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Death Of Peter Kinane, Drombane, Thurles

deathIt is with sadness we learned of the death on Monday last, 12th September 2016, of Mr Peter Kinane, Birchill, Drombane, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Mr Kinane passed away while in the loving care of the Matron and Staff of Padre Pio Nursing Home, Holycross, Thurles.

Beloved husband of the late Kathleen, his passing is most deeply regretted by his brother Frank; brother-in-law; sisters-in-law; nephews; nieces; grandnephews; grandnieces (especially the Gildea family) ; great-grandnephews; great-grandnieces; neighbours; relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Kinane will repose at O’Dwyer’s Funeral Home, Upperchurch, Thurles, tomorrow evening, Thursday, from 5.00pm, with removal at 8.00pm to the Sacred Heart Church, Upperchurch, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Requiem Mass will be held on Friday at 11.30am, followed by burial afterwards in the local cemetery.

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Death Of Corah Murray, Borrisoleigh, Thurles

angelIt is with sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Monday 12th September 2016, of M/s Corah Murray, Rathmoy, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her twin sister Mary Rose, the passing of M/s Murray is most deeply regretted by her loving mother Mary and father Tony; brothers Fergus, Senan and Cian; Sisters Clodagh and Lillian; Grandmother Mary Kearney (Clonoulty); aunts; uncles; cousins; relatives and her many school friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of M/s Murray will repose at Kennedy’s Funeral Home, Borrisoleigh, on tomorrow Wednesday, September 14th, from 5.00pm7.00pm.

Removal will take place on Thursday to the Sacred Heart Church, for Requiem Mass at 11.00am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St Brigid’s cemetery Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

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Importance Of Future Planning In Life

sconesMonday morning saw an elderly Thurles man, Paddy Fitzsimons, preparing for his death in his bed. Paddy had persisted and defied the prophesy of his doctor the week before; latter who had announced to Paddy’s much younger wife Bridie that he, Paddy, “wouldn’t see this world past Saturday night”.

Paddy, aged 75, had been ‘heading down hill’ rapidly for some time past and had spent most of the last 10 days drifting in and out of disturbed sleep. During episodes of wakefulness his past had often flashed before him, so it came as no surprise when his nostrils appeared to signify a presence of the smell of his favourite scones, apparently wafting around his small bedroom.

Dropping back into a mild coma, Paddy again awoke some 20 minutes later; to an even stronger, fresher scone aroma. Taking a painful gulp of air through his nasal passages, deep down into his lungs, he realised this delicious smell was in fact no hallucination; rather an actual reality. He called out for several hours to his wife Bridie, but his faint vocal sounds went unheard and unanswered.

Now gathering all his remaining strength, Paddy reached out slowly and grabbed a bar on the left side of his bed; before dragging himself into a half sitting position. Resting on one elbow he eased his legs over the side of the bed.  Having briefly rested from this exertion, he reached for his aluminium Zimmer Walking Frame and after several agonising attempts later; he managed to get on his feet and into an upright stance.  Leaning on the frame, he began to shuffle slowly in the general direction of the nearby kitchen, in his bare feet.

Peering through old, partially misted eyes, Paddy eventually located a tray, piled high with his favourite small, baked, quick bread scones. Could he be already in heaven he thought or were these scones perhaps one final earthly act of love from a devoted wife; seeing to it that he would “shuffle off his mortal coil” a happier man? Would she be splitting and buttering these warm rich biscuits, before serving them with jam and clotted cream, as she was often wont to do on certain special occasions in the past.

With his mouth watering and believing that he was alone; Paddy steadied himself, before mustering up one final physical effort.  Throwing himself towards the table’s edge, he managed to land perfectly on his knees in a somewhat crumpled state of posture beside the table. Resting for a moment Paddy reached out his trembling, withered hand; his target a scone sitting precariously on the edge of a wire cooling tray. No sooner than he had achieved this goal; from nowhere came a chastising sharp slap across the back of his bare knuckles. Same came courtesy of his wife, who had armed herself with a long handled wooden spoon.

“Feck off and leave them bloody scones alone”  Bridie yelled, “There won’t be enough for your funeral.”


Huge Attendance At Thurles Garda Division Open Day

Over 600 post primary school students attended at Thurles Garda station last Wednesday for the Thurles Garda Division’s ‘Open Day for Secondary School.’

This event followed on from the extremely successful Thurles Garda Public Open Day held last September (2015).

Click HERE to view Video hereunder in High Definition.

The event organised by serving Thurles Garda Officer Annette Connolly and supported by Templemore Garda College; Officers and Management serving the Thurles Garda Division, saw officers give up one days leave to return to their workplace to inform, educate and provide a fun day for all the visiting students.

Education on ‘Drugs’; overall ‘Crime Prevention’; ‘Garda Training’; ‘Thurles Text Alert’; ‘Know Your Patch’; ‘AFIS’ (Fingerprinting), and ‘Evidezer’ (Breath Analysis); ‘Communications’ etc were the order of the day; together with information on the dangers of ‘Speed’; the use of ‘Speed Cameras’ (Garda Traffic Unit); ‘Powers of Arrest and Detention’; Equipment used by the Regional Garda Armed Response Unit and the Public Order Unit.

A huge attraction were Officers, with their horses, from the Garda Mounted Unit, together with Officers and their dogs from the Drugs Unit and Public Order Unit.

Irish TV and Radio Tipp FM were also in attendance, so expect to see and hear more on this most positive and informative of events in the weeks ahead.

Congrats to all who took part – Truly this was community education at its very best.


Another Tragedy On Tipperary Roads

GardaThe male occupant of a vehicle has died following a tragic accident at around 2.00am in North Tipperary this morning.

The sole occupant of the vehicle; a man believed to be in his 30’s, died when his car left the road and struck a fence on the N52 near Ardcroney, Nenagh, Co Tipperary.

The unfortunate victim was pronounced dead at the accident scene and his body has been removed to University Hospital in Limerick.

The road remained closed this morning, at the crash scene, pending forensic collision investigations, with diversions fully in place.

This tragic death today brings to 12 the number of people who have died on Tipperary’s roads to-date this year

Anyone with information in relation to the incident is asked to contact Nenagh Garda Station on Tel: 067-50450, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800-666-111, or indeed any Garda station.

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