Local Weather

Thurles
Partly cloudy
5°C
real feel: 1°C
wind speed: 3 m/s WSW
sunrise: 7:02 am
sunset: 8:08 pm
 

Archives

Michael Lowry TD On Painful Consequences of New Funeral Rules

“When we look back on this present time in the years to come, I believe that this (Referring to new funeral arrangements governing the Covid-19 pandemic) will be amongst our saddest memories of this extraordinary time and one of the changes; albeit very necessary, that will leave lasting scars on our hearts” Quote Tipperary Independent TD Michael Lowry.

“The governments sensible announcement that no more than 10 people can attend funeral services in their normal places of worship or at gravesides or in crematoriums; will remain very difficult for Irish people”, says Deputy Michael Lowry.

“Over the recent past Irish people are and will continue to struggle to adapt to the many changes in their lives. Some are easier to handle than others, but some go against the very things that make us uniquely Irish”. Not being able to gather to mourn our deceased family members and friends, or offer support to grieving families in the way that we have always done in Ireland, is one of the most painful changes we have had to live with,” says the Deputy.

The Independent TD Mr Michael Lowry was speaking, after contacting one of the many grieving families by phone and feeling the frustration of not being able to shake their hands and offer words of comfort.

The Deputy says that people depend on each other in times of grief and without the strength, support and company of others, grieving families may feel lost and alone. “But that is what grieving families are now forced to face in these challenging times”, he stated.

“Ireland has a very special and cherished way of holding funerals”, he continued. “We listen daily to local media broadcasts to hear if a member of our community has passed away. We attend the home of the deceased person to be with their families and we go to the Funeral Home to shake their hands and let them know we share their grief. We attend the removal of the deceased to their place of worship and we attend their funeral service and then we stand beside the bereaved as their loved one is laid to rest. We offer strength and support through our presence. It’s what we do, it’s what we’ve always done, but we cannot do so at this time and it hurts”.

Deputy Lowry confirms that he is very conscious of the fact that every person who has died in Ireland as a result of Covid-19 has died alone in many cases, or without the closeness of those they deeply love. He acknowledges with great sadness that families cannot grieve together due to social distancing rules and that the funerals of those who have passed are attended only by their very closest family members.

Under the new rules announced yesterday, all funeral services from now; until restrictions are lifted, will be restricted to a maximum of 10 people and, even as people stand at the graveside of their loved one, social distancing must be observed.

Deputy Lowry says that he understands that mourners, funeral directors and celebrants must be protected from Covid-19 and that the new measures introduced are necessary to ensure that. “But, when we look back on this present time in the years to come, I believe that this will be amongst our saddest memories of this extraordinary time and one of the changes, albeit very necessary, that will leave lasting scars on our hearts; in the meanwhile stay safe”, concluded Mr Lowry.

Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

Death Of Bridie Fitzpatrick, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It was with sadness that we learned of the death yesterday, Tuesday 31st March 2020, of Mrs Bridie Fitzpatrick (née Gibson), Ballybeg, Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs Fitzpatrick passed away following a long illness, most bravely borne, while in the care of staff at the Community Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles.

Predeceased by her sons Patrick and Daniel and sister Geraldine; her passing is most deeply regretted by her husband Dan; daughters Jackie, Stephanie, Mary-Jo and Geraldine; sons Maurice, Richard, Brian, William and Martin; grandchildren; sons in law; daughters in law; sisters Mary-Jo and Kathleen; brothers Johnny, Anthony and Martin; nephews; nieces; extended relatives; neighbours and a wide circle of friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements

Due to Government regulations regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, a private family funeral Mass will take place on tomorrow morning, Thursday 2nd April at 11.30am. [Note: Funeral Mass can be viewed on line HERE.]

A Memorial Mass, to celebrate the life of Mrs Fitzpatrick, will take place at a later date.

Those wishing to write messages of condolence on the passing of Mrs Fitzpatrick, are invited to please do so on the link provided HERE.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dilís.

Note Please: House Strictly Private .

Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

Death Of John Shinners, Formerly Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It was with sadness that we learned of the death yesterday, Monday 30th March 2020, of Mr John Shinners, Curraghduff, Killoscully, Co. Tipperary; formerly of Killough, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, Clontarf, Co. Dublin and Templeogue, Co. Dublin.

Mr Shinners passed away peacefully at his family residence.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his beloved wife of 49 years, Anne (nee Eyre); his daughters Annette (Hannigan), Eileen (Hannigan), Joan (O’Brien), Miriam (Murphy) and Barbara (Daly), sons-in-law Joe Hannigan, Ciarán Hannigan, Keith O’Brien, Aidan Murphy and Jonathan Daly; grandchildren Joseph, Conor, Gearóid and John (Hannigan); Grainne, Oisín and Ciarán (Hannigan), Nicole, Sophie and Patrick (O’Brien), Aidan and Lucy (Murphy) and Luke, Sinead and Orla (Daly).

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements

A memorial Mass, to celebrate the life of Mr Shinners, will be held at a later date.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilís.

Please note: In an effort to follow necessary government guidelines, same supported and agreed by family members and required due to the Covid-19 pandemic; the funeral of Mr Shinners will remain strictly private.

If you would like to write a message of condolence on Mr Shinners passing, please do so on the link provided HERE

Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

Death Of Delia O’Neill, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It was with sadness that we learned of the death yesterday, Monday 30th March, 2020, of Mrs Delia O’Neill (née Stapleton), No.8 St. Anne’s Terrace, Gortnahoe, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs O’Neill passed away peacefully, while in the care of South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel, surrounded by her loving family.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her loving husband Michael; daughters Bridget, Mary and Kathleen; son John; sons-in-law; daughter-in-law; grandchildren; great grandchildren; brother Tommy; sisters Peggy and Ann; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews; extended relatives; neighbours and a wide circle of friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements

A memorial Mass, to celebrate the life of Mrs O’Neill, will be held at a later date.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dilís.

Please note: In an effort to follow necessary government guidelines, same supported and agreed by family members and required due to the Covid-19 pandemic; the funeral of Mrs O’Neill will remain strictly private.

If you would like to write a message of condolence, please do so on the link shown HERE.

Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

Death Of Tess Ryan, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It was with sadness that we learned of the death, on Sunday 29th March 2020, of Mrs Teresa (Tess) Ryan (Davy), Moyaliffe, Ballycahill, Thurles, Co. Tipperary; Croughafoile, Doon, Co. Limerick and formerly of Knockalough, Upperchurch, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The passing of Mrs Ryan is most deeply regretted by her brothers Tom, Con and Pakie; sister Kathy; caring nephew Declan; sisters in law Mary & Pauline; brother in law Michael; nephews; nieces; grand nephews; grand nieces; extended relatives; neighbours and friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements

A memorial Mass to celebrate the life of Mrs Ryan will be held at a later date.


Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dilís.

Please note: In an effort to follow necessary government guidelines, same supported and agreed by family members and required due to the Covid-19 pandemic; the funeral of Mrs Ryan will remain strictly private.

If you would like to write a message of condolence, please do so on the link shown HERE.

Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail