It is with deep sadness that we report that the death has occurred of the much loved priest Rev. Father Martin Dwan, St. Patrick’s Missionary Society, Kiltegan, Thurles and Holycross, who passed away on April 18th 2014.
Fr. Martin will be deeply regretted by his loving brothers Kevin, Michael and Liam, his sisters; Mary, Nancy and Kathleen, nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives and a wide circle of friends.
Fr Martins remains will repose at his brother Michael’s residence ‘Newtown House’, Holycross, Thurles, Co Tipperary on Monday April 21st from 2.30pm to 6.00pm, arriving at Holycross Abbey at 7.00pm.
Requiem Mass will be held on Tuesday morning in Holycross Abbey at 11.30am, with burial afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Thurles.
Family flowers only, please with donations, if desired, to St. Patrick’s Missionary Society, Kiltegan, Co Wicklow.
Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.
The new ‘Derrynaflan Trail’ tourism project is all set to be launched; hosted in the Horse & Jockey Hotel, Thurles, at 10:00am on Friday April 25th next. Launch is by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Mr Jimmy Deenihan and note all are welcome to attend.
This project is being spearheaded by three Tipperary community organisations, namely; Littleton Development Association, Holycross Community Network and Slieveardagh Rural Development. The project has the support and guidence of South Tipperary Development Company under the Rural Development Programme and these groups jointly have now completed the first phase in this exciting trail development.
A Fifty Eight Minute Audio Guide together with a thirty six page booklet has now been produced, together with a brochure highlighting the rich ecclesiastical heritage of this previously hidden part of middle Tipperary. These three community groups are continuing to develop guided tours of the sites with Holycross Community Network already providing tours of Holycross Abbey and it is now planned to put regular tours of other sites in place. Interpretive signage at each site is now their longer term objective. The overall aim of this project is to now provide a much needed economic boost to rural Tipperary, through increasing overall visitor numbers from both home and abroad.
The ‘Derrynaflan Trail’ will connect ancient ecclesiastical sites from the Slieveardagh Hills, across through Littleton Bog, to the banks of the River Suir. Holycross Abbey, Kilcooley’s Cistercian Abbey, Liathmore’s two churches and of course Derrynaflan Island itself, are numbered amongst the places of significance along this most ancient of routes. This trail will span fifteen centuries of Irish history since early Christian times. Along the way travellers will encounter the rich local folklore concerning rebel priests, saintly miracles, a Viking battle, Cromwellian invaders and indeed much, much more.
All these wonderful sites are free of charge, though donations are appreciated when visiting at Holycross Abbey, latter which provide excellent professional tour guides.
Last evening, here on Thurles.Info, we were contacted by one of our readers, informing us that a new crime, in the form of a scam, had been perpetrated on a Thurles resident.
According to our reader the scam operates as follows; a man runs up behind someone telling them they have dropped some money out of their pocket. The perpetrator of this scam holds out a sum of money in his hand, the latter in the form of a €20, €50 or €10 note.
The criminal will then insist it was you who have dropped the money in question, even though you insist it was not you. He will then ask you to check your wallet. As soon as you do so the criminal will snatch your wallet and run to a car which has conveniently pulled up alongside, before jumping in and then speeding away.
Our reader also states that it has happened to an elderly friend of theirs, as they walked their dog close to St. Patrick’s Cemetery here on the outskirts of the town.
A local police spokesperson at Thurles Garda station has stated that they are aware that this crime has been committed in many areas and warn against any future victims attempting to recover their loss. Instead they should concentrate on taking note of the car Make, Colour and Registration Number and/or take note of the physical details of the perpetrators involved, before immediately reporting the incident to their local Garda station.
The historic Kilcooley Estate, near Gortnahoe, Thurles, Co Tipperary, on the Tipperary/Kilkenny border which had previously been sold in 2008 by the Ponsonby family to the McCann family company of ‘Castleway International,’ for a reported €6 million, has once again found a new owner.
