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Intention To Temporarily Close N62 At J6 on M8

It is the intention of Tipperary County Council to temporarily close the N62 and the exit from the M8 motorway at J6, in Co. Tipperary, under the Temporary Closing of Roads Act, 1993-2015, (section 75 of the roads act 1993), roads regulations, 1994 section

The duration of this closure is expected to take place from Monday May 22nd through to Thursday May 25th 2017 inc..

The reason for the closure is to facilitate badly needed pavement works at J6.

Suggested Alternative Travel Routes:
Traffic using N62 (Thurles) should divert via Pouldine (at Moycarkey school junction) and onto the R639.

Traffic from Horse & Jockey, should stay on R639, and follow diversion onto N62 via Pouldine.

Traffic for Thurles travelling northbound, should exit at J7 Cashel onto the R639.

Traffic for Horse & Jockey travelling southbound, should exit at J5, Two-Mile-Borris, onto the N75, through Two-Mile-Borris and onto the R639.

To enter the Motorway from the Horse & Jockey, follow diversion signs for J5 and J7.

Any objections to this proposed temporary closure should be submitted in writing, addressed to ‘Director of Services, Roads Transportation & Health & Safety, Tipperary County Council, Civic Offices, Limerick Road, Nenagh, to arrive not later than 12.00 noon on Thursday, May 4th 2017.

Tipperary County Council regret any inconvenience caused during this same period of closure.


Be Careful In Your Dealings With Women!

A 16-year-old Thurles boy, Ronaldo Ryan, arrived home from school driving a €130,000, 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet, last Monday.

As one might expect, his parents were just a little surprised. (Truth is they totally feckin freaked out.)

“Where did you steal that car?” demanded his mother Molly.

“I didn’t steal it, I purchased the car today,” Ronaldo proudly replied, “She’s Taxed until January 2018”

“You are a liar; so where did you get the feckin money?”, his father John screamed, “Don’t think that we don’t know the cost of a Porsche Carrera!”

“I paid for it with savings from my confirmation money,” replied Ronaldo, rubbing a small speck of dust, with a paper hanky, from the windscreen. “It cost me just €20, and look”, he reached across between the front seats, “here’s the tax book!”

This gets both his parents into a bigger frenzy, as you can only imagine; “Twenty Euro’s”, who the feck sells a brand-new Porsche Carrera for twenty Euro’s?”

“It was that nice lady what moved into No 12 up the street,” replied Ronaldo. “I don’t know her actual name, but she saw me ride past in the rain, on my bike, and asked me if I wanted to buy a Porsche for twenty Euro’s.”

“Well, there must have been some kind of mistake,” said his mother Molly, trying to understand the situation; before then turning to her husband demanding that “you might get your feckin arse up that street and see what’s exactly going on.”

Under pressure; John strolls up the street, where he identifies a rather attractive middle aged woman on her knees in the front garden of No 12; planting Pansy flowers along her border. Having introduced himself, he states that he is looking for a woman who might have sold a Porsche to his 16-year-old son, Ronaldo.

“Oh, yes,” she responds, standing up, “That indeed was me. I do hope he’s not experiencing engine problems!”

“Err… no, from what I have heard, she seems to be running perfectly,” replies a somewhat relieved John, “But to tell you the truth, we can’t understand why in the world you would sell a 2017 Porsche Carrera for such a low price; twenty Euro I believe?”

“Well,” she says, “Just this morning I got a phone call from my husband. I believed he was on a business trip, but I since learned from him that he has run off to Australia with his ‘tart’ of a secretary, and is not planning to return in the near future. He said he was temporally financially destitute at this present time and asked me to sell his new Porsche. Send on the money he said, so that is exactly what I did.”


Death Of Andrew Ryan, Formerly Kilcommon, Thurles

It is with great sadness we learned of the death today, Wednesday 19th April 2017, of Mr Andrew (Andy) Ryan, formerly of Waterloo Road, Baggot Street Dublin and Kilcommon, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Ryan, in his 96th year, passed away peacefully, following a short illness and while in the loving care of the Tara Winthrop Private Clinic, Swords, Co. Dublin.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his wife Annie of 60 years; his daughters Bernadette and Eileen; sons John, Tom and Andrew; daughters-in-law; sons-in-law; grandchildren; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; nieces; nephews; extended relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements.
The earthly remains of Mr Ryan will repose on tomorrow, Friday, 21st April, in St. Mary’s Parish Centre, Haddington Road (on the Church grounds) from 4.00pm to 7.00pm, with removal to St. Mary’s Church immediately afterwards.

Funeral Mass on Saturday morning at 10.00am, followed by burial immediately afterwards in Shanganagh Cemetery, Shankhill, Co. Dublin.

Note: Family flowers only, donations, if desired, to Mary Aikenhead Day Care Centre, Donnybrook.  House to remain strictly private.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.


