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Death Of Bridie Ryan, Slievenamon Road, Thurles

With Sincere SympathyIt is with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday (Wednesday 20th May 2015) of Mrs Bridie Ryan (née Kennedy), Slievenamon road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs Ryan, late of Cabra Thurles and Carhue, Upperchurch, who is pre-deceased by her husband Michael; is sadly missed by her sisters Mary (Bab) Ryan, Borrisoleigh, Kathleen Quirke, Littleton and Nora Quirke, Thurles, together with her brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins, neighbours, relatives and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
Mrs Ryan’s body will repose at O’Dwyer’s Funeral Home, Upperchurch, this Thursday evening from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Removal will take place on Friday morning to the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles. [Map Ref.] arriving at 10.15am for Requiem Mass at 11:00am.

Burial will take place afterwards in Upperchurch Cemetery, [Map Ref.].

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

Death Of Mr Seamus (James) Barrett, Holycross, Thurles

deathIt is with sadness we learned today of the death, on Tuesday May 19th, 2015, of Mr Seamus (James) Barrett, Holycross, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Mr Barrett’s passing is deeply regretted by his loving wife Cora, sons James, Ciaran, Brian and Cathal, daughters Anne-Marie and Claire, daughter-in-law Geraldine and grandson Dylan, mother Jennie, the extended Barrett family and their many friends.

Funeral Arrangements

Mr Barrett’s body will repose at his family home at Beakstown on Thursday May 21st from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. His removal will take place on Friday at 10.30am to arrive at Holycross Abbey, Holycross, Thurles, Co. Tipperary for Requiem Mass at 11.30am.

Burial will take place immediately afterwards in the adjoining Holycross cemetery.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

Vienna Role For Tipperary’s Molly Sterling

Irish Eurovision hopeful Molly Sterling from Puckane, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, performed “Build Fireworks Again,”  yet another of her own original songs,  at a  “Pop Meets Opera” recent event in Vienna, Austria.

The extremely talented 17 year old Tipperary musician and songstress was one of only four Eurovision hopefuls specially chosen from this year’s song contest, to participate in this recent matinee performance, held at the iconic Austrian Vienna State Opera House, in front of a VIP audience.

Describing the recent ‘Pop meets Opera’ show as “an incredible experience,” the teenage singer-songwriter will next appear on stage for the Eurovision 2015 second semi-final of the competition on Thursday night next, singing “Playing With Numbers”.

Tune in and keep those fingers crossed for Molly everyone.

Love In The Hills

UpperchurchBilly Mulcahy, a local middle aged Thurles doctor, had just finished examining his old friend and patient Tom MacCarthy and had concluded that the latter was in remarkably good physical health for a man of his age.

Tom, an eighty nine year old sheep farmer, residing in the hills above the very scenic, rural village of Upperchurch, near Thurles, had lost his eighty year old wife some eighteen months previously; she had run off with the newly retired village postman.

Now, as you no doubt are aware, doctors are not the kind of people who get involved in village gossip, but from an overheard conversation, circulating in his local pub, it was being whispered that perhaps this same Tom MacCarthy was about to purchase her replacement, in no less a form than a Russian ‘Mail Order’ bride.

Being a good friend and wondering if this was indeed the true reason for Tom seeking this sudden physical examination of his overall health, the doctor asked Tom if there was any truth in this now rapidly circulating rumour.

Taking the time to adjust his trouser braces before pulling on his wellington boots, Tom assured the doctor that the rumour was in fact true and that plans were already at an advanced stage, with his new Russian mail order bride arriving at Thurles railway station on the following Friday afternoon.

Aware of other well founded rumours which stated that Tom hadn’t ever spent a penny of his Ewe Premium grant aided cheques from Brussels over the past ten years, Doctor Mulcahy, fearing Tom had acquired a ‘female gold digger,’ inquired as to the age of this new mail order Russian bride. With a knowing nod and a wink, Tom stated, ‘Doctor don’t worry, I’ve checked her out; the one I bought, she’ll be twenty-one this coming November’.

There was silence in the surgery for a few moments as the good doctor caught future flashes on his inner eye of the inevitable age problems which lay ahead for his elderly patient. Being a wise general practitioner, Dr. Mulcahy could see that the future sexual appetite, alone, of such a very young woman, could never be easily satisfied by this eighty nine year old hill dweller.

Now, anxious to ensure that his old friend’s remaining years continued to remain happy, Dr Mulcahy tactfully suggested that Tom should perhaps consider getting in a ‘hired hand’ to help him out on his remote sheep farm, fully realising that nature was bound to take its inevitable course some cold winters night, in this remote picturesque location in the hills.

Tom also agreed that this was a good idea and gave an undertaking that he would insert an advert in the local Tipperary Star newspaper that very same afternoon, in the hope of obtaining someone who would be happy to work on a low-hour contract basis.

Tom returned to the hills and it was some four months later before Dr Mulcahy would again encounter his patient, walking in front of his two sheep dogs, down Liberty Square, here in Thurles.
‘How’s the new partner settling in?,’  the doctor couldn’t wait to ask.
‘Begod doctor she’s feeling good – she’s pregnant,’ Tom chirped back in reply.

The doctor smiled inwardly, happy in the thought that his former sage advice had most likely worked out according to ‘expectations’.
‘And how’s your hired hand getting on?’ Dr Mulcahy continued.
‘Great doctor,’ replied a smiling Tom. Then lowering his voice he declared, ‘Between you and me doctor, all the signs at the moment indicate that she’s pregnant too.’

It may have something to do with the pure air in those hills above Upperchurch Dr Mulcahy now believes, but scientists from the Harvard Medical School are continuing to investigate.

Death Of Mr William Gaynor, Thurles, Tipperary

deathIt is with great personal sadness I learned today of the death, which took place yesterday (Saturday 16th May 2015), of Mr William Gaynor, Monadreen, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Gaynor’s passing is deeply regretted by his loving wife Kathleen, son Joseph, daughters Miriam, Dervill and Teresa, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, brothers Noel and John Joe, sister Noreen, sisters-in-law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and many close friends.

Funeral Arrangements

Mr Gaynor’s body will repose at the residence of his daughter, Mrs Miriam O’Sullivan, Knockeen, The Heath, Thurles, on Monday May 18th from 3.00pm to 6.45pm, arriving at the Cathedral of the Assumption [Map Ref.] at 7.30pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Tuesday morning at 11.00am, with burial immediately afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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