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Death Of Joan Ryan, Cashel, Co. Tipperary

It is with a great personal sadness that I learned of the death today, Sunday 19th August 2018, of Mrs Joan Ryan (née Ryan), ‘Hillview’, Ballymore, Cashel, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Currana, Golden, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs Ryan passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family.  Her passing is most deeply regretted by her husband Tom, daughter Edel (Clonoulty/ Rossmore Macra); son Tomás; mother Breda; brothers Pat-Joe, Tommy, Jimmy and Dermot; sisters Lily, Helen and Bernie; uncle Fr. Jimmy Peters; Godmother Kitty Peters; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nephews; nieces; extended relatives; neighbours and a wide circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Ryan will lie in repose at her residence on Tuesday evening next, August 21st, from 4.30pm to 8.30pm.

Requiem Mass will be held on Wednesday morning, August 22nd, in St. John the Baptist Church, Clonoulty at 11.30am, followed by burial immediately afterwards in Ardmayle Cemetery.

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

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


National Lottery Ticket Costs Set To Rise From Next Month

The cost of playing the now three-year-old, privatised National Lottery is set to rise from next month, with officials confirming the second price-hike in less than three years. This hike follows on from the company’s increase of 50 cent per line and the adding of two extra numbers, making the Lottery statistically much harder to win.

While the National Lottery has stressed that there will be no change in the price of a ticket for the main Lotto draw; Lotto Plus, Lotto Plus 1, and Lotto Plus 2 are all set to increase considerably. From September 1st, the price of a two-line ticket with Lotto Plus will go from €5 to €6, and the cost of entering Plus 1 and 2 draws will double, going from 50 cent to €1 per line.

The Canadian-owned Premier Lotteries Ireland said that they are bringing the prize for Plus 1 from €500,000 to €1 million, and that they are going to be adding in extra prizes. People who only play the main draw will be unaffected with the cost set to stay at €4 for two lines.

In 2011, in response to Ireland’s financial crisis, the government included the National Lottery licence amongst the other collection of silver to be flogged off cheaply; to assist the Irish public finances. In April 2012, the government then announced that it would sell the National Lottery licence for a period of 20 years for an upfront payment, while ensuring that 30% of lottery sales would still go to fund its designated good causes nominated by government.  The licence was valued at between €200 and €600 million, with some estimates putting its value in the region of €500 million.

In May 2013, the Irish government enacted the National Lottery Act 2013, with this enactment allowing for the sale of the National Lottery licence and providing for the establishment of a new independent lottery regulator, who would in turn eliminate some restrictions on Internet gambling, to allow for the growth of online lottery sales. The legislation also added the Natural Environment to its list of ‘good causes’, eligible to receive National Lottery funding.

On October 3rd 2013, Labour Minister Mr Brendan Howlin announced that the government had agreed to sell the National Lottery licence for €405 million, to Premier Lotteries Ireland, latter a consortium comprising of An Post, An Post pension funds, and the Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan (owner of the Camelot Group, operators of the UK National Lottery).  Mr Dermot Griffin, head of the An Post National Lottery Company since 2006, was appointed chief executive of Premier Lotteries Ireland. Other existing senior management were also retained. Executives from the Camelot Group, the Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan, and An Post were appointed to the board of the new company.

The current chances of winning the Lotto jackpot are calculated at 1 in 8,145,060. This means that if everyone in Ireland bought a single ticket tonight, each with different numbers, there is still roughly a 50% chance that no-one will win.

This action by Premier Lotteries Ireland now further confirms, as if confirmation was needed, that playing our National Lottery is only for “mugs and dreamers”, with the wise punter steering his/her money into the purchase of Prize Bonds. After all, come what may, they know that Prize Bond investments can always be cashed-in, and in our low-inflation, zero-interest existing world, those who buy loads of Prize Bonds stand weekly to lose virtually nothing, in comparison to those Lottery players now about to be asked to gamble and loose €12 per week with only a 1 in 8,145,060 chance of buying that much advertised ‘island for Ireland’.


Death Of Teresa Mulcahy Formerly Thurles, Tipperary

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death yesterday, Friday 17th August 2018, of Mrs Teresa (Tess) Mulcahy (née Fahy), Blenheim Heights, Waterford City, Co. Waterford and formerly of Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Beloved wife of the late Tom; the passing of Mrs Mulcahy is most deeply regretted by her daughters Deirdre, Sinéad and Clodagh; son Brendan; brothers; sisters; daughter-in-law; sons-in-law; grandchildren Callum, Angus, Adam, David, Georgia, Isabelle and Jacob; extended relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Mulcahy will be removed from University Hospital Waterford on tomorrow evening Sunday at 7.00pm, to repose at St. Mary’s Church, Ballygunner, Co. Waterford.

