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Death Of Richard Cotter, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death yesterday, Monday 18th June 2018, of Mr Richard Cotter, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formally Clonoulty, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The passing of Mr Cotter is most deeply regretted by his loving wife Monica; sons Jerry, Richard and Kevin; daughter Siobhan; his eleven beloved grandchildren; great-granddaughter; brothers Jerry, Jimmy and Willie; sisters Mary, Abina, Anne and Catherine; son-in-law Mark; daughters-in-law Ingrid and Aisling; nephews; nieces; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; extended relatives; former Irish Army colleagues; great neighbours and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Cotter will lie in repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles on tomorrow Wednesday, 20th June, from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, to arrive at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles at 7.30pm.

Requiem Mass will be held on Thursday, 21st June, at 11.00am, followed by burial immediately afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Note: House Private Please.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Mac Donagh Pipe Band To Open Annual Killea “Field Day”

Make the village of  Killea, Templemore, Co. Tipperary you destination on Sunday, June 24th next.

Journalist Tom Ryan reports:

A rural Tipperary village will revive its traditional lifestyle of some 80 years ago, when it takes a step back in time for its 11th annual fun day; in the old -fashioned tradition, on Sunday, June 24th next. It will be officially opened by the Thomas Mac Donagh Pipe Band, from Templemore, starting at 1.30pm.

Children will be admitted free of charge on what should be a colourful day at Killea Sportsfield, latter a nice gesture, indeed, from the organising committee, who are hoping for yet another sunny day for this eagerly awaited annual event, which has gone from strength to strength; sheltering in the shade of the famous 480m high (1575 ft) Bearnan Eile (Translation from the Irish – “Devil’s Bit”) mountain.

Events Taking Place at Killea “Field Day” in Co. Tipperary.

Sean-nós Dancing will feature in this popular “Field Day”, same to be held in conjunction with the hugely popular Margaret O’Sullivan Feile. This old style dance, very popular in the Gaeltachtaí will have seen Tipperary persons; Katie Bourke, Sean Bourke and Tadhg Quinlan, very much to the fore in the GAA’s Scór na bPaisti competitions. Jim Hamill, (Field Day Secretary), stated “The dance requires intricate body movement, using head, hips and hands as well as feet.”

Face painting, Bouncy castles and music will all be “free of charge”, as will entry to a five-aside mini-soccer tournament. A competition will also be held to find the fastest sheep in County Tipperary. Killea will stage a mammoth 30 plus events, to stir nostalgia among older Tipperary people.

A local celebrity will be there to judge the “Elegant Lady”  Competition, to raise cash for local groups; including Killea National School, Killea GAA and the Tidy Villages and graveyard committees.

Other events will include set-dancing, figure-dancing, horseshoe-throwing, pillow fights, skittles, penalty taking, pony rides, stock-judging, sheaf pitching, a tug of war competition, a dog show, darts and a tractor run. Participants in the Co. Tipperary Fleadh Cheoil in Templemore are expected to feature among the many musicians who will entertain those in attendance.

Local GAA personalities, including Tipp Senior Hurling panellist, Tomas Hamill, son of Jim, will be present and perhaps others from outside the village who will be involved in hurling skills events.

There will be a five a side mini-Soccer Tournament for children from local schools in the under 10 and under-13 years age groups. [Maybe Martin O’ Neill might pop in in search of talent for the Republic of Ireland squad and find a future star like Shane Long].

There will be a canteen and shop in operation during the day, with locally baked confectionery, home-made Colcannon and sides of bacon at the barbecue provided.  A local ladies committee here are in charge, and they will have many home-cooked goodies for folks, including pancakes, which are always very popular in Killea.

All the fun of this event will get under way with a tractor run at 11.00am, which will return to Killea Sportsfield. There will be a set-dancing display from the top senior and junior dancers of Killea & district, together with a host of traditional musicians , singers and dancers from various parts of the county, many of whom have won awards, who will entertain from 1.00pm to 6.00pm. Local musicians will also grace the occasion, which should prove most entertaining.

There are a talented 200 member music class in Killea, which ‘Matt The Thresher’ himself would surely have approved, as would indeed Charles J. Kickham, author of “Sliabh na mBan”, latter the Co Tipperary ‘anthem’.

The officers of the organising committee are:-  Chairman – Michael Duff; Secretary – Jim Hamill, & Treasurer – John Fogarty.


Tipp. Co.Council Bottom Of Ireland’s Waste Ranking

We refer to our recent posts, published on June 8th last and June 18th respectively, which highlighted the failure by Tipperary Co. Council to protect our local environment.

