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Thurles Man Confesses Theft From Employer

Thurles, The Cathedral Town

Thurles born, Mikey Ryan, following a recent health scare, decided it would be best to confide a previously undisclosed, yet nagging secret, to his local parish priest.

“After all God sees everything”, as Mikey pointed out to me, “so it would be only logical to get things sorted out down here on earth, instead of slowing down others on their processional route, through Heaven’s Pearly Gates”.

I must say personally that I felt Mikey should have kept his secret, especially what with the cost of Mortgages now-a-days and the inability of Banks to loan out money; but Mikey remained adamant. True to his word, down in the Confessional of the Cathedral of The Assumption here in Cathedral Street, Thurles, last Friday; Mikey finally admitted that he had been stealing materials from the building supplier, who had kept him gainfully employed for the past 45 years.

“Have you no shame and are you not aware of the moral imperative laid down by God in His commandments”, asked a chastising old priest.

“Surely you remember your catechism and the words, ‘Thou shalt not steal’. Remember the words also, my son, ‘Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbour’s’,” rhymed off the old priest, “Indeed my son you have grievously broken not one, but two of God’s Commandments, through endeavouring to scheme, covet and acquire another man’s possessions”.

The old priest paused briefly before asking, “So what did you actually steal from your employer and neighbour, my son”.

“Well Father, to be totally honest,  I stole, over the past 40 years, enough to build my own four bedroomed house; then there was my son’s house, and two other houses for both of me daughters”, confessed Mikey.

“Oh and Father in the last year I built a small week-end fishing lodge over on the shores of Lough Derg, to accommodate myself and a couple of me mates to hangout in”, continued Mikey, making a conscious decision to rid himself of his entire guilty secret, once and for all.

“This is truly a serious matter my son”, stated the priest,  “Pray now to God, seeking forgiveness, while I think of an appropriate penance for your most grievous of sin.”

Some minutes later the old priest asked,  “Tell me Mikey have you ever done a retreat in the past”.

Mikey thought for a moment, before replying, “Begob no Father I haven’t, but sure look if you can produce the plans, I can get you most of the necessary building supplies”.


Does Thurles CCTV Actually Work

Does the Thurles Town closed-circuit television (CCTV) used in public area surveillance actually work?  We ask this question because of the spate of malicious damage which was caused around the town during the period sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning last.

The picture seen left shows the serious damage to Dwan’s Hardware front window. This was one of two windows broken in the town. In both cases we understand nothing was stolen.  Malicious damage, during the same period, was also done to the public playground area beside The Source Theatre.

The public were informed, back in December 2012, that this new public area surveillance system would cost in the region of one hundred thousand euro, with 70% of the cost being covered by Pobal. (Back then Pobal was a not-for-profit company that managed programmes on behalf of the Irish Government and the EU, to support communities and local agencies toward achieving social inclusion, reconciliation and equality. This Community Based CCTV Scheme, then administered by Pobal, we learn is now longer in operation.) A further 20% was provided by Thurles Town Council while the final 10% was aided by Thurles Chamber of Commerce.

We are aware from private CCTV footage nearby, that the large plate-glass window smashed in Dwan’s Hardware, latter business situated in Cathedral Street, Thurles, involved the kicking action of one male, accompanied by one other male and a female.

Questions now remain; (1) Was the camera tacked on to Thurles castle working? (2) Has this camera’s  footage been examined with the 3 individuals aforementioned been identified, and the offender arrested and charged? (3) Who is destroying business premises; walls and shuttering; public buildings etc, night after night with graffiti?

One final question: Is closed-circuit television (CCTV) used in public area surveillance, especially at night time, really worth the cost of installation, if public street lighting is inadequate?


Men Charged Following Tipperary Robberies

Three of the four men arrested on Wednesday morning last and who appeared before Naas District Court at 10.30am in relation to a series of robberies across Tipperary and the South East are due to appear in court in Nenagh next Friday.

The men, named as Mr Edward Collins with an address at No.15 Collinstown Cresent, Neilstown, Clondalkin, Co Dublin; Mr Michael Collins with an address at No.7-E Pearse House, Pearse St, Dublin 2, and Mr  Martin Collins with an address at 27 Woodford Drive, Clondalkin, Co, Dublin, currently are on bail under the condition that they not enter the jurisdictions of Co. Tipperary and Co. Kilkenny.

The accused were arrested after Gardaí from Co. Tipperary assisted by their colleagues from Co. Carlow and the Dublin Metropolitan Region’s Armed Support Unit, recovered stolen property, including a trailer, assorted power tools, and other assorted items, when carrying out a number of searches in the Clondalkin, Ballyfermot and Pearse St. areas of Dublin City during yesterday morning.

