Local Weather

Mostly cloudy
real feel: 13°C
wind speed: 3 m/s W
sunrise: 5:46 am
sunset: 9:28 pm


The Vee Tipperary “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever”

“On a clear day rise and look around you and you’ll see who you are.
On a clear day how it will astound you that the glow of your being, outshines every star.”

(Words by lyricist Alan Jay Lerner, from the musical “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever”.)

This weekend, weather permitting or not, one could do worse than take a leisurely drive into the area of the Knockmealdown mountains known as The Vee, situated on the remote, wild picturesque borders of Co. Tipperary and Co Waterford.

The Vee, situated on the R668 between Lismore, Co. Waterford and Clogheen in Co. Tipperary gets its name from a V-shaped bend on the road leading to a gap in the Knockmealdown mountains. The roadway itself is situated on the slopes of Sugar Loaf, passing from Tipperary to Waterford; running between Knockaunabulloga and Bay Lough (a low lying picturesque lake) on the right and the Sugar Loaf itself, on the left.

The heavy rain showers during the last few days will possibly have removed a great deal of that sea of pink rhododendron blossoms, stretching for as far as the eyes can see; freely growing in groves in the area, at mother nature’s discretion.  However their absence will take little from the rugged, untended, wild beauty of this outstanding landscape, nor indeed the breathtaking panoramic views afforded to travellers and sight-seers.

From this viewpoint almost 2,000 ft above sea level, same lends itself to views across the valley to the towns of Clonmel, Cahir, and the lesser hamlets of Ardfinnan, Clogheen and Ballyporeen, latter village ancestral home to former late United States President Ronald Reagan. You can also view the Galtee Mountains the Comeragh Mountains together with Slievenamon, quite clearly from this vantage point.

Few people today refer to the 1975 British-American period drama film ‘Barry Lyndon’, directed by Stanley Kubrick, which chose this mountainous area ‘The Vee,’ as their period location. Based on the 1844 novel ‘The Luck of Barry Lyndon’, by William Makepeace Thackeray, this film won four Oscars in production categories and is today regarded as one of Kubrick’s finest films ever made.

This film starred Ryan O’Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, Hardy Krüger and, as shown in the clip above, Leonard Rossiter, the dancing Captain, (Remember “Rigsby” in Rising Damp & in the Title Role of “The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin”). The film recounts the exploits of a fictional 18th-century Irish adventurer.

Samuel Richard Grubb, High Sheriff of Tipperary 1916.

It is here also at this scenic area that a rather curious pile of limestone rocks emerge, dome-shaped, from the hillside.  This stone erection is the last resting place of Mr Samuel R. Grubb, appointed High Sheriff of Tipperary in 1916 and who requested that he be buried here to overlook a ‘picturesque and romantic view’ of his county.

Local tales that he believed he would be reincarnated into a bee in an after life situation (memorial shaped like a beehive) and that he insisted that he be buried with his horse standing upright are hardly believable, but facts we do know are recorded hereunder.

Picturesque Obsequies – Burial on Mountain.

Funeral of the late Mr S. R. Grubb. (As reported by the Clonmel Chronicle, 10th September 1921.)

“In accordance with his request, the remains of the late Mr Samuel R. Grubb were interred today on the Sugar Loaf Mountain, on his property. The place selected is a most picturesque and romantic one and commands an excellent view of the county for a considerable area.
The remains arrived in Castlegrace on Friday by motor hearse from Dublin, and the funeral started at 10.30 this morning. The coffin containing the remains was conveyed on a farm cart to the foot of the mountain and then carried on the shoulders of his tenants and employees to the place of internment on the mountainside.
On arrival at the grave the remains were received by Rev.J.Talbot, Clogheen, who conducted the Burial Service.
The scene on the wild mountain side was picturesque and impressive and will long remain implanted on the minds and hearts of those who had the privilege of witnessing it.
The chief mourners were – Major Raymond Grubb M.C. (Son), Mrs de Sales le Terriere (daughter), Mrs Grubb (daughter-in-law), Mr de Sales le Terriere (son-in-law), Mr Cecil Barrington, Mrs Taylor, and Mr James Binny.
There were a large number of beautiful floral tributes from, amongst others, Mrs Grubb (Widow), Major Grubb, Mrs Grubb (Suir Island), Mr and Mrs de Sales le Terriere, Mrs Denny, Mrs Gutherie, Lady Beatrice Pole-Carew and Mr D. Mahoney.
Those present in addition to the chief mourners included – Major Murdock, Major Hutchinson, Captain Seymour, Mr Gerard Denny, Mr Blakeney (Junr.), Dr W. Walsh, Mr Palmer, Mr Kennedy (Derrygrath), Mr Kennedy (Ballindoney), Mr E.Boyle, Mr J. Mulcahy (Corabella), Mr W.Byrne (Ballinamona), Mr Sutcliffe, Mr Geoffrey Prendegast, etc.
Acting in accordance with the directions of deceased, all the tenantry and employees who attended the funeral were subsequently sumptuously entertained at Castlegrace.”

