An ongoing spate of burglaries here in Thurles over the past few months and highlighted by Thurles.Info, continues with no sign to date of the criminals responsible being detected.
Recently two houses in Thurles; one in the Borroway area and another in the Kennedy park area have been broken into twice, within a short space of time. In the Collins Park area, within the past few days, we have received news that one house; vacated for less than half an hour; the occupants returned to discover serious damage caused to the exterior of their property, in an attempted break-in.
The situation has now become even more serious with the manifestation of a new Face Book Page being opened, entitled ‘Thurles Equalizer,‘ which threatens to assert the need for a type of vigilante justice; threatening to punish Thurles lawbreakers personally rather than relying on our legal authorities. Many people locally will indeed sympathise with their promised convictions; “Any information about these scumbags breaking into elderly people’s houses and terrorising them, will be never be shared with anyone not even the Gardaí. We are not interested in a court date or slaps on wrists. PM us pls.”
While many locals are calling for a public meeting on the lines of action recently taken by Roscrea residents; local active Fianna Fáil Councillor Seamus Hanafin has been speaking to some of our other councillors in town and they have now agreed to come together in a cross party alliance on this issue. We understand that contact with the Gardaí has been arranged and a meeting between the local Councillors, Senior Garda, Crime Prevention Officers and Community Gardaí is now imminent.
Increases in rural crime, especially by out of town criminals, plus the reduction in our rural Garda force, has severely hampered investigations into local crime detection countrywide despite the best efforts of Gardaí particularly in rural areas.
The reluctance recently by many of our residents to attend local ‘Neighbourhood Watch,’ meetings, despite the strong invitation by Thurles Gardaí to do so, has given further encouragement to these criminals now operating within our midst.
Three men, believed to be in their early 20’s, have been arrested following a drugs haul in Roscrea, Co Tipperary. While Gardaí refused to comment on the arrests, all three men detained are understood to be natives of the area.
We understand that the haul was discovered at approximately 11.50pm on Friday evening last, (Sept 19th), in the area of the Grove Motors car park on the Birr road leading out of the town. We understand that an alert member of the Garda force, on routine patrol, observed two cars parked in what were described as ‘suspiciously circumstances.’
On approaching the vehicles, the Garda is understood to have observed packages being discarded from a passenger window of one of the parked vehicles. On examination an estimated €4,500 worth of cannabis was discovered to be contained in the abandoned packages.
It is understood that two men were arrested at the scene and a third man was arrested the following day, in relation to this offence. We also understand that all three have now been charged under the possession of drugs and possession of drugs for the purposes of sale and supply.
Note: Anyone found guilty of this offence is liable to a Class C fine on summary conviction in a District Court. If the court decides, he or she could be subject to a fine and a prison term not exceeding 12 months. On conviction on indictment for this offence, the court can decide on an appropriate fine. The court can also impose a life sentence for this offence if it decides it is necessary. However, lesser sentences can also be imposed, either with a fine or alone.
Where the market value of the drugs is €13,000 or more, the person convicted is liable for a minimum sentence of 10 years. Similar penalties apply to someone convicted of importing drugs with a value of €13,000 or more.
Meanwhile Naval Service, Customs and the Gardaí have foiled a major drug smuggling operation when they detained a yacht with up to €80 million worth of cocaine off the south west coast of Ireland in the early hours of this morning.
The Joint Task Force operation involved the LÉ Roisin and the LÉ Niamh detaining an 18.9 metre yacht ‘Makayabella’, carrying an estimated one tonne of cocaine on board, at around 3.00am this morning some 250 miles off Ireland’s Mizen Head in West Cork.
The ‘Mayakabella’ is expected to arrive at 9.00pm at the Naval Base at Haulbowline in Cork Harbour, where it will be forensically examined.
UPDATE #1: Another house was burgled last night in the nearby Collins park area. According to reports the house was broken into around 9.00pm on Thursday evening. If anyone saw anything suspicious around that time please report it to Thurles Gardaí.
UPDATE #2: A house in Kennedy Park was broken into and ransacked for the second time on Tuesday evening, 7th Oct 2014. If anyone saw anything suspicious please report it to Thurles Gardaí.
Over the past few weeks some five private residences situated in the Kennedy Park area of Thurles have been burgled. According to statements passed to us by local residents some four of these private properties targeted had little or nothing of value removed, while the fifth home a sum of money, reported to be in the region of €5,000, was stolen.
