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Death Of Josephine Ryan, Thurles Co. Tipperary

It was with sadness that we learned of the death, on Friday 1st February 2019, of Ms Josephine Ryan, ‘St Martin`s’, Bellevue, Lognafulla, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Baronstown, Loughmore, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her father Thomas and mother Bridget, Ms Ryan passed away suddenly.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her sister Mary (Seattle, U.S.A.); brother Tom (Cashel); nieces Geraldine, Jean and Sharon; nephews Declan and Raymond; brother-in-law Larry; grand-nieces; grand-nephew; cousins; extended relatives; former nursing colleagues (Limerick Regional Hospital ); neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Ms Ryan will lie in repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, (E41 CP59) on Wednesday evening February 6th, from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, to arrive at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Cathedral Street, Thurles at 7.30pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Thursday morning, February 7th, at 11.00am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

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Police Raid On Farmland In Upperchurch Area

“Good God your haemorrhoids would turn to polaroid’s, if you had to stand outside in that bitter cold, for any great length of time tonight.  So, tell me, any news, gossip or scandal that I should be made aware of”, said I to Mikey Ryan, as he tried to attract the attention of Pat Hayes, above in the Arch Bar, Liberty Square, last night.

Attempting to hold two conversations at the same time, Mikey replied “Not much; give us two of your best pints Pakie like a good man, before we die of the thirst”“No not much now, however I did hear on the grapevine that the Peelers were above in Upperchurch, Wednesday last, not sure what exactly they were about”, said Mikey now turning towards me.

“Probably Poitín makers, sure they are world famous for manufacturing that ‘pure, clear, elixir of life’ in that hilly area”, said I, “I wonder were they buying or raiding, did you hear”.

“Don’t know, all I heard was that two members of An Garda Síochána, stopped off at a farm to interview some old local farmer, who was greasing the nipples on the front loader of his tractor. They told the farmer that they believed that illegal activity was being carried out on his farm and they needed to inspect his property,” said Mikey, before swallowing half of his pint glass in a single gulp.

“On the other hand, he could have been operating one of those illegal ‘Grow Houses’, used to propagate cannabis herb”, said I.

“Don’t know that”, said  Mikey, “what I do know is the farmer said okay officers, but please don’t go in that field over there clearly pointing out the exact location”.

“Then the Sergeant, I understand, just verbally exploded”, said Mikey, “aggressively stating he had a search warrant, which gave him the complete authority to go wherever he wished on this property, with no questions asked. “Do you understand”, he bellowed, waving his identity card and search warrant under the farmers nose. According to locals, the farmer just nodded politely, apologised, before shaking his bald head and continuing to work with his grease gun” Mikey continued.

“Typical Gardaí” said I, “so what happened next”.

“Well”, said Mikey, “the Gardaí moved off, but a short time later, the old farmer heard loud screams. On raising his eyes, he spotted the two cops running for their life, being chased by his massive Hereford bull, which boasts having the longest horns in Munster. From the farmers vantage point, with every step, that bull was rapidly gaining ground on the Gardaí, and it seemed likely that they could get badly gored, before the men could reach the safety of a nearby high wooden fence”.

“The old farmer threw down his grease gun”, said Mikey, “and ran to the fence while yelling at the top of his lungs, your search warrant, your search warrant, show him your feckin search warrant!!

“You better give us the same again Pat, when you’re ready”, said I.


HSE Serve Closure Order On Tipperary Food Outlet

On Thursday last, 26/07/2018, a closure order was served by the Health Service Executive (HSE) on Riaz Uddin, proprietor of Ricky’s Fastfood and Indian Takeaway, situated at No.1 Abbey Street, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, latter a Fast Food, Pizzazz, Kebabs and Indian Takeaway provider. Same order was served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations 2010 (S.I. No. 117 of 2010).

No details for the Closure Order have been published to date by the Food Safety Authority (FSA) and no date has been confirmed as to when same Order might be eventually lifted.

Closure Orders are issued if in the opinion of an authorised officer, there is likely to be a grave and immediate danger to public health as a result of services provided by the food premises. Closures Orders can refer to the immediate closure of all or part of any food premises, or all or some of its recognised activities. Such Orders may be lifted when the premises have fully improved to the total satisfaction of the Order serving authorised officer.

Failure to comply with a previously issued Improvement Order can also result in the issuing of a Closure Order.

Closure orders remain on the FSA’s website for a period of up to three months from the date the order was first confirmed lifted.

To date in 2018 instructions for 53 Closure Orders have been issued by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland nationally, with 8 Closure Orders nationally issued in June 2018 and 11 Closure Orders nationally in May 2018, latter which included the Rock Kebab and Pizza (Restaurant), situated at No. 101 Main Street, Cashel, Co. Tipperary.


