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Death Of Helen Hayes, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It is with sadness that we learned of the death today, Friday 22nd March 2019, of Mrs Helen Hayes (née Hoyne), Middlepiece, Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her husband Tom; Mrs Hayes passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her sons Donal, Liam and James; daughters Margaret (Mahon, Naas) and Triona (Finn, Sallins); grandchildren; daughters-in-law Marie, Marguerite and Mairead; sons-in-law Michael and Ian; nephews; nieces; extended relatives; neighbours and many friends.

The earthly remains of Mrs Hayes will lie in repose at her residence (E41 TX25) on tomorrow afternoon, Saturday March 23rd, from 2.30pm to 6.30pm, to arrive at Holycross Abbey, Thurles at 7.45pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Monday morning, March 25th, at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Note Please: Family flowers only. Donations in lieu, if desired, to North Tipperary Hospice Movement.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.

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“Go Fund Me” For Darragh

“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” Hebrews Chapter 13 – Verse 16.

Orla & Darragh

Darragh Stakelum grew up the healthy and energetic son of loving parents Jim and Breda.

A loving partner to his long term girlfriend Orla; Darragh enjoyed life after finishing his education in Thurles CBS and WIT Waterford; starting work first in Stakelums Hardware and later at Aldi Supermarket, Thurles.

A keen sports enthusiast from a young age, winning many county finals with his clubs Durlas OG and Thurles Sarsfields. A grandnephew of Pat Stakelum (1949 Tipperary Captain) and first cousin to Declan Hannon (Captain of Limerick 2018 all Ireland winning team), Darragh also displayed great talent playing golf.

In December of 2015 his vision became blurred and following many tests he was diagnosed with Optic Nerve Atrophy. There was no cure and Darragh unfortunately went blind within a few months. Darragh’s life, at just 26 years old, would now begin a total different journey.

Pushing his darkness aside and accepting future challenges, Darragh got involved with the National Council for the Blind Ireland [NCBI]; playing blind soccer and golf. With sport he found refuge and progressed to representing the Republic of Ireland in blind soccer.

In 2017 following intense training and with the assistance of his caddy Gerry McCormack, he became the first Tipperary person to win the Irish open blind golf tournament. He accomplished his dream to represent Ireland in the world blind golf championship in Rome and was due to travel to Rome in November 2018.

On the 5th August 2018 Darragh was hit with yet another of life`s crushing blows. Following problems with his cognitive functions, his life was shattered once again when it was confirmed that he now had a malignant brain tumour. Darragh is now left with no alternative but to battle cancer. He underwent surgery followed by radium treatment in CUH and continued hard to overcome each of what seems endless obstacle placed in his path.

Hospitalised since Christmas eve 2018 and with a host of complications Darragh is currently not a suitable candidate for further treatment. He is currently been assessed for suitable rehabilitation and will require full-time care and support.

You our readers can help support Darragh at this time to keep fighting on his journey and together we can get the professional care he requires Whatever you can donate will be truly appreciated and his family thank you most sincerely from the bottom of their hearts.

A campaign has now begun to help assist Darragh on his future journey and you can help by clicking HERE.

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Tipp. Co. Council Seeks To Improve Thurles Streetscape.

Tipperary County Council is seeking to improve the streetscape and public realms of the towns of Thurles through supporting owners of properties to improve and enhance their properties and the public area generally. (This funding obviously comes from savings made by the Templemore / Thurles Municipal District councils failure to erect that couple of meters of bunting during the recent St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the town.)

Suggested Possible Improvements:

Removal of inappropriate contemporary signage, fittings and general clutter and replacement with shop fascia signage (with an emphasis on hand painted signage).

Painting and general improvements to Commercial and Residential building frontages.

Erection of planters, floral hanging baskets or other environmental improvements.



