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.
Warning 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.
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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.
Charles Flanagan, TD, & Paschal Donohoe T.D.
Efforts to attract Australian tourists for the year ahead here to Co. Tipperary, would appear bleak, following a serious unwarranted travel warning currently being issued to Australian tourists, who maybe planning to visit Ireland this Summer
A website claiming to represent the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade [Read by clicking here for yourselves.] has issued a warning to Australian tourists intent on visiting Ireland; stating tensions are high between Unionists and Republicans because of the Centenary Celebrations being held and relating to the 1916 Easter Rising.
The Australian website states; “Tensions between Dissident Republicans and Unionists have increased in the lead up to the centenary of the Easter Rising (24-29 April – Proclamation of Irish independence). You should avoid all protests and demonstrations, including those associated with Northern Ireland, as they may turn violent. Instances of civil disorder can rapidly escalate into violence and you should avoid them wherever possible, including through careful monitoring of the media and following the advice of local authorities”.
The website warns that; “Be aware that Ireland is not a party to the Schengen Agreement and therefore does not accept Schengen visas. Visa and other entry and exit requirements can change at short notice, you (visitors) should contact the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, or the nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate for the latest visa information and advice”.
Thankfully there is one very noticeable omission from the supplied, defamatory and libellous data however. Same is that Ireland, despite a general election having been held on February 26th to elect 157 Teachtaí Dála (TDs) across 40 constituencies to our Irish Parliament, Dáil Éireann; to date no government has been agreed, despite some €1.6 million in wages having been earned by those then deemed democratically elected.
Perhaps the current ‘Squatting’ Fine Gael government Minister’s for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr Paschal Donohoe T.D. and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Charles Flanagan, TD, could both come into the office some day this week to drop a note to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, pointing out the inaccuracies of the information in their supplied data.
Meanwhile; “Attention all you Australian Tourists planning a visit to Ireland”. Please come to Co. Tipperary; enjoy the undemanding wooded trails and pilgrimage walks; appreciate and soak in our sylvan beauty; rid yourself of the stresses and strains of modern life; feel free, in complete safety, to view our historical artefacts and castles and more importantly stay in our Hotel and Guest-houses, all of which cost half the price of similar accommodation to be found in our major cities.
Understand the true meaning of “Céad Míle Fáilte Romhat” [English Translation – One hundred thousand welcomes to you.] Do so with the secure feeling that you will meet the friendliest and most lovable of local people and with the knowledge that even Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II moved amongst us freely back in 2011.
Three individuals; all believed to be male, have been arrested in the north of Co. Tipperary, following a seizure of drugs with an estimated street value of almost €250,000.
The drug seizures were made as part of an intelligence-led operation involving Roscrea Garda Divisional Drugs Unit, the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and Customs Officials.
The three individuals were all arrested at an address in Roscrea. One of those arrested is in his late teens and the two others are understood to be in their mid 20’s, and all are understood to be of Lithuanian nationality.
The arrested individuals are being detained at Nenagh Garda Station, following two separate discoveries and seizures of herbal cannabis. One of the seizures, weighing some 12 kilogrammes, has an estimated street value of over €140,000; while in a follow-up second search at yet another address in Roscrea; a package containing some 5 kilogrammes of herbal cannabis was also seized; same with an estimated street value of over €100,000.
It is understood that the drugs seized, possibly originated in Spain.
Large turn-out for recent Garda information evening at St. Patricks College, Thurles, Co Tipperary.
Garda Annette Connolly, of Thurles Garda Station, has announced an information evening for the people of Thurles; to provide details of crime prevention in town and to report on the progress of Thurles Town Text Alert.
After just twelve months in operation, Thurles Text Alert has already proven its worth to the local community and Garda Connolly said that it is already the largest Text Alert Scheme in the Tipperary Garda Division, with more than 600 registered members.
The scheme is administered by a local committee in conjunction with An Garda Siochána and is rated an invaluable aid in the detection and prevention of crime.
At the forthcoming information evening, Garda Connolly will give a detailed account of the principles of Text Alert and how it operates and will welcome queries from those in attendance. In addition to Garda Connolly’s presentation, Sergeant Tom O’Dwyer will be on hand to inform and advise the public on crime prevention measures people can take, in order to protect their homes and property at this time of year.
Since Thurles Text Alert has just come to the end of its first year, two important events will take place at this upcoming information evening. The first is that details of renewal for Text Alert will be announced and Garda Connolly has stated that she expects the event will encourage all those presently registered to renew their membership; while spurring those who have not taken part to date, to use this occasion to sign up. To this end; thousands of application forms have been distributed locally to assist existing and intending members. The greater the membership, the more efficient the project.
The second important event on the evening will be the A.G.M. of Thurles Town Text Alert. People will have an opportunity to participate in the scheme in a meaningful way and, since it is running very smoothly, there is no great commitment on peoples’ time.
Senior Garda management will be present at this meeting to answer any queries from the public and to address issues of concern.
Be sure to make a note of this important and informative evening.
The event takes place Monday 11th April; the venue is Sarsfields Social Centre, Bohernanave, Thurles and the starting time is set for 7.30 p.m. sharp.