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Teen Arrested Following Tipperary Multi-Vehicle Collision

A man in his late teens was arrested and taken to Thurles Garda Station yesterday, following the possible theft of a motor vehicle, latter which was involved in a multi-vehicle collision on the M8 Motorway, between Junction 4 (Urlingford, Co. Kilkenny) and Junction 5 (Two-Mile-Borris turn off, Thurles, Co. Tipperary).

The multi-vehicle collision, which happened just before 7:00am yesterday morning, involved two cars and a truck.

A man in his late teens was rushed to South Tipperary General Hospital suffering from serious injuries.

Gardaí believe that one of the vehicles, a car, latter involved in the collision, was taken without the owner’s permission from a property in Castletroy, Co. Limerick, late the previous evening.


Cocaine Stash Seized In Tipperary

A man, understood to be aged in his late 20’s, was arrested yesterday, Wednesday, January 22nd, following the seizure of a drug consignment, believed to be cocaine, at a house in Fethard, Co. Tipperary.

The cocaine, subject to confirmed analysis, is understood to be valued in excess of some €8,000 Euros.

The drug stash was seized at approximately 1.30pm yesterday, by Gardaí from Clonmel, ably assisted by the Tipperary Divisional Drugs Unit and the Southern Region Dog Unit.

Following his arrest, the man, who is from the Fethard area, was detained at Clonmel Garda Station, before being released without charge; pending the result of a file being forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions.


Man Arrested At Dublin Airport In Connection With Tipperary Assault

A man, aged in his 20’s, was arrested by Nenagh Gardaí yesterday, in connection with a burglary and an assault; latter which occurred last month, (December 23rd, 2019), in Nenagh, Co Tipperary.

It is claimed that two men entered a house in the Woodview Close area of Nenagh at around 3.30am and assaulted another male; latter aged in his 30s. The assaulted man sustained a number of cuts and contusions; however he did not require further medical treatment.

Later that day, a man was assaulted, with what is believed to be a hammer, outside a house in the nearby Yewston Estate in Nenagh. This assault is understood to have taken place at around 11.30pm. The victim of the latter assault was taken to University Hospital Limerick, suffering from non-life-threatening injuries, but was later discharged.

Yesterday morning, a man was arrested at Dublin International Airport, as part of an operation carried out by Nenagh Gardaí in conjunction with Immigration Gardaí; as he was about to check in to board his intended flight.

The arrested man was then brought to Nenagh Garda Station, where he has since been charged.


Two Men Arrested In Relation To Tipperary Burglaries

Two men in their 20’s have been arrested by Gardaí and two vehicles seized for technical examination, as part of investigations into eight burglaries carried out on business premises in counties Tipperary and Limerick in the early hours of January 15th last.

The arrests were carried out by Gardaí from Henry Street Garda Station, Limerick; backed up by members of the Armed Support Unit from the Western Region and Garda members from Co. Tipperary and Co. Galway, latter who are understood to have searched three houses in Co. Galway early this morning.

The arrested men were detained at Henry Street and Roxboro Road Garda Stations, where they remain held under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2007.


Thurles Facts Are Often Stranger Than Fiction

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.” – Mark Twain.

Highly respected ornithologists, both local and from abroad, focusing on our recent bird story, have now confirmed that the unusual bird located in Templetuohy, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, is indeed a ‘Leucistic European Green Finch’.

Leucistic European Green Finch

Leucistic is a condition in which there is partial loss of pigmentation in a bird which causes white, pale, or patchy coloration of the feathers, but not the eyes.
We are happy to relate that our ‘albino’ feathered friend is continuing to visit the various bird tables in Templetuohy village.

Our thanks to experts John Fogarty, Patrick Hayes, Aine Lynch and the numerous other persons who contacted us.

Stranger Than Fact

Speaking of birds; here in Thurles some of our local Thurles municipal district councillors, (anxious to give the false impression that they actually work within our community for their electorate), according to Facebook, highlight at regular Tipperary Co. Council meetings, that items used to decorate graves in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Thurles, are being stolen.

These items stolen usually are identified as expensive stone gravel / chippings and marble and stone vases, which end up appearing in Car Boot sales in Roscommon, Wexford and Limerick.

Whatever about the stolen marble and stone vases, (the solution to which we will discuss in a moment), the stolen chippings removed from graves however are NOT being removed by any human hands.

Please note picture No.2 shown above on the right-hand side.

Before you develop a fear of visiting graveyards at night, these stones shown above, which cost up to €60.00 per bag, are actually stolen in broad daylight, yes and by carrion crows, (Corvus corone).

Over a period of 4 weeks, a flock of crows swallowed, on just one grave alone, €600 worth of the above pictured gravel. Normally this gravel is sold with people using (on a double grave site), 10 bags of black aggregates to 1 bag of white aggregate; the 1 bag of white stones are then sprinkled loosely on top of the raked level black stones.

Crows begin with the white stones first and then graduate to the black variety. For some unknown reason Crows are being observed swallowing, in total, up to five of these particular stones, before departing, to return the following day for more. Let me confirm this is not a joke.

This most unusual phenomenon appears to only have come to the attention of stone masons and graveyard workers, in the past 24 months here in Ireland, resulting in that profession refusing to accept commissions, which request the use of that particular aggregate.

How to ensure that your marble and stone vases remain on your family grave site in 2020!
Please note picture No. 1 shown immediately above on the left-hand side.

The answer is simple “get your name printed on the surface of your chosen marble or stone vase”. We are being warned constantly by Gardaí of the importance of marking all of our expensive household items, enabling them to be identified into the future.

The solution is simple and logical; what thief will steal a personalised stone flower vase and then try and sell it at a Car Boot sale and anyway personalised items drastically reduce the number of possible buyers.

Here in Thurles such personalised marble and stone vases can be readily supplied by James Slattery Monuments, Fianna Rd, Thurles Townparks, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. [+353 (0)504 22219 or Email: jamesannslattery@gmail.com]

Perhaps ornithologists reading this article would like to share their thoughts on this issue? We would love to hear from them.