It is with deep sadness that we report that the death has occurred of the much loved priest Rev. Father Martin Dwan, St. Patrick’s Missionary Society, Kiltegan, Thurles and Holycross, who passed away on April 18th 2014.
Fr. Martin will be deeply regretted by his loving brothers Kevin, Michael and Liam, his sisters; Mary, Nancy and Kathleen, nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives and a wide circle of friends.
Fr Martins remains will repose at his brother Michael’s residence ‘Newtown House’, Holycross, Thurles, Co Tipperary on Monday April 21st from 2.30pm to 6.00pm, arriving at Holycross Abbey at 7.00pm.
Requiem Mass will be held on Tuesday morning in Holycross Abbey at 11.30am, with burial afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Thurles.
Family flowers only, please with donations, if desired, to St. Patrick’s Missionary Society, Kiltegan, Co Wicklow.
Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.
Templemore Union of Parishes (C of I) Easter Sunday Services 2014.
St Mary’s Church, Thurles – Morning Service with Holy Communion at 9.30 am.
St Mary’s Church, Templemore - Morning Service with Holy Communion at 10.45 am.
Kilfithmone Church, Borrisoleigh, Thurles – Morning Service with Holy Communion at 12.00 noon.
Thurles Parish (R.C.) Easter Ceremonies 2014.
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”
Bóthar Na Naomh Church, Thurles – Holy Thursday April 17th – Mass of the Lord’s Supper (With First Communion Children & Families.) at 6.30 pm.
Bóthar Na Naomh Church, Thurles – Holy Thursday April 17th – Holy Hour at 10.00 pm.
Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles – Holy Thursday April 17th – Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7.30 pm.
Bóthar Na Naomh Church, Thurles – Good Friday April 18th – Children’s Story of the Cross at 11.00 am.
Cathedral of The Assumption & Bóthar Na Naomh Church, Thurles – Good Friday April 18th – Lord’s Passion at 3.00 pm.
Outdoor Stations of the Cross starting at 7.30 pm on Good Friday from each of the following areas; Lidl Car Park; Reilig Bhríde; Centenary Co-Op; Cleary’s Garage /St.Patrick’s Cemetery; Anner Hotel Car-park /St Mary’s Cemetery (Front & Back gates to cemetery will remain open to facilitate passage through to St Mary’s Lane, if desired.); Thurles Town Council Grounds; Mid-Tipp Co-Op Mart; Killinan Cemetery (Latter 7.00 pm) via Greyhound Stadium to the Cathedral Yard. Prayers gathered around the Cross at 8.30 pm in the Cathedral of The Assumption.
Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles – Holy Saturday April 19th - Assembly in Cathedral Yard for Pilgrim Walk to Holycross Abbey.
Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles – Holy Saturday April 19th - Midday Prayer & Blessing of Bread at 12.00 noon.
Cathedral of The Assumption only, Thurles – Holy Saturday April 19th – Easter Vigil at 9.00 pm.
Cathedral of The Assumption & Bóthar Na Naomh, Thurles – Easter Sunday Mass Times as usual in both Churches with extra Dawn Mass in Killinan Cemetery at 6.00 am.
Confessions Holy Saturday 2014.
Bóthar Na Naomh - 10.00 am – 11.00 am. Cathedral of The Assumption - 11.00 am – 6.00 pm.
No 8.00 am Mass in Cathedral of The Assumption Easter Week (April 21st -26th incl.)
No Holy Family Mass Tuesday, April 22nd.
No Confessions Fri/Sat of Easter Week in either Church.
“Be bound to one another by the bond of love, respecting, helping, bearing with each other in Jesus Christ.”
(St. Angela Merici, Foundress of the Ursuline Religious Order)
The Ursuline Religious Order (Ursulines of the Roman Union) were and remain a Roman Catholic religious institute for women, founded at Brescia, Italy, by Saint Angela de Merici in November 1535. Their aim was primarily dedicated to the education of girls, while also caring for the sick and needy and bringing about a Christianising influence in existing homes and in the homes which those they came into contact with, would subsequently establish.
From Italy through Europe, this religious order began to expand, eventually spreading to Canada by 1639 and to the New Orleans French Quarter by 1727. (Latter quarter founded on May 7th, 1718, by the French Mississippi Company). Here they became affectionately known as the “Filles du’ Casket,” (Tranlation: “Casket Girls.”) because of the wooden cases which they hauled enthusiastically around, containing their meagre possessions, while in transit from Rouen in northern France to this new colony in the Americas.
Faith and education have been the very cornerstones of Ursuline philosophy since their humble beginnings and those two pillar virtues are as evident today, as they first were when the Order was first established here in Thurles. Former students from the Ursuline Convent in Thurles, today, populate the globe and their achievements in life as academics, as business people, as sporting icons, as musicians and performers, as parents, as wives, as partners and as Sisters, are as many as to quote 1 Kings 4:20 from the Bible; “as numerous as the sand on the seashore.”
The Ursuline Order first arrived in Thurles back in 1787, sixteen years after they were established in Cork. On that date 227 years ago Anastasia Tobin came back to her native Thurles having been professed as Sr. Clare Ursula in the Ursuline Convent, Cork. She took up residence in a little crude thatched cottage on the site of the present convent. Assisted by her sister Mary, she got the required permission from the Protestant Vicar General of the diocese to begin a school, thus establishing the first Catholic School in the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly.
Since then, through changing history, their work of education has continued and expanded. Efforts to be faithful to what is best in their tradition have not prevented them from moving forward as required by a constantly challenging environment.
The aims of the Ursuline Order here in Thurles, over these 227 years, still remain constant as they continue to develop primary and second level students to gain their full potential both academically, physically, socially, and spiritually.
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.