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Thurles Man Confesses Theft From Employer

Thurles, The Cathedral Town

Thurles born, Mikey Ryan, following a recent health scare, decided it would be best to confide a previously undisclosed, yet nagging secret, to his local parish priest.

“After all God sees everything”, as Mikey pointed out to me, “so it would be only logical to get things sorted out down here on earth, instead of slowing down others on their processional route, through Heaven’s Pearly Gates”.

I must say personally that I felt Mikey should have kept his secret, especially what with the cost of Mortgages now-a-days and the inability of Banks to loan out money; but Mikey remained adamant. True to his word, down in the Confessional of the Cathedral of The Assumption here in Cathedral Street, Thurles, last Friday; Mikey finally admitted that he had been stealing materials from the building supplier, who had kept him gainfully employed for the past 45 years.

“Have you no shame and are you not aware of the moral imperative laid down by God in His commandments”, asked a chastising old priest.

“Surely you remember your catechism and the words, ‘Thou shalt not steal’. Remember the words also, my son, ‘Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbour’s’,” rhymed off the old priest, “Indeed my son you have grievously broken not one, but two of God’s Commandments, through endeavouring to scheme, covet and acquire another man’s possessions”.

The old priest paused briefly before asking, “So what did you actually steal from your employer and neighbour, my son”.

“Well Father, to be totally honest,  I stole, over the past 40 years, enough to build my own four bedroomed house; then there was my son’s house, and two other houses for both of me daughters”, confessed Mikey.

“Oh and Father in the last year I built a small week-end fishing lodge over on the shores of Lough Derg, to accommodate myself and a couple of me mates to hangout in”, continued Mikey, making a conscious decision to rid himself of his entire guilty secret, once and for all.

“This is truly a serious matter my son”, stated the priest,  “Pray now to God, seeking forgiveness, while I think of an appropriate penance for your most grievous of sin.”

Some minutes later the old priest asked,  “Tell me Mikey have you ever done a retreat in the past”.

Mikey thought for a moment, before replying, “Begob no Father I haven’t, but sure look if you can produce the plans, I can get you most of the necessary building supplies”.


Funds Awarded To Study Crop Protection & Clean Energy

Food Producers in Co. Tipperary have welcomed the news that the Environmental Protection Agency are to announce two new research projects, to be funded through the Science Foundation Ireland’s Investigator Programme.

As part of this strategic partnership the Environmental Protection Agency will co-fund two five-year research projectsv as follows:

  • Trinity College Dublin (Frank Wellmer) – looking at crop protection (A new avenue for crop protection: generating Brassica cultivars with supernumerary trichomes).
  • University of Limerick (Michael Zaworotko) – looking at clean energy (Green Adsorbents for Clean Energy).

These awards were announced at the Science Foundation Ireland Award Ceremony which took place in Trinity College Dublin this week.

Alice Wemaere, EPA Research Manager, stated: “We are delighted to build on the success of previous collaborations between the Environmental Protection Agency and Science Foundation Ireland. The two projects awarded funding today have the potential to yield significant environmental, economic and societal benefits for Ireland and will add to the range of EPA research that provides pathways to a low-carbon, sustainable future. The EPA wants to maximise the impact and benefit of its research funding for society and will therefore continue to seek co-funding and strategic collaboration opportunities to support environmental research.”

This SFI Programme is designed to support the development of world-class research and human capital in the areas of science, engineering and mathematics (STEM), that demonstrably support and underpin enterprise competitiveness and societal development in Ireland.


Death Of Michael Shanahan, Fantane, Borrisoleigh

It is with great sadness we learned of the death today, Friday 22nd September 2017, of Mr Michael Shanahan, Fantane, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, (Stakelums Hardware).

Mr Shanahan passed away peacefully while in the care of the Matron and staff at Nenagh General Hospital.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his loving wife Biddy; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; cousins; nieces; nephews; grandnieces; grandnephews; extended relatives, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Shanahan will repose at his residence on tomorrow evening, Saturday from 4.00pm, to arrive at the Church of The Sacred Heart, Borrisoleigh, Thurles on Sunday morning at 10.30am.

Funeral Mass will take place on Sunday at 11.00am, followed immediately afterwards by interment in St. Brigid’s Cemetery, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.


Death Of Seamus Kennedy, Slievenamon Road, Thurles

It was with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Wednesday 20th September 2017, of Mr Seamus Kennedy, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Friar Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Kennedy passed away peacefully in his 92nd year, following a short illness and while in the loving care of the Community Hospital of The Assumption, Thurles.

Predeceased by his beloved wife Eileen, his passing is most deeply regretted by his daughters Eleanor (Gilman), Gayl and Michelle (Hever); sons-in-law Donal and Ronan; grandchildren Sinéad, James and Clodagh; sister Rita; brother-in-law Paddy; nieces; nephews; extended relatives and a wide circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Kennedy will repose at Kennedy’s Funeral Home, Dublin Road, Thurles, on tomorrow evening Friday  from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, to arrive at the Cathedral of The Assumption on Saturday morning at 10.15am.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11.00am, followed immediately afterwards by interment in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Note Please: Family flowers only.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.


Thurles Sarsfields GAA Story – Volume 1

“Thurles Sarsfields GAA Story – Volume 1” due for publication well in advance of Christmas 2017.


Thurles SarsfieldsTipperary Junior Hurling No.1 Champions 1955.
Back row (L to R): – Noel Murphy, Michael Butler, Thomas Butler (H), Frankie Jordan, Seán McLoughlin, Willie Hackett, Dick Butler, Michael Connors.  Front Back row (L to R): – Michael Murphy, Patsy Butler, Jimmy Doyle, Frank Barrett, Michael Stapleton, Mick Cahill, Jerry Loughnane.

Above picture is one of the many photographs from a forthcoming publication, entitled “Thurles Sarsfields GAA Story – Volume 1”, by Author Liam Ó Donnchú, (Author of ‘Tom Semple and The Thurles Blues’  & ‘Pouldine School – Inné agus Inniu’ ).

Due to be launched in November 2017, this truly fascinating publication will run to over 500 pages, packed with facts, figures and photos about the club; latter situated here in Thurles, the home and birthplace of the GAA.

This long-awaited and overdue hard-back publication, costing €25, will be available in Thurles through Bookworm, Lár na Páirce, Eason and Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre.

Same can also be ordered direct by post (€10 extra) from: Liam Ó Donnchú, Ballymoreen, Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

We hope to feature further pictures from this exciting publication over the coming weeks, so do join the thousands of our other daily readers, by subscribing to Thurles.Info. (Simply insert your Email address into the ‘Subscribe’ Box, found on the right hand side of our web page, to receive daily notifications in your mailbox.)