Order Of Malta – Thurles Cadets Regional Competition Results.

On Saturday last, May 11th, 2024, the Regional Order of Malta Cadet Competitions for the Southern Region were hosted here in Thurles.

Pictured Above: The Thomas Bourke Order of Malta cadets and leaders with their trophies and medals following a successful day of competitions.

Cadets from all over the region travelled to the Tipperary town, to take part in a wide range of competitions, including First Aid, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), Home Nursing and Foot-Drill.
The Thurles cadets had been training diligently over the past number of months in preparation for these competitions.

All this hard work paid off, as the Thurles cadets were successful in all the categories that they entered, coming in first place in all of them.

Training is now underway for the All-Ireland Competitions, which will be held in Fermanagh in July of this year.


Thurles Order of Malta Cadets Win Silverware.

Mr Thomas Bourke (Cadet Leader Order of Malta Cadet Unit, Thurles), reports.

On Saturday last, April 22nd 2023, Thurles, Co. Tipperary were delighted to host the regional competitions for the South West Units of the Order of Malta Cadet Corps. Cadets and their leaders travelled from all over the south west area, to Thurles, for what was a fun filled day of competitions.

Picture shows: Thurles Cadets and their leaders following a very successful day competing in various first aid and home nursing competitions.

Thurles Cadets trained very hard all year and all instruction received paid off, resulting in Thurles Cadets being victorious and once again returning with silverware.

All Thurles Cadets are aged between 10 and 16 years of age and learn vital first aid and life-saving skills.
Our Cadets volunteer on our ambulances, and assist senior members with community care duties.

A huge ‘Thank you’ to our Cadet Leaders and senior members who assisted with the smooth running of the competitions and who attend during our weekly training sessions.


Thurles St. Patrick’s Day Committee Launch 2023 Parade.

On Wednesday last, February 22nd, Thurles St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee officially launched details of this year’s town parade (2023), following a meeting held in the Thurles Chamber Enterprise Centre.

Pictured L-R: Pat Carey, Hugh Ryan, Jane Ryan, Julie Barrett, Helen Pollard (Sponsor Michael’s Jewellers, Westgate, Thurles.) Cllr. Peggy Ryan (Cathaoirleach Thurles Municipal District Council), Ciaran Callanan, Cllr. Seán Ryan and Sgt. John McCormack.

Mr Johnny Kenehan (Chairperson St. Patrick’s Day Committee) Reports: –

The Thurles St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee wish to announce the holding of a live parade on March 17th next, 2023, starting at 2.30pm in Liberty Square, in the town. This years parade follows a 3 year hiatus; caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The parade will assemble at Abbey Road, Thurles at 1.45pm at Jysk Store and leave at 2.15pm.

We, the committee invite entries from clubs, social organisations and schools, to participate in this live parade, and to take this opportunity to showcase, publicly, their various organisations and proud achievements, in this most public of settings.

“The Past, Present and Future”

The theme for this year’s parade is “The Past, Present and Future”, thus leaving those taking part, to come up with their own pivotal theme or interpretation of some other concept, whether real or imaginary.


To mark the return of the 2023 Thurles Parade, the prize for the Best Overall Entry will be a whopping €1,000, with a trophy. There will be cash prizes and trophies also for 2nd Best and 3rd Best parade entries; with various other categories also receiving trophies, plus a Special Award of the Judges choosing.

To add to the festivities, there will be live music in the Square prior to the parade, with O’Donoghue’s Funfair in O’Meara’s Car Park, together with facepainting for smaller children. [So do come early!]

The committee are pledged to making this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade a success, so do keep in mind that it is the level of participation and the quality of entries that will make this years parade a success.

We ask that all shop fronts display a St. Patrick’s Day Theme the week, before the national day of celebration, greening up the town, bigger and brighter than ever before. To this end there will 2 prizes for Best Dressed Window [Best Traditional Window Display and Runner-Up].
Note: Judging in the Best Dressed Window category, for will take place the week prior to the main parade and a Trophy presentation will be held on Saturday March 18th at 3:00pm, in The Thurles Chamber Enterprise Centre, Jimmy Doyle Road, Thurles.

All entries can be made by sending details to these email or
It is hoped that all clubs, schools, organisations and businesses will be in a position to participate and we greatly look forward to hearing from you.

More information will forthcoming in the weeks ahead.

To date the committee would like to thank the following sponsors for their kind donations:

People of Upperchurch/Drombane, Moyne and ThurlesThomas Murphy & Sons Machinery LtdThurles.Info (website) Kam Bo Chinese RestaurantThurles Golf ClubMargaret SkehanMartin Shanahan TyresWilliam F. Gleeson SolicitorStakelums HardwareDinan TimberThurles Order of MaltaMoran’s MenswearRyans CleaningHanafin’s Furniture Store.


Thurles Order Of Malta Cadet Recruitment.

Thomas Burke – Order of Malta Ireland – Cadet Leader – Thurles Cadets – Reports:

In recent months the Cadet Unit of the Order Of Malta here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary have returned to their weekly training. Cadets and their leaders have been working very hard to ensure that their skills and their certificates are up to date.

The Cadets are delighted to be attending duties in the local area once more.

The Thurles Unit are now happy to announce that we are recruiting new Cadet members.

Anyone aged between 10 – 16, interested in meeting new friends and learning new skills, that could save a life, should come join the Order of Malta.

The training course for new cadets begins on Friday the 1st of April 2022 at 18:30 hours (6.30pm) in our training centre in Bohervaroon, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. [EircodeE41 HN28]

Any further queries are welcome and can be directed to Tel: 086 7037867.


Thurles Order Of Malta – Supporting Vulnerable People

Covid-19 Response Community Outreach Supporting The Vulnerable.

Mr Gerard Fogarty, (Deputy Officer in charge – Order of Malta Ambulance Corps Thurles), sends us the following report:-

NOTE: If you are cocooning or medically selfisolating, we can help you with medication, and grocery deliveries, or essential medical transport.
Call Duty Officer on Tel: 087 2390 111.

Please stay at home at all times and avoid any face-to-face contact if you are:-

  1. Aged 70 years.
  2. Solid Organ Transplant recipient.
  3. Specific cancer patient: undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer, cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of
    treatment, having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer, having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors, had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs.
  4. People with severe respiratory conditions including cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and COPD.
  5. People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell).
  6. People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.
  7. Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.

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