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Annual Thurles Harvest Thanksgiving Service St Mary’s Church

‘Come ye thankful people come, raise the songs of harvest home.
All is safely gathered in ere the winter storms begin.’

The 2014 annual Thurles ‘Harvest Thanksgiving Service’ will take place this year in St Mary’s Church (C of I) Thurles on Sunday night next, (October 19th) at 7.00pm sharp.

Harvest services in all Christian churches here in Co. Tipperary usually take place in the evening time during the months of September and October. Church of Ireland churches lend themselves to being atmospherically lit and decorated with seasonal produce; taken from private gardens, orchards and fields of agriculture.

Such decorations usually consist of apples, pears, courgettes, pumpkins, potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips, cabbages, sugar beet and arrays of garden flowers together with a sheaf or two of corn, latter tied together in the old fashioned ways of grain harvesting.

Harvest Thanksgiving Services have long held historical rural roots in all Christian religions, with prayers of thanks offered to our Creator, once the hard work of harvesting has been completed and same is always experienced, by those attending, as being of a most joyous and uplifting occasion.  Same is possibly brought about because of the choice of those wonderful Victorian hymns sung at these events, such as “We plough the fields and scatter,” “Come ye thankful people, come” and “All things bright and beautiful,” performed at very few other times during the churches calendar year.

In past years, following such services, all fruits and vegetables were donated to old folks homes, orphanages and workhouses etc., but this practice is rarely the case today as many such institutions have their food menus already pre-planned in advance and same is therefore more trouble than it is worth for them to accept.

This year’s Thurles Harvest Thanksgiving Service, on Sunday October 19th, will be conducted by acting Thurles Rector Rev. Ian Coulter, while the special guest speaker will be Co. Waterford Curate, Rev. Jim Wallace.

St Mary’s Church Thurles are happy, as always, to welcome back again all Christians of all denominations to this most ecumenical of thanksgiving services, with the customary cup of ‘tea and a biscuit’ shared with all in attendance following the service.

Note: Based on previous attendances to such thanksgiving events in St Mary’s; elderly people are advised to come a little early thus, ensuring that same are not left standing, due to limited space within the small church building.

Helicopter Crash On Tipperary Border With Offaly

Heli crashA helicopter pilot in his 50’s was luck to escape when his R 44 Raven helicopter crashed, just before it was due to pick up a newly married couple yesterday.

It is understood that the accident may have been caused when the chopper clipped cables on the Kinnitty to Camdamstown Road,  just beside the school in Kinnitty, Co Offaly, as it came in to land in a nearby field.

The pilot, understood to be from the Roscrea, Co Tipperary, area, escaped comparatively unscathed, following the mid afternoon incident.

The helicopter was scheduled to pick up a newly married couple from a landing site near their Church in Kinnitty and take them to their wedding reception at a Roscrea, Co Tipperary hotel.

The Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) has launched an inquiry.

Photograph: James Flynn/APX

Young Templetuohy Male Dies In Tragic Accident

With Sincere Sympathy

With Sincere Sympathy

It is with great personal sadness that I report the death this afternoon of a young man, who lost his life tragically, during what appears to have been a workplace accident near Cashel, Co Tipperary.

The incident is understood to have happened when the young man, a native of Templetuohy, Thurles, Co Tipperary, aged in his 30’s and the father of three children, was working underneath a lorry on the road, close to a nearby filling station.

The man has been named locally as Mr Maurice O’Sullivan.

It is understood the man, who was a qualified and professional mechanic, was attempting to fix a broken down truck, when the vehicles axle on which he was working, collapsed on top of him.

Gardaí and Medical Personnel were quickly called to the scene of the accident, which is understood to have happened shortly before 2.00pm this afternoon.

The Health and Safety Authority have been informed and Gardaí from Cashel have also launched an investigation into the incident.

To his family, relatives and many friends go our sincere sympathies.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

Death Announced Of John Hourihan Thurles

It is with great personal sadness I report the death yesterday (May 28th 2014) of friend Mr John Hourihan, No 1 Matthew Avenue, Thurles, Co Tipperary and formally native of Kealkil, Bantry, Co Cork.

Mr Hourihan, one of the most knowledgeable and authoritative of local historians on matters pertaining to the Irish Civil War period, passed away peaceably at his home.

Mr John Hourahan is pictured here during happier times last year, while visiting the grave of Denis ‘Sonny’ O’Neill in Tyone Cemetery, Nenagh, Co Tipperary, (Latter named as responsible for the assassination of General Michael Collins on August 22nd, 1922, during the course of a fifteen to twenty minute gun battle at Béal na mBláth (English Translation: Mouth of the Flowers) in Co.Cork).

Mr Hourihan will be deeply regretted by his loving wife Mary, daughters Geraldine and Mary, sons William, Peter and Michael, sister Sheila, grandchildren Aislinn, Deirdre, Shane, David, Mary, Síona, Rory, Clare and Rhona, great-grandchildren, sons-in-law Eddie and Kevin, nieces, nephews, neighbours, relatives and many friends.

Mr Hourihan’s body will repose at Ardeen Funeral Home on Saturday, May 31st, from 4.00pm to 7.00pm;  arriving at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Cathedral Street, Thurles, on Sunday June 1st, at 9.45am for Requiem Mass later at 12.00 noon.

Burial will take place afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

Death Has Occurred Of Mrs Patsy Durack

With Sincere Sympathy

With Sincere Sympathy

It is with deep sadness we report that the death has occurred of Mrs Patsy Durack, late of No 7. Hillview Drive, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs Durack, wife to the late Councillor Paddy Durack, passed away peacefully at her home on April 26th 2014, while in the loving care of her family.

Mrs Durack’s passing is deeply regretted by her loving family; Jerome, Liam, Miriam, Patricia, Gabrielle, Stephaine, Ursula, Frances, Brian, Grainne and Tara, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, sisters Pearl, Kathleen, Aileen and Betty, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, extended family and countless friends and neighbours.

Having reposed at her home yesterday evening from 5.00pm to 8.00pm, her body will now be removed this afternoon, to arrive at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles, at 12.45pm for Requiem Mass to be held at 1.30pm. Interment will take place afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Loughtagalla (Moyne Road), Thurles.

Family flowers only and donations, if desired, to North Tipperary Hospice. House remains private this morning.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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