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February 2016
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“Those That History Forgot” – Borrisoleigh Historical Society

BorrisoleighThe next welcome guest speaker at the Borrisoleigh Historical Society’s monthly series of lectures will be Borrisoleigh native, Mr Gerry Kearney.

Gerry will lecture those in attendance on some of the personalities of our past history, who for various reasons are now conveniently erased. History is generally written by the victors, and narratives are mostly handed down from their perspectives, thus the input and contributions made by many are often never fully recognised or worse still, deliberately and conveniently excluded.

From War of Independence, the Civil War and many other momentous and defining events that have happened since then, people, whose contributions were more more than significant, are either totally unknown or alas, largely forgotten in the fading mists of time.

Gerry, who is a senior civil servant, based in Dublin, has for many years studied these, now, somewhat hazy events and the people involved. He will identify to those assembled who these forgotten people are; the reasons for their often exclusion; the politics and petty jealousies that caused this event to happen and shine a light on the lesser known, yet hugely significant happenings that have contributed enormously towards the making of our country.

The lecture will commence at 8.00pm sharp, on Monday next January 25th in the Community Centre, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

M/s Delia Ryan, representing Borrisoleigh Historical Society, contacted us here on Thurles.Info this morning.

She is sorry to have to relate to our readers that the societies monthly ‘Lecture Series’, which this month was to feature, Mr Gerry Kearney, has to be temporally postponed.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the event, which was fixed for Monday night January 25th 2016 in the Community Hall Borrisoleigh, will now instead take place on February 22nd, 2016.

Delia apologises to all our readers for any inconvenience this cancellation may have caused.

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Little Flower N.S. Ballytarsna, Cashel, Fundraiser

School-Poster(2)Mr Martin Lynch Reports.

Little Flower National School, Ballytarsna, Cashel, Co Tipperary, Fundraiser.

On Sunday next, January 24th 2016, the Tipperary Senior Hurling team will tog out to take on the Mary Immaculate College (MIC), Limerick, in a challenge match in the Boherlahan Sports field, beginning at 2:00pm. sharp.

(Right Click, View Image, for greater magnification of Poster, displayed on left.)

All players will be available for Photographs and Autographs immediately after the game.

Admission to this event costs €10, with all proceeds going to support the Little Flower, National School in Ballytarsna, Co Tipperary.

Your support at this event, on Sunday next, would be greatly appreciated.

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Thurles Deaths January 17th 2016


With-sincere-sympathyIt was with sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Sunday 17th January 2016, of Mrs Patricia Fitzgibbon (née Higgins, Gooldscross) No1. Loughtagalla, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The passing of Mrs Fitzgibbon is most deeply regretted by her heartbroken husband Patrick (Fitzgibbon Engineering Works), sons Barry, Keith, Colm and David, daughter Claire, brothers Thomas, Eddie, Oliver and Brian, sisters Rena, Brenda, Monica and Angela, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchild, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Fitzgibbon will repose at her residence on Tuesday evening,  January 19th, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm, with removal on Wednesday morning, January 20th, to The Cathedral of The Assumption, to arrive at 10:15am for Funeral Mass at 11:0am. Burial will take place immediately following Mass, in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Note: House private on Wednesday morning please.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.



deathIt was with sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Sunday 17th January 2016, of Mr Billy Quinn, Ballinure, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Rossestown, Co. Tipperary and Co. Dublin.

Mr Quinn passed away very peacefully at South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel.

The passing of Mr Quinn, is most deeply regretted by his wife Mary (Condon) and daughters Rosaleen, Gerry, Anne Marie, son Niall, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, his thirteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, his brother Michael and sisters Marie, Ailish and Pauline, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, neighbours and his many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Quinn will repose at his residence in Ballinure on Monday (18th January) from 3.30 pm, with Rosary at 8:00pm. His remains will arrive at St. Mary’s Church, Killenaule on Tuesday morning (19th January) at 11:15 am for funeral Mass at 11:30am. Burial will take place immediately afterwards in Ballinure Cemetery.

Note: Family flowers only please.

”Bless us all that we, one day, may dwell O Lord with thee”

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Car Passenger Killed Near Roscrea Tipperary

GardaIt is with regret we report that the male passenger of a motor vehicle lost his life overnight in a two-car collision here in Co. Tipperary.

The accident is understood to have occurred at Tullaskeagh, close to Roscrea at around 7.30pm yesterday.

The man, who was aged 37, suffered serious injuries when the vehicle in which he was travelling was in a collision with a second car.

The victim was rushed to University Hospital Limerick where he was pronounced dead. A post mortem is expected to take place.

The driver of the car, who is understood to be in his early 70’s, and three occupants of a second car, all male, were also taken to University Hospital Limerick. It is understood that the latter suffered no known serious injury.

The R445 West bound carriageway, (the old N7) was closed at the Knock Road junction, Tullaskeagh to assist inspection by the Garda Forensic Collision Investigation team and diversions were put in place.

Nenagh Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact Nenagh Garda Station on Tel: 067 50450; the Garda Confidential Line on Tel: 1800 666111 or indeed any Garda Station.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Ind TD Michael Lowry Launches 2016 Election Campaign



Independent TD Michael Lowry.

