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Thurles 175 Year Old Great Famine Double Ditch Demolition Scandal

Survey Sent To All Thurles Elected Representatives Including Teachta Dála Mr Jackie Cahill and Mr Michael Lowry.

A simple definition of the word “Hypocrisy“, is the practice of claiming to have higher standards, virtues, principles and beliefs that one in fact does not have and in most cases are unlikely to attain.

For examples of real “Hypocrisy” one does not have to go outside of County Tipperary or past page 4 of the “Tipperary Heritage Plan 2017 -2021” to find 2 major examples. View same by simply clicking HERE

First example of “Hypocrisy” comes from Cllr. Siobhán Ambrose, (Back between the years 2017 – 2021 Ms Ambrose was for a term Cathaoirleach, of Tipperary County Council.)

Quote: “The aim of the plan is to connect the citizens of Tipperary to their heritage and to make it an integral part of everyday life at the core of our communities. ……The aim of the plan is to connect the citizens of Tipperary to their heritage and to make it an integral part of everyday life at the core of our communities. Tipperary is a county with a rich heritage of which the Council and the citizens of Tipperary are very proud. Heritage projects provide a great opportunity for communities to come together and across the county local groups are working together to promote their localities. I have attended numerous events in the last months where people are celebrating their heritage, be it Built Heritage, Biodiversity and Wildlife, Culture, Music or Folklore. This strengthens our communities and contributes to our sense of place and puts heritage at the heart of our communities. I would like to acknowledge the work of these groups and individuals and hope that through the actions of this plan that we can work in partnership to look after this valuable asset and protect it for generations to come”.

The second example comes from the current reigning Chief Executive of Tipperary County Council, Mr Joe MacGrath.

Quote: “Our heritage is about our past, our present and our future and contributes greatly to the quality of life in our urban and rural communities. It is shared by all and is fully inclusive. Interaction with our heritage not only provides physical and mental health benefits, but contributes to overall well-being, while biodiversity is an essential component in the functioning of our environment.”

While we can’t be sure who wrote the above two introductory paragraphs to this ‘Tipperary Heritage Plan‘ document; we do know that both the Tipperary Co. Council officials named above, signed them; while receiving hefty salaries from Tipperary taxpayers.

Elected Representatives Questionnaire/Survey

The above survey is being sent to the following persons.

Elected Co. Councillors, Templemore / Thurles Municipal District.

Mr Peter Ryan. peter.ryan@tipperarycoco.ie
Mr Eddie Moran. eddie.moran@tipperarycoco.ie
Mr Jim Ryan. jim.ryan@tipperarycoco.ie
Note: Latter Mr Ryan will also reply to our survey issued yesterday.
Mr Shane Lee. shane.lee@tipperarycoco.ie
Mr Noel J. Coonan. noel.coonan@tipperarycoco.ie
Mr Michael Smith. michael.smith@tipperarycoco.ie
Mr Micheál Lowry. micheal.lowry@tipperarycoco.ie
Mr Seamus Hanafin. seamus.hanafin@tipperarycoco.ie
Mr Sean Ryan. seano.ryan@tipperarycoco.ie

Local Politicians

Mr Michael Lowry. michael.lowry@oireachtas.ie
Mr Jackie Cahill. jackie.cahill@oireachtas.ie

Of the 6 questions forwarded to all elected representatives; the first 3 questions require only a simple YES or NO answer.

(1) Do you support the continued destruction of Thurles history and its historical sites, as in the past?

(2) Do you support the recently confirmed plans by Tipperary County Council to destroy the Great Famine Double Ditch historical site?

(3) As part of the Tipperary County Council development plans, in relation to this proposed inner relief road; has any alternative to the destruction of the Double Ditch been explored at Municipal district level or County level, Chaired by Tipperary Co, Council Chief Executive Mr Joe MacGrath?

(4) If you agree that the Great Famine Double Ditch should be taken from the people of Thurles and destroyed as part of Tipperary Co. Councils development plans, please now outline why you believe this to be so justified?

(5) If you disagree and believe the Double Ditch should be protected and marketed to the world; what action do you propose should now be undertaken to prevent its destruction?

(6) Will you be inviting ÆGIS and their Archaeological Impact Statement report author, namely Mr F. Coyne BA MIAI to return and acknowledge that the Great Famine Double Ditch actually exists?
The qualified professional author Mr Coyne, should also explain how and why he excluded the phrases: “Double Ditch”, “Public Right-of-Way”, “Mass Path” and “Great Famine” from his Archaeological Impact Statement and declare that he was not requested to do so by any engineer or other official within Tipperary Co. Council. (See page 5 & 6 of link shown HERE.)

NB: The Questionnaire/Survey must be returned by Sunday 14th March 2021 and in the interests of openness & transparency, all details will be published in full, on this website for our readers.