Requiem Mass will take place on Monday at 12.00 noon, with interment immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

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

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Death Of Jimmy Dwyer, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death yesterday, Friday 17th August 2018, of Mr Jimmy Dwyer, Clonealy, Drombane, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Predeceased by his brothers Paddy and Tommy; Mr Dwyer passed away peacefully while in the excellent care of the Matron and Staff of the Woodlands Nursing Home, Dundrum, Co. Tipperary.  His passing is most deeply regretted by his loving family, brother Mattie; sister Sr. Winnie; nephew Donal; niece Caroline; Tommy’s partner Mary; extended relatives; kind neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Dwyer will lie in repose at Haye’s Funeral Chapel, perary, this Sunday evening (August 19th) from 5:30pm, with removal at 7:30pm to the Church of Jesus Christ Our Saviour, Rossmore, Cashel.

Requiem Mass will take place on Monday at 11:30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Sun Shines On Wedding Of Rachel & Garry.

In brilliant sunshine and with temperatures reaching 22°C, the wedding took place on Thursday last of Miss Rachel Willoughby, daughter of Mr George Willoughby and the Late Mrs Sarah (Sally) Willoughby, Kickham Street, Thurles, Co Tipperary; to Mr Garry Butler, son of Mrs Francis & Mr  Michael Butler, The Heath, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Garry & Rachel Butler, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.          [Photograph courtesy Colin Kenny]

The Rite of Marriage ceremony took place in the beautiful, recently restored, Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles with the ceremony conducted by close family friends; Rev Fr. Joseph (Joe) Walsh (P.P. Thurles); assisted by Monsignor Dr. Maurice Dooley AP, (Loughmore, Co. Tipperary).

The bride, escorted down the aisle by her father, looked stunningly beautiful in an ivory ‘Essense of Australia’ gown displaying a romantic mixture of luxurious crepe; delicate lace; with plunging neck line, highlighting the bodice. The groom, Garry, and his grooms-men; Mr Allan Butler (Best Man), Mr Ciarán Moore & Mr Darran Carew, all looked dashing in their petrol blue ‘Benetti’ suits, while bridesmaids; Miss Alison Brolan (Chief Bridesmaid), Miss Laura Stakelum & Miss Emma Butler further added to the splendour of the occasion in their blush pink evening gowns.

The couple proclaimed their love for each other in front of a large gathering of family members and close friends, with a video recording of the event undertaken by Thurles videographers ‘Star Systems’.  Photography for the event was undertaken by leading wedding photographer Mr Colin Kenny.

A Rolls Royce Silver Cloud owned and driven by Chauffeur Mr Michael Hogan was the couples choice for this most special wedding day event.

Music and vocals were performed by the ever popular “Cullinane Family”, supported and complimented by musician Miss Sinead Rodger with additional vocals by Miss Katie Lawless & Mr Shane Willoughby. Passages from scripture were read by Mr Ronan Spain & Miss Meghan Butler, while Prayers of the Faithful were read by Miss Katie Lawless, Miss Theresa Buckley, Miss Aoife Moore & Mr Liam Fleming.

Offertory gifts of Bread and Wine were presented by Mrs Francis Butler (Mother of the Groom) & Mrs Karen Spain (Sister of the Bride), while Mr Shane Willoughby (Brother of the Bride) read the Communion Reflection.

Following their marriage ceremony, the new Mr and Mrs Butler retired to the ever popular luxury 4 star Newpark Hotel, situated at Castlecomer Road, Newpark Lower, Co. Kilkenny. Here guests were immediately entertained to light refreshments on their arrival.

Following family photographs in the grounds of Lisheen Castle and in the hotels private garden, the newly married couple joined their guests in the venue’s main banquet hall for dinner, latter which was immediately followed by dancing late into the evening, with music provided by “The Suite“.

The couple have chosen to honeymoon on the Spanish island of Lanzarote, one of the Canary islands off the coast of West Africa.

To Rachel & Garry go our best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous life together and our thanks to you both for the most enjoyable of wedding day celebrations.