Pictured here L-R: Local Government Administrator Mr Michael Ryan & Tipperary Independent TD Michael Lowry.
The warmest of tributes have been flowing in over the past number of weeks for Templemore/ Thurles Municipal District Administrator Mr Michael Ryan, who officially retired today, having worked over 40 years at his post in Tipperary Local Government.
A native of Templederry, Co. Tipperary, Mr Ryan first began his Co. Council career in Nenagh, back in 1970 and following a brief spell in New Ross, Co. Wexford, returned to Thurles in 1977, taking up the post of then Thurles Town Clerk – a post he held for some 30 years.
Following the merger between North & South Tipperary Co. Councils and the complete eradication of Local Councils by the previous government, Mr Ryan was appointed Municipal Administrator for the Templemore/ Thurles District.
While officiating at his final Municipal District meeting last Wednesday, local Council representatives were high in their praise of his years of devotion to duty, dedication and overall commitment to the Thurles district. Indeed one public representative described Mr Ryan as being the “Alex Ferguson” of Tipperary local Council Administrators.
Speaking to Thurles.Info today, Tipperary Independent TD Mr Michael Lowry highly praised Mr Ryan for his true dedication, forward vision, negotiating skills and his innumerable abilities in overseeing all aspects of local government administration. Mr Lowry went on to wish Mr Ryan every happiness, success and good health in his well earned retirement years, into the future.
M/s Deirdre O’ Shea will now take on the responsible position of acting Templemore/ Thurles Municipal District Administrator, in the absence of a new appointment to this now vacant local government post.
Local correspondent Mr Gerry Bowe kindly sends us the following report:-
A plaque dedicated to the men and women who fought and those who died in ‘The 1916 Rising’ was officially unveiled at the ‘Munitir na Tire’ (National Organisation Promoting Community Development in Ireland) Hall, Littleton on Saturday last, April 23rd 2016, by Mr Seamus Hanafin, (Councillor & Cathaoirleach, Tipperary County Council).
Mr Gerard Neville, (Sean Treacy Pipe Band), gave his rendition of music, on bagpipes, of all relevant music relating to the history of 1916.
Mr David Brown officially welcomed guests; Mr Hanafin (MCC), and Rev.Fr. George Bourke, Rev.Fr.Joe Tynan (Local Priests) and the many others from the local community, who were in attendance for the unveiling.
Mr Brown formally invited Mr Hanafin to officially unveil the 1916 Plaque, following which Mr Hanafin gave a very interesting and inspiring talk on 1916 and the Irish Proclamation.
The newly unveiled plaque was commissioned to honour the sixteen Patriots who were executed after the 1916 rising, together with the brave men and women who fought and those who died during this troubled period in our Irish history. It is especially dedicated to all those from Co. Tipperary or with Tipperary connections who died; those who fought and those who were ready to fight and later went on to give their lives for freedom and independence in later years, which we as Irish people enjoy today.
Fr. Bourke then read prayers in both Irish and English; blessing the Plaque and recited that wonderful poem; now a hymn; “I see His Blood upon the rose” by executed Irish nationalist, poet, journalist, leader of the 1916 Easter Rising, and signatory of the 1916 Irish Proclamation (Easter Proclamation), Joseph Mary Plunkett.
It should be noted that following the surrender in 1916, Joseph Mary Plunkett, aged 28, was held in Kilmainham Gaol, where he faced a court martial. Seven hours before his execution by firing squad, he was married in the prison chapel to his sweetheart Grace Gifford. Grace’s sister, Muriel, was married to Thomas MacDonagh, a native of Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary and Joseph Plunkett’s best friend; former who was also executed for his role in the Easter Rising.
Mr Brown then introduced M/s Tara O’Brien who gave her rendition, on Concertina, of “The Foggy Dew” and Mr Micheál Treacy who recited “Who fears to speak of Easter week ?”. Mr Paddy Lambe then sang “The Foggy Dew.”
Mr Brown thanked the organisers and those who took part in the unveiling ceremony.
‘Amhrán na bhFiann’(‘The Soldiers’ Song’, Irish National Anthem) was sung by all in attendance, accompanied by Mr Gerard Neville on Bagpipes.
