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Death Of Anne Mullaney, Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles

DeathIt is with great sadness we learned of the death, on today Monday 30th May 2016, of Mrs Anne Mullaney (née Russell), Skehane, Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her husband Jack; sons Michael and Matthew; the passing of Mrs Mullaney is most deeply regretted by her loving sons John and Noel; daughters Maureen (Fleming) and her partner Pat; Margaret (Ryan); son-in-law Willie; daughters-in-law Helena and Teresa; grandchildren; great grandchildren; nephews; nieces; relatives; neighbours, and a wide circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Mullaney will repose at Ardeen Funeral Home, Thurles, on Tuesday evening, 31st May, from 5.00pm to 8.00pm. Her remains will be removed on Wednesday morning, June 1st, to arrive at the Church of St. James, Two-Mile-Borris, at 11.00am.

Funeral Mass will take place at 11.30am, with burial immediately afterwards in the local cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Major Problems Identified In Our Health Service


Viral rash indicating a possible attack of ‘Shingles’.

“There is no doubt there are major problems in our health service, of which we are not even aware”, Paddy confirmed to me over a pint, down in Hickey’s Pub, Cathedral Street, Thurles, last night. Paddy was relating to me details of a rather embarrassing incident which had happened to a mate of his, early yesterday morning.

According to Paddy, his mate Mick, a local lorry driver; latter well known as holding a somewhat easy-going, composed and obliging personality, had paid a rather unscheduled visit to a doctor.

Mick had walked into the new Primary Care Centre, located in Carrick-on-Suir. “Sure you know the place”, said Paddy, “Set up under a Public Private Partnership by the European Investment Bank, in yet another attempt to privatise our Irish health service and further promote our existing two tier health system.”

According to Paddy, Mick approached the reception desk and a young lady queried as to his problem.  ‘Shingles’, said Mick.  The receptionist, knowledgeable enough to know it was not possible to catch shingles from someone else with that condition, then asked him a load of personal questions. She sought his name; his address; his private telephone number and (the all important question), whether or not he held private Medical Insurance.  Having received positive answers to all questions, she then invited him to have a seat in the public waiting room.

Some fifteen minutes later a nurse’s aide arrived; calling him by name, she again asked him what was his particular problem?.  ‘Shingles’, said Mike. The nurse’s aide measured his height; took details of his weight; asked if he ever had chickenpox in the past and then told him to remain seated in the examination room.

A half hour later a registered nurse came along and asked Mike yet again what was his problem.  ‘Shingles’, said Mike. So the nurse took his blood pressure, a blood sample test, gave him an electrocardiogram (ECG), before asking him to remove all his clothing in preparation for a full examination by the doctor; whom would be along shortly.

An hour later the doctor arrived and found Mike sitting patiently, in his birthday suit. He again enquired as to Mike’s problem. ‘Shingles’, said a now somewhat agitated Mike.  The doctor asked, ‘Where?’  Mike said, ‘Outside on me truck. I was just wondering where you would like me to unload ’em?.’


Thurles Deaths May 22nd 2016


deathIt is with great sadness we learned of the death, on Sunday 22nd May 2016, of Mr Seamus Palmer, Kennedy Park, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by his son James, the passing of Mr Palmer is most deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife Delia, sons Trevor and Mark, daughter Katherine, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews, relatives and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Palmer will repose at Ardeen Nursing Home on tomorrow, Tuesday, 24th May, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm, to arrive at the Cathedral of The Assumption Catherdal Street, Thurles, at 6.15pm.

Requiem Mass will be held on Wednesday at 11.00am, with burial immediately afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.



DeathIt is with great sadness we learned of the death, on Sunday 22nd May 2016, of Mrs Catherine (Rena) Mc Loughlin (née Doyle), Loughtagalla, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs Mc Loughlin passed away peacefully following a short illness, while in the care of Clonmel General Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her husband Sean; children Mark, Annette and Barry; brothers Jimmy, Tommy, Martin, John and Vincent; sisters Philly, Marion, Teresa and Valerie; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; grandchildren Abby, Ava, Adam and Allie; aunt Kathleen; uncle Johnny; nieces; nephews and larger extended family and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Mc Loughlin will repose at Egan’s Funeral Home on Tuesday, 24th May, from 5.30pm to 7.45pm, to arrive at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles at 8.15pm.