Thurles Asks HSE, “What’s Up Doc”.

Thurles residents have been emailing us today, asking us as to the present whereabouts of the new Locum set to replace the much loved, now retiring, Dr. John Healy, here in Thurles.

Please now find attached a statement from Deputy Michael Lowry, on the current situation with respect to this problem and a reply which he has received from the HSE.

Deputy Lowry’s Statement;

“Since Monday last I have received complaints from numerous patients who are deeply upset and concerned about the uncertainty around the provision of GP care, following the retirement of Dr. John Healy. I have been in contact with the HSE who have now informed me that the earliest a Locum will be in place is Monday 24th of April next.

This situation is totally unsatisfactory and has caused huge stress and anxiety to patients, in particular older and vulnerable patients. I have asked the HSE to ensure that additional emergency cover is put in place for Dr. Healy’s patients, until a replacement Locum has been posted.”

Reply To Deputy Lowry;

Oifigeach Feidhmiúcháin Sinsearach, Seirbhísí um Chúram Príomhúil , 3ú Urlár, FSS, Sráid Chaitríona, Luimneach Teil (061) 483567 ríomhphoist.
Senior Executive Officer, Primary Care Services, 3rd Floor, HSE, 31-33 Catherine St. Limerick.

Subject: Fw: Dr Healy Thurles – Locum Replacement URGENT.

Dear Deputy Lowry,
Following on from your email query below, a locum GP was due to start yesterday 18th April, however we are still waiting on some of his paperwork. Once the paperwork is received, the doctor will commence. We were assured we would have the paperwork yesterday and the plan was that he would commence today April 19th. We have tried to source a locum G.P. for tomorrow and Friday, in the event that the paperwork does not arrive today, however we were not successful. There is a secretary at Dr Healy’s practice to re-direct the patients to the G.P.s in Thurles. No patients were redirected to an alternate G.P. yesterday, they decided to wait for the locum doctor to commence and so far today 9 patients were redirected.

The G.M.S. patients will be seen under S.T.C.s (Special Type Consultation) by the Thurles G.P.s for the next few days.

Should you have any further queries this evening , please do not hesitate to contact me. If you have any queries tomorrow or Friday can I suggest you make contact with Ms Marion Kennedy, Business Manager who is managing the issue. I have included Marion in this email so as you will have her email address.

Regards etc.

To all readers who queried this issue with us today, this is the most up-to-date information we hold to-night, and hopefully this issue will be fully solved shortly.

Meanwhile to Dr John, “Thank You” and from all here in Thurles go our best wishes to you on your well earned retirement.


Will John Cusack Visit Ballingarry, Thurles, To Film ‘Thomas Francis Meagher’?

Ballingarry (SR), Thurles, Co. Tipperary, to play host to National Famine Commemorations

We understand that the village of Ballingarry (SR), Thurles, Co. Tipperary, will play host to the National Famine Commemoration this year, 2017.  This will be the first occasion on which the commemoration will be hosted in Co. Tipperary, since the establishment of the National Famine Commemoration Committee came into being in 2008.

The event will be held on September 30th, 2017 in the Famine Warhouse, (Also referred to as “The Widow McCormack’s House” or the British derogatory title of “The Widow McCormack’s Cabbage Patch.”), situated a short distance outside the village.

Will the Hollywood Actor / Producer, Mr John Cusack, be visiting the Widow McCormack’s Cabbage Patch?

The signatures of Thomas Francis Meagher & Patrick O’Donoghue, both present at the ‘Ballingarry Uprising of 1848’. These signatures are written on the inside cover of a book found in Richmond prison, Tasmania. The book is entitled “Wreath of Friendship,” and both signatures are dated 26th February 1849.

We now ask the question; Will this also be the year that Hollywood actor and producer Mr John Cusack begins to shoot a major film on the life of Thomas Francis Meagher, the Irish-born Fenian leader?  Latter was involved in a skirmish known as the Ballingarry Uprising of 1848, as well as leading the famous Union Armies’ Fighting 69th Regiment into battle during the American civil war.  Indeed Meagher, known as “Meagher of the Sword” (Following his speech on the right of the Irish nation to fight for its freedom and which was given at his trial), was first to fly the Irish Tricolour (Green White & Orange) at this same Ballingarry rebellion.

Mr Cusack informed Irish television’s, “Today Show”, at the Belfast Film Festival, that a film on the life of Thomas Francis Meagher (Inspired by the best selling biographical book “The Immortal Irishman” by New York Times columnist Timothy Egan), would feature a major international cast and be filmed all over Ireland.

Meagher who was found guilty of treason, following this skirmish, and sentenced to death; found his sentence later commuted to transportation from Ireland to Richmond Prison in Tasmania, Australia, from which he later escaped, to eventually end up in New York.

Following the American Civil War, he was appointed Governor of Montana State, but died soon afterwards under mysterious circumstances, aged 43 years.