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Death Of Queenie Moloney, Sarsfield Street, Thurles.

SymIt is with great sadness we learned of the death today, Saturday 29th August 2015, of M/s Queenie Moloney, Sarsfield Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The passing of M/s Moloney is deeply regretted by her sorrowing nieces, their families, relatives, neighbours and friends, especially Phil and Michael Ryan.

Funeral Arrangements

M/s Moloney’s earthly remains arriving at the Cathedral of the Assumption this evening (Saturday, August 29th) at 8:30pm.

Requiem Mass will take place tomorrow (Sunday) at 12:00 noon with burial immediately afterwards in Killinan Cemetery, Nenagh Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

Lar Corbett “€5,000 Reward For Thief”

WantedHurling left corner-forward and three All-Star award GAA winner Lar Corbett is this morning offering a €5,000 reward, following the theft, during last night of takings from the office of his pub, situated on O’Donovan Rossa Street, here in Thurles.

The Tipperary five championship medal holder offered the reward on Twitter, posting CCTV footage of the alleged thief.

Do you recognise this man?

“I need help from the public, I have proper (CCTV) footage, that I will put up here, the reward is €5,000 in cash”, an understandably angry Mr Corbett stated following the discovery on opening his premises this morning.

“By Monday I will have the car and reg that appears to have dropped him, and I will have proper footage of him, this is happening all over the country”, the GAA legend continued.

Lar has now posted CCTV footage captured from outside his premises, which shows a male, wearing a large rucksack or hold-all on his shoulder, walking up to the front door of his premises, before entering.  Note vehicle in this footage appears to travel the wrong way up this one way street.

Thurles Town is one urban area now with CCTV cameras covering its streets on a 24 hour basis and this burglary will now most certainly test this recently installed systems usefulness and the ability to identify crimes committed at night.

Persons with any information on this latest of a long line of Thurles burglaries are being asked to contact Thurles Garda station on Tel: 0504-25100, or the Garda Confidential Line on Tel: 1800-666-111, or indeed any Garda station.

Meanwhile also today the outspoken Kerry politician Michael Healy-Rae has also defended homeowners’ rights to use “reasonable force” against intruders, stating that rural crime had reached “crisis” levels.

Thurles Deaths

Foyle, Helen June

deathIt is with great sadness we learned of the death, on Thursday 27th August 2015, of Mrs Helen June Foyle (née McCabe) Woodlands, Navan, Co. Meath and formally Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs Foyle passed away peacefully at her home, sadly missed by her loving husband Kevin, daughters Leona and Louise, son Leo, grandchildren in Ireland, Saudi Arabia and Australia, her sister Yvonne, and her brothers Ray, Terry, Brian and Niall, her relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
Removal on Sunday evening, 30th August, to St. Mary’s Church, Navan, arriving at 7:00pm. Requiem Mass will take place on Monday morning at 10:00am, followed by burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, with arrival expected at 1.30pm approximately.

Note: House Private Friday and Saturday. Family flowers only, please.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

O’Connell, Tommy

It is with great sadness we learned of the death on Thursday 27th August 2015 of Mr Tommy O’Connell, Granera, Milestone, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Beloved husband of Bernie, Mr O’Connell’s passing is deeply regretted by his loving wife, son John, daughter Mary (Tobin), son-in-law, Michael, grandchildren, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
Mr O’Connell’s earthly remains reposed at O’Dwyer’s Funeral Home, Upperchurch yesterday (Friday) eveningat 6:00pm and was removed at 8:00pm to the Sacred Heart Church, Upperchurch, Co. Tipperary.

Requiem Mass will take place today, (Saturday), at 11.30am, followed by burial in the local cemetery.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

Hicks, Grace E

It is with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Friday 28th August 2015, of M/s Grace E Hicks formerly of Bouladuff, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Daughter of the late Robert and Sarah Hicks, M/s Hicks was predeceased by her brother Sean. The passing of M/s Hicks is deeply regretted by her brother, sister, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of M/s Hicks will repose at Egan’s Funeral Home, Dublin Road, Thurles, on Sunday 30th August 2015, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Removal on Monday, 31st August 2015, to St. Mary’s (C of I) Church, Thurles, for Funeral Service at 2:00pm, followed by burial afterwards in Killara Cemetery, Dovea, Co. Tipperary.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

Cleary, Molly

It is with great sadness we learned of the death on Thursday 27th August 2015, of Mrs Molly Cleary, Folkstown, Ballinure, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Mrs Cleary, passed away at Bailey House Nursing Home, Killenaule, predeceased by her husband Johnny, and daughter Veronica. Her passing is most deeply regretted by her son Pat, daughters Evelyn and Colette, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Cleary will repose at O’Connell’s Funeral Home, Killenaule, today (Saturday) from 4:30pm to 6:45pm before arriving at St. Joseph The Worker Church, Moyglass, at 7.30pm. Funeral Mass on Sunday morning at 10:00am will be followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

National “Slow Down” Day Began Today

gardaTonight is Friday night and for some reason, best known to themselves, Irish motorists, on Friday nights, appear to participate best when it comes to performing dangerous, careless, driving rituals, on both our national primary and secondary roads.

