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Death Of Margaret Buckley, Kickham Street, Thurles

DeathIt is with sadness we learned of the death today, Sunday, 16th October 2016, of Mrs Margaret (Peggy) Buckley (née Cullen), Kickham Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs Buckley passed away while in the loving care of the Matron, Nurses and Staff of Padre Pio Nursing Home, Holycross, Co Tipperary and Milford Hospice Palliative Care Nurses.

Pre-deceased by her loving husband Larry, the passing of Mrs Buckley is most deeply regretted by her loving sons Oliver, Larry, Jimmy and Paddy; grandchildren Susan and Joanne; great-grandchildren Shannon and Patrick; sister Nellie; brothers Johnny and Charlie; sister-in-law Bridie; brother-in-law Jimmy; nieces; nephews; extended family; neighbours and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Buckley will repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, on Monday 17th October from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, before arriving at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles, at 7.30pm.

Requiem Mass will be held on Tuesday 18th October at 11.00am followed by burial afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Note: Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to Milford Hospice, Castletroy, Co. Limerick

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Death Of Mickey (The Rattler) Byrne, Moyne Road, Thurles

rattlerIt is with great sadness we learned of the death today, Sunday 16th October 2016, of Mr Mickey (The Rattler) Byrne, No. 54, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Predeceased by his loving wife Mary, daughters Bridget and Marie; the Tipperary hurling legend and Thurles Sarsfields GAA Club’s Honorary President Mr Byrne passed away peacefully this morning, aged 93 years.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his loving sons Paul, Martin, Dixie, Chanel, Sean (Raz) and Noel; daughter Ena; brother Dinny; sister Gertie (Cooke); sons-in-law; daughters-in-law; grandchildren; great grandchildren; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nephews; nieces; relatives; the GAA community; neighbours and a wide circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Byrne will repose at Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre, Semple Stadium, Thurles, on Tuesday evening next (October 18th), from 4.00pm to 8.00pm.

His body will arrive at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles, on Wednesday morning, October 19th at 10.15am for Funeral Mass at 11.00am. Interment will take place after Mass in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Note: Family flowers only please, donations if desired to Thurles Community Hospital of the Assumption.

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Death Announced Of Hurling Great Mickey Rattler Byrne

deathIt is with great sadness we learned of the death of Thurles Sarsfields GAA Club’s Honorary President and Tipperary hurling legend Mickey (The Rattler) Byrne, who has passed away peacefully at his home in Thurles, this morning, aged 93.

His passing this morning; on the very day of the 2016 County Senior Hurling Final; in which his club is participating at 3:30pm in Semple Stadium, is particularly emotional and heart rending.

Mickey Rattler Byrne was the winner of fourteen GAA County Senior Hurling Championships with his beloved Sarsfields Club, together with five GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Medals with the Tipperary Senior County Team.

His sudden passing will most certainly occasion a dark cloud over today’s proceedings, as well as a great sadness in the hearts and minds of all people in Co. Tipperary and much further afield.

Full funeral details will be announced later.

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Warning From Thurles Garda Station

gardaThurles.Info have received as yet two unconfirmed reports of bag snatching incidents, happening within the Thurles area, over the past couple of weeks.

Although Thurles town has a very low incidence of such behaviour, Thurles Gardaí would like to remind people of a few simple rules in relation to ‘letting their guard down’, particularly in the present economic climate and coming up to the Christmas 2016 period.

Speaking to Sergeant Gerard Harrington at Thurles Garda Station today, Sgt Harrington offers his advice to all shoppers.

(1) Lady drivers please stop the practise of placing handbags on your front passenger car seat. This common practise, particularly, is a huge incentive to thieves lurking in any area. Instead place your handbag and any other valuables out of sight in your car boot and when driving in slow traffic, learn to lock car doors from the inside.  When loading shopping into your car, if approached by strangers or other undesirables, immediately close your car boot until you become fully aware of their true intentions.

(2) Leave purses at home. Use a wallet, secured in a zipped pocket. You have no secure coat pocket and there are other items such as make-up, house keys, mobile phone etc., which you wish to carry on your person; then purchase a bag that will belt around your tummy and which hides such items from constant view.

(3) With evenings becoming darker and the change to ‘Old Time’ now imminent; confine yourself to walking in busy, well lit areas where possible. Remember purse snatchers / handbag snatchers are less likely to strike in such areas, as they don’t wish to be identified. Walk with briskness and with confidence and if possible with a friend.

If you find yourself having to walk alone in an isolated or lightly populated area, be aware and observe those who might pass you or indicate that they may approach you. If you are not seen as vulnerable and well able to give their physical description, they in many cases will avoid contact.

