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Death Of Anne Brophy, Parnell Street, Thurles

It was with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Sunday 11th February 2018, of Mrs Anne Brophy (née Kavanagh), Parnell Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her husband Billy; Mrs Brophy passed away suddenly, most deeply regretted by her loving family; daughters Mary, Catherine, AnnMarie and Antoinette; sons Tommy, Liam, Paul, Brendan and Martin; sisters Philis (Galvin), Margaret (Mockler), Mary (Thomas), brothers Michael, Tommy and Tony; grandchildren; sons-in-law; daughters-in-law; nephews; nieces; sisters-in-law; extended relatives; neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Brophy will lie in repose at her residence on Wednesday evening, 14th February, from 5.00pm to 7.00pm.
Arriving at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles on Thursday morning, 15th February, at 10.15am.

Requiem Mass will be held at 11.00am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Note Please: Family flowers only. Donations in lieu, if desired, to Alzheimer Society of Ireland.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Remember St. Valentine’s Day Is Wednesday February 14th

St. Valentine – The Patron Saint of Lovers

Only a foolish lover will forget that in two day’s time (Wednesday February 14th), the love of your life will expect at lest a card inscribed with red hearts; or a bouquet of red roses; or a box of chocolate; or expensive lingerie; or a romantic dinner for two, combined with promises of undying love; to make an appearance sometime on St. Valentine’s day. But who was this saint whom we associate annually with human love and sexuality, (not to mention the extra expense imposed on us males so soon after Christmas) ?

St. Valentine
St. Valentine was a Christian Priest in Rome during the short reign of emperor Claudius II (Marcus Aurelius Flavius Claudius Gothicus – 268 AD to 270 AD), latter who persecuted the Christian church during his reign.

Human remains of St Valentine are to be found at Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church, No.56 Aungier St, Dublin 2.

Emperor Claudius Gothicus II declared an edict that prohibited the marriage of young men in the army. Claudius in the past had gained both position and respect from soldiers for being physically strong and especially cruel, with legend telling of him having knocked the teeth out of a horse with one single punch. This edict now came into being based on his theory that soldiers, if unmarried, fought harder than those that were married, after all would not married soldiers live in constant fear of what would become of existing wives and children after their own death in battle.

The result of this edict saw a rise in overall permissiveness with polygamy (the custom of men mating with more than one mistress at any one time, whom they did not commit to marrying), being the popular order of the day. Now with some men attracted to the Christian faith; the church was teaching that marriage was sacred between one man and one woman and for life.

St. Valentine now began to secretly marry these followers of Jesus Christ, thus contravening the emperor’s edict. He was eventually caught and imprisoned for his actions and for helping other persecuted Christians.

Under house arrest with a judge called Asterius, whose daughter was blind; the magistrate interrogated St. Valentine on issues concerning his faith, religion and that Jewish preacher, known as Jesus of Nazareth. He asked St. Valentine to put his great faith to the test, by healing his daughter’s blindness. Valentine placed his hands over her eyes and she was miraculously healed. Humbled now by this action, Asterius immediately destroyed all the graven images in his home and became baptised, together with his family and some reported 44 members of his personal household, before freeing all held Christian prisoners.

However, this action did nothing to protect St. Valentine from his reigning emperor and in the year 269 AD he was sentenced to a three-part execution, which consisted of a beating, a stoning, and finally decapitation, because of his stance with regard to Christian marriage.

It is said that the last words written by him were in a note to the now healed blind daughter of Asterius, the signature on which today continues to inspire the commonly used, romantic communiqué, “from your Valentine”.

From an Irish perspective, in the sixteenth century, the human remains of St. Valentine were gifted to an Irish Carmelite priest, Father Spratt here in Ireland by Pope Gregory. This gifted relic is in the form of a sealed casket and was sent, accompanied by a letter of certification. The letter states that the casket, which today is located at Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church, No.56 Aungier St, Dublin 2, contains the remains of St. Valentine of Rome.

To this day the casket has never been opened.


Death Of Patrick Stapleton, Laha, Castleiney, Templemore

It was with great sadness we learned of the death today, Sunday 11th February 2018, of Mr Patrick (Pat Joe) Stapleton, Laha, Castleiney, Templemore, Co. Tipperary.

Loving husband of the late Nora; Mr Stapleton passed away in his 96th year, most deeply regretted by his loving family; Paddy, Jerry, Eddie, Kathleen and Josie; sons in law; daughters in law; grandchildren; great grandchildren; sisters in law Carmel and Sheila; nephews; nieces; extended relatives; neighbours and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Stapleton will lie in repose at Grey’s Funeral Home, Templemore tomorrow evening,  Monday, from 5.30pm, before removal to the Church of St. John the Baptist, Castleiney, at 7.30pm, to arrive at 8.15pm.

