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Have You A Vision For Our River Suir?

 Descriptive extract below from that wonderful children’s book, “The Wind in the Willows”, by Kenneth Grahame (1859-1952).

The River Bank

“He thought his happiness was complete when, as he meandered aimlessly along, suddenly he stood by the edge of a full-fed river. Never in his life had he seen a river before, this sleek, sinuous, full-bodied animal, chasing and chuckling, gripping things with a gurgle and leaving them with a laugh, to fling itself on fresh playmates that shook themselves free, and were caught and held again. All was a shake and a shiver, glints and gleams and sparkles, rustle and swirl, chatter and bubble. The Mole was bewitched, entranced, fascinated.”

The Source

Rising on the slopes of Devil’s Bit Mountain, just north of Templemore in County Tipperary, the River Suir flows south through Loughmore, Thurles, Holycross, Golden and Knockgraffon. It merges with the river Aherlow at Kilmoyler and further on with the river Tar, before turning east at the Comeragh Mountains, thus forming the border between Co. Waterford and Co. Tipperary. The Suir then passes through Cahir, Clonmel and Carrick-on-Suir before reaching the sea at Waterford.

Important Workshops
Over the coming weeks the Local Authority Waters and Communities Office are holding a series of important public workshops to discuss the future potential of the River Suir and its tributaries; possible management options; funding for various projects, culminating it is hoped, in a shared vision for its long term future.

Initially at these now selected meetings there will be no agenda other than to get an important conversation under way, and see, as a community, where open, shared debate can take us into the future. The meetings will start at around 7.00pm; lasting for about one hour at the stated venues listed hereunder.

Selected Meeting Venues

Note: Shown below are the dates of upcoming meetings and their selected venues in relation to various district catchment areas:-

Tuesday, 19th July 2016, Newcastle Community Hall, Newcastle Village, Co. Waterford.
Wednesday, 20th July 2016, Golden Community Hall, Golden Village, Co. Tipperary.
Thursday, 21st July 2016, Anner Hotel, Dublin Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
Tuesday, 26th July 2016, Cahir House Hotel, The Square Cahir, Co. Tipperary.
Wednesday, 27th July 2016, Fethard Community Hall, Fethard, Co. Tipperary.
Thursday, 28th July 2016, Kildalton College, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny.

Dr Fran Igoe, Regional Co-ordinator, who has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in river based projects and his colleagues, together with a representative from Tipperary County Council, will be on hand to help develop a shared vision and provide practical advice based on past experiences.

On the River Suir the existing built heritage, historic weirs, navigation tow-paths, angling pools and boating traditions will illustrate just how important the river Suir has been over the centuries. Today, this importance continues in the form of Angling, Tourism, Kayaking and many other recreational pursuits. The importance of a plentiful supply of clean water is self-explanatory whether it is for drinking, provisioning for livestock or for bathing.

It is well known that the River Suir holds the Irish record for a salmon caught on ‘rod and line’ weighing in at a massive 57 lbs. More over this river remains an internationally important Brown Trout fishery and is recognized internationally for its habitats supporting a large range of rare mammals, fish, birds and invertebrates.

The evening meetings have been organised to compliment the Office of Public Works (OPW) Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) public consultation days, which are being held to get the public’s view on potential flood management options being considered for areas at risk of flooding.

The ‘Waters and Communities River Suir’ meetings will be held immediately after the OPW Public Consultation meetings, with the aim of exploring how we see the river in our local area; what we want from it, and how we might best manage it in the best interests of the common good.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss, “The Lorax”.

