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Gun And Ammunition Go Missing From Tipperary Garda Station

The Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy has appointed Chief Superintendent Michael McGarry from the Co.Kilkenny Garda division, to investigate the disappearance of a firearm and ammunition from Tipperary Garda Station.

The revolver, an American .38 calibre Smith and Wesson, along with possibly up to 60 rounds of ammunition, was found to have vanished from a secured firearms area during an audit last week.

A Garda spokesman last night confirmed the gun and ammunition were both missing and confirmed that a senior garda had been appointed to investigate the gun’s disappearance.

It was also confirmed that the revolver was a standard garda issue weapon and belonged to the station and that a limited number of gardaí are responsible for accessing the weapon and issuing it to garda personnel.

It is understood the gun held at Tipperary would have been accessible to gardaí from several nearby Garda Station.

While at least six rounds went missing with the loaded weapon, initial inquiries now suggest that at least 60 rounds or possibly more are now also missing.

The investigation follows confirmation by Justice Minister Dermot Ahern that sensitive Garda files on a number of gang members were brought to a photocopying shop for printing and were left unattended for some period of time.


Feel safe in your beds folks, the missing gun and ammunition has been found safe and well. Reports indicate that the missing articles were in another secure area that everyone had forgotten about and the auditors did not know existed.

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Bankruptcy and Liquidation Auction Of Island Property

A large fire sale of an island and it’s contents, the former which is the third largest in Europe and the twentieth largest in the world, is expected to take place shortly as part of a Bankruptcy and Liquidation auction here in Co Tipperary.

This valuable but presently bankrupt property lies to the northwest of continental Europe and is surrounded by many little islands and costal inlets.

Valuable Island Property Auction

To the east of the island lies the mainland, separated from the island by a sea formally known as U-boat Alley. Latter holds great economic importance to regional trade, through shipping and transport, fishing and power generation, in the form of wind power and nuclear plants. Annual traffic between this island and the mainland amounts to over 12 million passengers and 17 million tonnes of traded goods.

Ports in the island use to handle 3,600,000 travellers crossing the sea each year, amounting to 92% of all sea travel. This has been steadily dropping for a number of years, 20% indeed since 1999, probably as a result of low cost airlines.

The island has lush vegetation, a product of its mild but changeable oceanic climate, which avoids extremes in temperature. Thick woodlands covered this island until the 17th century. Today, regrettably it is the most deforested area of Europe. There are twenty six extant mammal species native to this island paradise.

Relatively low lying mountains surround a central plain which epitomise the islands geography with several navigable river and now neglected canals, extending inland.

Despite its mild climate, this island suffers from a shortage of water after any seven days of continued sunshine, which to be fair, latter is a rare occurrence on the island, but water is available in small plastic bottles, mainly imported from other countries and sold at 50% more than the cost of basic motor fuels.

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Changes To Mobile Phone Drive Tests

Tests carried out by the Communication’s Regulator to verify that mobile phone coverage is properly available throughout the country should be expanded, the Oireachtas Communications Committee has now confirmed.

At a meeting, the Regulator told Committee members it performs six monthly “drive tests” throughout the country to ensure good phone coverage exists and to identify coverage black spots.

However, under questioning from the Committee, it was revealed that these tests are carried out on national primary routes only and ignore national secondary, tertiary and county routes.

Oireachtas Committee Member and Tipperary Fine Gael Deputy Noel Coonan TD stated;

“A significant proportion of the population live nowhere near national primary routes, including many people in North Tipperary. Therefore, the Committee feels that these drive tests can not give a comprehensive picture of levels of phone coverage throughout the country and cannot conclusively authenticate if mobile phone companies are fulfilling their minimum requirements under their license.
These tests should be extended to other types of roads such as secondary, tertiary and county roads around the constituency so the complete situation regarding areas where coverage is poor can be identified. We heard today from Committee members about areas in their constituencies which are bedevilled by bad coverage, so having a more thorough idea of where these areas are would help the operators to address these shortcomings”

The Communications Regulator conducts six monthly ‘drive tests’ which consist of a car with specialist equipment driving around the country assessing mobile coverage.

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Liam Sheedy Steps Down From Premier Management team

Following the decision of Liam Sheedy to step aside from the Tipperary Senior Hurling Panel, the county will now be forced to seek a new managerial team in their defence of next year’s All Ireland title .

