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Saturday June 24th – A Purr…Fect Afternoon Guaranteed

“Join us for a guaranteed purr…fect afternoon of fun, chat, music, and a cuppa,” writes Thurles Rotary Club member Mrs Evelyn Nevin.

Evelyn would like to invite you to come along and support Phoneix Productions at a Cats Tea Party in Bookworm on Saturday June 24th from 2.00pm 5.00pm. (Do please note your calendar).

“Thurles Rotary club has a long standing friendship with Phoneix Productions and its Founder Member/Producer Mr Gerard O’Brien,” states Evelyn, “And to this end we felt the need to support this very worthy charity, which provides such great opportunities to our local young people, through creative expression both in song, dance and stage craft.”

It is the worst kept secret in Thurles that plans are well under way for Phoneix Production’s next musical extravaganza. Yes, Deo volente (God being willing), ‘Cats’ ; composed by the great Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, and based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot, will be staged here in Thurles next August.  This of course can not happen without an enormous amount of effort, time, support and, it goes without saying, financial assistance. Theatre lovers will remember, based on past productions, that Phoneix Productions does nothing by half measures, so expect prodigious thespianism.

Evelyn continues, “We at Rotary Thurles recognise the need for patronage of this worthwhile organisation and to this end wish to support our talented local young people by coming up with what we believe is a novel idea,  “A Cats Tea Party”.

Mr John Butler proprietor of Bookworm book shop, on the corner of Liberty Square, has kindly allowed us the use of his premises for the afternoon of June 24th from 2.00 – 5.00pm, with all money raised going directly to Phoneix.

So do please join us for a ‘cuppa’, a chat and we will have special guests providing entertain for you during the afternoon. Your support would be greatly appreciated for this worthy cause and donations of buns and cakes would also be welcomed”.

For further info why not contact Evelyn on Mobile 087 9774725 and pledge your support.


Funeral Arrangements For Former Senator Des Hanafin

It was with a great personal sadness I learned of the death today, Thursday 22nd June 2017, of Mr Des Hanafin,(Former Senator, House of the Oireachtas), Dublin Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The passing of Mr Hanafin is most deeply regretted by his loving wife Mona; his daughter Mary; son John; grandchildren Mary Claire, Darragh and John; sisters in law; brothers in law; nieces; nephews; extended relatives and a wide circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Hanafin will repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles,  on Saturday next, 24th June from 5.00pm to 8.00pm, to arrive at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, at 8.30pm.

Requiem Mass will be held on Sunday 25th June at 12.00 noon, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.


Suspended Jail Sentence for Tipperary Garda

A Tipperary Garda, convicted of assaulting two women during a night out in Co. Tipperary, has been given a six-month suspended jail sentence. The assaults occurred following a row over payment for a lift home.

Mr Brian Hanrahan, aged 34 years, who was based in Newcastle West, Co Limerick and who is a native of Killenaule, Co Tipperary, with an addresses at Ballintotty, Nenagh, Co Tipperary, was convicted earlier this year of the double offence of assault, causing harm to the two women, named as Ms Emer Kelly and Ms Aisling King.

Mr Hanrahan had denied the charges, which involved punching and kicking one of the woman; while striking the other.

Mr Hanrahan first came to news prominence in 2015 when he suffered spinal injuries and a bullet wound to the leg, following a shooting incident while on holiday in New Orlean in the US state of Louisiana. He had been hospitalised in the United States, before undergoing emergency surgery; on completion of which he was allowed to return home and back to work.

Following a sentencing hearing today, Judge Elizabeth MacGrath stated that the assault on one of the women, Ms Emer Kelly, should be viewed as a serious assault, while the other woman who was assaulted, Ms Aisling King, had been acting as a good Samaritan, in trying to help her friend.

Judge MacGrath imposed a six-month prison sentence, which she suspended for two years, in relevance to the assault on Ms Kelly, and a three-month sentence, suspended for one year, in relevance to the assault on Ms King. Sentencing had been adjourned last February, to allow for the preparation of probation and psychological reports on Mr Hanrahan.


Death Announced Of Senator Mr Des Hanafin

Senator Mr Des Hanafin. R.I.P.

It is with sadness we report the news that former Fianna Fáil Senator Mr Des Hanafin has passed away, aged in his 86th year.

Mr Hanafin is survived by his wife Mona, his daughter Mary (a former Fianna Fáil Minister and Deputy Leader, Dún Laoghaire), and his son John (also a former Fianna Fáil senator).

Born in Thurles, Co. Tipperary, in 1930, Mr Hanafin was elected to North Tipperary County Council first in 1955 and subsequently served as its Chairperson. He was first elected to Seanad Éireann in 1965 and held his seat until 1993.  He won back that seat in 1997, before eventually retiring from politics in 2002.

A former hotelier Mr Hanafin was once proprietor of the Anner Hotel, Dublin Rd, Lognafulla, Thurles during the 1960’s.

Funeral arrangements will be published here on Thurles.Info as soon as information is confirmed.

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Irish Boxer Pleads Guilty To Criminal Damage In Thurles Court

Thurles District Courthouse

Mr Michael O’Reilly, with an address at No. 20 New Line Close, Mountrath, Co. Laois; who tested positive for a banned substance prior to taking part in the 2016 Rio Olympics, appeared before Judge Elizabeth MacGrath, at Thurles District Court today.

Mr O’Reilly, who has 37 previous convictions, related to road traffic offences, had been summoned to appear, today, to answer charges relating to threatening and abusive behaviour, public intoxication and causing criminal damage. Explaining his late attendance at today’s Court appearance; Mr O’Reilly made it known to the court that same was caused by a necessary medical appointment, requiring blood tests.

Three other co-accused, namely his father Mr Michael O’Reilly (Snr.) with an address at Clonkeen, Portlaoise, Co. Laois; Mr Bernard O’Reilly, with an address at Main Road, Clonkeen, Portlaoise, Co. Laois; and Mr James O’Reilly, also of Clonkeen, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, were also in attendance in court.  The latter, Mr James O’Reilly was a juvenile at the time of the committed offences, but is now aged over 18 years old.

Garda Inspector Mr Padraic Powell informed the court that all parties were pleading guilty to the throwing of rocks, damaging a Nissan Micra the property of Mr Michael Doyle, and a Citroen Hatchback, belonging to Ms Mary Doyle. Similar criminal damage was also caused to a Bailey Regency 2001 Caravan, the property of Ms Brigid Doyle. Damage to the caravan it was agreed would be dealt with separately by the families themselves.

While the Doyle and O’Reilly families are related, it is understood that some difference of opinion occurred at an engagement party, which in turn escalated; resulting in the committing of this criminal damage. The court heard that damages of €879.63 was caused to the Nissan Micra, while impairment to the Citroen incurred some €663.98 in repairs.

Judge MacGrath directed that this case be now put back to October 24th 2017, with the condition that all four accused pay compensation in full, by that date.