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Death Of Alice Bergin, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death yesterday, Tuesday 22nd May 2018, of Mrs Alice (Ally) Bergin (née Kennedy), Ballyknockane, Templetuohy, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Former Principal of Toher National School and wife of the late Tom; the passing of Mrs Bergin is most deeply regretted by her loving daughters; Máire, Noirín; her sons Tom, Tim, Willie; her sister Maireád; brother-in-law Sean; daughters-in-law Mary and Tracie; Máire’s partner Mick; Willie’s partner Mary; grandchildren; great-grandchild; nieces; nephews; extended relatives; neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Bergin will lie in repose at Grey’s Funeral Home, Templemore, on tomorrow evening Thursday from 5.00pm. Removal to Church of The Sacred Heart, Templetuohy, at 8.00pm, to arrive at 8.45pm.

Interment on Friday in Templetuohy Cemetery, following Mass at 11.30.

Note Please: Family flowers only. Donations in lieu, if desired, to The Alzheimers Society.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Death Of Mary Fogarty, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death today, Tuesday 22nd May 2018, of Ms Mary Fogarty, Albany House, Dublin Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Rosegreen and Bansha, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her parents Bill and Nell and her brother Matty; Ms Fogarty passed away peacefully while in the excellent care of the management and staff of St. Theresa’s Nursing Home, Dublin Road, Lognafulla, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her loving family, Joan (Osborne); Pat; Rosie (Simmons); Eleanor (Commins) and Billy; very special brother-in-law Donal; sisters-in-law Jenny, Nora and Mary; aunts Joan and Frances; grand-nephews; grand-nieces; god-children; nephews; nieces; extended relatives; neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Ms Fogarty will lie in repose at Albany House, Dublin Road, Thurles (E41 VP86) on tomorrow evening Wednesday, from 5.00pm to 8.00pm.

Requiem Mass will take place in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles on Thursday morning at 11.00am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in Rosegreen Cemetery, Cashel, Co. Tipperary.

Note Please: House Private on Thursday morning.  Family flowers only. Donations in lieu, if desired, to Down Syndrome Ireland or the Alzheimer Society of Ireland.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a h-anam dílis.


Pres. M.D. Higgins Warmly Welcomed To Cabragh Wetlands

A large crowd turned out on Saturday evening last, May 19th 2018, in Cabragh Wetlands Thurles, to welcome two visiting guests; the President of Ireland, Mr Michael D. Higgins and his wife, Ireland’s First Lady, Mrs Sabina Higgins. President Higgins was visiting to officially open the Trust’s new and recently erected Visitor Centre, situated on the property.

The President and his wife was formally welcomed by Mr Tom Grace (Wetlands Trust Chairperson); Mr Michael Long; Independent TD Deputy Mr Michael Lowry, and Fianna Fáil TD Deputy Mr Jackie Cahill.

The building was officially blessed by the Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, His Grace Kieran O’Reilly, [(SMA) Society of African Missions].

Addressing the assembled gathering President Higgins spoke of global changes seeming overwhelming. “We are now witnessing the most negative manifestations of human influence: the catastrophic effects of climate change produced by the emission of greenhouse gases and changes in land-use, such as the drainage of bogs and wetlands; the alteration of the phosphorus, sulphur, and as we know so well in Ireland, the nitrogen cycles, each one an ecological process vital to life on our planet; disruptions to the terrestrial water cycle, so vital to rain-fed agriculture in a pastoral economy such as our own; and of course, most tragically, the onset of the sixth great mass extinction event in the history of our planet, in which so much biodiversity has already been lost.”

Yet, despite global changes he pointed out that the Wetlands Trust project here in Thurles, was born at a challenging time for the then workforce in Thurles and the beet farming producers of Tipperary when, in 1989, Comhlucht Siúicre Éireann decided to close the sugar factory, which had been “such a fixture of the economic life of the area since 1934”.

Praising the challenges faced and dealt with by the organisation, the President concluded, “This Visitor Centre is a fitting testament to your efforts over the many years. It comes in the midst of our planetary emergency, and is more urgently required than ever before, for it provides us with hope for a better, more socially just and ecologically sustainable future.

May I then pay tribute once again to all those who brought this vision into being, in particular the Chairman of the Trust, Tom Grace, and wish you all the very best in the future”.

The President and his wife were later taken on an educational tour of this very fine local facility.


Death Of Liam Maher, Templederry, Co. Tipperary.

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death today, May 21st 2018, of Mr Liam (Willie) Maher, Gouldavoher, Dooradoyle, Co. Limerick and formerly of Gortnagloona, Templederry, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Maher passed away peacefully at University Hospital Limerick. His passing is most deeply regretted by his loving wife Carmel (nee Boland); son Stephen; daughter Lorna;  sisters Mary and Sally; brothers Michael, Tommy and Paddy; daughter-in-law Anastasia; granddaughter Adelaide; aunt Sr. Dorothy; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews; cousins; extended relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Maher will lie in repose at his home, on Wednesday evening next, May 23rd, [V94 C52T], from 4.00pm until 7.00pm.

Arriving on Thursday morning to St. Paul’s Church, Dooradoyle, for funeral Mass at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in Templederry Old Cemetery, Templederry, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary at 2.15pm approximately.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.


Thurles Car Park Development Making Progress

The opening of the proposed new car park to the rear of Jackie Griffin’s shop, here in Thurles central, moves yet another step closer, as a steel hoarding is erected to the front of the building on Liberty Square.

The erection of the hoarding began at 8.15am this morning.

The demolition of the shop building behind the protective barrier is expected to take place over the coming days, creating an opening into the new proposed car park, from the Liberty Square side.

Same, it is hoped, will bring new life to the businesses within the centre of Thurles town, and further progress the long promised revitalisation of the Liberty Square area.

More on the background to this news during the week.