Voluntas Ultima (Last Will)
[The late Mr Samuel R. Grubb, of Castlegrace, requested that his remains should be interred in a beautiful and romantic spot on the side of the Sugar Loaf hills.]
O place me in a silent grave upon the mountain crest,
‘Mid endless fields of golden gorse, the heather on my breast
‘Mid endless fields of golden gorse, O shape my narrow bed,
Nor plant the cypress at my feet, the willow at my head.

O place me in a silent grave on storied Knockmealdown,
The drowsy churchyard’s not for me, in country or in town;
And when the final trumpet sounds and bids the world “Arise”
‘Twill find me nearer unto Thee, wherein salvation lies.


Ireland 1-1 Against Sweden at Stade de France

The streets of Paris were a sea of green (Estimated 75,000 fans) today as Irish fans flooded in ahead of the Irish Republic opening match at the Stade de France for their first Euro 2016 Group E encounter with Sweden.


Irish Manager Martin O’Neill, true to his earlier promise, had instructed his team to get on the ball against their opponents and this they did. Indeed it was impossible to truly criticise any tactical decisions or substitutions made by Irish management and players whom so nearly delivered a famous victory.

Ireland, confidently, dominated the first half, creating several chances; closest being a curling right-footed effort onto the Swedish crossbar, courtesy of Jeff Hendrick. Despite the Republic’s dominance however it was not until three minutes into the second half that, from ten yards out, Wes Hoolahan rifled home the first score of the match, sending already elated green supporters into ecstatics.

But alas, Irish followers were to be soon disenchanted by an Zlatan Ibrahimovic attempt to come from behind, which forced an unfortunate Ciaran Clark own goal, thus denying the Republic’s team three deserved points.

Not a bad performance from Tipperary’s Shane Long today, but most certainly Sweden had sworn a pact that he should remain the least threat around the goal area, especially following his clever pass to set up Jeff Hendrick, latter who drilled his shot against the crossbar, around the half-hour mark.

Despite Sweden’s pressure appearing to grow and the introduction of substitutes James McClean, Robbie Keane and Aiden McGeady; for Jonathan Walters, Wes Hoolahan and James McCarthy, both sides, after 93 minutes, were forced to settle for a draw.

Despite this disappointment, time now to move forward and contemplate both sides’ next plans, going into the next two games, first against Belgium and later Italy.

Final Score: Republic of Ireland 1pt, Sweden 1pt.

Republic of Ireland Team: Darren Randolph; Seamus Coleman, Ciaran Clark, John O’Shea, Robbie Brady; Glenn Whelan, James McCarthy, Jeff Hendrick, Wes Hoolahan; Jonathan Walters, Shane Long.

Substitutes: James McClean, Robbie Keane & Aiden McGeady for Jonathan Walters, Wes Hoolahan & James McCarthy.

Referee: Milorad Mazic.


Death Of Sr. Mary Fitzgerald, Presentation Convent, Thurles

deathIt is with great sadness we learned of the death today, 11th June 2016, of Sr. Mary Fitzgerald, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Skibbereen, Co. Cork

Sr. Mary (Presentation Convent, Thurles) sadly passed away while in the loving care of the Padre Pio Nursing Home, Holycross, Co. Tipperary. Her passing is most deeply regretted by her Presentation Community and Congregation; her nieces; nephews; nieces-in-law; nephews-in-law; grandnieces; grandnephews; relatives; friends and past pupils.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Sr. Mary will repose in the Convent Chapel, Cathedral Street, Thurles, on tomorrow Sunday from 3.00pm with prayers at 5.30pm, followed by removal a short distance to the Cathedral of the Assumption.

