October 2015
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Death Of Mr John Joe Bourke, Mitchel Street, Thurles

deathIt is with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Saturday 3rd October 2015, of Mr John Joe Bourke, Mitchel Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Bourke, passed away at his home in the loving care of his family and the wonderful staff of Milford Palliative Care and Thurles health services. His passing is deeply regretted by his loving wife Anne, son Tomás, daughters Siobhán and Síle, daughter-in-law Ursula, sons-in-law Jobst and Joe, grandchildren Enya, Brian, Kevin, Mark and John, brother Séamus, sister Breda, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Mr Bourke is predeceased by his son Seán, sisters Ciss, Eileen, Chris and Cecilia.

Funeral Arrangements.
The earthly remains of Mr Bourke will repose at his residence in Mitchel Street, Thurles, on tomorrow Sunday, October 4th, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, before arriving at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Cathedral Street, Thurles at 7:30pm.

Requiem Mass will take place at 11:00am on Monday 5th next. Burial afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Note: Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to the Milford Hospice.
Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Thurles There Is A General Election Happening Soon

“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time”.  Quote By Abraham Lincoln


Tipperary Cllr. Mr Michael Smith

OK, so I lead a very sad life some people might say. When most people were enjoying the Rugby World Cup matches today, I was checking the unemployment figures recently published on line.

In the past 30 days 1085 people got jobs in Co. Kerry (In August 12,298 unemployed, compared to September figures of 11,213).
Co. Kilkenny unemployment figures over the same period were reduced by 567, (August 6,149 against September 5,582).  Similarly Co. Laois (August 7,568, September 7,096), down 472; Co. Limerick (August 15,444, September 14,344), down 1100; Co. Wicklow (August 10,727, September 9,886), down 841; Co. Offaly (August 7,815, September 7,276), down 539 and Co. Clare (August 7,923, September 7,309), down 506.

But it was when I looked at the Co. Tipperary unemployment figures that my heart missed several beats. You my readers will not believe the following; despite having been in power for over 4 years without creating even one job in Co. Tipperary either North or South; within just the last 30 days our present Fine Gael / Labour partnership / love-nest have created a massive 1,292 new jobs for the Premier County, (632 in N. Tipp and 660 in S. Tipp).

So you don’t believe me! Trust me when I state that a totally independent body like the Central Statistics Office (CSO) does not lie and is not in any way influenced by government. Click HERE for yourselves and check the figures; please highlight the headings ‘Both sexes’ ‘All Ages’ before choosing the relevant Co. Tipperary Social Welfare Office.

For those of you too lazy to check the figures yourselves, please find same compiled hereunder for your convenience.

North Tipperary and Associated Towns – 2015

JanFeb —- Mar —  April —   May—  June July—- Aug Sept ——Town/Region Jobs Created During September 2015
6,312 6,237 6,139 6,030 6,199 6,462 6,601 6,475 5,843 ———                            North Tipperary 632
2,568 2,497 2,465 2,446   2,529 2,635 2,658 2,589 2,371 ————–                              Nenagh 218
1,166 1,168 1,138 1,119 ––1,164  –1,187 1,246 1,213 1,059 ————-                              Roscrea 154
2,5782,572 2,536 2,465   2,506 2,640 2,697 2,673 2,413 ————–                              Thurles 260

South Tipperary and Associated Towns – 2015

JanFeb —- Mar April —  May—  June July—- Aug Sept ——Town/Region Jobs Created During September 2015
7,8647,786 7,681 7,595 7,809 7,998 8,110 7,957 7,297 ———–                           South Tipperary 660
1,129 1,120 1,096 1,071 1,094 1,145 1,164 1,128 1,038 —————–                            Cahir 90
1,6851,674 1,650 1,625 1,663 –-1,697 1,719 1,688 1,560 ———–                            Carrick-On-Suir 128
1,0601,035 1,015 – —998 1,017 1,025 1,063 1,035    931—————–                           Cashel 104
2,4802,489 2,4642,470 2,562 –-2,611 2,616 2,586 2,356 —————                           Clonmel 230
1,510 1,468 1,456 1,431 1,473 1,520 1,548 1,520 1,412 ———-                              Tipperary (Town) 108

Total Jobs created in just 30 days 1,292

I phoned some of our Co. Tipperary TD’s and Co. Councillors of all ‘creeds’ today (I didn’t call the ‘untouchable’ Minister Mr Allan Kelly), seeking answers to this amazing turn about in Co. Tipperary’s good fortune, regrettably only one Fianna Fáil Co. Councillor, Mr Michael Smith, had taken out his calculator and was knowledgeable enough to comment.

Mr Michael Smith’s comment to my numerous questions; “Families all over Co. Tipperary have experienced sons and daughters emigrating in an effort to seek employment. Others have remained at home in the hope that the tide would turn for them. Is it possible in the midst of this employment dilemma that the true figures of those unemployed is being manipulated to show a steep rise in jobs over night. If this is ‘a manicuring’ for election purposes this present Government is reaching an all time low in their deception of their electorate?”

So there is a General Election on the wayWhy the hell did I not think of that?  Oh and please do not tell me my calculator is not working correctly.

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Win A Set Of Bridgestone Tyres In Clonmel Or Thurles

Your chance to win a set of Bridgestone Tyres courtesy of Lyons Tyre Services, latter situated at Cashel Rd. in Clonmel or at Slievenamon Rd. here in Thurles, over the next 10 days only.


Reminder to all Vehicle Owners – National Road Safety Week begins next week – 5th to 11th October.

