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real feel: 22°C
wind speed: 5 m/s S
sunrise: 6:23 am
sunset: 8:45 pm


Sun Shines On Wedding Of Rachel & Garry.

In brilliant sunshine and with temperatures reaching 22°C, the wedding took place on Thursday last of Miss Rachel Willoughby, daughter of Mr George Willoughby and the Late Mrs Sarah (Sally) Willoughby, Kickham Street, Thurles, Co Tipperary; to Mr Garry Butler, son of Mrs Francis & Mr  Michael Butler, The Heath, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Garry & Rachel Butler, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.          [Photograph courtesy Colin Kenny]

The Rite of Marriage ceremony took place in the beautiful, recently restored, Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles with the ceremony conducted by close family friends; Rev Fr. Joseph (Joe) Walsh (P.P. Thurles); assisted by Monsignor Dr. Maurice Dooley AP, (Loughmore, Co. Tipperary).

The bride, escorted down the aisle by her father, looked stunningly beautiful in an ivory ‘Essense of Australia’ gown displaying a romantic mixture of luxurious crepe; delicate lace; with plunging neck line, highlighting the bodice. The groom, Garry, and his grooms-men; Mr Allan Butler (Best Man), Mr Ciarán Moore & Mr Darran Carew, all looked dashing in their petrol blue ‘Benetti’ suits, while bridesmaids; Miss Alison Brolan (Chief Bridesmaid), Miss Laura Stakelum & Miss Emma Butler further added to the splendour of the occasion in their blush pink evening gowns.

The couple proclaimed their love for each other in front of a large gathering of family members and close friends, with a video recording of the event undertaken by Thurles videographers ‘Star Systems’.  Photography for the event was undertaken by leading wedding photographer Mr Colin Kenny.

A Rolls Royce Silver Cloud owned and driven by Chauffeur Mr Michael Hogan was the couples choice for this most special wedding day event.

Music and vocals were performed by the ever popular “Cullinane Family”, supported and complimented by musician Miss Sinead Rodger with additional vocals by Miss Katie Lawless & Mr Shane Willoughby. Passages from scripture were read by Mr Ronan Spain & Miss Meghan Butler, while Prayers of the Faithful were read by Miss Katie Lawless, Miss Theresa Buckley, Miss Aoife Moore & Mr Liam Fleming.

Offertory gifts of Bread and Wine were presented by Mrs Francis Butler (Mother of the Groom) & Mrs Karen Spain (Sister of the Bride), while Mr Shane Willoughby (Brother of the Bride) read the Communion Reflection.

Following their marriage ceremony, the new Mr and Mrs Butler retired to the ever popular luxury 4 star Newpark Hotel, situated at Castlecomer Road, Newpark Lower, Co. Kilkenny. Here guests were immediately entertained to light refreshments on their arrival.

Following family photographs in the grounds of Lisheen Castle and in the hotels private garden, the newly married couple joined their guests in the venue’s main banquet hall for dinner, latter which was immediately followed by dancing late into the evening, with music provided by “The Suite“.

The couple have chosen to honeymoon on the Spanish island of Lanzarote, one of the Canary islands off the coast of West Africa.

To Rachel & Garry go our best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous life together and our thanks to you both for the most enjoyable of wedding day celebrations.


Major Drugs Seizure Targeting Sale Of Drugs In Tipperary

As part of an ongoing operation targeting the sale and supply of drugs within the Tipperary Garda Division, a vehicle was stopped and searched by Gardaí near Abbeyleix, Co. Laois, at approximately 8.20pm last night (16th August 2018).

During this search a quantity of drugs (suspected cocaine pending analysis) with an estimated street value of €50,000, was seized.

Two men aged between 30 and 50 years, were both arrested at the scene and are currently being detained here at Thurles Garda Station.

Both men are being held under the provisions of Section 2, Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996 as amended. [Powers under Section 2. – Where a member of an Garda Síochána force arrests, without warrant, a person whom he or she, with reasonable cause, whom they suspect of having committed a drug trafficking offence.]

