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Another Fatality Today On Tipperary Roads

gardaIt is with regret we report that Gardaí in Co. Tipperary are investigating a fatal road traffic collision, which took place earlier this afternoon on the Limerick Road near Roscrea, in Co Tipperary.

A female in her late 60’s is believed to be the driver of a car which collided with a van at about 3:00pm this afternoon, alas, causing her fatal injuries.  Two other passengers, including her husband, understood to be similarly aged, and a man in his 50’s were all airlifted to University Hospital Limerick, suffering with serious injuries, with one victim understood to be in a critical condition.

The car passengers were cut from the wreckage by attending ambulance and emergency services from Nenagh, Birr, and Portloaise, before been airlifted to hospital from the scene, by a Shannon-based Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter and the Athlone-based Air Corps Emergency Aero-medical Service.

At least some of the car occupants involved are believed to hail from the Tallaght area of Co. Dublin. The driver of the van is also injured, but his injuries are understood to be not life threatening.

The N7 road now remains closed, in both directions, between Roscrea and Dunkerrin, and a Garda investigation involving a forensic examination of the crash site is currently under-way.

This recent collision now brings to 4; the number of people who have lost their lives on Tipperary roads since the start of 2016.

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Municipal District Administrator Michael Ryan Retires


Pictured here L-R: Local Government Administrator Mr Michael Ryan & Tipperary Independent TD Michael Lowry.

The warmest of tributes have been flowing in over the past number of weeks for  Templemore/ Thurles Municipal District Administrator Mr Michael Ryan, who officially retired today, having worked over 40 years at his post in Tipperary Local Government.

A native of Templederry, Co. Tipperary, Mr Ryan first began his Co. Council career in Nenagh, back in 1970 and following a brief spell in New Ross, Co. Wexford, returned to Thurles in 1977, taking up the post of then Thurles Town Clerk – a post he held for some 30 years.

Following the merger between North & South Tipperary Co. Councils and the complete eradication of Local Councils by the previous government, Mr Ryan was appointed Municipal Administrator for the Templemore/ Thurles District.

While officiating at his final Municipal District meeting last Wednesday, local Council representatives were high in their praise of his years of devotion to duty, dedication and overall commitment to the Thurles district. Indeed one public representative described Mr Ryan as being the “Alex Ferguson” of Tipperary local Council Administrators.

Speaking to Thurles.Info today, Tipperary Independent TD Mr Michael Lowry highly praised Mr Ryan for his true dedication, forward vision, negotiating skills and his innumerable abilities in overseeing all aspects of local government administration. Mr Lowry went on to wish Mr Ryan every happiness, success and good health in his well earned retirement years, into the future.

M/s Deirdre O’ Shea will now take on the responsible position of acting Templemore/ Thurles Municipal District Administrator, in the absence of a new appointment to this now vacant local government post.


Littleton Village Unveil 1916 Plaque


Local correspondent Mr Gerry Bowe kindly sends us the following report:-

A plaque dedicated to the men and women who fought and those who died in ‘The 1916 Rising’ was officially unveiled at the ‘Munitir na Tire’ (National Organisation Promoting Community Development in Ireland)  Hall, Littleton on Saturday last, April 23rd 2016, by Mr Seamus Hanafin, (Councillor & Cathaoirleach, Tipperary County Council).

Mr Gerard Neville, (Sean Treacy Pipe Band), gave his rendition of music, on bagpipes, of all relevant music relating to the history of 1916.

Mr David Brown officially welcomed guests; Mr Hanafin (MCC), and Rev.Fr. George Bourke, Rev.Fr.Joe Tynan (Local Priests) and the many others from the local community, who were in attendance for the unveiling.

Mr Brown formally invited Mr Hanafin to officially unveil the 1916 Plaque, following which Mr Hanafin gave a very interesting and inspiring talk on 1916 and the Irish Proclamation.

