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February 2016
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Death Of Marion McKevitt, Killahara House, Dovea, Thurles

With-sincere-sympathyIt was with sadness we learned of the death, yesterday 6th February 2016, of Mrs Marion McKevitt (née Killackey), Killahara House, Dovea, Thurles, Co. Tipperary / Roscommon / Dublin.

Mrs McKevitt passed away peacefully at her residence, Killahara House, Dovea, Thurles, predeceased by her sister Annette. Her Passing is most deeply regretted by her loving husband Frank, her sons Paul and David, her daughters Orla and Maeve, her sisters Carol, Philomena and Margaret, her son-in-law, daughters-in-law, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, relatives and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs McKevitt will repose at her residence on Monday 8th of February from 2:00pm to 8:00pm, arriving at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles, on Tuesday 9th of February, at 12:30pm.

Requiem Mass will be held at 1:15pm with burial immediately afterwards in Killinan Cemetery.

Note: House private on Tuesday morning please. Family flowers only. Donations if desired to Suir Haven, Cancer Support Centre.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Broken Promises Lead To Rural Tipperary’s Destruction

Some €150 million is being spent to redevelop the historic 1916 Boland’s Mill site in Dublin’s docklands, including the construction of a 15-storey apartment block, by Dublin City Council.

Buildings at No.14 to No.17 inclusive at Moore Street, Dublin have been purchased since 2015 from Nama, by Fine Gael Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys. Possibly three of these buildings were in ruins prior to the 1916 Easter Rising and therefore, despite Sinn Féin’s revenge protestations, are of no real historic significant.  Admittedly around three hundred Irish Volunteers and members of Cumann na mBan did use the cover of these derelict buildings to escape from the GPO after it caught fire, following a bombardment by British artillery; breaking in and tunnelled their way through gable walls. The fourth house No.16 is important, since it became Volunteer headquarters and the place from which it was decided to finally surrender on April 29th, 1916.

An extra €2 million in 2015, we are informed, was transferred from Arts to secure funding for the wages of staff operating free tourist admissions to National Cultural Institutions which included the National Museum of Ireland, the Natural History museum on Dublin’s Merrion Street, Archaeology on Kildare Street and the National Library of Ireland.

We are informed that a capital provision of €22 million was allocated in 2015 to a number of flagship projects, including the development of a permanent exhibition space and interpretative centre at the GPO in O’Connell Street; the renovation of Kilmainham Courthouse in Dublin to enhance the visitor experience at Kilmainham Gaol; the provision of a permanent visitor facility at Cathal Brugha Barracks for the Military Service Pensions Archive; renovation works at Richmond Barracks; the development of a Tenement Museum in Dublin; and the restoration of the Kevin Barry rooms in the National Concert Hall.

Forgetting the €150 million spend on the historic 1916 Boland’s Mill site, some €28 million, at least, has now been set aside for 1916 projects; all of which has one theme in common – DUBLIN.

KellyiToday the Tipperary Kelly / Coonan Circus rolled into Thurles, led by their Ringmaster the Minister for Property Tax, Water and higher Bin Charges, Mr Alan Kelly. You know the guy I mean; in April 2010, as an Irish MEP he had his Twitter account supposedly “compromised” and God forbid, if the little ‘divils’ didn’t write; “just got stopped by a pikey, scuse me sir, ya haven’t seen a black mare and white pony go by ave ya??? err no sorry”.  The word ‘Pikey’ here in “Éire of the Welcomes” is rightly considered a derogatory insulting racist reference, directed at members of our Travelling Community. (It was on the back of this insulting Tweet that no doubt gave justification to Labour’s Joan Burton to raise Kelly’s political stature to the post of “Minister for the Homeless”.)

The other partner of this Circus, Fine Gael’s Minister for Nothing or Other, Mr Noel Coonan also arrived into Thurles today; no doubt to familiarise himself after five years with the Thurles layout. After all when you get a few extra Saturday shoppers walking the town one thinks in the words of our Saviour Jesus Christ “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

The late session with the Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Templemore last night must have kept the junior Minister for Something or Other, Mr Tom Hayes running late; no sign of him.

Anyway, I digress; sure feck-it, unable to afford the price of a parking space in Liberty Square, didn’t I miss both or all of these fine publicly elected representatives.

Question: Why bother, I hear our readers say?
Answer: I suppose Firstly I wanted to sincerely thank all three for staying up in Dáil Éireann to vote, thus supporting their ‘Party Whips’ wishes; that they should support the largest majority government in the history of this State, instead of being down here in their constituencies of Co. Tipperary spreading “The Recovery.” Well done boys; as FG MEP Phil Hogan would have said “That’s real patriotism being expressed lads.”
Secondly: I wanted to thank them both for creating 135,000 jobs since 2012, and to explain that I understand perfectly, unlike other ungrateful bastards, why all three of these boyo’s failed miserably to find even one job, over the last 5 years in Tipperary, until 6 weeks before the forthcoming 2016 General Election.
Thirdly: Boys, what happened, on your watch, to ‘The Bolton Library’ down the road in Cashel?

