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Thurles Born Fr. Martin Hayes New Bishop Of Kilmore Diocese.

Thurles born Bishop-elect Martin Hayes
Photograph courtesy G. Willoughby

Former, much loved Thurles priest, Fr. Martin Hayes, has been unveiled by Pope Francis (Jorge Mario Bergoglio) as the new Bishop of Kilmore, at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick and Saint Felim, Farnham St, Kinnypottle, Co. Cavan. His appointment, on the feast day of St. Peter and St. Paul (Monday, June 29th), follows the retirement of Bishop Leo O’Reilly in December of 2018.

A native of Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, Co. Tipperary; Bishop-elect Hayes received his primary school education at Saint Kevin’s National School, Littleton, and his secondary school education here in the Christian Brothers School, Thurles. He graduated from the then NIHE, Co. Limerick, [now the University of Limerick], with a BS in Manufacturing Technology.

Close family members attend at unveiling of Thurles born Fr. Martin Hayes as new Bishop of Kilmore Diocese.

Bishop-elect Hayes entered Saint Patrick’s College seminary, Thurles, in September 1983, before being ordained a deacon five years later on April 4th 1988. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 10th 1989, by His Grace Archbishop Dermot Clifford; latter now retired.

Later the then Fr. Martin obtained a Licentiate in Philosophy in Rome, in 1991, while staying at the Pontifical Irish College, and subsequently served as curate in the Thurles Parish with responsibility for the church of St. Joseph & St. Brigid, Bothar na Naomh and as an active member of the ‘Cashel & Emly Ongoing Formation and Education of Priests Committee’ in 2003.

In July 2007, the Bishop-elect was appointed Administrator of the Cathedral of the Assumption, Cathedral Street, Thurles, before being appointed 10 years later, in August 2017, to the full-time post of Director of Pastoral Planning & Development in the Archdiocese of Cashel & Emly.

Bishop-elect Hayes served as delegate for the diocese in preparation for the 9th World Meeting of Families and the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland in 2018.

His new Diocese of Kilmore has a Catholic population of some 69,000 people, and is served by 51 priests who minister in 35 parishes comprising 95 churches. The Kilmore parish itself comprises much of Co. Cavan, together with parts of Co. Meath, Co. Sligo, Co. Fermanagh and Co. Leitrim.

His appointment today, by Pope Francis, was announced as places of worship across Ireland began to welcome back members of their congregations for religious services. In keeping with Government and HSE guidelines regarding public gatherings; in relation to the Covid-19 virus pandemic, an upper limit of 50 people came into force today, with church leader’s hopeful that this will be further eased in the not too distant future.

Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, the Papal Nuncio to Ireland, was amongst those in attendance at the service in the Cathedral to welcome the new bishop.

With social distancing guidelines fully observed; Bishop Elect Martin Hayes welcomed his congregation back to the Cathedral, pointing out that “We are living in strange times as we continue to cope with Covid-19, nevertheless this is a good day as we begin once again to gather for the celebration of Mass in all our parish churches.”

Bishop Hayes offered his personal sympathies to the families of all who had sadly lost loved ones to date, during the Covid-19 pandemic, while acknowledging the huge service by healthcare and other frontline workers who continue to remain involved in responding to this pandemic.

Residents of Thurles wish Bishop Martin Hayes every success in his new role and new Diocese.

Go mbeannaí Dia duit.

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Death Of Breda Ronayne, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It is with sadness we learned of the death today, Sunday 28th June 2020, of Mrs Breda Ronayne (née Pyne), Dublin Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly Fermoy, Co. Cork.

Mrs Ronayne passed away peacefully, while in the care of staff at the Sacred Heart Nursing Home, Crosspatrick, Urlingford, Co. Kilkenny.

Predeceased by her husband John [29th April 2017] and son Aidan [17th January 2017]; her passing is most deeply regretted by her sons Edmond, Michael and Sean; daughter Marie; daughters in law Sandra and Frances; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; sisters Betty and Mary; brother Donal; brothers in law; sister in law; nephews; nieces; cousins; extended relatives; neighbours and many good friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements.

