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Death Of Phil Cooney, Littleton, Thurles

It was with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Sunday 25th June 2017, of Mr Phil Cooney, No.5 St. Bridget’s Terrace, Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The passing of Mr Cooney is most deeply regretted by his loving wife Margaret; sons Andy and Noel; daughters Alice, Kay, Marie and Elizabeth; brother Joe; sisters Kitty, Nellie and Mary; sons-in-law; daughters-in-law; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; grand-children; great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; extended relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Cooney will repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, from 4.00pm7.30pm on tomorrow Tuesday, June 27th, to arrive later at the Church of Our Lady & St. Kevin, Littleton, (R639) Thurles at 8.15pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Wednesday at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

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Tipperary Man Pleads Guilty To Possession Of A Gun & Explosives

Justice Ms Isobel Kennedy, sitting with Judge Ms Sinead Ni Chulachain and Judge Mr James Faughnan, today handed down sentencing to a Tipperary man, who had earlier pleaded guilty, at the Special Criminal Court, to the possession of two pipe-bombs, a pistol and ammunition.

Mr Dylan Cahill, aged 24 years, residing at Lower Irishtown, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, had pleaded guilty last April to the possession of a .380 calibre Colt semi-automatic pistol, together with four rounds of .380 calibre ammunition, at Sradrine, Glefarne, Co Leitrim on May 13th, 2015. He had also pleaded guilty to the possession of two improvised explosive pipe-bomb devices, at the same place on the same date.

Mr Cahill was today sentenced to six years in prison, with the final year suspended, for each of the offences, with the sentences set to run concurrently.

The court had previously heard that the investigating Gardaí were on routine traffic duty on the day in question and had stopped a maroon coloured Volkswagen Passat car, following earlier reports that a vehicle answering a similar description had absconded from a filling station, having failed to pay for fuel.

The car was being driven by Mr Cahill, and on searching the vehicle, Gardaí found a plastic shopping bag on the floor of the front passenger seat, containing a pistol and two pipe bombs.

During subsequent interviews with Gardaí, Mr Cahill stated that he had no idea for what purpose the gun was intended. Gardaí however believe that the gun and pipe bombs were being transported as part of future intended IRA activities.


Borrisoleigh Festival July 1st and 2nd 2017

This weekend will see the return of the annual Borrisoleigh Festival with a packed programme of events including live music on the village Square on Saturday night and all day on Sunday.

The festival will be officially opened by the new village Mayor, Mr Paddy Dolan, followed by All Ireland Scor Sinsear winner Katie Shanahan and friends.

The 80’s Rock band ‘Sleeze n Cheeze’ will then take to the stage and have the whole town rocking to some of the greatest rock anthems known to man. The Tipperary Rose, Ms Sheila Ryan will be interviewed during the interval.

The inaugural International Wheelbarrow Extravaganza takes place on Sunday. This unique event provides a great opportunity for individuals, businesses and community groups to put their creativity on display. Prizes will be awarded in five categories, Best Floral Display, Best Homemade Wheelbarrow, Best Use of Recycled Materials, Best Use of Technology and Best Artistic Creation.

For the more active, local walking group, the Bush and Briar Ramblers, have organised a walk. Registration for this walk is at 9am in the Community Centre beside the Church. Bring boots!

Boots of a different kind will be required for the Line Dancing later on. This will be followed by the popular Platform/Social Dancing with Pat Costello. Live music continues all night with Dufrane, The Mangled Badgers and the always popular Ebony.
There will be a Food Fair and BBQ in the Square from 2pm and the kids will be kept busy with bouncy castles, a pet party and a kiddies disco.

Borrisoleigh Festival 2017 Programme of Events

Saturday July 1st
Official Opening of the Festival by Lord Mayor Paddy Dolan – 8.30pm.
Music with 2017 All Ireland Scór Sinsear Winner Katie Shanahan & Friends – 8.35pm.
Live Music with 80’s band ‘Sleeze n Cheeze’ – 9.30pm.
Interview with Tipperary Rose, Sheila Ryan, Toomevara, followed by Sleeze n Cheese – 10.30pm.

