Thurles Town Centre Forum was established in May 2017 to support the commercial and touristic development of Thurles. The Forum is made up of representatives from various sectors including a representative (District Administrator) of the Thurles Municipal District of Tipperary County Council.
The setting up of the Forum was facilitated by Kathleen Prendergast in the Community and Economic Development Section
Following the publication of the Town Centre Initiative Report in 2016, one of the themes identified in the 3 year action plan for Thurles Town Centre related to town branding and this was identified as a priority and key to raising the profile of the town.
Following a consultative process, the branding of Thurles was developed with a logo identifying:
(i) An Arts and Cultural Centre,
(ii) A Business Strongfort;
(iii) A Sporting Destination; and
(iv) A Centre of Education, and also incorporating environmental awareness and sustainability, diversity and social inclusion (see logo hereunder, each leaf representing one of the areas identified).
The T in Thurles is joined to the L representing Barry’s Castle and the River Suir Bridge.
This branding was carried through to the development of a signage plan for the approach roads into Thurles town.
See example of signage hereunder and also the development of a website http://www.thurles.ie