Gardaí are conducting searches in a number of houses in Co. Tipperary, including a number of premises in the Killenaule area, as part of their ongoing drugs investigations.


Death Of Mick Kelly, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death, on Wednesday 15th August 2018, of Mr Mick (Richard) Kelly, St. Brigid`s Terrace, Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Kelly passed away suddenly, most deeply regretted by his partner Jackie; stepson Alan; daughter-in-law Louise; granddaughter Avery; sisters Kathleen, Maura and Freda; sister-in-law Josephine; brothers-in-law Eddie, Joe and Mike; nieces; nephews; extended relatives and a wide circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Kelly will lie in repose at Egan’s Funeral Home, Thurles, on this evening, Friday, 17th August 2018, from 5.00pm, with removal at 7.30pm to the Church of Our Lady and St. Kevin, Littleton, Thurles.

Requiem Mass will be held on tomorrow morning, Saturday 18th August 2018, at 11.30am  followed immediately afterwards by interment in Ballymoreen Cemetery, Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


53 Year Old Borrowed Book Returned To Thurles Library

Fr. Theobald Mathew (1790-1856)

A belated library book has been returned to Thurles Library this week, overdue by 19,433 days or almost 53 years.

Tipperary County Council Library service at Thurles posted a message on Twitter highlighting and confirming the return of a book overdue since May 30, 1965.

The title of this overdue publication was “Father Theobald Mathew” by author Very Rev. Partick Rogers; originally published in 1943. Fr. Theobald Mathew (1790–1856) was an Irish Catholic priest and teetotalist reformer, popularly known as Father Mathew, born at Thomastown, near Golden, Co. Tipperary, on October 10th, 1790. From 1808 to 1814 he studied in Dublin, before being ordained to the priesthood, entering the Capuchin order.

Suffering constant ill health in his declining years, he suffered a stroke in 1852, latter greatly curtailing his activities. He died in Cobh four years later, on 8th December 1856, following a second stroke.

Statues of Fr. Mathew stand on St. Patrick’s Street, Cork (John Henry Foley 1864); on O’Connell Street, Dublin (Mary Redmond 1893) and in his native Golden, here in Co. Tipperary. There is a Fr. Mathew Bridge in Limerick City, same named after the temperance reformer, following its reconstructed in 1846. A Capuchin Holy Trinity church in Cork, commissioned by him, still stands on Father Mathew Quay.

The now outstanding fine incurred, (due to the book’s late return) should amount to €971.65, but Thurles library service have made the conscious decision to allow the fine go uncollected; joking that they would accept €950 in a quick settlement.

Librarian Mr John O’Gorman confirmed that the missing publication had avoided detection due to it having been taken out under an older but now updated indexing system. The book had been located during the clearing out of a house in the town; and once again returned to the new library, latter situated in The Source building at Cathedral Street, Thurles.

Twitter Message:
Rev. Roger’s “Theobald Mathew”.
Published in 1943.
Overdue since 30th May 1965.
Overdue by exactly 19,433 days.
The fine is €971.65.
But if they pay €950 we’ll say no more about it ‘coz we’re sound like that… pic.twitter.com/aeUhBQR6d1
— TippCoCoLibraries (@TippLib) August 15, 2018

The old Tipperary County Library building, from whence the book was borrowed, coincidently was situated (yes you have guessed it) at Mathew Avenue, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.


Death Of Mary O’Connell, Rossmore, Co. Tipperary

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death yesterday, Tuesday 14th August 2018, of Mrs Mary O’Connell (née Scanlon), Foileen, Rossmore, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her husband John; the passing of Mrs O’Connell is most deeply regretted by her loving family; Walter, Peg, Bernie, John, Joe and Martin; grandchildren; great-grandchild; daughters-in-law; nephews; nieces; extended relatives; neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs O’Connell will lie in repose at O’Dwyer’s Funeral Home, Cappanaleigh, Upperchurch, Thurles, Co. Tipperary on tomorrow evening, Thursday,  from 5.30pm, with removal at 7.30pm to St. Joseph’s Church, Hollyford.

Requiem Mass will take place on Friday at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.