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Third & Final Part Of Thurles & The 1798 Rebellion

We refer to our two previous posts discussing Tipperary and Thurles and their lack of real association with the 1798 rebellion. Our first post published June 19th, 2016 can be accessed HERE, while our second post published on July 2nd, 2016 is available by clicking HERE.

The point of our third and final post today on this 1798 rebellion period in Irish history is to help demonstrate that in truth, rebellion, mutiny, general unrest and civil disobedience is rarely aimed at actual people’s religious beliefs. Instead same should be perceived for what it really is; a re-action, taken usually by the underprivileged and weak, against those strong enough to hold control over Governments and rich Corporations and is carried out by singular  individuals.  These same individuals believe that by gaining immense wealth; often inherited, it is their sole privileged and prerogative to influence and ensure that their own continued power and that of their generations yet to come, are secured at the expense of all other life on our planet.

It will be noted from our first post, featuring the 1798 commemorative monument positioned in Liberty Square, Thurles, here in Co. Tipperary, that all 3 men remembered on this statue, affectionately known  as ‘The Stone Man’ ; namely Theobald Wolfe Tone, Robert Emmet and Lord Edward FitzGerald, came from a Protestant tradition. However from a book, the first edition of which was written shortly after the 1798 rebellion and entitled “A History of the Rebellion of 1798,” (by George Taylor, Ballywalter, Ireland) we learn of a totally different fate metered out to yet another member of the Protestant tradition. The Protestant to whom I refer was a Clergyman; his name, Rev. Francis Turner.

Rev. Turner formally owned property referred to as ‘Turners Holding’, here in Thurles, situated in an area known as South Main Street and which today is called Cathedral Street (On South side).

South Main Street, Thurles (Cathedral Street, South side), as it looked in the mid 19th century.

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Drawing Shown Above: South Main Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary,as viewed in the mid 1840’s. (Left to Right – Cathedral Street South side as viewed today from Munster Hotel, and travelling west to end at start of today’s Source Library / Barry’s Bridge area.)  The area, framed in red, between today’s Munster Hotel and where part of Thurles Presbytery currently stands, was once ‘Turners Holding’, purchased on July 2nd, 1784 by Rev. Francis Turner and later sold by Turner’s heirs, to Rev. Thomas O’Connor D.D., back then President of St Patrick’s College, Thurles, under an Indented Deed of Conveyance on March 25th, 1840, for the then free hold consideration of £200.00.


This South side of Cathedral Street (previously known as South Main Street, Thurles); its then house residents and their known occupations in 1846 (6 years after the purchase of ‘Turners Holding’, by Rev. Thomas O’Connor on behalf of St Patricks College) is shown hereunder:

No 56 – Catherine Toomy (Lodging House); No 55 – Margaret Dunn (Lodging Hse); No 54 – Mrs Ally Britton (Bakery); No 53 – Con Callanane (Bakery, Spirits, Grocery); No 52 – Margaret Cormack (Widow – home in disrepair); No 51 – John Tolphy (Windows partially built up. House from Dr O’Connor D.D.  No 51 & 52 to be thrown down & plans for a grand gate to be built leading to St.Patrick’s  College.); No 50 – Entrance to St.Patrick’s College; No 49 – Mrs Eliza Byrne; No 48 – Thomas Pew (Upper), Rev Pat Cahill (Lower); No 47 – Miss Ellen Ryan (Bonnet Maker); No 46 – Richard Molumby (Landlord of No 47 & 48); No 45 – Richard Hayes (Dyer & Wollen Manufacturer); No 44 – Edward Mathew (Bakery).

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Cathedral Street South, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, pictured today during the late evening, (Previously known as South Main Street, Thurles), showing, immediately left of picture, the area once known as ‘Turners Holding’.

Extract hereunder taken from the publication, “A History of the Rebellion of 1798,” by George Taylor.

“Rebels proceeded to the house of the Rev. Francis Turner, of Ballingale,[1] Rector of Edeermine,[2] a gentleman of excellent character; he had but just baptised a child, when the rebels surrounded the house with their usual yells, and immediately set the out-offices on fire.

[1] [In Co. Wexford, situated in the Civil Parish of Ballcarney following the N80; Bunclody to Enniscorthy route.]
[2] [Latter approx. 10 miles (18 km) Via N80 and N11 from Ballingale, Co. Wexford.]