His three year commitment as manager of Tipperary hurlers officially came to an end following their All-Ireland success in September, but it had been hoped that he would continue to remain in charge, together with his backroom team of Eamonn O’Shea and Michael Ryan.

However, hopes were dashed following the decision by all three, not to continue at the helm due to various other future commitments.

Following this unwelcome news, the Tipperary County Board issued a glowing and well deserved tribute to their management skills:

“Tipperary County Board announces with regret that Liam Sheedy, Eamon O’Shea and Michael Ryan are stepping down as the Tipperary senior hurling management team, having completed three successful years which culminated in Tipperary’s magnificent All Ireland senior hurling championship victory this year.

The County Board had offered to appoint all three for another two years. However, due to various personal and work commitments, the management team informed the Board that, much to their regret, it was not possible for them to continue. Tipperary County Board is deeply grateful to Liam, Eamon and Michael for the excellent job they did while in charge of the senior hurling team. They brought extraordinary ability, commitment, pride and passion to their roles and they built a team that exhibited the same characteristics. They worked tirelessly on behalf of the team for the last 3 years.

No words can express our deep sense of gratitude too and admiration for them. While we are deeply disappointed with their decision, we totally respect it and we know it was a difficult one for them to make.We wish them and their families every success for the future and we look forward to them being able to make further contributions to the GAA in Tipperary. They have left Tipperary hurling in a very strong position and have established an extremely solid base on which to build future success.”

Sheedy who had a distinguished playing career himself, before taking on a management role, released a joint statement with Eamonn O’Shea and Michael Ryan today:

“We all have responsible, demanding, professional jobs and we are very grateful to our employers for enabling us to carry out our role with Tipperary with such great support in what is a very challenging economic and working environment. However, we have found ourselves working up to 16 hour a days in order to deliver in both roles and this is simply not sustainable on an ongoing basis. This has led to our decision to stand down.”

The County Board will now begin the process of appointing a new management team.

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A Tipperary Bank Is Declared Bankrupt

Before you all start to panic unduly, this is a true story from history and has no bearing whatsoever on our present banking difficulties.

Many readers, however, will identify similarities to the current prevailing individual greed recently exposed with regard to our present bankers, politicians and so called developers.

Until recent times at least, John Sadlier was the best known of all Irish fraudsters who came to prominence during the Victorian era.

John was born in 1813 near Shrone Hill, Co. Tipperary, of wealthy parents. Raised a Catholic he was educated at Clongowes Wood College, latter founded in 1814 by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).  His professional career began when he succeeded his uncle to a very prosperous solicitor’s practice in Dublin.

The once Sadliers Bank, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

In Tipperary there was no banking system which served the savings of small farmers, clerks and local shopkeepers, so he ventured a joint stock bank in 1838, known as Sadlier’s Bank. This new occupation as a banker was in his blood. His grandfather James Scully had established a bank in Tipperary town in 1803. This new bank was founded, with James Scully his uncle taking on the position of Chairman.

This new business set about targeting small farmers, tradesmen and clerks, and offered above average interest rates on deposits. The bank appeared to prosper and by 1845 there were numerous branches in operation, extending north from Tipperary, into Thomastown, Co Kilkenny, Athy, Co Kildare and into Co.Carlow. In Tipperary branches were established in Clonmel, Carrick, Tipperary Town, Thurles, Nenagh, Roscrea and even in the small remote village of Glengoole, near Thurles.

The Sadlier’s Bank premise in Thurles was then situated to the left of the old Constabulary Barracks, latter in use up to 1903, in Liberty Square, Thurles. ( See framed section in photograph.) It was behind the then Singer Sewing Machine shop, now Quigley’s Bakery, in a large three story house, which later became the ‘Thurles Poor School ‘. Both the Barracks and Bank house sites stood on the spot presently replaced in more recent years by the Ursuline Convent Primary school.

Among the early shareholders in this venture were James Sadlier of Shronell, Rev Thomas O’Mahony of Templebraden, Richard Scully of Tipperary, James Scully of Athassel, Pat Cleary Cahirvillahowe, James Sadlier Clonacody, Robert Keating Garrinlea and John Ryan Scarteen.

John Sadlier’s only visible vice’s were that he kept company with landed gentry, owned a stable at Watford from whence he hunted with the Gunnersbury hounds and to be consumed by attaining celebrity status and positions of power.

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