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Car Manufacturer Renault Recall Mini SUV’s

Renault-CapturThe car manufacturers Renault have recalled thousands of vehicles due to a problem with their braking system.

Owners of more than 27,000 ‘Renault Captur’s’, here in Ireland and the UK have been urged to have their vehicles checked, following the company’s discovery that wheel arch liners have been incorrectly positioned, thus causing some of them to abrade against brake hosing.

Over 1,400 vehicles here in Ireland are affected, same having been produced between January 2013 and November 2014. Renault’s urgent ‘safety recall notice’ which issued to owners, state the fault could affect the braking efficiency of the vehicle. A spokesman representing Renault has stated that this recall is not a case of owners being required to halt driving their vehicle immediately, but rather to be alerted to the problem, especially if a warning sign ‘braking system fault’ message appears on their dashboard.

This popular Tipperary purchased vehicle, a Clio-based mini-SUV, has been in production since 2013 and was named What Car? – Best small SUV, for under €16,000 in 2014.

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Reduced Sentence For Convicted Tipperary Thief

LawA convicted bank robber, Mr Alan Freeman aged 34 years, who stole 42 guns from an arms dealer here in Co Tipperary, will now spend less time in prison following his legal appeal today.

Mr Freeman, who previously resided at Deansrath Grove, Clondalkin, Co. Dublin, failed to have his conviction quashed; however, following his appeal today, he will now be released two years earlier.

His original conviction followed a break-in during the early hours of Jan 9th, 2009, when, in the company of other masked men, he broke into the residence of a licensed firearms dealer living close to Carrick-On-Suir in Co. Tipperary. Having threatened gun dealer Mr Thomas Keevan, his partner, their daughter and a close friend with a sawn-off shotgun, the men locked the latter into a gun safe for several hours; making off with the 42 weapons.

Three weeks into his trial Mr Freeman admitted stealing the guns and was, for his part, jailed for seven years. This sentence was later increased to further incarceration of 13-year, after a previously suspended sentence for involvement in a bank robbery in Abbeyleix, Co Laois, had been taken into consideration.

His lawyers today appealed the conviction for the gun theft, but same was dismissed. However his lawyers also argued that Mr Freeman’s combined sentence was excessive and did not give full consideration to the principle of totality, which is normally applied when multiple sentences are similarly imposed.

It was to this legal argument that the sitting three-judge panel agreed and thus suspended the final two years of Mr Freeman’s overall sentence.

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New Surgical Day Unit Open In Nenagh Hospital

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Nenagh Hospital Tipperary

A new Surgical Day Unit will be officially opened in Nenagh Hospital on Monday June 29th 2015 next. This new Surgical Day Unit has now been completed and is currently up and running.

Some €6.2 million has been spent on Nenagh hospital in recent years, under the Government’s Capital Works Programme. Current services available here for Tipperary and the Mid-West region now include Endoscopy, Diagnostic and Surgical Procedures, together with a range of Consultancy Specialists operating from the hospitals outpatient clinic.

Since re-development and restructuring of services the throughput of patients has now increased by an average of almost 40%.

Independent Deputy Michael Lowry, whose representations undoubtedly resulted in agreement to include Nenagh in the National Capital Programme with an investment of 6.5 million, has today welcomed the completion of this latest phase of development.

Recent visitors to the hospital have also welcomed recent new refurbishments.

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“Foot Golf” Now A First For Cashel, Co. Tipperary


Denis O’Meara, John Foran and Michael Bannon become the first three people to play ‘Foot Golf’ in Co. Tipperary’s  history.

Welcome to the new and wonderful world of “Foot Golf” here in the most scenic of areas in Co. Tipperary. Same comes courtesy of Cashel Golf Range, Ballyknock, Cashel, latter venue situated just off the R639 [Map Ref], close to Cashel town.

Yes ‘Foot Golf’ is now the latest new precision Irish outdoor pursuit to hit Co. Tipperary, blending those two most enjoyable of recreational sports, namely Football and Golf.

“What is Foot Golf ?” I hear you ask!  Well it all started back somewhere between the years 2006 – 2008, possibly beginning first in the Netherlands.  Basically is comes down to simple logic “Why play just one sport when you can play two at the same time”. Players simply take two great sports; Football and Golf, then combine both together using the existing rules attributed to the game of Golf.

Players kick a regulation No. 5 soccer ball into a specially designed 21-inch “cup” which replaces the normally expected standard golf hole. In doing so players attempt to take the least amount of kicks as is possible between each hole. The player who plays all 18 holes with the fewest kicks wins.

For most players each round will take approximately two hours to complete and soccer balls can be cheaply rented at this same Cashel venue – or you may wish to bring along your own.

The attraction of this new sport is that it can be played by anyone who is a lover of either golf or football, while involving whole families from young children to grandparents.  Same is now being recognised as the perfect outing for that close group of Friends (Ladies and Gents), that Corporate Event and of course that ever popular ‘Hen‘ or ‘Stag‘ party outing.

“What do you wear?”  Simple answer, “whatever you like”, with the exception of possibly football boots with studs and golf shoes with spikes which, as a general rule, are not allowed for obvious reasons. Ordinary ‘Runners’ or other soft type footwear is acceptable and indeed recommended.

All in all this game promises to be a most inexpensive outing for families, with no expensive sports clothing or golfing equipment required. Also importantis the fact that this new sport offers that important daily two hours of light exercise, recommended to maintain physical fitness and overall health and wellness.

Congratulations to ‘Cashel Golf Range’ for their initiative in introducing this most enjoyable of new sports to Co. Tipperary. Meanwhile if you fancy a game then Phone 062-62111 this weekend.

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Funeral Arrangements Of The Late Jimmy Doyle

deathIt was with great sadness yesterday we reported the death, (Monday June 22nd 2015), of hurling legend Mr Jimmy Doyle, lately of No 2 Church View, Bothar-na-Naomh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Doyle passed away unexpectedly, pre-deceased by his sister Olive and brother Gary and deeply regretted by his sorrowing family; daughter Janet, sons Gerry, Walter and James, sisters Hannah and Breda, his brother Paddy, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
Mr Doyle’s body will repose at Sarsfield Social Centre, Semple Stadium, Thurles tomorrow Wednesday, June 24th, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm arriving to the Church of St. Joseph and St. Brigid, Bothar-na- Naomh, at 8:30pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Thursday morning at 10:00am, with funeral afterwards to the Island Crematorium, Rocky Island, Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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