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Tipperary All Ireland Hurling Champions Return Home – Part 2

“Home are our hurling heroes” – Part 2

Just a few more of the faces found amongst an estimated 30 thousand spectators that made the journey to Thurles; the home of hurling, here in Semple Stadium, last night.

Meanwhile a taste of ‘Loose Cannons‘.

We were contacted several times by email today asking us to supply the name of the four-man ‘Rock Band’ that appeared before the Tipperary Team came out on stage, yesterday evening.
We are happy to inform those making enquiries, they are called ‘Loose Cannons’ and they can be contacted on Mobile: 087 956 7446.


Death Of Jeremiah Healy, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It is with sadness that we learned of the death yesterday, Monday 19th August 2019, of Mr Jeremiah Healy, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The passing of Mr Healy is most deeply regretted by his wife Gabrielle; sons Gerard, Declan and Diarmuid; daughters-in-law; grandchildren; nieces; nephews; extended relatives; neighbours and friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements

The earthly remains of Mr Healy will lie in repose at Egan’s Funeral Home, Dublin Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary on Thursday evening, August 22nd 2019, from 5:00pm with removal at 7:00pm to the Cathedral of the Assumption, Cathedral Street, Thurles, to arrive 7.30pm.
Funeral Mass will be held on Friday morning, August 23rd at 11:00am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Tipperary Town.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Tipperary Win Over Kilkenny Could Cause Unemployment In Thurles

“Tipperary hammered a fair auld job on Kilkenny yesterday”, said I earlier today to Mikey Ryan. We were above in the Arch Bar in Liberty Square, Thurles, having a pint, while waiting for the Tipperary hurlers to arrive home, carrying the Liam McCarthy cup.

“They sure did”, replied a somewhat down-in-the-mouth Mikey, “a whole 14 points no less, still it’s because of them that I could be joining the Dole queue come Friday night”.

“In the name of God, how could the Tipperary Senior Hurling team be responsible for you being shunted onto a dole queue?”, said I, with raised eyebrows.

“Sure”, said Mikey, “didn’t I tell that feckin Kilkenny boss of mine that my uncle Johnny, had died, the one above in Kildare, and he gave me compassionate leave time last Thursday evening to attend the funeral on Friday”.

“Jasus you never said your Uncle Johnny died; may the Lord have mercy on him and had I known I could have gone up to the funeral” said I, somewhat taken aback, I can tell you, by this unexpected news, after all we were in the same class in the CBS. “And tell me”, I continued somewhat shocked, “was it sudden or had he been complaining?”.

“No, sure Johnny isn’t dead at all”, said Mikey, lowering his voice to a mere whisper, “he’s very much in the land of the living”.

“You see the whole truth is” continued Mikey in low tones, “I managed to obtained two tickets for the Tipp / Kilkenny match; sure all I wanted was to get the Friday off, so that herself and myself could head up to me sister-in-law’s place near Croke Park, staying over till after the match”.

“So why didn’t you take a ‘sicky’ like everyone else”, said I, somewhat relieved by the emerging facts.

“I got in to feckin work on the early shift this morning and there he was, waggling his index finger, beckoning me”, said Mikey.

“Do you”, says he, “believe in life after death?”

“Most certainly not”, says I confidently, “sure when you study that nonsense in detail, you’ll eventually come to the conclusion there’s not a morsel of proof in any such belief.”

“Well, there is now”, said my boss man, “because after you left here on Thursday evening to go to your uncle Johnny’s funeral in Kildare on Friday, didn’t the same uncle Johnny arrive in here looking for you”.

Sure, you might, when you’re not too busy”, says he, “call into my office tomorrow for a more in-depth discussion on this unusual ghostly phenomenon”.


€14 Million Public Funds Awarded To Firm Sued By Education Dept.

Western Building Systems, latter a company that built 42 schools, many of which have been found to have structural defects, has been awarded the contract to build a new ward block at the constantly over crowed University Hospital Limerick, which serves patients in the North Tipperary region.

RTE journalist Emma O’Kelly reports that the Health Service Executive (HSE), together with University Hospital Limerick, have both confirmed that, in May 2019 last, it awarded a contract for a new 60 bed ward block to Western Building Systems, at a cost of some €14 million, excluding VAT.

However, of the 42 schools previously built by this company; serious structural flaws, including breaches of fire safety had previously been uncovered at 23 of the school buildings since late last year. Only last week the Department of Education announced that similar structural defects had now been discovered during more recent investigations at a further 17 school buildings constructed by this company.

RTE’s reports that University Hospital Limerick confirms that this contract is now “under way and progressing well through the design development process”, with the essential new ward block expected to be completed by late 2020.

RTE understands that the Department of Education is presently pursuing legal action against Western Building Systems for the cost of remedying and the reversing of both the temporary and long-term building defects, which were discovered at the schools constructed by the company and which are expected to run into millions of Euro.


Death Of Catherine Norton Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It is with sadness that we learned of the death today, Sunday 18th August 2019, of Mrs Catherine (Kitty) Norton (née Meagher), Bouleakeale, The Commons, Thurles, Co. Tipperary; Ballingarry (SR), Thurles, Co.Tipperary and Strathmore Lodge, Callan, Co. Kilkenny.

Predeceased by her husband Thomas, sisters Nancy, Joan, Nellie and brothers Paddy and Ned; Mrs Norton passed away peacefully while in the care of St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny city.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her loving family, sons Donal, Thomas, Billy and Paul; daughters Noreen (Kilkenny), Bernie (Meagher – Clonmel), Mary (Raleigh – Surrey, UK) and Patricia (Norton – Kilkenny and Brussels); her brother Tom; sister Sr Mary De Paul (UK); sisters-in-law; grandchildren; great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; extended relatives; neighbours and large circle of friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements

The earthly remains of Mrs Norton will lie in repose at Ronan’s Funeral Home, Ballingarry (SR) on tomorrow evening, Monday August 19th, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm, followed by removal to the Church of the Assumption, Ballingarry (SR), Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
Requiem Mass will take place on Tuesday August 20th, at 12:00 noon followed by interment in St Aidan’s Cemetery, Kilmanagh, Co Kilkenny.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.