Death Of John Ryan, Fianna Road, Thurles

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death, on Monday 28th May 2018, of Mr Sean (John) Ryan (Bricker), Fianna Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by his brother P.J.; Mr Ryan passed away suddenly, most deeply regretted by his loving family; brothers Thomas (Australia) and Joe (New York); nieces; nephews; cousins; extended relatives; good neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Ryan will lie in repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles on Thursday 31st May from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, to arrive at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles, at 7.30pm.

Requiem Mass on Friday 1st June at 11.00am, followed by Private Cremation.

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What Is The State Of Bathing Water Here In Ireland

The bathing season in Ireland, is designated as being from 1st June to 15th September each year. From 2014 onwards bathing water compliance requires assessments to be undertaken using a statistical methodology using data covering a four year period as opposed to previous annual assessments based on percentage compliance.
Bathing areas are currently classified in one of four categories namely ‘Excellent’, ‘Good’, ‘Sufficient’ or ‘Poor’. The mandatory requirement is for ‘Sufficient’ quality. Any waters graded as ‘Poor’ require that management measures be put in place to identify and eliminate the sources of pollution.

The 142 identified bathing waters are either coastal or inland waters, widely used by the public for bathing and are monitored, managed and assessed under the requirements of the 2008 Bathing Water Quality Regulations.

  • Nearly three quarters of Ireland’s bathing waters are of ‘Excellent’ quality, however seven of our beaches failed to make the grade.
  • Some 93% of identified bathing waters (or 132 of 142), have met minimum EU standards.
  • Almost three quarters of bathing waters (or 102 of 142), were classified as ‘Excellent’, while a further 18 were classified as ‘Good’.
  • Seven coastal bathing waters failed to meet the minimum mandatory standard and were classified as ‘Poor’. Five of these are in the Co. Dublin area (Sandymount and Merrion Strands, Loughshinny, Portrane and Rush South). The other two were in Co. Galway at Ballyloughane and Clifden.
  • Trá na BhForbacha improved and moved from ‘Poor’ to ‘Sufficient’ quality in 2017.
  • Three other beaches also showed improved performance in 2017.

16th May 2018: An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report, [Bathing Water Quality in Ireland 2017], has found that the overall quality of Ireland’s bathing waters remains good with 132 of 142 identified waters meeting strict EU standards. These standards provide a high level of protection for bathers. Nearly three quarters of bathing waters were classed as ‘excellent’ with 102 beaches and bathing waters meeting the standard – the same number as in 2016. However, seven coastal bathing waters failed to meet the minimum standard and are classified as poor.

Mr Andy Fanning, (Programme Manager of the EPA’s Office of Evidence and Assessment) stated:-

“Our assessment shows that urban beaches are under greater pressure that those in more rural locations. More needs to be done to eliminate the sources of bacterial contamination that are particular to urban locations. The main issues are misconnections to surface water drains and other run off from urban environments, together with sewage discharges. Work is needed by local authorities, Irish Water, businesses and homeowners to ensure that contaminated waste water is correctly collected and treated before being released into the environment.”

The 2017 reports findings are as stated above, however 12 bathing areas (7.1%) were classified as being of ‘Sufficient’ water quality, but remain at risk of episodic pollution events.

Seven bathing waters (4.9%) failed to meet the minimum required standard and were classified as being of ‘Poor’ quality. Sandymount Strand joined the list in 2017 after being classified as sufficient in 2015 and 2016. The EPA report shows that these waters are all vulnerable to pollution events. The relevant local authorities, in conjunction with Irish Water, have plans in place to tackle the main pollution risks at these beaches with a view to improving them to at least ‘Sufficient’ quality.

There are 3 new beaches designated for protection under the Bathing Water Regulations. Dooey and Magheroarty (Co. Donegal) with Seafield Quilty (Co. Clare), are to be formally classified in 2018.

Mr Peter Webster, (EPA Senior Scientific Officer) stated,

“Ireland has many beautiful beaches and some inland bathing waters with excellent water quality. The report covers the 142 EU identified bathing waters. It also provides details of over 80 other waters where bathing occurs and which are monitored by local authorities. While these 80 waters are not covered by the Regulations they are monitored by the local authorities because bathing or recreational activities are known to take place there and it is important to let the public know about their water quality. We would like to see many of them in the national monitoring programme in the future.”

Concluding; Mr Peter Webster explained how the public can access current information about bathing water quality:

“During the summer, current water quality information and details of any incidents affecting bathing waters will be displayed on the website www.beaches.ie. If you are heading to the beach with your family or friends, it is advisable to check beaches.ie or the Twitter notification service, @EPABeaches, before heading out. When you get to the beach you should always check the local notice board for information on current water quality.”

The summary report ‘Bathing Waters in Ireland 2017’ and map of the quality of Ireland’s Bathing water sites are available on the EPA website.