Gardaí in Cahir are appealing for witnesses, following a single car collision yesterday just outside Cahir, Co Tipperary, on the M8 motorway and which claimed the life of a male in his 60′s.
The car is understood to have left the motorway, before colliding with an embankment, between Junction 6 and 7 shortly after 4.00pm yesterday afternoon.
The driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene, while another male passenger aged in his 20′s was taken by Ambulance to South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel. The latters injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
Persons with any information regarding this collision are asked to contact Cahir Garda Station Telephone:052- 7445630, or the Garda Confidential Line Telephone: 1800 666 111.
This man’s death brings to 184 the number of people killed on our roads so far this year; compared to 160 on the same date last year.
Of those killed 93 were drivers of vehicles, while 31 were passengers. Twenty six motorcyclists, five cyclists and 29 pedestrians have also died.
Gardaí are urging drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to be extra careful during this holiday season.
From all here on Thurles.Info, may we wish our readers, wherever you are tonight, a Happy, Healthy, Peaceful, Joyous and Holy Christmas.
“Happy Christmas Everyone.”
Anger has been expressed over the dumping of memorial plaques in St Mary’s Graveyard, to make way for a plaque to commemorate the Korean War.
The badly worded inaccurate Korean war plaque, displaying grammatical errors, commemorates the death of 130 (Should read 159 Irish Born, 30 soldiers, seven members of the Columban order and an Anglican nun.) Irish born unnamed persons which have no known association with Thurles town, was unveiled on March 2nd last by Korean native Mr Kim Yong Ho. Later the plaque was removed and re-erected more recently, displacing at least three small plaques previously erected by local Thurles residents, whose relatives are buried within the graveyard’s confines.
No Korean War victims are buried in the grounds of St Mary’s graveyard Thurles and indeed only one Tipperary soldier Sgt. TJ O’Brien a native of Ballyvistea, Emly was killed in Korea, and his body was never recovered. The now displaced plaques, erected by relatives of persons actually buried in this area, now accuse local councillors of attempting to raise their personal profiles in time for local elections brochures, due for production before next May.
According to the inscription on the plaque, same was erected by an organisation calling itself “Dúrlas Éile Eliogarty Memorial Committee,” whose members include Local Town Councillor’s Mr Jim Ryan, Mr David Doran, and Mr Noel O’Dwyer, together with Mr John Worth (President & PRO) and Mr Pat Walsh (Chairperson).
The local Church of Ireland community who share the grounds within the graveyard complex refused to comment on the removal of these memorials, other than to state that they had been contacted by concerned and angry individuals regarding this matter and had directed same to contact Thurles Town Council. They were also anxious to point out that they had in the past totally opposed the erection of this and other such plaques, which has by their presence destroyed and desecrated an area of immense historical importance.
The Church of Ireland Community also stated that the following written confirmation was received by them on the May 11th 2010, from North Tipperary Co Council via Thurles Town Council regarding planning permission, Quote; “In reply to your e-mail, I wish to confirm that we have no record of any planning applications for permission to erect memorials in the grounds of St Mary’s old graveyard, situated at St Mary’s lane, Thurles, Co.Tipperary.”
The Church of Ireland community confirm that threats of legal action expressed in some complaints made, should now be addressed to Thurles Town Council, latter Administrators of this historic fourteenth century burial ground.
Owners of the plaques dumped claim that no permission or indeed request was ever received by the committee responsible for their removal, and also claim this is a final indignity to those who in the past were unable to afford a simple headstone marker.
Tipperary Hurling Legend and goalkeeper Brendan Cummins is to be rightly honoured tonight in his own county.
Born in Ardfinnan, County Tipperary, into a family that had a strong association with Gaelic games, particularly Gaelic football, Brendan played hurling at club level with Ballybacon-Grange and football with their sister club Ardfinnan.
Cummins initially arrived on the inter-county scene at the tender age of seventeen, when he first linked up with the Tipperary minor football team. He later joined the minor hurling team and the under-21 sides in both of these sporting events.
He first made his senior hurling début in the 1993/94 National Hurling League, before going on to play a key role as the counties goalkeeper, for the last twenty years.
Brendan retired in October 2013 last, after a career which won for him three National League Medals, five All-Star Awards, five Munster Medals and two All-Ireland Medals, while also achieving All-Ireland runner-up status on three occasions.
Brendan, who also holds the record for the highest number of appearances in the history of the championship will receive the ‘Mick Doyle Golden Memory Award,’ tonight at the Canon Hayes National Sports Awards.
This event will take place at a banquet in the Ballykisteen Hotel and Golf Resort, Ballykisteen, Tipperary.
Mr P.J. Ryan, latter a native of Newport here in west Tipperary, has won the coveted “Selfies on the Farm” competition, run by the Irish Farmers Journal this week on Facebook.
Our County Tipperary border native the US President Barack Obama from Moneygall, has done it, as has Pope Francis and British PM David Cameron, so why not a good looking farmer from County Tipperary?
People from all over the country submitted images in a bid to win this coveted Irish Farmers Journal prize of a hamper. “What is in that hamper?” I hear you scream. “Don’t know,” I answer, but knowing the Irish Farmers Journal it is unlikely to include cheap vegetables from leading Irish Supermarkets and even more unlikely to include frozen burgers from same establishments, containing imported horse meat.
A carefully chosen panel of judges selected some 10 of the best farm ‘Selfies,’ allowing the public to vote for their particular favourite on Facebook. The photo with the most ‘Likes,’ by 5.00pm on December 18th last, won the hamper.
This self-taken photograph by P.J. Ryan, above, was submitted by his daughter Aisling. “Dad was helping my younger sister with her agricultural science project, when he took the picture with his ‘salers’ in the background,” she stated.
P.J’s photo received almost 1700 likes to crown him undisputed winner of this competition.