Munster Hotel Car Park Closed To The Public.

Despite the statements and so called interventions by Fianna Fáil TD Mr Jackie Cahill and Fianna Fáil Councillor Mr Seamus Hanafin, yesterday’s statement printed in the Thurles Cathedral Mass Booklet correctly states, quote:-

“As you are possibly aware, the Munster Hotel Car-park has now closed for public use. This is a regrettable decision for all who visit and attend ceremonies at our Cathedral. Please be aware of this and plan your parking accordingly when visiting the Cathedral. Please note that the MIC (St. Patrick’s College)is available for weekend parking. However, due to the increased number of students the MIC carpark is not available on weekdays during College term”.

This accounts for the fact that the coin slot on the parking metre in this car park was taped-over on Saturday last, although the tape was removed this afternoon (Monday March 4th).

Thurles Cathedral forecourt with partially completed marked car parking spaces.
Pic: G. Willoughby.

Thurles.Info warned of this problem some weeks ago [January 8th, 2024], regarding parking for those attending Mass, Funerals etc at the Thurles Cathedral, and indeed the impending challenges and dangers caused by no parking for retailers/consumers, latter attempting to transact service in numerous small, nearby business premises.

Look skyward as you pass the former Munster Hotel building, latter Thurles town’s number 1 eyesore, believed to be owned by Mr Martin Healy (Member of Thurles Chamber of Commerce), as metal material is ready to displace itself from the Hotel’s roof.
Pic: G. Willoughby.

Right at this moment, while public car parking still occurs at the carpark in question; vehicle owners should be aware that our ‘eye in the sky’ has identified a large section of what appears to be metal material, that has broken loose from the roof of this Thurles town eyesore (Munster Hotel) and is due to descend into the car-park, therefore likely to strike a school bus, or other parked vehicle, or indeed likely to land in Cathedral Street, same propelled by a sharp south westerly wind blowing outside today.

Meanwhile, Thurles Cathedral (see pic. above) has partially undertaken, this morning, to mark out limited car-park spaces and pedestrian lanes on its tiny forecourt, in the interest of public health and safety.

‘The Source’ Car Park, paid for by Rate Payers, (which cannot accept buses) continues to remain closed today following an arson attack last year.
Pic: G. Willoughby.

The Source Car Park, paid for by Rate Payers, still remains closed, although the streamers, ripped from roof insulation which was left uncovered, appears to have been removed, indicating a possible opening in the near future and will, no doubt, be welcomed by Fianna Fáil TD, Mr Jackie Cahill or Independent TD Mr Michael Lowry.

Bicycle bays remained empty this morning as Thurles Town continues to becomes a “no go area” for motor vehicle parking.
This situation should be etched on the electorates mind, when local elections take place shortly, in our once thriving town.
Local newspapers and local radio stations should now be highlighting and publishing this wanton destruction of a town centre, instead of reposting/publishing, ‘willy-nilly’, the press releases of Local Councillors and resident TD’s.


New All Island Community Safety Network Launched.

The Minister for Justice Mrs Helen McEntee TD has launched a new All Island Community Safety Network.

The project is being funded through the Community Safety Innovation Fund, which seeks to reinvest seized proceeds of crime directly back into projects, to improve community safety.

Community Safety is a priority topic at both national and local levels and this Network will facilitate the sharing of ideas, good practice, and projects in relation to Community Safety and Policing engagement across the island of Ireland, both North and South.
The Network will offer communities an opportunity to hear first-hand about the successes of other groups across the entire island and offer them the chance to shine a light on their own examples of effective collaborative community safety projects that might be mirrored elsewhere.

The establishment of this network is timely given the recent enactment of the Policing, Security and Community Safety Act, which allows for the establishment of Local Community Safety Partnerships on a nationwide basis.
The project builds on the project partners’ previous experience collaborating on Beyond Borders: The All-Island Community Safety Conference held in November 2022, when over 300 attendees from both jurisdictions came together to get an insight into best practice in Community Safety; not only from Ireland but further afield.

The Network is a collaboration between Longford Community Safety Partnership, Drogheda Implementation Board and Newry Mourne and Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership.

Current and new Local Community Safety Partnerships in Ireland; Policing and Community Safety Partnerships in Northern Ireland; Joint Policing Committees; alongside relevant statutory and community organisations, will be invited to participate in Network events and activities.

Minister McEntee said: “Community safety is about people being safe and feeling safe in their communities. Local communities, key workers in the area and local representatives are often best placed to know and identify issues that will improve community safety in their areas. But learning from what has worked in other communities is also important, so that best practice can be mainstreamed.
This all-Island network will allow statutory and community partners to hear about examples of effective collaborative community safety projects and to develop better cross border relationships to enhance community safety across the island of Ireland.
I am delighted to launch the Network today, wish the project partners well and look forward to seeing the initiatives and project concepts which emerge positively impacting communities across Ireland”.

