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Award-Winning Author At Thurles Library

Award-Winning Author At Thurles Library

The International Best-selling author Monica McInerney will give a public talk in Thurles library this week. The Australian-born, Dublin-based author, who has published nine novels, will offer insights and anecdotes about the writing life at a talk in Thurles on Thursday, December 8th at 7 p.m. She will also offer tips and advice to new and aspiring writers. Her talk should be of interest to readers and writers alike.

Monica McInerney’s novels include At ‘Home with the Templetons’, ‘Those Faraday Girls’, ‘Family Baggage’, ‘The Alphabet Sisters’, ‘Spin the Bottle’, ‘Upside Down Inside Out’, ‘A Taste For It’ and most recently, ‘Lola’s Secret’.

‘At Home with the Templetons’ was a number 1 best seller in Australia last year and was shortlisted for the General Fiction Book of the Year at this year’s Australian Book Industry Awards. It was also shortlisted for the Eason Popular Fiction Award in the Irish Book Awards in 2010.

Monica grew up in the Clare Valley wine region of South Australia where her father was a Station Master and her mother worked in the local library. For the past 20 years she has lived between Ireland and Australia. Before becoming a full-time author she worked at many jobs, including book publicist, promoting such well known writers as Edna O’Brien, Roald Dahl and Tim Winton. In 2006 she was the ambassador for the Australian Government’s Books Alive national reading campaign, promoting books and reading via libraries and reading groups throughout Australia.

Thurles Bridge Club

1st Round of League – 10th November

1st Clodagh Cox and Jim Stokes, 2nd Breda Manton and Pat Stokes, 3rd Josephine Russell and Mary Jo Duggan, 4th Noreen Gleeson and Patsy Durack.

2nd Round of League – 17th November

1st Joan Purcell and Bill Dowling, 2nd Pat Stokes and Stevie Smee, 3rd Annette Browne and Mary Jo Duggan, 4th Brian Railes and Breda Manton.

Overall Results

1st Pat Stokes, 2nd Bill Dowling, 3rd Stevie Smee, 4th Mary Jo Duggan.

Normal Club Night – 24th November

1st Mary Jo Duggan and Annette Browne, 2nd Joan Purcell and Bill Dowling, 3rd Jim Stokes and Patsy Durack, 4th Pat Stokes and Stevie Smee.

Turkey Competition – 1st Dec

Joint 1st Clodagh Cox & Josephine Russell/Mae Dwan & Annette Brown

3rd Bill Dowling & Joan Purcell

4th Pat Stokes & Stevie Smee

Rahealty Community Centre

Progressive 25 Results - 21st November

12 games, E. Fogarty, S. Fogarty, Fr. G. Hennessy, M. Ryan. 10 games, M. Taylor, P. Kennedy, Rosie Mockler, E. Egan, Malachy Cullagh, Johnny Maher.

Results - 28th November

13 games, B. Gleeson, E. Fogarty, M. O’Grady, M. O’Connell, M. Ryan. 12 games, M. Kinnane, N. Maher. 11 games, R. Mockler, E. Egan, J. and M. Connolly.

1990 Bridge Club

Results - 14th November

1st Mary O’Neill and Hannah Devaney, 2nd Ann Burke and Geraldine Morrissey, 3rd Catherine Harty and Catherine Reynolds, 4th Maureen Ryan and Francis O’Brien.

Results - 21st November (Free Membership Competition)

1st Michelle Walsh and Eileen Barry, 2nd Eileen Meagher and Mary O’Conner, Joint 3rd Ann Burke and Josie Maher, Kay Dee and Catherine Reynolds, 4th Maureen Ryan and Frances O’Brien.

Millennium Bridge Club

League Results - 14th November (1st Round)

1st Mary Coman O’Neill and Mary Mockler, 2nd Peggy Gleeson and Biddy Comerford, 3rd Francis Caplis and Bernard McHugh, 4th Margaret Ryan and Mary St John.

Results 21st November - 2nd Round

1st Mary Mockler and Josephine O’Dwyer, 2nd Ml. Carroll and Denis Dwyer, 3rd Patsy Horan and Biddy Comerford, 4th Ml. O’Dwyer and Mairead McGrath.

Overall Result

1st Mary Mockler, 2nd Biddy COmerford, 3rd Mary Coman O’Neill, 4th Josephine O’Dwyer, Joint 5th Francis Caplis and Ml. O’Dwyer.


Mitchel Street and Environs Residents Annual Mass 2011 will be celebrated on Saturday 31st December in the Pallotine College Chapel at 10 a.m.

If you wish to take part in this mass; i.e. readings, prayers of the faithful, candles, hymns etc. or if you have lost a loved one during the past year and would like to have them remembered please contact Michael (086) 2557320.

1974 Bridge Club

Results 29th November - Turkey Competition

1st Michael Gleeson and Eugene Egan, 2nd Kay Skehan and Patsy Durack, 3rd Pat Finn and Jim Stokes, 4th John Dunphy and Joan Kehilly, 5th Bobby Ryan and Josephine O’Meara, 6th Annette Browne and Gabrielle Tozer.