The newly unveiled plaque was commissioned to honour the sixteen Patriots who were executed after the 1916 rising, together with the brave men and women who fought and those who died during this troubled period in our Irish history. It is especially dedicated to all those from Co. Tipperary or with Tipperary connections who died; those who fought and those who were ready to fight and later went on to give their lives for freedom and independence in later years, which we as Irish people enjoy today.

Fr. Bourke then read prayers in both Irish and English; blessing the Plaque and recited that wonderful poem; now a hymn; “I see His Blood upon the rose” by executed Irish nationalist, poet, journalist, leader of the 1916 Easter Rising, and signatory of the 1916 Irish Proclamation (Easter Proclamation), Joseph Mary Plunkett.

It should be noted that following the surrender in 1916, Joseph Mary Plunkett, aged 28, was held in Kilmainham Gaol, where he faced a court martial. Seven hours before his execution by firing squad, he was married in the prison chapel to his sweetheart Grace Gifford. Grace’s sister, Muriel, was married to Thomas MacDonagh, a native of Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary and Joseph Plunkett’s best friend; former who was also executed for his role in the Easter Rising.

Mr Brown then introduced M/s Tara O’Brien who gave her rendition, on Concertina, of “The Foggy Dew” and Mr Micheál Treacy who recited “Who fears to speak of Easter week ?”.  Mr Paddy Lambe then sang “The Foggy Dew.”

Mr Brown thanked the organisers and those who took part in the unveiling ceremony.

‘Amhrán na bhFiann’ (‘The Soldiers’ Song’, Irish National Anthem) was sung by all in attendance, accompanied by Mr Gerard Neville on Bagpipes.


Death Of Brid Ryan, Willowmere Drive, Thurles

DeathIt is with a great personal sadness I learned of the death yesterday, Thursday 28th April 2016, of M/s Brid (Brigid) Ryan, Willowmere Drive, Thurles,  and formerly of Reiska, Kilcommon, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

M/s Ryan passed away peacefully yesterday, most sadly missed by her sisters, Sr Maureen, Wynsie, Nancy, Jo and Kay and brother Fr Ned Ryan (SPS Kiltegan); brothers-in-law Aidan, Ronan and Joe, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, relatives, neighbours, members of Thurles Drama Group, members of the teaching profession and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of M/s Ryan will repose in Egan’s Funeral Home, Dublin Road, Thurles, on Sunday, 1st May, from 3:30pm to 5:30pm, to arrive at The Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles at 6:00pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Monday, 2nd May, at 11:00am, with burial in Glasnevin Cemetery on Tuesday, May 3rd, arriving in Glasnevin at 12:00 noon.

Note: Family flowers only, however donations, if desired, to St Francis Hospice, Blanchardstown, Co. Dublin.

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Death Of Mary Hayes, Newhill, Two-Mile-Borris

deathIt is with sadness we learned of the death today, Thursday 28th April 2016, of Mrs Mary Agnes Hayes (née Bowe), Newhill, Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her husband Dan, daughter Mary Patricia and son-in-law Donal; the passing of Mrs Hayes is most deeply regretted by her children; Fr Martin, Stella, Agnes, John, Donal, Michael and Kieran, her loving grandchildren, her sister Kathleen (Maher), daughters-in-law Marie, Noreen, Miriam and Jasmin, son-in-law Michael, sisters-in-law Sr Annunciata (Hayes), Maura (Bowe) and Mary-Ellen (Bowe), nephews, nieces, relatives, carers, neighbours and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Hayes will repose at Ardeen Nursing Home, Thurles on tomorrow Friday, 29th April, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, to arrive on Saturday, 30th April, to the Church of St James, Two-Mile-Borris, for Requiem Mass at 11:00am. Burial will take place afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Note: Family flowers only please, donations in lieu to Golden Years Day Care or Cameo Care, Thurles.

“Blessed are those who die in the Lord, for their good deeds go with them”

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.