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Death Of Richard Walsh, Cathedral Street, Thurles

It is with great sadness we learned of the death today, Saturday 20th January 2018, of Mr Richard (Dick) Walsh, Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Walsh passed away today peacefully, surrounded by his family.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his loving sister Yvonne (Ryan); sisters in law; nieces; nephews; grandnieces; grandnephews; great-grandnieces; great-grandnephews; extended relatives; carers and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Walsh will repose in Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, on Sunday 21st Jan. from 5.00pm to 7.00pm,  to arrive at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles, Co. Tipperary at 8.00pm.

Requiem Mass will be held on Monday morning 22nd January at 11.00am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co, Tipperary.

Note Please: Family flowers Only. Donations in lieu, if desired, to the Suir Haven Cancer Support Center.

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Death Of Dinny Byrne, Formerly Moyne Road, Thurles

It was with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Friday 19th January 2018, of Mr Dinny Byrne, London, England and formerly of Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by his wife Mary, his brother Mickey “The Rattler” Byrne and sisters Mai and Nancy; the passing of Mr Byrne is most deeply regretted by his daughter Marie; sons Gerard and Ted; sister Gertie (Cooke); grandchildren; great grandchildren; extended relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Byrne will be interred in London and Requiem Mass will be offered for the deceased in the Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles, Co. Tipperary at a future date, yet to be announced.

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Funeral Arrangements For Dolores O’Riordan, Ballybricken

It is with great sadness music lovers learned of the death, on Monday 15th January 2018, of Ms Dolores O’Riordan, Late of Ballybricken, Bohermore, Co Limerick; Howth, Co. Dublin; Buckhorn, Ontario, Canada, and formerly the lead singer with “The Cranberries”, latter a world famous Irish rock band first formed in Limerick in 1989.

Ms O’Riordan, aged just 46 years, and who was married in Holycross Abbey, Thurles in 1994; performing at Féile ’94 in the Tom Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary on Sunday 31st July of that same year; sadly passed away unexpectedly, while visiting in London, England.

Predeceased by her father Terry, her passing is most deeply regretted by her loving mother Eileen: children Taylor, Molly and Dakota and their father Don Burton; sister Angela; brothers Terence, Brendan, Donal, Joseph and P.J.; brother-in-law; sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews; extended relatives and a large circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Ms O’Riordan will lie in repose in public at St. Joseph’s Church, O’Connell Avenue, Limerick on Sunday afternoon next (January 21st), from 12.30pm to 4.00pm.

She will further repose at Joseph Cross & Sons Funeral Home, Ballyneety, Co. Limerick, on Monday evening (January 22nd) from 4.00pm, followed by removal at 8.00pm to St. Ailbe’s Church, Ballybricken.

Requiem Mass will take place on Tuesday (January 23rd) at 11.30am, followed by private family interment.

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Thurles Man Charged With Hatchet Attack

A man with a Thurles address has been charged in connection with a hatchet attack, which took place over 7½ years ago, in the vicinity of John Carew Park, Southill, Co. Limerick, on April 26th, 2010.

Mr Frederick Connor, aged 30, with an address at Brittas, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, has been brought before Limerick District Court charged in connection with the incident.

Detective Garda Mr Shane Ryan informed Limerick District Court that the defendant had made no reply when formally charged with assaulting Mr Damien Hackett, causing him harm.

It is the State’s case that Mr Damien Hackett, was struck across the back of the head and the side of his face during an altercation at Donoughmore Crescent, Limerick.  The then victim, had received 20 stitches, sustained two lacerations and suffered permanent scarring, as a result of that attack.

Another man Mr Patrick O’Donoghue of Rhebogue, Limerick had been initially charged with this assault and with producing the hatchet on the 26th of April 2010, at Donoughmore Crescent. Initially a jury had been sworn in for his trial at Limerick Circuit Court, but same were discharged, following a plea of guilty by Mr O’Donoghue. On the date in question, the victim, Mr Damian Hackett, claimed he had left his wife’s parent’s home, at Donoughmore Crescent, when he was immediately approached by two individuals. The men struck him twice across the head with blows from a hatchet.

The assailant, Mr Patrick O’Donoghue, who is a first cousin of Mr Damien Hackett’s wife, confirmed that both men, back in 2010, had settled their differences and the injured party, Mr Damien Hackett, no longer wished to see his attacker go to prison. The then assailant was unemployed and married with two young children and was said to be most apologetic and deeply grateful for the forgiveness offered by the injured victim of his assault.

Judge Mr Carroll Moran commenting on the charitable view of Mr Hackett; sentenced Mr O’Donoghue to two years imprisonment with the sentence to be suspended. Since then the second assailant involved in this vicious attack had proven extremely elusive to arresting Gardaí.

This week, despite Garda objections, Judge Ms Marian O’Leary granted Mr Frederick Connor, now also charged in connection with this 2010 hatchet attack, bail; subject to the lodging of €5,000 in cash with the court and other required conditions.

The case has now been adjourned to facilitate the preparation of a Book of Evidence.


Multiple Collisions Both Sides Of Tipperary’s N7 Motorway

One person has been airlifted to hospital and a number of other people have been injured, following a number of separate vehicle collisions, in poor weather conditions, here in Co Tipperary today.

Some thirteen vehicles were involved, in multiple collisions, on both sides of the M7 at Glenbeha, Roscrea, in the north of the county.

A number of motorised vehicles either collided with each other; crashed into barriers or left the road between J22 and J23 on the western side of Roscrea at around 3.30pm.

Fire crews were summoned from Roscrea, Newport and Cloughjordan stations together with a fleet of ambulances, who attended the incidents, with Gardaí and motorway maintenance crews obliged to set up immediate diversions routes for those travelling the route.

The Emergency Aero-Medical Service, latter based in Athlone, was also summoned to expedite the removal of one casualty from the scene, to University Hospital Limerick. A number of others injured were also transported from the scene by road ambulances.

The various collisions  are understood to have occurred on an inclined bend , following a particular heavy downpour of hailstones.

Efforts were begun immediately to clear all the vehicles and the resulting debris from the scene, with the motorway remaining closed in both directions between Roscrea and Moneygall.