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“Go Fund Me” For Darragh

“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” Hebrews Chapter 13 – Verse 16.

Orla & Darragh

Darragh Stakelum grew up the healthy and energetic son of loving parents Jim and Breda.

A loving partner to his long term girlfriend Orla; Darragh enjoyed life after finishing his education in Thurles CBS and WIT Waterford; starting work first in Stakelums Hardware and later at Aldi Supermarket, Thurles.

A keen sports enthusiast from a young age, winning many county finals with his clubs Durlas OG and Thurles Sarsfields. A grandnephew of Pat Stakelum (1949 Tipperary Captain) and first cousin to Declan Hannon (Captain of Limerick 2018 all Ireland winning team), Darragh also displayed great talent playing golf.

In December of 2015 his vision became blurred and following many tests he was diagnosed with Optic Nerve Atrophy. There was no cure and Darragh unfortunately went blind within a few months. Darragh’s life, at just 26 years old, would now begin a total different journey.

Pushing his darkness aside and accepting future challenges, Darragh got involved with the National Council for the Blind Ireland [NCBI]; playing blind soccer and golf. With sport he found refuge and progressed to representing the Republic of Ireland in blind soccer.

In 2017 following intense training and with the assistance of his caddy Gerry McCormack, he became the first Tipperary person to win the Irish open blind golf tournament. He accomplished his dream to represent Ireland in the world blind golf championship in Rome and was due to travel to Rome in November 2018.

On the 5th August 2018 Darragh was hit with yet another of life`s crushing blows. Following problems with his cognitive functions, his life was shattered once again when it was confirmed that he now had a malignant brain tumour. Darragh is now left with no alternative but to battle cancer. He underwent surgery followed by radium treatment in CUH and continued hard to overcome each of what seems endless obstacle placed in his path.

Hospitalised since Christmas eve 2018 and with a host of complications Darragh is currently not a suitable candidate for further treatment. He is currently been assessed for suitable rehabilitation and will require full-time care and support.

You our readers can help support Darragh at this time to keep fighting on his journey and together we can get the professional care he requires Whatever you can donate will be truly appreciated and his family thank you most sincerely from the bottom of their hearts.

A campaign has now begun to help assist Darragh on his future journey and you can help by clicking HERE.

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Gardaí Investigate How Thurles Infant Sustained Injuries

Gardaí here in Co. Tipperary are investigating the circumstances by which an infant sustained serious head injuries at a property close to Horse and Jockey, Thurles, on Thursday last.

The male infant was transferred to a Dublin hospital after being treated for his injuries, which are understood to have left him in a serious, yet stable condition.

Garda Investigation


While Tusla (The Child and Family Agency) have been notified, specialist officers are now investigating precisely how this child suffered his injuries at this property and are keeping an open mind with regards to their investigations. Same will be determined mainly by the findings by medical experts, now involved in his recovery treatment.

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Funding Sanctioned For Sth. Tipp. General Hospital

“Funding Sanctioned For Additional Staffing of 40 Bed Unit – Fantastic News For South Tipperary General Hospital.” – Deputy M. Lowry.

Announcing the news this morning, Independent TD Deputy Michael Lowry stated, “I am delighted to announce that Minister Simon Harris and the HSE have confirmed to me that approval has been granted for the funds required to staff the new 40 Bed Unit at South Tipperary General Hospital, same which will open towards the end of 2019. It is estimated to cost an additional €7.5 million per year to run the new facility

A national/international recruitment campaign will commence immediately. The Director of Nursing is looking forward to the challenge and is confident that sufficient nurses will be attracted to join the hospital group.

I made the decision to support and facilitate the formation of a government in the national interest after the last general election. I immediately made it my priority to address the bed capacity problems at South Tipperary General Hospital. For years the problems at the hospital were ignored and neglected. I secured a commitment for a 40 Bed Modular Unit to address the overcrowding at the hospital and to ease the burden of pressure on the nurses and staff at the hospital. Despite the negativity and constant effort by others to undermine the project it has now progressed to delivery and will become a reality towards the end of 2019.

I wish to commend the management of the hospital for their unrelenting commitment and their support for my endeavours. This is fantastic news for everybody involved with the hospital and for the people of Tipperary who rely on the hospital for delivery of health care. I would like to thank Minister Harris for his personal interest and his support for this novel initiative.