(4) Report suspicious activity. If you suspect that a stranger appears to be lurking in a particular area where they have no known business, contact a manager or security personnel, if in the case of a shopping centre or supermarket. Call Gardaí in the case of trespass witnessed on your own or your neighbours’ private property. After all it is better to report your suspicions and be wrong, than it is to ignore and be robbed or hurt. Your anonymity and confidentiality will always be protected.

(5) Hold handbags and purses tightly and close to your body, particularly when on buses, trains or out walking or shopping.  Ensure your bags latches or zips are fully closed and if possible, wear handbags on your shoulder underneath a coat or jacket. You might be tempted to wear your bag diagonally across your body, e.g. across your neck as well as your shoulder, or loop bag straps around your wrist to prevent it from being easily snatched. While such held in this manner may be seen by thieves as a deterrent, in some cases; do keep in mind that if someone does snatch your bag, a hard yank can actually cause you bodily injury.

(6) Don’t carry any more cash or credit cards than you absolutely need, to undertake your shopping. If you are inclined to carry multiple Credit Cards, remember just one credit card should be sufficient for your needs. Always have quick access to your banks customer service information so that you can immediately report any card stolen. Ask yourself before leaving your home whether the contents of your purse, wallet or handbag are worth receiving an injury for, however minor.

(7) When making / receiving mobile phone calls find a place where you can secure your back, e.g. a wall, shop window and avoid doorways. Stop and place your rear end against the nearest large tree, pillar or wall, before transacting your conversation, with the knowledge that if your valuable iPhone is to be snatched from your grasp; same will at least be within the range of your immediate vision and thus lead to the possible identification or description of your unwelcome attacker.

(8) Remember, no matter what, YOU, as a person are more valuable than your bag, phone or purse. If someone yanks it away from your hands or your shoulder, let it go. It is more important to avoid personal serious injury than to save a handbag. Avoid your initial desire to fight to keep your possessions. Instead try to get a description of your assailant including footwear, hair colour, clothing, height, the number plate and colour / make of any vehicle suspected etc., before contacting Gardaí as soon as possible. Usually such individuals are already known to Gardaí.

(9) Be careful when using Bank or other Automated Teller Machines (ATMs). ATMs are a great convenience, but they can compromise your safety. Use cash machines at bank branches as same are probably the safest bet. Avoid an ATM at the corner of a building. Maintain an awareness of your surroundings throughout your entire transaction and be very wary of people who try to help you. Do not permit people to look over your shoulder, particularly as you enter your PIN number.  Never ever count cash at the machine or while you remain in public view. Wait until you are in your car (doors locked from the inside) or in at least a more secure area. If you do become involved in a confrontation with an assailant who demands your money, simply comply with their wishes.

Sgt Harrington was most anxious to point out that leaflets and advice on such safety protections are available, on a 24 hours basis from Thurles Garda Station, or though your locally appointed community Garda member.

“Thurles Gardaí are always ready and available to discuss matters regarding security and safety to any individual or groupings within the Thurles Garda District”, said Sgt. Harrington.


Death Of Britain’s Greatest Soap Star Jean Alexander

Former much loved ‘Coronation Street’ actress Jean Alexander (Hilda Ogden); once voted Britain’s greatest soap star, has died three days after her 90th birthday.

Ms Alexander died yesterday, having been re-admitted to hospital on her birthday, after feeling unwell. Stars of Coronation Street have paid tribute to the actress, describing her as a “legend”.

Born in Liverpool; Ms Alexander won the hearts of TV viewers here in Ireland as the sharp-tongued cleaning lady. Rarely viewed without a set of tightly-wound plastic hair curlers hidden under a headscarf; saw vast numbers of her fans tuned in daily to watch her interaction to get her ineffectual spouse, Stan Ogden [Played by Bernard Youens (born Bernard Arthur Popley)], out of the pub and into work.

An estimated 30 million viewers watched her farewell episode, when she made her decision to leave Weatherfield in 1987.

Following her exit from ‘Coronation Street’ she became a mainstay of BBC sitcom ‘Last Of The Summer Wine’; playing the part of a somewhat eccentric bric-a-brac shop proprietor known as  ‘Auntie Wainwright’.

In 2005 Ms Alexander was voted ‘the greatest soap opera star of all time’. Offers to  memorialise her in a statue, Ms Alexander was reported as stating, “I just couldn’t see myself stood on a pedestal cast in bronze and knowing my luck, the Southport seagulls would find me and do their worst, as they have done before – usually when I have just washed my hair.”

It is understood that Ms Alexander suffered a stroke in 2014 and had been living in a nursing home prior to her death.

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