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Operation Thor Make Three Arrests

gardaThree men, understood to be aged between 17 and 27 years, were arrested on Friday afternoon last, under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and are being questioned at three different Garda stations.

The arrests follow a major operation undertaken which involved Gardaí from Co. Limerick and Co. Tipperary.

Some 20 Gardai were involved in the searches of houses and property in the areas of Cappawhite, Bruff and Cappamore; seizing cannabis valued at around €10,000 together with numerous identified stolen goods, including power tools.

The three arrests were made as part of a joint operation involving ‘Operation Thor’; set up in 2015 to actively target organised crime gangs and repeat offenders, through co-ordinated crime prevention and enforcement activity to protect rural communities.

Those arrested are understood to include two individuals from the area of Cappawhite, Co. Tipperary and one from the locality of Bruff, Co. Limerick.


Death Of Mary Leahy, Drom, Templemore

DeathIt was with sadness we learned of the death on Tuesday last, 29th November 2016, of Mrs Mary Leahy (née O’ Brien), Roardstown, Drom, Templemore, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her husband Patrick; the passing of Mrs Leahy is most deeply regretted by her loving daughters Maureen (Hogan, Roscrea), Connie, Theresa and Eileen; son Rodgie; grandchildren; sons-in-law; daughter-in-law; nieces; nephews; extended relatives and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Leahy will repose at Grey’s Funeral Home today, Thursday, from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, with removal on Friday morning to St. Mary’s Church, Drom, Co. Tipperary.

Requiem Mass will be held at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery .

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Death Of Margaret O’Dwyer, Ballinure, Thurles

DeathIt was with sadness we learned of the death, on Monday 28th November 2016, of Mrs Margaret O’Dwyer (née Quigley), Ballinure Hill, Thurles,  Co. Tipperary.

Mrs O’Dwyer passed away peacefully surrounded by her family.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her loving husband John; daughters Louise, Edel and Ciara; son Aidan and his partner Lisa; son-in-law Jason; grandchildren; brothers Eddie and Pat; sister Mary; sisters-in-law; nephews; nieces; extended relatives, neighbours and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs O’Dwyer will repose at Devitt’s Funeral Parlour today, Wednesday, from 5.30pm with removal at 7.30pm to the Church of Our Lady of Fatima, Dualla.

Requiem Mass will be held on tomorrow, Thursday, at 11.30am, followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Death Of Alice Russell, Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles

angelIt was with sadness we learned of the death today, Wednesday 30th November 2016, of Mrs Alice Russell (née McGrath), Coolcroo, Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs Russell passed away following a short illness, while in her 94th year.

Predeceased by her husband Jack her passing is most deeply regretted by her loving nieces; nephews; grandnieces; and grandnephews; sisters-in-law Margaret (Babbie), Josie and Mary; brother-in-law Denis (Rathmanna), extended relatives; neighbours and many great friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Russell will repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles on tomorrow Thursday, 1st December, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, to arrive at the church of St James, Two Mile Borris, at 8.00pm.

Requiem Mass will be held on Friday, 2nd December, at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in Holycross Abbey Cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


€200,000 Funding For Lough Derg

Part of Tipperary's Lough Derg shore line.

Tipperary’s Lough Derg

The Department Of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs has allocated €200,000 under the Rural Economic Development Zones (REDZ) initiative for the marketing, development and promotion of The Lough Derg Blueway, which includes the soon to be completed Lough Derg Canoe Trail.

Managed by a Steering Committee comprised of Lough Derg Marketing Group, Clare County Council, Tipperary County Council and Waterways Ireland, the project aims to build on the existing tourism and recreational infrastructure as well as improve economic activity surrounding the Blueway on Lough Derg by working with communities in the towns and villages in its hinterland.

Cllr. Siobhan Ambrose, Cathaoirleach, Tipperary County Council welcomed the announcement of funding for the Lough Derg project stating, “The Lough Derg Lakelands is an excellent hub for activities both on and off the water attracting increasing numbers of domestic and international tourists annually. The REDZ funding will allow us to invest in marketing and promoting Lough Derg as a world class destination offering a memorable visitor experience and the capacity to engage with the communities around Lough Derg during the process.”

Welcoming the funding allocation, Joe MacGrath, Chairperson of the Lough Derg Marketing Group and Chief Executive of Tipperary County Council, explained that the REDZ initiative is about community participation, boosting employment, tackling rural isolation and helping communities to identify the issues and also the solutions.

“The concept of a REDZ involves supporting communities to avail of opportunities to help themselves and their local areas and it is the essence of what a community led approach to rural development is all about. Clare County Council and its partner agencies looks forward to engaging with the local business, community and voluntary sectors in the Scarriff and Nenagh REDZ areas during the coming months to deliver on the opportunities presented by the Lough Derg Blueway,” he added.

Mr. MacGrath said the project will result in a high quality product that will increase tourism to the local towns and villages located close to the western and eastern shores of Lough Derg.

He continued, “The value of the Blueways lies not only in the recreational opportunities that they offer but also in their potential to stimulate local business and regenerate local areas. We will be engaging with businesses and communities throughout the Scarriff and Nenagh REDZ areas while the Blueway’s network of walking, cycling, heritage, food and canoe trails will be marketed and promoted as a signature experience on Lough Derg. It is intended that the initiative will deliver one of the key objectives of the ‘Roadmap for Experience Development and Destination Marketing 2014-2017’ for Lough Derg.”

Meanwhile, the proposed Lough Derg Canoe Trail, which is scheduled for completion by January 2017, will see canoe facilities and service blocks installed in Killaloe, Ballycuggeran, and Scarriff, Mountshannon and Dromaan harbours. The Trail project is an initiative of the Lough Derg Marketing Group and is being funded under the Lough Derg Stimulus Fund. Waterways Ireland is leading the design and development of the project in partnership with Clare County Council, Galway County Council and Tipperary County Council.