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"Cad atá ar súil agat ?" - What are you doing?


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Three Persons Injured Following Police Car Ramming

garda crestThree people, two of which were Gardaí, have been injured and taken to hospital after a patrol car was rammed in a head-on collision this afternoon on the Mountrath road, outside Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

It is understood that none of the injuries sustained are thought to be life-threatening and two of those injured included a female and a male member of the Gardaí.

The Garda car was struck on its driver’s side by a dark coloured BMW, which then crossed the narrow road before overturning.

This incident happened after Gardaí attempted to stop a car travelling southwards following reports of burglaries in areas of Tipperary and Cork.

It is understood that four persons, all male, were arrested in the vicinity; one at the accident scene and later three others who had taken flight through neighbouring fields and woodland.

The incident has been referred to the Garda Ombudsman for independent investigation, latter in accordance with Section 102 of the Garda Siochána Act. It is also understood that the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) are represented by investigators at the scene.

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Tipperary Student Wins Bronze In Taipei

r-tynanNineteen-year-old Mr Richard Tynan, a student from the Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co Tipperary, took a bronze medal at the prestigious International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) in Taipei, Taiwan last week.

The 26th International Olympiad in Informatics was held in Taipei, Taiwan, from the 13th to 20th of July 2014 and this event annually represents the pinnacle of computer programming at secondary-school level with over 311 students from 82 countries attending this year’s event; their mission to solve six complex algorithmic problems over a two day period. Algorithms are used for calculation, data processing, and automated reasoning.

Previously Richard, a native of Portarlington, Co. Laois, had taken first place in the Senior Individual Technology Section for his project ‘Advanced Modelling and Infilling Algorithms for 3d Printing’ at this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Competition.

He also won the Analog Devices Technology Award, for the student who showed outstanding achievement in technology, winning an all expenses trip to San Francisco, Silicon Valley and to Stanford University.

Mr Gary Conway who led this year’s Irish delegation in Taipei, is delighted with Richard’s win of Ireland’s first IOI medal in five years.

Richard has now been invited to study computer science at the University of Cambridge in England.

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Body Of Missing Youth Located Near Templetuohy

With Sincere Sympathy

With Sympathy

It is with great sadness we report that the missing Athlone man, who’s last know whereabouts were traced to the Templemore area of Tipperary, has now been located.

The missing 22-year-old, named as Mr Chris Harney, is understood to have attended a music festival in Cork two weekends previous.

It is also understood that Mr Harney had contacted his family very early on the Monday morning, following this same event and appeared to possibly display symptoms of being disoriented.

The alarm had been immediately raised and following many days spent searching, latter which involved volunteers and Gardaí from Templemore, a body was recovered around 2.00pm yesterday, from bog land near Templetuohy.

To his friends and family members go our sincere sympathies at this time.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Liberty Square, Thurles Moves Closer To A Revamp

Design consultants URS Ireland, updating the final plans for the proposed revamp of Liberty Square here in Thurles, were in attendance yesterday at the Thurles -Templemore Municipal District meeting, held in the ‘Old Library’ building, situated on Castle Avenue.


A number of final pre-submission draft drawings were on the table for final discussion at the meeting, latter which will now become part of the overall draft plan of the area, based on previous public consultation processes held earlier over the past year.

These Draft Thurles Design Plans costing some €3,000,000 will now provide for the removal of some parking facilities in the town’s central median, in favour of two off-street car parks recently acquired, providing for some one hundred extra parking spaces. However some enlarged on-street parallel parking is likely to remain with the provision of widened footpaths and the possible introduction of two extra courtesy pedestrian crossings.

From my own humble point of view this is welcome news; after all from a tourism prospective, for the past 14 years, world tourist publications have been less than complimentary with regard to our small local urban community.

Lonely Planet Ireland with Head Offices in America & Australia in a defamatory statement claim; “Thurles (Durlas) is a large market town 22km north of Cashel which was founded by the Butlers in the 13th Century.  Little of note has been built there since and the town square is little more than an ugly car park.”   This same publication, in 2007, stated; “The centre of Thurles town is the long and spacious Liberty Square. It is rather traffic bound, but has a lively air.”

Ireland : A Rough Guide published by Rough Guides Ltd, 62-70 Shorts Gardens, London and distributed by the Penguin Group state; ” Thurles is of very little interest in itself .” “Having seen the Rock of Cashel, most people head out of Tipperary for the west, and frankly this isn’t a bad idea – the north of the county has little to distract you.”  Also they offer this little added piece of  libel; “Templemore is even less interesting than Thurles.”

The final plans should be ready to go on display under Part 8 Planning Process later this year and once finally agreed same will then go to tender for construction.
Thurles – Templemore District Director Mr Matt Shortt, in highlighting this project, has stated that the overall aim of this new revamp will be to aid the currently restricted traffic flow, while also greatly improving conditions for shopping pedestrians.

Yes of course there will be many problems as plans are unveiled and as our Local Authority attempt to construct what can be reasonably described as a new exciting public face to Liberty Square. Such, after all, is inevitable when local residents and businesses people are invited to participate in a final decision-making process. We reside in an age where “Personal Greed and Me-ism” flourishes in abundance, so do let’s try to keep our thoughts positive, accepting safe democratic decisions and keeping in mind that it is impossible for everyone to fully agree on all finalised new proposals.

After all and in reality there is no such thing as a problem; if a problem occurs and there is a solution – there is no problem; if a problem occurs and there is no solution – this can be categorised as a ‘fact of life,’ so let’s continue with it until an alternative resolution can be calmly worked out.

One thought is common in the minds of all Thurles people presently; Liberty Square badly needs a face lift, so let’s speed up this positive chance for change, where possible.

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Window Smashed In Mitchel Street, Thurles

DSC_8961Residents on Mitchel Street, Thurles, Co Tipperary were awoken by the sounds of a noisy altercation and glass being smashed late last night.

One private residence had its front window badly shattered, at around 12.00 midnight, by a person or persons involved.

The house was occupied by at least two elderly people at the time.

Local Gardaí on patrol in the town were summoned and attended the scene within minutes of the incident happening.

Following their investigations, it is understood that at least one young man was immediately formally arrested and detained in relation to this occurrence.

Today the window remains boarded over, awaiting necessary repairs.

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