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Concern Raised Over Thurles Pedestrian Crossing Safety

Serious concerns have been again highlighted this week, in relation to the state of Thurles pedestrian crossing lights; latter situated on Cathedral Street in the town.

Controlled by pedestrians using working ‘placebo buttons’; these pedestrian crossing signal lights were initially erected to indicate and control the movement of both pedestrians and motorists on one of the towns traffic bottlenecks.  However large high sided trucks continuously strike these light standards, thus totally removing the view of indicating signals. The result is that when you are crossing from the St. Patrick’s College side of the street to the Cathedral of The Assumption side; these controlling green and red indicators intended to signal to the pedestrian that it is safe to cross, are to be found facing east, pointing at the motorist instead of the waiting pedestrian.

The absence of this once intended and important safety feature is particularly worrying since same crossing is used by up to 600 high spirited students twice daily, all attempting to connect to public school bus transport, and now unable to judge clearly if they have a right to cross this busy thoroughfare.

One man who has highlighted this important issue is local community activist Mr Tommy Barrett. Mr Barrett spoke to Thurles.Info today, stating; “I am deeply concerned about this regularly occurring situation which has developed on Cathedral Street, in relation to pedestrian crossing lights. The pedestrian red STOP signal is almost permanently turned towards the path of motorists; which from a distance looks to the confused driver like a stop signal for all traffic heading towards Liberty Square. I have reported my concerns and indeed the concerns of the greater public, to Tipperary County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), asking that this situation be investigated and a longer term future solution found. I now urge those responsible for health and safety, to act immediately on these genuine public concerns. This is a very busy pedestrian crossing with people attending Mass; students going to school; the elderly and parents with young children going shopping and to use our town park, etc. This continuous problem is far from new, and has been ongoing for several years.”

“I think, once and for all, Tipperary County Council need to widen the area between these pedestrian light fixtures. Having failed miserably over the past 11 years to progress the construction of the proposed ‘Thurles Ring Road’, latter required to remove 18-wheeler trucks from thundering through our medieval streets, I now ask that our elected representatives take serious note of this issue and put the necessary pressure on our municipal engineers, to ensure this health and safety issue is rectified before a fatality occurs”, concluded Mr Barrett.


Death Of Peg Cleere, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It it with sadness that we learned of the death today, Monday 21st January 2019, of Mrs Margaret (Peg) Cleere (née Delaney), Kilbraugh Coalbrook The Commons, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, and formerly Droimnin Nursing, Stradbally and Ballyraggett Co. Kilkenny.

Predeceased by her loving husband Neill; Mrs Cleere passed away peacefully while in her 97th year.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her loving brothers Stephen and Declan; sister Alice; brothers in law; sisters in law; nieces; nephews; grandnieces; grandnephews; extended relatives and a close circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements:
The earthly remains of Mrs Cleere will lie in repose at Doyle’s Funeral Home, Urlingford, Co. Kilkenny, on Tuesday evening from 5.00pm with Rosary recited at 8.00pm.

Removal on Wednesday morning to the Church of The Assumption, Ballingarry (SR) Upper, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, to arrive for Requiem Mass at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Death Of Christy Behan, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It was with sadness that we learned of the death, on Saturday 19th January 2019, of Mr Christopher (Christy) Behan, Glengoole, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly Kilbarrack, Co. Dublin.

Mr Behan passed away peacefully, following a short illness at the Mater Hospital, Dublin.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his daughter Noeleen; son William; daughter-in-law Patricia; grandchildren Thomas and Ben; brother Jack; sisters Liz and Kay; nieces; nephews; extended relatives; neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements:
The earthly remains of Mr Behan will lie in repose at O’Connell’s Funeral Home, Killenaule, on tomorrow evening, Tuesday 22nd January 2019, from 5.00pm to 7.00pm,  to arrive at the Church of St. Patrick & St. Oliver, Glengoole, Thurles at 7.30pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Wednesday morning at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in adjoining Cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Tom Ryan – “In A Storm Steadfast”

In A Storm Steadfast.

Courtesy of Thurles Author & Poet Tom Ryan ©

There’s a house by the sea in my summers
Low the shoreline hugging and the rocks,
And one wild night in a storm I wondered
If the waves that lashed the rooftop then
Would engulf my friend therein.
Next day in his quiet and laughter,
Pipe in hand and glad happy
As the day is long,
He told salt tales of the battering waves
That lashed him all the years.
“Hit bad storms in Eighty Nine,
But little it mattered ever or then,
My mind it knows its peace,
And I sleep
Undisturbed by the wrath of the universe.”


Tom Ryan, “Iona”, Rahealty, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.


Death Of Patrick Bourke, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It it with sadness that we learned of the death today, Sunday 20th January 2019, of Mr Patrick Bourke, Leigh, Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by his wife Nell and son Pat; the passing of Mr Bourke is most deeply regretted by his sons Seamus, Mattie and Michael; daughter Geraldine; son-in-law; daughters-in-law; grandchildren; great grandchildren; nephews; nieces; extended relatives; neighbours and a wide circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Bourke will lie in repose at Egan’s Funeral Home, Dublin Road Thurles, on Tuesday evening, January 22nd from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, to arrive at the Church of St. James, Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles at 7.30pm.

Funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday morning, January 23rd at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in the local cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.