Ms Martina Maloney, (Chair of Longford Community Safety Partnership), speaking at the launch commented: “The high numbers of attendees at Beyond Borders, coupled with the very positive feedback we received from attendees showed us that there is a desire for more opportunities to share learning and gain insights into best practice in Community Safety across the island of Ireland.
Indeed a number of community safety projects emerged from the event, including the delivery of Kids’ Courts by Longford Community Safety Partnership alongside An Garda Síochána and local primary schools; and a collaborative youth drug prevention programme delivered by Foróige and Youth Work Ireland Louth in Drogheda.
We greatly appreciate funding from the Department of Justice which has enabled us to establish this Network and continue to bring together Community Safety practitioners from both North and South of the Border.
We will be hosting a series of thematic events in 2024 and 2025 on topics relating to Community Safety that are of importance to people in our own communities and beyond –Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence; community led Crime Prevention; Road Safety and more – and will also be establishing a Practitioner Forum to provide peer supports to individuals and agencies involved in Community Safety structures.”

Councillor Ms Oonagh Hanlon, (Chairperson of Newry, Mourne & Down Policing & Community Safety Partnership) said: “Collaborative working and shared learning is vitally important in tackling crime across both jurisdictions. The All Island Community Safety Network provides a unique opportunity to raise awareness of the work of our Policing and Community Safety Partnerships (PCSPs) and Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs); to share learning and allow us to build and maintain the relationships which are critical to this work as we strive to make our communities as safe as possible”.

The first event, focusing on policy and practice relating to Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence is being hosted by Drogheda Implementation Board on Tuesday 12th March 2024. Policy makers and practitioners from across Ireland will be in attendance. Enquiries relating to this event should be directed to Drogheda Implementation Board at


Man Appears In Court Charged With Fatal Assault In Co. Tipperary.

A 65-year-old Ukrainian male, named as Mr Ivan Volkov, of Holm Oak Cottages, Dundrum House Hotel, Dundrum, Co Tipperary, has appeared in court today, charged in connection with an alleged fatal assault in Dundrum, Co Tipperary earlier this week.

Mr Volkov, appeared before a special sitting of the District Court at Newcastlewest, Co. Limerick today, charged with one count of assault and one count of affray causing harm, to Mr Shamil Nabiev aged 69 years, at the Dundrum House Hotel, accommodation centre, on Sunday February 25th last.

Mr Nabiev, a native of Azerbaijan, was injured during the incident and was removed from the scene to Tipperary University Hospital Clonmel, for treatment where he since sadly passed away.

An independent post-mortem examination will now be carried out on Mr Nabiev remains; ordered by Judge Ms Carol Anne Coolican.

Mr Volkov, who was arrested at 9.18am yesterday, Saturday March 2nd, appeared in court using crutches, aided by a Ukrainian interpreter. When the assault charge was put to him, in reply Mr Volkov stated “I didn’t attack, I was defending myself“, but made no reply to the charge against him of affray.

Mr Volkov is understood to suffer from undisclosed serious health issues, and was residing in Dundrum under the status ‘temporary protection refugee’. Granting free legal aid, Judge Ms Carol Anne Coolican instructed that Mr Volkov receive all required necessary medical assistance, while held in custody”.

Mr Volkov is expected to appear before Nenagh District Court on Wednesday March 6th.


Gardaí Seek Witnesses To Tipperary Tractor Hit-And-Run.

A female pedestrian, aged in her 80s, has been hospitalised having received serious injuries, following having been stuck by a tractor in Co Tipperary.

The incident took place at Sean Kelly Square, Carrick-On-Suir, Clonmel, in the southeast of the county, at around 3:30pm on Friday, March 1st last.
The driver of the vehicle failed to remain at the scene of the accident.

The woman was quickly removed to University Hospital Waterford, where she is being treated for what are described as serious injuries.

An Garda Síochána are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this collision or who may have relevant information, to come forward immediately and assist them with their investigation. They are particularly interested in speaking to anyone with dash-cam or mobile phone footage or those who were in the area at the time.

Anyone with such information is being asked to contact Clonmel Garda Station Tel. No. 052 6177640, the Garda Confidential Line Tel. No. 1800 666 111 or indeed any Garda station.


A Song For A Sunday.

Somewhere Out There.

Lyric Writers: James Ingram; Barry Mann; Cynthia Weil, and James Horner, for the soundtrack of the animated feature film “An American Tail” (1986).
Vocals: American singer Linda Ronstadt and American singer, songwriter and record producer, the late James Ingram.

The lyrics convey the love felt by two people separated by vast distances, but cheered by the belief that their love will eventually reunite them to be with each other once again.

Somewhere Out There.

Somewhere out there beneath the pale moonlight,
Someone’s thinking of me and loving me tonight.
Somewhere out there someone’s saying a prayer,
That we’ll find one another in that big somewhere out there.
And even though I know how very far apart we are,
It helps to think we might be wishin’ on the same bright star,
And when the night wind starts to sing a lonesome lullaby,
It helps to think we’re sleeping underneath the same big sky.
Somewhere out there, if love can see us through,
Then we’ll be together somewhere out there,
Out where dreams come true.
And even though I know how very far apart we are,
It helps to think we might be wishin’ on the same bright star,
And when the night wind starts to sing a lonesome lullaby,
It helps to think we’re sleeping underneath the same big sky.
Somewhere out there, if love can see us through,
Then we’ll be together somewhere out there,
Out where dreams come true.