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Death Of Mick Gooney, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It is with a great personal sadness that I learned of the death today, Monday 16th July 2018, of Mr Michael (Mick) Gooney, Childers Park, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Gooney passed away peacefully, after a long illness, while in the wonderful care of the Staff of St Theresa’s Nursing Home, Lognafulla, Dublin Rd, Thurles.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his loving wife Elizabeth; sons Tom and James; daughters Liz, Noreen and Anna; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brothers; sisters; sons-in-law; daughters-in-law; nephews; nieces; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; cousins; extended relatives; neighbours and many good friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Gooney will lie in repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, on tomorrow evening, Tuesday 17th July, from 4.30pm to 6.30pm, to arrive at the Church of St. Joseph and St. Brigid, Bóthar na Naomh, Thurles at 7.00pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Wednesday 18th July at 10.00am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Note Please: Family flowers only. Donations in lieu, if desired, to Resident’s Fund’s St Theresa’s Nursing Home, Thurles.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

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Death Of Alice Byrne, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It was with a great personal sadness that I learned of the death, on Sunday 15th July 2018, of Mrs Alice Byrne (née Ryan), Ard Mhuire, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs Byrne passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, while in the wonderful care of the Staff of the Community Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her husband John; son Shane; daughter Emma; grandchildren Elle and Edward; son-in-law James; nephews; nieces; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; cousins; extended relatives; neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Byrne will lie in repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, on tomorrow evening, Tuesday 17th July, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, to arrive at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Cathedral Street, Thurles, at 8.00pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Wednesday 18th July, at 11.00am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Note Please: Family flowers only. Donations in lieu, if desired, to Milford Hospice Homecare Team.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.

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Thurles – Accidents Just Waiting To Grant Compensation

To be fair Templemore/Thurles Municipal District Councillors are great for ‘Calling’ for things, especially on local radio; and more especially when health and safety issues are at stake, like hedge cutting etc. However Ratepayers and those paying Property Tax in Thurles should note that their subscriptions to both worthy causes are in danger of greatly increasing, with town Councillors continuing to ignore accidents just waiting to happen.

What with dangerous footpaths and giant potholes evident everywhere, no one is looking skyward, especially while in the vicinity of Slievenamon Road, Thurles, just outside Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home. [Note: Careful gawking if you are driving please.]

For some weeks the guts of a public street light has been precariously dangling some 30ft above the pavement/road. With even a slight breeze there is a real danger that wires attached will break off, resulting in a pedestrians head being split open or a passing car being seriously damaged.

We have contacted Thurles Gardaí and Tipp County Council (Tel: 0761 06 5000). Despite giving the Council an accurate address, they were anxious that we supply them with a ‘Pole Number’. (God Help Us, but sackings are necessary.)

What Do You Think: Maybe before the Schools reopen?
Meanwhile, Thurles.Info, some months ago, highlighted the dangers at the the Cathedral Street pedestrian level crossing, but again no mention at Council meetings.

Quote from our report dated February 1st 2018,, “One hundred and twenty yards away, in August 2017 last, a high sided truck made the careless decision to adjust the automated pedestrian crossing lights outside of Thurles Cathedral. The bulbs on this crossing used to feed motorised traffic information have been changed on two occasions since, yet the pedestrian information lights have not been realigned, leaving pedestrians unable to view the crossings signals, causing unnecessary delay to motorists. This is a busy crossing used by over 600 school children twice daily to get to and from rural school buses, not to mention the several hundred church pilgrims and local shoppers out walking each day.”

Guys you have got to write these things down with the butt of your pencil, or better still, go on local radio and highlight the issue.

UPDATE: Thurles.Info is happy to relate that as and from 5.00pm this evening an ESB technician has rectified the danger to pedestrians on the Slievenamon Road, Thurles, just outside Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home.

Begorra,  (Latter an exclamation of surprise traditionally attributed to the Irish), I think I might run for the local Council at the next local elections. I might try to get on Tipp FM to-morrow and announce my candidacy, or sure maybe I could run for President and if unsuccessful, work my way down.

Of course the one year old problem of the Cathedral Street pedestrian crossing and the danger to school students hasn’t been fixed yet, but I am ‘Calling’  on Tipperary County Council to be proactive in fixing this also, especially while screwdrivers are still out of the toolbox.

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Blue Tits Become Next Door Neighbours In April 2018

Blue Cap; Blue Bonnet; Nun, and Tree babbler are just some of the names given to our native Irish Blue Tit.

Here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary, this year, two such Blue Tits, whom we affectionately came to know as Thomas Tit and Sharon Tit, moved in quite unexpectedly to a newly installed Tit box.

Blue tits are small, lightweight, short legged, acrobatic and highly intelligent birds, with a somewhat convivial nature, most often found hanging upside down from branches and bird feeders, in their endless search for insects and seeds.

Once the removers of foil milk bottle caps; from once door to door milk bottle deliveries; stealing the energy rich non-lactose cream; the sturdy beaks of these little birds are well suited to their diet of fruit, seeds and berries in the autumn and winter; while changing to mostly larvae, insects and spiders, found in abundance during spring and summer.

Sharon Tit remained in total command with regard to family matters, especially when it came to choosing not just a mate, but also a home/nest site. The breeding season for Tits usually starts in early to mid-April. In the weeks before egg laying, Sharon Tit increased her weight by 50%, aided by food collected and shared with the help of partner Thomas Tit.

Tits will usually build their nests in holes and crevices in trees, walls or in this case a nest box purchased from O’Driscoll’s Garden Centre, here in Thurles. But Tits have been known to nest in such places as rural ‘An Post’ letter boxes.

Sharon Tit formed a deep hollow in her chosen, soft hair nest materials, by simply wriggling and continuously twisting around and around, while continued to erect higher sides. The nest when complete saw Sharon Tit producing nearly her own weight in eggs, laying one egg each day for 12 days.

Her eggs took 14 to 16 days to hatch completely and both Sharon and Thomas, together, made up to 300 daily visits  to and from the nursery, during the first few days.  Together these visits rose to some 800 or more each day, prior to the youngsters leaving the nest.

As can be seen in the video above, Tits will collect caterpillars, feeding themselves only the smallest; while feeding the larger ones, containing the most energy, to their siblings. No need for pesticides here, as the dietary practises of Sharon and Thomas Tit made them extremely effective pest controllers in the gardens; feeding their babies as many as 15,000 flies, spiders and green caterpillars in the first three week as parents.

Three weeks on, with all children left the nursery, Sharon and Thomas Tit continued to support this family roaming freely for a further two weeks, but at five weeks old they were abandoned to fend for themselves, as is normal Tit family practise.

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Death Of Jack Loughnane, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It was with sadness, that we learned of the death yesterday, Saturday 14th July 2018, of Mr John (Jack) Loughnane, Butler Avenue, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Mr Loughnane passed away while in the wonderful care of the Staff of the Community Hospital of The Assumption, Thurles.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his sisters Geraldine (Brady, Celbridge), Breda (English, Enniscorthy) and Angie (Aveyard, Oxford); nieces; nephews; brother in law Michael; extended relatives; neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Loughnane will lie in repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, on Wednesday evening next, 18th July, from 5.00pm to 7.00pm to arrive at Bóthar na Naomh Church, Thurles at 7.30pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Thursday 19th at 10.00am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

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