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Death Of Pat Leahy, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It was with great sadness we learned of the death, on Friday 16th November 2018, of Mr Pat Leahy, Crannagh, Templetuohy, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Drom Co. Tipperary.

Pre-deceased by his parents Bill and Peg; Mr Leahy passed away most deeply regretted by his brothers Jim, Ger, Brendan and Paul; sister Mary; sisters-in-law; brother-in-law; nephews; nieces; grand nieces; grand nephews; aunts; extended relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Leahy will lie in repose at Grey’s Funeral Home, Kiltillane, Templemore on Thursday evening next from 5.00pm, with removal to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Church Lane, Longorchard,  Templetuohy, Thurles at 8.00pm; arriving at 8.45pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Friday morning at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in Templeree Cemetery.

Note Please: Family flowers only. Donations in lieu, if desired, to Epilepsy Ireland.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Moyne Road / Bellevue Housing Estate Seeking Legal Advice Over Access Rights

The Templemore – Thurles Municipal District is one of five regions within the county of Tipperary, all governed by Tipperary Co. Council, with the other 4 being; Clonmel Borough District, Carrick-on-Suir Municipal District, Cashel-Tipperary Municipal District and Nenagh Municipal District.

The Templemore – Thurles Municipal District representatives are made up of 9 councillors, with Thurles District represented by Mr David Doran [Mobile:086 8901599], Mr Seamus Hanafin [Mobile: 087-2614000], Mr John Hogan [Mobile: 086-2314067], Mr Micheál Lowry [Mobile: 087-2897585], Mr Jim Ryan [Mobile: 086-2397376] and Mr Sean Ryan [Mobile: 087-4581455].

Templemore area is represented by Mr Joe Bourke [Mobile: 086-8386376], Mr Eddie Moran [Mobile:086 2484363], and Mr Michael Smith [Mobile: 086-8525634](Note all mobile phone numbers are available in the public domain.)

Tipperary County Council Mission Statement:
Tipperary County Council and all the elected public representatives, within this Templemore – Thurles Municipal District, claim to hold fast to certain key words which they claim underpins their values; namely:- ‘Responsiveness’, ‘Fairness, ‘Co-Operation’, ‘Quality’, ‘Accountability’, ‘Leadership’, ‘Competency’, ‘Efficiency’, ‘Communication’, ‘Teamwork’, ‘Partnership’ and finally ‘Collaboration’.

However; since May last of this current year, (2018) one other word must surely be added to their Mission Statement – the noun, ‘Dictatorship’.

Tipperary County Council under the leadership of Mr Joe MacGrath (Chief Executive), through its Community and Economic Development Section, maintain they continually strive to “provide a place where its people can enjoy a great quality of life”.

The promises of a ‘Quality of life for people’‘Fairness’, ‘Co-Operation’, ‘Communication’, ‘Teamwork’, ‘Partnership’ and ‘Collaboration’, simply vanished out the window at 7.30am this morning (Saturday 17th. 2018), for the residents of the Moyne Road/Bellevue housing estates, when a team of builders moved in to hurriedly ‘slap up’ a thick cement block wall, thus removing a right of way, used by residents and others living in the area, who had enjoyed easy access for over the past 40 years.

The local residents had earlier sought funding to improve steps leading up into the estate from this ‘right of way’, but District Director Mr Matt Shortt [Telephone (Work): +353 (0)761 06 5000], (Director of Services, Director of Roads, Transportation and Health and Safety, for Templemore / Thurles Municipal Council.) had other ideas and made a decision to block all future access via this right of way, proving, not for the first time, that our 9 local elected Councillors remain powerless in any decision making process, within this said / same Municipal District.

The justification for this decision by Mr Shortt remains presently clouded. However, we understand that same decision may have something to do with health and safety.  Certainly, the line of sight for pedestrians crossing this roadway should have been improved years ago, however a barrier had been installed forcing those on foot to ensure they were given a clear vision of oncoming traffic from the Moyne direction. Indeed, this barrier could have been even further extended and a pedestrian crossing introduced, to solve this issue; while forcing motorists to be more cautious.

Chairperson of the award winning Moyne Road/Bellevue housing estate now affected, Mr Thomas (Tommy) Barrett and his Estate Committee are extremely annoyed at the Co. Council and Mr Shortt’s decision and the dictatorial manner with which this matter was concluded.  Moyne Road/Bellevue housing estate believe that, with further debate, this issue could have been solved /resolved, retaining the right of way for all of its residents. No accidents had happened previously in this area over the past 40 years and while young people from this area, will continue to climb over Mr Shortt’s newest obstruction; elderly estate dwellers must now walk a considerably longer route to get to their once nearby local shops.

