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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 addressesjohnnykenehan@hotmail.com or thurlespaddiesday@gmail.com.
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.

Thurles Order of Malta
Saving Lives – Touching Lives – Changing Lives


Order Of Malta Mobilise Volunteers To Support HSE During COVID-19 Pandemic

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

The Order of Malta Ambulance Corps today have announced that volunteers are now preparing to provide national support to the Health Service Executive (HSE), following the recent developments brought about by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The Order of Malta is one of the largest providers of first aid and voluntary ambulance services in Ireland and is listed as a ‘Voluntary Emergency Services’ resource, available to the HSE under the framework for ‘Major Emergency Management’.
Following a call for support made by the HSE, the Order of Malta are now beginning to mobilise volunteers and equipment to assist in providing healthcare services to people across the country.

Comdr. John Wright, National Director stated, “While our top priority is the safety and health of our volunteers throughout this time, we are confident in the measures we have put in place to ensure our organisation is prepared and ready to provide assistance to the HSE and our health systems in the form of personnel and other assets, including vehicles and equipment as needed. Our COVID-19 taskforce is assessing the situation as it develops, and we are in regular communication with the HSE and other emergency bodies.”


Awards & Enrolment Night For Thurles Order Of Malta Cadets

Order of Malta, Thurles Cadets Enrolment & Awards night

Mr Thomas Bourke (Cadet Leader Thurles Order of Malta) reports:-

Pictured Back Row (L-R): Thomas Bourke, Kaitlyn Ryan, Bill O’Dwyer, Mark Drohan, Jack Ryan, Dennis Jordan.
Pictured Front Row (L-R): Jaela Burke, Dayle O’Dwyer, Aaron Maxwell, Abigaile Hayes, Greg Drohan, Jayden Cronin, Faith Butler.

The Thurles Order of Malta Cadet Unit held their Annual Awards & Enrolment night on Friday 28th February 2020 last.

Ten new cadets received their Basic First Aid certificates and were officially enrolled into the Thurles Cadet Unit.

Existing cadets received certificates and badges in recognition of their achievements throughout the year and their years of service to the Order of Malta.

Training is now fully underway for competitions, same which will take place in April of this year.