With Sincere Sympathy
It is with a deep sadness that we report that the death has occurred, early this morning, of Mr Jerry Hackett, Corbally, Dublin Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary.
Mr Hackett was aged in his early seventies and will be remembered long, not just for his professionalism, logic and quiet generosity, but also for his, at all times, infectious good humour and outstanding wit.
Mr Hackett’s passing will be most deeply regretted by his loving wife Maura, his daughters Janet and Paula, sons Padraig, Conor and Niall, grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, sisters, his extended family, together with his great many friends and close acquaintances.
Mr Hackett will repose at his home, Corbally, Dublin Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary on Friday next March 14th 2014. His remains will arrive at The Cathedral of the Assumption here in Thurles on Saturday morning at 10.15am for 11.00am Requiem Mass and his burial will take place afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.
Note: The family have requested that his house remain private on Saturday morning next.
Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.
“We will be judged not by our plans and aspirations but by what we have performed and carried to fruition.”
An Anniversary Mass for the late Very Rev Canon John Hayes (1887–1957), founder of Muintir na Tíre, will be celebrated in Bansha Parish Church on Friday February 7th next at 7.30pm. Canon Hayes was Parish Priest of Bansha/Kilmoyler Co Tipperary from April 1946 until his death. This Mass will mark the 57th Anniversary of his death.
History of Rev Canon John Hayes
Muintir Na Tíre was founded by Canon Hayes in 1937.
From its conception the three main and ever abiding aims of this organisation were: (A) The spirit of self-help; (B) The cultivation of community spirit; (C) The basic ideal of a unit of thought and understanding for the life of each rural parish. Included in these basic principle or ideals for Muintir Na Tire was that it should be based on the acceptance that all sections of society were equal and display at all times a spirit of complete neighbourliness within each community.
Canon John Hayes was born in a land league hut at Murroe, Co Limerick on November 11th, 1887. Five of Canon Hayes’s brothers and sisters had died before he himself had reached the tender age of seven years, these deaths caused by squalid living conditions. Canon John, a practical joker with a great sense of humour, was initially educated at the Jesuit College in Limerick and at the age of seventeen he began his studies for the priesthood here in St. Patrick’s College, Cathedral Street, Thurles. In 1907 he attended the Irish College in Paris and was finally ordained in 1913. In 1915 he was sent to Liverpool,England to minister, later moving back to became Chaplain to the Mercy nuns in Templemore, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
In 1925 he was moved to Ballybricken, a rather remote parish in east Limerick where he set up a branch of the Pioneers Total Abstinence Association (PTAA) in the adjoining parish. His own parish refused to support his PTAA efforts. In 1927 he was moved to Castleiney, Thurles, Co Tipperary and here his PTAA efforts were again accepted.
These early community experiences taught Canon Hayes that an organisation was very much needed to demonstrate strong leadership, which would support rural country folk. Then British Rule had down through the years, particularly following the Great Famine (1845-49), been systematic in the destruction of organised rural community life through past centralised systems of administration, (Minister Phil Hogan take note lest history repeat itself.).
Father Hayes, ignoring centralised Dublin administration, now sought to mould rural people together and so began his attempts to construct and identify possible rural industry and pressurise these same controlling centralised systems of administration.
These now attempts by him at identifying rural industry initially were aimed at the Angora Rabbit Scheme, in particular providing fur for the lining of jackets used by aeroplane crews. During WW2 thousands of jobs were created providing turf. Tobacco and Rhubarb growing became small but profitable industries. To these same ends educational lectures and ‘Rural Weeks’ were organised. There were many successes and as in so many such ventures some failure also, however rural communities began once more to have a faith and confidence in themselves and Muintir na Tire came to be allied quickly with this growing progressiveness.
Parish meetings were often held in freezing school classrooms using only the light of a ‘spitting’ candle. Representatives were chosen and sent to Dublin to obtain telephone kiosks for remote rural parishes and to demand better rural water schemes. New ‘Community Halls’ began to spring up and necessary repairs to almost derelict local schoolhouses began to be implemented in every small village and hamlet.
The biggest achievement for Muintir na Tíre however was possibly the implementation of Ireland’s rural electrification scheme, began in the early 1950′s. Latter was the process of bringing electrical power to the rural, impoverished and remote areas of Ireland.
Note: All Muintir na Tíre units and members, together with the public are welcome & invited to attend this special Mass in Bansha Parish Church on Friday February 7th next at 7.30pm.
Late Superintendent P. Moriarty
The death occurred on January 22nd last of retired Garda Superintendent Patrick Moriarty, late of Gortlandroe, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary and Oola, Co. Limerick.
The late retired Garda Superintendent was predeceased by his wife Betty. Our sympathies go to his daughter Patrica, his grandsons David and Michael, Sisters Eileen and Betty, Brother in law Paul, Sister in law Delia, his Nephews and Nieces, Cousins, Relatives and many Friends.
Following Requiem Mass at St.Marys of the Rosary Church Nenagh, Superintendent Moriarty’s body was later burial in the new Cemetery at Lisboney, Nenagh.
During his lifetime Superintendent Moriarty had been awarded the Scott Medal for bravery, following his involvement in the capture of notorious Irish republican socialist paramilitary group (INLA) member, Dessie O’Hare, in 1987, latter nicknamed ‘The Border Fox’.
