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Mikey Ryan Is Worried Over New Dublin Development Plan

We were above in the Arch Bar, in Liberty Square, Thurles last night, trying to solve the world’s problems as we occasionally do. (For God’s sake don’t mention the two black eyes.)

“Give us two good pints there Pat, when you get a minute”, said I.

“Bejasus, the whole world went to the bad this week”, said Mikey Ryan, “First there was that tragic shooting in Florida. Just imagine you only have to be aged 18 to buy an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle in the USA, while you have to be aged 21 in the same country to buy a can of Coors Light, specially cooled in the Rocky Mountains, using Rocky Mountain spring water”.

“Then there were all those unfortunate film stars who came out complaining about being sexual harassed, as they climbed that rickety ladder of success”, he sympathetically stated.

Mikey ranted on, “And if that wasn’t bad enough Varadkar launches his spending splurge on infrastructure; The Dublin Development Plan – Project Dublin 2040.”

“It’s bloody peculiar all right”, said I. “Still wouldn’t it be great if President Trump came over golfing here to Co. Tipperary and recognised Thurles as Ireland’s Capital, instead of Dublin, just like he did with Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in Israel.

“Personally, I would be more worried for the farming community because of this feckin Brexit”, said I, “Sure God only knows what will happen into the future, if fears expressed by the Tipperary farming community are anyway accurate”.

“Oh, begod we needn’t worry”, said Mikey, “Sure farmer always have the ‘poor mouth’. A farmer over from Ballywinterrourkewood, in Co. Limerick was telling me, at Thurles Mart on Monday, that farmers; unlike heretofore, will be charging in future for every god dammed thing, in order to make sure that they can make ends meet and pay their overdue taxes”.

“And this claim”, confirmed Mikey, “Is further borne out by John Joe Brennan, who farms over in Holycross. He confided in me that a certain farmer over in Drombane (Actually ’twas Billy Moore, but no names – no court martial, if you know what I mean), knocked at his door just last week”.

Mikey continued “His youngest lad, a boy aged 9, answered the half door”.
“Would your auld lad or auld one be at home?” asked our nameless dour faced, Drombane man.

“No, they went into Thurles town, there is a special 39 cent sale on milk, rhubarb and potatoes over in Aldi this week.” said the young lad.

“How about your brother, Ronado? Would he be around?” asked the visitor.

“No, sure he went with my auld lad and auld one, to get 10 slabs of cheap cider from Tesco”, replied the young lad.

Our now agitated Drombane visitor put the safety catch back on the Purdy ‘Over & Under’ shot gun and thought for a while, moving from one foot to the other like a cut cat; cursing under his breath.

“I know where all our farm implements are, if you want to rent something, or I can give me auld lad a message and get him to phone you”, volunteered the hardy nine-year-old.

“Well,” said the obviously annoyed Drombane farmer, “I was kinda hoping to talk to your auld lad up close and in person, like. You see it’s about that brother of yours, Ronaldo. He is after sticking my daughter, Coleen, up the proverbial”.

The nine-year-old thought for a brief moment; “Yes, you would have to talk to me auld lad about that. I know he charges €500 for the use of the Bull; €100 for the Boar, and €50 for the Billy Goat, but I don’t know how much he charges for me brother, Ronaldo.”


Thurles Sarfields Secure All-Ireland Junior B Hurling Title

Picture: Delighted Thurles Sarsfields supporters watching on as Hurling Captain David Bourke is about to receive the Killeedy GAA Junior B Perpetual Cup from former president of the GAA and member of the European Parliament for Ireland South, since 2009, Mr Seán Kelly.

Congratulations to Thurles Sarfields who secured the All-Ireland Junior B hurling title, this afternoon, defeating Galway’s Kilnadeema-Leitrim, on a score line of 2-11 (17 pts) to 1-13 (16 pts).

The crucial goals were scored by Pa Crone and Seamie Doyle.


Death Of Mai O’Dwyer, Clongour, Thurles

It was with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Saturday 17th February 2018, of Mrs Mai O’Dwyer, ‘Sliabh Bloom’, Clongour, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The passing of Mrs O’Dwyer is most deeply regretted by her husband Michael; sons Thomas and Noel; daughters Alma and Louise; grandchildren; brothers John, Michael and Peter; daughters in law; sons in law; nephews; nieces; sisters in law; brothers in law; extended relatives; neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs O’Dwyer will lie in repose at her residence, Clongour, on Tuesday, 20th Feburary, from 5.00pm to 6.00pm.

