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WARNING: All Drivers Using Mill Road, Thurles

A warning to all drivers using the Mill Road out of Thurles, exiting from the N75 (Dublin Road) to Littleton & Turtulla Cross.

These Pictures Do Not Lie!

Due to increased use by heavy duty trucks and other motor vehicles, attempting to avoid necessary roadworks at Barry’s Bridge, Thurles, two seriously dangerous potholes have now been created.

The holes are situated on the left-hand side, on centre of the sharp second S-bend corner, as drivers cross the Drish River, (opposite the rather lovely reed thatched house on the right-hand side, at Lady’s Well); as drivers exit the town from the Dublin Road (N75), travelling South to Littleton (going left), and West to Turtulla Cross (going right).

The pothole pictured, marked (1) above is over 1 metre in length; almost ½ metre in width (see sides on image) and is about 26 centimetres deep. Same is quite capable of doing serious damage to any vehicle’s tracking, or in a worst scenario, force a driver to lose total control of their steering.

Picture (2) above is only a metre away from (1), with the road structure showing similar signs of disintegration. Both holes are not immediately visible to any driver.

In the words of Albert Einstein, when it comes to those who plan our roads: “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former”.

This narrow short stretch of road [known affectionately, locally, as “Fat Arse Boulevard” ], without footpaths, stupidly displays “hasten signs” allowing for speeds of 80k per hour. This is despite being used regularly by Driving Testers, Walkers, Joggers, Learner Drivers, Dog Walkers, Pram Pushers, Children & Teenagers (grouped together), our late departed flattened Tom Cat, and even boasts a Housing Estate plus an S-Bend on a Humped-Back Bridge.

Surely this Road; and not the vehicles driving thereon, should now be given an NCT.


“My Name” – A Poem By Tom Ryan


My Name

© Author & Poet Tom Ryan.

They gave it to me with water and oil, blessing it from the beginning,
And I’ve carried it long through tear and toil and the times I have been winning.

It sets me apart from the rest you see, a cause of awe and pride,
And carries a great responsibility, for it’s always by my side.

It takes a beating now and then, and sometimes a little praise,
But I hope it’s the mark of a gentleman, who respects all human ways.

The ways of good and honest men of every creed and race,
It’s heard I hope in unison, with the swift and slow of pace.

‘Twas a gift from the ones I love so well, and I cherish it like a jewel,
And if I think not enough of it, you may go and proclaim me fool.

I shall carry it with me to the grave and until the ‘obits’ claim it,
I hope your displeasure you will save, for the day I go and shame it.

Perhaps it wont be remembered in time, but it shall not be recanted,
So, please, good folks you may use my name, but I’m damned if it’s taken for granted!

Tom Ryan, “Iona”, Rahealty, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.


Death Of Peter Cleary, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It is with a great personal sadness that I learned of the death today, Monday 26th March 2018, of Mr Peter (Pips) Cleary, Friar Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Predeceased by his son-in-law Jonathan; Mr Cleary passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his loving wife Breda; daughters Patricia (Everard) and Ann (Harrod), sons Peter, Jeremiah and Michael; grandchildren; sisters Noreen, Anne and Breda; brothers Eddie and Donie; son-in-law; daughters-in-law; nieces; nephews; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; cousins; extended relatives; neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Cleary will lie in repose at Hugh Ryans’ Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, on tomorrow evening, Tuesday, 27th March, from 6.00pm to 8.30pm, to arrive at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles at 9.00pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Wednesday, 28th March, at 11.00am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.


Death Of Tom Ryan, Borrisoleigh, Thurles

It was with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Sunday 25th March 2018, of Mr Tom Ryan ‘Cooper’, Springfield, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

The passing of Mr Ryan is most deeply regretted by his cousins; neighbours and a large circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Ryan will lie in repose at Kennedy’s Funeral Home, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, on Tuesday, 27th March, from 5.30pm, with removal at 7.45pm, to the nearby Sacred Heart Church, Borrisoleigh.

Requiem Mass will take place on Wednesday morning at 11.00am, followed by interment in St. Brigid’s Cemetery, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.


Unidentified Female Recovered From River Suir

It is with sadness we report that the body of a female has been recovered from the River Suir, as part of the ongoing search for a 14 year old Tipperary teen, Ms Elisha Gault, who vanished without trace on St. Patrick’s Day, last.

Emergency services are at pains to stress that the recovered remains have not yet been formally identified, and it is not known at this stage if the remains are those of the missing teen.

The recovered body has been transferred to University Hospital Waterford (UHW), for a full post mortem examination to be carried out by the Office of the State Pathologist; latter expected to be conducted on tomorrow, Monday.

The female body was located shortly before 6.00pm this evening, initially by an Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky helicopter. Same was recovered by a nearby team of searchers and divers, at a place called Killowen, on a stretch of river between Fiddown and Mooncoin on the Waterford / Kilkenny border, a distance downstream from Carrick-on-Suir.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a h-anam dílis.

UPDATE: Gardaí in a statement tonight, have confirmed that a body found this evening has been identified as that of missing teenager Ms Elisha Gault.

Gardaí thanked all of the volunteers and other search agencies who had helped them in their search operation.

To Elisha’s family and friends we send our deepest condolences.