With 108,971 speeding fixed charge notices alone issued nationally, as of 30th June 2015, it is not surprising that An Garda Síochána have decided to conduct an intensive national speed enforcement operation for the next 24 hour period; from 7:00am today (Friday 28th August 2015) to 7:00am tomorrow (Saturday 29th August 2015).

This national “Slow Down” day, today, is supported by all stakeholders, including the Road Safety Authority.

The objective of operation “Slow Down” today is to reduce the number of speed related collisions, save lives and reduce injuries on our roads. The aim is to remind drivers of the dangers of speeding, increase compliance with speed limits and act as a deterrent to driving at excessive and inappropriate speeds.

Last year saw a further increase in road deaths, resulting in some 195 fatalities. Excessive or inappropriate speed is a major contributory factor to road traffic collisions. The higher the speed, the greater the likelihood is of a collision happening and the more severe the outcome of that collision.

Todays operation will consist of Garda high visibility speed enforcement activities on both national primary and secondary roads. All speed enforcement technologies will be utilised, including all laser hand-held speed detection devices, Garda speed vans and in-car speed detection systems.

Do not say you were not warned folks, so in the words of Sergeant Phil Esterhaus from that once famous 80’s TV series “Hill Street Blues” ; “Hey, let’s be careful out there.” .

Three Generations Of Butlers Return On Vacation To Thurles

Bill Butler and his wife Sara, both currently residing in northern Virginia, in the town of Clifton, a suburb of Washington D.C., visited Thurles earlier this month. Bill’s large family group consisted of himself, his wife Sara, their son and daughter plus their spouses and their children (Bill’s grandchildren). Bill’s children and grandchildren live in Arlington, also in northern Virginia.


Left to Right:- Erin Butler with her twin sisters Leah & Katie, all totally captivated by the 16ft. historically accurate, 1846 model of Thurles town, latter which is currently on show in St. Mary’s Famine Museum, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.  The model encapsulates 5 years of dedicated work by the late Thurles historian Jim Condon, who sadly passed away on December 23rd 2014. His model, built to perfect scale, is often described as being on a par with ‘Titania’s Palace’(Note: Latter ‘Titania’s Palace’, to Ireland’s shame, was sold off in 1976 and now resides as a popular visitor attraction in Denmark).          Picture courtesy Butler Family.

Bill has been researching his family tree since he retired. Sadly he has had no older relatives to talk to about his family; as they had all passed away before he had began his ‘Family Tree’ research project. Fortunately, on-line resources and a lot of digging through courthouse and county records eventually bore fruit. His research of several years eventually uncovered that his Butler family roots were here in Thurles. His recent trip earlier this month was an effort by himself and his wife to grant their children and grandchildren an opportunity to see and experience Ireland and specifically the town of Thurles here in County Tipperary.

Bill Butler’s Confirmed Ancestral History.

Bill’s great grandparents were both single people when they left Thurles around 1890, arriving in New York. Their decision to emigration from Thurles was separated by some 2 years. Their names were Thomas Butler and Mary J. Ryan. Both eventually settled in the city of Buffalo, New York, near to the Canadian border. They met and married in Buffalo in 1896.

Buffalo was then a bustling industrial city and Bill’s great grandfather worked at many jobs, before eventually taking up employment with one of the railroads firms as an engineer and fireman (stoker), until, alas, he lost his life through an industrial accident.

The same Thomas Butler’s parents were Michael Butler and Katherine Kearney of Stradavoher, Thurles and he was born in January 1867.  Mary J. Ryan was the daughter of William Ryan and Bridget Cahill of Garryvicleheen, Thurles (now today known jointly as Friar Street & Abbey Road).  Mary was also born in January 1867.

That is as far back as Bill has been able to trace the families ancestry and if he never gets any further information he will be satisfied with what he has found to date. However he will still continue in the hope further information becomes available.

In recent correspondence with this website Bill and his family have expressed what he describes as “a moving experience to observe at first hand his ancestors baptismal records from the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles”.

Anyone with new information on Thurles Butler Family history can reach Bill & Sara by contacting us HERE on Thurles.Info.

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