The sad news however is that in all these five cases the burglar badly ‘trashed’ the interiors of their targeted dwellings; breaking clocks, ornaments and furniture in their efforts to locate any possible hidden valuables.
All of these reported burglaries appear to have taken place in broad daylight, with some of the homes attacked with the knowledge that these houses had been left unattended or unoccupied over a few days. Thurles Gardaí are currently investigating all five robberies.
This situation leaves residents to believe that these robberies are being perpetuated by a person or persons living in this immediate area of Thurles, latter who carry out the robberies themselves or indeed pass on known information to other criminals outside the area.
Ten Tips To Avoid Household Burglaries
- Don’t boast in public places regarding your plans to visit ‘Aunty Mary’ next weekend. After all “The Only Secret Is the One Never Told,” and “A Careless Word, A Needless Loss,” still remains sound advice, to quote the text shown on posters displayed during the war years 1941-1945.
- Give your spare key to a trusted neighbour or friend who lives nearby and ask them to keep an eye on your property while you are away.
- Important: Check if a Neighbourhood Watch Group exists in your area and get involved. I am aware that recent attempts by local Gardaí in Thurles, to get people to become more involved in Community Neighbourhood Watch Groups, received little response from the local public. Maybe now is the time to reflect on this decision.
- When away use automatic timers for your lights and keep a radio or television playing in your absence, but only loud enough to be heard from your dwelling thus not offending your next door neighbours.
- Keep your blinds / curtains at their normal daytime position and where possible leave a car in your driveway.
- Invest in pry-proof locks for your windows and install deadbolts on exterior doors, while also noting second story windows are also potential targets, particularly at the rear of your house.
- Trim back overgrown shrubs and bushes that may obscure a public view of your home to the degree that all windows and doors are visible from your street or estate. You may enjoy privacy but so do burglars.
- Should you make a major purchase, like a 42 inch flat screen TV, a PC or Laptop computer, don’t leave the box outside, jutting out in plain view of your bin. Cut it up into very small pieces and place it in a black plastic bag to dispose of in your dry recycling.
- Of course a good idea, (if finances permit), is to have an alarm system installed. Even the fact that it looks like you have an alarm, is always a major deterrent to most would-be thieves. But if a thief chooses to ignore your alarm and grants himself access, the ear blasting siren will most likely ensure visits are cut short and neighbours are alerted.
- Finally; a well-lit exterior is a wise move especially at the rear of your home, preferably fitted with a motion sensor.
In the words of Sergeant Phil Esterhaus from the once famous 80’s TV series “Hill Street Blues”: “Hey, let’s be careful out there.”
Celebrating Ireland’s International Best Selling Historical Crime Mystery Series.
The 5th three-day gathering of international enthusiasts of the best-selling historical crime series “The Sister Fidelma Mysteries,” by Peter Tremayne will be held in The Cashel Palace Hotel, Cashel, Co Tipperary from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th September 2014.
The series, which has been published in some 18 languages to date, is set in 7th century Ireland, whose sleuthing heroine is Fidelma, sister of King Colgú of Munster. With her companion, a Saxon, Brother Eadulf, she is an advocate of the Brehon Laws of old Ireland. There are now 25 books in this series.
The event will be extra special as it will coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the first ever Sister Fidelma novel entitled “Absolution by Murder” published in 1994.
Online registration is now open. You may pay in Euro or dollars. Full registration is €160 or US$225. This fee covers the opening reception on Friday evening, a registration pack, three days of talks, an outing to Coolmore Stud Farm to accompany a talk on the horse breeds in Fidelma’s day, tea/coffee breaks and of course the Saturday evening gala dinner with Peter Tremayne and guests.
Day registration is also available, which will include the three lectures and tea/coffee break at €30 per day and €40 if a visit to Coolmore Stud Farm is also to be included.
Please Note: There is limited availability to Coolmore Stud Farm for day registration.
Féile Fidelma 2014 Community Programme of Events
Friday, September 12th 2014
From 18.00-19.00: Registration at The Cashel Palace Hotel.
19.00: Reception by the Mayor of Cashel.
19.30 Official Opening of Féile Fidelma Weekend 2014.
20.00 An Evening with Peter Tremayne.
This will be followed by an informal session in the Cellar Bar.
Saturday, September 13th 2014
09.30: The Sister Fidelma Novels: Professor Edward Rielly, Maine, U.S.A..
10.30: Coffee Break.
11.00: What was in Sr. Fidelma’s Liber Hymnorum?: Dr. Ann Buckley, T.C.D..
