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Gardaí Seek Your Help In Finding Missing Tipperary Man

dwakefieldTipperary Gardaí and family members are seeking your help in trying to trace the current whereabouts of 37-year-old Tipperary man.

Mr David Wakefield went missing from his family home at Mill Farm, Lorrha, Co Tipperary around 8.00am yesterday, (Saturday December 20th.).

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Mr Wakefield was last seen leaving the family home at Lorrha, driving a red Peugeot 407, bearing the registration plates 02 D 741, and has not been seen since.

He is described as about 5ft-6ins tall, of broad build with brown receding hair line, blue eyes and brown beard. When last seen he was wearing blue denim jeans, blue jumper, blue fleece coat, combat boots and a blue hat.

Both Gardaí and David’s family are now concerned for this man’s safety and have appealed for anyone with information as to his present whereabouts, to contact them at Nenagh Garda Station Tel: 067 -50450, or the Garda Confidential Telephone Line Tel: 1800 666 111 or indeed at any Garda Station.

Tipperary Carers Asked To “Put Life Story On The Line”

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one. Mother TeresaFamily Carers throughout Tipperary are being invited to put pen to paper and compose a poem as part of ‘Caring for Carers'; Ireland’s annual nationwide poetry competition.

The organiser says the purpose of the competition is to highlight the significant contribution made by thousands of Family Carers to Irish society.

The theme of this year’s competition is “The Caring Journey…Who Knows”, and is being hosted in conjunction with the Ennis Book Club Festival taking place in the Clare County Capital on March 6th – 8th 2015.

The competition, the closing date for which is Friday 13th February 2015, will be independently judged and features a first prize of a weekend away for two.

“Recognising the role of Family Carers in the home is crucial. This form of care is the foundation of formal health and social care systems. Family Carers are a distinct group who provide care and also, very importantly, require care themselves,” explained Brigid Barron, Innovation and Programme Manager with Caring for Carers Ireland.

“Family carers spend a lot of time caring at home and that often gives them time for reflection. The poetry submissions received by Caring for Carers in previous years have been excellent, very touching and expressive,” added Ms. Barron.

Competition entries must be no longer than 30 lines and should be emailed to or submitted by post to Brigid Barron, Innovation & Programme Manager, National Office Caring for Carers Ireland, 2 Carmody Street Business Park, Ennis, Clare.

Caring for Carers Ireland is a national non-governmental organisation supporting Family Carers. Its primary objective is to ensure that policy makers are aware of the key issues which impact on the lives of 161,000 Family Carers throughout Ireland and influence their abilities to continue to provide care.

To contact ‘Caring for Carers’ Ireland please call the organisation’s Careline on Tel; 0656866515 or visit

Tipperary – Second Road Fatality In Two Days

GardaA man, aged in his early 70’s, has died after he was struck by a car here in north Co Tipperary.

The incident happened at Lahinch on the Borrisokane to Portumna (N65) road at around 9.30 am this morning. The man is understood to have been propelling a bicycle some 3km outside Portumna, when he was struck by a car driven by a 51 year old female.

The driver of the car was uninjured in the collision, however the cyclist sustained serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the accident scene. His body has since been removed to University Hospital Limerick, where a post mortem will be carried out later today.

The road was closed pending a forensic collision examination and diversions were put in place.

Gardaí in Borrisokane are appealing for witnesses to contact them on Tel: 067-27101, or on the Garda Confidential Line Tel: 1800-666-111 or indeed any Garda station.

This death today is the second such incident on Tipperary roads this week, with a motorcyclist in his 70’s also killed, following a collision with a car close to Templemore; mid-morning on Wednesday last.  This now brings to 17 the number of people killed on roads in Tipperary this year.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has stated it is greatly concerned about the high level of road fatalities nationally, this year.  The RSA also confirm that 189 people have died on Irish roads so far this year, 18 of which were killed in County Tipperary alone.

In 2013, 190 people were killed in road accidents, latter the highest number killed when figures are compared with the previous seven years.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

Upperchurch Christmas Night Hike Sunday Next

Annual Upperchurch Christmas Night Hike


The now annual festive ‘Christmas Night Hike’ will take place once again this year in Upperchurch, Thurles, Co Tipperary, on this coming Sunday evening, (Dec. 21st) next.

This most enjoyable of annual events will start from the Community Centre in the village, beginning at at 6.30 p.m. sharp and registration prior to this walk is €5 for adults with children free.

Please do note the earlier than usual starting time this year, with the hike taking to the Knockalough trail, thus ensuring that the ground under foot remains reasonably dry.

Expect the usual Christmas seasonal prayers, readings, carols and reflections, so much enjoyed in previous years, with the usual festive fare supplied for inner warmth.

Complimentary tea and sandwiches will also be available in the hall afterwards, followed by some seasonal festivity later, supplied as always by the local hostelries located in this most picturesque of upland Tipperary villages.

Staff Removed From Two Roscrea Disability Units

HSEThe Health Service Executive (HSE) has stated that ten staff, together with one agency worker, have been removed from their duties at two care units responsible for the caring of adults with intellectual disabilities, situated in Roscrea, Co Tipperary.

In their statement the HSE says that the Daughters of Charity order, which operate these units on their behalf, have taken this step having receiving a number of complaints from one individual; thus placing “off duty” without prejudice, eleven employees as a protective measure.

The HSE and the centre’s management have notified the health and social services watchdog HIQA and the Gardaí, regarding these alleged complaints.

This investigation comes to light just a week after the HSE announced a separate investigation into care standards at Aras Atttracta, a disability centre in Co Mayo.

The HSE statement further emphasises that staff and clients should make complaints where they become aware of abuse, bad practices or improper attitudes towards any vulnerable person and maintain that they will respond quickly to any such complaints in an appropriate and expeditious manner.

Other complaints can be made directly to the HSE by emailing

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