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Death Has Occurred Of Mr Pierce Molony

With Sincere Sympathy

With Sincere Sympathy

It is with great sadness we report the death today (Wednesday 28th January 2015), of Mr Pierce Molony, Racecourse Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Surrounded by his family, Mr Molony died peacefully following a long illness while in the loving care of his friends in Private 2, St James’s Hospital, Dublin 8.

His passing today is deeply regretted by his loving wife and best friend Riona, his daughters Patricia, Helen, Ann-Marie and Kate, his adored grandchildren Killian, Laragh, Isabelle, Emma-Mai, Pierce and Jack, his sons-in-law Jack, Michael, John and Robbie, his brothers, sisters, brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and a huge circle of close friends.

Mr Molony’s body will repose at his residence on Friday next from 3.00pm until 8.00pm.

Removal to the Cathedral of The Assumption, [Map Ref.] Cathedral Street, Thurles will take place at noon on Saturday, arriving at 12.15pm for Requiem Mass at 1.00pm.  Following Mass, burial will take place in St Patricks Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Please Note: House private on Saturday morning. Family flowers only, but donations if desired to Friends of St. James’s Hospital, Dublin.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

Athlete Dave O’Brien Visits Thurles Tomorrow Night

Dave O BrienTomorrow evening (Monday 19th January 2015) athletic lovers, walkers and our readers can avail of the opportunity to meet up with the now famous athlete Dave O’Brien.

Dave an inspirational speaker and motivator will be giving a lecture at the Anner Hotel, Dublin Road, Thurles, at 8.00pm and admission is totally free. However do please note in the interest of seating capacity, if you are attending, do please call or text in advance to Mobile No 087-6595258, to book a seat for yourself and a friend.

Dave O’Brien travels the world sharing his knowledge on how he became the only Irish person and only the 3rd person in the world (the other 2 where full time professional athletes) and the oldest person at 56 years, to complete the 4 Deserts challenge, a truly remarkable feat.

Each desert saw him complete a 250km race over 5 days, while self supported carrying all his food and sleeping under canvas at night. Dave completed this challenge in just 38 weeks and he will now share his story; a story, I might add, that will appeal to all age groups, about this adventure and much, much more on the evening.

Dave O’Brien visits Thurles at the invitation of Padraig O’Dwyer (

Injured Kayaker Rescued From Clare Glens On Tipperary Border

A 26 year old man, who was injured while kayaking yesterday with a group of friends in the Clare Glens area near Newport in Tipperary, has been treated in Limerick University Hospital for non-life threatening injuries, following a rescue operation which lasted some three and a half hours.

The rescue efforts were supported by the South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association (S.E.M.R.A), the Coast Guard Helicopter service from Waterford, together with the Newport Fire Service, the Killaloe Coast Guard, HSE Ambulance Staff and members of the Gardaí.

It is understood that the man ran into difficulties in a very inaccessible area, while attempting to traverse the river Clare. Latter river flows through a naturally occurring dense wooded area which is situated on both sides by a red sandstone gorge, known to visitors as the Clare Glens and which in turn displays numerous natural waterfalls, rock pools and rapids.

This extremely picturesque location has become a very popular visitor attraction for walkers, due to its sheer natural beauty and its offer of some wonderful photographic opportunities.

Mr Jimmy Barry, Deputy PRO for the Clonmel based S.E.M.R.A. stated that rescuers needed all the resources they could access to get the man and his friends to safety. Having assessing the overall situation it had been decided to lower a stretcher and mountain rescue volunteers to the casualty site.

This operation was the first call out for the S.E.M.R.A team in 2015, the last being on St Stephen’s Day 2014.

Thurles Great-Grandmother/Great-Grandson Team Climb Mount Brandon

o'meara M/s Chrissie O’Meara, Thurles, Co Tipperary together with her great-grandson, Master Josh Hackett, Upperchurch, Thurles, Co Tipperary have become the first known great-grandmother/great-grandson team to climb Mount Brandon (Irish: Cnoc Bréanainn, meaning “Brendan’s hill”), latter a 952 m (3123 ft) high mountain on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry.

Photograph on left shows Chrissie O’Meara, Thurles with her great-grandson, Josh Hackett, Upperchurch, Thurles taken when accompanied to the summit by Ray Creaney and John G. O’Dwyer of Mid-Tipp Hill Walkers. (Click on image left for greater image magnification.)

In achieving this goal; they also raised €2,700 for the cancer charity “Suir Haven,” here in Thurles.

Latter are now preparing to climb Carrauntoohil together, in a bid to raise financial aid for visually impaired individuals and other charities, as part of the 19th Annual Kerry Challenge in Killarney, beginning March 27th to March 29th 2015.

This latter event, which is open to all comers, is based in the wonderfully scenic Castlerosse Hotel. On offer for this weekend is a choice of fully guided walks including: an ascent of Carrauntoohil for those climbing the mountain for the first time, a circuit of the Gap of Dungloe, an extremely scenic section of the Kerry Way and an easy nature walk in Killarney National Park, with environmental and heritage expert, Mr Jimmy Duggan.

The cost of attending this weekend event is €169.00 per person sharing and includes accommodation and breakfast on Friday and Saturday with gala dinner and entertainment on Saturday evening. The number of places available is limited, but an immediate deposit of €60 will secure your place. You may then raise your subscription through sponsorship, or by personal donation.

Further information is available from Mr Michael Sutton, 17 Willowmere Drive, Thurles, Co Tipperary, Tel: 086 4009989 or by Email:

Details of the full programme of walks is now available & can be found at

Thurles CBS Attain Harty Cup Victory

cbsIn Group 1 of the Harty Cup, Thurles CBS gleaned a strong victory with their impressive nine point win over holders Ardscoil Rís at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh on Tuesday last.

Thurles CBS acquired scores through a total of eight players, including all six of their starting forwards leaving three points separating both sides at the halfway mark.  Thurles led 2-3 (9 Pts) to 0-6 (6 Pts) at half-time and a sustained surge after the restart gained them a further 1-1 (4 Pts) which effectively sealed their final victory.

Scorers for Thurles CBS were: R. Long 1-3 (6 Pts), J. Butler 1-1 (4 Pts), M. Stakelum 1-0 (3 Pts), R. Teehan 0-3 (3 Pts), M. O’Connor 0-2 (2 Pts), N Heffernan, K Duggan & P Kennedy 0-1 (1 Pt) each.

Final Score: Thurles CBS (Tipperary) 3-12 (21 Pts) – Ardscoil Rís (Limerick) 0-12 (12 Pts).

Thurles CBS Team: W. Tierney, D. Quirke, E. Heffernan, J. Derby, C. McCullagh, J. Skehan, R. Heffernan, B. McCarthy, C. Moloney, R. Teehan, K. Duggan, N. Heffernan, J. Butler, M. Stakelum and R. Long.

Subs: M. O’Connor for M. Stakelum, P. Kennedy for C. Moloney,  B. Kelly for K. Duggan, R. Purcell for R.Long and C. Cummins for J. Derby.

Referee: Mr Tommy Ryan.

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