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Scam Warning -Tipperary Beware

A report and warning from regular Thurles.Info reader and contributor Mr Gerard Connaughton.

phoneMr Connaughton states, “I received a missed call this morning (23/06/2016) from +25244851237.

A quick check on Google reveals that this number originates in Somalia and is actually a scam.  Apparently if I had answered this call I would have heard a recording of a child crying or someone in trouble; followed by an apparent hang-up.

Most people receiving such a call on their mobile phone would, out of concern, have phoned the number back without thinking, in order to offer assistance to the person apparently sounding in trouble. Then they would have been subjected to a scam of some sort. A lot of Irish people would be particularly susceptible to this scam at present, with children / relatives currently abroad on summer student visas and of course in France at the Euros.

I have pasted the official warning from ComReg below which is disappointingly vague and doesn’t mention the variant of the number that called me ending in 7. I strongly recommend Thurles.Info readers do not answer any calls with country code +252 coming up on their phones, unless they have a relative in Somalia.

As stated ComReg have already been made aware of the number that is attempting to contact people. The number in question is 25244851232 and the last digit can sometimes also be either 3 or 6.

ComReg would advise all consumers to be on their guard, regarding calls of this nature.

To Gerard goes our thanks for his expeditious warning.


Two Cork Men Sentenced For Thurles Crime


Mr Don Duggan

Mr Justice Thomas Teehan was correctly accepting no nonsense in Nenagh Court today, when it came to dealing with two individual burglary cases which were before him; their crimes previously committed in the Thurles Urban area.

Mr Don Duggan, a 28 year old Co. Cork man, with an address at No. 65, Ballinderry Park, Mayfield, Cork City, was sentenced to six years in prison for a number of thefts.  Mr Duggan, had pleaded guilty to stealing a motor vehicle and carrying out burglaries on three known dates in Thurles, during August 2015.

Mr Duggan had previously been charged with the unlawful taking of a vehicle at Thurles Railway Station and with using this vehicle, without the owner’s consent (which he crashed), at Springhill, Glanmire, Co. Cork. He had been further charged with the unlawful possession of a .22 calibre Anshutz rifle; three .22 calibre bullets and four unlawfully held shotgun cartridges, also at Springhill, Glanmire, on the same date; all contrary to Section 2 of the Firearms Act.

Judge Teehan learned that Mr Duggan, had some 116 previously known convictions and was already serving a prison sentence for yet other crime, with sentencing not due to expire until October of 2020. Passing sentence, Judge Teehan therefore directed that this new six year sentence, (which had the final three years suspended), should not commence until the expiry date of Mr Duggan’s current jail term, due to expire in some three and a half years time.

A victim impact statement read out by one of Mr Duggan’s victims; a 75 year old lady living alone, no doubt received his consideration prior his passing sentence in Nenagh today.


WantedIn yet another case, Mr Noel O’Shaughnessy, a 49 year old man, with an address at No. 7, Farran Ferris Park, Farranree, Co. Cork, was jailed for three years for a burglary at Mr Lar Corbett’s Bar; committed at the end of August 2015.

Mr O’Shaughnessy, who had 188 recognised previous convictions and was already out on bail for another crime at the time of this particular incident, also pleaded guilty to one count of burglary in “Lar Corbett’s” at Coppinger’s Bar, Parnell Street, Thurles; during which a sum of money was stolen.

In February of this year Mr O’Shaughnessy had previously appeared before Killorglin District Court, charged with the theft of two Munster Final match tickets, a woman’s handbag containing €1,165, an iPhone and other items, during his visits to the Nike Killarney Store and a Killarney pub, respectively, in August of last year.

Judge Tom Teehan today sentenced Mr O’Shaughnessy to seven years imprisonment; with his incarceration beginning from today; four years of which was suspended.


Murdered Director Much Admired In Thurles Musical Circles

John-Donnelly-(2)Mr John Donnelly, the Irishman found murdered in west Turkey, on Friday morning last, will be well known to members of Thurles Musical Society and indeed some older members of Vincé Productions and Phoenix Productions, here in Thurles.

The lifeless body of Mr Donnelly, aged 64 and who was from Dublin, was found on the floor of his apartment in Bodrum on the southern coast of Bodrum Peninsula; port city of Muğla Province, in the south western Aegean Region of Turkey; latter a popular annual resort for thousands of Irish visitors.

Turkish police authorities have stated that Mr Donnelly died from a single stab wound to his back, indicating that a robbery appeared to have taken place at the apartment. Indeed Police have confirmed that Mr Donnelly’s apartment had been ransacked and a bloodied knife had been located by neighbours; found outside the building. Police also confirmed that CCTV footage showed visual evidence of two men having left the scene of Mr Donnelly’s apartment earlier that night, and that no Islamic, political or religious motive is suspected or indeed being considered, in relation to this horrendous homicide.