University Hospital Limerick

Questioned regarding the status of the proposed Modular Ward Block for University Hospital Limerick, which services North Tipperary, Mr Lowry stated, “Minister Simon Harris has also confirmed to me that the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive, are currently engaged in a process to finalise the HSE Capital Plan for 2019. The Minister has committed that the new UHL 60 Bed modular ward block will be included and funded in the 2019 Capital Plan.

This major development will assist in alleviating the bed capacity problems at this hospital. I am very pleased with the Governments commitment to this project as many people from North Tipperary have endured distressing delays in accessing the hospital’s facilities.Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

Dr. Michael Harty To Support ‘No Confidence’ Motion In Simon Harris

The Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Health, Dr. Michael Harty; latter an Independent TD for the County of Clare, has stated he will support a vote of ‘No Confidence’ in respect of Fine Gael Wicklow politician and Minister for Health, Mr Simon Harris.

Infirmary bedstead designed by architect George Wilkinson in 1847, for the Thurles Workhouse.

The ‘No Confidence’, motion in Mr Harris has been proposed by Sinn Fein, following a number of failures in the department, under the governance of Mr Harris, which came fully to a head in recent weeks; most notably the Cervical Cancer scandal and the apparent significant cost overruns cover-up with regards to the construction of the National Children’s Hospital; latter funding for which has now caused delays in promised funding for Limerick University Hospital; same the most overcrowded medical facility in Ireland, servicing North Tipperary.

An angry and disappointed Dr. Harty, summed up his overall feelings describing the decision as; “Shocking news”; “An abysmal failure by government”A dysfunctional health system spiralling out of control; further stated; “It is an indictment of both the Government, the Minister for Health and in particular Fine Gael TD’s in Clare and Limerick, who have failed to ensure that University Hospital Limerick is a properly functioning 21st century health care facility.” 

New would-be Tipperary Fine Gael hopefuls, who sit with their tongues hanging out, in the hope of collecting large salaries and pensions into the future; e.g. Mrs Mary Newman Julian (MaryforTipperary who has set up a promotional stall in Liberty Square, Thurles) and Mr Garret Ahern, would do well to take note.

Dr Harty had previously indicated that he would abstain on the vote of ‘No Confidence’ in Minister Harris, to ensure the government did not fall in the run up to ‘Brexit’. However, the TD now says he has “lost trust in this Minister and this government”.

Interest Note: The now demolished old Thurles Workhouse was erected in 1841-2 on a 6.5-acre site, on the east side of New Street (now Racecourse Road). [For younger readers, same in later years became known as the Hospital of the Assumption].

Erected by architect Mr George Wilkinson, at the request of the then Poor Law Commission, the completed building, designed to accommodate 700 inmates, was based on one of his standard declared building plans for such building, and deemed fit for the reception of all local paupers on 25th April 1842.

Mr Wilkinson’s design for beds in the Thurles Workhouse infirmary and fever hospital in 1847, declared that they should be a minimum of 18 inches (45.72 centimetres), distant between each bed, (Remember the year was 1847).

In 2019, 172 years later, the distance between trolleys on corridors at Limerick University Hospital, are often less than 4 inches (10.16 centimetres) apart, as busy medical staff attempt to treat all attending patients, to the very best of their ability, leaving very little space for themselves to distribute their great and necessary skills.

Apart from our present government doing their very utmost to eradicate people living in rural Ireland, it is also obvious that when it comes to health, the people of North Tipperary are destined to remain in the dark and distant past.

Historians of the future will most surely ponder as to why a supposedly well educated people, residents of North Tipperary, failed to rebel, thus allowing this present calamitous and catastrophic health scenario to transpire.Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

Thurles Blood Donation Clinics Next Week

Help Save A Life – Become A Blood Donor – Give Blood

Please Give Blood at Thurles ‘Blood Donation Clinics’ next week, requests Ms Geraldine O’Rourke (IBTS):

Where At: The Dome Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

What Days: Monday next (February 18th 2019), Tuesday (February 19th, 2019), Wednesday (February 20th 2019) & Thurday (21st February, 2019). Note: Four days in total.

At What Times: On Monday next – 2:00pm – 5:00 pm;  while on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurday next – 5:30pm – 8:30pm each day.

For Further Details: Do check the IBTS website HERE or contact them on Tel: 01 4322800.

* You can visit any clinic within 90 days after your last donation.

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