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Thurles St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2019.

Pictures courtesy Stewart Willoughby

Cold weather and a late 4.00pm start, were seen as possibly the reasons for a smaller than usual number of spectators turning up to view this years St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Thurles yesterday, March 17th.

The parade followed the usual route from Abbey Road, onto Friar St, then past the reviewing stand positioned in Liberty Square, before exiting via Slievenamon Road in the town.

Road closures remained in place during the parade, with traffic not attending this annual event, diverted via other exit routes.


Death Of Jimmy Shanahan, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

It was with sadness that we learned of the death yesterday, Saturday 16th March 2019, of Mr Jimmy Shanahan, Gurtacoola, Drombane, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Shanahan passed away while in the loving care of the Matron and Staff of Padre Pio Nursing Home, Holycross, Thurles.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his loving brothers; sisters; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nephews; nieces; extended relatives; neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements

The earthly remains of Mr Shanahan will lie in repose at O’Dwyer’s Funeral Home, Upperchurch, on tomorrow evening, Monday March 18th from 5.30pm with removal at 7.00pm to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Upperchurch, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Requiem Mass will be held on Tuesday morning, March 19th, at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in the local cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Thurles Teenager Wows ‘Ireland’s Got Talent’ Judges

Fourteen-year-old Thurles teenager, Miss Iveta Tumasonyte not surprisingly wowed not only her audience, but more importantly the judges last night, with her rendition of Lady Gaga’s ‘I’ll Never Love Again’, from the 2018 American musical romantic film drama “A Star Is Born”, latter produced and directed by Bradley Cooper.

A truly surprised and visibly shocked Miss Tumasonyte will now go straight into the live shows having been, most deservedly, awarded a “Golden Buzzer”, by American TV personality on ‘Ireland’s Got Talent’, judge Ms Michelle Visage.


CAB Carry Out Money Laundering Searches In Tipperary.

The Criminal Assets Bureau has seized 115 cars, including Mercedes and BMWs, together with €43,000 in cash and £1,000 in sterling and a Rolex watch as part of their investigation into money laundering by a drugs gang in the mid-west region. A further bank account, with over €30,000 has also been frozen, under the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Act. Documentation in relation to the financing and ownership of assets, mobile phones and electronic storage devices have also been seized in eight searches.

The eight searches were carried out yesterday in counties Tipperary, Limerick and Dublin, with the motor vehicles removed from the forecourt of a car sales company in Limerick. Two car sales businesses, two private homes and four professional offices including those of Solicitors, Accountants and a Finance Company in Tipperary, Limerick and Dublin were also searched.

Member of An Garda Síochána Arrested

One member of An Garda Síochána, latter suspected of leaking confidential information regarding the ongoing CAB investigation to the criminal gang; together with a senior businessman linked to the motor trade, have also been arrested and are being questioned.


Death Of Margaret McCullagh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

It was with sadness that we learned of the death yesterday, Friday 15th March 2019, of Mrs Margaret McCullagh (née Shanahan), Cloncleigh, Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs McCullagh passed away peacefully, following an illness most bravely borne, while surrounded by her loving family.

Predeceased by her parents Eileen and John; her passing is most deeply regretted by her daughters Fiona (O’Dwyer) and Maria; her sons Brendan, Tadgh and Chris; grandchildren Emma, Connor and Rory; son in law John; sister Mary (Minchin); brothers Martin (Dungarvan) and John; brothers in law; sisters in law; nephews; nieces; extended relatives; John; former colleagues and pupils of Scoil Mochaomhóg Naofa, Two Mile Borris; neighbours and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements

The earthly remains of Mrs McCullagh will lie in repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, on Monday evening, March 18th from 4.00pm to 6.00pm, to arrive at the Church of St, James, Two Mile Borris, at 6.45pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Tuesday morning, March 19th, at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in the local cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.