Funeral Mass will take place on Monday at 11.00am, with burial immediately afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Two Mile Borris Youth For George Best Tournament Belfast

IMG_0491Local correspondent Mr Gerry Bowe reports.

Congratulations to Ryan Hayes, son of Liam and Pauline Hayes, Harkin Park, Two Mile Borris, Thurles, who has been selected on the Cahir Park A. F. C. team, to compete in the George Best Community Cup, hosted by Disability Football UK.

The George Best Community Cup is a major highlight on the disability footballer’s calendar, with over 500 players representing clubs right across Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England and Guernsey; all competing for this coveted trophy.

The competition is for both boys and girls, who are aged over 15 years and for Disability Football Clubs, Adult Centres and Disability Organisations with teams made up of players with a learning, physical disability and or Sensory Impairment.  All players are required to be able to play without the need for mobility assistance, e.g. crutches, wheelchairs, walkers, etc.

Cahir Park provide training each Saturday between 2.00pm and 3.00pm. The pitch and facilities are provided free of charge and blitzes are held all over Ireland. Cahir Park A.F.C. Tipperary has become the counties first Football Club to develop a ‘Football For All’ Programme.

This year’s 2016 competition takes place on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th June at the Billy Neill Centre of Excellence, on the Comber Road, near Dundonald, in Co. Down, just 8 miles (32Min) from Belfast city. Divided into four divisions, this 5-a-side disability football event is for clubs and adult centres that provide learning, physical or sensory impairment programs for amateur football players across the province.

Cahir Park will compete in the Medium Section which has twenty clubs, playing on a grass surface on a round format. Each team will play a minimum of five games on day one and, depending on results and performances on day one, the teams will be placed into four competitive bands for day 2.

This competition commemorates the legendary George Best, one of the world’s greatest footballers of his era. Ryan is to be congratulated on his being selected and with colleagues Damiem, Liam, Daniel, Luke and Paudie are wished every success.

Fund raising continues to be ongoing for this event and huge thanks is extended to Billy Lanigan and Gerard Cantwell who have both made kind donations.


“ABBA Tribute” In Aid Of “Suir Haven”

ᗅᗺᗷᗅ Tribute Night in aid of Suir Haven – Mr Tommy Barrett Reports

“Moyne Road Residents Committee are delighted to announce details of their upcoming fund-raising event in aid of that wonderful Cancer Support Centre, better known as the Suir Haven Centre, situated here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

On Saturday 18th June an ‘ᗅᗺᗷᗅ‘ tribute band with special guest Tina Turner Tribute“, will perform in The Premier Hall, in Thurles.

Abba Event

Pictured Above:  A section of the group who attended the recent launch of this Abba event on Tipp FM Radio; recorded in the new Order of Malta Centre in Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

For the first time ever band “Waterloo bring their fabulous show to Thurles.  Tickets for the night are a mere €10 and are available right now from Tony’s Shop, Ryan’s Daughter Restaurant and the Tipperary GAA Shop, latter all situated in Thurles Town. Tickets can also be purchased by contacting the box office on (089)4487657 / (0504) 22983.

To avoid disappointment, the organisers are urging people to purchase their tickets before the actual night; to be in with a chance of winning a ‘two night break away’ for two people (Bed & Breakfast) in the magnificent, 5 star Victorian Park Hotel overlooking Kenmare Bay in Kenmare, owned by the Brennan Brothers.

Note: Please ensure you give your name and number to the ticket seller; to be in with a chance to win this amazing prize, with the draw taking place on the night. Members of the organising committee will have the Box Office in the Premier Hall open each day from Monday (13th June) to Friday (17th June) from 10.00am-12 noon to facilitate ticket sales, so please do drop-in and support this worthy charity. All monies raised from the upcoming event will stay in our local Community to aid the ongoing wonderful work being undertaken by the Suir Haven Cancer Support Centre.

Truly a great night of fun and entertainment is promised. This event will allow for patrons to perform on the dance floor, while seating will be arranged for those patrons who want only to come to listen and enjoy the music.

So without delay purchase your tickets today and join us on Saturday 18th June and dance the night away to all your ᗅᗺᗷᗅ favourites.

And finally to ᗅᗺᗷᗅ (pardon the pun), “Thank You For The Music.”