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Death Of Philomena Toohey, Glengoole, Thurles

DeathIt is with sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Friday 14th October 2016, of Mrs Philomena Toohey (née Connolly), Glengoole, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Kildysart, Co. Clare.

Predeceased by her loving husband Liam and son Liam; the passing of Mrs Toohey is most deeply regretted by her loving daughters Carmel (Delahunt), Maria and Claire; sons Aidan and John; sister Susan Butler; son-in-law Gerry; daughter-in-law Phonthip; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; relatives; neighbours and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Toohey will repose at her residence on today, Saturday 15th October, from 4.30pm to 7.00pm. Arriving at the Church of St Patrick and St Oliver, Glengoole, Thurles, Co. Tipperary on Sunday, 16th October, at 9.45am.

Requiem Mass at 10.00am. followed by burial immediately afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


New Tipperary Speed Limit Bye Laws

roadsA new review of speed limits covering all 5 thousand kilometres of roads across Co. Tipperary are expected to go on public display from next Wednesday, October 19th, 2016.

This review undertaken by Mr Marcus O’Connor (Tipperary Director of Services, Local Authority Roads Section), is in accordance with Section 9 of the Road Traffic Act 2004.

Draft Tipperary County Council Road Traffic Special Speed Limit Bye-Laws 2017; (same having been prepared to include proposals to reduce speed limits in all housing estates to 30 kilometres an hour), will be available for inspection during normal office hours, [9.30 a.m. to 4.30 pm, excluding Bank Holidays], from Wednesday 19th October to Friday 18th November 2016 (both dates inclusive), at the following locations: –

Templemore-Thurles Municipal District Office, Slievenamon Road, Thurles.
Nenagh Municipal District Office, Civic Offices, Limerick Road, Nenagh.
Clonmel Borough District Office, Civic Offices, Emmet Street, Clonmel.
Carrick-on-Suir Municipal District Office, New Street, Carrick-on-Suir.
Cashel-Tipperary Municipal District Office, Rosanna Road, Tipperary Town.

All Draft Bye-Laws and accompanying maps will also be available to view online during this time period.

Any future submissions/observations on these same Draft Bye-Laws can be made by the public: –
(A) By completing a submission form to go online at www.tipperarycoco.ie.
(B) By post marked “Tipperary County Council Traffic Speed Limit Bye-Laws” to Administrative Officer, Roads Section, Tipperary County Council, Civic Offices, Limerick Road, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.

Note: The latest date for receipt of submissions & observations regarding proposed Bye-Laws, will remain strictly Friday 18th November 2016 at 4.30pm.


Bob Dylan – Nobel Prize for Literature 2016

Huge congratulations to American songwriter, singer, artist, and writer Bob Dylan, who earlier today, in Stockholm, Sweden, was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Described today by the Swedish Academy as “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”, Dylan most certainly brought a form of beauty and feeling to life’s greatest tragedies and during more than six decades his poetic songs have reflected his thoughts on death, betrayal, war and heartbreak, with each deserving of being read in their own right as simply a poem.

“Visions of Johanna” – words by Bob Dylan

“Lights flicker from the opposite loft
In this room the heat pipes just cough
The country music station plays soft
But there’s nothing, really nothing to turn off
Just Louise and her lover so entwined
And these visions of Johanna that conquer my mind.”

Born Robert Allen Zimmerman in May 24th, 1941; at the age of 20 years Dylan was playing at clubs around Greenwich Village befriending many folk singers and musicians including the “The Clancy Brothers” from Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary.

“Blowin’in the Wind” (Video shown above – Words possibly more relevant today than in the 1960’s), and “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” were songs that established Dylan as the voice of his mid 20th century generation and demonstrated his unique understanding of how concerned American youth felt about issues like nuclear disarmament and the then fast growing movement for civil rights.

Dylan in his lifetime to-date has already and deservedly won many awards throughout his long career. These include: – eleven ‘Grammy Awards’, one ‘Academy Award’, one ‘Golden Globe Award’ and the ‘Polar Music Prize’, latter from Sweden’s King Carl XVI. He has been inducted into: – the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’, ‘Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame’, and ‘Songwriters Hall of Fame’. Dylan received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in May 2012, and in February 2015, he accepted the ‘MusiCares Person of the Year award’ from the National Academy of Recording Arts.

Thank you for the music.


Death Of Sean Barry, Thurles, Co. Tipp

deathIt is with sadness we learned of the death today, Thursday 13th October 2016, of Mr Sean Barry, Curraheen, Horse & Jockey, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, (Retired employee of O’Meara Oil, Thurles).

Mr Barry passed away peacefully at South Tipperary General Hospital, most deeply regretted by his loving wife Rita; daughters Helen, Mary Rose and Anne; sons Pat, John and Kevin; sons-in-law; daughters-in-law; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brother Br. Charles Kevin (Patrician Brothers, Australia); brother-in-law; nephews; relatives; neighbours and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Barry will repose at his family residence tomorrow, Friday evening, from 4.00pm to 8.00pm.

Requiem Mass will be held on Saturday in St. Peter’s Church, Moycarkey, Thurles, at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in the adjoining old cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Let There Be No Excitement Please

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies”.

[Above quote by British publisher & political publicist Sir Ernest John Pickstone Benn.]

Some 1,433 persons left the live register during September 2016, per figures published in a Statistical Release on the 6th of this month, October 2016, by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). Some 649 left the Live Register in North Tipperary, while 784 persons vacated same in South Tipperary.


However, please let all our 1000 (+) daily readers refrain from ‘jumping for joy’, at this time, as no new Foreign Direct Investment or indeed any other sizeable form of decent employment has darkened our borders; despite the promises of the outgoing former Fine Gael / Labour coalition government, prior to the General Election held on February 26th 2016 last.

I am informed by the CSO that this sudden drop in Social Welfare claimants is merely down to normal reductions expected in September figures, brought about by students returning to education, etc.

In the hope of finding out more information on this September statistics reduction, an e-mail query has been forwarded to the Labour Market Section, at labour@cso.ie. Should I receive a reply, you our readers will be first to be informed.

One major tax concession in Tuesday’s ‘non event leaked budget’  is most certainly not expected to permeate the picturesque borders of Co. Tipperary in the immediate future. I refer of course to the concession directed at first-time new house buyers and the tax refund of up to €20,000 on those buying newly built homes, valued at up to €600,000. (Much of this concession paid for out of taxes taken from minimum paid workers who will not ever be able to buy a house.)

To take advantage of this major tax concession of course such young people will first need to hold a job. With 18 to 24-year-olds only getting an additional €2.70 per week, bringing their personal weekly rate of unemployment benefit to €102.70 per week; whatever about our cities, I don’t expect to see a huge surge in newly built houses in Co. Tipperary.

Twenty five year old persons benefited to the tune of €3.80 in their personal rate in Tuesday’s budget, bringing their payments to €127.80. Even twenty-five-year-olds will have difficulty in simply affording /attending a job interview in Dublin, where all the jobs are available; with the cost of a return train fare in excess of €50, (Note Dublin to Thurles, return, presently costs €53).

Perhaps a reduction in builders VAT Rates and a public transport concession for those seeking employment would have been a more appropriate answer to the problems of first time house buyers and major unemployment, latter up 120% over the past 10 years in Co. Tipperary.