Requiem Mass will be held on Wednesday, 25th May, at 12.30am, with burial immediately afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Metropolitan Police Seek Information On Tipperary Native

There have been rather strange rumours; (hush hush ‘goings-on’ even); emanating from the picturesque village of Kilcommon, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, over the past six to eight months. United Kingdom (UK) Metropolitan Police’s Royalty and Specialist Protection Command Officers have been observed, visiting the homes of elderly people and local historians.

We can now confirm, thanks to Kilcommon historians Mr Paddy Ryan and Parish Priest Very Rev. Daniel Woods, that these officers were attempting to locate the descendants of Lord Herbert Kitchener’s once Personal Protection Officer. These visiting officers were attempting to locate the descendants of a former native, named as Detective Sergeant Matthew McLoughlin, ahead of the Centenary of his death, latter which occurred during the First World War.

The UK Specialist Protection Squad, we understand, now intend to honour Detective Sergeant Matthew McLoughlin, by naming their new Offices after him, when they move from their current premises at Scotland Yard, later this year.

Sergeant McLoughlin, was born on a hillside in the townsland of Foilnadrough, a mile to the west of Kilcommon village; latter address located in the very scenic Slieve Felim Mountains (See Video above), some 32.2 km from Thurles via the R503. Matthew was born on February 6th 1879, to parents and local farmers Michael and Bridget McLoughlin, the seventh of 14 children.

Sergeant McLoughlin died, along with the British Secretary of State for War, Field Marshal Lord Herbert Kitchener (“Lord Kitchener of Khartoum,” – himself an Irish man, born in Ballylongford near Listowel, County Kerry), and some 734 others on June 5th 1916.  The HMS Hampshire was sailing to Russia, carrying Field Marshal Lord Kitchener, when it is believed to have struck a mine laid by a German submarine. The cruiser sank with heavy loss of life, including Kitchener and his staff near Orkney; an archipelago in the Northern Isles of Scotland.

Matthew McLoughlin had joined the Metropolitan Police Service on September 17th 1900, after moving to London in January of that same year. He went on to join the Specialist Protection Unit in 1904; latter whose dedicated job it was to shield Royalty and UK Government Ministers.

McLoughlin married Margaret Amelie McLoughlin; possibly a lady of French origin (née Quernel, Queruel or Quesnel), in Kensington, west London, on January 13th 1912. The couple had one son, Michael Paul McLoughlin, born some three months later on April 19th 1912, in Wootton-St-Lawrence, west of Basingstoke; part of the Shire County of Hampshire.

Specialist Protection Command Officers now believe that Matthew’s son, Michael Paul, may have travelled to Caracas, in Venezuela. It appears that someone, bearing that same full name, applied for an overseas passport in the past.

There has to be close descendants out there, so if anyone has any new information on Sergeant McLoughlin they should please contact:- scott.hamer@met.police.uk and / or richard.roe@met.police.uk.


A Huge ‘Thank You,’ From St. Mary’s Church, Littleton

M/s Martha Melbourne reports on a successful ‘Afternoon Tea Fundraiser’ in aid of  St. Mary’s Church, in Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.


St. Mary’s Church, Littleton.

St. Mary’s Church (C of I) parishioners would like to thank, most sincerely, everyone who supported their recent ‘Afternoon Tea Fundraiser,’ which proved to be a huge success.

Martha stated; “Sincere thanks to all those who baked cakes and buns, made sandwiches, those who came to enjoy a ‘cuppa’ and a ‘chat’, those who bought raffle tickets and cakes on the day. Truly your support and help is most greatly appreciated”.

Martha also expressed a special word of thanks to all those who worked so hard in the kitchen and serving at table, keeping the tea flowing and everyone fed.

“Thank you to those who donated raffle prizes, made cash donations and let us borrow your china. A sincere word of thanks to the Management of the MB Community Hall for all their help with this event and also for housing us for Church Services, while the Church was closed, following a fire. We are now back using the Upper Room of the Church for Sunday services, while works are still progressing downstairs, concluded Martha.

The St. Mary’s Church in Littleton village was extensively damaged by fire, leaving restoration works expected to cost in the region of €200,000. The proceeds of this recent afternoon tea event will now go, in its entirety, towards the ongoing works which parishioners hope to have fully completed by the autumn of 2016.