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Tipperary Man Receives Bravery Award


Mr Hugh Long

A now 73 year old man, originally from Gortnahoe, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and currently living in Urlingford on the Tipperary / Kilkenny border has at last been honoured some 33 years later, following the saving of a human life. Mr Hugh Long was honoured just last week, for his act of selfless bravery.

Then occupied as a truck driver and unable to swim, Mr Long waded into the River Liffey and showing no regard for his own safety; dragged a woman identified as being in difficulty, to safety.

Mr Long recalls a woman signalling to him, on a day in February 1983, that there was a body in the river Liffey. Leaving the cab of his vehicle, he quickly climbed over the river wall in the Ellis Quay area of Dublin, before climbing down a safety ladder and wading out to where a female was floating, face down in the water.

Mr Long, who recently celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with his wife Patricia (Pat), had fully forgotten the events of that day until he was contacted by TG4, regarding the making of a documentary. Only then did Irish Water Safety become aware of his selfless act and last week, Mr Simon Coveney, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government was invited to present Mr Long with his long overdue award.


Death Of Elizabeth Cooke, Borrisoleigh, Thurles

DeathIt was with sadness we learned of the death on Saturday last, 12th November 2016, of M/s Elizabeth (Betty) Cooke, Fortwilliam House, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her brother William, M/s Cooke passed away while in the loving care of the Matron and Staff of Patterson’s Nursing Home, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her extended relatives; very good neighbours and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of M/s Cooke will repose at Kennedy’s Funeral Home, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary, on today Monday, 14th November, from 6.00pm, followed by removal to The Sacred Heart Church, Borrisoleigh, at 7.00pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Tuesday, 15th November at 11.00am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in Glenkeen Cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


North Tipperary Man Awarded With ‘Legion of Honour’


Mr James Moore – ‘Legion of Honour’ recipient.

Three Irishmen who fought in France in the Second World War; namely, Mr Albert Sutton, Mr James Moore and Mr Jack Allshire (Latter named whose award was posthumously accepted by his wife, Mrs Barbara Allshire) were awarded with the Legion of Honour by Minister Jean-Marc Todeschini at a ceremony in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin today.

The Legion of Honour; full name National Order of the Legion of Honour (In French: Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur) is the highest French order for military and civil merits, established by Napoléon Bonaparte in 1802 and divided into five degrees of increasing distinction: Chevalier (Knight), Officier (Officer), Commandeur (Commander), Grand Officier (Grand Officer) and Grand-Croix (Grand Cross). The order’s motto is “Honneur et Patrie” (“Honour and Fatherland”).

Mr James Moore, aged 92, was born on June 5th 1924 in Borrioskane, Co. Tipperary, and presently resides in the Coolbawn area of North Tipperary. After the ceremony Mr Moore spoke briefly of the landing on a Normandy beach just a few days after D-Day while being bombed from the air.  Indeed the first dead German he remembers seeing was an airman who had been shot down, aged, he believes, no more than 19 or 20 years old.

Thurles WW1
Meanwhile back here in Thurles on today, Remembrance Sunday (The closest Sunday to eleventh day of the eleventh month), let us never forget some 73 soldiers, including one Victoria Cross recipient; all who were residents of the area and who lost their lives during WW1.

For the Fallen.
[Extract from the poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)]

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”

Anderson John, – Beirne John, – Bermingham Patrick, – Bourke James, – Brett Timothy, – Butler John, – Byrne Patrick, – Carroll Martin, – Carroll Thomas, – Carty John, – Cassidy John, – Cleary Joseph, – Cleary Patrick, – Cleary Thomas, – Coady Edward, – Coady Joseph, – Coady Richard, – Coffey Michael, – Cooke Henry F, – Cooney David, – Cummins John, – Conway Denis, – Cunningham John V.C., – Cunningham Patrick, – Cusack Oliver, – Dea Patrick, – Dwyer Cornelius, – Egan Martin, – Fitzpatrick Joseph, – Gouldsborough Patrick, – Griffin Thomas, – Hackett Martin, – Hanrahan Daniel, – Hayes Daniel, – Hayes Thomas, – Hennessey Thomas, – Horan Joseph, – Jordan Denis, – Kelly James, – Kelly William, – Kennedy Matthew, – Kiely Owen, – Knox Hubert Lt Col., – Knox William Lt Col., – Lawyer Joseph, – Maher Frank, – Maher James, – Maher James Bernard, – Maher John, – McCormack Francis, – McCormack Thomas, – McLoughlin James J, – Meany James, – Mockler Patrick, – Moyler George, – O’Brien Lawrence, – O’Grady Patrick, – O’Shea John, – Power Michael, – Purcell Philip, – Quinlan Joseph, – Ryan Andrew, – Ryan James, – Ryan John, – Ryan Martin, – Ryan Michael, – Ryan Patrick, – Scally Patrick, – Shields Matthew, – Stapleton John, – Sullivan Patrick, – Terry Timothy, – Walsh James.

In all at least 50,000 families in Ireland were affected by the loss of a loved one during the First World War.


Death Of Angela Dunne, Ard Carraig, Thurles

DeathIt was with sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Saturday 12th November 2016, of M/s Angela Dunne, Ard Carraig, Dublin Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Graigue, Dublin Road, Urlingford, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

M/s Dunne passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, while in the loving care of the Nurses and Staff of the Community Hospital of The Assumption, Thurles.

Predeceased by her sister Kathleen, the passing of M/s Dunne is most deeply regretted by her dear friend Tom; brothers William and Richard; sisters-in-law Marie and Mary; brother-in-law Pat Delaney (Brandra); nieces Patricia, Eileen, Mairead, Sinead, and Maura; nephews William, John, David, Timmy and Richard (jnr); uncle William Doheny (Australia); aunts Mary, Phylis and Sarah; extended relatives; work colleagues and a close circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of M/s Dunne will repose at Ardeen Nursing Home, Thurles on Monday evening from 4.00pm until 6.00pm, followed by removal to the Cathedral of The Assumption, Cathedral Street, Thurles, to arrive at 6.30pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Tuesday at 11.00am followed by burial immediately afterwards in Fennor Cemetery,  Gortnahoe, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Death Of Very Rev. Fr. Thomas J. Breen, Holycross, Thurles


Very Rev. Fr. Thomas J. Breen R.I.P

It is with the deepest regret and personal sadness that I report the death yesterday, Friday 11th November 2016, of Very Rev. Fr. Thomas J. Breen, PP. Holycross, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Ayle, Cappawhite, Co. Tipperary.

A man of immense dedication, understanding and compassion; Fr. Breen passed away after a long illness most bravely borne, while in the tender care of the Matron and Staff of the Community Hospital of The Assumption, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his Grace, Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly; Clergy and Colleagues of the Cashel and Emly Dioceses; his sister Madge (Cleary); brothers Jack (Ayle) and Liam (Clonmel); sisters-in-law Ann and Mary; brother-in-law Paddy; cousin Fr Tom F. Breen (P.P. Fethard); nephews; nieces; grandnephews; grandnieces; cousins; extended relatives; parishioners and many, many friends both locally and further afield.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Fr. Breen will repose in Holycross Abbey, Holycross, on Monday November 14th, from 2.00pm to 6.45pm, followed by Mass at 7.00pm.

His Requiem Mass will be held on Tuesday 15th November at 12.30pm, with burial immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Note: Family flowers only please. However donations can be made, if desired, to North Tipperary Hospice Movement.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.