“To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” – Mahatma Gandhi.
Members of North Tipperary Vintage and Machinery Club, (NTVMC) led by John Dunne (Chairman), Murty Ely (Treasurer), and Mary Doyle / Mary Russell (Joint Secretaries) are pictured here presenting a cheque for €5,000 to the local branch members of Down Syndrome.
This presentation was made last Saturday night in Corcoran’s Pub, Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, here in Co.Tipperary.
The Club’s Chairman Mr John Dunne spoke of the magnificent efforts of all involved, who had so generously & unselfishly supported their annual fund raising events, not just financially but also by donating their much valued time to all projects undertaken.
Mr Edward Hayes, representing Down Syndrome, in thanking the North Tipperary VMC for their generous donation, spoke of the tremendous work being currently carried out by their Association here in Co Tipperary.
Photo courtesy G.Willoughby.
Cattle rustling has started again, striking at Irish midland rural areas. The Gardaí and the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) are advising farmers to be extra watchful, especially in relation to any outlying owned or rented farmland, following a spate of recent Wild West style cattle rustling incidents. These incidents have happened here in Tipperary, Galway, Limerick and other midland counties.
Cattle rustling, until recent years, was mainly an isolated Irish North/South border area phenomenon; however cattle thieves are now making massive profits stealing stock from isolated farmsteads in the heartland of Ireland, striking usually under the cover of darkness.
On Monday, October 21st last cattle to the value of €8,000 were believed stolen from a farm near Curran’s Cross, Mountmellick, Co Laois, during the night. Some 15 cows were also taken by cattle rustlers from a farm at Newport, Co Tipperary, last January. A similar robbery was also reported in the nearby area of Castleconnell, Co Limerick.
With prime beef cattle, near finishing, and worth up to €2,000 a head, cattle thieves can make massive profits stealing stock particularly from isolated farmsteads. Since these stolen cattle cannot be legally sent to licensed slaughter houses, it is presumed they are instead being taken to isolated slaughter houses to be butchered and sold out of vans with the carcases later dumped or buried in other remote locations.
Gardaí are requesting farmers to ensure that gates to outside farms are locked and fully secure, thus make it as difficult as possible for thieves to remove animals. They are also asking late night rural motorists to make careful note of persons travelling at night with horse transport trucks, cattle trucks or other such transport vehicles.
Note: Here in Thurles efforts are being made to further revitalise the existing Neighbourhood Watch Schemes in Thurles town, particularly coming up to Christmas. The Thurles Neighbourhood Watch schemes has been of significant benefit to Thurles Gardaí in their fight against house burglaries, minor crime and also ensuring that elderly people, living alone feel protected and safe. So if you are interested in contributing to your local town community, through Neighbourhood Watch, you are invited to attend at Thurles Garda Station on Wednesday next November 20th 2013, at 7.30pm. (Special Note: This Wednesdays meeting is for Thurles town residents only, however existing outlying regional Neighbourhood Watch Schemes can also expect to be visited in the coming months.)
Remember partnership between An Garda Síochána and the public, works on the basis that every member of a community can help to improve the quality of life in their area, by keeping a look out for their neighbours and immediately reporting any suspicious or unusual activities to the Gardaí.
For further information on Thurles Neighbourhood Watch, contact Garda Chris Verling at Thurles Garda Station Tel: 0504-25100 or Mobile: 083 4156785.
“The Meeting of the Waters“- Poem extract by Thomas Moore (1779 – 1852)
There is not in the wide world a valley so sweet
As that vale in whose bosom the bright waters meet.
Oh! the last rays of feeling and life must depart,
Ere the bloom of that valley shall fade from my heart.
It is with great sadness we report the death of a great friend to Thurles, Mr Dermot Cahill, Ard na Re, Leugh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Knockbrack, Banteer, Co. Cork.
Mr Cahill, former Manager of Dovea AI Centre and retired, passed away suddenly on September 22nd, 2013 last.
Dermot was beloved husband of Eileen and much loved father of Donal, Conor, Dermot, Cathriona and Mary. His passing will be sadly missed by his family, his brothers, sisters, daughters-in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren, nephews, nieces and a very large circle of close friends.
An avid reader, local historian, gardener, store house of knowledge and passionate environmentalist, Mr Cahill will be greatly missed from amongst our community.
Having reposed at the family home from 4:00pm yesterday (Tuesday) September 24th, his remains were removed this Wednesday morning at 9.30am for Requiem Mass at 11:00am, to the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles, Co.Tipperary. Mr Cahill’s body was interred later in Killinan Cemetery, Nenagh Road, Thurles.
Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.
Autumn months according to our National Meteorological Service, Met Éireann, are September, October and November, however according to our Irish Gaelic traditional Calendar, autumn constitutes the months August, September, and October. Harvest or ‘Fall,’ was the term usually used rurally to refer to autumn and came to refer only to the actual activity of reaping crops sown.
Great Comet of 1577.
Whatever month autumn begins, August brings into focus thoughts of future winter weather, flu epidemics and hopes of general well being. Generally these thoughts are based on our own previous experiences of health issues or unprecedented winter conditions experienced during our own lifetimes.
So what awaited past Irish generations before modern day scientists came up with the theory of ‘Global Warming.’ ?
Let’s take a look at what history has recorded in Ireland between the years 1178 and 1603 with regard to health and unusual occurring weather.
1178. (Four years after the Battle of Thurles and the same year Donal O’Fogarty, Bishop of Ossory, died.) A great wind this year by which many trees were uprooted and many churches laid prostrate. Some 120 trees fell at Derry Columkille. The river of Galway dried up for several days so that things lost in it from time immemorial were recovered, great quantities of fish were taken by the inhabitants.
1224. An awful and strange shower fell in Connaught and there followed diseases in cattle, and those who drank their milk got extraordinary internal diseases.
1236. Great storms and rain and violent wars prevailed this year.
1252. A great heat and drought this summer, so that people passed over the principal rivers with dry feet and trees became ignited with the heat of the sun.
1326. Small-pox raged though Ireland and great numbers died.
1328. According to Annals of Ireland by the Four Masters, an awful thunder and lightning occurred by which vegetation and fruit were extensively damaged and corn blighted. An epidemic disease called Slaodan (Translated. influenza) prevailed, and continued for four days on those afflicted with it, and proved almost fatal to them.
1329. Crops remained un-reaped until after Michaelmas, (Michaelmas derives its name from the Feast of St Michael and All Angels, which falls annually on 29 September 29th), in consequence of wet weather.
1349. A great plague in Ireland particularly in Moylurg (Magh Luirg Roscommon North east of the province of Connacht ); an immense number died of it.
1383. An awful and very fatal plague raged throughout Ireland. Judith, daughter of the Earl of Ormond, the wife of Teige O’Carroll, lord of Tigh Muna (Timoney, near Roscrea, Co Tipperary) and the daughter of O’Brien, wife of O’Kennedy died of the plague.
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