Local Weather

real feel: -4°C
wind speed: 4 m/s SW
sunrise: 8:28 am
sunset: 4:58 pm


Note On Tipperary’s Fr. P. Ryan Released Under State Archive Rule

A secret ‘briefing note’, now released as part of the 1988 Irish State Archive 30-year rule, (Period for which Irish confidential government documents are restricted from public viewing by taxpayers), sheds new light on the non-extradition to Britain of a Tipperary born Irish Roman Catholic priest, accused by British intelligence of being an IRA volunteer.

This refused extradition to Britain was to spark an angry stand-off between the then Irish government led by An Taoiseach Mr Charles J. (C.J.) Haughey and the British government, then led by the now Late Mrs Margaret (Maggie) Thatcher.

Fr. Patrick (Paddy) Ryan.

Fr. Ryan contested the European Parliamentary Elections in 1989, as a Sinn Féin supported Independent, however, he failed to be elected, but received over 30,000 votes.

The priest in question was Fr. Patrick (Paddy) Ryan, born on June 26th, 1930, in Rossmore, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, and one of six children born to a rural farming family.

Paddy Ryan attended the local Christian Brothers School (CBS) here in Thurles and later the Pallottine College, Thurles, going on to train in the priesthood at St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, before being ordained on June 6th, 1954.

As a member of the Pallottine Order, he went to work on the missions in the diocese of Mbulu, one of the six districts of the Manyara Region of Tanzania and then later in America and later still in the city of London.

Fr. Ryan had shown no great interest in politics beyond a hatred for past and present British rule on the island of Ireland, however the Catholic Church and the Pallottine Order would formally suspend him from priestly duties after he refused a transfer to a parish church in England.  Later during a trip to Rome in the summer of that year, he is reported to have informed Italian priests that he hoped that the IRA would bomb the centre of London.

By the Autumn of 1973, he was shuttling back and forth between Dublin and Geneva, opening bank accounts and transferring funding (over £1,000,000) reportedly granted by his newly acquired contacts within Libyan Military Intelligence in Tripoli.

Continue reading Note On Tipperary’s Fr. P. Ryan Released Under State Archive Rule


Statement On Erin Foods Site, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Castletown Capital make a statement on the Erin Foods Site, latter situated on the Slievenamon Road, in Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Date: 17th December 2018.
Statement Ref: Erin Foods Site, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Written Statement By Castletown Capital.

Castletown Capital is delighted to announce that we have agreed terms of a partnership agreement with the Quirke Family to develop the Erin Foods Site in Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The Project will run in conjunction with the development of the new retail Store by Lidl Ireland and will comprise the construction of 60,000 Sq.Ft. of modern business accommodation. The construction phase will generate 85 jobs and a local demand for building material and services.

The accommodation will be finished to a very high specification and will be enabled for fibre broadband connectivity. The campus will have the capability to act as a regional hub for technology and research. There is a very strong demand for such facilities at present, given the lack of suitable accommodation at competitive rates.

We have received a very positive market response to our business offering. We have commenced negotiations with an interested blue chip Company to be an anchor tenant. We are confident we will secure other tenants for the accommodation as the site develops.

The building when completed has the capacity to accommodate 400 people. We will be working with all interested parties to maximise its full potential and deliver a multi-million return to the local economy.

We would like to acknowledge the enormous assistance of Mr Michael Lowry, T.D., in securing this project. We wish to thank Lidl Ireland for their co-operation with planning application and construction logistics. The project has required significant input from all parties over an extended period of time. We look forward to delivering the project in an efficient and timely manner.

Kind regards,
The statement is signed by Mr Ronan Mallon, (Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Castletown Capital).
Address No.93 St. Stephens Green, Dublin 2.


Old Erin Foods Site Set For €24 Million Redevelopment

Bright New Horizon for Thurles.

Independent T.D. Deputy Michael Lowry has confirmed that the Lidl group architects Clarman, have completed extensive pre planning consultations with Tipperary County council and have lodged a formal planning application.

As most people are aware Lidl Stiftung & Co. KG is a German global discount supermarket chain, based in Neckarsulm, Germany, that operates over 10,000 stores across Europe and the United States.

This application also includes planning for the construction of 60,000 Sq. Ft. of modern business accommodation. This will be marketed as “Thurles Business Innovation Centre”.

The accommodation will be finished to a very high specification and will be enabled for fibre broadband connectivity. The campus will have the capability to act as a regional hub for technology and research. There is a very strong demand for such facilities at present, given the lack of suitable accommodation at competitive rates.

The planning application will include the demolition and removal of all existing buildings along with the clearance of the entire 8.5 acre site. Lidl will construct a modern new store of approximately 22,000 sq. ft, with associated car parking to be serviced by means of a new entrance.

This project will comprise 3 phases:
Phase 1 :- The demolition of the existing buildings and full site clearance. This in itself is a very substantial contract requiring specialist contractors. It involves the removal of huge quantities of asbestos. This is a hazardous waste. There are stringent regulations governing its removal and disposal. I have been assured by Lidl that this sensitive material will be handled in full compliance with International standards.
Phase 2 :- The construction of a new site entrance. The site will be accessed by means of a proposed new roadway which will form the initial phase of the inner relief road for Thurles, linking Slievenamon Road to the Mill Road. Also to be included as part of the development works, are significant improvements to the River walkway at the rear of the site.
Phase 3 :- The construction of the new state of the art retail store and 60,000 sq. ft. business centre. The Lidl decision to locate a new store on the old Erin Foods site has enabled the entire site to be redeveloped. The very substantial investment by Lidl in their new store including infrastructure such as roadways, car parking, water, waste water, power supply and high end IT capability has made the remainder of the site extremely attractive to Castletown Capital. The entire project creates an exciting opportunity to revitalise a prime site which has been dormant for many years. It will generate significant job opportunities and revitalise the local Thurles economy.

