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Kitty Kiernan Car To Go On Display In Thurles


Pictures: (1) Lions Club Poster, (2) Car actually used by Kitty Kiernan & Michael Collins, (3) Lions Club Vintage Car Emblem to be presented to all vintage cars on display.

A 1916 Ford Model T, once belonging to Larry Kiernan, brother of Kitty Kiernan and used often by both Kitty and Michael Collins, will be just one of the star viewing attractions at the forthcoming Thurles Lion’s Club Vintage & Classic Car Show on May 8th 2016 next here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

One of the principal founders of our Irish State independence and later Chairman of the Irish Provisional Government, Michael Collins was first introduced to the ‘bubbly and cheerful’ Kiernan sisters and their family, by his cousin Gearóid O’Sullivan. Gearóid was already courting Kitty’s sister Maud. Kitty, latter the fiancée of Michael Collins, planned to marry in Dublin on November 22nd 1922, in a double ceremony, to include her sister Maud and Gearóid O’Sullivan. The death of Collins four months earlier sadly however would result in only one wedding taking place, with Kitty attending same, dressed in black.

As already stated, the 1916 Ford Model T belonged to Kitty’s brother Larry and has just recently been restored. Back in 1916, it was then a new car – just of the assembly line, when it first arrived in Granard, Co. Longford, with Larry having it registered then as a hackney vehicle. Larry, trading as L.D. Kiernan, was a successful businessman in Granard, owning the Greville Arms Hotel, a shop and a licensed premises, latter which he inherited from his parents Bridget and Peter Kiernan, following both their deaths in 1908, within a couple of months of each other.

In 1916, the car drove two volunteers to Dublin including Paul Cusack, a relative of Larry Kiernan’s wife and later often collected Michael Collins from Ballywillan Railway Station, situated on the Dublin to Cavan railway line, when he visited Granard to see Kitty.

Over 35 years ago the vehicle was discovered in a field, in the Mullinlaghata/Cloncivid area of Co. Longford; in very poor condition, however, with the help of a local vintage enthusiast, the wreck was brought back to a garage in Granard and since then has been slowly and carefully restored to its original glory.

Thurles Lion’s Club Vintage, Classic Car Show
This vehicle will be just one of the many items on view at the Thurles Lions Club’s Annual Vintage/Classic Car Show and family day, to be held in Thurles Greyhound Stadium on Sunday May 8th 2016 beginning at 12:00 noon5:00pm.

Amongst the other attractions will be; a Dog Show; an Artisan Food Fare; Craft Stalls; a Bouncy Castle; Auto-Jumblers; Face Painting; an Obstacle Course; a Fortune Teller and a 1916 Exhibition of rarely seen artefacts, latter not just relating to that troubled period in our Irish history, but to a broader world history of that particular era, one hundred years ago.

With children under 12 years FREE and admission to adults only costing €5, this well organised event is expected to attract a large crowd of visitors to Thurles on Sunday, May 8th next.

With less than two weeks to go, do mark your calendar and watch this website, especially coming nearer to the date of this event, for further details and more exiting news.


Thurles Estates & Streetscape Competition 2016

Thurles, The Cathedral Town

Refresh Thurles‘ have just launched their ‘Community Estates & Streetscape Competition‘.  This year 2016, will see the introduction of this particular competition for the first time and it is hoped that there will be a high rate of participation throughout the town.

Note: The closing date to enter this competition is May 31st, 2016 and for those local community areas wishing to take-part; entry is totally free.

Rules, Entry Forms, Categories & Prizes
The Community Estates & Streetscape Groupings, wishing to take part, must nominate a minimum of 3 persons to head up their individual groups, all of which should be listed on the entry form. There are four categories in the competition; Best Streetscape; Best Estate (1-30 houses); Best Estate (30 -70 Houses) and Best Estate 70+ Houses. The Prize in each case is €200.00, which is to be used to improve the winning Estate or Streetscape. Full details of the ‘Marking Scheme’ applicable can be found attached to the Application Form.

Entry forms are available from Refresh Thurles Committee Members or from the counter in Thurles Library. Alternatively text to Mobile (087) 2701689 or Email refreshthurles@gmail.com and they will have the form sent out to you. All completed entries can be put into a provided collection box in Thurles Library or returned by post to the address provided on the entry form.

Judging & Aims
Judging will take place during the months of July and August and the winners will be announced on September 1st. The aim of this initiative is to increase community participation and to give people an opportunity to demonstrate their ‘Pride of Place’. The work done by everyone will also contribute to further improving our ‘National Tidy Town’ marks for Thurles; latter which have increased over the last three years and hopefully will continue to improve in the years ahead. [See 2015 Category E results HERE]

This Competition is timely; as North Tipperary Leader Partnership (NTLP) have begun work on the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Program and perhaps there is some way that NTLP can help you to get a Community Group together and work towards this competition.

You can also contact the Leader Office situated on Kickham Street, Thurles, Tel: (0504) 90579 or contact Breada Ryan on Mobile (087) 9280755 or Trish Purcell on Mobile (087) 6978868. The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) offers a lot to the Community e.g. supports in the areas of Education; Employment; Enterprise Creation and Developing Capacity; in Community Groups.

