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10th Life Lost on Tipperary Roads In 7 Months

garda crestA male in his mid 20’s has died, following a tragic road crash, close to the village of Poulmucka on the R687 New Inn – Barne Cross (Clonmel) road in Co. Tipperary, in the early afternoon today.

The victim is understood to have lost his life around 1.30pm, when his vehicle left the road on a bad bend, while travelling on the Clonmel side of Poulmucka. It is understood the driver was unaccompanied, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Customary local diversions were put in place, while a technical examination was carried out by Gardaí.

Today’s fatality brings to ten, the number of people killed on Tipperary’s roads so far for just 7 months of this year. This number shows an increase of 6 more deaths, when compared with the 12 month period of 2015. Statistics published recently by the National Road Safety Authority (RSA), indicate that to-date 109 people have lost their lives on Irish roads since the start of 2016.

Presently Gardaí are appealing for persons who may have travelled on this stretch of roadway between 1.00pm and 2.00pm today, to contact them directly at Cahir Garda Station Tel: 052-7445630, or the Garda Confidential Telephone Line Tel: 1800 666 111 or indeed any Garda Station.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

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Death Of Billy Baker, Ballinure, Thurles

deathIt is with sadness we learned of the death on Saturday, 30th July 2016, of Mr Billy Baker, Ballinure, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The passing of Mr Baker, while in the loving care of Willowbrook Lodge Nursing Home, is most deeply regretted by his cousins; relatives; neighbours and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Baker reposed at Lonergans Funeral Home, Cashel, today Monday August 1st at 6.00pm and his removal took place at 7.00pm to Moyglass Church.

His funeral Mass will be held on tomorrow, Tuesday at 11.30am, with burial taking place immediately afterwards in Ballinure Cemetery, Ballinure, Thurles.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

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Sinead Guiney Crowned International Miss Macra 2016

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Pictured L – R: Miss Josephine O’Dwyer, Miss Sinead Guiney (International Miss Macra 2016) and Miss Aileen Sheehan, all judged winners at the 45th International Miss Macra 2016 Festival’s Gala Banquet, held in the Anner Hotel, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, last night.

Primary School Teacher Miss Sinead Guiney, (representing Avondhu Macra Club, Co. Cork), was crowned International Miss Macra 2016, at the close of the 45th International Miss Macra Festival, held in the Anner Hotel, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, last night.

Miss Josephine O’Dwyer (representing South Co. Tipperary), achieved second place, while Miss Aileen Sheehan (representing Muskerry Macra Club, Co. Cork) achieved third place.

The names of the winners were publicly announced following a Banquet in the Four Star Anner Hotel, Dublin Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary last night; in front of a record crowd of some 250 guests; marking the conclusion of this year’s 3 day successful farming festival. Musical entertainment at the Sunday night Gala Banquet was provided by Tipperary popular band ‘Silver Dollar’.

Following the judges final decision last night, Miss Guiney was presented with a specially designed Sterling Silver Tiara, embellished with Cubic Zirconia, designed and hand crafted by Michael Carew Jewellers, West Gate, Thurles. Miss Willis also was presented with the Perpetual Silver International Miss Macra Trophy, (Fitzgibbon Perpetual Cup), together with a beautiful piece of Galway Crystal and a bouquet of flowers by Festival Chairperson Miss Anne Marie Lyng, and Festival Secretary’s Miss Eibhlis Maher and Miss Simone Loughman respectively. A cash prize of €1000, sponsored by the Anner Hotel, was presented by one of the joint owners of the establishment, Mr Michael Maher (Managing Director).

Second placed, Miss Josephine O’Dwyer, received a specially commissioned piece of Galway Crystal and a cash prize of €500, while Miss Aileen Sheehan, judged a close third, also received a piece of Galway Crystal and €300 in prize money.

Previously, that morning all International Miss Macra 2016 contestants had attended Mass in the local parish church in Clonoulty-Rossmore and afterwards togged-out to prove their worth by taking part in a sports day, field event.

This year saw twenty-two contestants, each chosen by their respective Macra Clubs, taking part in this year’s 45th International Miss Macra Festival. Given the very difficult task of selecting this year’s “International Miss Macra 2016” winners were:- Joan Pollard Carew, (Representing Main Sponsors Michael Carew Jewellers, West Gate, Thurles); Geraldine Henchion, (Representing Tipp FM, Tipperary’s No 1 Local Radio Station); & Declan Ryan, (President of the Clonoulty/Rossmore Macra Club).

