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Death Of Margaret Power, Formerly Moycarkey, Thurles,

DeathIt is with sadness we learned of the death on Monday 22nd August 2016 of Mrs Margaret (Peggy) Power (née Fanning), Gurrane, Templederry, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Moycarkey, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs Power passed away peacefully at her home yesterday and her death is most deeply regretted by her loving husband John; cherished sons Eamon, Shay, Sean, Aidan, Kevin and Vincent; brothers Paddy and Matt; sister Biddy; grandchildren; daughters-in-law; sisters-in-law; nephews; nieces; relatives; neighbours and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Power will repose at her home in Latteragh today, Tuesday, from 4.00pm with removal at 8.00pm, to arrive at the Church of The Immaculate Conception, Templederry, at 8.30pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Wednesday at 11.00am, followed by burial immediately afterwards in Templederry’s New Cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


The Power Of Tipperary Advertising Extolled

Banned-CondomsHis inspiration had become fully formulated after Pat Tobin had read about “Miss Jenny”.

Miss Jenny, latter a London ‘girleen’, who back in the 1820’s, had made a living selling used, hand-washed  Condoms; reselling them at very affordable prices to those best described at being at the lower end of the social ladder.

In 1986 Thurles native Pat Tobin, who ran a combined Grocery and Chemist business here in Liberty Square, Thurles, was ‘feeling the pinch’, financially, like so many other small and medium-sized enterprises (SME’s). The controversial Health (Family Planning Amendment) Act, of 1985, which liberalised Irish law governing the sale of Condoms, to people over 18 years, had at this stage been fully enacted. This law meant that no longer had persons to visit ‘North of the Border’, or indeed present a Prescription, while attempting to purchase such personal and intimate unmentionables.

However Pat’s problem was that such sales were still somewhat limited to certain categories of places named in this Act. For Pat, the future ‘looked on the up’, again financially, following his visit to a certain Galway Tent, and after a chat with Charlie, he ‘got the nod’; yes his small pharmaceutical premises would, most definitely, be included as one of the places where such then very contentious products could be freely purchased.

[Note: This political promise now cancelled Pat’s already developed ‘Plan B’, which was to obtain Crocodile Droppings; to be imported into Ireland, from the Nile region of Egypt, under the cover of ‘Organic Fertiliser’, after he had learned that prior to the mass production of rubber; amorous ancient Egyptian women had successfully used crocodile pooh as a pessary, to avoid unwanted pregnancy.]

Based on this now promise from the very lips of ‘The Man who would be King’, Charlie himself; Pat set about obtaining a reliable supplier who would provide a product with outstanding elastic properties, and with same located; Pat ordered the minimum initial consignment of 5,000 packs.

Maybe it was a poor public telephone kiosk connection on the day, or was it a failure to fully understand Pat’s strong Tipperary brogue; either way, one week later Pat received 25,000 packs of three, arrayed in varying sizes. Pat, at the time of placing his order believed that such items would only be used on weekends, e.g. 1 for Friday night, 1 for Saturday night and 1 for Sunday night. However, due to this disastrous logistical error and aware of his existing poor finances, (not to mention the enormous cost of return postage), Pat decided it would be best to hold on to the full consignment.

To encourage massive sales, Pat set to work on a plan, deciding to boost retail trade with a careful but strong worded advert in the local Tipperary Star newspaper. Logically, Pat believed that locals known to him would be too embarrassed to purchase, so he needed to attract those less familiar customers from Tipperary’s outlying towns and villages. So, after much consideration, Pat came up with a strong wording and an enticing marketing strategy. “Condoms For Sale At Half Price – Will Be Fitted By A Blonde Female“, ran the exciting headline in the following weeks local paper.