In keeping with Government and HSE guidelines regarding public gatherings; in relation to the Covid-19 virus pandemic, a private family funeral Mass will take place on Tuesday June 30th at 11:00am in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Cathedral Street, Thurles.
Interment will take place immediately afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
Requem Mass for Mrs Ronayne can be viewed online HERE.

The extended Ronayne family also wish to express their appreciation for your understanding at this difficult time and have made arrangements for those wishing to send messages of condolence, to use the link shown HERE.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.

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Death Of Theresa Raftery Late Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It was with sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Saturday 27th June, 2020, of Mrs Theresa Raftery (née Long), Craughwell, Co. Galway and late of Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs Raftery passed away following a short illness most bravely borne and while surrounded by her loving family.

Predeceased by her best friend and beloved husband Donal, her sons Brian and James and her sister Noreen Long; the passing of Mrs Raftery is most deeply regretted by her loving daughter Rachel; sons Gerry, Tom, Eddie, Shane and Daragh; grandchildren; sisters Frances Caplis (Clonoulty), Kathleen Fox (Kilfinan); brother Lar (Naas); brother-in-law Ailbe; sisters-in-laws Ann (Raftery) and Ann (Long); son-in-law, daughters-in-law; nieces; nephews; cousins; extended relatives; neighbours and friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements.

In keeping with Government guidelines regarding public gatherings; in relation to the Covid-19 virus, a family funeral Mass will take place at 12:00 noon on tomorrow Monday, June 29th, in St. Colman’s Church, Craughwell, Co. Galway, followed by interment immediately afterwards in Ballymore Cemetery.

As a mark of respect and to further demonstrate your support for the Raftery family at this sad time, mourners may form a static guard of honour, adhering to the specific guidelines on social distancing.

A memorial Mass, in celebration of the life of Mrs Raftery will take place at a later date, for all who may wish to attend.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.

The extended Raftery family also wish to express their appreciation for your understanding at this difficult time and have made arrangements for those wishing to send messages of condolence, to use the link shown HERE.

Note Please: House Strictly Private.

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Death Of Geraldine Cahill, Late Of Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It was with sadness we learned of the death on Friday 29th May 2020, of Mrs Geraldine Cahill, (née Earley), Kinlough, Co. Leitrim and late of Gortnahoe, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs Cahill sadly passed away suddenly, while in Luton, Bedfordshire, England.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her loving family Richard, Michael and Siobhan; grandchildren Leon, Amelia and Sophia; sisters Elizabeth and Caroline; brothers John and James; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews; extended relatives; neighbours and a wide circle of friends in Luton and in Ireland.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements.

In keeping with Government guidelines regarding public gatherings; in relation to the Covid-19 virus, a family only funeral Mass will take place in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Gortnahoe, Thurles, Co. Tipperary on Monday next, June 29th, at 11.30am, followed by interment in the Good Shepherd Cemetery, Gortnahoe.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.

The extended Cahill family wish to express their appreciation for your understanding at this difficult time and have made arrangements for those wishing to send messages of condolence, to use the link shown HERE.

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

It is with sadness we learned of the death today, Thursday 25th June 2020, of Mr Michael (Mickey) O’Neill, No.8 St. Anne’s Tce. Gortnahoe, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased recently by his wife Delia (March 30th 2020); Mr O’Neill passed away peacefully at his place of residence, surrounded by his loving family.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his loving family; Brigid, Mary, Kathleen and John; sons-in-law; daughter-in-law; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brothers Eamon and Mattie; sisters Mary, Alice, Helen, Catherine, Noreen, Liz and Frances; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews; extended relatives; neighbours and a wide circle of friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements.

In keeping with Government guidelines regarding public gatherings, in relation to the Covid-19 virus; a family only funeral Mass will take place on Saturday at 11:00am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in the Good Shepherd Cemetery, Gortnahoe.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

The extended O’Neill family wish to express their appreciation for your understanding at this difficult time and have made arrangements for those wishing to send messages of condolence, to use the link shown HERE.

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