The project will take 2 years to complete after planning is granted. Both Lidl and Castletown Capital have committed, where possible, to use local materials and trade suppliers.

Announcing the project, Deputy Lowry stated, “This is fantastic news for Thurles. Like every rural town it has struggled to recover from the recession. This project, with an investment of €24 Million, will give Thurles a new lease of life and reinvigorate the economy. This exciting project together with the €6.5 Million set aside for the re-development of the Town Centre, will have a transformative effect. Thankfully, after many dark days, there is the prospect of a bright new horizon”.


Thurles Liberty Square Redevelopment Project

We read in our local newspaper, “The Tipperary Star”, that our Director of Services Mr Matt Shortt, (Director of Roads, Transportation and Health & Safety), recently informed the members of our local authority that it was the excellence of their presentation and other proposals submitted, which had guaranteed that the Liberty Square redevelopment project received some €1.35 million from “Project Ireland 2040”. This ‘snail paced’ Liberty Square redevelopment project is expected to begin in 2019 or some other year, not far into our misty future.

Alas, unfortunately similar earlier presentations and accepted planning have proven less than excellent when the actual construction work had been finally concluded.

See the junction of the Clongower / Slievenamon Road today, (Pictures 1 & 2 above), then focus on (Picture 3 above) the pedestrian crossing lights outside Thurles Cathedral also today, latter which every three weeks have to be readjusted, due to the actions of large high sided, vehicles knocking against it, in their attempts to pass other oncoming lorries.  [Again, no mention of the long awaited Thurles Ring Road.]

On February 1st 2018, we highlighted the fact that these pedestrian crossing lights were pointed in the wrong direction and did nothing to protect, in particular, elderly pedestrians.

Again, on July 16th 2018, we highlighted the fact that these same pedestrian crossing lights were pointed in the wrong direction. We further pointed out that this same Cathedral Street pedestrian crossing, will see some 1,500 crossings per day, servicing Mass goers, shoppers and secondary school pupils, all of whom currently must remain blind in their efforts to cross a busy Cathedral Street.

It would be interesting to find out, in the interests of “Municipal District transparency”, how much money was wasted on the continuous repair of these same lights, in 2018. Then again people could be undertaking this work for nothing.

This self-congratulatory back slapping in relation to the long-awaited Liberty Square, project, reminds me of a story recounted by a former US president, possibly 38th US President Gerald Rudolph Ford. I may stand corrected, but I believe it was he that requested Canadian-born economist, public official, diplomat, and a leading proponent of 20th-century American liberalism, Mr John Kenneth Galbraith, to write formers upcoming economic ‘State of The Nation’ address. Mr Galbraith turned up sometime later in the oval office and invited the US President, to read his submission.

Always proud of his work, and having been dismissed, Mr Galbraith halted before asking the President as to what he thought of his submitted presentation. The President replied in words to the effect that, “It’s like pissing down your own leg, Mr Galbraith, to you it’s hot”.

Here in Thurles we now wait patiently and watch as the 18-wheeler trucks manoeuvre through our 18 century streets, and once thriving businesses fold their tents and vanish.


Glengoole Family Resource Centre – €32,875 In Funding

Following representations by Tipperary Independent T.D. Mr Michael Lowry with Minister for Rural and Community Development T.D. Mr Michael Ring, Mr Lowry is pleased to confirm that The Millennium Family Resource Centre, Glengoole, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, will now receive funding of €32,875 from the Dormant Accounts Fund.

In personal correspondence sent to Deputy Lowry and today viewed by Thurles.Info; Minister Ring states:

Greetings Michael,
Further to your representations, I wish to inform you that I will shortly announce the allocation of €2 million in funding from the Dormant Accounts Fund, to 52 social enterprise projects across the country. The allocations are contained in the attached document. I can confirm that “The Millennium Family Resource Centre Company”, at Glengoole, Thurles, Co. Tipperary will receive €32,875, for the purchase of an Opel Astra van, a commercial washing machine and dryer, an air conditioning unit and two hot box containers, latter for the transporting of food.

I also wish to confirm that my Department is at an advanced stage in finalising Ireland’s first National Social Enterprise Policy. I expect to publish a draft of the policy shortly for public consultation, and to publish the final policy early in 2019.

The Social Enterprise Measure of the Dormant Accounts Fund Action Plan is overseen by the Department of Rural and Community Development and administered by Pobal.

Kind regards,

[Officially Signed: Michael Ring, (An Roinn Forbartha Tuaithe agus Pobail)]

In a short statement by Deputy Lowry, he confirmed that the main aim of such funding is to increase the impact of social enterprise, by further enhancing the capacity to deliver services and where possible generate trade income, through the provision of small capital grants.

“This allocation, I am happy to state, follows on from numerous representations made by me, since July last.

Social enterprise operates in a similar fashion to businesses, selling goods or services to individuals, private businesses and the public sector. However, social enterprises are set up to also deliver or contribute towards a social, community or environmental goal and any surpluses which emerge from the activities of social enterprise, are reinvested back into its goal”, Deputy Lowry stated.