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Death Of Patrick Ryan, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

It is with sadness that we learned of the death today, Tuesday 19th March 2019, of Mr Patrick Ryan (Ger), Ballybeg, Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Ryan passed away peacefully at his home, while in the loving care of his family.

Predeceased by his daughter Noirin; his passing is most deeply regretted by his beloved wife Mairead; sons Tomas and Gearoid; daughters Reidin (Corcoran), Maire, Sile, Neans (O’Donnell), Eibhlin (O’Brien) and Bernadette (Holland); grandchildren; great-grandchildren; sons-in-law, Barry, Brian, Tony and Seamus; partner Kevin; daughters-in-law Claire and Miriam; brothers Donal and Michael; nephews; nieces; sisters-in-law Sadie and Margaret, brother-in-law Tomas DeVeale; extended relatives; neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements

The earthly remains of Mr Ryan will lie in repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, on Thursday evening, March 21st, from 5.00pm to 7.30pm.

Arriving at the Church of St Kevin, Littleton, Thurles on Friday morning, March 22nd, at 11.00am, for Requiem Mass at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Note Please: Family flowers only. Donations in lieu, if desired, to Limerick Cardiac Centre.


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Death Of Fianna Fáil TD Jackie Fahey

Mr John “Jackie” Fahey, of Lisfennel Close, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford and formerly of Lyreanearla, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, who for more than 25 years represented both South Tipperary and later Waterford has, alas, passed away at the age of 91 years.

Mr Fahey passed away while in the tender care of staff at CareChoice, Dungarvan.

Predeceased by his wife Maura; son P.J.; parents Jack and Nora; his passing is most deeply regretted by his wife Ita; sons Seán, Brian and Ciaran; daughters Deirdre, Sheila, Maeve and Gráinne; daughters-in-law; sons-in-law; stepsons Joseph, Laurence and Jackie; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; extended relatives and friends.

Mr Fahey was born in Clonmel, Co Tipperary in 1928 and was educated at the local C.B.S. He later became occupied as a farmer, an auctioneer and an insurance broker.

Mr Fahey first entered politics during his 22nd year (1950); becoming first elected to Waterford County Council and holding his seat on that authority right up until 1970, and later from 1974 to 1999.

He first but his name forward, unsuccessfully, for election to Dáil Éireann as a Fianna Fáil party member in the 1961 General Election, but was successfully selected in the 1965 election, to represent Tipperary South constituency, and from 1977 onwards was returned successfully for the constituency of Waterford.

During the late 1970’s, Mr Fahey grew disillusioned with the then leadership of Fianna Fáil; namely Mr Jack Lynch, becoming part of the “gang of five” with Mr Albert Reynolds, Mr Mark Killilea, Mr Tom McEllistrim and Mr Seán Doherty, helping to lobby the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party to elect Mr Charles Haughey to become leader, and despite it being only nine years after the “Arms Crisis” had nearly ended his political career; Mr Charles Haughey was duly elected the fourth leader of Fianna Fáil, instead of the widely expected Mr George Colley.

It was generally accepted that Mr Haughey rewarded Mr Fahey by appointing him ‘Minister of State at the Department of the Environment’, a post which he held from 1979 to 1981.

He would later, in 1989, contest unsuccessfully, the 1989 European Parliament elections for the Munster constituency. In the same year he openly voted, again unsuccessfully, against the proposed Fianna Fáil–Progressive Democrats coalition, which same latter action cost him the party whip. However, he re-applied for Party membership in the following year (1990) and was re-admitted to the fold. He lost his seat in the 1992 general election, but served out his council term on Waterford City Council; retiring from politics in 1999.

During his time, particularly as an elected representative, Mr Fahey was highly regarded by his colleagues, both those in his parliamentary party and those in opposition, as a soft spoken, frank, diligent and a truly committed public servant.

Funeral Arrangements

The earthly remains of Mr Fahey will lie in repose at Kiely’s Funeral Home, Fairlane, Dungarvan (X35 XN79) on Wednesday evening, March 20th, from 4.00pm, with removal at 6.30pm to St. Mary’s Parish Church, Dungarvan.

Requeim Mass will be held on Thursday morning, March 21st, at 11.00am. Interment will follow immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Note Please: Family flowers only. Donations in lieu, if desired, to The Alzheimer Society of Ireland.


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Death Of Frank Ryan, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It was with sadness that we learned of the death, on Saturday 16th March 2019, of Mr Frank Ryan (Gilly), Cloneyross, Drombane, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by his parents Thomas and Annie and his brother Tommy; Mr Ryan passed away suddenly, most deeply regretted by his sisters Joan (Small), Mary (Dwyer), Sr. Breeda (Medical Missionaries of Mary [MMM] ), Sr. Anne (Carmelite), Sheila (Nolan), Peggy (Ryan-Ralph), Chris (O’Dwyer) and Betty; nieces; nephews; extended relatives; neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements

The earthly remains of Mr Ryan will lie in repose at Hayes’ Funeral Chapel, Clonoulty, Co. Tipperary, on Tuesday from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, followed by removal to nearby St. John the Baptist Church, Clonoulty, Co. Tipperary.

Funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in Upperchurch Cemetery, Upperchurch, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

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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.

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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.

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