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Death Has Occurred Of Mr Pierce Molony

With Sincere Sympathy

With Sincere Sympathy

It is with great sadness we report the death today (Wednesday 28th January 2015), of Mr Pierce Molony, Racecourse Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Surrounded by his family, Mr Molony died peacefully following a long illness while in the loving care of his friends in Private 2, St James’s Hospital, Dublin 8.

His passing today is deeply regretted by his loving wife and best friend Riona, his daughters Patricia, Helen, Ann-Marie and Kate, his adored grandchildren Killian, Laragh, Isabelle, Emma-Mai, Pierce and Jack, his sons-in-law Jack, Michael, John and Robbie, his brothers, sisters, brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and a huge circle of close friends.

Mr Molony’s body will repose at his residence on Friday next from 3.00pm until 8.00pm.

Removal to the Cathedral of The Assumption, [Map Ref.] Cathedral Street, Thurles will take place at noon on Saturday, arriving at 12.15pm for Requiem Mass at 1.00pm.  Following Mass, burial will take place in St Patricks Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Please Note: House private on Saturday morning. Family flowers only, but donations if desired to Friends of St. James’s Hospital, Dublin.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

Tipperary’s Canon Stephen Neill Relocates His Own Roots

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Tipperary’s Canon Stephen Neill with US President Barack Obama.

Church of Ireland Rector, Canon Stephen Neill, the man who confirmed US President Barack Obama’s ancestral roots with Moneygall, has decided to pull up and relocate his own roots.

The 45 year old has announced he is leaving his Cloughjordan and the Borrisokane Group of parishes to become Rector of Celbridge and Straffan with Newcastle–Lyons. His Service of Institution as Incumbent of the latter parishes will take place on Thursday, February 12th, 2015 next at 8.00pm in Christ Church, Celbridge, Co Kildare.

Canon Neill has ministered to Cloughjordan residents for the past seventeen years and as part of his move, he now relinquishes his Church of Ireland “Canon” status; laughingly admitting “I will be getting €50 less a month in salary, so I’m not going for the money.”

In explaining his desire to uproot, Canon Neill explains that he now seeks new challenges and fears becoming “too comfortable,” latter which has caused “an itch that needs to be scratched.”

Canon Neill admits that leaving the Cloughjordan and Borrisokane Group of parishes won’t be easy for himself, or for his wife Nicola and their teenage son Aaron. He feels a sense of guilt and regret walking away, after such a long time, having secured strong bonds of proven loyalty and tested friendships with those within his community; all of whom have stood together with him, through thick and thin.

The Dublin born Canon, who is also Precentor of the joint chapter of St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick and St Flannan’s Cathedral, Killaloe, made headlines around the world after his research led to the confirmation that US President Barack Obama’s great-great-grandfather Joseph Kearney had been baptised in the parish of Moneygall. Indeed his personal contribution, within the wider midland regions of Ireland to encourage tourism alone, have far surpassed Fáilte Ireland’s derisory attempts at marketing and highlighting this area.

Canon Neill himself is a very keen reader, blogger and writer, contributing opinion pieces on his website and on local and national newspapers. Previously Curate Assistant in Monkstown, Dublin and in Limerick City Parish, he is a committed ecumenist, believing that the future of our Churches is in gaining closer bonds between all Christians of all traditions, while at the same time discovering where God is at work outside the walls of churches.

Rev Ruth Gill, latter who is already familiar with the Cloughjordan & Borrisokane Group of parishes will now serve as interim Priest-In-Charge for the time being.

In a recent Blog Canon Neill wrote:-

“As I write these notes I am conscious that there is still an occasion to come when I will have a chance to say a formal farewell to you my friends in this group of parishes. But for those of you who may not be able to be present may I thank you on behalf of myself, Nicola & Aaron, for the warmth and generosity you have shown us since our arrival in August 1998. It has been a privilege to be your rector and fellow companion on the journey of life. We will always consider this place very special and it is you the parishioners who have made our time here a happy one. We leave with good memories and not a little sadness. May God bless each and every one of you as you have blessed us.”

Moneygall Development Association made a presentation last Monday night in Ollie’s Bar to acknowledge Canon Neill’s contribution to their community; described him as being selfless and having strengthened bonds between faiths which will remain a lasting legacy. Using President Obama’s quote, “We did not come to fear the future. We came here to shape it” the association whole heartedly agreed that Canon Neill’s presence in their community had definitely shaped a brighter future for the area.

North Tipperary’s loss is most definitely a gain for the Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough and so we wish Canon Stephen every success in his new journey and in the words of the old Irish Toast; “May you have warm words on a cool evening, a full moon on a dark night, and a smooth road all the way to your door.”

Death Announced Of Mr James J. Corbett Thurles

With Sincere Sympathy

With Sincere Sympathy.

It is with great sadness we report the death, (Friday 23rd January 2015) of Mr James J. Corbett, (J.J. Corbett), 36 Moyne Road, Thurles, Tipperary. The late Mr Corbett was predeceased by his son Seamus, daughter-in-law Jackie and grandson Paul.