For the past six months RTÉ Investigates have similarly reconnoitred the ever increasing problem of illegal dumping here in Ireland and how Co. Councils have set about regulating and prosecuting waste offenders.

Remember when illegal dumpers pollute our environment, the Irish taxpayer, solely, is left to shell out the associated cost of any future clean up. It follows therefore that we must rely on our Co. Councils to investigate and regulate our thriving waste industry, and to this end we fund their activities.

A documentary by RTÉ Investigates; entitled Ireland’s Wild Waste will be broadcast tonight, Monday 18th June on RTÉ One at 9.35pm, following the 9.00pm News

This programme will investigate and publish analysed environmental data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Housing, to determine which councils take waste offences seriously and who are left seriously trailing behind.

By examining rates of inspections, enforcement action, prosecutions and staffing levels between 2014 and 2016.  RTÉ have created a ranking of the best (1) and worst (30) Councils at managing our waste industry. They have also compared how dynamic Councils have been, acting on our behalf, in these areas in relation to the number of waste permits held in 2016.

Towards the bottom of a page found by CLICKING HERE you can find an interactive map to see how Tipperary Co. Council compares on a similar scale with other local authorities.

Rank = Ranking per category. (1 = most active, 30 = least active)
Rate = Rate of activity per number of waste permits held.
Nat. Avg. = National average rate of activity per number of waste permits.

So, where is Tipperary currently positioned in Ireland’s Wild Waste rankings?

Alas, Tipperary Co. Council is ranked in a mere 28th place, of the 30 councils analysed by RTÉ; where 1 is ranked as the most active Co. Council for regulating and enforcing waste services per number of waste permits held in the local authority and 30 as the least active.

Between 2015 and 2016 Tipperary spent €10.64 per person on waste services, or €6.58 less than the national average of €17.22. [Note: Tipperary is one of just a few Irish counties, where our public representatives increased property tax by 10% for the coming year]

Tipperary is in the bottom 3 for non routine inspections, with the council conducting 294 inspections between 2014 and 2016, over 1,000 inspections less than the national average.

Highly recommended viewing for this evening.


Death Of Jimmy Tobin, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It is with great sadness that we learned of the death yesterday, Saturday 16th June 2018, of Mr James (Jimmy) Tobin, Grawn, Ballingarry (SR), Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by his brother Michael; the passing of Mr Tobin is most deeply regretted by his brothers Patrick, Richard, Peter and Joe; his sisters Maureen, Joan, Maggie and Bernie; brothers-in-law; nephews; nieces; extended relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Tobin will lie in repose at Ronan’s Funeral Home, Ballingarry, Thurles with Rosary on Monday evening at 8.00pm.

His body will further remain in repose on Tuesday, June 19th, from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, followed by removal afterwards to the Church of the Assumption, Ballingarry Upper, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday morning at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Irish Water Services Personnel Send Harmless Report To EPA

Inspector Mr David O’ Connor, Inniscarra, Co. Cork, representing the Environmental Protection Agencies Water Enforcement Team [Waste Water (Southern Region)], has forwarded us a copy of their report received from |Irish Water, regarding the River Suir close to Barry’s Bridge here in Thurles.

The River Suir – Tipperary’s New Cesspit from George Willoughby on Vimeo.

Dear George,
Irish Water issued the following response in relation to your complaint, “Irish Water can confirm that the complaint was investigated and the complainant contacted. Weed growth in river Suir downstream of the storm water overflow (SWO), trapped some general river debris plus SWO material, making it more visually evident, than might normally occur. There had been rainfall in days prior to the complaint and SWO appears to have been functioning as normal. The litter and debris material have been removed from the river.”

Mr O’ Connor goes on to state that as a preventative action, Irish Water have committed to Water Services Personnel visually monitoring this storm water overflow and report / remedy the problem, should it arise again.

“As I mentioned to you during our first conversation, Irish Water is in the process of conducting an Area Drainage Plan on the Thurles network. The purpose of this assessment is to identify any issues and faults that require re-mediation within the network, including the SWOs. Any required rehabilitation works will be carried out following this assessment.”

The engineer responsible for forwarding the above report to Mr O’Connor at the EPA, is quite obviously not a reader of Thurles.Info and is not aware of the evidence forwarded to the EPA. No explanation whatsoever was given by Irish Water, as to the source and content of the chemical causing the thick, frothy, soapy, substance, which was being expelled into the water, early each morning.

Be assured, however, that we like our Irish Water Services Personnel, will be visually monitoring this storm water overflow and will be reporting back to the Environmental Protection Agency, and, if deemed necessary, we will also be taking water samples for analysis.

We now ask that those elected to represent us at Municipal District level raise this matter at their next meeting.