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Tesco Recall Cookie & Cream Biscuits

Tesco supermarkets are recalling all best before dates and all batches of its Cookie and Cream Biscuit range.

The biscuits are understood to contain milk which is not mentioned on the label. This could make the implicated batches unsafe for some consumers who are allergic to or indeed intolerant of milk or its constituents.

Tesco request that customers please return the affected products to any of their stores, where a full refund will be given, with no receipt required from the consumer.

Should you require further details, consumers are advised to contact Customer Services directly on Tel: 1850 744 844.

Tesco apologises to customers for any inconvenience which may have been caused.


Tipperary Trained Greyhound Found Positive For Cocaine

‘Clonbrien Hero, crowned ‘Irish Laurels Champion’

The winning Greyhound of the Irish Laurels winners prize money €30,000), at Curraheen Park last July, ‘Clonbrien Hero’, has tested positive for the drug Benzoylecgonine, commonly known as cocaine, according to the Irish Greyhound Board. The drug is understood to have similar effects on animals as it does on humans.

The dog is reported as having tested positive for the substance three times within a four week period, (between 24th June and 22nd July 2017).  The case has now been referred to the Irish Greyhound Boards Control Committee, which will conduct a full inquiry.

Clonbrien Hero, which previously won the ‘Produce Stakes’, at Clonmel in Co. Tipperary, is trained by Tipperary’s Graham Holland on behalf of Kay Murphy.

Mr Holland was also in the news in early December 2016, when one of Ireland’s top greyhounds, ‘Clares Rocket’ was stolen from his kennels, latter situated at Riverside Kennels, Athassel Abbey, Golden, Co. Tipperary. The dog was later recovered by Tipperary Gardaí.


Death Of Margo Hayes, Hollyford, Tipperary

It is with great sadness we learned of the passing yesterday, 13th September 2017, of Mrs Margo Hayes (née O’Dwyer) formerly of Bahagha, Hollyford, Co. Tipperary and Lucan, Co. Dublin.

Mrs Hayes passed away peacefully while in the loving care of the Matron & Staff at the Acorn Lodge Nursing Home, Cashel, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her loving husband Billy (Cappawhite) and sisters Katchie and Biddy; her passing is most deeply regretted by her brother-in-law Paddy; nephews Dermot, George, Liam and Pat Ryan; nieces Rena (Carew), Phyllis (Richardson) and Mairéad (English); extended relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Hayes will repose today Thursday at Whites Funeral Home, Cappawhite, from 6.30pm with removal at 8.00pm to the Church of Our Lady of Fatima, Cappawhite, Co. Tipperary,

Requiem Mass will take place on Friday at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in Cappawhite Cemetery, Co Tipperary.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a h-anam dílis.


Mikey Ryan Is Home From Lanzarote

First off, Mikey Ryan may be many things, but he is not a liar. Himself and myself were in The Arch Bar, Liberty Square, here in Thurles, today enjoying our second Pina Colada, when he quietly shared this tale with me, on the strict condition I wouldn’t repeat it.

Mikey had returned from his 10 day stint in Lanzarote just yesterday, and was sharing newly acquired wisdom, having experienced for the first time the delectable flavour achieved by the mixing of Bacardi Carta Blanco with fresh pineapple juice, not to mention a tablespoonful of coconut cream.

Anyway, Mikey was extolling the virtues of Lanzarote Cocktail bars, which eventually brought him round to talking about the activities of a certain pub here in Friar Street, Thurles, which had changed hands back in the late 1950’s, “No names, no court-martials”, as Mikey stated .

The new proprietor, it seems, had thought of everything to attract prospective clientèle; a new dart board, centred in a half tyre to protect his newly painted wall from near misses; two decks of shiny waxed playing cards for games of ‘Old Maid’; a bar billiards table which accepted only an Irish Sixpence in order to acquire the 8 balls with which to play; a small stage area for Accordion or Fiddle players of Irish music; a new carpet for women who might enter for a sherry, to frequent the small ‘Snug’, and three shiny brass Spittoons, latter strategically positioned in the public bar, so as those who became ‘legless’, wouldn’t fall over them.

On the eve of the night of the ‘Grand Official Opening’, the proud new proprietor copped Mikey Ryan heading down the street and summoned him to cast his experienced eye over his new establishment. Mikey having discovered that all first drinks would be free, if patrons showed up before 8.30 p.m., suddenly showed interest. Having surveyed the premises favourably, Mikey decided there was just one small change required to this new exciting 20th century licensed hostelry.

“Yes, free Snuff must be positioned on the counter for all customers”, said Mikey.  As he correctly stated, this premises in the past had always provided free Snuff, and to halt this practise now could be detrimental to any future business, not to mention the Good Will; same built up since as far back as the Great Famine, when it first opened its doors.  Trouble now facing the anxious proprietor was that the licensed tobacco shops in Thurles were now closed and where would he get Snuff for the opening taking place in less than 2 hours?

Running a last minute broom around the pavement in front of the pub, suddenly there appeared a possible answer; yes, a dog shit on the pavement.  Picking it up on his shovel he quickly transported same to a saucepan inside, before placing it over the open fire. Having dried it sufficiently, he then ground it into a fine brown powder with the fire poker, before placing same in two metal egg cups, on his polished counter top.

According to Mikey, the first visitor through the door that night was the Chairperson of Thurles UDC. “One pint of Guinness and a whiskey chaser to start, if you please”, said the Councillor, reaching for a pinch of Snuff, before inhaling what he believed was pulverised, smokeless, tobacco powder, deep into both his nasal cavities.

Within seconds he was checking his shoes; had he accidentally walked in dog do-do, dragging it into the newly refurbished premises? A thorough and careful examination of both shoes, trouser legs and hands revealed nothing untoward. The Councillor made a mental note to bring the matter of ‘dog shit’ up at the next local monthly Council meeting; now believing that perhaps it was the new proprietor himself who had accidentally walked in the offending excrement.

The next visitor to enter the pubs portal was the local Teachta Dála (TD). The TD and Councillor shook hands, as is customary on such occasions, before the Councillor, in low tones remarked, “Tell me, do you get an awful smell of dog shit in here, or is it my imagination”.

The TD sniffed the air a couple of times, before stating he could smell absolutely nothing, before he, himself reached out for a pinch of the Snuff provided, and again inhaled it deep into both his nasal cavities.

“Powerfull Snuff that,” said the TD sneezing, “Jasus that stuff has really cleared my head, proof is I can now smell that dog shit you referred too earlier.”


Death Of Ciara Harty, Stradavoher Court, Thurles

It is with great sadness we learned of the passing yesterday, 12th September 2017, of Ms Ciara Harty, Stradavoher Court, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The passing of Ms Harty is most deeply regretted by her heartbroken mother Mary (Donoghue); brothers Tommy, Ronaldo, Francie and Jimmy; sisters Nellie, Angel and Priscilla; grandparents Tommy and Nan; uncle Michael; aunt Joanne; nieces; cousins; relatives; teachers; fellow pupils of the Presentation Secondary School, Thurles and her many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Ms Harty will repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles on Thursday 14th September from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, to arrive at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles, at 8.00pm.

Requiem Mass will be held on Friday morning, 15th September, at 11.00am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a h-anam dílis.