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Death Of Seamus Kennedy, Slievenamon Road, Thurles

It was with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Wednesday 20th September 2017, of Mr Seamus Kennedy, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Friar Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Kennedy passed away peacefully in his 92nd year, following a short illness and while in the loving care of the Community Hospital of The Assumption, Thurles.

Predeceased by his beloved wife Eileen, his passing is most deeply regretted by his daughters Eleanor (Gilman), Gayl and Michelle (Hever); sons-in-law Donal and Ronan; grandchildren Sinéad, James and Clodagh; sister Rita; brother-in-law Paddy; nieces; nephews; extended relatives and a wide circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Kennedy will repose at Kennedy’s Funeral Home, Dublin Road, Thurles, on tomorrow evening Friday  from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, to arrive at the Cathedral of The Assumption on Saturday morning at 10.15am.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11.00am, followed immediately afterwards by interment in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Note Please: Family flowers only.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.


Thurles Sarsfields GAA Story – Volume 1

“Thurles Sarsfields GAA Story – Volume 1” due for publication well in advance of Christmas 2017.


Thurles SarsfieldsTipperary Junior Hurling No.1 Champions 1955.
Back row (L to R): – Noel Murphy, Michael Butler, Thomas Butler (H), Frankie Jordan, Seán McLoughlin, Willie Hackett, Dick Butler, Michael Connors.  Front Back row (L to R): – Michael Murphy, Patsy Butler, Jimmy Doyle, Frank Barrett, Michael Stapleton, Mick Cahill, Jerry Loughnane.

Above picture is one of the many photographs from a forthcoming publication, entitled “Thurles Sarsfields GAA Story – Volume 1”, by Author Liam Ó Donnchú, (Author of ‘Tom Semple and The Thurles Blues’  & ‘Pouldine School – Inné agus Inniu’ ).

Due to be launched in November 2017, this truly fascinating publication will run to over 500 pages, packed with facts, figures and photos about the club; latter situated here in Thurles, the home and birthplace of the GAA.

This long-awaited and overdue hard-back publication, costing €25, will be available in Thurles through Bookworm, Lár na Páirce, Eason and Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre.

Same can also be ordered direct by post (€10 extra) from: Liam Ó Donnchú, Ballymoreen, Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

We hope to feature further pictures from this exciting publication over the coming weeks, so do join the thousands of our other daily readers, by subscribing to Thurles.Info. (Simply insert your Email address into the ‘Subscribe’ Box, found on the right hand side of our web page, to receive daily notifications in your mailbox.)


Dublin City Unlike Tipperary Reduce Property Tax

The heated exchanges experienced by Tipperary Co. Council last week, were replicated in Dublin last night; as Dublin City Councillors (unlike Tipperary), voted 42-11 against a hike in their Local Property Tax, (LPT).

Their LPT had been reduced by a maximum of 15% since it was first introduced, but Dublin Council Management here once again, had recommended cutting that reduction to 10%, to generate extra revenue.

Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and People Before Profit all voted against any further increase, while the Labour Party and the Green Party voted in favour, latter using the argument that keeping the existing state of affairs would mean that services would suffer. (Dublin is a city where despite public transport poverty, few currently bother to buy a ticket to ride Luas (tram/light rail system), because no one bothers to check any more.  After all the Red and Green Lines only cost €770m in reality, or three times the original estimate of €254m.)

TD’s “Taking the Piss”
Meanwhile today Government have approved salary increases for politicians, same totalling an estimated €2.2m over a full five-year Dáil tenure. This estimate is said to include more than €1m for the Chairperson’s of Oireachtas committees and €543,000 for TD’s who serve as Party or Assistant Party whips.

Headlines which have included; “Let’s Keep the Recovery Going,”“Tipperary – The Place – The Time,” “University Hospital Limerick, Most Overcrowded Hospital In Ireland” (attempting to serve the health needs of residents of North Tipperary on trolleys) – “Resurrecting Ireland’s villages” (a forgotten promise to ensure that our rural towns and villages are not left behind, as a Dublin economy continues to become obese), must surely now be revisited, and if necessary, by a General Election.


Death Of Austin Byrne, formerly Mitchel Street, Thurles

It was with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Monday 18th September 2017, of Mr Austin Byrne, Hertfordshire, U.K and formerly Clobanna Terrace, Mitchel Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by his father Charlie; Mr Byrne passed away suddenly at his residence.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his heartbroken mother Peggy; son Dennis; daughter Sióbhan; grandchildren Donnacha and Charlie; daughter-in-law Sandie; sisters Nuala (Ryan) and Carmel; partner Attracta; brother-in-law Richie; aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews; extended relatives and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements to be announced later.

May He Rest In Peace.


National Ploughing Championships 2017 Get Under Way

The National Ploughing Championships for 2017 are being held in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly from and including today until September 21st next.

Travel the Blue Route: If you are travelling from the Southern Ireland, Gardaí are advising all motorists to exit the M8 at Junction 6, (Horse and Jockey, Thurles), and onto Templemore and Roscrea on the N62. In Birr, Co Offally, traffic will join the N52 travelling northbound via the villages of Kilcormac and Blueball and onto the event site at Screggan, in Tullamore.

A video for people travelling from the South can be found HERE.

Patrons arriving at their Ploughing Championships destination using this route will park in the designated BLUE car parks on the left and right hand side, beside the event grounds. Where necessary motorists will be directed by Gardaí and stewards towards the event.

A national traffic plan detailing all routes and parking areas can be found HERE.

Of course if you are looking for a break from driving, Thurles is the ideal location to halt awhile, for a snack or a cup of tea or coffee.