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Death Of Brigid McCormack, Kilcommon, Thurles

With-sincere-sympathyIt was with sadness we learned of the death, on Sunday 28th February 2016, of Mrs Brigid McCormack (née Ryan Darby), Kilcommon Cross, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs McCormack, formerly of Loughisle, Kilcommon, was the beloved wife of the late Ted and sister of the late Kitty. A valued member of the management team at Padre Pio Nursing Home, Holycross and a retired publican; Mrs McCormack passed away suddenly after a brief illness, surrounded by her loving family while in the care of the staff at the Blackrock Clinic, Dublin.

Mrs McCormack’s passing is most deeply regretted by her heartbroken daughters and sons, Mary, Cáit, Anne, Lucie, John, Martin, Edward and Mike; her brother Michael, sister Mary, daughters-in-law, Anne, Siobhán and Emily, son-in-law William Kennedy, her adoring grandchildren Christina, Cormac, Andre, Bryan, Tadhg, Will, Caoimhe, Luke, Kate and Ava, brother-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, cousins, relatives, good neighbours and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs McCormack will repose tomorrow, Tuesday, at the Family Funeral Home, Kilcommon from 5:30pm with removal at 8:00pm to St. Patrick’s Church, Kilcommon.

Requiem Mass will be held on Wednesday at 11:30am, with burial immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. NOTE: Family flowers only please, however donations, if desired, to Irish Heart Foundation.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.


Death Of Tony Cleere, Killenaule, Thurles

deathIt was with sadness we learned of the death, on Friday last (26th February 2016), of Mr Tony Cleere, No.12, Boherlug, Killenaule, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Beloved son of Joan and Tony and loving brother of the late Paul, the passing of Mr Cleere is most deeply regretted by his loving family, sister Catherine, brothers Michael John and Conor, grandmother, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Cleeree will repose at his mother’s residence; No.12, Boherlug, Killenaule, from 4:00pm8:00pm today Monday, 29th Feb. 2016.

Removal tomorrow (Tuesday), to St Mary’s Church, Killenaule, for Requiem Mass at 11:30am. Burial afterwards in Crosscannon Cemetery.

NOTE: House private on Tuesday morning please.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.


Death Of Anna Diamond, Templetuohy, Thurles

With-sincere-sympathyIt was with sadness we learned of the death, on Friday last (26th February 2016), of Mrs Anna Diamond (née Kinsela), Templetuohy, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs Diamond passed away in her 85th year; predeceased by her husband Fred and sister Kim MacDermot.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her Sister Maureen, (Kaleta, Canada), Nieces and Nephews, especially Paula Younessi and Tyna (Florcha) Jallet, Grand Nieces, Grand Nephews, Cousins, relatives and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Diamond will repose at Grey’s Funeral Home, Templemore, this Thursday evening, from 5:00pm, with removal to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Templetuohy, at 7:00pm, to arrive at 7:45pm.

Requiem Mass will be held on Friday at 11:30am, followed immediately afterwards by interment in Templeree Cemetery.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.


Tipperary’s Five Representatives In the 2016, 32nd Dáil Chosen

The electorate of the new constituency of Co. Tipperary have now chosen their five TD’s to represent them in the 32nd Dáil.

Two outgoing Fine Gael TD’s, namely Deputy Mr Noel Coonan and Mr Tom Hayes, latter Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, have both lost their seats.

Minister and Deputy Leader of  the Labour Party, Mr Alan Kelly just about managed to hold his seat in this constituency; elected on the sixth count, without ever reaching a full quota.

Topping all the election results and as expected, was hard working Mr Michael Lowry TD, who for the last 5 General Elections has consistently been returned by his electorate on the first count.

A warm welcome must also go to Co. Tipperary and Thurles town representative Councillor Mr Jackie Cahill. Mr Cahill, a former President of the ICMSA (Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association) from 2005 to 2011;  Chairman of Irish Dairy Council from 2011 to date; a Member of Bord Bia and Director of Thurles Greyhound Stadium, will now take up his post as a newly elected TD for Fianna Fáil in Dáil Éireann in March 2016.  Congratulations to Jackie.

Meanwhile, to our Dublin Media; but especially to all of those hundreds of weary canvassers based in Co. Tipperary, (regardless of their political or other affiliations), operating in the name of ‘Democracy’; well done and in the words of singer / songwriter Bruce Springsteen:- [Take your own interpretation from this song!]

“I been knocking on the door that holds the throne. I been looking for the map that leads me home
I been stumbling on good hearts turned to stone. The road of good intentions has gone dry as a bone.
We take care of our own, We take care of our own.”

We are reminded of Winston Churchill’s reflection when he wrote in June 2007: “We are made to ask what it is that political democracy gives us. The system is utilitarian, (Meaning: the best moral action for rational choice), but is it a fit object of faith and hope?”

The new 32nd Dáil government representatives chosen, may possibly give us an answer to this much debated question.

Where Tipperary leads, Ireland follows.


Tipperary General Election Tally 2016


General Election 2016 – Joint Party Tally

Figures shown in picture left are as taken at 14.55pm (2.55pm) his afternoon.

With 100% of the 276 boxes counted, same show a 68.1% turnout of voters for the county of Tipperary.

The projected quota based on this tally so far is 13,015.

The first count is now under-way with (based on the figures shown left), the outgoing Independent TD Michael Lowry expected to be duly deemed elected on the first count between 8:00pm and 9:00pm tonight, having as expected, reached the quota on the first count.

Possibly the big surprise however was outgoing Independent TD Mattie McGrath who is now expected to take the second seat, contrary to pre-election political predictions which had forecast his annihilation.

The other big surprise coming from this tally was the poor performance from Minister of State Tom Hayes (FG), of whom it was widely predicted would take the second seat in this new constituency.

Independent and outgoing TD Seamus Healy is widely expected to take the third seat, with outgoing TD’s Labour Minister Alan Kelly, Jackie Cahill (FF), Michael Smith (FF) and Minister of State Tom Hayes (FG) all fighting for the remaining two seats of this new five seater constituency.

The Tipperary count is taking place at the Presentation Primary School Count Centre here in Thurles.

A novel Irish political landscape is now emerging from all Count Centres across the country, so how likely it is that the old enemies Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will become coalition partners in the 32nd Dáil?