On Friday night last, outgoing Independent TD. Deputy Michael Lowry launched one of the most successful political campaigns ever witnessed in the rural town of Thurles.

Met Eireann’s M/s Joan Blackburn had forecast severe frost with temperatures dropping as low as minus five degrees on Friday night: promising it to be coldest in the Midlands. As we headed eastward towards the Dublin Road from Thurles town centre, my car’s on-board external thermometer read minus three.
Joan Blackburn was right.

As we approached the gates of our destination, well before time, a parking attendant politely informed us that there was ‘no room at the Inn‘. “Try your luck parking in one of the nearby housing estates”, the helpful attendant advised. Having eventually found a parking spot, we walked back to our originally targeted destination; the Anner Hotel. The three car-parks were truly over subscribed; each parked vehicle heavily covered in a coating of fragile white crystallized frost. Nowhere were buses to be seen. Buses are normally used to transport “Rent-a-Crowd,” for important political events, as we had observed were undertaken by the Tipperary Labour Party for their recent Political Launch. For this event also, unlike the Labour Party candidate, no four man cordon of armed police were deemed necessary.
The parking attendant was right.

V.hanleyA sudden rush of warm air met us as we entered the Anner in Thurles, latter now a jewel in the crown of Irish Mid-land Hotel accommodation.  Despite the freezing weather outside, the interior of the building was warm and not surprisingly, bursting with people. We attempted to make our way slowly towards the bar area; friends, casual acquaintances and total stranger were everywhere evident.

Valerie O’Reilly (Unicorn PR & Communications Ltd) had ventured to made the treacherous slippery 152.5km (95ml) journey from Dublin,  thankfully arriving safely. Having given birth to a beautiful baby girl just three short months ago, she was back working, engaged once again in her professional duties. Readers will remember the “storm in the teacup” back in January 2015, when the Dublin Media were having their bad news week after Xmas. Some malicious opposition colleague stalking the hallowed halls of Dáil Éireann had located a note intended for Taoiseach Enda Kenny. It was identified as being penned by Tipperary Independent TD Michael Lowry. The note which did reach the Taoiseach’s desk, later mysteriously turning up in the hands of Dublin Media – The Sunday Independent. The contents of the note had stated that Valerie was “A woman, bright, intelligent and not bad looking either.”
From the picture shown above left, I believe most people would agreed with his statement.
Michael Lowry was right.

From the size of the crowd now already gathered and those still entering through the hotels exterior portals, it was obvious the carefully arranged original 350 seats provided, would prove to be insufficient.  Professional sound and vision technicians (Star Systems) had arrived earlier in the day, insisting on erecting two large format digital TV screens, to broadcast into the hotel’s Bar area and front Foyer. Those who failed to get seated moved back to the comfort of these areas, to view proceedings on same digital screens.
Star Systems were right.

When signatures were counted it was obvious that the crowd exceeded even TV3’s ‘Tonight with Vincent Brown” show; same confirming some 612 bums were on seats for the 2016 political campaign launch by the Independent TD.  Those I recognised as having attending had, braving the weather, travelled from Clonmel, Ballylooby, Bansha, Cahir, Ballyporeen, Carrig-on-Suir and Cashel in the South of the county. His previous loyal constituency of North Tipperary saw his supporters appear from Upperchurch, Kilcommon, Nenagh, Roscrea, Templemore etc.; with those fearful of travelling on the existing road conditions, flooding his office with emails, apologising for their absence.


Just a portion of the crowd, representing all ages, attending Michael Lowry’s political launch 2016 in the Anner Hotel Thurles, Co. Tipperary on Friday night.

Some 11 speakers addressed those assembled; discussing topics such as Sport, Education, Agriculture & Food, Special Education, Health, Youth Affairs & Old Age.  From the floor came discussion  from various sporting personnel and other supporters, including words of good wishes from the well known and much loved rural radio character and commentator Johnny Luby, who had spent the earlier part of the evening writing a poem especially to mark the occasion; supplied hereunder.

Michael Lowry – Tipperary’s Finest SonA Poem by Johnny Luby ©

“I’ve wrote a few lines, it won’t take long, I’ve constructed a poem, for I can’t sing a song.
Its about wishing ‘Young Lowry’ the very best, as we know it’s going to be a tough test.
For years Lowry has represented Tipperary North, and they say up there he’s a very fine sort.
And now we welcome him in Tipperary South, we’ll be canvassing hard; he can have no doubt,
There are good contestants in his field, but to all of them we will not yield.
The Handicapper has given us top weight, but Lowry has two words for them – WORK RATE.
To take nothing for granted these days is true, but every vote is vital, that I tell you.
But if we can at all we’ll get No 1, for Michael Lowry – Tipperary’s finest son.”

Likewise, Johnny Luby was right.

The 5 piece band “Strings & Things,” struck up their contemporary Irish folk sound, as proceedings ended; with those attending slowly moving, together with Lowry, to where light refreshments of tea & coffee together with finger food and a chat were readily available and on offer.

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