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Clonmel 40 Bed Modular Unit Handed Over To South Tipperary Hospital

It took just 11 months; from the arrival of builders on site to the point where the finished 40 bed Medical Modular unit at South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, was officially handed over on January 16th, 2020.

The now completed project cost approximately €20m, with construction costs coming in at almost €10m.

“The reality is that seeing is believing”, commented Prof. Mr Peter Murchan, (Consultant General Surgeon) at South Tipperary General Hospital, as he proudly led a tour of this new 40 bed facility within the hospital on Monday last.

Acknowledging that many had stated publicly that the project could not be achieved, Professor Murchan was quick to emphasise that this new state-of-the-art facility is due mostly to the ‘enormous hands-on commitment’ of Independent TD Mr Michael Lowry, latter who networked via the Departments of Health & Finance, to push this particular project forward to full and total fulfilment.


Wishing Our Readers & Supporters A Happy & Prosperous New Year In 2020.

Let’s Drink a Toast to Days Gone By!

Auld Lang Syne,” is a song posing a rhetorical question and whose well-known melody is synonymous with each New Year’s Eve. This Scots-language poem, later set to the tune of a traditional folk song, was first published by poet Robert Burns, which he attributed to having obtained from an old man, but noting that it was a traditional Scottish song.

Translated literally, ‘Auld Lang Syne’ means ‘old long since’, or for ‘olden times’, and is traditionally used to bid farewell to the old year; at the stroke of midnight on each New Year’s Day. The International Scouting movement in some countries also use this musical refrain to close their large gatherings at national or international levels.

Lyrics hereunder, attempt to translate from the lesser known old Scottish dialect.

Auld Lang Syne

Written by Scottish Poet Robert [“Rabbie”] Burns in 1788

Should auld (old) acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne? (old times)

For auld lang syne, my jo, (my dear),
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely ye’ll be (buy) your pint-stoup! (Cup)
and surely I’ll be (buy) mine!
And we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne. [Repeat Chorus]

We twa hae (We two have) run about the breas (the slopes).
and pou’d the gowans fine; (and picked the daisies fine)
But we’ve wander’d mony (many) a weary fit, (weary foot),
sin’ (since) auld lang syne. [Repeat Chorus]

We twa hae paidl’d in the burn, (two have paddled in the stream),
frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d (broad have roared)
sin’ (since) auld lang syne. [Repeat Chorus]

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere! (friend)
and gie’s (give me a hand) o’ thine!
And we’ll tak’ a right gude-willie waught, (a good-will draught)
for auld lang syne. [Repeat Chorus]

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you, our many readers and supporters, a Very Happy and a Prosperous New Year in 2020.

“Go mbeire muid beo ar an am seo arís.”
[Translated from the Irish: “May we be alive this time next year!”]


O Come, All Ye Faithful

Thurles Cathedral of the Assumption Carol Service, Tomorrow Evening, Sunday December 22nd, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

“Adeste Fideles”

“O Come, All Ye Faithful”
Originally written in Latin, possibly by King John IV of Portugal, latter who reigned 1640–1656

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant
O come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem,

Come and behold Him, born the King of Angels!
O come, let us adore Him, o come, let us adore Him
O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord


Slievenamon Road Car Park In Thurles To Close Temporarily In 2020

The car cark situated beside Lár Na Páirce, latter the Gaelic Athletic Association’s (GAA) Museum, on Slievenamon Road in Thurles, is to close Temporarily with effect from January 2nd, 2020.

Slievenamon Road car park, Thurles.

According to officials from the Thurles Municipal District, this area will be closed to facilitate the long-awaited further development of the new car park, which can be entered from the south side of Liberty Square (referred to affectionately as the ‘money side’).

This entrance was facilitated by the demolishing of Griffin’s newsagents’ premises.