Question: What the hell is ‘The Bolton Library’ I hear you say?’
Answer: Read on and be enlightened!

Continue reading Broken Promises Lead To Rural Tipperary’s Destruction

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Tipperary Garda Youth Award Announced


Strong district support for Tipperary Divisional Policing Seminar held in St Patrick’s College, Thurles, last night.

Garda Youth Award Application Forms for 2016 are now available from Tipperary divisional Garda Stations in Nenagh, Thurles, Cahir, Clonmel and Tipperary town.

This award will be open to nominees strictly aged between 13 years and 19 years, to acknowledge their personal contribution to their own local community.

Tipperary Gardaí will present the awards at a ceremony, on a yet to be determined date next April, in the Garda Training College in Templemore, Co Tipperary.

A judging panel, which will consist of former Tipperary hurler Brendan Cummins (Ardfinnan), Thurles born Una (Healy) Foden (of ‘The Saturday’s’ & TV franchise ‘The Voice’ fame) and Circuit Court judge Mr Gerard O’Brien, will together decide the overall winner.

Tipperary Garda Division’s Chief Superintendent Mrs Catherine Keogh has stated that this will be one of a number of opportunity to foster stronger relationships between the Gardaí and young people in Tipperary.

Those wishing to be nominated for this award should take note that the closing date for application forms is March 4th next.

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Thurles Chosen As “Enterprise Town”

Thurles has been chosen as ‘Enterprise Town’ on 11th & 12th of March 2016

Thurles-Enterprise-Having completed their 2015 schedule, and having supported local communities in delivering 50 Enterprise Towns throughout Ireland, Bank of Ireland, Liberty Square, Thurles; through their Manager M/s Patricia Ryan, are delighted to announce that Thurles has now been chosen as “Enterprise Town” on March 11th & 12th, 2016.

This most successful of programmes to-date, brings local businesses and communities together, to boost and promote economic activity in the town chosen. A bespoke exciting schedule of events will be now be developed in each town, including networking and showcasing opportunities, to encourage residents to support local businesses.

The overall aim of this most promising initiative is to support local communities and to assist, where possible, in helping drive business for SME’s in their locality, whilst taking the opportunity to showcase in full all that the chosen town has to offer.

This ongoing and progressive initiative has been shown to continue to work with local communities in the past, in delivering a number of business and community events, through active participation by the local Bank of Ireland, working in close partnership with a dedicated and driven town committee.

“We want to support the development of local communities at both business level and in the wider context, incorporating schools, sports, social and charitable associations.” stated Thurles Bank of Ireland Manager Patricia Ryan.

To this end, Thurles please note that you the public are invited to a Community Meeting on Thursday next, February 11th 2016, to attend at the Bank of Ireland premises in Liberty Square at 6.15pm sharp, to launch this event due to take place on March 11th & 12th next.

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Thurles Deaths Thursday 4th February 2016


deathIt was with sadness we learned of the death, today Thursday 4th February 2016, of Mr Edmund Gair, Newhill, Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Gair (McGheairr Eamon) brother of the late Mike and Tom, passed away peacefully in his 103rd year. His passing is most deeply regretted by his many cousins, The Darmody and Mason families, neighbours, friends and the wider local community.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Gair will repose at his home on Friday from 3:00pm with removal to the Church of Our Lady and St. Kevin, Littleton, to arrive at 9:00pm.

Mr Gair’s funeral Mass will take place on Saturday at 11:00am with burial immediately afterwards in Ballymoreen Cemetery.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.


deathIt was with sadness we learned of the death, today Thursday 4th February 2016, of Mr Jim (Jimmy) Walsh, Oliver Plunkett Park, Cashel, and formerly of Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Walsh passed away peacefully at South Tipperary General Hospital.

Beloved father of the late Deirdre and Maria, his passing is most deeply regretted by his loving wife Gretta, sons John, James and David, daughter Rebecca, daughters-in-law Alison and Emma, grandchildren Dean, Courtney, Ross and Tianna, brothers Eamon and Toddy, sisters Joanie, Mary and Margaret, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, work Colleagues in Cashel Community School, neighbours and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Walsh will repose at Devitt’s Funeral Parlour on this Saturday evening from 5:00pm with removal at 7:30pm to St. John the Baptist Church, Cashel.

Funeral Mass will be held on Sunday at 12:00 noon followed by burial immediately afterwards in Cormac’s Cemetery.

Note: Family flowers only please, donations, if desired, to South Tipperary Hospice.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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