A 62 year old Newry multi-millionaire businessman and energy exploration entrepreneur of some 40 years, Mr Tommy (Tom) O’Gorman, who has global oil and gas interests, as well as being involved with Blarney Golf Resort, Cove Energy, Fastnet Oil and Gas, confirmed yesterday that he was now the new title holder.
Mr O’Gorman purchased the estate in late 2013 via Mr Marcus Magneir of Colliers for a reported €2.1m. The estate, including an important 18th century mansion, was offered for sale, via NAMA, by Colliers in 2013 and then included 1,200 acres with 950 acres leased to the Irish state-sponsored company ‘Coillte,’ mature woodland, 220 acres leased to local farmers, together with five estate staff houses, extensive courtyard buildings, a lake, boathouse and a Chapel and old Cistercian Abbey, latter which is a popular tourist attraction and continues to hold religious services.
Mr O’Gorman has also purchased, for a reported €1.5m, the freehold on the aforementioned 950 acres of forestry leased to Coillte, for which he states he has already had approaches from timber producers to purchase much of the associated forestry. Land leased to Coillte had a legal stipulation that it be returned to a proper agricultural state when the 150 year lease expired sometime in the 2080′s.
This lease is now ended after Mr O’Gorman’s €1.5m deal with Coillte and he believes the value of the land and forestry has now greatly multiplied in value, rising possibly to as much as €10 million, following his €3.6 million overall investment.
It is understood that when approached, the Irish State had declined to buy the Kilcooley estate in the early 2000′s, which today remains a national monument of great interest and which was home to the Ponsonby family since c. 1770.
Templemore Union of Parishes (C of I) Easter Sunday Services 2014.
St Mary’s Church, Thurles – Morning Service with Holy Communion at 9.30 am.
St Mary’s Church, Templemore - Morning Service with Holy Communion at 10.45 am.
Kilfithmone Church, Borrisoleigh, Thurles – Morning Service with Holy Communion at 12.00 noon.
Thurles Parish (R.C.) Easter Ceremonies 2014.
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”
Bóthar Na Naomh Church, Thurles – Holy Thursday April 17th – Mass of the Lord’s Supper (With First Communion Children & Families.) at 6.30 pm.
Bóthar Na Naomh Church, Thurles – Holy Thursday April 17th – Holy Hour at 10.00 pm.
Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles – Holy Thursday April 17th – Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7.30 pm.
Bóthar Na Naomh Church, Thurles – Good Friday April 18th – Children’s Story of the Cross at 11.00 am.
Cathedral of The Assumption & Bóthar Na Naomh Church, Thurles – Good Friday April 18th – Lord’s Passion at 3.00 pm.
Outdoor Stations of the Cross starting at 7.30 pm on Good Friday from each of the following areas; Lidl Car Park; Reilig Bhríde; Centenary Co-Op; Cleary’s Garage /St.Patrick’s Cemetery; Anner Hotel Car-park /St Mary’s Cemetery (Front & Back gates to cemetery will remain open to facilitate passage through to St Mary’s Lane, if desired.); Thurles Town Council Grounds; Mid-Tipp Co-Op Mart; Killinan Cemetery (Latter 7.00 pm) via Greyhound Stadium to the Cathedral Yard. Prayers gathered around the Cross at 8.30 pm in the Cathedral of The Assumption.
Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles – Holy Saturday April 19th - Assembly in Cathedral Yard for Pilgrim Walk to Holycross Abbey.
Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles – Holy Saturday April 19th - Midday Prayer & Blessing of Bread at 12.00 noon.
Cathedral of The Assumption only, Thurles – Holy Saturday April 19th – Easter Vigil at 9.00 pm.
Cathedral of The Assumption & Bóthar Na Naomh, Thurles – Easter Sunday Mass Times as usual in both Churches with extra Dawn Mass in Killinan Cemetery at 6.00 am.
Confessions Holy Saturday 2014.
Bóthar Na Naomh - 10.00 am – 11.00 am. Cathedral of The Assumption - 11.00 am – 6.00 pm.
No 8.00 am Mass in Cathedral of The Assumption Easter Week (April 21st -26th incl.)
No Holy Family Mass Tuesday, April 22nd.
No Confessions Fri/Sat of Easter Week in either Church.