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Death Of Mary Dailide, formerly Upperchurch, Thurles

It was with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Thursday 7th December 2017, of Mrs Mary (Bab) Dailide (née Bourke), The Green, Garristown, Co.Dublin and formerly of Upperchurch, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and Romford, Essex, England.

Predeceased by her husband Tony; Mrs Dailise passed away peacefully at Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her sons David and Anthony; granddaughter Molly; brothers; sisters; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nieces; nephews; extended relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Dailide will repose at Ryan’s Funeral Home, Frederick Street, Ashbourne, Co. Meath from 5.00pm to 7.00pm on Sunday evening.

Removal on Monday morning to the Church of The Assumption, Garristown, Co. Dublin, to arrive for funeral Mass at 11.00am, followed by cremation afterwards in Glasnevin Crematorium at 12.40pm.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a h-anam dílis.


Cultivated Cannabis Seized In Roscrea


A number of searches, conducted under ‘Operation Thor’ yesterday and last night, saw four searches in the Newport area and two searches in the Roscrea area of Co. Tipperary.

Following the searches a male was arrested and today remains in custody following the location and seizure of an anticipated fifty thousand Euro worth cannabis under cultivation.

The discovery was made in the precincts of Roscrea town, during an intelligence fed, planned search, which saw Tipperary Divisional Drugs Squad uncovered the drug.

The man arrested is understood to be detained at Nenagh Garda station, where he remains currently for questioning by detectives.


Space Tourism – Thurles Xmas Advert Soars Out Of This World

“The rotation of earth really makes my day.” (Think about this quote. Get It?  OK continue on anyway.)

Captain’s Log, Star-date December 6th 2017:-

Tourism Ireland’s senior delegates, envoys and ambassadors, today were described as being somewhat deflated, having launched a failed stratospheric advertising campaign to highlight Sceilg Mhichíl, latter a rapidly decaying rocky outcrop, west of the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry, and which played a small role in the latest Star Wars saga, ‘The Last Jedi’.

The Force Awakens

Tourism Ireland’s billboard rose skyward just 33km (20.5 miles) above planet Earth, launched with the help of a weather balloon, while a similar Thurles billboard jetted to an amazing altitude of some 435 km (just over 270 miles) propelled by means of reboost manoeuvres, using a Briggs & Stratton rocket boosted lawn mower engine, one day previous.

One of the many images captured during the launched Thurles Stratospheric Advertising Campaign, as it headed for the “Dark Side”.  One “Black Hole” was located during the campaign, found in a black sock, worn by a launchpad crew member.

A spokesperson for the Templemore – Thurles Municipal District stated that Tourism Ireland’s attempt to be the first to advertise in space had failed miserably, firstly; since it was launched the day after the Thurles space departure, and secondly; no single human or alien had actually viewed the image on the billboard, while it remained in space. This project therefore must be perceived as the greatest waste of taxpayers money (to use the words of Rowan Atkinson in Black Adder) since, “Olaf the Hairy, King of all the Vikings, ordered 80,000 battle helmets with the horns on the inside”.

The Thurles launch however had been viewed, as it flew past, by the crew of Expedition 53, all arsing around on board the International Space Station (ISS).  Expedition 53, made up namely by Mr Joe Acaba, Mr Alexander Misurkin, Mr Mark Vande Hei, Mr Sergey Ryanzansky and Mr Paolo Nespoli, were all ordered by Commander Randy Bresnik, to scramble and man their laser weapons, fearing, understandably that they were about to be interfered with by an alien craft from outside our galaxy.

A grinning spokesperson for the Templemore – Thurles Municipal District stated, “The Thurles picture advert, which was launched skyward earlier, featured an image of the Christmas lights in Liberty Square, Thurles, Co Tipperary, and fully demonstrated the fullest commitment yet, that Tipperary Councillors and Politicians from all political parties were fully behind efforts to continue our growth in tourism in the area”. “Demands for access to visit Thurles have been unprecedented since the lights were switched on”, he continued.

