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Death Of William Laffin, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It is with great sadness we learned of the death today, Sunday 14th October 2018, of Mr William (Billy) Laffin, Ossory Park, Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny; Callan, Co. Kilkenny and Gortnahoe, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Predeceased by his loving wife Bridget (Biddy); Mr Laffin passed away peacefully while in the exceptional care of the Staff at Castlecomer District Hospital.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his sorrowing family; sons Philip and Francis; daughter Louise; grandchildren Mark, Kira, Conor, Oisin, Cara and Robert; great-granddaughter Sophie; daughters-in-law Waddy and Anne Maria; extended relatives; neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Laffin will repose at Molloy’s Funeral Home, Callan, Co. Kilkenny on tomorrow evening, Monday October 15th, from 5.00pm with Rosary and Vigil Prayers at 8.00pm.

Funeral Prayers on Tuesday morning at 10.15am, followed by removal to The Church of The Assumption, Callan, Co. Kilkenny, for Requiem Mass at 11.00am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in Kilbride Cemetery, Callan, Co. Kilkenny.

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Death Of Mary McCullagh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It was with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Saturday 13th October 2018, of Mrs Mary McCullagh (née Moloney), Ballygemmane, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her husband Joseph and her sons Thomas and Noel; Mrs McCullagh passed away peacefully, while in the wonderful care of Padre Pio Nursing Home.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her loving family; Breda, Timmy, Tony, Martin, Marie and Joseph; sons-in-law; daughters-in-law; grandchildren; great grandchildren; great great grandchild; nieces; nephews; cousins; extended relatives; neighbours and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs McCullagh will repose at Kennedys Funeral Home, Dublin Road, Thurles on tomorrow evening, Monday 15th October, from 5.30pm to 7.00pm, to arrive at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles, at 7.45pm.

Funeral Mass will take place on Tuesday morning at 11.00am, followed by interment in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Note Please: Family flowers only, donations in lieu, if desired, to the Irish Cancer Society.

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Eir Resolve 12 Hour Internet Outage

Eir offices at No. 6  Thurles Shopping Centre, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Eir Group plc., trading as Eir and which provide an internet service nationally; this morning claim that they have now resolved their embarrassing internet outage that hit its service for over 12 hours yesterday.

Customers right across Ireland were affected by the issue from 2.30pm yesterday (Saturday), afternoon.

Eir has this morning apologised to customers for the inconvenience caused, confirming that the service they provide has now been restored to their customers, however in efforts to make contact with the Eir website, same continues to show a “timed out”  message, indicating their server at www.eir is taking to long to respond.

We understand that this outage was caused by a problem with an Eir Domain Name System (DNS) server.

While I cannot comment on internet service Eir; it is interesting to note that internet provider Virgin Media continues to charge customers for periods of outages, and consumers will only get their monthly bills reduced, by contacting Virgin’s loyalty department directly on Tel: 061-272190. Usually, however, they claim that unless their down time is more than 24 hours, they will not make any deductions from your account.

Perhaps the new Minister for Communications, Mr Richard Bruton, might take a look at this issue, which is similar to a consumer asking their local grocer for a loaf of bread, to be told he has none. The grocer then charges the consumer for that loaf of bread.


Enforcement Order Served On Food Business Found Operating In Thurles

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) have recorded that nine Enforcement Orders in total were served on Food Businesses operating nationally during last month, (September 2018).

Eight Closure Orders and one Prohibition Order were served on food businesses for breaches of food safety legislation, pursuant to the FSAI Act, 1998 and the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010, during this period. The Enforcement Orders were issued by environmental health officers from the Health Service Executive (HSE).

Some of the reasons for these Enforcement Orders included:- No allergen information available for customers; Dead and live crawling insects found on the premises; A live rat emerging from the drain when the tap at a kitchen sink was turned on; No wash hand basin in raw meat preparation area; Food being prepared in a storage shed; Dirt and black mould engrained on chopping boards and a food preparation block; No pest-proofing system in place; Foul odour emanating from the drain servicing an operating dishwasher; Rust, mould and dirt on an ice machine; Foods stored in dirty containers with accumulations of old former food debris and dirt; Food stored beyond their declared / stated use-by dates; A build-up of food debris under floor mats; Open bags of ready-to-eat salad being stored on the floor; Four flies observed in dough mixture; Numerous flies and crawling insects observed on surfaces of bakery equipment.

Amongst these closure orders served nationally was an order on a Bengal Indian Food-stall, latter found casually trading in the vicinity of Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. The reasons given for this closure was the absence of water for washing food; including food utensils and hands. Also observed were dirty chopping boards and no protective clothing being worn by staff. Inspectors also reported inadequate refrigerated storage for foodstuffs and provisions which were found being stored in an uncovered state on the ground.


Death Of Sr Josephine Ryan Formerly Borrisoleigh, Thurles

It was with great sadness we learned of the death, on Thursday 11th October 2018, of Sr Josephine (Dominic) Ryan, Convent of Mercy, Templemore, Tipperary; Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and Doon, Co. Limerick

Sr Josephine passed away peacefully while in the loving care of the staff at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin. Her passing is most deeply regretted by her community; sisters of Mercy South Central Province; her sister Betty O’Dwyer; brother Pat; sister-in-law Mai; nieces; nephews; grandnephews; grandnieces; extended relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Sr Josephine will repose at the Mercy Convent, Templemore on today Saturday, 13th October, from 3.00pm with prayers at 6.00pm.

Requiem Mass will be held tomorrow Sunday October 14th at the Sacred Heart Church, Templemore at 12.00 noon, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St. Joseph’s local cemetery.

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