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February 2016
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Revenue Seize Contraband Tobacco Products In Tipperary

Revenue officers have seized a quantity of illicit cigarette and tobacco worth an estimated €10,700 here in Co. Tipperary.

The seizures were made following the search of a car by Revenue officers in the Golden area close to Cashel in Co. Tipperary on Wednesday morning last.

The officers are understood to have discovered further contraband cigarettes and tobacco in a follow-up search, carried out under warrant, at the driver’s residence. Revenue officers also seized the car in which the cigarettes were located, as is required by law.

Some 22,800 cigarettes; branded Marlboro; Monte Carlo; Royal Classic; Jim; MG; NZ Gold; and Che, were seized together with 200 grams of tobacco; branded Amber Leaf and Cherry Choice.

In total, the products posed a potential loss to the Irish Exchequer of some €9,100.

A man believed to be in his 50’s was questioned and a file is presently being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Thurles Deaths February 10th 2016


deathIt was with sadness we learned of the death, on Wednesday last, 10th February 2016, of Mr David Ryan, Sarsfield Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Son of the late Tommy and Bridget, Mr Ryan’s passing is most deeply regretted by his loving brothers Kieran, Thomas, Michael, Billy, Vincent, Denis and Paul; sisters Teresa and Ann, nephews and nieces, uncles and aunts, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Ryan will arrive at the Cathederal of the Assumption, Thurles, on this Friday at 6:00pm.

Requiem Mass will be held this Saturday, 13th of February, at 11:00am followed by burial immediately afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.


deathIt was with sadness we learned of the death, on Wednesday last, 10th February 2016, of Mr Joseph (Joe) Fitzgerald, Cluen, Clonoulty, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Mr Fitzgerald passed away, predeceased by his wife Phil and most deeply regretted by his loving family, sons John, Tim, Joe and Neil; daughters Mairead, Anne and Mary, brother Timmy & sister Anna (Morrissey), sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, extended family, relatives, neighbours and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Fitzgerald will repose at his home today Friday from 4:30pm to 8:00pm, to arriving at St John The Baptist Church, Clonoulty for 11:30am Mass on Saturday. Burial will take place immediately afterwards in Clonoulty Cemetery.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

Tipperary CSO Live Register Figures Remain Dismal

The recent CSO Live Register Figures published for Co. Tipperary in recent days continue to remain dismal reading. See the figures shown hereunder or check for yourselves, using search criteria All Ages, Both Sexes, Welfare Office.


The 652 pre General Election 2016 jobs announced between July and September of last year (2015) for South Tipperary e.g. 200 new jobs for Clonmel at Eishtec, announced in September 2015; 300 new jobs in Cashel at US generic drugs giant Amneal Pharmaceuticals announced in August 2015; and 152 jobs at ABP Food Group in Cahir announced in July 2015, have so far failed to materialise. Instead South Tipperary this month records an increase of a further 22 persons on their Live Register; when comparing months January 2016 against figures recorded on the 31st of December 2015.

North Co. Tipperary this month appears to have fared slightly better with a decrease of 48 persons registered. Some 700 jobs promised for North Tipperary some three weeks ago just before this month’s General Election will not materialise however before March 2017 in respect of 300 jobs; with the other 400 jobs not expected to materialize until 2019.

In the case of the latter 700 promised jobs, at least 30% – 40% of these employees are expected to be skilled transient workers, brought to the North Tipperary area because of their particular skills within their already existing employment in firms; Siga Hydro, Roadbridge, Sisk, Strabag Group, Andritz Hydro and US multi-national First Data.

Unemployment in Tipperary is now running roughly 2.9% above the national figure of 8.6% unemployment; latter being claimed as “A Recovery” by the present outgoing Fine Gael & Labour government.

Death Of Nano Quinlan, Cabra, Thurles,

With-sincere-sympathyIt was with sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Tuesday 9th February 2016, of Mrs Nano Quinlan (née Egan), Eldergrove, Cabra, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs  Quinlan passed away peacefully in the loving care of St Vincent’s Private Hospital Dublin. Her passing is most deeply regretted by her loving husband Michael, her son Tom, daughters Aoife and Deirdre, son-in-law Dermot, daughter-in-law Mary, partner James, grandchildren Sam, Rachel, Sarah, Diarmuid and Conor, brothers Rev Fr John, Tom and Pat, sisters Mary, Lena, Anna, Margaret and Bridget, nephews and nieces, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, relatives and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs  Quinlan will repose at her residence in Eldergrove, Cabra, Thurles, this Wednesday, 10th February, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm, before arriving at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles at 12:30pm on Thursday 11th February.

Requiem Mass will take place at 1:15pm with burial immediately afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Note: House private on Thursday please. Family flowers only. Donations if desired to Suir Haven, Thurles.

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New Irish Stamp Commemorates Thomas MacDonagh

New-StampAs most Irish people are aware, Thomás MacDonagh the Irish political activist, poet, playwright, educationalist and revolutionary leader was born in Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary. As a signatories to the Proclamation of the Irish Republic, he was executed for his part in the 1916 Easter Rising.

An Post have now issued sixteen 1916 centenary stamps, and huge national and international demand is expected for this 1916-2016 definitive stamp series, which includes an image of the Tipperary born MacDonagh.

The stamps are grouped into four different categories reflecting a chronological progression from the lead-up to the 1916 Rising through to its aftermath. Represented are: Leaders and Icons; Participants; Easter Week and The Aftermath, all designed as a narrative rather than as 16 individual images. These new stamps will be available for the remainder of  2016 at all Post Offices and in special souvenir packs and booklets. [See  http://www.anpost.ie/AnPost/IrishStamps/Home/ ]

A huge feature of each set of stamps is the use of ‘Augmented Reality (AR)’ (Latter elements are supplemented by a computer-generated sensory input, involving sound, video and graphics data), thus linking the stamps to a wealth of additional material; through scanning them with the CEE Explorer Smartphone App.

Thomás MacDonagh final communication home.

It is interesting to note that one year after MacDonagh’s death, his wife, whom he had married in 1911, Muriel (née Gifford), drowned in a swimming accident off the Skerries coast, in north Co Dublin, leaving their children, four-year-old Donagh and one-year-old Barbara, orphaned.

His original last letter posted home, currently is not to be found in the National Library of Ireland’s current excellent collection, however a copy truly exists. In this communication MacDonagh laments that his death will leave his family impoverished.

MacDonagh writes; “The one bitterness that death has for me is the separation it brings from my beloved wife Muriel, and my beloved children, Donagh and Barbara. My country will then treat them as wards, I hope. I have devoted myself too much to national work and too little to the making of money to leave them a competence. God help them and support them, and give them a happy and prosperous life.”

Thomás MacDonagh, once, also speaking about Ireland prior to 1916 stated: “This country will be one entire slum unless we get into action, in spite of our literary movements and Gaelic Leagues, it is going down and down. There is no life or heart left in the country.”

One wonders today is the vision and sacrifice MacDonagh dreamed for this country; is it at all reflected in our Ireland one hundred years later in 2016?

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