One question however, for our local Municipal District Councillors to answer. Where is the plaque which I had personally erected in the mid 1990’s which was previously to be found located on the wall between CostCutters Off-License and the now demolished Griffin’s premises? [Watch Video and note dissappearence]. Certainly, CostCutters Off-License did not remove it in recent shop front upgrades. Could perhaps Smith Demolition throw some light on its disappearance. In the interest of Thurles residents, it is now essential that Tipperary Co. Council have this plaque replaced.

This blue aluminium plaque read: – Patrick John Ryan, Archbishop of Philadelphia born in this house 20th Feb 1831. He was appointed archbishop in 1884. [READ HERE]. He died on 11th February 1911′.

Not that it matters a whole lot as far as I personally am concerned; but not only have Thurles Municipal District councillors and Thurles Chamber, in association with Tipperary Co. Council; presided over the total destruction of Liberty Square, Thurles, Co. Tipperary as a business hub, but also our elected representatives must be seen as being responsible for the destruction of our valuable local history.


Joke That Is Tipp. Co. Council’s Xmas Free Parking In Thurles

“Don’t be cross, uncle!” said the nephew. “What else can I be,” returned Ebenezer Scrooge, “when I live in such a world of fools as this? Merry Christmas! What’s Christmas time to you, but a time for paying bills without money.

[Extract from “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens]

Regular readers will be aware of the recently announced generous ‘initiative’ by Tipperary County Council with regards to their gift of free Xmas parking for Thurles Traders, using the comedy line, “designed to promote local trade and to encourage support for Town Traders. To refresh your memory, Click here.

So how are other County Councils, elsewhere in Ireland, gifting local town traders with free parking this Christmas?

Cavan and Monaghan Co. Councils released details of their 2019 Christmas Parking on December 4th 2019. View HERE.

Areas in both counties will have free parking available from the 9th of December, with some exceptions on certain days.

Free parking will be available in Cavan Town in the multi-storey car park from the 9th to the 24th of December.

However, on Sunday the 15th and 22nd free parking is only available in the multi- storey between 12 noon and 6pm and on Christmas Eve between 8am and 6pm.

For all other car parks in the town, charges will apply until the 14th of December, but will then be free until New Year’s Day without exception.

There’s Free parking in Bray Town Centre every weekend from October to December.

Great news there’s free parking in Bray Town Centre every weekend from October right through to December after 11am at the Florence Road and Herbert Road Car Parks.

Parking arrangements for Wicklow Town have been confirmed for this Christmas, while a Best Dressed Shop Window competition will also take place.

Shoppers will enjoy two hours of free Christmas parking in all Pay and Display Parking areas in Wicklow Town from Monday, December 2 2019, to Wednesday, January 1 2020, inclusive.

Car Parking in Naas is suspended during the Christmas Period in Kildare County Council car parks (i.e. New Row car park, Fairgreen car park, Abbey Street car park, Boyle’s car park and Hedermans car park) where there will be free parking from 9.30am on Sunday 1st December 2019 to Saturday 29th December inclusive.

Galway County Council is bringing in free parking in seven towns throughout the county for the month of December.

On and off-street parking controlled by the county council in Ballinasloe, Loughrea, Tuam, Clifden, Cleggan, Athenry, and Gort will be free of charge over the Christmas period.

“This is to facilitate and encourage footfall in the regional towns during the Christmas shopping period,” a statement from the county council said.

This initiative will be in effect from Sunday, November 30, and remain in place throughout the month of December.

According to KCLR Radio: Three Carlow Town car parks will once again be free to use for Christmas shoppers this year.
The council has revealed the parking arrangements for the festive period which will see the Town Hall, Green Bank Road, and Visual car parks all free to use from this coming Saturday 23rd of November until the 6th of January. All other Pay and Display zones will have free parking from 9.30am to 12noon and from 3.30pm to 6.30pm every day.
It’s all part of their efforts to encourage more people to shop local.

I can hear Thurles Town Traders wailing, above the loud snoring of Thurles Chamber of Commerce and Templemore / Thurles Municipal District’s powerless Councillors.