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Death Of Paul Ryan, Ballycahill, Thurles

deathIt is with sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Sunday 1st May 2016, of Mr Paul Ryan, Lucan, Co. Dublin and formerly of Ballycahill, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Ryan passed away peacefully in Beaumont Hospital, beloved husband of Joan and much loved father of Seán, Kate and James. His passing is most deeply regretted by his loving parents Alma and Vincent, sister Mairéad, brother Jim, dear friend and cousin Cormac, mother-in-law, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Ryan will repose at Cunningham’s Funeral Home, Chapel Hill, Lucan, on Tuesday May 3rd between 5:00pm and 8:00pm. Removal will take place on Wednesday morning, May 4th to St. Mary’s Church, Lucan, to arrive for Requiem Mass at 10:00am, followed by burial afterwards in Esker Cemetery, Lucan.

Note: House Private. No flowers please. Donations if desired to the Ross Nugent Foundation.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis

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Broadband Problems In Thurles.

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Hope you filled your Census correctly. Water comes uncontrolled from the Sky, thank God.

We were gathered in the Arch Bar in Liberty Square celebrating, having completed filling-up the Census form last weekend. There was myself and Mick; all two of us supping pints to beat the band, while discussing, reasonably I hasten to add, the all important political issues currently pertaining to our local Tipperary economy.

Discussions centred mainly around former Minister Alan Kelly and the unpaid €3 a week Irish Water invoices; the 1,432 pre-election jobs he promised to North & South Tipperary, which never appeared to actually materialise; the sudden jolt to people’s pockets as a €3.50 a week flat tax was seized in the Budget, through the implementation of an increase in tobacco costs; and the more than generous Labour Party donation of €3 per week, granted to old aged pensioners.  It was not surprising then that the sticky issue of Kelly’s failure to provide that new era of faster Broadband to rural Tipperary; (promised in 2014), would raise its ugly head.

In relation to the latter topic, Paddy more than illustrated the overall devastating consequences to family life of this Alan Kelly broadband failure. In graphic detail he told me the heart breaking story of the local family, whose mother-in-law arrived home from Lidl, to find her son-in-law David rushing around in a steaming rage, hurriedly packing his few belongings.

“What’s happening David ?”  she asks anxiously.

“What’s happening?, What’s happening?  I’ll tell you what’s happened”, the obviously enraged David ranted. “I sent an email to my wife; yes your daughter Victoria, this very morning informing her I was coming home today from my fishing trip. I get home here and guess what I find?  Yes, your daughter, my wife Victoria, naked with Francie Murphy in our marital bed!  This behaviour is unforgivable; it’s the end of our marriage; I’m done with her – done with you – and I’m out of here forever!”

“Ah now, calm down, calm down David!” says his mother-in-law. “Sure there’s something very odd going on here. My daughter would never behave in such a manner!  There must be a very simple explanation. I’ll phone her immediately and find out the truth of what really happened.”

Moments later, his mother-in-law comes back with a big, wide smile. “David” said she, “Didn’t I tell you there was a very simple explanation ….. sure she never got your feckin E-mail!”

I ask you is it any wonder that Alan Kelly’s Labour Constituency Office has closed suddenly on Slievenamon Road, as our much loved rural Tipperary is allowed to sinks further into deep decline.

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Death Of Bridie Spillane, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary

DeathIt is with sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Saturday 30th April 2016, of Mrs Bridie Spillane (née Treacy), Ileigh Road, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her beloved husband Michael, Mrs Spillane passed away at St.Conlon’s Home, Nenagh, most deeply regretted by her loving nieces and nephews; Breda (and Gerry), John (and Statia), Josephine (and Eoin), Tony and Martin, grandnephews and grandnieces, great grandnephews and great grandnieces, cousins, neighbours and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Spillane will repose at Stapletons Funeral Home, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, today, Sunday May 1st, from 5.30pm with removal to the Sacred Heart Church, Borrisoleigh, at 7:00pm.

Requiem mass will be held on tomorrow, Monday, at 11:00am, followed by burial immediately afterwards in St.Brigid’s Cemetery, Borrisoleigh.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.

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Borrisoleigh Drama Group Present ‘The Chastitute’

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Borrisoleigh Drama Group present ‘The Chastitute’ for one extra night only, by popular demand.

Borrisoleigh Drama Group will stage ‘The Chastitute’; a play by John B. Keane; that much loved Irish playwright, novelist and essayist, in The Marian Hall, Borrisoleigh, Thurles Co. Tipperary on tomorrow evening, Monday May 2nd, beginning at 7.45pm sharp.

Define a ‘Chastitute’, I hear you say?  He, according to the late, great John B. Keane, is a person, without holy orders, who has never lain down with a woman, or a rustic celibate abandoned by the forces of his own circumstances.

The play itself centres around a character, one John Bosco, (The Chastitute); a man who ‘hasn’t the makings of a decent sin in him’. He is a bachelor farmer and all he is searching for is a ‘plain, dacent woman to share his life’. He nearly found her a thousand times, but to use the well known rural phrase, “nearly never bulled a cow”.

Without giving too much of the script away to those not familiar with this wonderful tale and current stage production, the play goes on to tell of this Chastitute’s many endeavours to find a suitable mate and the tragic end results. (Perhaps some viewer may even recognise privately a little hint of their own character and circumstances, as staged events progress.)

The production, tomorrow evening, by Borrisoleigh Drama Group comes highly recommended.

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Successful Ageing In Thurles To Run Tea Dance

Thurles Community Garda Officer Mr Chris Verling, reports:-

positive-ageing-week-poster-2015Beltaine or Beltane, the Anglicised name for the Gaelic Festival of Bealtaine (Irish for the month of May), takes place this month; marking the halfway period between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice.

To celebrate ‘Bealtaine’, while simultaneously helping elderly people to achieve their optimum physical, cognitive and mental health, as well as maximising their engagement in life; on Wednesday next, May 4th 2016 a “Tea Dance” will take place at an event run and organized by the local charity “Successful Ageing Thurles”.

This “Bealtaine Tea Dance” will take place at the Anner Hotel, Dublin Road, Thurles, from 2.00pm5.00pm and all elderly people in our community, wishing to attend, are being asked to please R.S.V.P. Thurles Library Tel: (0504) – 29720 or Mr Michael Wright Mobile Tel: (083) 3581304(R.S.V.P required solely to ensure there is tea and a biscuit for everyone.)

Note: Admission to all elderly members within our community is totally free, including the music and light refreshments being provided during the course of this most enjoyable of annual Thurles events.

So all you young people out there, inform and check with your elderly parents, elderly friends, relatives not forgetting elderly neighbours. Help to assist them in sending their R.S.V.P.’s; latter indicating their intention to attend, shake that leg, meet, greet, laugh, chat or limply listen to the music, while sharing in this most pleasurable of ‘Bealtaine Festival’ afternoon events.

Remember Wednesday next, May 4th 2016.

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