Turtulla Bridge Club

Results 29th November

1st Mary Cashen and Sally Lee, 2nd Mary Carroll and Mark Ryan, 3rd Aileen Carroll and Patsy Hogan, 4th Rosemary Carroll and Michael Ryan.

1973 Bridge Club

Results 16th November - Pairs Competition (1st Night)

1st P. Finn and Paddy Gleeson, 2nd P. Hogan and Peg Costelloe, 3rd E. Maher and J. Russell, 4th N. Gleeson and K. Skehan, 5th H. Devanney and M.A. Cleary, 6th R. Moloney and D. Campbell.

Results 23rd November - 2nd Round

1st C. Ryan and K. Burke, 2nd E. Maher and J. Russell, 3rd N. Gleeson and K. Skehan, 4th H. Devanney and M.A. Cleary, 5th P. Gleeson and Pat Finn.

Final Result

1st P. Gleeson and Pat Finn, 2nd J. Russell and E. Maher, 3rd K. Skehan and N. Gleeson.

2005 Bridge Club

Results - 23rd November

1st Kitty Keane and Marie O’Shaughnessy, 2nd Lil Leahy and Bridget O’Dea, 3rd Betty Maher and Ann McGrath, 4th Kay Carey and Anna Kiely.

Thurles & District Camera Club

At our meeting last Wednesday, November 30th we had a session on table top photography. Jim Troy provided a special designed hut accompanied with the appropriate lighting. Members were given the opportunity to get some fantastic still life scenes. Both Jim Troy and John O’Laughlin gave advice and assistance to all. It was thoroughly enjoyed.

We will have the judging of our Nature competition on Wednesday, December 7th, our judge for the night is Tom Gallagher, a renowned Nature enthusiast. Our Christmas party is on Saturday, December 10th. Anyone interested contact the officers immediately.

Our trip around Thurles is on Wednesday, December 14th, everyone will require a tripod. Also make sure to be properly kitted out as the weather conditions may not be favourable.

Thurles Comhaltas

At a recent meeting of Craobh Sheain Ui Cheallanain, Thurles, arrangements were made to hold a Churchgate Collection this week-end 10th and 11th December. Rota was made out with the helpers to whom we are very grateful. Coiste Sheain Ui Cheallanain wishes to thank the local community for their past generosity and we look forward to their continued patronage.

Xcessible Open Day in Thurles Leisure Centre

Date: Thursday, 8th December 9-5 p.m.

Proposed Activities:

Pool open 9-5- come and try it anytime- list of activities on offer below. Equipment available all day to make it a fun experience for all.

Pool Schedule of Activities

Information: 9.30-10.15am, Swim Lesson/Session with 15mins fun & games at end of session; Drop in session in shallow end of pool.

12.30-1.15 (integrated), Aqua Aerobics Session - Gentle exercises performed in shallow end of pool using the resistance of the water.

2.30-3pm, Swim Lesson/Session - Drop in session in shallow end of pool.

3.30-4pm; Aqua Aerobics - Gentle exercises performed in shallow end of pool using the resistance of the water.

Last hour 4-5, Water Polo/ Games/Activity Session in pool. Open to all. Bring along family members or friends to join in the fun.

Gym Schedule of Activities

Gym Open to all from 9-5. Come and get shown how to set up and use cardio machines & weights machines. Gym will be supervised at all times by our qualified fitness instructors.

11-11.30am, (Integrated with our Active 55 group), Weights, Resistance and aerobics demo in studio. Open to all. Mixed class using dumb bells for resistance

2.30-3pm, Weights, Resistance and aerobics demo in studio. Open to all. Mixed class using dumb bells for resistance.

Thurles Special Olympics

Our eagerly awaited Christmas Disco takes place on Wednesday next, 14th December in Thurles Rugby Club from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. We are hoping for a big attendance and as usual Santa will pay us a visit. Admission is free so make a date to be there. All welcome.

Thurles I.C.A.

Meeting this Wednesday night at 8 p.m. sharp. CHristmas Party after meeting. Flower arranging on 14th December. All are welcome.

Club For Dancing

The Club’s dance on Sunday, 27th November, was a great night of dancing to the music of ‘Geraldine and Kinfolk’. M.C. on the night was Rose Nolan.

The Club’s next Dance is the Club’s annual Christmas Party Dance in the Premier Ballroom, Thurles. This is a ticket only dance no tickets are sold on the night. Dancing from 8.30 p.m. to 12 midnight. Music by “Checkers”. Plenty of extra spots on the night, it is always the highlight of our year. Please note, no ticket, no dance. There are still a few tickets left, contact any of the committee members.

Pallottine Fathers Missions

Dinner in aid of our Missions in Tanzania will take place in Mitchel House on Wednesday, 14th December at 7.30 p.m.

Thurles Hot Rod

Next Sunday 11th is THE BIG ONE to look forward to. The Monster Demolition Derby, with prize money of €1000 sponsored, the bookings are coming in. The last car moving will be the winner. With class 1 and 3, Rookies also running it should turn out to be a good days racing. First race off by the latest noon. Hope the weather might pick up a bit. Looking forward to seeing you all there