Seven teenagers travelling from Dublin to Thurles were hospitalised following a collision on the N7 at around 10.00pm (21st January 2014) last evening. All were among some 47 passengers on a bus which crashed in the vicinity of Kill, in Co Kildare.
The injured were treated at Naas General Hospital and we understand that none are seriously hurt and the seven detained have now been released.
We understand that the bus, travelling southbound lost control, between Junction 6 (Castlewarden) and Junction 7 (Kill), before colliding with a barrier. The rear of the bus was then struck possibly by a falling lamp post.
A major response was put in place by Gardai and the Emergency Services, while over a dozen Gardaí attended the scene. The HSE National Ambulance Service responded with a fleet of Ambulances from counties Kildare, Dublin, Meath and Offaly, including two Ambulance Incident Officers in addition to Fire Brigade units from Kildare and Dublin, all being mobilised to the accident location. The HSE National Ambulance Director Martin Dunne also attended.
Reports state that at one point, up to seven Emergency Ambulances were lined up outside the A&E Unit at Naas General Hospital delivering the casualties.
It is not known at this stage if any of the passengers on board were residents of Thurles.
A Thurles resident found guilty of assaulting his former wife, has been remanded in custody for three weeks after the court heard his victim does not want him sent to prison.
Mr Mihail Lurescu, aged 28, with an address at Mitchel Street, Thurles, Co Tipperary, who is now legally separated with one child, pleaded guilty in court to assaulting his wife at their former abode in Dublin on July 17th, 2013.
It is understood that Mr Lurescu began punching his wife in the head during a prolonged dispute. When the victim attempted to call Gardaí, he told her to clean the blood off her face and taking the phone from her; gave Gardaí the address of their then home. He is understood to have informed his victim that he was going to jail anyway and began to punch her again a number of times to the head, causing a fracture to her cheek bone and severe bruising to her face.
Garda Enda Muldoon told Judge Martin Nolan that after speaking to the victim, he did not believe that the jailing in this case of Mr Lurescu would help their present family situation; to which Judge Nolan stated that he would take into consideration that there was little chance of the defendant re-offending.
However, remanding Mr Lurescu in custody, Judge Martin Nolan stated he wanted Mr Lurescu to seriously consider his present situation and that this time spent in custody would be a warning with regard to embarking on similar behaviour of this kind into the future.
Judge Martin Nolan stated that he would finalise sentencing in three weeks.
Well known in Thurles circles, the very talented vocalist Jo Petit made his first successful appearance on the RTÉ-1 programme “The Voice of Ireland“ last Sunday night. Starting with the blind auditions Jo got safely through to join the team of judge Kian Egan, latter former member of boy band ‘Westlife’.
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Above video was undertaken here live in Thurles at HQ Nightclub, now known as The Watermill, Slievenamon Rd, Thurles, as part of an effort to promote music and tourism in Thurles and Co Tipperary by Hidden Tipperary.
The ‘Voice of Ireland’ judges this year in their spinning red chairs are; Rachel Stevens formally a member of ‘S Club 7′, Kian Egan former member of boy band ‘Westlife’, Bressie (Niall Breslin) latter Irish musician, former Westmeath Gaelic footballer / Leinster Rugby player and Thurles born Una Foden (Una Healy) a member of ‘The Saturdays’ all girl band since 2008.
Of African descent, the talented jazz, swing and pop performer Jo Petit came to live here in Ireland from Mauritius in 2006 and has been attracting audiences ever since with his voice, which ranges from Sam Cooke to Stevie Wonder.
“Judge Kian Egan you may not yet be fully aware of the real talent you has managed to acquire here, so do tutor him well, as all Thurles will be watching with more than just a certain pride.”
A serving member of the Tipperary Garda Traffic Corp, Ms Louise Lordan, aged 41, who was kicked and punched in the head while attempting to arrest known drug users, was awarded almost €156,000 in compensation yesterday.
Justice Mr Bernard Barton stated, during a Garda Compensation hearing in the High Court, that Garda Lordan was still suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and would need to be treated on an ongoing basis in relation to this and continuing dental repairs. In a reserved judgement Justice Barton informed barrister Mr Aidan Walsh SC that the court accepted that Garda Lordan, with an address at Clonmel in Co Tipperary, still remained extremely vulnerable and suffering from deep depression following the incident, which left her unable to return to outside duties.