Mr. Turner, looking out at the window, inquired what they wanted; on which they desired him to surrender his arms[3]. He refused to comply, and desired them to depart from his house. Persisting in their demand, he again replied that he would never surrender his arms but with his life, on which they fired through all the windows. Six or seven Protestants, who had fled to Mr. Turner’s house for safety, now determined to defend themselves to the last, and for a considerable time they made a most gallant resistance by incessantly firing out upon the rebels, who, now exasperated to the most extravagant fury, roared like beasts of prey.

[3] [Rebels were regularly visiting courthouses and listening to gentry seeking gun licences for game hunting, thus identifying houses where guns could be easily obtained for rebellious purposes.]

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Death Of Alice Brennan, Monadreen, Thurles

DeathIt is with sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Tuesday 20th September 2016, of Mrs Alice Brennan (née Whitty), St Anthony’s, Monadreen, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her loving husband Fintan and daughter Mona-Rose; Mrs Brennan passed away following an illness borne with dignity and courage, while in the loving care of the staff of Acorn Lodge Nursing Home.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her daughters Stephanie and Denise; her brothers John, Denis and Jim; her cousins, together with many other relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Brennan will repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, on tomorrow, Thursday 22nd September, 2016, from 4.30pm to 7.00pm.

Arriving at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles, at 7.30pm. Requiem Mass will be held on Friday 23rd September at 11.00am with burial afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Note: House Private Please.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.

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Arrests Following Murder Of Musical Director John Donnelly

John-Donnelly-(2)Two brothers have been detained in custody in Turkey; accused of the murder of Irish theatre Director Mr John Donnelly.

Well known to members of Thurles Musical Society and indeed older members of Vincé Productions and Phoenix Productions, based in Thurles; the lifeless body of Mr Donnelly, aged 64, was found dead in an apartment he was renting on June 3rd 2016, after police were alerted to a bloodied knife, found outside the building.

Two brothers, named as Mehmet Irmak aged 28 and Sinan Irmak aged 20, have both been charged in connection with the fatal stabbing. A date for their court appearance has yet to be announced.

Mr Donnelly had travelled to Turkey on holidays shortly after his production of the hit Wexford Light Opera’s musical ‘Evita’. Turkish police confirmed that Mr Donnelly’s apartment had been ransacked and robbery was believed to have been the possible motive for his death. The victim’s body was reportedly found lying naked on the floor of his apartment on the morning following the vicious attack; his death attributed to a single stab wound.

It is believed that both men arrested were identified following the release of CCTV images which showed two men leaving his apartment building on the night Mr Donnelly died.

One of Mr Donnelly’s most recent connections with Thurles was his Direction of Spring Awakening, which contained cast members from Thurles and which walked off stage taking multiple awards; including; ‘Best Lighting’, ‘Best Costumes’, ‘Best Set’, ‘Special Adjudicators Award’, ‘Best Musical Direction’ and the much coveted ‘Best Overall Show Award’, for the 50th anniversary of the Waterford’s International Festival of Light Opera.

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National Ploughing Championships Munster Traffic Plan

gardaAn Garda Síochána are requesting that people travelling from the Cork/Munster area, over the coming days; wishing to attend the 85th National Ploughing Championships at Screggan, Tullamore, to turn off the M8 at Junction 6 (Horse & Jockey) and not to continue along the motorway to Portlaoise.

For people travelling from the Cork/Munster region, by turning off at Junction 6; they will avoid delays and traffic congestion in the Portlaoise area. Motorists following this suggested route will also be assisted by Gardaí who remain on point duty in the towns of Thurles, Templemore, Roscrea and Birr, and will gain faster and easier access to car parks provided on the west side of the Screggan site; without having to go into the town of Tullamore and attempt to merge with other traffic.

So turn off all sat navigation and simply plan your route by turning off the M8 at Junction 6.

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Death Of Biddy O’Neill, Holycross, Thurles

DeathIt is with sadness we learned of the death, on Friday 16th September 2016, of Mrs Biddy O’Neill (née Pollard), St. Frances Row, Cashel, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Holycross, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs O’Neill passed away peacefully while in the care of South Tipperary General Hospital. Beloved wife of the late Michael, her passing is most deeply regretted by her loving family Bridget, Patrick (Nailer), Margaret and Frances; sons-in-law; daughter-in-law; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nephews; nieces; relatives; neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs O’Neill will repose at Devitt’s Funeral Parlour today Sunday, from 5.30pm with removal at 7.30pm to the Church of St. John the Baptist, Cashel.

Requiem Mass will take place on Monday at 10.30am, followed by burial immediately afterwards in St Cormac’s Cemetery, Cashel, Co. Tipperary.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.

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