The Visitation
Solitary sheep farmer and Upperchurch native, Micky Ryan, normally came down from the hills, above Thurles, once a week; usually on a Friday, to draw his State Old Age Pension entitlement and to pick up a few necessary groceries. With two Collie sheepdogs, both restrained with lengths of binder-twine and usually wearing a well patched dungarees, together with larger than required heavy Wellington boots, Micky entered the less frequented business premises of Pat Tobin & Son.

Having already read Pat’s advert in the previous weeks Tipp Star, Micky was not surprised to encounter a blonde lady in the form of Pat’s wife no less, working behind the counter; busily watering down, as was her custom, the fresh creamy milk which had been delivered a short time previously.

“Excuse me Mrs”, said Micky “Would you be the woman who fits those Condoms?”
Mrs Tobin smiled, “Indeed I am Sir, and how many will you be needing?”
“None”, replied Micky loudly, “But would you be a decent girl and give your hands a good scrub, before you slice me up a quarter pound of cooked ham.”


Help For Tipperary’s 3rd Level Hopefuls

caoFor students nationally and here in Co Tipperary, the National Parents’ Council-Post Primary Leaving Cert Helpline is ready to offer, both students and their parents /guardians, expert tips on the current Central Applications Office (CAO) process. This help will include queries on Points and just about anything else to do with higher and further education, if contacted this morning.

Members of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors are on hand to offer advice on third-level entry, apprenticeships, grants, deferrals, Leaving Certificate appeals and various other issues that no doubt can cause much confusion.

This helpline is available by telephoning 1800 265165 from 8.00am to 7.00pm today (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday), and again until 1.00pm on Wednesday. They can also be contacted via Email: helpline@npcpp.ie

Some 15,000 Leaving Certificate students have already been approved for College Grants this year, and the Central Applications Office (CAO) has issued some 75,500 Round One offers this morning, following on from and based on the Leaving Cert Results, which were announced last week.

Students hoping to study Engineering, Construction and Technology at third-level will however face an increase in Points, with Engineering rising by 75 points, to 490.

Today’s first round offers covers courses at Levels six, Seven and Eight, and applicants will receive offers from the CAO this morning. Some 41,500 students are expected to receive a Level Eight course offer today, with 34,000 similar offers being made for places on courses at Level Six and Level Seven.


Death Of John Morris, Lisheen, Moyne

DeathIt is with sadness we learned that the death has occurred today, Friday 19th August 2016, of Mr John Morris, Lisheen, Moyne, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The passing of Mr Morris is most deeply regretted by his sister Alice Cooney; his brother Bill and sister-in- law Kitty Morris; nephews; nieces; relatives and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Morris will repose at Doyle’s Funeral Home, Urlingford, tomorrow Saturday from 6.00pm with Rosary at 8.00pm.

Removal will take place on Sunday to St. Mary’s Church, Moyne, Thurles, arriving for 12.30pm Mass, followed by burial immediately afterwards in the new cemetery.

Note: Funeral Home private on Sunday morning, please.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Death of Sr. Mary (Clement) O’Brien, Stannix House, Thurles

deathIt is with a great personal sadness I learned of the death on Tuesday last, (16th August 2016), of Sister Mary (Clement) O’Brien, Stannix House, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Caherelly, Co. Limerick.

Sr. Mary (Clement) passed away peacefully in the loving care of the staff at the Catherine McAuley Nursing Home, Limerick, and her passing is most deeply regretted by her devoted cousins Jim (O’Connell); Willie. J. (Ryan); Moira (Treacy); her Sisters of Mercy Community; relatives; and many loving friends, who were fortunate enough to make her acquaintance.

A woman of remarkable patience, dedication, organisation and understanding; her absence from the Thurles Community now leaves behind an irreplaceable gap in our lives.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Sr. Mary (Clement) will repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, today, Thursday, Aug. 18th, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, to arrive later at the Cathedral of The Assumption at 8.00pm.

Requiem Mass will be held on Friday morning at 11.00am, followed by burial afterwards in Old Pallas Cemetery, Pallasgreen, Co. Limerick.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.