The Thurles Stratospheric Advertising Campaign was launched from beside the Stone Man here in Liberty Square, in the town at 3.07 hrs GMT and returned from orbit safely, to exactly the same precise area, at 14.00 hrs; thus landing before our daily traffic-jam of parents had emerged to collect their offspring’s from schools and collages.

God help us and those who manage our public finances, if not “May The Force Be With Us”.


Ireland’s Changing Climate To Result In Economic & Social Impacts

Ireland’s changing climate projected to result in wide ranging economic and societal impacts

“Observations of the atmosphere, oceans and land show that Ireland’s climate is changing. The observed scale and rate of change is similar to global trends. These changes are projected to continue and increase over the coming decades,” said Dr Margaret Desmond, lead author of one of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) research reports being launched today at the EPA Seminar on Climate Change Research.

Commenting on a report entitled ‘A Summary of the State of Knowledge on Climate Change Impacts for Ireland’, Ms Laura Burke, Director General, EPA, stated, “Ireland needs to prepare for the local impacts of global climate change. The ‘State of Knowledge Report’ provides an important overview of projected impacts for key economic, social and environmental sectors. This type of information helps us to plan for a climate resilient future. Ireland is also committed to large scale de-carbonisation of electricity generation, transport and residential heating by 2050. This is a necessary contribution to addressing the causes of climate change, as is enhancing the uptake to carbon in our forests and soils. Valuable insights on addressing these challenges are contained in the other reports also being launched today.”

Dr Margaret Desmond, University College Cork, lead author of the state of knowledge report stated, “The first State of Knowledge Report on climate change was published in 2009. Today the impacts of global climate change for Ireland are clearer and more compelling. Trends are apparent in the temperature, precipitation records as well as in sea level rise and changing ecosystems. Climate projections indicate that these trends will continue but uncertainties remain on the details. The effectiveness of global actions to limit the extent of global climate change remains a key uncertainty.”

The report highlights that a range of adaptation options exist. These can reduce vulnerability and build resilience to a changing climate. Planned management of the associated impacts is necessary to reduce their adverse impacts in a cost-effective manner.

Ms Laura Burke said, “Research plays a key role in increasing our understanding of ongoing changes and in informing responses. Adaptation is a necessary component of Ireland’s response to climate change to protect communities, manage risks from climate impacts, and strengthen the resilience of the economy. Adaptation actions to reduce our vulnerability to the impacts of climate change need to make sense from an economic and environmental perspective and to contribute to our sustainable development. Substantial reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases are also needed – in Ireland, Europe and globally – if we are to achieve the Paris Agreement goals and limit the rate and extent of climate change to a manageable level.”

The other research reports being launched, aim to inform mitigation actions and explore synergies between actions to address air quality and climate change.


Irish Food Products Recalled Over Safety Fears

Two food products have been recalled by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.

Goatsbridge Trout Pâté – Recalled December 5th.
A batch of Goatsbridge Trout Pâté, (country of origin Ireland) is being recalled due to the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes has been implicated, within the past decade, as the causative organism in several serious outbreaks of food-borne disease.

Point-of-sale recall notices in the case of this product should be displayed in all retail outlets, which sold the implicated batch of pâté.

Big Al’s Chicken Chunks, Chicken Dippers & Chicken Goujons – Recalled December 6th.
A number of Big Al’s chicken products may be dangerous to people with certain allergies, according to the FSAI. The products include some batches of Big Al’s chicken chunks, chicken dippers and chicken goujons on sale without a full list of ingredients published on its packaging.

Big Al’s Chicken Goujons (400g packs), with a price mark of €3.95 and best before date of December 2018, were found to have undeclared milk and mustard constituents, thus making the batches unsafe for consumers who are allergic to or intolerant of mustard or milk.

Big Al’s Chicken Chunks (377g packs), and Chicken Dippers (378g packs), were also found to have undeclared mustard constituents.