A winner of the Thurles Credit union 2011 ‘Person of the Year Award’ and a Youth Garda Recognition Award for his services to his community in 2016; Mr Barrett and his committee are now seeking legal advice, in an effort to retain this right of way for their residents.

Local Elections:
Meanwhile; Local Elections are being held in May 2019 and the deadline for voter registration is November 25th, 2018.  In order to be eligible to vote, your name needs to be added to the Electoral Register, but do remember despite what elected representatives tell you, they themselves have currently no decisive power whatsoever, which begs two questions, “Why should we bother to vote at all?” and “Are Councillors, with no real power to make local decisions, really a waste of money in today’s local communities?”  To quote acting Councillor Mr Jim Ryan on Mr Barrett’s facebook page;  “Tommy it’s a disgrace. Despite huge objections to this the Council wouldn’t listen. I will continue working with you Tommy and the residents of Moyne Road in trying to get this overturned. There are plenty of other more important things in Thurles the Council should be concerned with, rather than an opening that has never caused any trouble in the past”[Indeed, the potholes on Slievenamon Road, Thurles, daily dodged by motorists for the past 12 months, certainly bear testament to Mr Ryan’s final remark].

Perhaps those affected could now make telephone contact with all the above-named local Councillors, in an effort to get this matter sorted, outside of court action, latter most certainly coming down the line.

Perhaps the time has come for a #march4Thurles, before we are further left behind. Remember the launch, the free dinners, and “Tipperary – The Place – The Time”, – God Help Us.


Drug Respreeza – “Duty Of Finance Won Over Duty Of Care”

The drug ‘Respreeza’ used to treat Alpha 1 antitripsan deficiency; in those who have developed emphysema; according to the HSE and CSL Behring, is to be made available once again and will be guaranteed indefinitely to the 19 Irish people, latter currently battling with this rare disorder.

For almost three years patients have had to live with uncertainty with regard to the supply of Respreeza, latter which had given them a much improved quality of life for the previous 11 years.

Alas, the reintroduction of this drug by the HSE comes to late for Nenagh, Co Tipperary native Marion Kelly, one of two people who passed away on December 1st last year; shortly after the trial of this potentially life-saving medication was withdrawn.

Marion, aged just 53 year, a mother and grandmother, was one of 21 patients countrywide who had taken part in the Respreeza trial for this rare lung and liver disorder.

The death of Marion, came just a fortnight after she had made a desperate plea for help on social media, telling of her fears for her future existence after the government and the HSE had decided to remove the Respreeza drug from dependant patients.

There still remains a massive question mark over why six months free supply of the drug was kept in storage in Dublin, with the HSE refusing to administer it at a cost of €6,000.

The drug is understood to have been withdrawn by the HSE, following advice from the National Centre of Pharmacoeconomics, latter who decided it did not “represent value for money”, thus refusing to reimburse the drug company’s annual €80,000 invoice.

To put this drug withdrawal exercise into full context; the Government spent over €505,911 travelling to the recent Offaly Ploughing Championships;  transporting nine ­ministers, 50 agencies, one Taoiseach and some 370 civil servants, over a four day period; each to pay token homage to a forgotten rural Ireland.


Death Of Singer & Musician Sonny Knowles


The Dublin-born talented singer and musician Mr Sonny Knowles, who rose to fame during Ireland’s show band era of the 50’s and 60’s, passed away peacefully at his home this morning, surrounded by his family, having reached the age of 86.

He survived oesophageal cancer twice. [Oesophageal cancer comes about when abnormal cells in the food pipe (oesophagus) grow in an uncontrolled way].

Mr Knowles was born on November 2nd, 1932 to parents Tommy and Mary Knowles and from the 1950’s; continued to remain one of Ireland’s most famous singers / performers for some six decades.

His career saw him perform as a member of the Johnny Butler Band, Earl Gill’s Band, the Pacific Show band and the Dermot O’Brien’s show band, before his decision to go solo.

He twice participated in the Irish National Song Contest, singing two songs in 1966; before returning again in 1971.

May he rest in peace.

Note: In the video shown above the piano player in the background is none other than the very talented, Thurles native Mr Frank McNamara, latter who married Ms Theresa Lowe. Ms Lowe, you will remember, presented the programme “Where in the World?” on RTE for some seven years, before being called to the Bar in 1987.


Lidl Ireland Recall Warren & Sons Pâtés

Due to a labelling error, the supermarket chain Lidl Ireland are recalling the above shown/named Warren and Sons Pâtés.

The implicated products are stated to either have an incorrect use-by date of 25/12/2019 or have no use-by date printed on the products labels.

Point-of-sale recall notices will be displayed in Lidl Ireland stores which have sold the implicated products and recommend that these products be not consumed; instead that they be returned to any Lidl Ireland store for a full refund of purchase price.