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Death of Jacqueline O’Brien, Ballydoyle Stud, Tipperary.


Mrs Jacqueline O’Brien (née Wittenoom) R.I.P.

It was with great sadness we learned of the death, on Tuesday last, March 15th, 2016, aged 89, of Mrs Jacqueline O’Brien (née Wittenoom) formerly of Perth, Western Australia; Ballydoyle Stud, Rosegreen, Co. Tipperary and Straffan, Co. Kildare.

Former President of St. Catherine’s College, University of Western Australia, Miss Jacqueline Wittenoom was born in Western Australia in 1927, the daughter of Charles Wittenoom, well-known politician and MP.

Possibly best known here in Ireland as the wife of legendary horse trainer and pre-deceased Mr Vincent O’Brien; Mrs O’Brien was, in her own right, a most accomplished photographer and author.  Her lavishly-illustrated publications included ‘Ancient Ireland’ (from prehistory to the middle ages); ‘Great Irish Houses and Castles’ and ‘Dublin: A Grand Tour’.

Mrs O’Brien also wrote ‘Vincent O’Brien – The Official Biography’, telling of her husbands ownership of the world-famous Ballydoyle Stud in Co Tipperary and later his partnership with their son-in-law Mr John Magnier and businessman Mr Robert Sangster, in the establishment of the now also world famous Coolmore Stud.

Her last publication; ‘On We Go the Wittenoom Way: The Legacy of a Colonial Chaplain’, has since been hailed in Australia as a most comprehensive, social and cultural history of the area in which she spent her formative years.

Following their wedding in 1951, Ballydoyle Stud, Rosegreen, here in Co. Tipperary would become her home for much of her life.

Mrs O’Brien passed away peacefully on Tuesday last, surrounded by her family, at St. Vincent’s Private Hospital, Dublin. She is survived by her children; Elizabeth (McClory), Susan (Magnier), David, Jane (Myerscough) and Charles. Her passing is most sadly missed by her loving family, her brother’s Bob and Richard, daughters-in-law Catherine and Tammy, sons-in-law John and Philip, her nineteen treasured grandchildren and fourteen great-grand-children, her relatives and many friends.

The earthly remains of Mrs O’Brien were removed on Saturday last (19th March) to St. Patrick’s Church, Celbridge; arriving at 11:50am. The arrival of her body was celebrated by a traditional Mass at 12:00 noon, latter personally pre-planned by Mrs O’Brien herself, prior to her death and included deeply personal touches, which saw her grandchildren perform ‘Scriptural Readings’ and ‘Prayers of the Faithful’. Later the Mass was followed by private cremation.

Many hundreds of close friends from the many worlds of business, horse racing and politics, attended at St Patrick’s Church in Celbridge, Co Kildare; each to celebrate her almost 90 years of a most active and generous life.

It was her wish that donations, in lieu of flowers, if desired, be made to the Irish Cancer Society.

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Tipperary – Kick For Kolkata

A 25 year old primary school teacher, Mr Kevin O’Riordan, from Killea, near Templemore, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, has taken on the challenge of kicking points at all 1,616 GAA clubs in the 32 counties of Ireland. His aim; to raise money for the children of Kolkata in India, where he will return again for five weeks during the summer of 2016.


Aided by the co-operation of GAA county boards and local clubs, Kevin begins his daily exercise at about 7.15am and ends at 6.30pm. He began his Kickathon on August 29th last, photographing his presence at every GAA club in which he records kicking a point.

Back in June 2014, Mr O’Riordan qualified volunteering to work with the Froebel/HOPE Partnership to help children in Kolkata, (meaning ‘Field of [the goddess] Kali’.) formerly Calcutta and capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Here exists areas of slum-like conditions similar to that experienced by Mother Teresa. Each evening Kevin watched the children being taught under his care, go back onto the streets begging, with every rupee they received being taken off them by supreme overlords skulking nearby.

Having returned to Ireland, Kevin decided to raise money for the HOPE Foundation. Last August he set off to “Kick a point on every GAA pitch over the 32 counties of Ireland”, as well as seek sponsorship from clubs, supporters and the general public.

As stated, Kevin will return to Kolkata in June and you can follow his progress on KickForKolkata Facebook page, while assisting him in his fund-raising efforts at www.gofundme.com/mgx2b8pm.


Funeral – Former EU Comm’r R. Burke, Upperchurch, Thurles.


Richard Burke, R.I.P.

As sadly we previously reported, the death took place on Tuesday last of former Minister for Education and EU Commissioner, Mr Richard (Dick) Burke, Mount Merrion, Dublin and formerly of Upperchurch, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Beloved husband of Mary, father of Mary, David, Audrey, Richard, Avila and pre-deceased by his son Joseph, Mr Burke sadly passed away suddenly at his home on March 15th last. The passing of Mr Burke is most deeply regretted by his adoring family, his sister Eileen, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, his treasured grandchildren David, Robert, Stephen, Edie, Richard, Ava, Alison, Zach, Elia, Grace, Erin and Michael, sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, nieces, nephews and all his relatives and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Burke will be removed on Friday (18th March) to the Church of St. Thérése, Mount Merrion, to arrive at 5:00pm.
Funeral Mass will take place at 10:00am on Saturday (19th March), followed by cremation in the Victorian Chapel, Mount Jerome, Harold’s Cross, Dublin.

Note: Family flowers only please.

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Death of Seamus O’Brien, Bohernanave, Thurles.

DeathIt was with sadness we learned of the death, on Wednesday 16th March 2016, of Mr Seamus O’Brien, (Hawk), No.2, Church View, Bohernanave, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, formerly of Lisheen Terrace, Mitchel Street, Thurles Co. Tipperary and Australia.

The passing of Mr O’Brien is most deeply regretted by his loving sisters and brother, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr O’Brien will repose at his residence No. 2, Church View, Bohernanave, Thurles, tomorrow Thursday March 17th, 2016 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, arriving at the Cathedral of The Assumption at 10:15am on Friday March 18th for Requiem Mass at 11:00am. Burial will take place immediately after Mass in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Note: Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to Milford Hospice.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.


Death Of Harry Tumelty, Church Avenue, Templemore

DeathIt was with sadness we learned of the death, on Monday 14th March 2016, of Mr Harry Tumelty, Church Avenue, Templemore, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The passing of Mr Tumelty is most deeply regretted by his wife Geraldine, sons Eoin and Paul, daughter Orla, brothers Finbarr and Matthew, his sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Tumelty will repose at the Convent Chapel (Malones) off Church Ave. Road, Templemore, tomorrow Thursday, from 5:00pm with Rosary at 7:30pm.

Removal on Friday to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Templemore, arriving at 2:30pm for Mass at 3:00pm. Burial immediately afterwards in Borrisoleigh Cemetery, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Note: Funeral Home private on Friday morning please.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.