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Swallows Have Arrived Back In Co. Tipperary.

The first Swallows of 2021 arrived here in Co. Tipperary some 14 days ago, as first spotted and reported by Littleton correspondent Mr Michael Bannon.

The Swallows, now visiting Tipperary, weigh in at about 20 grams and have flown over 5000 km, passing over the Sahara desert and the Mediterranean Sea, just to share our air space and rear a family, before returning home in Early September.

These beautiful ‘Barn Swallows’, as they are commonly called, because of their favoured nesting sites, (built of mud and lined, close to overhead shelters in locations that are protected from the weather), have a distinctive appearance, [See featured picture], and are highly adapted to aerial feeding, consuming up to an estimated 850 flies and mosquitoes, per bird, each day, during their 4 month residence here.

If you are lucky enough to house a nest of Swallows this summer, a single couple together with their new born, could eliminate some 3,000 flies and mosquitoes per day, during their sojourn in your area, making them a most effective and environmentally friendly insecticide.

“Swallows High – Staying Dry”

“Swallows High – Staying dry”, my very wise grandmother Eliza Jane would often recite; as she finished her outdoor activities of a summers evening. Rural dwellers, back then, were far more observant of Mother Nature’s ways than possibly most people today.

Of course Swallows, as stated, swoop and dive plucking insects from the air. On fine days, when air pressure is high, tiny insects are swept up high on warm thermal currents which rise from the earths surface. This forces Swallows to head upwards after them, in search of food.

When air pressure is low, rain is more likely, and Swallows, in search of a meal, will find it necessary to swoop closer to the ground to find a meal.
Thus this bird behaviour provides an excellent guide to current and future, short term, weather conditions.


Death Of Mary O’Meara, Ard Mhuire, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

It is with the deepest regret that we learned of the death, today Thursday 6th May 2021, of Mrs Mary O’Meara (née Cullagh), Ard Mhuire, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly Rahealty, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her husband Christy, brothers Joe, Timmy, Jack, Ned and Malachy, sisters Kitty and Bridie; Mrs O’Meara passed away after a short illness in her 95th year, while in the care of staff at St. John’s Hospital, Limerick city, Co. Limerick.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her daughters Bried and Pauline, son John, grandchildren Nichola, Jamie, Paul, Siobhán and Lisa, great-grandchildren Jessica and Justin, son-in-law Harry (Ely), daughter-in-law Annmarie, nephews, nieces, extended relatives, neighbours and friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements.

The funeral cortège, bearing the earthly remains of Mrs O’Meara, will leave her residence on Sunday morning, May 9th, at 10:15am to br received into the Cathedral of the Assumption, Cathedral Street, Thurles, at 10:30am, to repose for Requiem Mass at 11:00am. Interment will take place immediately afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

For the many persons who would have liked to have attended the funeral service for Mrs O’Meara, but are unable to do so due to current coronavirus pandemic restrictions; same can be viewed online HERE.

[NB: Due to National Public Health Guidelines, regarding C-19 virus restrictions; those attending (limited to 25 family members), will continue to observe strict adherence to social distancing and face covering.]

The extended O’Meara family wish to express their appreciation for your understanding at this difficult time and have made arrangements for those wishing to send messages of condolence, to use the link shown HERE.

Note Please: House Strictly Private.

Suaimhneas síoraí dá h-anam dílis.


‘Active Mobility App’ – Changing Course Of Irish Police Work.

“The most innovative change to policing in the last twenty years”.

Assistant Commissioner Mr David Sheahan, Eastern Region and Mobility Sponsor, demonstrating the ‘ACTIVE MOBILITY‘ project.

The ‘Active Mobility Application’ allows Gardaí to check a vehicle’s history, tax, and NCT status. It also allows Gardaí check the status of a driver’s licence and Insurance and to process fixed charge penalty notice in real time.

In turn this application allows Gardaí to work more efficiently and to spend less time in the office and more time out in local communities.


Covid-19 Update: Thur. 6th May 2021 – 8 Deaths – 393 New Cases.

12 new cases of killer Covid-19 virus confirmed in Co. Tipperary in past 24 hours.

The Department of Health this evening has confirmed that there has been 8 further deaths caused by the Covid-19 pandemic; leaving the overall death toll, here in the Republic of Ireland, remaining at 4,921.

There have been 393 new additional virus cases reported here within the Irish Republic. This leaves the current total number of confirmed cases, since conception, at 251,474.

In Northern Ireland, 102 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the past 24 hours, with no further deaths reported.

Seven confirmed cases of the Covid-19 variant which was first detected in India have now been reported in Northern Ireland, their Department of Health has confirmed.

Partners of pregnant women should now be allowed attend the 20-week scan and be also present at the birth of the baby, the HSE’s Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Colm Henry has stated; as neo-natal and maternity units are now much safer places than they were in January, at the height of the third wave of the pandemic.

Of the cases confirmed today in the Irish Republic; 175 are in Dublin, 42 in Cork, 34 in Kildare, 26 in Donegal, 15 in Meath, with the remaining 103 cases located across 20 other counties.

Of the cases confirmed today, 79% were under the age of 45 years.

There have been 237 Covid-19 cases confirmed in Co. Tipperary within the last 14 days and 12 new cases confirmed in the same area, within the last 24 hours. There have been 5,914 virus cases confirmed here in Co. Tipperary, since the pandemic began, same figure relevant up to and including May 4th, 2021.

There are 131 people with Covid-19 remaining in hospital today, and of that number 36 are in ICU’s, according to Ireland’s COVID-19 Data Hub.

Some 1,201,373 first doses of Covid-19 vaccines have now been administered here in Ireland up to May 4th, with 454,493 persons having received their second dose.

Canada has now approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in children aged over 12 years thus becoming the first country to do so.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan continues to warn that the virus is still very active in the community and still remains a risk, particularly to people who have not yet been vaccinated.

The total worldwide number of virus cases identified up to 5:00pm this evening, now stands at well over 155.33 million confirmed, with global deaths at well over 3.24 million.

Please Do Continue To Behave Responsibly.


Alleged Organiser Of Lock-down House Party Arrested In Co. Tipperary

A Garda spokesperson has confirmed that Gardaí have arrested and charged a 50 year old male, in relation to breaches of the Public Health Act 1947. The arrest took place yesterday.

Back in November 2020, Gardaí were alerted to a large house party in progress, in the Cappawhite village area of west Co. Tipperary.

When Garda officers arrived they found upwards of 100 people packed into the property identified and notified by a number of complainants; the former were found dancing with music blaring.

Following further investigations, Gardaí have now arrested the man whom they have identified as the promoter of the event, and detained him at Tipperary Town, Garda station. He has since been charged to appear before Tipperary District Court, latter sitting at Nenagh, on June 2nd, 2021.

It should be noted that a court appearance for organising a house party currently, could result in a €2,500 fine, together with a six months jail sentence.

To date Gardaí have issued some 20,250 fines for various offences associated with Covid-19 lock-down regulations.