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Death Of Brian Maher, Oakfield Drive, Thurles

It is with great sadness we learned of the death, on Thursday 23rd February 2017, of Mr Brian Maher Jnr., Oakfield Drive and Lissaroon, Ballycahill, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
Mr Maher passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family, following an illness (Cystic Fibrosis) most bravely borne and while in the care of the nursing and medical staff of the Cystic Fibrosis Unit at Limerick Regional Hospital.

The passing of Mr Maher is most deeply regretted by his parents Fiona and Brian; Brothers Aaron and Kyle; Sisters Lucy, Roisín and Emma; James, Lynn and Elaine; Grandmothers Jossie Coppinger and Josephine Maher; Uncles; Aunts; Cousins; Extended family and Friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Maher will repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, on today Saturday, 25th February, from 4.00pm to 7.00pm, to arrive at the Church of St. Joseph and St. Brigid, Bothar na Naomh, Thurles at 7.30pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Sunday, 26th, at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Note: Family flowers only. Donations, if desired in Brian’s memory, to TLC4CF.com (Cystic Fibrosis Charity).

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Gossip Poisons Small Rural Communities

“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.”  Exodus Chapter 20 – Verse 16.

Some nights ago the remnants of ‘Storm Doris’ hit the town of Thurles and the county of Tipperary. ‘Doris’ herself had indeed indicated her intentions earlier in the evening, by sending a series of scouts riding across the town and Shannon region in the form of short, sudden, gale gusts, each arriving some 15 minutes apart.

Having checked out the weaknesses in our small town’s battle defences, ‘Doris’ herself would later rage her ferocity, under the cover of early morning darkness; travelling at speeds of 80 to 100 miles per hour; her intention to reek mayhem on our ageing trees, loose roof tiles, telecommunications and power structures.

When the first severe gusts arrived, disengaging his electrical supply, Fr Tom Farrer had been busy writing his sermon for this Sunday’s Mass. In view of the recent false allegations of child sexual abuse revealed through the Sergeant Maurice McCabe scandal of last week; Fr Tom had come to a decision.  In his wisdom, he had decided to radiate some hard hitting remarks on the ever present sin associated with the whispering of unconfirmed rumours; identified as plain gossip which so often poisons small rural communities.

Electrical power had not been reconnected at 8.00am the following morning, nevertheless Fr. Tom slipped the bolt on his front door to allow uninhibited access to his soon to arrive housekeeper. Having removed his newspaper from the postbox, he admitted to himself that today would bring added suffering to an area already destroyed by a lack of job opportunities.

Some 15 minutes later his house keeper, Mrs Beatrice Clancy, arrived and in view of the absence of electricity; she began to set a fire in the old cast-iron grate. As Fr Tom watched her move Mrs Clancy began to extol the still sparse local info on last nights mini hurricane. “Oh” she rattled on, “and by the way I was in the Bingo last night and do you know what I heard about young Peter Ryan your Sacristan?”

“Hang on there now” Fr. Tom replied, “Before you tell me that story I’d like you to pass a little test. I call it the ‘Double Filter Test’. Before you talk to me about young Peter Ryan let’s take a moment to filter what you’re going to say. The first filter is that of ‘Truth’. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”

Mrs Clancy thought hard for a brief moment “No,” the housekeeper admitted, “Actually I just heard about it in conversation.”  “All right now,” said Fr. Tom, “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now let’s try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me, Mrs Clancy, about Peter Ryan, something good?”

Again Mrs Clancy took a brief moment for hard reflection, before eventually stating “No, on the contrary.”  “So,” Fr. Tom continued, “You want to tell me something about young Peter Ryan that may be bad, even though you’re not certain it’s true?”

Mrs Clancy shrugged her shoulders, a little embarrassed. “Well,” concluded Fr. Tom, “If what you want to tell me is neither ‘True’ nor ‘Good’, why repeat it to me or anyone else in the first place?”

Feeling he had made his point most effectively; Fr. Tom sat down to await the arrival of his 2 x 2 min soft boiled eggs, due to relax shortly in a saucepan of boiling water on his now warming open fire.

Of course this story also explains the fact that Fr. Tom never truly found out that young Peter Ryan had skimmed an envelope containing a €50.00 note from the priest’s collection plate, to purchase a U2 concert ticket for the Joshua Tree Tour 2017, in Croke Park Dublin next July.


Thurles Blood Donation Clinic Wednesday 1st March, 2017


M/s Geraldine O’Rourke, of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service, reports:-

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) will attend at The Dome in the grounds of Semple Stadium here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary in the coming days.

Their mobile unit will be in place on Wednesday 1st March, 2017, from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, so where possible do please attend and help save a life by giving blood.

For further details check their website www. giveblood.ie or contact them on Tel: 061 306980.

Remember approximately 70,000 patients will have transfusions in Irish hospitals this year
Some 3,000 blood donors are needed each week in Ireland
A unit of blood lasts for just 35 days.
Some blood packs for new born babies or cancer treatment only lasts for 5 days
There is no substitute for human blood.
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service supplies 71 hospitals in Ireland with blood and blood products 365 days a year so do help save a life … Give Blood.


Death Of Bobby O’Brien, Fontenoy Terrace, Thurles

It is with a deep sense of personal sadness, I learned of the death yesterday, Thursday 23rd February 2017, of Mr Bobby O’Brien, Fontenoy Terrace, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by his parents Jerry and Ciss; brother Pat; the passing of Mr O’Brien is most deeply regretted and will remain most lovingly remembered by his sisters; Mary; Phil; Margaret; nieces; nephews; grandnieces; grandnephews; Una; cousins; relatives; neighbours; friends and Thurles Rugby Club members.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr O’Brien will repose at Thurles Rugby Club, Loughtagalla, Thurles on Saturday, 25th February, from 12.00 noon to 4.00pm, to arriving at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Cathedral Street, Thurles, at 4.30pm.

Requiem Mass will be held on Sunday, 26th February, at 12.00 noon. Burial afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Thurles.

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Death of Síobhan Costigan,Two Mile Borris, Thurles

It is with great sadness we learned of the death today, Thursday 23rd February 2017, of Mrs Síobhan Costigan (née Kelly), Dun Na Rí, Two Mile Borris, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and Ballingarry (NR), Co. Tipperary.

Mrs Costigan passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loving family, following an illness borne with the greatest dignity.

Predeceased by her parents Joan, Sean and brother Tommy; the passing of Mrs Costigan is sadly missed and will remain most lovingly remembered by her husband John, daughter Laura; son David; sisters Helena and Grainne; brothers Michael, Eoin, Nial and Cathal; nieces; nephews; mother in law; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law and a large circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Costigan will repose at her residence on Friday 24th February from 5.00pm to 8.00pm, to arriving at the Church of St James, Two Mile Borris, Thurles on Saturday 25th at approx. 11.10am. Requiem Mass will follow at 11.30am, with interment immediately afterwards in Two Mile Borris Cemetery, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Note: House Private on Saturday morning please. Family flowers only, with donation, if desired, to Milford Hospice, Limerick.

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