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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 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 long.

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 turns 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 learnt 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’.


Late Sister Stephaine Purcell, Formerly of Littleton.

The death of Littleton centenarian, Sister Stephaine Purcell, took place recently at Catherine McCauley House, in Limerick.

Born in July 1917 to parents John and Catherine Purcell, Littleton; Sister Stephaine was the youngest of five children and was predeceased by her brother Phil,(1) her three sisters Mary, Nan, and Sister Virgilius.

Sister Stephaine entered Westbourne Convent, Limerick in the year 1940, to train as a teacher and completed her education at Froebel; while serving mostly in Limerick and in Ballinamore, in Co.Leitrim.

She worked in Mount Vincent Children Care Centre, with which she had a life long contact. She spent fifteen years of her apostolate as Mistress of Novice, in Limerick (1958 – 1973 ), and was responsible for the early formation of Sisters from both the Cashel and Killaloe dioceses.

She was an avid reader, retaining and continuously updating her interest in theology and spirituality; and was a great lover of poetry. She enjoyed her 100th birthday celebrations and eagerly corresponded with family members, friends and the many people who passed through, under her tutelage.

Sister Stephaine is sadly missed by her Mercy Convent Community; her nieces; nephews; grand-nieces; grand-nephews; extended family; many loyal friends; and the staff of Catherine McCauley House.

A number of people from her native Littleton, Co. Tipperary, attended the obsequies. Funeral Mass was held in St. Mary’s Church, Limerick and her interment took place in St.Mary’s Convent Cemetery, Limerick.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a h-anam dílis.

(1) Her brother, Mr Phil Purcell, was a great G.A.A. administrator, hurler and referee. He won ten Mid Tipperary medals, six County Tipperary medals, one Munster Championship medal, one National League medal and five Railway Cup medals. He also toured America four times, both as a player and team manager. He was secretary of the Moycarkey-Borris Club, Mid Tipperary and the Co. Tipperary Board (1948 – 1961 ).

[ Report comes courtesy of local correspondent Mr Gerry Bowe. ]


Death Of Michael Lynch, Borrisoleigh, Thurles

It was with great sadness we learned of the death on August 17th last 2017, of Mr Michael Lynch, Fantane, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Lynch passes away peacefully on Thursday last, at his home.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his daughters Aíne and Michelle; grandson Colm Michael, extended family and relatives.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Lynch will repose at Kennedy’s Funeral Home, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, this Sunday from 5.00pm to 7.00pm.

Removal on Monday to the Sacred Heart Church, Borrisoleigh, for requiem Mass at 11.00am, followed immediately afterwards by interment in St Brigid’s Cemetery, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Note Please: Family flowers only, however donations, if desired, to the Irish Heart Foundation.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.