It has been confirmed that the counting of votes for the newly unified Tipperary County Council elections will be held for the first time in Thurles.
County election executives have decided to hold the count for the five electoral areas in the Presentation Convent, Cathedral Street, in Thurles. Previously the counting of votes in respect of both North Riding and South Riding Tipperary were held jointly in the towns of Nenagh and Clonmel respectively.
Ballot papers for the European elections will be checked and forwarded to the regional centre in Cork for inclusion in the Ireland South Constituency.
This venue is seen as ideal for purpose, since Thurles Town is situated centrally in this shortly to be amalgamated county authority area.
The tourism group Hidden Tipperary, under the Chairmanship of Mr Tom Noone, had recently highlighted the need for Thurles town to be viewed / identified, by both Local and National Government, as an existing central location, especially with regard to the availability of public services.
It is expected that up to 90 staff should be employed on the day to count the votes for this new 40 seat county authority, however it is expected that the ‘usual suspects’ will be rounded up to undertake this electoral task, namely retired Bank officials, Teachers, Gardaí, Civil Servants and their respective wives, latter also already in receipt of generous pensions from the Irish State.
However if you are currently unemployed, we suggest that you contact the Court Registrar, Nelson Street, Clonmel, Co Tipperary, Tel: 052-6129183, (Mr. Gerard Connolly Office Manager) and register yourself as being available to participate in this “Nice little earner.”
Note: At any possible future interview, be positive and point out that you are aware that our present Government is a “Caring Government” and devoted to “Taking care of the vulnerable and less well off in our society.”
To Ireland’s great shame we learn that one of the first of two White-tailed Eagles (Haliaeetus albicillato) to fledge successfully from their nest in Co Clare, here in the west of Ireland, has been found shot dead in Co Tipperary.
A post-mortem examination carried out on this magnificent bird’s remains clearly shows it was killed by a blast from a shotgun cartridge, with between 45 to 50 pellets remaining in its body. The impact of the shot broke one of the birds legs and a wing, as well as causing damage to the main torso resulting in the bird being totally grounded, possibly for some days after the shooting, unable to walk and before actually dying both from malnutrition as well as its overall sustained injuries.
This particular bird, a young male eagle, was reared by a pair of White-tailed Eagles at a nest on Lough Derg, near Mountshannon, Co Clare, directly across the lake from the village of Portroe, Nenagh, Co Tipperary and successfully flew from its nest in July 2013 last. This bird was one of the first chicks born from the high profile reintroduction programme which began way back in 2007, with the release of young Norwegian eagles, as part of the White-tailed eagle reintroduction programme.
The diet of this bird is varied, but water-based birds, mammals and fish found close to the surface of water are its potential prey. During lean winter months it will feast on carrion such as dead marine mammals, dead livestock and has also been known to eat dead humans, but latter only out of sheer necessity.
The hatching of this bird, latter fully protected by Irish law, had marked a special day for Irish nature conservation and those many people who support such efforts throughout Ireland.
Gardaí at Nenagh are fully investigating the death of this ‘White-tailed Eagle’ and anyone with information should contact Nenagh Garda Station on Tel: 067-50450.
Gardaí have arrested twelve people as part of their investigations targeting a specific organised crime gang involved in burglaries in the South East of Ireland. These arrests follow organised raids on dozens of houses and flats across several counties today, including Co Tipperary.
Thearrests are understood to have taken place as a result of “Operation Munster,” latter set up to target organised criminals suspected of carrying out burglaries in Ireland’s south east region.
In all, Gardaí raided over 40 properties across Co Tipperary and the neighbouring counties of Kilkennyand Waterford. Gardaí were backed up by armed members of the Regional Support Unit and Customs officers and seized property stolen which included jewellery, cash, electronic equipment and other items of value.
Also as part of the lead up to today’s operation a number of bank accounts, held by known gang members involved in crime, have been now frozen. It is also understood that Gardaí in recent days have recovered eight shotguns possibly stolen in the Clonmel area of Tipperary.
Of the 12 persons arrested (nine men and three women), two have been released without charge and two have been arrested on warrants and transferred to prison, while the remaining eight are currently being detained and questioned at various Garda stations under section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act.
With Sincere Sympathy
The funeral will take place of the late Mrs Mary Shanahan (nee Max), “Cluaindara“, Monadreen, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, on Thursday morning next.
Her body will repose at her residence tomorrow Wednesday from 5.00pm. Her removal will take place at 10.15am from her home, arriving at the Cathedral of the Assumption for Requiem Mass at 11.00am on Thursday morning next.
Following Mass, her interment will take place afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, situated on the Moyne Road, east of Thurles.
Note: Flowers and donations, if desired, to the Irish Heart Foundation or the Trócaire Lenten Campaign.
Mrs Shanahan, aged 73, a retired and much loved and highly respected Primary Schoolteacher, was predeceased by her husband the late Mr Dick Shanahan. Mrs Shanahan lost her life, unexpectedly, following a road traffic accident near Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, yesterday afternoon.
The deepest sympathies of the people of Thurles are today very much with her loving family; daughter Susan, sons Denis and Richard, son-in-law Mark, daughters-in-law Martina and Chiara, her grandchildren Joe and Ronan, brother Jim, sister Bree, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, special friend Jojo, her many friends, former students and close acquaintances.
Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.
It is with deepest sympathy we report that a woman has died following a car crash near Two-Mile-Borris here in Co Tipperary.
The elderly woman, also the driver of the vehicle, died when her car struck a fence, at about 2.00pm this afternoon, between Two-Mile-Borris and the turn off for the M8 at Thurles.
A passenger also in the car was injured, though her injuries are thought not to be life threatening. Both occupiers of the vehicle have been identified as currently resident in Thurles, however names are being withheld at this time until relatives have been properly contacted.
The body of the deceased woman has been removed from the scene and taken to University Hospital Limerick and Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to contact Thurles Garda Station on Tel: 0504-25100, or the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800-666-111 or report to any garda station.
Today’s fatality brings to five the number of people who have died on Tipperary’s roads so far since January 1st 2014.
Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.