Despite over half the month gone, March is already living up to its reputation of “March many weathers”.
Potato Sowing Time.
Temperatures are expected to fall below freezing tonight nationwide, with hazardous icy driving conditions guaranteed on our roads. (So please, please do drive with care.)
Today’s forecast comes with a yellow weather warning from Met Éireann for snow and ice tonight and much of tomorrow morning, particularly on mountains, hills and areas of high ground in the western half of the country.
During the next three days, Tuesday 21st through to Thursday23rd, our weather is expected to be cold with northern winds making it feel even colder, with some rain showers expected to turn into sleet or even snow.
With the long term weather outlook promising to turn milder next weekend; outside elements permitting, now might be the perfect opportunity to turn over some soil to the frost, in preparation for sowing a few seed potatoes early next week.
It is with a great personal sadness that I learned of the death yesterday, Sunday 19th March 2017, of Miss Ellen (Nellie) O’Connell, Barronstown, Loughmore, Templemore, Co. Tipperary.
Miss O’Connell passed away peacefully while in the wonderful care of the Matron, Nurses and Staff of the Acorn Lodge Nursing Home, Ballykelly, Cashel, Co. Tipperary.
Her passing is most deeply regretted by her nephews; nieces; extended relatives, neighbours and many friends.
The earthly remains of Miss O’Connell will repose at her home (Barronstown) on tomorrow Tuesday from 4.00pm with removal at 8.00pm to the Church of The Nativity of Our Lady, Loughmore, Templemore, Co. Tipperary.
Requiem Mass will be held on Wednesday at 11:30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dilís
Yes today, March 20th 2017, from 10.28am GMT, begins the Spring Equinox, marking the first day of Spring in our Northern Hemisphere and in Co. Tipperary.
From today, hopefully we will begin to enjoy earlier sunrises, later sunsets, milder, softer winds and sprouting plant life, while South of the Equator the opposite will be the case; later sunrises, earlier sunset, chillier winds, and falling dead leaves.
To celebrate the arrival of Spring we should be looking ahead to putting our clocks forward on Sunday next March 26th at 1.00am, thus loosing one hour from the comfort of our beds.
Synonymous with our Irish Patron Saint, on St Patrick’s Day (March 17th), many Irish people annually and customarily wear the plant emblem of the Shamrock (Irish meaning – Shamrock, Seamóg or Seamair Óg, is young clover), on their person, thus evoking symbolism relating to our sense of religion, history, celebration and national pride.
According to folk lore, Saint Patrick is said to have used this same, small, three leaved plant to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity, (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), to pagan Irish during the 5th Century. However centuries earlier the Shamrock appears to have been the symbolic plant of this same Spring Equinox and used by other religious leaders, namely the Druids; latter members of the high-ranking professional classes in ancient Celtic culture.
The Druids used the three leaves, shaped like hearts, to associate with the Triple Goddess of Celtic mythology, otherwise known as the “Three Morrígan “, and individually known as ‘Badb’, ‘Macha’ and ‘Anand’. The Morrígan was primarily associated with foretelling fate, especially relating to doom and death. This early mythology suggests a link with the “Banshee”, (Irish meaning – ‘Woman of the fairy mound’ or ‘Fairy woman’), latter a female spirit with long silvery hair, who heralded the death of a family member; usually by shrieking or keening, but also known in parts of Ireland as also the Badh.
Those of you counting down the days until real warmer weather arrives; take note that Summer won’t officially begin until Wednesday, June 21st 2017, before ending on Friday, September 22nd next.
It is with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Friday 17th March 2017, of Mrs Kathleen O’Donnell (née Brett), Bianconi Drive, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary and late of Clonoulty, Cashel, Co. Tipperary.
Predeceased by her father, mother, brother and sister; Mrs O’Donnell passed away peacefully at South Tipperary General Hospital.
Her passing is most deeply regretted by her loving husband Michael, daughters Catherine, Josie, Deirdre and Stephanie; son Michael Junior; sons-in-law; her 13 grandchildren; sister Maureen Ryan (Cahir); brothers Michael, Peter, J.J and Noel; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nephews; nieces; grandnieces; grandnephews; extended relatives and her many friends.
The earthly remains of Mrs O’Donnell will repose at O’Donoghue’s Funeral Home, Kickham Street, Clonmel, on Sunday evening from 6.30pm to 8.00pm.
Funeral arriving at St Oliver’s Church at 11.15am on Monday morning for Requiem Mass at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St. Patrick’s cemetery.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dilís
Here on Thurles.Info we would like to wish all our readers, both at home and abroad, a very happy St. Patrick’s Day in 2017.
Our very good friends Patrick and his wife Regina Hayes who reside in Fremont, California, attended the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in San Francisco; held on last Saturday. (Quite early, but as Patrick says “California is always miles ahead of any crowd.”)
Patrick, who successfully traced his ancestors back to Loughmore, Thurles, Co. Tipperary some years ago, now visits Tipperary on a regular basis with other family members. Today he sent us some photo’s (shown in short slide show above) of last Saturday’s parade. He described the day as being “full of activity with lots of green on a glorious spring day”.
Patrick and Regina and their family would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone living in Loughmore and Thurles a very enjoyable St. Patrick’s Day.
From us to you Patrick, and your family, go an old Irish Blessing, “May you always have…Walls for the winds; A roof for the rain; Tea beside the fire; Laughter to cheer you; Those you love near you, and All your heart might desire.”