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Death Of Michael Maher, Racecourse Road, Thurles

As already reported, it is with a great sadness we learned of the death today, Wednesday 8th March 2017, of Mr Michael Maher, Roselawn, Bawntameena, Racecourse Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Mr Maher passed away peacefully while in the loving care of the Matron and Staff of Ardeen Nursing Home, Abbey Road, Thurles.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his loving wife Margaret; son Kevin; daughters Edel, Claire and Emer; brother Francis; sister Nancy (Hickey); sons-in-law; daughter-in-law; ten grandchildren; brothers-in-law; sister-in-law; nephews; nieces; extended relatives, members of the wider G.A.A fraternity; neighbours and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Maher will repose in Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles on Friday, 10th March, from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, to arrive at the Church of St Joseph and St Brigid, Bothar na Naomh, Thurles at 7.30pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Saturday, 11th March, at 10.00am. Interment will take place immediately afterwards in Holycross Cemetery, Holycross, Thurles Co. Tipperary,

Note: Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to Alzheimer Society of Ireland.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Death Announced Of All Ireland Tipperary Hurler Michael Maher

Former Tipperary hurler Mr Michael Maher (born 1930) has passed away at the age of 87, after a long illness. He had been living in a nursing home for some time prior to his death.

Born in Holycross, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, Mr Maher, was, at club level, a three-time Championship Medallist with Holycross-Ballycahill club. He was introduced to the inter-county scene at the age of seventeen, linking up with the Tipperary minor team and later joining the junior side. He made his first senior début in the 1951-52 National League.

Mr Maher would go on to play a key role with Co. Tipperary as part of the so-called “Hell’s Kitchen”, a storied fullback line, containing the legendary John Doyle and celebrated Kieran Carey, winning five All-Ireland medals, six Munster medals and eight National Hurling League medals and was even an All-Ireland runner-up on one occasion.

[Of Course the “Hell’s Kitchen” referred to the players and their often tempestuous nature of exchanges, which greeted any dropping ball, arriving from mid-field in front of the goal area.]

Throughout his career Mr Maher made 30 championship appearances with his retirement announced following the conclusion of the 1966 championship.

Mr Maher won his All-Ireland titles in 1958, 1961, 1962, 1964 and 1965. After retiring as a player, he became the Tipperary County Board chairman and later a selector with the senior team.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Death Of Brenda Fogarty, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It is with great sadness we learned of the death on Monday 27th February 2017, of Mrs Brenda Fogarty (née Emerson), Thurles, Co. Tipperary and Drumcondra, Co. Dublin.

Beloved wife of the recently deceased professional footballer Ambrose Fogarty (Amby); Mrs Fogarty passed away unexpectedly at her home.

The passing of Mrs Fogarty is most deeply regretted by her loving sons Sean and Donal; daughters Maura & Colette, sons-in-law; daughters-in-law; grandchildren; brother; sister; extended relatives and friends.

A Cremation Service will take place at Glasnevin Crematorium on Saturday next, 4th March, at 12.00 noon.


Olympic Boxer Charged With New Criminal Offences

Mountrath, Co.Laois Olympic boxer Mr Michael O’Reilly, aged 23, who left the Olympic Games in Rio after news emerged of a failed drugs test, has been charged with three new criminal damage offences as a result of an alleged incident in Ballybeg, Littleton, Co. Tipperary, on April 18th of last year.

Mr Michael O’Reilly was due to compete with the Olympic middleweight boxing division in Rio during August of last year. The boxer had already been before Thurles District Court charged with being intoxicated in a public place and engaging in abusive, insulting or threatening behaviour.

Garda Sergeant Declan O’Carroll informed Judge Elizabeth MacGrath at Thurles district court this week that Mr O’Reilly had made no reply to any of the charges laid against him.  The court heard that a charge relating to an alleged breach of the Public Order Act in failing to comply with the directions of a member of an Garda Síochána, was being withdrawn by the State.

Sergeant O’Carroll asked for an adjournment of the case until March 7th next, when two other co-accused would also be brought before the court in the coming weeks; while requesting the only new bail condition the Gardaí required in relation to Mr O’Reilly was that he stayed away from the Littleton area. Acting solicitor for Mr O’Reilly, Mr J.J. Fitzgerald, stated that there would be no objection to this new condition, since Mr O’Reilly had no known business in the area.

Judge Elizabeth MacGrath then agreed to remand the accused on continuing bail until March 7th next, on his own surety of €500, with the additional condition requested by an Garda Síochána also granted, that he stayed away from Littleton in Co. Tipperary.


Cummins Family, Tipperary, Ireland’s Fittest Family


Sons Mark & Henry, Father Jim and daughter Ciara Cummins are named ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family 2016.’

Meet the ‘Cummins family’  from Rahealty, Thurles, Co.Tipperary, who have been crowned ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family 2016’; following last night’s performance of various tests of endurance featured on RTE1, latter aimed at identifying Ireland’s toughest and strongest family foursome.

The family led by their dad Jim, sons Mark (rugby player and lifeguard), Henry (involved in equestrian pursuits), and their daughter Ciara (an All Ireland winning athlete), won the final, beating strong contenders the ‘Ryan family’ from Co. Donegal, and the ‘McCarthy family’ from Co. Clare, in a close knit series of robust fitness challenges.

Recorded over some 8 weeks during last summer, the Cummins family sprinted, climbed, hung, crawled and dragged their way through a myriad of obstacle courses to take home the first prize of €15,000 and the title ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family 2016’.

Congratulations to all involved.