The event organised by serving Thurles Garda Officer Annette Connolly and supported by Templemore Garda College; Officers and Management serving the Thurles Garda Division, saw officers give up one days leave to return to their workplace to inform, educate and provide a fun day for all the visiting students.
Education on ‘Drugs’; overall ‘Crime Prevention’; ‘Garda Training’; ‘Thurles Text Alert’; ‘Know Your Patch’; ‘AFIS’ (Fingerprinting), and ‘Evidezer’ (Breath Analysis); ‘Communications’ etc were the order of the day; together with information on the dangers of ‘Speed’; the use of ‘Speed Cameras’ (Garda Traffic Unit); ‘Powers of Arrest and Detention’; Equipment used by the Regional Garda Armed Response Unit and the Public Order Unit.
A huge attraction were Officers, with their horses, from the Garda Mounted Unit, together with Officers and their dogs from the Drugs Unit and Public Order Unit.
Irish TV and Radio Tipp FM were also in attendance, so expect to see and hear more on this most positive and informative of events in the weeks ahead.
Congrats to all who took part – Truly this was community education at its very best.
Following on from their extremely successful Public Open Day last September (2015), Thurles Garda Station will again host an ‘Open Day’ pacifically targeting Post Primary School students throughout the Thurles Garda District. This event will cover the areas Borrisleigh, Templemore, Thurles, Ballingarry, Littleton and Killenaule and will take place next Wednesday September 7th 2016 from 9.30am – 4.00pm. The event will target, in particular, attendances from 4th, 5th and 6th year classes.
“We are anxious to make information freely available to young people who may have an interest in policing, not just as a future career, but those also wishing to obtain a clearer understanding of the true role played by An Garda Síochána in local communities throughout the length and breadth of Ireland,” stated Garda Connolly.
Solely a Thurles Gardaí organised event; off-duty officers of all ranks will be making themselves available at Thurles Garda Station to provide information and answer the many queries from students regarding the day-to-day demands placed on Irish police in their role as guardians of the peace. They will also be joined, where possible, by persons operating other essential services and with whom our police force liaise, often on an hourly basis, e.g. the Ambulance Service & Fire Brigade etc.
Schools who have already confirmed their wish to be in attendance on the day will include:- St. Mary’s Templemore; Our Lady’s, Templemore; Templemore College; Scoil Naomh Cualan Borrisleigh; Presentation Secondary School, Ballingarry; St Kevin’s, Littleton; Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles; Presentation Secondary School, Thurles; Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed, Castlemeadows, Thurles and Thurles C.B.S.
During next Wednesday’s event expect to see members of the Garda Mounted Unit on the streets around Thurles, together with Tipp FM Radio and Irish TV, who will also be in attendance on the day.
As part of the event on Wednesday next, students will receive information on matters pertaining to Crime Prevention; Garda Training; the Garda Reserve; Thurles Text Alert; ‘Know Your Patch’; ‘AFIS’ (Fingerprinting), and ‘Evidezer’ (Breath Analysis), together with many other interesting facts pertaining to the everyday life of a serving Irish police officer.
In attendance also will be members of the Garda Dog Unit; Regional Armed Response Unit; Drugs Unit; Traffic Unit and Public Order Unit.
All in all this very positive event promises to be a most enjoyable and informative experience for the young people in our society.
A member of the ruthless Dublin gang, who viciously attacked the home of Mark and Emma Corcoran, at Burnchurch, Killenaule, South Tipperary; the former armed with a sawn-off shotgun, a handgun and a machete, has himself been assaulted in prison.
Mr Donal O’Hara, aged 24, had 19 previous convictions before being jailed for five years. The combined involved criminal gang in this case, who had more than 300 combined convictions, were imprisoned for a total of 72 years, back in October 2015.
In a recent prison attack, Mr O’Hara, is understood to have had the tendons in his arm severed, while being beaten with metal poles. Same violent attack is understood to have been carried out in retaliation for an attack on an unnamed female. From investigations carried out by the authorities; it is believed that the attack was instigated by some of Mr O’Hara’s former associates, who are believed to have initiated a “€5,000 hit” on Mr O’Hara.
Mr Donal O’Hara then aged 21, with an address at Glin Park, Coolock, Dublin 17; together with Mr Dean Byrne aged 21 of Cabra Park, Dublin 7, Mr Patrick Gately, aged 26 of Primrose Grove, Darndale, Dublin 17; Mr John Joyce aged 19, of The Donaghies, Donaghmede, Dublin; Mr Patrick Joyce aged 21, of Beaumont Hall, Beaumont Woods, Dublin 9; Mr Thomas Flynn aged 19, of Moatview Avenue, Coolock, Dublin 17 and Mr Michael McDonagh aged 22, of Tara Lawns, Belcamp Lane, Coolock, Dublin 17; sought cash and valuables when they burst into the Corcoran family’s home on November 21st 2013; threatening to kill their three young kids, aged eight, six and two.
