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Charles Lysaght To Lecture Borrisoleigh Historical Society

BrackenMr. Charles Lysaght, the biographer of Brendan Bracken, is giving a lecture on Bracken to the Borrisoleigh Historical Society at the Community Centre, Borrisoleigh, Co Tipperary at 8pm on Thursday, March 12th 2015.

Brendan Bracken, son of J.K. Bracken of Templemore, one of the founders of the GAA, strayed from his background so far as to became a Tory Member of the House of Commons, Minister of Information in Winston Churchill’s wartime Government and finished up as Viscount Bracken, Chairman of the Financial Times Group of newspapers.

His mother, Hannah Ryan, was born in Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary.  Widowed in 1904, when her son Brendan was only three, she moved her family of four children and two step-children, to Dublin.

In 1916, aged just 14, he ran away from a boarding school in Co. Limerick. As a result his mother exiled him for the remainder of his teenage years, to Australia.

On his return Brendan settled in England passing himself off as an Australian and made a mystery of his background. The only connection he maintained with Ireland was with his mother, who had treated him so harshly, but to whom he remained unequivocally devoted.

When she died in 1928, aged 54, he travelled to attend her funeral in Borrisoleigh and was seen weeping beside her grave in Glankeen cemetery. This was to be his last known visit to Ireland.

Brendan died from throat cancer in 1958, aged 57 and not reconciled to his Roman Catholic Church to which his mother had reared him. He left instructions that no funeral or memorial service was to be held and that his ashes should be scattered on Romney Marsh in Kent. He wished to leave, as he had arrived……..without trace.

Charles Lysaght, who has researched Hannah’s family background, including letters her famous son wrote to her, makes the case that she may be the key to a whole strange story.

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Tipperary Householders Urged To Say NO To Junk Mail

‘No Junk Mail’ stickers are being made available to householders across Tipperary in a bid to reduce the amount of waste generated locally by unsolicited mail, dropped through letterboxes.

The Southern Waste Regional Office, supported by the Environment Section of Tipperary County Council, has developed the initiative as part of its ‘Do One More Thing Campaign’ to encourage resource efficiency and waste prevention.

Waste Recycling StationThe campaign is a key element of a public consultation on a new plan that sets out a framework for waste management in 10 counties across the south of Ireland, including Tipperary, during the next six years.

Key targets outlined in the Draft Southern Region Waste Management Plan, which is one of three being developed in Ireland, include a 1% reduction per annum in the quantity of household waste generated per capita over the period of the plan, a recycling/preparing for reuse rate of 50% by 2020, and the elimination of the direct disposal of unprocessed residual waste to landfill from 2016.

“Junk mail is not only a great source of annoyance for many householders but it is also a huge generator of unnecessary waste,” explained Mary Carroll, Environment Section, Tipperary County Council.

“Unsolicited mail is mail you receive through your letter box and not via An Post. It generally comprises of items such as local take away menus, local taxi companies, and local companies advertising services such as house or garden maintenance. In Tipperary, especially around the larger towns, the problem is particularly bad and is a source of annoyance for many,” said Ms. Carroll.

“While junk mail can be recycled most householders when asked say they would prefer not to get it in the first place. The ‘No Junk Mail’ stickers we are making available are a polite way to request distributors not to give you the material,” she added.

No Junk Mail stickers are being made available from the offices of the Environment Section of Tipperary County Council. A number of local Tidy Towns Groups are also distributing the stickers.

A series of other ‘Do One More Thing Campaign’ measures are planned for the coming months, according to Pauline McDonogh, Regional Waste Prevention Co-ordinator, Southern Waste Region.

“Among the initiatives, which are funded by the EPA, is the repairing and bringing back into use of broken household items, improving the quality of recycling so less recyclable waste is contaminated, and reducing household food waste through smarter shopping, improved food storage and more efficient use of foodstuffs,” stated Ms. McDonogh.

Commenting on the public consultation process for the Draft Southern Region Waste Management Plan, Ms. McDonogh noted: “The draft plan aims to move our management of waste from a traditional disposal model to a circular economy model so that waste becomes a future resource or raw material. Householders, businesses and even schools can kick-start this process by visiting our website at wwww.southernwasteregion.ie and learning how they can directly play a role in boosting household and commercial recycling rates and reducing the level of waste sent to landfill.”

The Southern Region Waste Management Plan is expected to be finalised by mid-April 2015. The Southern Waste Region encompasses the local authorities in Tipperary, Carlow, Clare, Cork City, Cork County, Kerry, Kilkenny, Limerick City & County, Waterford City & County and Wexford.

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Death Of Former Tipp Goalkeeper Tony Reddin

It is with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, (March 1st) of former Tipperary Goalkeeper Tony Reddin (Goalkeeper of the Century and the Millennium), in his 96th year.