Sunday July 2nd
Walk: Bush and Briar Walk – 9.00am. (Registration at 9.00am in Community Centre (beside the Church). Moderate walk 3-3.5 hours, boots essential.)
International Wheelbarrow Extravaganza – 12.00pm – 6.30pm.
‘Ned Kelly Orchestra’ – 1.00pm -2.00pm.
Line Dancing – 2.00pm-4.00pm.
Platform / Social Dancing with Pat Costello – 4.00pm – 5.30pm.
Dufrane‘ – 5.30pm – 6.30pm.
Mangled Badgers‘ – 6.30pm – 8.00pm.
Ebony‘ – 8.00pm til late.

Sunday Children’s Entertainment

Bouncy Castles etc. – 2.00pm – 6.00pm.
Pet Party – 2.30pm – 4.30pm.
Disco (Primary school kids) – 6pm – 7pm.
BBQ & Food Fair from 2.00pm

This festival weekend will be a magnificent start to this Summer season, so see you there!


Former Fianna Fáil Senator Des Hanafin Laid To Rest

The funeral Mass of former Fianna Fáil Senator Mr Des Hanafin took place at 12.00 noon today, in the Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, with chief celebrant Rev Fr Tomas O’Connell.

The ceremony was attended by a large crowd, which included former Tánaiste and leader of the Progressive Democrats, M/s Mary Harney and her husband Mr Brian Geoghegan; former Independent politician & Senator M/s Avril Power with her Thurles born husband Mr Fionnan Sheahan (Journalist Independent.ie); former North Tipperary retired TD Mr Michael Smith; the currently serving Galway West TD Mr Éamon Ó Cuív; Tipperary Independent TD Mr Michael Lowry; Dublin Bay North TD Mr Sean Haughey; Meath East TD Mr Thomas Byrne; Leader of the Fianna Fáil party, Mr Micheál Martin, and Tipperary TD Mr Jackie Cahill, latter two who both led the Guard of Honour.

While in his 86th year, the much loved Mr Hanafin passed away on Thursday last, survived by his wife Mona; his daughter, the former Fianna Fáil Deputy Leader and Minister Mary Hanafin, and his son, the former Senator John Hanafin.

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Born on September 9th, 1930, in Thurles, Co Tipperary, Mr Hanafin was first elected to North Tipperary County Council in 1955 and subsequently served as Chairperson.

He was first elected to the Seanad in 1965 and retained that seat until 1993, before regaining same in 1997, before finally retiring from politics in 2002.  Mr Hanafin was unsuccessful in two Dáil elections for Tipperary North in 1977 and 1981.

Despite retiring from active politics in 2002, he continued to support efforts to retain the Eighth Amendment and pledged to support that campaign. He also opposed the marriage equality referendum in 2015.

Leading tributes to Mr Hanafin, Leader of Fianna Fáil, Mr Micheál Martin expressed his sadness at Mr Hanafin’s death, describing him as being “a man steeped in politics and community. Seeing both his children achieve high office was a source of great pride to him.”

Mr Hanafin’s remains reposed at Hugh Ryans’ Funeral Home, Slievenamon Rd, Thurles yesterday Saturday, before arriving at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles at 8.30pm yesterday evening.

Mr Hanafin was interred, following his Funeral Mass today, in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

To the family and extended relatives, go our heartfelt sympathy.

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Dates For Thurles Blood Donation Clinics Next Week

Ms Geraldine O’Rourke, of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service, reports:-

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) will attend at ‘The Dome’ in the grounds of Semple Stadium here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary in the coming days.

Their mobile unit will be in place on four dates next week:-
(1) Monday June 26th, from 2:00pm5:00pm.
(2) Tuesday June 27th from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.
(3) Wednesday June 28th from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.
(4) Thursday June 29th from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.

So where possible do please attend and help save a life by giving blood.

Facts of which everyone should be fully aware:

  • One in four people will need a blood transfusion at some point in their lives.
  • Only 5% of the population are regular blood donors.
  • Over 1,000 Irish people receive transfusions every week in Ireland.
  • (A) One car accident victim may require up to 30 units of blood; (B) A bleeding ulcer could require anything between 3-30 units of blood, and (C) A coronary artery bypass may use between 1-5 units of blood.
  • Approximately 70,000 patients will have transfusions in Irish hospitals this year.
  • Some 3,000 blood donors are needed each week in Ireland.
  • A unit of blood lasts for just 35 days.
  • Some blood packs for new born babies or cancer treatment only lasts for 5 days
  • There is no substitute for human blood.
  • The IBTS supply 71 hospitals in Ireland with blood and blood products 365 days a year.

For further details check our website www. giveblood.ie or contact us on Tel: (061) 306980.