The enormous success of this year’s festival, which attracted record crowds, is due completely to the hard work of all the Clonoulty / Rossmore Macra members, who undertook the precise planning and organising of this year’s festival on a completely voluntary basis, under the strong leadership of Miss Anne Marie Lyng (Chairperson). Other speakers at the event included Mr Ger Griffin (Munster Vice President of Macra Na Feirme), Mrs Joan Pollard Carew (Spokesperson for the Sponsors), Mr Declan Ryan (Spokesperson for the judges) and Miss Susan Willis (Outgoing 2015 Int. Miss Macra Winner).

Also speaking at the Gala Banquet, Miss Anne Marie Lyng (Festival Chairperson) was high in her praise for the outgoing 2015 winner and runners-up. She stated that “last year’s winners Miss Willis, Miss Julie Muldowney and Miss Helen Hayes, over the past year, had shown total dedication in their promotion of Macra principals and Macra Clubs, throughout the length and breadth of Ireland and abroad.”

The International Miss Macra Festival 2016 event is understood to have attracted some €300,000 into the local Tipperary economy, in tourism product; promoted by a committee whose ages range from the oldest just 29 and youngest a mere 24 years of age.  Club profits from this well organised event will be fully invested in next year’s International Festival, thus further ensuring its security and success into the future.

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Death Of James McCarthy, Cabra, Thurles

deathIt is with great sadness we learned of the death on Friday 29th July 2016 of Mr James McCarthy, No.7, Oakfield Drive, Cabra, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Predeceased by his parents and brothers; Mr McCarthy passed away, most deeply regretted by his loving family – wife Margaret; sons Thomas, James, Anthony, Jonathan, Christopher and Darren; daughters Anna and Linda; grandchildren; brothers Johnny, Cibi, Mikey and Philip; sisters Mary, Kate, Ann and Winnie; daughter-in-law Louise; cousins; relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr McCarthy will repose on today, Sunday 31st July, at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, from 5.00pm to 7.30pm, arriving at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles, at 8.15pm.

Requiem Mass on Monday at 11.00am, followed by burial immediately afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

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International Miss Macra 2016 Under Way In Thurles

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Left – Right pictured above: (1) Representing South Tipperary, M/s Josephine O’Dwyer. (2) M/s Ailin Walsh, representing Waterford, ‘meets & greets’ former Epsom Derby & Irish Derby Stakes Winner ‘Galileo’ yesterday, at the world famous Coolmore Stud in Co. Tipperary. (3) Representing South Tipperary, M/s Denise Ryan.

Yesterday saw the welcome return of the 45th International Miss Macra Festival, returning to its initial roots; coming back to Thurles, Co. Tipperary for the full duration of this August Bank Holiday weekend. Such was the high calibre of the venues present here in Thurles that the Festival this year is taking place in three separate areas, showcasing the best that Thurles and Co. Tipperary has to offer, e.g. Hayes Hotel (Birthplace of the GAA), last night; The Dome (Semple Stadium), tonight, and the magnificent family-run Anner Hotel (Graded Four-Star by Fáilte Ireland), Dublin Rd, Thurles, for the Annual Macra Banquet tomorrow night.

Yesterday, the festival kicked off, when contestants met the Festival Committee and Host Families in Clonoulty village, before being taken on a personal tour of the world famous Coolmore Stud Farm. This was followed by a late lunch in the Anner Hotel’s ‘Green Room’ restaurant.  Last night the participants attended a themed ’90’s Disco’, in Hayes Hotel, dancing into the early hours of this morning.

However today saw the contestants appear ‘bright eyed & bushy tailed’, rising early in preparation for their private personal interviews in front of a three judge panel, namely Joan Pollard Carew, (Representing Main Sponsors Michael Carew Jewellers, West Gate, Thurles); Geraldine Henchion, (Representing Tipp FM, Tipperary’s No 1 Local Radio Station); & Declan Ryan, (President of the Clonoulty/Rossmore Macra Club). This panel have been given the very difficult task of selecting this year’s “International Miss Macra 2016” winner; latter which will be announced following the Banquet on Sunday night in the Anner Hotel.

Tonight (30th July 2016) in The Dome, Semple Stadium, Thurles, will see the ever popular “Cabaret Night”, commence. Here the contestants will be interviewed publicly on stage, by expert interviewer Mr Mike Egan; himself a previous Macra Member and long-term friend of the festival.  Live music will be provided by ‘Switch’ to which the contestants, their supporters and the public attending, can later dance the night away.

Guaranteed to be a most enjoyable and memorable evening.

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