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Village Market Holycross Saturday Next, June 12th.

Village Market – Holycross

Saturday next June 12th 1:00pm – 3:00pm.

An exciting village initiative, hosting a wealth of skills, talents and creativity from our community and surrounding areas, in Holycross Village Centre, across from the Abbey Church.

In the past Irish social history has shown that villages have sprung up around existing monastic sites, holding markets and fairs that gave that area an economic base for its very existence.

Markets have ancient origins in Ireland, reaching back to the Irish word Margadh (market) or Markadr (market) latter word borrowed from the Old Norse language spoken by the Vikings.

It is not surprising therefore that Holycross Village Bi-Weekly Market should set up within yards of the historic Holycross Abbey, near Thurles, Co. Tipperary; with the organisers working closely with a very select, talented and growing group of vendors.

Chatting to the organisers today, we learn that Holycross Village Bi-Weekly Market now has some 30 open air stalls, thus making this street market more appealing and engaging for all age groups.
On Saturday next, June 12th, there will be Face Painting for little people and for those not so little, Hair Braiding.

With no hair left and wearing a grey beard to hide my ugly mug, personally I will forego the hair braiding and face painting; settling instead for a loaf or two of Crossogue Porridge Bread. (Trust me it’s delicious, try it.)

Hope to see you there!


Leaving Certificate Exams Begin Today.

The 2021 Leaving Certificate Examinations begin today after a second year of remote learning and educational upheaval owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Unlike last year, students this year have the option of accepting an accredited grade, doing an exam or both. If they opt to do an exam and accept an accredited grade, their final result will be whichever of the two grades is higher. 

Interestingly, of this year’s 61,000 or so Leaving Certificate pupils, the overwhelming majority have opted to accept a combination of accredited grades and exams. Less than 10 per cent of pupils have opted for accredited grades only, while less than 5 per cent have opted for written exams only.

Whether sitting an exam or accepting an accredited grade, the class of 2021 have faced additional and unprecedented stress and challenges. Students are urged to share their worries and seek help and support from a parent, teacher, family member or friend if they are feeling anxious or overwhelmed.

We at Thurles.info wish the Leaving Certificate Class of 2021 the very best for their exams. 

For more information on the Leaving Certificate 2021, visit examinations.ie or view the Leaving Certificate Examination 2021 Timetable by clicking HERE.


Free Creative Events For Youth With Cruinniú Na nÓg.

Next Saturday, June 12th, is Cruinniú na nÓg, a national day of free creativity for children and young people under 18 years of age.
Ireland is the only country in the world to host such a day and since its inception in 2018, Cruinniú na nÓg has grown from strength to strength.

This year, in light of Covid-19 restrictions, the majority of events are online. All events are free and span all aspects of the creative arts, including music, drama, science, cooking and crafts.

From the comfort of their own home, children and young people can get dancing as part of the Céilí in the Kitchen initiative or create the world record for the largest online orchestra with the Royal Irish Academy (no formal training or instruments needed).

The Garageland Project will give young bands the opportunity to showcase their talents on a dedicated Garageland Youth TV channel. Tipperary’s own Nenagh Children’s Film Festival are even inviting children and young people to learn some of the latest stop-motion animation techniques.

Among the hundreds of events organised by creative groups nationwide, there is sure to be something for everyone.
For more information on Cruinniú na nÓg click HERE or search for events by age and location by clicking HERE.


Blood Moon Over Tipperary Last Night.

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising.

“I see the bad moon a-rising
I see trouble on the way
I see earthquakes and lightnin’
I see bad times today.”

Lyrics: John C. Fogerty.

[This song shown hereunder, back in the year 1969, evoked the civil discord, felt around the world, in relation to the then Vietnam War, without explicitly referring to that actual war].

Last evening, due to clear skies, Tipperary got more than a brief glimpse of this year’s supermoons; the Blood Moon.

The full moon entered our earth’s shadow yesterday, which made it appear much bigger and brighter in the heavens than is usual, however displaying a red tint.

A super blood moon, like last nights, occurs when the moon travels around our planet in an elliptical orbit, or an elongated circle, according to the space agency NASA.

Each month, the Moon passes through ‘perigee(the point in the orbit of the moon at which it is nearest to the earths centre) and ‘apogee(the point in the orbit of the moon or indeed any other object orbiting our earth that is at the greatest distance from the centre of our earth).


National Walk To School Week – May 24th To May 28th.

National Walk to School Week begins today and Green Schools Ireland want to encourage pupils across the country to walk to school for some if not all of their journey.

This year’s Walk to School Week is made all the more significant given that last year, at this time, pupils could not walk because schools buildings were closed due to the pandemic.

The goal of National Walk to School Week is simple: encourage thousands of school staff, pupils and their families to get walking for one week and maybe they will walk to school more often.

Although the goal of walking to school may seem simple, the gains are many and complex, with walking having far reaching and positive environmental, health, social and financial benefits for us all.

To celebrate National Walk to School Week, Green Schools Ireland have organised a number of online talks exploring, among other topics, how walking impacts our mental and physical health, the challenge and rewards of hiking and mountaineering, as well as what it’s like to walk to the summit of Kilimanjaro and back.

All online events are free, but schools must register to access them (click HERE).