THURLES could soon have a new flag if the banner designed by local artist Michael Loughnane is officially approved by the Town Council. On Monday night, Town Manager Matt Shortt unveiled the blue standard containing the headline Durlas Eile, with the subheadline ‘Fáilte go Durlas’.
Set against a light blue background, what could be Thurles’ new flag contains a scene from Liberty Square over the words ‘Est 1300’. Two crests adjoin each side bearing local coat of arms.
Mr Shortt said Thurles Sarsfields flag had long been used as a flag for the town, but this wasn’t fair on non-Sarsfield followers so the new flag may be used for official occasions instead.
Cllr Evelyn Nevin said members of the public should be allowed to view it before it is officially adopted as the town flag. The flag will be put in the Council offices for public display.
Separately, Councillors drew attention to anti-social behaviour on Liberty Square and on the Abbey Road. Cllr David Doran said he had spoken to a Garda Community Liaison Officer with a view to getting CCTV installed in town. Cllr John Kennedy said he had spoken to Supt Pat Lordan and CIE officials regarding the anti-social behavour at the bus depot. Cllr Jim Ryan called attention to two recent “serious attacks” on women on the Thomond Road, and Cuchulainn Road. “There are some vulnerable women in that area,” said Cllr Ryan.
Town Clerk Michael Ryan said they had met with a representative of the contractor tasked with installing the CCTV. “A number of issues have to be clarified. But it seems to be full flight ahead,” added Mr Ryan.
Councillors have been inundated with calls about dumping at Ballycurrane. Town Manager Matt Shortt said an enforcement order has been served on a land owner. At present, the Council cannot comment on the site as legal proceedings are involved.
Separately, Cllr Jim Ryan expressed his disappointment that TSB Bank are vacating Thurles on Tuesday this week.
Customers will have to travel to either Nenagh or Clonmel for service. Cllr Ryan said an elderly woman had approached him asking how would she be able to travel all the way to Clonmel to do her banking.
“It’s another empty unit on Liberty Square. I am disgusted and disappointed with TSB management, and intend to write a letter to them,” said Cllr Ryan.
Cllr Ryan also said there had been a lot of complaints of anti-social behaviour at the back gate of Monakeeba estate.
Cllr Noel O’Dwyer said advertising signs on poles in the centre of Liberty Square across from Hayes Hotel are causing a problem for cars leaving a parking spot, as their view of the cars approaching is blocked by a big 8x4 advert.
“The same blocking of the sight line happens at Ely’s Centra on the Slievenamon Road where a large advert is fixed to the pole on the footpath making it highly dangerous to move out onto Slievenamon Road,” added Cllr O’Dwyer.