Mr Reddin died following a short illness, surrounded by his loving family at his home in Banagher, Co. Offaly.

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T. Reddin R.I.P.

Born Martin Charles Reddington in Mullagh, Co. Galway in November 1919, Tony began his hurling career as a juvenile with his local club in 1933, winning a Connacht junior hurling medal with Galway in 1940. He would go on to play senior hurling and would play with Connacht in the inter-provincial championship in 1946.
One year later having crossed the Shannon to take up farm work in Lorrha, he joined the local club, where he immediately caused excitement with his unusual ability displayed in North Championship games.

Nicknamed “Thaudy,” in 1948, he assisted Lorrha win the North Tipperary senior hurling title making a succession of brilliant second half saves in the final against Borris Ileigh. Despite losing to Holycross/Ballycahill in the County final later that year, his performance brought him to the  immediate  attention of the then Tipperary manager Mr Paddy Leahy.
He joined the Tipperary panel later in 1949 and for the next nine years his performances as goalkeeper for the Premier County earned him the status and arguably the title of “greatest ever hurling goalkeeper”.

Tony won three All Ireland Senior Medals in 1949, 1950 and 1951 as well as three Munster Titles. He also won 6 National Leagues in 1949, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955 and 1957; 5 Railway Cup medals with Munster in 1950, 1953 and 1955, and 1 Oireachtas medal.

Tony was named the GAA’s Hurling goalkeeper of the century in 1984 and was named on the ‘Hurling Team of the Millennium’ in 2000.

Mr Reddin’s death is deeply regretted by his loving wife Maura and children Catherine (London), Eamon (Sligo), Jacinta (Dundalk), Majella (Gorey), Collette (Dunstable), Dermot (Sheffield), Brenda (Ardrahan), Noelle (Lucan), Cathal (Bray), and their spouses, Pat, Jane, Brian, Murt, Paul, Dawn, Pat, Gerry and Yasmin, his 28 grandchildren and 2 great-granddaughters; also his sisters Kitty and Betty, relatives, neighbours and many friends.

Mr Reddin’s body will repose at his home on Tuesday from 12.00 noon until 7.00pm with removal afterwards to St. Rynagh’s Church, Banagher, Co Offaly, arriving for prayers at 8.00pm.

His Requiem Mass will take place on Wednesday at 12.00 noon, followed by burial in Bonoham Cemetery, Rathcabin.

Family flowers only please.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Death Of M. O’Gorman Rathmanna Thurles

With Sincere SympathyIt is with great sadness we learn of the death, last Saturday (28th February 2015) of M/s Marion O’Gorman (née O’Dwyer), Rathmanna, Thurles, Co.Tipperary.

M/s O’Gorman passed away surrounded by her loving family, while in the care of the Mater Private Hospital, Dublin and is sadly missed by her family, husband Noel Carey, son Bryan, daughter Lisa, parents George and Josie, daughter-in-law Emma, son-in-law Stuart, sisters Rita, Siobhan, Geraldine, Colette and brother Michael, together with other extended family, relatives and friends.

Marion’s body will repose at her residence on Tuesday evening from 5.00pm to 8.00pm, with removal on Wednesday morning next to the Island Crematorium, Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork, for service at 1.00pm.

Donations, if desired, to Suir Haven.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Labour Party Conference Weekend Away 2015

“Mr Waste lived across the street, right opposite the Slows,
And every weed that ever grew, in his front garden grows.
Bill Waste lost all his lesson books, Moll Waste on hers she scribbled,
And so between the pence and pounds away their money dribbled.
This story is a sad one; the end is as you fear.
Yes the Waste’s are in the Workhouse now, Oh dear, Oh dear, Oh dear.”

Allan JoanWith a General Election due before April 2016, the Labour Party (Irish: Páirtí an Lucht Oibre) held their Party Conference this weekend in the INEC Convention Centre in Killarney, Kerry.

Tánaiste Joan Burton of course was in attendance, as indeed was the self confessed Pretender to her leadership, Mr Alan Kelly, latter honoured to have been given a mandate to serve the people of Tipperary.
(Of course one wonders will there be anything left for him to lead after the next election, as Joan slips away, with her pension, into obscurity.) But then as my granny used to say, “Try not to mock the afflicted.”

In her speech the Tánaiste had no new real announcements stored up to report to the ‘great unwashed’.  She did vow to bring full employment back to Ireland in three years.  “Everyone who wants a job will have one or at least the opportunity to get one, by 2018,” she unconvincingly rattled without stating any proven methodology.

As expected Joan did launch an attack on mischievous militant elements evident during various demonstrations, accusing them of hijacking and bullying at peaceful protests. Nothing like the belt of a burst water balloon upsetting your hair style to implant forever, political memories, as any rowdy schoolboy will confirm.

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