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

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Death Of Anne Boland, Tarmon Drive, Thurles

It was with great sadness we learned of the death today, Sunday 11th February 2018, of Mrs Anne Boland (née Delaney), Tarmon Drive, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly Mitchel Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs Boland passed away peacefully, while in the wonderful care of the Matron and Staff of the Community Hospital of The Assumpion, Thurles.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her loving family; daughters Marie, Sadie, Dolores and Annette; son Gerry; sister Sr. Catherine (Carmelites, Delgany); grandchildren; great-grandchildren; sons in law; daughter in law; nephews; nieces; cousins; extended relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Boland will repose in Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, on Tuesday evening next, February 13th, 2018 from 5.00pm to 7.00pm. Arriving at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles on Wednesday morning, February 14th, at 10.15am.

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

Note Please: Family flowers only. Donations in lieu, if desired, to The Community Hospital of the Assumption, here in Thurles.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Dementia Awareness Workshops Thurles

M/s Ursula Paine, CAMEO Care, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, reports:-

Thurles Businesses Urged to Sign Up Staff for Dementia Awareness Workshops to Better Support Customers.

Do you work with the public in the Retail Sector or in Financial Services?

The Source Building here in Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary will be the venue for a number of free dementia awareness workshops for staff working in the retail and financial services sectors, and being organised during the months of February and March, 2018.

These workshops, which will be presented by M/s Ursula Paine (CAMEO Care, Thurles), and M/s Jennifer Doyle, (Community Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles), as part of an ongoing initiative, “Dementia: Understand Together”, which is anxious to create a better understanding and awareness about this growing condition.

Approximately 4,000 people, or an average of 11 people every day, develop dementia in Ireland each year. Indeed, there are over half a million people who have had a family member with dementia, yet research shows that many of us do not fully understand this condition.

Dementia Awareness Workshops.
The dementia awareness workshops are completely free with the workshops for the retail sector taking place in February on three consecutive FridaysFebruary 9th, 16th and 23rd, from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm. Workshops for financial services staff are taking place on three consecutive Fridays in MarchMarch 2nd, 9th and 16th from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm also.

[For more information, contact M/s Ursula Paine on Mobile: 086 8381818.]

For M/s Ursula Paine, (Nurse Manager, CAMEO Care in Thurles), these workshops will hopefully support people with dementia to continue to live safe and well within the community:-

“We know that there are about 55,000 people living with dementia in Ireland right now – a number that is set to more than double by 2040 – and that approximately two-thirds of these people remain living within the community. These workshops are all about providing staff who work with the public day in and day out, with a better understanding of dementia, perhaps recognising someone with dementia who comes into their shop, supermarket, café or financial institution; and how best to support that person”, stated M/s Paine.

“For example, signs of dementia could include persons having trouble remembering names or details; like their address; is finding it difficult to communicate what they need or want, or is having difficulty navigating their way around. We want to try to lift some of the misunderstanding that sometimes confronts people with dementia, so that they feel more included in their communities through making life that little bit better for them”, continued M/s Paine.

For M/s Jennifer Doyle, (Clinical Nurse Manager, Community Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles), these workshops will offer really practical ideas for shops and banks to better support day to day customers:-

“We are aware that shopping is one of the big activities that people with dementia living in the community continue to undertake, and we also know that being able to manage our finances is ultimately key to our independence. With these two workshops, we explore some of the situations in which customers might find themselves in a shop or bank, and offer some ideas to workshop participants, as to how to make their environments more dementia-inclusive”, stated M/s Doyle

“For example, in a shop it could be about ensuring that signage is clear and visible, or having seating, good lighting and being aware of noise levels. In a financial institution, it might be around identifying signs of financial abuse and how to engage supportive communication skills and best work with relatives. It could include changes to the customer environment, combined with staff trained in dementia awareness, e.g. who smiles warmly; speaks clearly and listens carefully to what a person is saying, and to give them that bit of extra time if needed.  Such practises truly help dementia sufferers to continue to live independently”, continued M/s Doyle.

Dementia: Understand Together
The “Dementia: Understand Together” campaign is led by the Health Service Executive (HSE) in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and Genio. The campaign website offers a comprehensive information resource on dementia, including a service-finder detailing county-by-county the dementia supports and services available.

It also offers a range of training resources for carers, and for businesses and organisations in the retail, transport, public and financial sectors. Support packs, including posters, leaflets and badges, can be ordered also. Simply visit HERE or Freephone 1800 341 341.