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Case Against Irish Boxer O’Reilly Adjourned Until June

Thurles District Court

International Irish boxer Mr Michael O’Reilly will answer charges, in court next June 2017, regarding alleged criminal damage and the breaching of the Public Order Act, all which occurred during an incident last year.

Judge Elizabeth MacGrath adjourned the case yesterday, for three months, at Thurles District Court. Mr O’Reilly has pleaded not guilty to three charges arising from an incident at Ballybeg, Littleton, Co. Tipperary, on April 18th of last year.

The court heard yesterday that the trial is most likely to take at least a half day to complete, with two other co-accused persons, including one juvenile, also understood to have had connections with Mr O’Reilly’s case.

Mr O’Reilly had been sent home in disgrace from the Rio Olympics last August 2016, having failed a drugs test. The 23-year-old, with an address in Mountrath, Co. Laois, had been one of Ireland’s main hopes for an Olympic medal.


Thurles Casino Developer On Tax Defaulters List Again

Failed Super Casino planned for Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles.

Dublin’s famous Dr Quirkey’s Good Time Emporium Arcade has again fallen foul of the Revenue Commissioners, appearing on the latest Revenue Tax Defaulters list.

Dublin Pool & Juke Box Ltd with an address at 55/56 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 has been hit with a bill of €42,273.88 for the under-declaration of PAYE/PRSI, according to the latest Revenue list of tax defaulters, which covers the final three months of 2016. The tax defaulted on, (Excel Sheet – Quarter 4 – 2016 – Part 2) is shown as €20,123.25 – Interest €10,089.01 – Penalties €12,061.62 = Total €42,273.88.)

The company is owned by well known businessman Mr Richard Quirke, a former member of An Garda Síochána, who was listed by the Sunday Independent as having a net worth of some €45 million.

It was Mr Quirke who spearheaded proposed plans to build the much debated Super Casino and Horse Racing track at Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, together with a new proposed Shopping Centre Complex also in the town of Thurles, Co Tipperary; both of which failed in their respective planning applications.

Back in June 2013, Mr Richard Quirke a joint director, together with his wife Anne, had previously failed to disclose €803,485.70 in an under-declaration of Value Added Tax (VAT).  (Tax then was €513,088.80 – Interest €136,470.26 – Penalties €153,926.64 = Total €803,485.70.)


Installing A Nesting Box In Your Garden

It’s still not too late to install a Bird nesting box in your garden. Ideally the box should have been put in place during last autumn or at least in the early part of last winter. This would have allowed regular bird visitors to your garden plot enough time to get used to its existence.

You can get bird boxes from various stores here in Thurles, including from Thurles Men’s Sheds, Mitchel Street, Thurles.

When installing, fix the box onto something solid; a sturdy garden fence, a stone or cement wall, a secure post; using screws, or if to a mature tree, use strong plastic electric cable ties. Position the nest box between 2 metres (6ft) and 4 metres (12ft) above ground level, preferably out of direct midday sunlight.

Always position the box in such a way as to ensure its front door is facing between north-east and south-east in an area well shaded by foliage, thus offering maximum shelter against Ireland’s regular south west prevailing weather conditions.

Do add a small protruding perch to your nest box, and ensure that same is out of reach of roaming, domestic, furry, feline friends or other natural predators. Try to keep nesting boxes away from bird tables also so as to allow Mum and Dad and their brood to fully relax away from unnecessary noise.

Once in place, relax, sit back, observe quietly and resist all temptation to inspect the box constantly. Such actions can disturb and drive off nesting birds, forcing them to desert their chosen home in favour of other quieter rent free accommodation.

At the end of summer or early autumn always check that any previous nesting material or unhatched eggs is removed, as old nest materials can become infested by various types of larvae, which can cause a serious infestation to any future nesting inhabitants.

Do wear rubber gloves when removing waste nest material, before pouring freely, simply plain boiling water into and over the box. This extermination process removes any hidden parasites that may have holed-up in cracks or crevices. Avoid all temptation to use insecticide, if possible.

Remember birds will often return to use your nest box for roosting outside their breeding season, so it is a good idea to install a small handful of clean hay or wood shavings or a temporary roost, for this eventuality.

Expect Earwigs to make their home in any narrow crevices in your nest box, but same will not cause any harm to tenanted birds. To avoid this Earwig problem, inviting crevices can be filled using the various types of filling compounds available in your local DIY store.


Death Of Mary Ryan, Coolawn, Borrisoleigh,

It is with a great sadness we learned of the death today, Monday 6th March 2017, of Mrs Mary Ryan (née Kennedy), Coolawn, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary, and formerly of Bredagh, Toomevara, Co. Tipperary and Carhue, Upperchurch, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Beloved wife of the late Seamus; the passing of Mrs Ryan is most deeply regretted by her loving daughter Josephine; son Michael; daughter-in-law Joan; grandchildren Seamus, Mary, Siobhán, Michelle, Elizabeth, William, Michael and John; sisters Kathleen (Quirke, Littleton) and Nora (Quirke, Thurles); brother-in-law Paddy; sister-in-law Mary; nephews; nieces; extended relatives; neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Ryan will repose at Kennedy’s Funeral Home, Borrisoleigh tomorrow, Tuesday, from 4.00pm, with removal at 7.00pm to the Sacred Heart Church, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

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

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Death Of William Egan, Mallow, Co. Cork

It is with great sadness we learned of the death, on Sunday 5th March 2017, of Mr William (Bill) Egan, Cregane, Churchtown, Mallow, Co. Cork.

Mr Egan, late of C.I.E passed away, peacefully, while in the care of the Mercy University Hospital, in Cork.

Beloved son of the late Owen and May; his passing is most deeply regretted by his loving sister Kitty (Mackessy); brother Eugene Egan (Innisfallon Avenue, Thurles); sisters-in-law Anne and Jean; nephews; nieces; grandnephews; grandnieces; great-grandnephews; great-grandnieces; extended relatives and a large circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Egan will repose at O’Keeffe’s Funeral Home, Buttevant, Co Cork on Wednesday from 6.30pm to 8.00pm, followed by removal to St. Nicholas Church, Churchtown, Mallow, Co. Cork.

Requiem Mass on Thursday at 2.00pm. followed by interment immediately afterwards to Templemary Cemetery, Lisgriffin, Co. Cork.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.