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Death Of Mary Ryan, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It is with sadness that we learned of the death today, Thursday 21st February 2019, of Mrs Mary Ryan (née Bourke), Newtown, Holycross, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs Ryan passed away peacefully, while in the wonderful care of the Staff of the Community Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles.

Predeceased by her husband Paddy; her passing is most deeply regretted by her sister-in-law Annie; brother-in-law Michael; nephews; nieces, cousins, carers, neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Ryan will lie in repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles on Friday, 22nd February, from 5.00pm to 6.00pm, to arrive at Holycross Abbey, Thurles at 7.00pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Saturday, 23rd February, at 11.30am, following interment immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


David Scott To Adjudicate At Holycross Drama Festival

Australian Native, Mr David Scott will adjudicate this year at the County Tipperary Open Drama Festival in St. Michael’s Community Centre, Holycross, Thurles.

Local press correspondent Mr Tom Ryan now reports:

Pictured (L to R) Mr Donal Duggan (Festival Director) and Tipperary Ind. TD Mr M.Lowry

Holycross/Ballycahill Drama Group and Nenagh Drama Group will be the County Tipperary representatives this year in the prestigious Co. Tipperary Open Drama Festival, to be held in St. Michael’s Community Centre, Holycross, from March 22nd to March 30th when participating groups will bid for the “Tipperary Star” Cup in the Confined Section and the “TippFM Trophy” in the Open category.

Popular Festival Director, once again this year, is Mr Donal Duggan who together with a dedicated committee have been working diligently to maintain the proud traditional status of the “Abbeysiders” in this great festival featuring the country’s top drama groups staging some of the world’s finest drama.

Meet the Adjudicator, Mr David Scott
Mr David Scott is an Australian born actor, writer, director and acting teacher. He has worked extensively as a professional actor in both Australia and Ireland on television, stage and film, appearing in such programs as “All Saints”, “Water Rats” and “Home and Away” in Australia; “The Clinic”, “Fair City”, “Damage”, “The Tudors”, “Game of Thrones” and “The Vikings”, since his arrival here in Ireland in 2004.

He is Director of the ‘Actor’s Wednesday Workshop’ and the ‘Actor’s Friday Studio’, highly regarded part-time programmes for both developing and advanced actors. He is Director of ‘The Applied Art of Acting’, latter an intensive, single-technique three-month full-time programme for actors of exceptional ability.

Mr Scott has taught extensively in The Gaiety School of Acting, The Irish Film Academy and in many theatre companies, drama groups, schools and organisations here in Ireland, in Australia and other countries. He has also written three textbooks on acting technique, “The Beautiful Stage”, “The Art of Acting” and “The Possible Someone”.

Mr Scott is also Artistic Director of ‘Company D Theatre’, a Dublin based theatre company, focused on promoting new work, new actors and theatre artists. Company D has produced many critically acclaimed shows since its foundation in 2006, twelve of which David has written, and is one of the most highly regarded independent theatre outfits in Ireland.

He has taught actors advanced techniques since his early twenties, constantly developing his own cutting-edge approaches and exchanging with great teachers, directors and theatre and film artists. His constantly evolving work is highly valued by actors and practitioners of both theatre and film around the world

The Plays and Players who will perform in St. Michael’s Community Centre, Holycross

Friday, March 22nd, (Confined) ‘Eclipsed’, by Patricia Burke Brogan (Tinahealy D.G.)

Saturday, March 23rd, (Open) ‘The Lieutenant of Inishmore’, by Martin McDonagh (Kilmeen D.G.)

Sunday, March 24th, (Open) ‘What Happened Bridgie Cleary’, by Tom McIntyre (Nenagh D.G.)

Monday, March 25th, (Open) ‘The Steward of Christendom’, by Sebastian Barry (Kilrush D.G.)

Tuesday, March 26th, (Open) ‘Philadelphia Here I Come’, by Brian Friel (Brideview D.G.)

Wednesday, March 27th, (Confined) ‘The Honey Spike’, by Bryan McMahon (Tarbert D.G.)

Thursday, March 28th, (Confined) ‘Unforgiven’, by John McDwyer (Kilworth D.S.)

Friday, March 29th, (Confined) ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’, by Martin McDonagh (Holycross/Ballycahill D.G.)

Saturday, March 30th, (Confined) ‘The Righteous are Bold’, by Frank Carney (Kilmuckridge D.G.).

