Thurles Community Garda Officer Mr Chris Verling, reports:-
Beltaine or Beltane, the Anglicised name for the Gaelic Festival of Bealtaine (Irish for the month of May), takes place this month; marking the halfway period between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice.
To celebrate ‘Bealtaine’, while simultaneously helping elderly people to achieve their optimum physical, cognitive and mental health, as well as maximising their engagement in life; on Wednesday next, May 4th 2016 a “Tea Dance” will take place at an event run and organized by the local charity “Successful Ageing Thurles”.
This “Bealtaine Tea Dance” will take place at the Anner Hotel, Dublin Road, Thurles, from 2.00pm – 5.00pm and all elderly people in our community, wishing to attend, are being asked to please R.S.V.P. Thurles Library Tel: (0504) – 29720 or Mr Michael Wright Mobile Tel: (083) 3581304. (R.S.V.P required solely to ensure there is tea and a biscuit for everyone.)
Note: Admission to all elderly members within our community is totally free, including the music and light refreshments being provided during the course of this most enjoyable of annual Thurles events.
So all you young people out there, inform and check with your elderly parents, elderly friends, relatives not forgetting elderly neighbours. Help to assist them in sending their R.S.V.P.’s; latter indicating their intention to attend, shake that leg, meet, greet, laugh, chat or limply listen to the music, while sharing in this most pleasurable of ‘Bealtaine Festival’ afternoon events.
Remember Wednesday next, May 4th 2016.
It is with regret we report that Gardaí in Co. Tipperary are investigating a fatal road traffic collision, which took place earlier this afternoon on the Limerick Road near Roscrea, in Co Tipperary.
A female in her late 60’s is believed to be the driver of a car which collided with a van at about 3:00pm this afternoon, alas, causing her fatal injuries. Two other passengers, including her husband, understood to be similarly aged, and a man in his 50’s were all airlifted to University Hospital Limerick, suffering with serious injuries, with one victim understood to be in a critical condition.
The car passengers were cut from the wreckage by attending ambulance and emergency services from Nenagh, Birr, and Portloaise, before been airlifted to hospital from the scene, by a Shannon-based Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter and the Athlone-based Air Corps Emergency Aero-medical Service.
At least some of the car occupants involved are believed to hail from the Tallaght area of Co. Dublin. The driver of the van is also injured, but his injuries are understood to be not life threatening.
The N7 road now remains closed, in both directions, between Roscrea and Dunkerrin, and a Garda investigation involving a forensic examination of the crash site is currently under-way.
This recent collision now brings to 4; the number of people who have lost their lives on Tipperary roads since the start of 2016.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) will attend at The Dome in the grounds of Semple Stadium here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary early next week.
The mobile unit will be in place on Monday March 14th, 2016 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm, so where possible do please attend and help save a life by giving blood.
Keep in mind this mobile unit will also be visiting Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, on Wednesday March 30th and Thursday March 31st.
The IBTS supplies 71 hospitals in Ireland with blood and blood products 365 days a year, supplying over 70,000 patients in Irish hospitals each year.
For further details why not check their website www. giveblood.ie or contact them on Tel: (061) 306980.
An RTE Prime Time Investigates programme on the overcrowding crisis in Irish hospitals; which will air at 9.30pm tonight (Monday Feb. 22nd, 2016), will make for interesting viewing for those of us living in west Co. Tipperary.
The programme is expected to expose, what many observe as a “Top Heavy” management structures within the Health Service Executive (HSE), together with the need to immediately return to demands to upgrade Nenagh Hospital as a Model Three facility, incorporating on-site surgical units, which will operate once again on a 24/7 basis.
Those contributing to tonight’s programme will highlight the high patient fatality rates and the major overcrowding problems, being experienced presently in Limerick Regional Hospital. They will suggest, rightly or wrongly, that the present health-care chaos, being experienced, is simply down to poor management of our health services by a HSE that places greater value on maintaining a top-heavy management structure, rather than seeking the welfare of patients under their care.
The recent Study of the Impact of Reconfiguration on Emergency and urgent care Networks (SIREN) shows that patients survival rates for emergency cases in the Mid West Region are among the lowest in the country.
The ‘Siren Study‘ project involves University College Cork (UCC), Trinity College Dublin (TCD), the HSE, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and the Health Research Board; is funded by the Department of Health.
Compared to Dublin. which has six emergency departments per a population of 1.2 million people; if this same model were currently in place here in the Mid West, there would only be three such emergency Departments in the capital; clearly highlighting the uneven distribution of resources with regards to the Mid West region.
The findings of this Siren Study, which compares patient admission and outcome figures for 2000 to 2012, suggests that if every county had the same death rate for emergency conditions as in Dublin, up to one thousand lives could be saved each year. This obvious disparity between regions continues to remain significant, demonstrating for those at risk here in Co. Tipperary as tantamount to “Death by Our Geographic Location.”
The foolish downgrading of Nenagh General Hospital as part of a nonsensical effort to establish a ‘Centre of Excellence’ in Limerick was allowed to proceeded, despite the major public concerns then raised by the people of Tipperary. This new evidence strongly suggests that this unwanted so called ‘model of service’ has, as was then highlighted, simply not materialised. Same fact unfortunately is further supported by evidence of people dying on trolleys; the non-operation of MRI scans; X-Rays and CT scans at weekends, now forcing senior frontline staff to become ‘Whistle-Blowers’, on the now unacceptable practices and other issues pertaining to their very own places of work.
Tonight’s RTE Prime Time programme is expected to be an eye opener for all/any would-be patients, many badly partially isolated through geographic location here within our Premier County.
It is with regret we report that the male passenger of a motor vehicle lost his life overnight in a two-car collision here in Co. Tipperary.
The accident is understood to have occurred at Tullaskeagh, close to Roscrea at around 7.30pm yesterday.
The man, who was aged 37, suffered serious injuries when the vehicle in which he was travelling was in a collision with a second car.
The victim was rushed to University Hospital Limerick where he was pronounced dead. A post mortem is expected to take place.
The driver of the car, who is understood to be in his early 70’s, and three occupants of a second car, all male, were also taken to University Hospital Limerick. It is understood that the latter suffered no known serious injury.
The R445 West bound carriageway, (the old N7) was closed at the Knock Road junction, Tullaskeagh to assist inspection by the Garda Forensic Collision Investigation team and diversions were put in place.
Nenagh Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact Nenagh Garda Station on Tel: 067 50450; the Garda Confidential Line on Tel: 1800 666111 or indeed any Garda Station.
Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.