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Driving Licence Exemption For Over 70’s During Covid-19.

Ms Hildegarde Naughton TD

The Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Ms Hildegarde Naughton, (FG Teachta Dála for the Galway West constituency since 2016), has announced an extension in the exemption that allows for those aged over 70 years old, to apply for a driving licence, without the need to provide a medical report.

Her decision comes following the current surge of Covid-19 cases and in order to ease the burden on Irish medical services.

This decision means that persons of 70 years of age, or over, can apply for to renew their current driving licence without the need to submit a medical report. Same is based on the condition that they do not have an identified or specified illness and are not applying for a licence to drive a truck or a passenger carrier, e.g. a bus or similar category.

This measure will now eliminate the need for drivers over the age of 70 years from having to make an unnecessary journey to their local GP or congregate at their National Driver Licence Service centre.

Those over 70 years old, can view the 4b category on their current driving licence, to check the licence expiry date.


Warning From An Garda Síochána, Tipperary.

Firstly: note there will be hazardous icy conditions in places overnight with a widespread severe frost and pockets of freezing fog.
Please, only make essential journeys, but if you have to drive, reduce your speed and drive with the full knowledge of the prevailing conditions in your area.

Secondly: Gardaí would like to advise motorists not to leave their vehicles unattended when defrosting windscreens in the morning, during this exceptionally cold weather.

When defrosting your vehicle, defrost externally by using de-icer or warm water, or if you start the engine, please remain inside your car and take the time to defrost your windscreen thoroughly.
Never leave your car unattended, while it is unlocked or while the engine is running.

Two cars were stolen while they were being defrosted this morning, January 8th, 2021, in separate incidents in Co. Longford and Co. Kildare. Both incidents occurred outside people’s homes. No arrests have been made and these vehicles have yet to be located.

If you need to use your car for essential travel during the current cold spell ensure your car has been fully de-iced and warmed before driving, and ensure tyres and wipers are adequate for these cold driving conditions.


Easy and Relaxing Christmas Art

The Christmas season runs roughly from December 25th – January 13th, so we have some days yet to enjoy, despite house decorations coming down usually today.

“Art for Kids Hub” is a YouTube channel that aims to teach all family members how to draw.

It’s a family fun resource we’ve recommended to you before and a resource praised by our Thurles.info readers for its capacity to relax, entertain and occupy all ages for hours on end. Why not check out these fun Christmas Art drawing projects?
All you need is paper and something to draw with.

When you’re done with the above Christmas projects, check out hundreds more drawing projects covering all manner of themes and topics.

Relating to Christmas, see also links: https://youtu.be/X_C_7VOBpNk

And talking about drawing a Christmas Trees, why not attempt to manufacture an Origami Christmas Tree [Art of paper folding, associated with Japanese culture] all of your own.
See link shown HERE.

Enjoy and above all “Stay Safe”, during these difficult times.


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

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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!


Safe-Touch Keyring

Safe-Touch Keyring – a simple device that could save you from Covid-19 virus contamination.

With the COVID-19 virus very much now part of our everyday lives, we all need to stay safe! In order to increase our safety we need to fully understand how the virus is spread.

Introducing the ‘Safe – Touch Keyring

Apart from close direct contact with persons infected, the Health Service Executive (HSE) warn us of the dangers of touching surfaces that someone, who has the virus, has coughed or sneezed on. So when you bring unwashed hands to your face (eyes, nose or mouth) the virus is transferred, resulting in infection.

The Coronavirus can survive for:

  • 72 hours on plastic and stainless steel.
  • 4 hours on copper
  • 24 hours on cardboard

The Safe-Touch Keyring © (pictured above) is a simple device that attaches directly to your car or house keys, thus allowing you to carry out many tasks without physically touching possibly contaminated surfaces. [See video hereunder].

These Safe-Touch keyrings are available in colours, gold, silver and matte-nickel and can be purchased for a mere €3.99 inclusive of all postage & packing costs.

For details of where to get your Safe-Touch keyring, view HERE.