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Death Of Margaret Sheehy, Killough Lodge, Thurles

It was with great sadness we learned of the passing yesterday, Sunday 20th August 2017, of Mrs Margaret Sheehy (née Hurley), Dalkey, Co. Dublin; formerly Timoleague, Co. Cork and Killough Lodge, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Beloved wife of the late Maurice; Mrs Sheehy passed away peacefully, in her 96th year, while in the loving care of her family and the Staff of Altadore Nursing Home.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her sons Sean, Ambrose, Maurice and Edward; daughters Anne, Mary, Bernadette and Elizabeth (Lawrence); sons-in-law; daughters-in-law; grandchildren; great-grandchildren;, sisters Lena (Holland) and Sheila (O’Keefe); sisters-in-law; nephews; nieces; extended family and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Sheehy will repose at Quinn’s Funeral Home, 28 Glasthule Rd, Sandycove, Dublin on tomorrow evening, Tuesday, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Removal on Wednesday to the Church of the Assumption, Castle Street, Dalkey, Co Dublin where funeral Mass will take place at 11.30am, followed by interment later in Holycross Abbey Cemetery, Holycross, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Note Please: No flowers.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a h-anam dílis.


Death Of Margaret O’Rourke, Bouladuff, Thurles

It was with great sadness we learned of the passing today, Monday 21st August 2017, of Mrs Margaret (Peig) O’Rourke (née Maher), Bouladuff (Post Office), Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her loving husband Jim, latter who sadly passed away on the same date in 1979, and a caring sister to the late Maura, Kathy, Mick and Phil (Pallashill); Mrs O’Rourke passed away peacefully at her home, as was her wish, while in her 95th year, surrounded by her loving and caring  family.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her daughter Mary; sons Donnacha, Jerome, Seamus and Paudie; in-laws; grandchildren; extended relatives; friends; carers and neighbours.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs O’Rourke will repose at O’Dwyer’s Funeral Home, Upperchurch, Thurles, on tomorrow evening Tuesday, August 22nd, from 5.00pm to 8.00pm.

Arriving at the Church of St. Lawrence O’Toole, Inch, Thurles, on Wednesday morning at 11.00am for Requiem Mass at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in Upperchurch Cemetery, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
Note Please: House private on Wednesday morning. Fresh flowers only.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a h-anam dílis.


I Do Declare, It’s Vandalism Most Foul

Thurles.Info’s American correspondent sends us exclusive pictures this morning, fresh from Hollywood in the central region of Los Angeles, in California.

Immigrant, American President Mr Donald Trump, whose ancestry hails (on his father’s side) from the German village of Kallstadt, Palatinate; one of Germany’s 16 federal states, and (on his mother’s side) from the Outer Hebrides of Scotland; will discover today that his five pointed star on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’, has been vandalised.

“This is the kind of disrespect shown when truly great men take it upon themselves to make the United States of America, great once again”, stated a leading member of the ever popular Ku Klux Klan.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame comprises more than 2,600 such five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars, embedded in the pavements along a 2.1 km (1.3 miles) stretch of Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, California. These pointed stars are permanent public monuments to the achievements of the wealthy involved in the entertainment industry, and each bears the name and emblem which identifies these individuals, both living and dead, as being actors, directors, musicians, producers, theatrical personnel, fictional characters etc.

Tipperary – The Place, The Time
This ‘Walk of Fame’ is administered by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and its presence attracts a reported 10.5 million visitors annually.

Back here in Thurles, due to the total absence of visiting tourists this year, perhaps our Tipperary politicians, County Councillors and our own Chamber of Commerce might consider a similar project, relating to the soon to be upgraded Liberty Square area of the town; e.g. they could have inserted in our pavements the names of notable people like Queen Elizabeth II, (English Monarch); Suzanna Mary Moynan, (Wife of renowned Irish Artist Richard Thomas Moynan); William Bradshaw and John Cunningham, (Victoria Cross recipients); Kerry Condon, (Actress); Des Hanafin, (Politician); Mary Hanafin, (Politician); Una Healy, (Singer); Patrick Leahy, (Roman Catholic Bishop); Peter O’Meara, (Actor and Singer); Paddy Ryan, (World Heavyweight Champion boxer); Tony Ryan, (Founder of Ryanair); Pat Shortt, (Actor and Comedian), General Richard James Mulcahy (Chief of Staff Irish Volunteers) and Mary Turner CBE, (President of the G.M.B Allied Trade Union, 1997-2017); the list is longer. Perhaps I should include this idea when I forward my submission on the Tipperary County Development Plan.

Here also, like as in Hollywood, we in Thurles can help “maintain the glory of a community whose name means glamour and excitement in the four corners of the world.”  Indeed no one in Thurles would deface such structures with graffiti, if same were introduced, 😉 , what with our new sensitive CCTV system now fully operational, or is it?

So What Uncouth Barbarian (In Irish – Little Gurrier) Trashed Trump’s Five Pointed Star?
We understand that only two people are being accused behind the scenes, as being suspect to this ‘vandalism most foul’. Yes you have guessed it, (No 1) that well known non American trouble maker, the former US President Barack Hussein Obama, who to our embarrassment, hails from Moneygall on the Tipperary / Offaly border, (To think we actually gave that ‘bousy’ shamrock on eight different occasions), and (No 2) that other thorn-in-the-side, namely the Chairman of the Workers’ Party of North Korea, Mr Kim Jong-un.

Think of the sanctions that could be imposed against Ireland, should it turn out to be Obama. Despite all our bowing, scraping and harp playing offered to Trump, way back in 2013,  sure the Trump International Golf Links at Doonbeg in Co. Clare, gifted to Trump in that year, by a desperate Irish government; same could now cease to exist, with the loss of numerous jobs. Imagine those 100 wealthy Russian businessmen being no longer able to visit the Golf Links at Doonbeg on next St Patrick’s Day. (Ops! maybe I shouldn’t have mentioned the Russians; Robert Mueller’s grand jury could come with a warrant, seeking my extradition).


Death Of Georgie Loughnane, Kickham Street, Thurles

It is with great sadness we learned of the passing of Mr Georgie Loughnane, latter who died in Lincoln, England, on Saturday August 12th. 2017 last.

Mr Loughnane was born and raised at Dalcassian Terrace, Kickham Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, before leaving later to take up residence in England.

Mr Loughnane will long be remembered, with affection, by his many friends and relations in the Thurles area.

His passing, on Friday last, will be sadly missed by his loving wife Brenda; his son John; his daughters Wendy and Jane; grandchildren; extended relatives and friends.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a h-anam dílis.


Status Yellow Rainfall For North Tipperary

Met Eireann, the Irish National Meteorological Service, have issued a ‘Status YELLOW’ rainfall warning for North Tipperary starting at 12.00 noon today and lasting until around 4.00pm on Monday afternoon.

Yellow level weather alerts are for weather conditions that do not pose an immediate threat to the general population; rather only to those at risk who could be exposed by the very nature of their location or activity.

This warning remains in place for the counties of Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, Clare and the counties of Connacht, (Namely Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo).

Heavy rain is expected to lead to some flooding with potential water accumulation of some 30 to 50mm, and with the largest cascades occurring in the more mountainous areas.

Despite this rain; the day will remain mild, and humid with highest temperatures ranging between 16° and 19° Celsius.

Therefore it is probably best to remain indoors and catch up on your reading, unless of course you have to make a necessary journey.

In the latter event ‘Do go safely’.