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Death By Sawing

Ireland’s National Heritage Week 2019 ended yesterday August 24th.


“And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake”, Matthew Ch.10 – v. 22

A depiction of Saint Simon the Zealot (Matthew Chapter 10 – Verse 4), also referred to as Simon the Cananite or Simon the Cananaean; can be viewed in a stained-glass window in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Cathedral Street, here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary. This same window designed and manufactured by Franz Mayer & Co. of Munich, Germany, can be found to the left-hand side, behind the Cathedral tabernacle, as you face due north.

A brother of James the Great and St. Jude Thaddeus; St. Simon was one of the Twelve Apostles to whom Jesus Christ first gave authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.

He is almost always portrayed with a large, serrated edged saw, better known here in Ireland possibly as a ‘cross-cut saw’, same designed to be operated by two persons.

It was with this same implement that St. Simon was eventually martyred around 65AD, possibly in Persia (Iran), for his beliefs. His body was first buried in Babylon, a city in ancient Mesopotamia, in the fertile plain between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. However, in the 7th century he was brought to Rome, possibly after the Mohammedan’s seized Persia.

Death by sawing was a method of execution, reportedly used in different parts of the world. It was used extensively during the reign of Roman Emperor Caligula from 37AD to 41AD. It was said that the same emperor would watch such executions during meal times, claiming that such viewing acted as an appetiser.

It is believed that St. Simon was hung up naked by his feet, as shown in the illustration above, thus ensuring that he stayed alive considerably longer than if he had been cut in half from the head downwards. A man could stay awake during this upside-down torture; conserving blood loss to his brain, until a saw blade had cut at least to his waist.

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Death Of TJ Kennedy Thurles Co. Tipperary

It was with sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Friday 23rd August 2019, of Mr TJ Kennedy, Bailey Street, Killenaule, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Kennedy passed away peacefully, while in the care of Waterford Regional Hospital.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his relatives; kind neighbours Jimmy and Noreen, and friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements

The earthly remains of Mr Kennedy lay in repose at St. Mary’s Church, Killenaule, Thurles this evening, Saturday August 24th, for prayers held at 6:00pm.
Requiem Mass will be held on tomorrow morning, Sunday August 25th at 11:00am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St. Fintan’s Cemetery, Doon, Co. Limerick.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

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EPA Publishes Industrial Pollutant Emissions Data

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published environmental data yesterday on Ireland’s national pollutant and transfer register.

This is a public register of pollutant releases and waste transfers from large industrial activities in Ireland. The information supports EU-wide reporting through the European Commission’s e-Register website which contains data reported annually by more than 34,000 industrial facilities across 33 European Countries.

Covering 91 pollutants from 417 large industrial facilities in Ireland, the data indicates trends across a number of key parameters.

Findings from the 2017 data include:
  • A 69% decrease in Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) refrigerant gas emissions, showing the positive response to phase out and switch to a more environmentally-friendly bulk refrigerant by Irish Industry.
  • A 17% increase in 2017 in the recovery of hazardous waste within Ireland.
  • A 47 % increase (165,000 tonnes) in the quantity of hazardous waste sent abroad for recovery.

Patrick Geoghegan, EPA Senior Manager said: “The data on hazardous waste transfers indicates that the positive trend to send hazardous waste for recovery treatment, rather than disposal, continued in 2017. However, it also highlights that Ireland has not moved significantly towards self-sufficiency. A lack of domestic infrastructure and the often more favourable cost option of treatment and disposal abroad have meant that export continues to be a significant treatment route for Ireland’s hazardous waste.”

The pollutant release and transfer register provides greater transparency among stakeholders and incentivises industry to establish clean production techniques and pollution abatement equipment to reduce emissions.

The Irish Pollutant Register can be viewed HERE.

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Death Of John O’Dwyer, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It is with sadness we learned of the death today, Thursday 22nd August 2019, of Mr John O’Dwyer, Cluain Na Seimre, Two Mile Borris, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Killahara, Dovea, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr O’Dwyer passed away following a short illness, surrounded by his loving family and while in the care of the Staff of St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny City, Co Kilkenny.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his son John; daughters Tara, Rose, Noreen, Bernadette, Pamela, Lisa and Georgina; their mother Bridget; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law; sons-in-law; special friend Breda; sisters Ann O’Shea (Dovea), Kathleen Carew (Thurles) and Mary O’Donghue (UK); nephews; nieces; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; extended relatives;neighbours and friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements

The earthly remains of Mr O’Dwyer will lie in repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles on Saturday, 24th August, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
Arriving at the Church of the Nativity of Our Lady, Tinvoher, Loughmore, Co. Tipperary, on Sunday morning, August 25th, at 10:30am for Requiem Mass at 11:00am.


Private cremation and interment at a later date.


Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

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Death Of Elizabeth O’Connor, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It was with sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Wednesday 21st August 2019, of Mrs Elizabeth (Teasy) O’Connor (née O’Gorman), Innisfallen Avenue, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her husband Maurice; Mrs O’Connor passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, while in the care of the Staff of St. Theresa’s Nursing Home, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her sons Jimmy, John and Maurice; daughters Elizabeth and Nora; grandchildren Keith, Mark, Zoe, Jilly, Amy, Triona, Brian and Caroline; great-grandchildren Florianne, Alex, Rose and Florence; daughters-in-law Joyce and Una; sons-in-law Ted and Ian; sister Bridie (Eyres); brothers Jackie, Finbar and Bruno; nephews; nieces; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; extended relatives; neighbours and friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements

The earthly remains of Mrs O’Connor will lie in repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles on tomorrow evening, Friday August 23rd, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
Arriving at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Cathedral Street, Thurles on Saturday, August 24th, at 10.30am for Requiem Mass at 11:00am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.

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