Back in November of 2007, Garda Lordan, who was a serving member of the Traffic Corps Unit working from Cahir, Co Tipperary, had been patrolling in a car with her colleague and driver, Garda Mark Darmody, when they recognised the drug addict. They had followed the male driver and using sirens and flashing lights attempted to stop his vehicle. But he sped off in an attempt to avoid arrest, driving erratically, forcing other cars from their original route, before eventually colliding with a concrete barrier, causing a front tyre to blow out. The male driver then continued to drive with sparks flying from the vehicle’s wheel rim.
On eventually being forced to stop, a female jumped from the front passenger seat of the vehicle, which led to Garda Lordan giving chase and apprehending the woman; latter who was found to be intoxicated and high on drugs. Her prisoner had became abusive and had struck her heavily on the left hand side of her face with a large over weighted handbag, spitting on her as she made the arrest.
Garda Lordan had then returned to her colleague, who was attempting to arrest the driver of the car. During his arrest the man had punched her several times into the face and had threatened to shoot both her and Garda Darmody.
Because of her injuries Garda Lordan was taken to South Tipperary General Hospital with extensive injuries to her back, shoulder and neck areas. Her face was extremely swollen and she was also found to have three broken teeth, as a result of this incident.
Congratulations to Chief Superintendent Catherine Kehoe and her Garda team on the success of their initiative in organising the Tipperary Division Community Policing Seminar, which took place in St Patrick’s College, Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co Tipperary, on Thursday evening last, with a truly massive crowd visiting the event in search of advice; from all over the Premier County.
County Tipperary, like so many Irish counties in recent years, has suffered badly with large increases in the number of residential homes and farm premises being burglarized, particularly in our large towns and but also in our less populated smaller rural communities. For the most part these robberies are the work of criminal gangs taking advantage of Ireland’s fast network of roadways, which allow small time criminal gangs to target these rural and urban areas, returning to in many cases our major cities, often before their criminal activities have even been discovered.
Pictured Shows L – R: Chief Superintendent Catherine Kehoe, Garda Annette Connolly and Garda Chris Verling who are all leading with the implementation of new policing initiatives for Thurles Town.
New Thurles Community Text Alert Scheme
Here in Thurles as a follow up part of this aforementioned Tipperary Division Community Policing Seminar; a meeting will take place this week to launch a new Thurles Community Text Alert Scheme. Same will take place this Wednesday night (January 21st 2015) at 7.30pm in the Anner Hotel, Thurles, Co Tipperary.
Thurles Gardaí are leading this particular community initiative headed up by Chief Superintendent Catherine Kehoe and is being co-ordinated by Garda Annette Connolly, latter who has considerable previous experience in organising Community Text Alert Scheme in other Garda districts.
Speaking with Garda A. Connolly today, latter was at great pains to point out the importance of the Community Text Alert Scheme and extended an open invitation to all the people of Thurles to attend at next Wednesday night’s meeting. “Anywhere that Text Alert Schemes are in operation in Ireland, statistics prove that it works hugely in reducing the levels of crime in all these areas, the fast recovery of stolen goods and the early arrest of those criminals involved,” stated Garda Connolly. “Over 100 people from all over Thurles have already signed up for this Text Alert Scheme, since same was first muted by Thurles Gardaí back in Oct/Nov,” continued Garda Connolly.
The initial cost of signing up to this Community Text Alert Scheme proposed for Thurles, is a meagre €10 Euro per household, per annum for the first year. This sum is used to erect proper signposting in each community area and to cover costs of insurance for those who choose to be involved in assisting the setting up of the scheme and obviously the cost of sending you Text Messages warning you of criminal and other problems which may manifest themselves in your particular “neck of the woods”. As a general rule this initial €10 Euro fee is greatly reduced at the beginning of year two, once the cost of initial signage and other necessities have been adequately put in place.
I understand people who wish to register to be part of a Community Text Alert Scheme can sign up on Wednesday night next at the Anner event or can contact Thurles Garda Station on Telephone 0504-25100 for further information about this new welcome initiative.
Thurles Community Neighbourhood Watch
Meanwhile, also as a follow up part of this aforementioned Tipperary Division Community Policing Seminar, Garda Chris Verling has been busy with the setting up of Community Neighbourhood Watch groups, particularly focusing on recently built estates in Thurles, many of which are now fully participating in such schemes, despite a reluctance to previously participate.
Congratulations and every success to all Thurles Garda personnel involved in leading these very welcome initiatives and to the people of Thurles please do turn out in large numbers to demonstrate your full support.