To all this years performers; may we use the obscure idiom, so often used in theatre circles to wish performers “good luck,” – “Break a leg” guys.


Death Of John Boland, Formerly Leugh, Thurles, Co. Tipp

It is with sadness that we learned of the death today, Wednesday 20th February 2019, of Mr John Boland, Clonbealy, Newport, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Leugh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Boland passed away peacefully at Milford Care Centre, Plassey Park Road, Sreelane, Castletroy, Co. Limerick.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his loving wife Mary; son Michael; daughters Carmel and Louise; son-in-law Shane; daughter-in-law Gill; grandchildren Rory, Aoibhlin, Jack, Roisin, Maeve and Amelia; sisters Kitty and Pauline; mother-in-law; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; and his many nephews and nieces; extended relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Boland will lie in repose at Meehan’s Funeral Home, Cork Rd, Cooldrisla, Newport, Co. Tipperary on Friday evening next, February 22nd, from 6.00pm, with removal at 8.00pm to the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, Church Road, Newport, Co. Tipperary.

Requiem Mass will take place on Saturday morning, February 23rd, at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in Rockvale Cemetery, Newport.

Note Please: Family flowers only. Donations in lieu, if desired, to Milford Hospice.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Death Of Mick McCrudden, Formerly Hollyford, Co. Tipp.

It was with sadness that we learned of the death yesterday, Monday 18th February 2019, of Mr Michael (Mick) McCrudden, Coolgreaney Park, Arklow, Co. Wicklow and formerly of Hollyford, Co. Tipperary.

A retired member of An Garda Síochana; Mr McCrudden passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife Josie; sons Denis and Gerard; daughters Marie, Enda, Michele and Sinéad; their sons in law, daughters-in-law and partners, Gemma, Matsy, Bernie and Padraig; brother Brian; grandchildren Tristan, Fiacha, Micheál, Aidan, Ciarain, Caoimhe, Cillian and Cathal; great-grandson James; extended relatives; neighbours and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr McCrudden will lie in repose at Sweeney’s Funeral Home, Arklow (Y14 TY28) from 4.00pm until 8.00pm on today Wednesday.

Private cremation service to take place on Thursday at 2.00pm in Mount Jerome Crematorium, 158 Harold’s Cross Rd, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6W, Co. Dublin.

Note Please: Family flowers only by request.

Rest in peace.


Funding Sanctioned For Sth. Tipp. General Hospital

“Funding Sanctioned For Additional Staffing of 40 Bed Unit – Fantastic News For South Tipperary General Hospital.” – Deputy M. Lowry.

Announcing the news this morning, Independent TD Deputy Michael Lowry stated, “I am delighted to announce that Minister Simon Harris and the HSE have confirmed to me that approval has been granted for the funds required to staff the new 40 Bed Unit at South Tipperary General Hospital, same which will open towards the end of 2019. It is estimated to cost an additional €7.5 million per year to run the new facility

A national/international recruitment campaign will commence immediately. The Director of Nursing is looking forward to the challenge and is confident that sufficient nurses will be attracted to join the hospital group.

I made the decision to support and facilitate the formation of a government in the national interest after the last general election. I immediately made it my priority to address the bed capacity problems at South Tipperary General Hospital. For years the problems at the hospital were ignored and neglected. I secured a commitment for a 40 Bed Modular Unit to address the overcrowding at the hospital and to ease the burden of pressure on the nurses and staff at the hospital. Despite the negativity and constant effort by others to undermine the project it has now progressed to delivery and will become a reality towards the end of 2019.

I wish to commend the management of the hospital for their unrelenting commitment and their support for my endeavours. This is fantastic news for everybody involved with the hospital and for the people of Tipperary who rely on the hospital for delivery of health care. I would like to thank Minister Harris for his personal interest and his support for this novel initiative.

University Hospital Limerick

Questioned regarding the status of the proposed Modular Ward Block for University Hospital Limerick, which services North Tipperary, Mr Lowry stated, “Minister Simon Harris has also confirmed to me that the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive, are currently engaged in a process to finalise the HSE Capital Plan for 2019. The Minister has committed that the new UHL 60 Bed modular ward block will be included and funded in the 2019 Capital Plan.

This major development will assist in alleviating the bed capacity problems at this hospital. I am very pleased with the Governments commitment to this project as many people from North Tipperary have endured distressing delays in accessing the hospital’s facilities.