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Death Of Billy Lawlor, Formerly Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death, on Thursday 13th September 2018, of Mr William (Billy) Lawlor, Canterbury, Kent, England and formerly of Graigue, Killenaule, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The earthly remains of Mr ​Lawlor will be cremated in the historic English cathedral city of Canterbury, Kent, England.

May He Rest In Peace


Thurles Garda Van Overturned By Storm Ali

Gardaí shared a photograph of one of their vehicles; same having been knocked on its side by the sheer force of Storm Ali, close to their Garda Station, outside Thurles Shopping Centre, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

The van was made upright and remained parked outside the Shopping centre earlier this morning.

Thankfully no officers were injured in the incident. Gardaí shared the post with the good humoured title ‘Round 1 To Ali‘, (Muhammad Ali we presume) while at the same time demonstrating to other motorists the real dangers of high winds, the heavy rain, flying debris, fallen trees, power cuts, flooding and overall travel disruption.


Thurles Pensioners Warn Government Regarding Budget Cuts

Thurles born Mikey Ryan was stuck in a major traffic jam, just outside Thurles on the M8 motorway recently, with absolutely nothing moving for well over an hour. Suddenly a member of An Garda Síochána’s traffic Corp., knocks on his window.

Mikey rolls his window down before asking the officer, “What in hells name is the hold-up officer”?

“I regret to inform you that unidentified elderly persons, who have recently had their weekly pensions reduced; now in response, have just kidnapped several members of Dáil Éireann; their drivers and at least five high profile bank officials” explained the officer.

He continued, “They’re demanding a 30 million Euro ransom, otherwise they have threatened to douse their hostages with petrol and set them on fire, so we’re going from car to car attempting to take up a collection, which we hope will at least partially, pacify their initial demands.”

In a rarely observed undertaking, Mikey Ryan’s wallet saw the light of day for the first time in a decade; before he asked, “On average how much is every motorist giving?”

“On average I’d say around 2 gallons.” replied the officer.


Storm Ali Leaves Thurles ESB Customers Without Power

An Status Yellow wind warning will remain in place, here in Co. Tipperary, until at least 5.00pm this evening at the earliest, as strong winds from Storm Ali, leave more than 20,000 homes and businesses without power nationwide. A Status Orange wind warning also remains in effect until 1.00pm for more than half the country due to this storm.

The Electricity Supply Board (ESB) claim that over 20,000 customers currently remain without power, with the areas worst affected being Thurles, Tralee, Killarney, Galway, Sligo and Cork.

Nationally airline passengers are being advised to check with their particular operator, before travelling to their place of departure.

Weather experts warn of further heavy rain, flying debris, fallen trees, power cuts, flooding and travel disruption which continues to remain a danger in the worst-hit areas of the north west of the country.

The opening of the second day of the 87th annual National Ploughing Championships, at Screggan, Co. Offaly, Europe’s biggest outdoor event and the highlight of the Irish agricultural calendar, has been put back by two hours today, as a safety precaution. ‘Wellies’ are expected to be a necessity for visitors, with over 8mm of rain recorded as having fallen in the bordering host county of Offaly, overnight.


Thurles: Just Yesterday

Thurles: Just Yesterday

By Thurles Author & Poet Tom Ryan ©

In the multi-coloured buses waiting there,
Clad in blue and white and wine and grey,
The students in the swimming pool car park,
Leaves and leaves of learning on their backs,
Climb the metal stairs
To freedom and to home.
The glistening, indolent waters of the Suir
With the upward shooting spray of white
By the old and parapeted stony bridge,
Adventure by Butler’s Island to the sea,
Like a boy in a long lost summer hayfield,
Under the summer blue sky,
Singing or strident or whispering
Of youth and possibility.
And I hear a woman’s voice, my mother’s,
A bright child happy eternity ago
Oh, hurry now or I’ll be late
By the path by the riverside wall of stone,
Mind your lunch now,
Hurry on, Tom!
To the Presentation and the nuns.
Isn’t life a moment after all
Oh, but sudden as a tear
For the sweet and nigh forgotten joys
Of yestermorn.
Oh, beautiful as a child,
Heart- fluttering, bound for a bus
(Oh,wait for me now,Mary, wait)
For that journey to
The great uncertain romance of the world.


Tom Ryan ,”Iona” Rahealty, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.