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Death Of Billy Dunne, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death yesterday, Thursday 19th April 2018, of Mr Billy (William) Dunne, Glengoole, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The passing of Mr Dunne is most deeply regretted by his brother; sisters; brothers-in-law; nieces; nephews; extended relatives; neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Dunne will lie in repose at O’Connell’s Funeral Home, Killenaule, Thurles, on tomorrow evening, Saturday 21st April 2018, from 5.00pm with removal at 7.00pm to the Church of St. Patrick and St. Oliver, Glengoole, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Requiem Mass will be held on Sunday, taking place at 10.00am, followed immediately afterwards by interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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One Tipperary Crow Ain’t No “Birdbrain”.

We seem to be in the business of correcting erroneous concepts this week.  We corrected the often-used idiom, “Blind as a Bat”, just 3 days ago, (April 17th) and now we turn our attention to that mild, yet commonly used insult “Birdbrain”, meaning a person is stupid, foolish, or scatter brained. This description also suggests that our feathered friends, the birds, are less smart than Homo sapiens, (Latin meaning – “Wise Man”).

Crows / Rooks are intelligent and opportunistic birds.
In the case of one Tipperary Crow [Rook (Corvus frugilegus)], despite his extremely untidy nest building skills, latter which is located nearby, and part of a noisy colony in the tops of high trees; trust me when I say that he is as “bright as button”, when it comes to scheming, planning and problem solving.

View the video, provided above, on full screen, and pay particular attention to the bird’s leg coordination, and see how one suet ball on a long string can be controlled and held in place, when spread across more than one tree branch.

Rooks resident near the Irish coast have figured it out that if they carry and drop cockles and mussels from a height onto rural, coastal, hard surfaces e.g. rocks and roads, they can then swoop down to consume the contents of the smashed shells.

In the South Pacific’s French territory of New Caledonia, crows have been shown to be smarter than children aged between 5 and 7, when it comes to problem solving.

So, next time you are categorised as a ‘birdbrain’, regard it as a compliment.

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Death Of James O’Shea, Ballingarry (SR), Co. Tipp

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death yesterday, Wednesday 18th April 2018, of Mr James O’Shea, Grawn, Ballingarry (SR), Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by his parents, son Seamus and brother Joby; the passing of Mr O’Shea, is most deeply regretted by his loving wife Mary; son Richard; daughter Caitriona; grandsons Aaron and Gus; grand- daughter Niah; his daughter-in-law Kelly; brothers Michael and Tommy; sisters Kathleen; Josie (Muckalee/Ballyfoyle), and Maureen (Johnswell, Kilkenny); nephews; nieces; extended relatives; neighbours and a large circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr O’Shea will lie in repose at Ronans Funeral Home, Ballingarry on tomorrow evening Friday, April 20th, from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, followed by funeral prayers.

Removal will take place on Saturday morning to the Church of the Assumption, Ballingarry (SR), Co. Tipperary, for 11.30am funeral Mass, followed immediately afterwards by interment in the adjoining cemetery.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Death Of Tom Meagher, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death yesterday, Tuesday 17th April 2018, of Mr Thomas Meagher, Fertiana, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, and formerly Ballingarry (SR), Co. Tipperary.

Mr Meagher passed away peacefully, while in the care of Padre Pio Nursing Home, Holycross, Thurles.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his loving wife Eleanor; son Tom; daughter Elaine; grandchildren Matthew, Sarah and Sullivan; his sisters and brothers; Maura, Pat, Vera, Kit and Ollie; sisters-in-law Peggy, Mary and Jan; brothers-in-law John and Tony; nieces; nephews; extended relatives; neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Meagher will lie in repose at his residence on tomorrow evening, Thursday from 3.00pm to 8.00pm.

Removal will take place on Friday morning at 11.00am, for Funeral Mass in Holycross Abbey, Thurles at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Special Needs Report Issued In Error For School Project

Independent.ie report today that confidential education details, given to a senior infants class on paper intended for use as a colouring project, has now become the subject of an investigation at a Co. Tipperary primary school.

It is understood that part of this confidential education report, which concerned a special needs boy, was handed to five and six-year-old senior infant students, in the form of A4 sheets for use in a drawing project.

A detailed assessment of the 10-year-old boy’s educational needs were clearly legible on the reverse side of an A4 sheet, detailing how this older special needs boy; latter experiencing emotional and special education issues, should be managed. It is believed that pages from this report may were accidentally gotten mixed up with blank A4 pages, intended for use in the classroom.

The issue came to light when the primary students were permitted to take their colouring project home, and an older sibling of one of these children became curious about the messaging on the reverse side of the A4 project page.

Realising the significance of this written material; this older student then brought it to the attention a parent, who became dismayed and shocked by the information contained thereon; which included the boy’s name and his date of birth.

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