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Nine Years Jail For Assault, Imprisonment & Hijacking

Two Co. Tipperary men were before Clonmel Circuit Court yesterday and received their sentence, following the assault and imprisonment of a man during a car hijacking incident.

The original incident, which occurred on July 7th of last year (2016) saw a vehicle unlawfully stolen in Clonmel, south Tipperary, and later found burnt out in Tipperary Town. It was during this incident that a male victim was also falsely imprisoned; during which time he was also assaulted.

The charges against both individuals; named as Mr Adam Brady aged 23 years, with an address at Glenoaks Close, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary and Mr Ryan Tate aged 19 years, with an address at An Duiche, Scallagheen, Tipperary Town, Co. Tipperary, included assault causing harm, robbery, the unlawful seizure of a vehicle, false imprisonment and arson.

Judge Mr Tomas Teehan, presiding, sentenced both men connected with the crime, to a total jail term of 24 years, or 12 years each, with the final 3 suspended.

Yesterday’s successful court appearance and prosecutions followed on from investigations carried out jointly by members of an Garda Síochána from both Clonmel and Tipperary Town stations.


It’s All Go When It comes To Revitalising Liberty Square

Liberty Square, Thurles

Carpenters Mickey and Paddy were erecting shelving in a new shop due to open shortly in the soon to be revitalised area known as Liberty Square, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. 

Now following the 25 year public consultation period, this urgent project is headed back to the Consultants, latter who will provide the final designs, well maybe before Christmas, God willing.

“It’s nearly ten o’clock; we’ll get the tae now and then we’ll take another run at it”, said Mickey.  Paddy plugged in the grubby old electric kettle and then both men sat up on their work bench to watch the passing shoppers on Liberty Square.

“Jaysus” said Mickey “There is Jossy Taylor gone past.  I heard he was stopped by the fuzz yesterday after his wife fell out of the car.  Mickey grinned, “Did ya not know that your wife fell out of the car about five miles back asked Sgt. Brannigan?”.
“The good Lord be praised Sergeant, replies our Jossy, sure here was me thinkin I’d gone totally deaf.” mimics Mickey in a voice rather like Jossy’s own.

Paddy smiled “That would be our Jossy all right, sure I believe he was part of that mystery coach tour last week that decided to run a €1 sweepstake to guess where they would eventually end up.”   “How right you are”, said Mickey, “Sure I heard the driver of the coach was buying his buddies drink up in the Arch Bar, having won €48.00.”

Mickey surveyed their slow progress of the current job in hand, and with only a few shelves set up, he announced to Paddy, “You know” says he, “I bet you any money some nosy parker is going to walk up to here and put their face up to the window, before asking what we’re selling.”

True to prophesy, no sooner had the words left his mouth, when local elderly widow and gossiper Molly Finucane walked up to the white fogged window. Shading her eyes with one hand, she copped the movement of the boys inside. “What are you selling here?” she yelled.
“We’re selling ass-holes”, Mickey replied sarcastically in a loud voice.
Be god, ye must be doing well then”, screeched Molly, “I see you have only two left in stock”.

“Come on Paddy and make that brew”, says Mickey, “Sure it’s nearly dinner time and we haven’t so much as driven a feckin nail today yet.”


Michael Lowry Welcomes Clár Funding For Tipperary

Tipperary’s Deputy Michael Lowry TD has today welcomed funding announced by Minister of State for Regional Economic Development, Mr Michael Ring TD.

The total funding for Tipperary amounts in total to €59,456, allocated under Measure 4 of Clár under the 2017 Clár Programme. (Clár is funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs under the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development.)

This funding supports organisations that are involved in a voluntary capacity in responding to emergency situations, with some three Tipperary projects in total being successful.

These recognised projects are:-
(A) Community Rapid Response Tipperary – receiving €7,150.
(B) Tipperary Mountain Rescue – receiving €50,000.
(C) Newport Community First Responder – receiving €2,306.

Deputy Lowry stated, “Services being supported through this funding will help greatly to provide essential services in rural areas; while leaving those visiting our picturesque countryside for recreational purposes, with a feeling of confidence, knowing that specialist supports are in place, ready and available, should they ever find themselves in an unexpected emergency situation”

In total, some €1.21 million was approved for a range of organisations across Ireland, under the Emergency First Response measure of the CLÁR programme.


Death Of Baby Chloe Fogarty, Rossmore Village, Dundrum Road, Tipperary

It is with great sadness we learned of the tragic accidental death yesterday, Thursday 25th May 2017, of Baby Chloe Fogarty, Springfield Crescent, Rossmore Village, Dundrum Road, Co. Tipperary.

The passing of a much cherished and loved baby daughter is sadly missed by her heartbroken parents Louise & Paul; her grandparents Helen & Christy McInerney, Mai & Joe Fogarty together with the extended McInerney & Fogarty families.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Baby Chleo will repose at the family home on Sunday evening next, from 5.00pm to 7.30pm.

Mass of the Angles will be held on Monday morning at 11.30am in the church of St. Nicholas, Solohead, followed later by interment privately.

Now sleeping peacefully with the Angles in Heaven.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a h-anam dílis.


Gardaí Out In Force Today For ‘Slow Down Day’

A reminder and warning that an Garda Síochána will be out in force today, running vehicle speed checks as part of their national “Slow Down Day” initiative.

The 24-hour operation began at 7.00am this morning right across the Irish Republic, with more than 1,000 separate speed checks expected to be set in motion.

During this day in 2016, Gardaí detected over 1,000 breaches of the law in relation to speed limits and were called to attend over 114 traffic collisions; with many classed as serious and one resulting in a tragic fatality.

Garda personnel this year, as part of a motorist education drive, will be providing road safety advice and handing out road safety leaflets, at identified busy locations. Same will highlight that nationally road deaths in 2016 showed a marked increase in fatalities, with most of the 188 road deaths linked to speed.

Statistically a 1% reduction in average driving speed will results in a 4% reduction in fatal collisions. A total of 61 people have lost their lives in crashes so far this year. Same figure represents a decrease of 12 persons compared with this time last year.