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Cheer Up – Christmas Bonus On The Way

Still none of the pre election promised jobs for Co. Tipperary to be found in last months CSO Stats published hereunder; but “Cheer Up” with Black Friday over, our Christmas Bonus is on the way.

Warning: Refrain from spending same in the one shop.


Some 1.2 million Social Welfare Recipients and Pensioners will receive their Xmas Bonus possibly by the end of this coming week, at a State cost of €221 million.

Responsible Ministers have signed the necessary order and the bonuses are expected to be paid out between Monday November 28th and Friday, December 2nd 2016, per the Citizens Information Website, details of which can be found by clicking ‘Here‘.

Bonuses in 2016 are promised to equate to 85% of each amount currently paid out to Social Welfare recipients.

Couples with two children in receipt of €372.40 weekly, should receive a Christmas bonus of €316.50.
Single contributory pensioners, in receipt of €233.40 weekly, should receive a Christmas bonus of €198.30.
Single job-seekers in receipt of €188 weekly, should receive a Christmas Bonus of €160.

Be grateful and remember dogs have no money and they are broke their entire lives, but they get through. And of course you know why dogs have no money?  They do not have any pockets.


Death Of Billy Ryan, West Gate, Thurles

DeathIt is with the deepest regret and personal sadness that I report the death today, Sunday 27th November 2016, of Mr William (Billy) Ryan, Clonoulty, Cashel, Co. Tipperary and formerly of West Gate, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Ryan passed away following a short illness, while in his 82nd year; in the devoted care of the Nurses and Staff of Clonmel Hospital.

Predeceased by his loving wife Anne the passing of Mr Ryan is most deeply regretted by his sons Hugh and Noel; daughters Katherine, Marie and Barbara; brothers Dan, Johnny and Paddy; sister Eileen; sisters in law; brothers in law; nieces; nephews; grandchildren; extended family; good friends and neighbours.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Ryan will repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, on Tuesday 29th November from 4.30pm to 6.30pm, to arrive at the Church of St. John the Baptist, Clonoulty at 7.30pm.

Requiem Mass will be held on Wednesday  November 30th at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in Clonoulty cemetery.

Note: House private. No flowers please. Donations, if desired, to Suir Haven, Thurles or the Alzheimer Society.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


What Would It Cost Our Government?

“He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.” Proverbs 28:27.

During the current year, 2016, we celebrated the one hundred year of our struggle for Irish independence, with at least some €22 million, minimum, in taxpayer funding, spent in various ways, but mainly in the areas, both in and around, Sackville Street, today better known as O’Connell Street; Dublin’s main thoroughfare.

rough-sleeperTravelling through Dublin in recent weeks, one could not help but notice the number of homeless people begging and sleeping rough in the streets of this same city. By sleeping rough I mean men and women of all ages sleeping or bedded down in the freezing open air, seeking refuge in filthy doorways, parks and bus shelters; people sleeping in buildings or other places not designed for human habitation e.g. car parks, living what now appears to be the socially acceptable “Plastic Bag” and “Wet Cardboard” lifestyle.

A headcount taken in our Capital’s city centre area recently found 168 people were sleeping rough with this figure not including some 60 people sharing a floor in the Merchant’s Quay Night Cafe and an unknown number of persons bedded down, hidden from immediate sight in the 1752 acres of the Phoenix Park, latter containing ‘Áras an Uachtaráin’, the residence currently occupied by the head of State and President of our ‘Emerald Green Island’.

Now towards the end of 2016, following our 100 year commemorations / celebrations; call them what you will; it would appear our current minority Fine Gael government have failed dismally to adhere to the very ideals of Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins. Where now in 2016 are spoken the words of Collins; quote; “For the future, we must not have the destitution of poverty at one end, and at the other, an excess of riches”?

So also our rapidly diminishing so called Irish Labour Party, which propped up the outgoing Fine Gael government over the previous 5 years. They too, in their greed for power, have overlooked the accurate prophesy in the words spoken by their once executed associate James Connolly, quote: “If you remove the English army tomorrow, unless you set about the organisation of a Socialist Republic, she will still continue to rule you through her Capitalists, through her Landlords, through her Financiers.

Current statements like “no person will be on the streets unless they want to be” are no longer acceptable from those who were elected to rule over us. When will the practice of allowing those refusing shelter; sleeping on mattresses of wet cardboard; wrapped in discarded plastic bags, cease?  I say this in the knowledge of the problems within homeless shelters, due to individuals having complex drink and drug related struggles.  Accept it; people lying in doorways do not feel safe in sheltered accommodation, while forced to sleep, wearing footwear on their feet; in the sure and certain knowledge if they do not, their shoes, together with other meagre possessions, will be stolen by morning.

What would it cost our government, (who knowingly amongst other unnecessary spending, used an estimated €27 million of taxpayers money, on a postal code system, namely Eircode, which possibly will never be wholly used), to provide one warm coat, a pair of stout shoes and a one-person tent that can be compressed into a portable bag (See picture above), to a mere couple of hundred rough sleepers at most?

If we see ourselves as Christians, surly it is time to examine and act immediately on the urgent and very basic needs of a few people who, for whatever reason, choose to sleep rough in conditions, (dare I say unfit for an animal), exposing themselves to the current freezing winter conditions, being experienced over recent weeks, on the streets of our cities.

“Take heed and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”  – St. Luke 12:15


Death Of William Doyle, Drombane, Thurles

DeathIt was with sadness we learned of the death today, Sunday 27th November 2016, of Mr William (Bill) Doyle, Birchill, Drombane, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Doyle passed away while in the loving care of the Matron and Staff of Ardeen Nursing Home, Thurles.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his loving sisters Bridget (O’Dwyer) and Eileen (Bourke); sister-in-law; brothers-in-law; nieces; nephews; extended relatives and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Doyle will repose at O’Dwyer’s Funeral Home, Upperchurch, Thurles, today Sunday from 5.00pm with removal at 7.00pm to St. Mary’s Church, Drombane.

Requiem Mass will be held on Monday morning at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in Inch Old Cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Death Of Theresa Finn, Borrisoleigh, Thurles

deathIt was with sadness we learned of the death today, Saturday 26th November 2016, of Mrs Theresa Finn (née Harney), Bridge House, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Mrs Finn, formerly of Templemore, passed away while in the loving care of the Nurses and Staff at St. Theresa’s Nursing Home, Thurles.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her devoted husband Jimmy (Jamie); daughter Marian; sons P.J., Jimmy and Michael; daughter-in-law Margaret; adored grandchildren and great grandchildren; brothers Billy and Martin; special friend Kathy; sisters-in-law; nephews; nieces; extended relatives and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Finn will repose at Kennedy’s Funeral Home, Borrisoleigh, on tomorrow, Sunday 27th, from 5.00pm until 8.00pm.

Removal on Monday 28th to the Church of St. Laurence O’Toole, Monroe, for Requiem Mass at 12.00 noon, followed immediately afterwards by interment in St Michael’s Cemetery, Bouladuff.

Note: Family flowers only please, donations if desired to C.A.M.E.O. Care, Thurles.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.