A former retired Irish Customs Service employee, Mr Donnelly was a well-known and much admired amateur Musical Director. In late 2010 he directed the cast, including three Tipperary performers, in the then ground breaking musical “Spring Awakening,” which was performed in Dublin’s Helix building and on the 50th anniversary of Waterford’s International Festival of Light Opera.

The Spring Awakening cast, under his Direction that year, walked off stage taking multiple awards; including; ‘Best Lighting’, ‘Best Costumes’, ‘Best Set’, ‘Special Adjudicators Award’, ‘Best Musical Direction’ and the much coveted ‘Best Overall Show Award’ for the 2010 Festival. The Adjudicator for that 2010 Waterford International Festival of Light Opera was Mr Tony Finnegan, also a popular Director of musical shows for Thurles Musical Society; himself a holder of many Comedy, Acting, Singing and Directing awards to his credit.

Our sincere sympathies are with his family and musical colleagues at this time.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Tipperary Victims Of Dublin Bombings 1972 / 1974

Today, the 17th of May 2016, marks the 42nd anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings in 1974.

Four devices exploded in both counties, taking the lives of 33 civilians and a full-term unborn child, while injuring almost 300 other innocent civilians; whose only crime was being in the vicinity.

In Dublin city three car bombs were detonated without warning, during rush hour on the 17th of May 1974, and shortly afterwards another bomb was exploded in Monaghan, some ninety minutes later.

Here in Co. Tipperary, today in particular, we remember two victims of this outrage; namely M/s Breda Turner and Maureen Shields.


Miss Breda Turner aged just 21 was working in the Office of the Revenue Commissioners, the primary State Body responsible for the assessment and collection of Taxes and other Duties here in the Republic of Ireland.  Originally from Thurles, in Co. Tipperary, she had moved to Dublin and was engaged to be married on the following Easter.

Murdered in the Parnell Street explosion; M/s Turner was then survived by her parents, Bridget (Biddy) and Jimmy, together with other siblings.

Mrs Maureen Shields aged 46 was originally from the village of Hollyford, Co. Tipperary.  Maureen had moved to Dublin, where she also worked in the Civil Service until her marriage to Leo in 1953. The couple had one son and two daughters.

Maureen was murdered in the Talbot Street explosion.

At this time of remembrance, let us not forget the Tipperary victim of the Dublin bombing of the 1st of December 1972.

Mr George Bradshaw, aged just 30, was a bus conductor from Fethard, in Co. Tipperary, one of two male victims who died when a car bomb exploded at Sackville Place at approximately 8.15pm on that fateful day. Both victims were bus drivers with CIE and brutally murdered, having just left the nearby CIÉ Workers’ Club.

Mr Bradshaw had only moved to Dublin less than two years previously. Married to wife Kathleen, a nurse from Belfast; both were parents to two young children, Lynn and Rory.

While these Dublin and Monaghan crimes in 1974 were the biggest mass murder in the history of the Irish state, no one person has ever been charged with these bombings. The Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), a loyalist paramilitary group from Northern Ireland, claimed responsibility for the bombings in 1993.

Former Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman, Baroness Nuala O’Loan, found that Special Branch officers gave the killers immunity and officers ensured that the murderers were never caught.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Phishing PayPal E-mails Circulating

paypal_logoWarning to on-line customers, using PayPal; please note we have been made away that ‘Spoof’ or ‘Phishing’ scams are currently circulating via email accounts here in Co. Tipperary.

The e-mail suggests that PayPal have detected something unusual about a recent sign-in to your account and to help keep you safe, they require an extra security challenge.

A large icon in red requests that you should  ‘Verify Now’Please abstain from fulfilling this latter request. 

The e-mail message will read something like this:-

We detected something unusual about a recent sign-in to your account To help keep you safe, we required an extra security challenge.
Date and Time : Saturday, 14 May 2016 (UTC), 9:36 PM
Browser : Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_9_3) AppleWebKit/537.75.14 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/7.0.3 Safari/7046A194A

Operation System : Mac OS X 10.9.3

We need you to verify your identity for further use of your account.    Verify Now

First rule to remember is that if you are truly being contacted by PayPal, the company will always address you by your full Account Holder Name (Not “Dear PayPal member.” ) and will never ask you to verify information on line.

Remember if ever in doubt or you require assistance; you may contact PayPal on Tel: (1800) 948510. Remember also that 1800 Ireland virtual numbers are free and cost nothing to call.