Picture (1) Erin Foods closed in June 2008. Picture (2) Thurles.ie no longer exists. Picture (3) Disk Parking hasn’t existed for years. Picture (4) North Tipperary Co. Council ceased to exist in 2014.

Speaking of the removal of inappropriate contemporary signage; one wonders will this now see the removal of the long forgotten and neglected array of signage, left decorating the entry routes into the town of Thurles. (Then of course these signs may be left there in an effort to remind our politicians and local councillors of their continued failures over the past 20 years. And people wonder why ‘An Post’ is moving and a beautiful Liberty Square and Friar Street are being totally eradicated by Tipperary Co. Council!)

Grant Aid

Maximum Grant for such improvements is 50% of the approved cost of the works subject to a maximum of €500.00. Priority will be given to applications for properties that are in need of works in order to prevent them from becoming or remaining derelict. (As you can see with regards to dereliction, €250 goes a long way in Thurles if you are strapped for cash.)

Application forms can be found HERE and are also available from the offices of Templemore / Thurles Municipal District council, latter situated at Castle Avenue, in Thurles (Old Library) and any further queries can be directed to Ms Louise Phillips, Tipperary Co. Council, by email at louise.phillips@tipperarycoco.ie or by Telephoning 0761 06 6067.

Completed Application Forms

Completed Application Forms should be clearly marked“Thurles/Templemore Town Enhancement & Painting Scheme 2019” and returned to Ms Janice Gardiner, (Acting District Administrator, Templemore Thurles Municipal District, Castle Avenue, Thurles, Co. Tipperary), by no later than 4.30pm on Friday April 12th. 2019 next.

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Death Of Effie Ryan, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co. Tipp.

It is with sadness that we learned of the death today, of Mrs Effie Ryan (née Mitchell), Glenbreeda, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Beloved wife of the late Tony (Ballycarron, Curreeney), Mrs Ryan passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her daughters Kathleen and Margaret; sons Kevin and Michael; grandchildren Roxanne, Travis, Shannon, Anthony, David, Jennifer and Culann; daughters-in-law Debbie and Jo; son-in-law Brian; sister-in-law Fred; brothers-in-law Tom, Martin and Matt; extended relatives; neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements

The earthly remains of Mrs Ryan will lie in repose on Saturday evening at Ryan’s Funeral Home, Nenagh from 5.00pm until 7.00pm.

Arriving on Sunday afternoon to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Cloghinch, Templederry, Nenagh, for funeral service at 2.00pm, followed by interment immediately afterwards in nearby Latteragh Cemetery, Nenagh Co. Tipperary.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.

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Free Irish Wildflower Seeds For Tipperary Farmers


Birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus.)

Farmers across Co. Tipperary can obtain free Irish native wildflower seeds at nine different cattle marts here in the county, during the month of March 2019. Some 1,000 farmers will receive these seeds, and are expected to participate in a ‘Pollination Plan’, thus aiding conservation here in Co. Tipperary this year.

The overall aim of the gifting of these free seeds, is to use deep-rooted perennial plants to recycle leached ground minerals, to combat drought and through flowering; to attract beneficial insects onto farmland to assist with pest management.

Following a recent National Biodiversity Conference held last February, Design By Nature decided it would be best to introduce farmers to the benefits of native wildflowers with a simple seed mixture, that would grow across a wide variety of soil types and farming situations.

Free Seed Packs

The information contained with each seed pack will be accompanied by links to websites containing information on farm supports and other research material, latter undertaken at Teagasc, into attracting pollinators to farm crops.

The 30 seed species contained in these seed packs include perennials such as birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus); clover and vetch, latter to fix nitrogen loss; yarrow and wild carrot, to recycle lost nutrients; together with many flowering perennials to attract absent and declining insects life.

Sandro Cafolla – founder of Design By Nature and provider of these free seed packs, is asking farmers that fail or choose not to make full use of these free seeds on their land, to give them instead to local schools or Tidy Towns groups, who would readily use them instead.

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