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Aircraft Crashes Near Mullinahone

Mullinahone Aircrash

News is just breaking that a blue two-seater UK-registered aircraft has crashed, shortly before 11.30 today, in the area of Ballyduggan close to Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary’s on the border with neighbouring County Kilkenny.

The aircraft believed to be a two-seater Pegasus Quantum flexwing microlight, is understood to have taken off from Kilkenny earlier this morning on a training flight.

Reports state that one male, aged in his middle forties, has been removed from the scene, by Coast Guard rescue helicopter, and taken to Waterford Regional Hospital, where he is reported to be in a serious condition.

The light planes pilot, understood to be aged also in his forties, was removed by ground ambulance to hospital, having sustained minor lower body and leg injuries.

Gardai have sealed off the crash site for examination and a Department of Transport air accident investigation team has now been notified to attend, and to investigate the cause of this crash.

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Wedding At Castlegarde Castle

Jane & Richard relaxing at Castlegarde Castle, Co. Limerick.

The wedding took place on Saturday last of Miss Jane Thompson, daughter of Mrs Hazel and Mr David Thompson, ‘Castlegarde,’ Cappamore, Co. Limerick, to Mr Richard Reynolds, son of Mrs Catherine and Mr Stephen Reynolds, Yorkshire, England.
The wedding ceremony took place in the historic St John’s Cathedral, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, presided over by the Rector and Dean to the parish of Cashel, The Very Reverend Dr. P. J. Knowles.

Escorted down the aisle by her father Mr David Thompson, the bride looked stunningly beautiful in an off-white Spanish lace bridal gown, with fitted bodice, and full length veil, held in place by a Yorkshire handmade pearl tiara.

Equally beautiful were her bridesmaids, Mrs Lynda Alberts and Miss Karen Willoughby, who complimented the occasion wearing full-length, indigo, halter neck evening gowns.

The couple exchanged their vows in front of a large gathering of family and close friends, some of whom had travelled from England, Holland and South Africa for this special occasion. Music and song for the ceremony was performed by the celebrated and talented singer Miriam Blennerhassett, a founder member of Anúna, accompanied on Cathedral piped organ by Mr Peter Barley, from St. Mary’s Cathedral Limerick.

Following the ceremony, the newly married Mr and Mrs Reynolds retired to the bride’s luxurious home ‘Castlegarde’ Castle, Cappamore, Co. Limerick, one of the oldest inhabited castles in Ireland. On their arrival to ‘Castlegarde,’ guests were entertained to a champagne reception and other light refreshments.

Following family photographs, the newly married couple joined their guests for a lavish four course meal on the grounds of the castle, which was followed by live music and dancing very late into the evening.

From all their family and many friends in Co.Tipperary go best wishes to them both for a happy, healthy and prosperous life together.

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Tipperary War Hero Late John Haddick

The death has taken place on August 4, 2011, at Ethicus Hospital in Grapevine, Texas, of Mr John Haddick of Edina, Knox County, Missouri, USA.

The 86 year old Mr Haddick was the eighth sibling and youngest child of Edward Haddick and Josephine O’Brien Haddick, born on November 18, 1924, in Cappawhite County, Tipperary, coming from a family which embraced both of Irelands historic traditions, namely the Orange and the Green. His mother was from a family with strong nationalist sympathies playing a part in the struggle for Irish independence, while in total contrast, his father’s family were from old Unionist 16th century plantation tradition.

Late John Haddick

John’s own career was as diverse as his early background. In 1940 he joined the Royal Air Force and fought as a fighter pilot during the Battle of Britain becoming one of those to whom Sir Winston Churchill referred as “Never in the course of history did so many owe so much too so few.”  Later he fought under Field Marshal William Joseph (Bill) Slim, (1st Viscount Slim,) in the Burma Campaign and was to the fore in the famous “Operation Dracula,” the name given to an airborne and amphibious attack on Rangoon by British and Indian forces, part of the Burma Campaign when British forces successfully attacked the Japanese garrison at Rangoon.

After the war he became a member of London’s Metropolitan Police and acted as an Inspector of the force (Scotland Yard). He was placed on special guard duty during the Royal Wedding in 1948 of Princess Elizabeth, to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

In the succeeding years he held a variety of positions in the corporate world and on emigrating to the U.S. in the late 1950’s, he acquired American citizenship and began what was to become a very successful career in the insurance industry.

Mr Haddick was married twice; first to Mary Teresa Barry on September 5th, 1951 in Liverpool, England. (To this union was born one daughter before his wife died on June 29, 1952.) and married again to Bernadine Cecilia Schlepphorst on July 17th, 1958, in Cappawhite,Tipperary. (His second wife preceded his own death on November 4th, 2008.)

Close friends described the late Mr Haddick as a loving father, a deeply committed Christian, one of nature’s gentlemen, an incomparable friend and companion and an excellent and patriotic American, who held wide-ranging interests and was of no mean intellectual capacity.

Mr Haddick’s funeral Mass will be held 10.00 a.m. tomorrow Tuesday, August 9th, 2011, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Edina, with burial afterwards in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Surviving Mr Haddick are one daughter, Mary T. Butler and husband Virgil; Nephews Kevin Haddick-Flynn, Stephen John Downey, Brendan Downey (England) Eamonn Mullins (Dublin); Nieces, Monica, Geraldine and Dolores Mullins (England) Josephine O’Sullivan Margaret O’Shea (Cork City) Marie O’Sullivan (Dublin) niece and god daughter Mary Carmel Downey (England) and Celestine Nae Mullins Crutchfield (Boston).

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Public Order Arrests Increasing In Tipperary

It appears the number of people arrested for public order offenses around Tipperary seems to be on the increase, according to information posted on the TippFM website. More than 20 arrests were made for offences in recent days, with the largest number of offences taking place in Nenagh where 8 people were arrested.

The following is a list of towns and the number of people arrested in recent days;

  • Nenagh – 8 people were arrested
  • Clonmel – 5 people were arrested
  • Thurles – 4 people were arrested
  • Tipperary Town – 2 people were arrested
  • Templemore – 1 person was arrested

The exact details of the arrests made in Thurles is unclear at the moment, but if you would like to know more about what constitutes a public order offence, the Citizen’s Information website provides a useful page about Public Order Offences and Powers of Arrest.

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Waterford Regional Hospital Ban Visitors

Waterford Regional Hospital

In the interests of patient care and as a precaution, a ban on visitors has been introduced this weekend by the HSE at Waterford Regional Hospital, in a bid to curb a suspected case of the Winter Vomiting Bug.

The only exceptions permitted by the hospital, which serves patients from South Tipperary, are for parents visiting sick children and  partners visiting the maternity section.

The vomiting bug causes short-lasting outbreaks of abdominal pain and nausea followed by diarrhoea and/or vomiting. It is usually quite mild and rarely causes severe problems, however it may be quite unpleasant and debilitating in small children or older people who are already ill or infirm.

People affected by the virus should drink plenty of fluids; maintain strict hygiene and because of the highly contagious nature of the virus and avoid visiting hospitals or nursing homes. If symptoms persist, contact your GP by telephone and advise him/her of your condition before going to the surgery, so as to limit the spread of the virus.

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