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Death Of Phyllis Ryan, Fontenoy Tce, Stradavoher, Thurles

DeathIt is with great sadness we learned of the death today, Saturday 16th July 2016, of Mrs Phyllis Ryan (née Lundon), No.6 Fontenoy Terrace, Stradavoher, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her son Martin (Rocky), grandson Kevin and her brother Thomas Lundon (Roscommon); the passing of Mrs Ryan is most deeply regretted by her loving husband Martin; sons John, Michael and Thomas; daughters Breda, Mary and Yvonne; sons-in-law; daughters-in-law; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nephews; nieces; relatives; neighbours and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Ryan will repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, from 5.00pm to 7.00pm on Monday 18th July next; to arriving at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Catherdal Street, at 7.30pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Tuesday at 11.00am with burial afterwards in St. Patrick’s cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Drugs Related Arrests In Co. Tipperary

GardaTwo students, named as Mr Ruairí Maher, aged 22, with an address at Ballycurrane, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and M/s Jessica O’Connor, aged 20, with an address at Rosebank House, Ballyhar, Killarney, Co Kerry, have both been arrested and charged, following an investigation into the death of a man who allegedly ingested a drug known as ‘N-bomb’, in Cork City last January.

Both students were charged with conspiring with another to possess a controlled drug, for the purpose of sale or supply on January 18th 2016 last.

At Cork District Court yesterday Inspector Mr Finbarr O’Sullivan stated that the Director of Public Prosecutions had decided that the cases would not be heard at District Court level and should proceed at Cork Criminal Court. Both students were granted bail until October 24th next. Free legal aid was also granted with solicitors Mr Frank Buttimer and Mr Andrew O’Connell respectively appointed to act for their defence.

Mr Alex Ryan, aged 18, with an address at Liscahane, Millstreet, Co Cork, regrettably lost his life on January 23rd last from a lack of oxygen to his brain; having consumed the synthetic, psychedelic drug known as ‘N-Bomb’.

A post-mortem examination last week revealed that the late Mr Ryan was one of six people to have been hospitalised having attended this party in Greenmount, Cork City.  Those in attendance at the party were found to have slashed themselves with broken glass; while others were found to have been in a state of severe hallucination, having induced the drug.

Large drugs haul located in Cahir Co. Tipperary
Meanwhile in yet another unrelated drugs arrest this week; some 10,000 ecstasy tablets were uncovered during a search of a house in the Cahir area. This followed a targeted operation involving a search by Revenue’s Customs Service and the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.

A 36 year old man was arrested and is understood to be presently detained at Clonmel Garda station.


Death Of James Fitzpatrick, Dublin Rd. Thurles

DeathIt is with great sadness we learned of the death today, Wednesday 13th July 2016, of James (Jim) Fitzpatrick, Dublin Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and Knocklong, Co. Limerick.

Mr Fitzpatrick passed away peacefully in the loving care of St. Theresa’s Nursing Home, Thurles.

Beloved husband of the late Johanna (Joan); the death of Mr Fitzpatrick is most deeply regretted by his sons, William, Vincent, John, Paul, Seamus, Joseph and Gerard; daughters Anne and Maura; sisters Bernie, Sr Anne (Nancy) and Theresa; his brother Fr. John; daughters-in-law; sons-in-law; grandchildren; nieces; nephews; relatives and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Fitzpatrick will repose at his residence on Dublin Rd (Beside St. Theresa’s Nursing Home), on Friday, 15th July, from 3.30pm to 7.30pm, to arrive at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles at 8.00pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Saturday, 16th July, at 11.00am. Burial afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Note: No flowers please, donations, if desired, to Concern.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Death Of Josephine Hewitt, 38 Collins Park, Thurles

DeathIt is with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Tuesday 12th July 2016, of Mrs Josephine Hewitt (née Kavanagh), No.38 Collins Park, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Mrs Hewitt passed away peacefully at her home while in the loving care of her family. Her passing is most deeply regretted by her loving husband PaJoe; sons Patrick and Paul; daughters Teresa, Susan and Joanne; daughters-in-law; sons-in-law; grandchildren; great-grandchild; sisters; brothers; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews; cousins; neighbours; relatives, and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Hewitt will repose at her home on Thursday evening from 5.00pm to 8.00pm. Removal on Friday morning to the Church of St. Joseph and St. Brigid, Bohernanave, to arrive at 9.15am for funeral Mass at 10.00am.

Burial will take place immediately afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.