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Death Of Nancy Walsh, Fethard, Co. Tipperary.

It is with great personal sadness and regret that the Thurles Community learned of the death, today, Thursday 4th March 2021, of Mrs Nancy Walsh (née Brady), Knockbrett, Fethard, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Cortober, Arva, Co. Cavan.

Mrs Walsh passed away peacefully while in the loving care of her family. Beloved wife of John and much loved mother of Annette, Tony, Larry and Rev. Fr. Joe Walsh (Serving the congregation at the Cathedral of the Assumption Thurles, Thurles).

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her brothers and sister, daughters-in-law, son-in-law, cherished grandchildren Donna, Shane, Laura, Conor, Kevin, Ava, four great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended relatives, neighbours and friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements.

The earthly remains of Mrs Walsh will repose at the private residence of her daughter Annette; for family members only.
Mrs Walsh will further repose at a private Requiem Mass, attended by family, in the Church of St. Joseph the Worker, Moyglass, Fethard, Co. Tipperary, on Saturday morning, March 6th, at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards.

For the many persons who would have liked to have attended the funeral service of Mrs Walsh, but are unable to do so, due to current coronavirus pandemic restrictions; same can be viewed online HERE.

The extended Walsh family wish to express their appreciation for your understanding at this difficult time and have made arrangements for those wishing to send messages of condolence, to use the link shown HERE.


Suaimhneas síoraí dá h-anam dílis.

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Covid-19 Update: Thur. 4th March 2021 – 39 Deaths – 462 New Cases.

Seven (7) new killer Covid-19 cases confirmed in Co. Tipperary.

Only YOU and YOU alone can stop the current chain of virus transmission.

The Department of Health has confirmed that there has, sadly, been 39 further deaths caused by the Covid-19 pandemic; leaving the overall death toll, here in the Republic of Ireland, remaining at 4,396.

With the number of new coronavirus cases rising again in Europe after six weeks of decline; there have been 462 new additional virus cases reported here within the Irish Republic. This leaves the current total number of confirmed cases, since conception, here in the Irish Republic, at 221,649.

Of the cases today; 207 are in Dublin, 29 in Cork, 26 in Meath, 20 in Kildare, 18 in Galway, with the remaining 162 cases located across all other counties.

Relevant to midnight yesterday, March 3nd, there were 7 new killer virus cases confirmed in Tipperary in the 24 hours to midnight last night, with 278 new cases within the past 14 days.

There are 460 people with Covid-19 in hospital today, and of that number, 107 are in ICU’s, according to Ireland’s COVID-19 Data Hub.

Some 303,550 first doses of Covid-19 vaccines were administered by the Health Service Executive (HSE) here in Ireland up to March 1st, with 142,924 persons having received their second dose.

The total worldwide number of virus cases identified up to 5:30pm this evening, now stands at well over 115.3 million confirmed, with global deaths at well over 2.56 million.

Please Stay Safe – By Staying at Home.

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Realise Your Writing Dreams During Lockdown.

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They say “everyone has one book in them” and it was the quick-minded English polemicist or controversial debater, Christopher Hitchens, who added that “in most cases that’s where it should stay”.

All joking aside, if you feel you have something worth putting into writing, then lock-down is the perfect time to achieve this goal.

You may not have a book in you. Instead you may want to write a poem, a short story or a song. If you do, but aren’t sure how to get started, FutureLearn.com offers free online courses from some of the world’s top universities.

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Remember “Nothing ventured, nothing gained”

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Death Of John Joe McDonnell, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

It was with great sadness and regret that we learned of the death, yesterday, Wednesday 3rd March 2021, of Mr John Joe McDonnell, Main Street, Templetuohy, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr McDonnell, sadly, passed away unexpectedly at his place of residence.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his brother Michael and sister Marie, sister-in-law Mary and brother-in-law Michael, nieces Carmel and Michelle, nephew Neil, grand nieces Saoirse, Grace, Aoife, Orla and Norah, nephews James, Hugh, Adam and Conor, extended relatives, neighbours and many friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements.

The earthly remains of Mr McDonnell will be received into the Church of the Sacred Heart, Templetuohy, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, to repose for private Requiem Mass, attended by family members only, on Friday, March 5th at 11:30am; followed by interment immediately afterwards in Templeree Cemetery.

For the many persons who would have liked to have attended the funeral service of Mr McDonnell, but are unable to do so, due to current coronavirus pandemic restrictions; same can be viewed online HERE.

[NB: Due to National Public Health Guidelines, regarding C-19 virus restrictions; those attending (limited to 10 family members), will continue to observe strict adherence to social distancing and face covering.]

The extended McDonnell family wish to express their appreciation for your understanding at this difficult time and have made arrangements for those wishing to send messages of condolence, to use the link shown HERE.


Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

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