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Tipperary’s Rural Tourism Trade Threatened


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.


Drugs Valued At €250,000 Seized In Tipperary

gardaThree 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.


Thurles Text Alert & Crime Prevention


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.


Tipperary Man Accused Of Aggravated Burglary

gardaThree men, named as Mr Alan Freeman, aged 35, with an address at No. 73 Pierce Park, Tipperary Town, Co. Tipperary; Mr Patrick Roche, aged 51, and his son Mr Philip Roche, aged 23, both the latter with an address at Kilcornan Close, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, have appeared in Kilmallock District Court today.

The three men are facing a total of 23 charges between them, which include; Assault, Aggravated Burglary, False Imprisonment, Handling of Stolen Goods, Aiding and Abetting and Drug Possession (with intent to sell).

Mr Freeman made no reply when he was formally charged by Gardaí, in connection with three counts of aggravated burglary, false imprisonment at Killuragh and the handling of a stolen Land Rover vehicle.

The incidents, under which the three individuals stand accused, in total relate to aggravated burglaries at Killuragh, Cappamore, Sunville House, Pallasgreen and Ballyluddy, Pallasgreen including the false imprisonment of residents at these addresses in April and May 2012.

Killuragh: Ian Cruise’s home at Killuragh, Cappamore was raided by a gang of men armed with a shot gun, a baseball bat and a sledge hammer.

Sunville House: It’s alleged that six members of the Garvey family were falsely imprisoned at their home and threatened by a number of men who were armed with a sawn-off shotgun, a baseball bat and a sledge hammer on the 16th of April 2012.

Ballyluddy, Pallasgreen: On the 31st of May 2012 it is alleged that three elderly members of the Creed family, (one male and two females, all aged 69, 75  and 77 years old respectively), were tied up and beaten during an incident which lasted for over an hour, while their assailants remained armed with a knife and an iron bar.

A Garda detective informed Judge M/s Marian O’Leary that he believed that Mr Philip Roche was a leading member of the Roche-Freeman criminal organisation, which had links across counties Tipperary, Limerick, Cork and Dublin.  He also stated that he feared that Mr Philip Roche would interfere with witnesses; commit further aggravated burglaries and fail to appear for his forthcoming trial, if granted bail.

Judge O’Leary remanded all three men to be detained in custody, to appear before Limerick District Court, via video link, on March 21st next.


Teenager Stabbed In Nenagh, Tipperary

garda crestA teenager has been stabbed at a “Takeaway Food” premises in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.

The 19-year-old youth, who is understood to have been employed in the premises situated at No.3-4, Clare street, is reported to be in a serious, yet stable, condition in Nenagh Hospital.

It is understood that the victim was attacked at about 1:20pm this afternoon, by a 33-year-old male who entered the premises where the young man was at work.

Gardaí in Nenagh, having been called to the scene, arrested a 33-year-old male suspect in connection with the assault.

The arrested man currently remains in detention at Nenagh Garda Station this evening.