A quick thinking Mrs Corcoran managed to dial 999, and leave her mobile phone switched on for some seven minutes, thus allowing Gardaí to eavesdrop on what was happening, as this crime progressed. During the incident Mr Corcoran was brutally assaulted and suffered a fractured eye socket and a broken nose.
Mr O’Hara has now been placed under protective custody while in prison.
Investigations, understood to be at an advanced stage, are taking place into allegations that a member of the Garda Síochána, who was previously shot in 2015 while on holidays in the US, assaulted two women last February. The allegations have been instigated against 34 year old Garda Mr Brian Hanrahan, latter who originally hails from Killenaule in Co. Tipperary.
Gardaí immediately began their investigations after two unnamed women alleged that they were struck by him during a night out in Co Tipperary. The women claim to have suffered facial injuries following an argument between them and Mr Hanrahan, when he was granted a lift to his home by them from the Nenagh area.
Garda Hanrahan, a married father-of-two, was shot in New Orleans last year and found by police at 5.40am on January 27th, 2015, lying critically injured in the driveway of a house. Mr Hanrahan later received surgery to remove a bullet and members of the public on both sides of the Atlantic helped to raise funds for his medical bills, following the shooting.
Later intensive police investigations led to the arrest of two males; named as Mr Melvin P. Galle (Jnr) aged 40 and his brother Mr Keith M. Galle aged 33, who were both charged with attempted second-degree murder and armed robbery, following this incident.
Garda Hanrahan is not understood to have been on duty at the time of the alleged assaults and has not, to-date, been suspended from duty; continuing to work at Newcastle West Garda Station in Co Limerick. However both women, alleging the assaults, have made statements and their accusations are being extensively investigated by Gardaí in the Tipperary Division.
Since members of the public are fully entitled to complain about the behaviour of any Garda member, the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has not received a referral under Section 102(1) from the Garda Síochána seeking an independent investigation of this matter to-date.
Judge Michael Ryan was interviewing a woman regarding her pending divorce. All papers had been lodged and the proceedings were being held, in camera, at Thurles Courthouse.
Mary O’Brien had married Johnny Everard here in Thurles in 2011, but just a mere two weeks after their marriage, he had chosen to separate and they were since living apart. Now, five years on, Johnny had decided to seek a legal divorce.
In his efforts to fully understand the reasons leading up to this request for a termination of the couple’s marriage, Judge Ryan asked Mary, “What are the grounds for your divorce?” “About four acres and a nice three bed-roomed thatched cottage, near to a stream, which runs close-by,” replied the soon to be discarded wife.
“No”, said the Judge, “I mean what are the foundations of this case?” “So far as I know, it is made of a mix of concrete, bricks and mortar,” she responded.
“OK”, he continued with a grin, “Can you inform me as to what your relations are like presently?” “Myself, I have an aunt and uncle still living and about 12 cousins unemployed, but resident locally here in Thurles. And then there is my estranged husband; he has only his parents still living out in Littleton, as far as I am aware”, she replied.
The judge grinned again and taking a deep breath, he asked, “Do you have a real grudge?” “No garage as such your Honour “, she replied, “However I do have a carport, but I don’t need one since I don’t have a car”, she added
“Please,” the busy judge tried again, “Is there any kind of infidelity in your marriage?” “Yes, my only son, which I brought up on my own; he has one of those Infidelity stereo music players”, she responded. “I, myself don’t particularly like his choice of loud, bawdy music – all that hip hop and rap racket – but sure I can’t seem to be able to do anything about it.”
Now displaying a little impatience in his voice, the judge asked, “Ma’am, does your husband ever beat you up?” “Most certainly”, she replied, “Before our living apart, he got up almost every morning before meself; to made the tae.”
The judge tried again, asking, “Would you say your husband was a nagger?” “Oh, hell no”, she replied, “Sure to my knowledge he was never involved in the disposal of dead or unwanted animals flesh in his life”.
Finally, in total frustration, the judge asked, “Lady, why in hell do you want a divorce?” “Oh good Lord, I don’t want a divorce”, Mary replied. “I’ve never wanted a divorce. It’s me husband that does; the idiot claims that he can’t fully communicate with me intelligently in even the simplest of conversations.”