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Numbers Attending Cultural Institutions & Public Gatherings Curtailed Due To Covid-19

As stated in our previous blog; caretaker Taoiseach Mr Leo Varadkar has announced that the country’s schools, colleges and childcare facilities are to close in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, with effect from this evening.

From 6:00pm today, schools, colleges and childcare facilities will immediately close.

Rules regarding public gatherings
In relation to cultural institutions, indoor gatherings of more than 100 people and a maximum outdoor gathering of more than 500 people will be permitted. The restrictions will stay in place until March 29th 2020.

To this end Thurles.Info have been contacted by Inch Players, to confirm that they have postponed their play scheduled for this coming weekend, due to the escalation of this pandemic .

Workforce requested to work remotely, where possible:
Where it is possible to work remotely, people are requested to do so, thus requiring employers, the public and business interests to take a sensible approach to coronavirus.

Mr Varadkar made the announcement in Washington DC, where he is visiting as part of the annual St.Patrick’s Day celebrations, latter which has been sensibly cancelled in light of the spreading virus.

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Death Of Margaret Egan, Arklow, Co. Wicklow

It was with sadness that we learned of the death, on Friday 28th February 2020, of Mrs Margaret Egan (née Heverin), The Woods, Seabank, Arklow, Co. Wicklow and formerly of Clonberne, Kippaunagh, Co Galway.

Mrs Egan passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Beloved wife and best friend, for 50 years, of husband Joe; her passing is most deely regretted by her sons Laurenz (Ard Leigh, Two Mile Borris, Thurles, Co. Tipperary), and Patrick: daughters Shirley, and Marion; sons-in-law Gavin and Derek; daughters-in-law Caroline and Jacqui; grandchildren Joe, Lauren, Stan, Freya, Clara, Isabelle, Emma, Quinn, Sadhbh and Pearse; brothers John, Tony, Jimmy and Martin Gerard; sisters Ann, Christine and Pauline; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nephews; nieces; extended relatives; neighbours and a wide circle of friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements

The earthly remains of Mrs Egan will lie in repose at at Sweeney’s Funeral Home, No.12 Fairgreen, Abbeylands, Arklow, Co. Wicklow, from 2:00pm, this afternoon, Sunday March 1st, with closing prayers at 5:00pm.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday morning, March 2nd, at 10:00am at St. Joseph’s Church, Templerainey, Dublin Road, Tiknock, Arklow, Co. Wicklow, followed by burial in Castlemacadam Cemetery, Avoca, Co. Wicklow.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.

Note Please: Family flowers only. Donations in lieu, if desired, to Tiglin Residential Treatment Centre, (Collection boxes provided).

House strictly private.

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Men Take Exceptional Care Tomorrow

What could be worse than Storm Jorge or catching the Coronavirus, tomorrow. In years gone by, tomorrow, February‌ 29th‌ ‌was‌ ‌one‌ ‌day when men could find themselves in very great danger, spending their remaining days on this earth in that realm where slavery truly exists‌. ‌

Here in‌ ‌Ireland‌, ‌we‌ ‌have‌ ‌a ‌long held ‌tradition‌ on ‌February‌ 29th‌, better known as Leap‌ ‌Day‌; for it is on‌ this ‌one and only day; that ‌women‌ ‌become elevated and hold the right to ‌propose‌ marriage ‌to‌ ‌a man.

So‌ ‌when ‌did‌ ‌this‌ ‌most dangerous of Irish tradition‌s ‌materialise?‌ ‌

Here in Ireland, legend‌ ‌has‌ ‌it‌ ‌that‌ ‌St‌. ‌Brigid‌ ‌bitterly complained‌ ‌to‌ ‌St.‌ ‌Patrick‌ ‌that‌ ‌Irish ‌women‌ had‌ ‌to‌ ‌hang around‌ ‌far‌ ‌too‌ ‌long‌ ‌for‌ ‌their‌ male ‌partners‌ ‌to‌ ‌propose marriage.‌ ‌Following long and careful consideration ‌St. Patrick‌ finally agreed, thus yielding to her complaint and agreeing that ‌women‌ ‌could‌ ‌have‌ ‌one‌ ‌day‌ ‌every‌ ‌four‌ ‌year‌s ‌to‌ ‌’pop‌ ‌the‌ ‌question‌’.‌ ‌