His passing is deeply regretted by his loving wife Mary, his sons; Rev. Fr. Padraic P.P. Loughmore and Castleiney, Dessie, Gerard and Catherine, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
Mr Corbett’s body will repose at Egan’s Funeral Home on Sunday, 25th January, from 4.00pm to 7.30pm, arriving at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Cathedral Street, Thurles, at 8.00pm. Requiem Mass on Monday, 26th January, at 11.00am, followed by burial afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Family flowers only, but donations if desired, to the Community Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

Real Life and Death Situation In Thurles Area

Tipperary Drama Festival, Holycross, Thurles, Co Tipperary.It was Saturday morning and the old, hand-wound, alarm clock had burst into life on the dot of 7.30am, as indeed it had done for over the last 20 years, rudely awakening with its racket the seventy one year old Parish priest, Fr Tommy Ryan.

The clocks tinny clamour had suddenly returned this failing old priest from his dream-time, back into the world of reality and just as he was about to reel-in one of the biggest trout ever caught in the river Suir.

Now fully wide awake and conscious of the fact that he had a morning funeral and an afternoon wedding; both to preside over, he quickly rose from his warm single creaky divan. Through the drawn thin curtains of his east facing bedroom window, he became aware that God had bestowed on his tiny parish, yet another fine bright spring morning.

Feet on floor, he stretching himself and shuffled to the window to open it; fully intent on inhaling a few deep breaths of God’s abundant and richly oxygenated country air.

On pulling back the curtains however he became almost immediately aware of the body of a dead donkey. Same was lying on its back motionless in the middle of his front lawn, feet pointed almost skyward. He focused his dimming eyes on the scene for several moments to determine if there was any physical movement from the animal and seeing no movement he quickly turned and dressed himself, before heading downstairs to the telephone in the hallway. Picking up the receiver he promptly began to dial the telephone number which would connect him to his local rural police station.

On duty at the local police barracks was a tired Sergeant Timmy Tynan. He had just released, with a severe behaviour warning, a detained drunk from the barrack cell without charge. He knew his own personal warning to this offender as to his constant late night alcohol abuse would probably, as in the past, fall on deaf ears, but he also knew that this abuser, on being reunited with his wife, would receive a far harsher punishment than any court in the land could legally administer.

He was about to lock up his small rural barracks, having completed an otherwise uneventful night shift, when the phone rang and according to reliable local reports, the ensuing telephone conversation between both these men, went something like this:-

“Good morning Sir. This is Sergeant Tynan here. How might I be able help you?”

“Ah and the top of the morning tar yerself Sergeant,” said the priest.  “Tis Father Ryan here from the presbytery beside St. Mary’s Church. There’s a donkey lying dead in me front lawn and I’m wondering would ye be so kind as to send a couple o’yer lads over to take care of the matter, before Johnny Murphy’s funeral comes in past, at 10.00 o’clock this morning?”

The 7ft-4inch weary Kerry born Sergeant, well known and respected locally, mainly because of his quick wit which often bordered on raw sarcasm, decided, that he would try to avoid, if possible, the good Father Ryan.

“Well now Father Ryan”, said the Sergeant, “t’was always my understandin that you people up in that Presbytery is totally responsible for takin care of the last rites yourselves!”

There was deafening silence on the phone line for a moment, before Father Ryan was overheard to reply: “Aye,’ tis certainly true Sergeant; but we in the presbytery are also always obliged to notify any known next of kin first, which is the very reason for me callin ye.”

No one knows who took eventual responsibility, but the dead donkey was gone well before the body of the late Johnny Murphy arrived to St Mary’s Church, to enter for the very last time.

Death Of Mr Tomás Ó Baróid (Mr Tommy Barrett)

deathIt is with great sadness we report the death, last night (Monday 12th January 2015), of Mr Tomás Ó Baróid (Mr Thomas Barrett), late of Clongour, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Mr Ó Baróid’s passing  is deeply regretted by his daughter Roseanne, sons Joe, Tommy and Billy, brother Oliver, sisters Anna, Bridget and Noreen, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, daughters-in-law Marie, Anne Marie and Dolores, grandchildren Aidan, Laura, Eoghan, Tommy, Róisín, Séan and Daniel, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and a wide circle of friends including the GAA Community.

Mr Ó Baróid was a much respected former Runaí of the Tipperary GAA County Board and was predeceased by his loving wife Rose.

Funeral Arrangements

Mr Ó Baróid body will repose at the Sarsfields Social Centre, Bohernanave,  Thurles, Tipperary, on Wednesday evening next, (January14th) from 4.00pm to 8.00pm, arriving at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Cathedral Street, Thurles, at 8.30pm.

Requiem Mass will be held on Thursday, January 15th at 11.00am with burial afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Family flowers only, but donations, if desired, to the Community Hospital of the Assumption here in Thurles.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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