Her remains will arrive at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles on Wednesday morning, 21st February, at 10.15am.

Requiem Mass will be held on Wednesday morning at 11.00am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Death Of Donal O’Dwyer, Holycross, Thurles

It was with great sadness we learned of the death, on Friday 16th February 2018, of Mr Donal O’Dwyer, Rathcannon Bridge,Holycross, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by his father Brian; Mr O’Dwyer passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family and following a short illness, while in the care of Tallaght Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin 24, Co. Dublin.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his loving mother Patricia (Pat); brothers, Conor and Brian; sisters Louise (Brophy), Pauline (Ryan), Marina (Cotter), Cora (Munro), Patricia (Dwan), Majella (Dwan) and Helen (Ryan); uncle; aunts; brothers in law; sisters in law; nephews; nieces; grand nephews; extended relatives; neighbours and a large circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr O’Dwyer will lie in repose at Hayes’ Funeral Chapel, Clonoulty this coming Monday evening (February 19th) from 5.00pm to 8:00pm.

Arriving at St John The Baptist Church, Clonoulty, Cashel for Requiem Mass on Tuesday morning at 11:30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in Ardmayle Cemetery, Cashel, Co. Tipperary.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Capital Investment Plan To Invest In South Tipperary General Hospital

Lowry Welcomes Unprecedented Investment In South Tipperary General Hospital

Tremendous news for South Tipperary General Hospital following confirmation from Deputy Michael Lowry that the Hospital is to be included in the Capital Investment Plan. The Hospital is now earmarked for a substantial €50 Million infrastructural investment plan.

L-R: Professor Mr Peter Murchan, Mr Michael Lowry (TD), M/s Maria Barry (Hospital General Manager), and Professor Mr Paud O’Regan.

Deputy Michael Lowry has today confirmed, what he himself called “the biggest ever investment in a Tipperary Health Care project”.

“This is ground-breaking, fantastic news for South Tipperary General Hospital. I’m absolutely delighted for the Management and Staff of the Hospital and for the people of Tipperary. Since the last general election when North and South Tipperary were combined into one constituency, I made a promise to the people of Tipperary that the investment and development of South Tipperary General Hospital was my number one priority. Originally I made the case for the much need 12 bed overflow unit to be funded and I am pleased that this is now open and in operation. Next was the provision of a 40 bed modular unit to alleviate the chronic overcrowding at the Hospital, I can confirm that the modular unit has now been designed, the preferred contractor has now been chosen and contracts are ready to be signed, funding of €16m is in place and the order for supply is ready to be placed. It is intended to have this state of the art unit functional for November 2018.”

Deputy Lowry continued:
“Over the past year I have personally made a strong case that South Tipperary General Hospital needed to be included in the Capital Investment Plan. I had extensive on going discussions with Hospital Management, Ministers Simon Harris, Paschal Donohoe and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, I am thrilled to confirm that our efforts have been met with resounding success. The Hospital is one of the priority projects in the plan which will be initiated and concluded. I can also confirm that as part of the Capital Investment Plan for South Tipperary General Hospital the Hospital will receive €3.2m for the provision of a new Outpatient Clinic. I can also confirm that under the Capital Plan design work will be advanced for the construction of a new 50 bed unit with estimated costs of over €24 million. Overall the total investment in South Tipperary General Hospital in the short term will be a minimum of €50m”.

Deputy Lowry concluded:
“The staff and everyone involved at the Hospital in Clonmel have shown remarkable patience and resilience. They have kept the Hospital going during very difficult times and circumstances. We are now witnessing an amazing turnaround in the fortunes of South Tipperary General Hospital. It was only a short time ago since the Hospital was listed for downgrading, we have now turned the corner and there is fantastic confidence in the Hospital’s future and a good atmosphere prevailing. There is huge credit due to the Management and Staff and I am delighted that after years of being ignored and neglected South Tipperary General Hospital is now the focus of attention by the HSE, by the Department of Health and the Government.  I’m pleased that the multi million Euro investment that was required is now available.”