It is with a great personal sadness I learned of the death yesterday, Thursday 28th April 2016, of M/s Brid (Brigid) Ryan, Willowmere Drive, Thurles, and formerly of Reiska, Kilcommon, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
M/s Ryan passed away peacefully yesterday, most sadly missed by her sisters, Sr Maureen, Wynsie, Nancy, Jo and Kay and brother Fr Ned Ryan (SPS Kiltegan); brothers-in-law Aidan, Ronan and Joe, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, relatives, neighbours, members of Thurles Drama Group, members of the teaching profession and friends.
The earthly remains of M/s Ryan will repose in Egan’s Funeral Home, Dublin Road, Thurles, on Sunday, 1st May, from 3:30pm to 5:30pm, to arrive at The Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles at 6:00pm.
Requiem Mass will take place on Monday, 2nd May, at 11:00am, with burial in Glasnevin Cemetery on Tuesday, May 3rd, arriving in Glasnevin at 12:00 noon.
Note: Family flowers only, however donations, if desired, to St Francis Hospice, Blanchardstown, Co. Dublin.
It is with sadness we learned of the death today, Thursday 28th April 2016, of Mrs Mary Agnes Hayes (née Bowe), Newhill, Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
Predeceased by her husband Dan, daughter Mary Patricia and son-in-law Donal; the passing of Mrs Hayes is most deeply regretted by her children; Fr Martin, Stella, Agnes, John, Donal, Michael and Kieran, her loving grandchildren, her sister Kathleen (Maher), daughters-in-law Marie, Noreen, Miriam and Jasmin, son-in-law Michael, sisters-in-law Sr Annunciata (Hayes), Maura (Bowe) and Mary-Ellen (Bowe), nephews, nieces, relatives, carers, neighbours and many friends.
The earthly remains of Mrs Hayes will repose at Ardeen Nursing Home, Thurles on tomorrow Friday, 29th April, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, to arrive on Saturday, 30th April, to the Church of St James, Two-Mile-Borris, for Requiem Mass at 11:00am. Burial will take place afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.
Note: Family flowers only please, donations in lieu to Golden Years Day Care or Cameo Care, Thurles.
“Blessed are those who die in the Lord, for their good deeds go with them”
Today April 27th 2016, Thurles Town Park was officially opened by Councillor Mr Seamus Hanafin, Cathaoirleach (English Trans. – Chairperson) of Tipperary County Council and Councillor Mr John Hogan, latter Cathaoirleach of the local Templemore-Thurles, Municipal District.
Proceedings began, in splendid sunshine, with the officially blessing of the park by His Grace Archdiocese, Kieran O’Reilly, SMA, (Archbishop of Cashel & Emly). Following the official unveiling of a plaque to mark the occasion, those in attendance then retired to the ‘The Source’ exhibition centre, to address all those in attendance.
Speaking at the event, Councillor Mr Hanafin praised the ‘tremendous foresight’ of all involved down through the years, in ensuring that this dream for Thurles truly became a reality. In particular he thanked St Patrick’s College, through college custodians His Grace, Archdiocese, Kieran O’Reilly and Fr. Tom Fogarty (St Patrick’s College President), for ensuring that the site was made available. He was also strong in his praise of Templemore/ Thurles Administrator Mr Michael Ryan and former Thurles U.D.C. Manager Mr Tom Barry, who ensured that the necessary funding was kept securely in place to support this overall planning project going forward to completion.
Councillor Hanafin pointed out the various modern amenities now being made available to everyone; Play and Sporting areas; Seating areas; Free Exercise facilities; New Bridge offering pedestrian only access to the town centre / Short-cut to the south of the town and not least, an area retained for natural flora/ fauna and other naturally occurring insect & wild life.
Councillor Mr John Hogan spoke of his strong past memories of the old car-park area as a schoolboy; again pointing out the huge benefits that this new amenity now afforded the people of Thurles; not just our youth but also our elderly; our parents with young children; our visitors of all ages, entering into our local community.
In attendance also Mr Joe MacGrath (C.E. Tipperary Co. Council), congratulated his staff on their professional leadership, in bringing to full fruition, this newly completed project. He also hinted that the revitalisation of Liberty Square in the town could begin as soon as the end of this year or very early in 2017, subject to agreement by all relevant stake holders.
Speaking on his Facebook tonight, Mr Michael Lowry TD, who also attended the official opening, concurred with remarks made by Councillor Hanafin, stating; “A huge debt of gratitude is due to all the businesses of Thurles; their support body Thurles Chamber; former and present Town Councillors and their officials, in making this tremendous park amenity a reality.”