However,‌ ‌as we know when you allow women, particularly the high maintenance variety, such high level normally male authority, nothing can be regarded as ‘simple plain‌ ‌sailing’, especially‌ ‌for‌ ‌any ‌man‌ ‌who‌ ‌would dare to politely refuse ‌the request of their ‌lady‌ friend.‌ ‌

Tradition‌ ‌has‌ ‌it‌ ‌that‌ ‌if‌ ‌a‌ ‌man‌ ‌refused ‌the‌ ‌proposal‌ ‌of‌ ‌his‌ ‌female lover‌ ‌on‌ ‌a‌ ‌Leap‌ ‌Day‌ ‌then‌ ‌he‌ ‌has to ‌buy‌ ‌her‌ ‌either‌ ‌a‌ silk ‌dress‌ ‌or‌ ‌a‌ ‌pair‌ ‌of‌ ‌silk gloves‌.‌ [‌Now you know why Thurles retailers of female clothing remove “Sale on Here” signs from their shop windows, during the first fortnight in March. And, with the prices charged for a dress, sure maybe agreeing to marriage could end up cheaper than any refusal].

Of course there may be a‌ ‌more‌ ‌practical‌ ‌explanation ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌origins‌ ‌of‌ ‌female‌ Leap‌ ‌Day‌ ‌proposals.‌ Marriages‌ ‌were‌ ‌not allowed ‌to‌ ‌take‌ ‌place‌ ‌during‌ ‌the solemn religious observance of Lent,‌ ‌(Latter beginning Wednesday, 26th February – ending on Thursday, 9th April this year, 2020) and‌ ‌since‌ ‌the‌ ‌start‌ ‌of‌ ‌Lent‌ ‌comes‌ ‌around ‌on the‌ ‌end‌ ‌of‌ ‌February,‌ ‌it‌ ‌was‌ ‌one ‌way‌ ‌to‌ ‌guarantee‌ ‌that‌ ‌woman ‌would‌ ‌not‌ ‌be‌ ‌‘left‌ completely on the shelf‌’ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌further‌ ‌40‌ ‌days‌ ‌and‌ ‌nights.‌
[I am aware that Lent is a time for doing penance, and what greater act of self-abasement, mortification or devotion, I ask you, is than for a man to accept a proposal from a woman on Leap Day!]

You single men need to be careful out there tomorrow; don’t say you were not warned in advance. ‌
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Forming Political Landscape Following Yesterday’s General Election

While 100% of ballot boxes have now been tallied and keeping in mind that the above count is a rough tally and NOT the official count; hereunder appears to be the political layout for the lifetime of the next Dáil with regards to Co. Tipperary.


Michael Lowry 17%
Martin Brown 12%
Mattie McGrath 10%
Jackie Cahill 9%
Alan Kelly 9%



Seamus Healy 6%
Garret Ahearn 6%
Joe Hannigan 5%
Mary Newman Julian 5%
Imelda Goldsboro 4%
Rob O’Donnell 3%
Sandra Farrell 3%
Dolores Cahill 1%



As expected, once again Fine Gael candidates have been shunned, while the overall majority of votes cast, went to Non-Party candidates.

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Save Money & Save Energy Information Night

A public energy information evening will be held in Holycross Community Centre, Thurles, Co. Tipperary on Tuesday Feb. 18th 2020, at 8:00pm.

This event is being organised in association with Domhan Glas Environmental Group.

Householders attending will learn much more about how to save money on energy costs and home heating; more details of grants available for energy upgrades; finance options available through the Credit Union, and community owned renewable energy projects.

The event is being organised in association in association with Domhan Glas Environmental Group.

Speakers on the night will include representatives from Energy Communities Tipperary Cooperative; Drombane Upperchurch Energy Team; Thurles Credit Union and Community Power, Ireland’s first community owned electricity supplier.

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