To promote tyre safety, Lyons Tyre Services are offering a free set of Bridgestone Tyres to the winner of a draw, which will take place on Tipp FM Radio next Monday week – 13th of October 2015.

Note: Here, at both service depots, all entrants can also avail of a free tyre safety check upon entry into this worthwhile competition.

As our Irish winter fast approaches, keeping our vehicles tyres in a roadworthy condition is especially important.  To this end; Lyons Tyre Depots are supporting this year’s ‘National Road Safety Week‘ with this hugely generous offer, while also highlighting the certain risks motorists very often undertake when driving with dangerous tyres on their vehicles.

How Can You Enter
To enter this competition you simply have to fill out an entry form at any Lyons Tyre Services depot; either at their premises on Cashel Rd, Clonmel or on Slievenamon Rd, Thurles. So if your National Car Test (NCT) just happens to be pencilled in on your calendar under ‘things to do’ in the coming weeks, do take full advantage of this very generous free safety check offer.

Remember also of course that Lyons Tyre Services are always a ‘one stop shop’ for the sales and fitting of:- Wipers, Brakes, Batteries, Alloy Wheels and are the market leaders in Headlight Focusing, Wheel Alignment and Alloy Wheel Repairs.

Note Opening Hours: All above mentioned Lyons Tyre Service depots open each day, MondayFriday from 9.00am6.00pm and each Saturday from 9.00am3.00pm.

Contact Details: Telephone (0504) 21233 or E-Mail

Facilities: On-site customer facilities include: Handicapped access, Comfortable Waiting Area, Children’s Corner, Toilet.

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Seven Man Dublin Gang Sentenced For Tipperary Burglary

CorcoranJail terms, ranging from 12 to 20 years, were imposed today on seven Dublin men. All the accused admitted to carrying out an aggravated burglary some two years ago, in November 2013, at the home of Emma and Mark Corcoran and their three young daughters, at Burnchurch, near Killenaule in Co Tipperary.

The seven convictions were handed down today at Clonmel Circuit Court shortly before 12 noon, by Mr Justice Thomas Teehan, who described the effects of the burglary on the Corcoran family as “catastrophic”.

All defendants were in receipt of free legal aid and despite their admission of guilt previously, these men each were represented by a Senior Counsel, a Junior Counsel and a Solicitor representing their cases; all paid for by the Irish State, with costs ultimately being passed on to the Irish taxpayer.

The seven men, who had previously admitted carrying out this aggravated burglary; together with their individual sentences passed down by Mr Justice Thomas Teehan, are named hereunder:-

Michael McDonagh, aged 23, of Tara Lawns, Belcamp Lane, Coolock, Dublin 17, (who was the only defendant with no previous convictions), was sentenced to 12 years, with seven of those years suspended.
Donal O’Hara, aged 22, of Glin Park, Coolock, Dublin 17, who received a sentenced of 12 years, with seven suspended.
Patrick Joyce, aged 23, of Beaumont Hall, Beaumont Woods, Dublin 9, who was given a sentence of 14 years, with four years suspended.
Thomas Flynn, aged 21, of Moatview Avenue, Coolock, Dublin 17, who was sentenced to 12 years, with three years suspended.
John Joyce, aged 21, of Lentisk Lawn, Donaghmede, Dublin, was sentenced to 15 years, with four years suspended.
Patrick Gately, aged 28, of Primrose Grove, Darndale, Dublin 17, was also sentenced to 20 years, with four years suspended for 10 years.
Dean Byrne, aged 22, of Cabra Park, Dublin 17, who was given a sentence of 20 years, with four years suspended, backdated from November 21st 2013.

Also deployed at Clonmel Courthouse were two sections of the Garda Armed Response Unit; together with a number of other Gardaí, all present as an extra security measure.

Following sentencing the seven male defendants were led from the court in handcuffs; showing little remorse, but rather joking and smiling, while one blew kisses at the waiting media.

A statement read on behalf of Mr and Mrs Corcoran, following today’s sentencing, thanked their local community of Burnchurch and Killenaule, Judge Teehan and the efforts of Thurles Gardaí, both during and after the committed aggravated burglary.

The question must now surely be asked “Should known / recognised career criminals be granted full,  free Legal Aid; particularly in cases where the offence has been previously admitted?”

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Lowry Calls For Clarity On Tipp General Hospital Review

South Tipp General Hospital

South Tipp General Hospital

Following reviews commissioned after the publication of a HIQA report into maternity services, at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, Tipperary Independent TD, Deputy Michael Lowry, has called for further clarity on the external review published yesterday into the governance of Maternity Department Services at South Tipperary General Hospital (STGH) in Clonmel, Co Tipperary.

We understand the Assurance Review found that small hospitals are unable to operate in isolation as stand alone facilities, either clinically or financially, thus supporting the current acute hospital reform programme.

Deputy Lowry stated; “This latest report is disturbing in the context of the long-term future of Maternity Services at South Tipperary General Hospital.

South Tipperary General Hospital provides a vital service for the people of Tipperary. In 2014 there were 1,102 births registered at this venue. The people of Tipperary and the Staff of South Tipperary General Hospital now deserve clarity into the governance and the future of Maternity Services at this Hospital.” the Deputy stated.

Deputy Lowry concluded; “I now call on the Minister for Health Mr Leo Varadkar TD, to clarify the Governments attitude to this latest report and to give reassurance that there will be no reduction in the level or quality of services as currently provided by South Tipperary General Hospital.”

The reports were produced by former British National Health Service executive David Flory.

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