Welcome to Thurles ! you'll have a epic time the banter is good up here !
Bowes opposite the train station is a good student pub as is Kennedys near the brittas road. Lar Corberts has student promotions every Wednesday usually Hayes is on every Sunday night usually a fiver in for lads before 12 and free for us ladies !
No real pubs to avoid, The monk out near st pats does a unreal trad session every Wednesday night
We have super-macs no KFC ! McDonalds is 10 minutes down the motorway in cashel by car.
As for rentals theres the student village :/ or you could ring some of the auctioneers around thurles. Or give the Students Union a phone or the college I think they have a list of some accommodation.
Try daft.ie there's loads of houses up on that or there's a few houses looking for sharers.
Good luck and enjoy yere freshers week the lads in the SU do a unreal job