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Death Of Josephine Beamish, Barnane Hse, Templemore

It is with great sadness we learned of the death, on May 23rd 2017, of Mrs Josephine Beamish, Barnane House, Templemore, Co. Tipperary.

Pre deceased by her husband (May 1984), the late Charles Beamish [Distinguished Flying Cross, UK (D.F.C.)] Group Captain Royal Airforce; Mrs Beamish passed away peacefully whilst in her 99th year.

Mother of Val, Pam, Jo and Victor, grandmother and great-grandmother; her passing is most deeply regretted.

Funeral Arrangements
A funeral service will be held at St. Mary’s Church (Church of Ireland), Templemore, Co. Tipperary on Thursday next June 1st at 12.30pm.

Cremation will take place at Mount Jerome Crematorium, Harold’s Cross, Dublin on Friday next June 2nd at 9.30am.


€3.03m Home Funding For Older & Disabled People

Councillor Michéal Lowry has today welcomed funding of €3.03m to improve the homes of older people and people with disabilities in Co. Tipperary.

Councillor Lowry stated, “While 80% of this funding is provided from the national exchequer through the Department of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government, the remaining 20% will be provided by Tipperary County Council.

This funding will allow older people and people with a disability to apply for grants of up to €30,000 for a housing adaptation, up to €8,000 for housing aid for older people and up to €6,000 for mobility aids.

The top priority should now  be to use these funds to insure older people and people with a disability, are given every opportunity to continue independent living in their own homes for as long as possible, with the comfort that they deserve.”


University Hospital Limerick A&E Opens Today

The long-awaited Accident & Emergency (A&E) department at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) has opened its doors to patients for the first time this morning. This new facility will continue to serve the Mid West Region, an area spanning 8,248 km², and which takes in the geographical borders of the combined counties of North Tipperary, Clare, & Limerick.

Grave doubts were cast over the opening of this €24m facility last week when the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) justifiably raised concerns about staffing levels and other measures in place to tackle trolley numbers.

However, following a meeting on Friday last, it is understood that nurses concerns in relation to the immediate appointment of a clinical skills facilitator, as well as resolutions in issues relating to staff rosters and CT scans, were satisfactorily addressed.

Back in November 2016 UHL set a new record for overcrowding for a single hospital, with some 66 patients waiting for admission to its emergency department.


Keep Your Focus On Ireland’s Ancient East

New York publican, Mr Aekerman Jensen, had arrived into Terminal 1 at Dublin Airport. He was on a trip to Upperchurch in Co. Tipperary, in an attempt to chase down his ancestors, latter whom he believed had emigrated from Tipperary bound for the US on board the coffin ship “Ellen Simpson” in 1847.

Arriving here in Thurles for the first time on the 1.00pm Dublin to Cork train, he dismounted with his luggage from the carriage and looked around. His gaze became immediately focused on Mickey Ryan standing behind a long folding table on which were displayed an assortment of what looked like bleached human skulls.
“What are these?” asked Aekerman.
“Oh, I be selling real human skulls”, replied Mickey, “Sure as Fáilte Ireland have already told you in their adverts, this be part of promoting rural Ireland and promotin Ireland’s Ancient East.”

Aekerman suddenly recalled the Fáilte Ireland brochure he had picked up from the travel agents. It had read; “From ancient high kings to modern day poets, saints and scholars to ramblers and fishermen, Ireland’s Ancient East pulsates with legendary tales”.

“I never knew Thurles was in Ireland’s Ancient East” said Aekerman, inquiring further, “Do you have any skulls from ancient high kings, famous poets or saints?.”
Mickey raised his eyebrows “Sure don’t I have the skulls of the most famous of Irishmen that have ever lived.”
“That’s really great” said Aekerman, “Can you give me some names?.”
“Begod I can sir!” said Mickey, pointing to his varied collection, “That one there is St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, and that one there with the hole in it, is Mick Collins the man who won us our freedom back in 1922.”

Mickey continued “Sure the odd shaped one over there for example, is none other than James Joyce, a famous Dublin author and playwright, and that…..”
Aekerman interrupted, “Sorry but did you say St. Patrick?”
Begod that is correct sir” said Mickey with a knowing nod.
Aekerman again recalled the wisdom of Fáilte Ireland’s brochure promise, “Learn the stories of a place and you’ll come to understand the soul of its people”.
“I believe I will buy from you St. Patrick” said Aekerman, who immediately paid over the asking price of €3,000 in cash. But then as Mickey correctly explained later “If people want quality, they expect got to pay for value.”

Aekerman flew back to New York a week later and proudly mounted the skull of St. Patrick’s on the wall in his Pub. People, especially from the ‘auld sod’, came from every America State to view this famous Skull, making him a small fortune and allowing him to retired early, a truly wealthy man.

It was during this retirement, some five years later, that Aekerman decided to come back to visit Ireland, Thurles, and Upperchurch, the source of his wealth, and to reconnect once more with his ancient ancestors.  Walking once again along the Thurles railway station platform, he spotted Mickey and his skull collection.
Anxious once more to get another bargain Aekerman asks “And what skulls do you have today?.”
“Sure begod, I have the skulls of the most famous Irishmen that ever lived” replied Mickey.
“Give me some names”, demanded Aekerman, beginning to tear some €50’s of a rather fat roll of paper currency.
“Well!” said the Irishman, pointing to various skulls. “That one there is Michael Collins, that one is James Joyce, and that one is St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, God bless his coming to Éire and the Rock of Cashel, and that one…

“Sorry” Aekerman interrupted, “But did you say St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland?”
“Begod, that’s correct!” said Mickey.
“Well”, said Aekerman, “I was here about five years ago and you sold me St. Patrick’s Skull.”
“Begod so I did” said Mickey beginning to place his wares quickly into the back of his van, “Sure don’t I remember you well … now … you see … ah … this scull here today actually is St. Patrick when he was just a boy.”


Death Of Eileesh Quirke, Holycross, Thurles

It is with great sadness we learned of the death today, Saturday May 27th 2017, of Mrs Eileesh Quirke (née Skelly), Holycross, Co. Tipperary and formerly Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her husband John; Mrs Quirke passed away after a short illness, surrounded by her loving family.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her daughter Carmel; brothers Liam, Sean and Thomas; sisters Noreen (McGrath) and Sr Maureen (Presentation Sisters); brother in law John (McGrath); sisters-in-law Josie (Quirke); Kathleen (Quirke); Peggy (Skelly); Josephine (Skelly); nephews; nieces; extended relatives; neighbours; friends and former colleagues at Holycross Abbey.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Quirke will repose at her residence on Monday next 29th May from 5.00pm to 8.00pm, to arrive at Holycross Abbey at 8.30pm.

Requiem Mass will be held on Tuesday morning next, May 30th, at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a h-anam dílis.