We understand that Mr Martin Collins and Mr Michael Collins both stand accused of theft from the Tippo International site, Thurles Road, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary on August 6th last; while Mr Michael Collins is also accused of theft at Railway Station, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, and with theft on August 13th last at the Turtulla Business Park, Turtulla, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

A fourth man as yet unnamed, arrested after the searches, remains in Garda custody.


Tipperary Gardaí Assist In Arrest Of Dublin Criminals

Four persons, understood to be all male, have been arrested under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984, in connection with robberies which had taken place previously in Tipperary and the South East region.

It is understood that Gardaí from Tipperary, assisted by fellow officers from Carlow and the Dublin Metropolitan Region’s Armed Support Unit, have recovered stolen property, including a trailer, assorted power tools, and other assorted items, when carrying out a number of searches in the Clondalkin, Ballyfermot and Pearse St. areas of Dublin City during yesterday morning.

The four men arrested have been questioned at Thurles, Nenagh, Roscrea and Carlow Garda stations.

It is understood that at least three of the four arrested will appear this morning before Naas District Court at 10.30am.


I Do Declare, It’s Vandalism Most Foul

Thurles.Info’s American correspondent sends us exclusive pictures this morning, fresh from Hollywood in the central region of Los Angeles, in California.

Immigrant, American President Mr Donald Trump, whose ancestry hails (on his father’s side) from the German village of Kallstadt, Palatinate; one of Germany’s 16 federal states, and (on his mother’s side) from the Outer Hebrides of Scotland; will discover today that his five pointed star on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’, has been vandalised.

“This is the kind of disrespect shown when truly great men take it upon themselves to make the United States of America, great once again”, stated a leading member of the ever popular Ku Klux Klan.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame comprises more than 2,600 such five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars, embedded in the pavements along a 2.1 km (1.3 miles) stretch of Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, California. These pointed stars are permanent public monuments to the achievements of the wealthy involved in the entertainment industry, and each bears the name and emblem which identifies these individuals, both living and dead, as being actors, directors, musicians, producers, theatrical personnel, fictional characters etc.

Tipperary – The Place, The Time
This ‘Walk of Fame’ is administered by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and its presence attracts a reported 10.5 million visitors annually.

Back here in Thurles, due to the total absence of visiting tourists this year, perhaps our Tipperary politicians, County Councillors and our own Chamber of Commerce might consider a similar project, relating to the soon to be upgraded Liberty Square area of the town; e.g. they could have inserted in our pavements the names of notable people like Queen Elizabeth II, (English Monarch); Suzanna Mary Moynan, (Wife of renowned Irish Artist Richard Thomas Moynan); William Bradshaw and John Cunningham, (Victoria Cross recipients); Kerry Condon, (Actress); Des Hanafin, (Politician); Mary Hanafin, (Politician); Una Healy, (Singer); Patrick Leahy, (Roman Catholic Bishop); Peter O’Meara, (Actor and Singer); Paddy Ryan, (World Heavyweight Champion boxer); Tony Ryan, (Founder of Ryanair); Pat Shortt, (Actor and Comedian), General Richard James Mulcahy (Chief of Staff Irish Volunteers) and Mary Turner CBE, (President of the G.M.B Allied Trade Union, 1997-2017); the list is longer. Perhaps I should include this idea when I forward my submission on the Tipperary County Development Plan.

Here also, like as in Hollywood, we in Thurles can help “maintain the glory of a community whose name means glamour and excitement in the four corners of the world.”  Indeed no one in Thurles would deface such structures with graffiti, if same were introduced, 😉 , what with our new sensitive CCTV system now fully operational, or is it?

So What Uncouth Barbarian (In Irish – Little Gurrier) Trashed Trump’s Five Pointed Star?
We understand that only two people are being accused behind the scenes, as being suspect to this ‘vandalism most foul’. Yes you have guessed it, (No 1) that well known non American trouble maker, the former US President Barack Hussein Obama, who to our embarrassment, hails from Moneygall on the Tipperary / Offaly border, (To think we actually gave that ‘bousy’ shamrock on eight different occasions), and (No 2) that other thorn-in-the-side, namely the Chairman of the Workers’ Party of North Korea, Mr Kim Jong-un.

Think of the sanctions that could be imposed against Ireland, should it turn out to be Obama. Despite all our bowing, scraping and harp playing offered to Trump, way back in 2013,  sure the Trump International Golf Links at Doonbeg in Co. Clare, gifted to Trump in that year, by a desperate Irish government; same could now cease to exist, with the loss of numerous jobs. Imagine those 100 wealthy Russian businessmen being no longer able to visit the Golf Links at Doonbeg on next St Patrick’s Day. (Ops! maybe I shouldn’t have mentioned the Russians; Robert Mueller’s grand jury could come with a warrant, seeking my extradition).