12.00: Horses in Fidelma’s Day: Mr. Noel Mullins, equestrian expert.
14.30: Visit Coolmore Stud Farm, the centre of bloodstock breeding in Ireland.
19.30: Gala Dinner in The Cashel Palace Hotel featuring Caroline Lennon (The Voice of Fidelma) who will read passages from the Sr. Fidelma Series.
Click here to download the Gala Dinner Menu
Sunday, September 14th 2014
09.30: Food in Fidelma’s time: Regina Sexton, U.C.C..
10.30: Coffee Break.
11.00: The Eóghanacht: Professor Pádraig Ó Riain, U.C.C..
12.00: David Robert Wooten, founder of the International Society.
13.00: Conclusion of Féile Fidelma Weekend 2014.
Professor Edward Rielly from Maine, USA, who was co-editor, with David Robert Wooten, of the academic study “The Sister Fidelma Mysteries”: The Historical Novels of Peter Tremayne (2012). Rielly is Professor of English at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine in the U.S.A.
Professor Pádraig Ó Riain is Ireland’s leading scholastic expert of the Fidelma’s period. Ó Riain is an Irish Celticist and prominent hagiologist focusing on Irish hagiography, martyrdom, mythology, onomastics and codicology. He has spent much of his academic life at the University College Cork, where he became a lecturer in 1964 and was professor of Old and Middle Irish. He has been a member of the Royal Irish Academy since 1989, president of the Irish Texts Society since 1992, Parnell Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge, since 2002 and more recently, a member of the ‘Place Names Commission of Ireland,’ (Irish: An Coimisiún Logainmneacha).
Dr Ann Buckley is a leading expert on liturgical music in Fidelma’s time. Buckley holds a B.Mus., M.A. (National University of Ireland), doctoral (University of Amsterdam) and a Ph.D. (University of Cambridge) and is a research associate at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Trinity College, Dublin.
Regina Sexton from University College Cork, who is a food historian, food writer, broadcaster and cook. Sexton has been researching and publishing in the area of Irish food and culinary history since 1993. Her research interests include food and identity, food and tradition and food in the Irish country house. She has published widely at academic and popular levels and is a leading expert on food in Fidelma’s time.
Noel Mullins is an equestrian expert. Mullins has not only authored two books about the origin of horses in Ireland, countless articles in equestrian journals, but he is also an expert advising and appearing in many films and television shows on the subject. In 2005, for example, he played a huntsman in the remake of ‘Lassie’ with Peter O’Toole.
David Robert Wooten is the founder of The International Sister Fidelma Society, its director and editor of its thrice yearly journal The Brehon. Wooten will be introducing and chairing the first evening with the author, Peter Tremayne. He will also be winding up the event on Sunday with his usual look at the state of Fidelma’s World. He will be reflecting on the Society’s thirteen years of existence (it was founded in 2001 and The Brehon was launched in February, 2002). And, of course, he will be examining the Féile Fidelma past and present and future.
Caroline Lennon is the actress acclaimed as the ever popular ‘Voice of Fidelma,’ and who reads the Sister Fidelma Audio Books published by Soundings, Isis Publishing Ltd.
So please do note your calendar to experience this truly most enjoyable of annual events.
Book Your Tickets: http://www.cashelartsfest.com/content/Buy-Tickets.html
Date: Friday 12th until Sunday 14th September
Venue: Cashel Palace Hotel, Cashel, Co. Tipperary
The Irish Central Bank, since August 1st 2013, has had the power to issue public warning notices in relation to any unauthorised firm they consider are carrying on activities that would require an authorisation from the Central Bank. This power came into being following the enactment of the Central Bank (Supervision and Enforcement) Act in August 2013.
To this end, the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) today published the name of an unauthorised debt management firm based here in Co Tipperary; naming Smart Resolutions Mediation Limited (Ireland), latter situated at Canopy Street in Cashel, as operating illegally and not therefore authorised to trade.
The firm, understood to be operated by the partnership of Mr Thomas and Mrs Geraldine Quigley, currently act as mediators between banks and distressed mortgage holders, the latter wishing to resolve individual personal financial difficulties in which they currently find themselves.
The Central Bank point out that it is a criminal offence for any unauthorised person or firm to provide financial services in Ireland, latter which would require an authorisation under the relevant legislation for which the Central Bank is the responsible enforcement body.
Any person wishing to contact the Central Bank with information regarding such persons or firms may Telephone (01) 224 4000. This telephone number may also be contacted by any member of the public who wishes to check if a person or firm is fully authorised.