The Border Fox
Dessie O’Hare, who was once the most wanted man in Ireland, was responsible in 1987, together with three other known INLA members, for their kidnapping of Mr John O’Grady, latter a Dublin dentist. The gang were poorly informed, intending originally to seize Mr Austin Darragh, owner of the Institute of Clinical Pharmacology. However unknown to the gang, Mr Darragh had moved from that house three years previously, having passed on his ownership to Mr O’Grady, latter also his son-in-law.
John O’Grady was initially held in a Dublin basement, while a demand for a IR£1.5m ransom was made and he was later moved to a Co. Cork disused cargo container. Located by investigating police in Cork, O’Hare, their prisoner and his gang escaped, using a hijacked car and having opened fired on Gardaí. O’Hare and his captive now hid out in a house in Cabra, in north Dublin, sending the hijacked car north to Dundalk, where it was later located burnt out.
All initial ransom demands had been refused, resulting in the cutting off of the little finger from each of Mr O’Grady’s hands, using a hammer and chisel. Fingers were sent to Carlow Cathedral, with a telephone call sent to Gardaí stating; “It’s just cost John two of his fingers. Now I’m going to chop him into bits and pieces and send fresh lumps of him every fucking day if I don’t get my money fast.”
Through Garda gathered intelligence, the gang were traced to the north Dublin house in Cabra and a shootout followed. One Garda detective was seriously wounded and Mr John O’Grady freed, while O’Hare and gang escaped. O’Hare now became the most wanted man in Ireland with a reward offered of IR£100,000 for information leading to his whereabouts. Two of the gang were later arrested, in early November near Cahir, Co Tipperary.
In the same month, on November 27th, O’Hare was arrested after his car attempted to drive through an Irish Defence Force check point outside Urlingford, County Kilkenny. O’Hare was shot eight times during his attempted arrest, while his driver Martin Bryan, died in the fire fight which ensued. An Irish army soldier was also wounded. Dessie O’Hare was sentenced to life imprisonment but later released early under the Good Friday Agreement.
Huge tributes were paid to the late Mr Moriarty at his Funeral Mass at St Marys of the Rosary Church on January 24th and at Nenagh District Court, a precinct which he served honourably from 1981 through to 1994.
Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.
Rev John Boyers, the official chaplain at Manchester United will visit Thurles, Co Tipperary tomorrow.
The President of St Patricks College, Thurles, Rev Fr. Tom Fogarty, who is also a leading figure in GAA circles, has called for chaplains to become part of the make-up of the inter-county back-room team. The former Offaly and Tipperary hurling boss, believes chaplains can play a key role in dealing with what he headlines as “crisis situations” amongst members of a squad.
Fr. Fogarty believes that Ireland seriously lags behind both England and America in recognising the links between sport and spirituality. He strongly believes inter-county players are often privately troubled by personal matters which are outside the field of play, but find themselves often feeling solitary with having no one to turn too or confide in.
Fr Fogarty cites Tyrone football manager Mickey Harte and the Tyrone panel as an example, pointing out what they both experienced in the last number of years, the reality of losing key players such as Paul McGirr and Cormac McAnallen.
Fr Fogarty now finds himself as the driving force behind an interesting weekend conference being held in St Patrick’s College, Thurles, this weekend entitled “Exploring the link between Sport and Spirituality.”
Tomorrows conference, which will run from tomorrow evening next and all day Saturday, and will feature a presentation amongst others from Rev. John Boyers, chaplain to Manchester United. Rev. Boyers will address conference participants about his time at Old Trafford including what happens the week before that very vital game if a player is laden down with unnecessary worry or indeed loses a loving parent or a brother or indeed a fiancée.
Fr Tom explains that for many years communities have enjoyed the benefits of having collage chaplains, hospital chaplains etc, who contribute vital roles and he now firmly believes that this is an area Irish sport needs to seriously examine.
“America and England are way ahead of us as it is very common outside Ireland to have a chaplain associated with a team. All high-profile Premiership teams have a chaplain as part of their current make up and team managers are recognising that a chaplain may have a major winning role to play,” states Fr Tom, pointing out that gambling addiction is now being recognised as being prevalent within GAA and other sporting circles.
Players are required to be not just physically fit, but also need to be mentally prepared for sport and he is now calling on managers to set a precedent by enlisting the services of a team chaplain, thus ensuring what he calls “a player’s very skills base” is focused in perfect synchronization with this sporting skill.
This conference is jointly sponsored by Davy Stockbrokers and St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, Co Tipperary.
Tom Gleeson, (Member of Thurles Club for Dancing) Reports:
Thurles Club for Dancing will hold their next set of beginners dance classes, commencing on Tuesday night, February 4th next in The Premier Ballroom Thurles from 8.30 p.m. sharp to 10:00 p.m.
This extensive six week course will cost a total of just €20 for the full six week session and will teach the basic steps of the Foxtrot, Quickstep and Old Time Waltz, with some novelty dances thrown in just for good measure.
The course is open to anyone over 18 years of age who would like to learn the basic steps of real social dancing.
For anyone planning on getting married this year and who are unsure with regard to their dancing ability for that inevitable yet required first dance, this €20 will be the best investment ever, with regard to your wedding day plans and indeed into your future together.
The Club for Dancing has provided this service for the past 20 years, so you can be assured of a thoroughly enjoyable six weeks of coaching.
For more up-to-date information on this event, why not contact Tom Gleeson by telephoning 087-9732837.