Get Involved
Should you wish to get involved with ‘Refresh Thurles’ please contact them on Mobile (087) 270 1689 or Email refreshthurles@gmail.com – help in any way is much appreciated.

You can follow ‘Refresh Thurles’ on Facebook.


Death Of Anna Doyle, Ballycurrane, Thurles

DeathIt is with sadness we learned of the death today, Sunday 24th April 2016, of Mrs Anna Doyle (née Walsh), No.19 Ballycurrane, Thurles and formally of Coleman, Lisronagh, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs Doyle passed away following a long illness, while in the loving care of friends and former colleagues in the Community Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles. Her passing is most deeply regretted by her loving husband John, son John, daughters Josephine and Marie, grandchildren Aoife, Sean and Aidan, brothers, sisters, brothers in law, sisters in law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Doyle will repose at Egan’s Funeral Home, Dublin Road, Thurles, tomorrow Monday, April 25th, from 5:00pm until 7:30pm, before arriving at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles, at 8:00pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Tuesday, April 26th, at 11:00am, with burial afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Note: Family flowers only. Donations if desired to Unit C, Community Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Alzheimer’s Tea Day – Thurles – May 5th, 2016


Picture: John Butler (Proprietor ‘Bookworm’) & Michael Wright (Home Instead Senior Care) preparing for the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland’s Tea Day.

Thurles Rotary Club are proud to support the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland’s Tea Day.

Alzheimer’s Tea Day will take place on Thursday, May 5th in Bookworm Bookshop, (latter premises situated at No.1 Parnell Street, here in Thurles) from 10:00am.  All donations to this event will be gratefully accepted on the day, e.g. Cakes, Buns, Tarts and of course financial contributions, regardless how small.

Alzheimer’s disease, together with other types of dementia, affect over 1,900 people here in County Tipperary and people with dementia and their families need our strong support. The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland is the national leader in understanding and providing for dementia-specific supports and services.

So please do drop into the Bookworm Bookshop on May 5th, they look forward to drinking tea with you and having a chat.


Unfair Dismissal Hearing In Case Of Thurles Nurse

HospitalAn Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) have begun a hearing today in the case taken for ‘Unfair Dismissal’ by a Thurles resident nurse, previously employed at a Thurles Hospital.

The State Registered Nurse, named as Mrs Patrica Ó’Caoláin, formerly with an address in Tralee, Co. Kerry, who was dismissed last January, was present at the Tribunal hearing today.  During cross examination, the nurse strongly denied that she was suffering from a rare form of Cognitive Confusion (A brain confusion disorder found normally only affecting elected members of the Labour Party).

Also giving evidence at the tribunal’s hearing today were two current and highly respected local medical practitioners employed at the hospital; namely Dr. Sean Bradshaw (M.D.) and Dr. Mary Creighton (D.O.).

Medical practitioner Dr. Sean Bradshaw informed the Tribunal today that he believed nurse Ó’Caoláin was indeed suffering from a rare, and as yet, a little understood form of Cognitive Confusion. “She at all times appears incredibly confused,” he stated. “She carries out her written instructions totally the opposite to what was initially recommended for patients in her care. One week prior to her dismissal by the HSE, I told her to give a patient 2 milligrams of morphine every 10 hours. She gave him 10 milligrams every 2 hours, resulting in the near demise of her patient.”

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Mary Creighton, also giving her evidence, stated, “Earlier that same week, I told Nurse Ó’Caoláin to give a patient one enema every 24 hours. Nurse Ó’Caoláin later tries to give the patient 24 enemas in one hour. The patient in question could have actually exploded were it not for the timely intervention of a ‘Jobbridge’ plumber, undertaking pipe leaking repairs, nearby in the same ward.”

Dr. Creighton went on to state that the decision to suspend and eventually dismiss Nurse Ó’Caoláin, came about following a blood-curdling scream from a passageway near Ward A2, on the second floor. Nurse Ó’Caoláin had earlier that day been given a written instruction by Dr. Creighton to “Prick the boil” of a patient.

The patient in question, aged 91 and a fully paid up member of the VHI, had been lying contentedly in the corridor, ignored on a trolley for over a week, prior to this intervention by Nurse Ó’Caoláin.

Solicitors acting for the HSE confirmed that the patient, identified at the Employment Appeals Tribunal as being Mr. John McAleese, a native of Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, now walks with a pronounced stoop; having totally lost the use of his vocal cords. A Solicitor acting on behalf of the 91 year old’s current wife; named as thirty seven year old Mrs Angela McAleese (nee Dwane), stated that presently a case was before the High Court, seeking compensation for ‘Sexual Aversion Disorder,’ (Persistent or recurrent extreme aversion to, and avoidance of, all or almost all, genital sexual contact with a sexual partner), brought about by Nurse Ó’Caoláin’s treatment of Mr. John McAleese, her husband.

Apologising to Mr McAleese, a spokesperson for the HSE agreed, during the hearing, that the present condition experienced by Mr McAleese was most likely brought about as a direct result of the boiling water administered to the patient’s lower abdomen by Nurse Ó’Caoláin.

The case before the Employment Appeals Tribunal is expected to continue for at least another week. Same is also expected to add even further problems in current talks on health issues by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil and is most likely to further effect efforts to form the next government.