than in person.

For very young children lots of chocolate isn’t always suitable and a toy gift may be preferable. With all these reasons in mind, here are some suggestions for alternative Easter gifts to the traditional chocolate egg.

A Soft Toy
For little ones at Easter, a cuddly soft toy is a great gift and local newsagents typically stock Easter bunnies and chicks at this time of year, from as little as €5.00. If you are looking for something extra special however, take a look at these two bunnies. The Melissa & Doug Jumbo Burrow Bunny is an adorably plush soft toy that you can’t help but cuddle. At 21 inches in height it understandably retails for €49.99. (Click HERE).

Equally adorable is “Flora” the interactive bunny by GUND. Retailing at €36.99, it’s now available to buy in Ireland. (Click HERE).

The Blue Bunny Hopper.
This simple toy has been enjoyed for generations and helps children to develop their coordination skills. The Blue Bunny Hopper retails at €6.99 and is available to buy online. (Click HERE).

Slime Eggs.
Kids love slime and these inexpensive toys come in options that appeal to boys and girls. For boys “Treasure X Alien Eggs” retail at €5.99 and combine goo with alien surprises (Click HERE).
For girls check out the “Compound Kings Mix and Mash Mystery Egg Surprise”. Retailing at €14.99 the set contains 30 eggs, 30 slimes and surprise charms (Click HERE).

Board Games.
Encourage some Easter family fun with “Lucky Ducks”. Children as young as three will love this game of memory match as they watch little ducks swim around the pond. “Lucky Ducks” costs €7.99. (Click HERE).

Hatchimal CollEGGtibles.
Another egg shaped toy that packs lots of surprises is the Hatchimal CollEGGtibles range with CollEGGtible toys from as little as €5.99. (Click HERE and HERE).

A Book or Book Token.
(Click HERE)

Do remember to shop local when you can.

For more chocolate gift alternatives, visit HERE to order your toys and gifts from Stakelum Office Supplies, located at Parnell St. and Rossa St. Thurles, Co. Tipperary. [Tel: (0504) 21888].


2020 Fuel Offer At Centenary Agri Stores, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Winter Fuel Special Offer at all Centenary Agri Stores, including at their Templemore Road, Thurles, retail outlet.

With the arrival of the long cold winter nights, it is worth noting that Centenary Thurles Co-Op Ltd, Templemore Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, once again this year (2020) are running, their Winter Fuel Special Offers.

Special Fuel Offers are as follows:

Premium Smokeless Coal.
3 x 40kg. bags of Premium Smokeless Coal for €54.00 – Collected.
5 x 40kg. bags of Premium Smokeless Coal for €90.00 – Collected.
Note: Per Tonne – €440 Collected.
3 x 20kg. bags of Premium Smokeless Coal for €28.50 – Collected.
5 x 20kg. bags of Premium Smokeless Coal for €46.00 – Collected.

Premium Polish Coal.
5 x 40kg. bags of Premium Polish Coal for €89.00 – Collected.
3 x 40kg. bags of Premium Polish Coal for €55.00 – Collected.
Note: Per Tonne – €420 – Collected.

3 x 1 Bales, are presently €12.95 – Collected.
Note: Per Tonne – €340 or per Pallet €544 – Collected.

Full range of Smokeless Fuels available at keenest prices also at outlets in:- Ballyduff, Thurles, Templemore, Cashel, Littleton, Loran, Montore, and Roscrea.


Free Kindle E-Books For Whole Family on Amazon.

If you haven’t already got an Amazon account, it’s worth signing up for one now.

“Why?” I hear you say.

Amazon are giving away hundreds of free books on their Amazon Kindle service. You don’t need a Kindle to access Kindle books.
Through the Kindle ‘Cloud Reader’ you can read Kindle books on your PC and laptop. The Kindle Application for iOS and Android also allows you to read Kindle books on your phone or tablet.

For very young readers you can download the hugely popular ‘Biff, Chop & Kipper’ books. For your primary and secondary pupils studying at home, there are plenty of subject specific revision guides (maths, chemistry, biology) as well as free access to the ‘Practise and Learn”: Maths’ series.

Why not take the time to read some of the classics? Download ‘Treasure Island’ by Robert Louis Stevenson; ‘Moby Dick’ by Herman Melville or ‘The Wind in the Willows’ by Kenneth Grahame.

If the classics aren’t to your taste, there are many more contemporary titles to choose from including ‘The Victory Garden’ by Rhys Bowen and ‘Only Time will Tell’ by Jeffrey Archer.

Why not take up a new hobby through browsing magazines (which are free for a limited time) like ‘Amateur Gardening UK’, ‘The Guitarist’ or ‘Digital Photographer’.
You can even access popular magazine titles such as ‘Chat’, ‘Real People’ and ‘Woman’s Own’.

Stay At Home – Stay Safe