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Let’s Put Tipp On The Map For Dance & The Arts

Tipperary Youth Dance Company organiser Kathryn Wallace reports:

Tipperary’s first Dance Company based at The Source Arts Centre, in Thurles has now been set up. The organisers plan to provide opportunities for children and young people from across Tipperary to learn different dance styles including:- Contemporary, Lyrical, Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz and more.

Tipperary Youth Dance Company, (TYDC) is a non-profit company and the membership are not required to pay fees; instead the company will be solely operated on public donations and other generated funding from performances.

Choreographers and well known professional dance teachers will train members of TYDC in a variety of contexts and styles. Organisers hope to put Tipperary on the map, by introducing new dance opportunities for local children and young people, that would not normally be available.

This Company will be shortly open to children and young adults, aged from 7 years up to 21 years, with two separate company schedules for Juniors (Ages 7-12) and Senior Principles (Ages 13-21) and with male and female applicants both welcome.

The organisers will be holding Auditions on Saturday 2nd September next in The Source Arts Centre.

More about this welcome opportunity for young people later.


Death Of Marie Ryan, Fishmoyne, Borrisoleigh, Thurles

It is with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Tuesday 16th May 2017, of Mrs Marie Ryan (née Bourke), Fishmoyne, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and late of Cloniharp, Clonoulty, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her father Thady; the passing of Mrs Ryan is most deeply regretted by her loving husband Jim; son TJ; daughter Bríd; her mother Mary; sister Elma; brothers Thomas, Martin, Patrick, Michael and Tadhg; brothers in law; sisters in law; nephews; nieces; extended relatives and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Ryan will repose at her home today, Wednesday from 5.00pm to 8.00pm, with removal on Thursday morning to the Sacred Heart Church, Borrisoleigh, Thurles.

Requiem Mass will be held at 11.00am on Thursday morning, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St. Brigid’s Cemetery, Borrisoleigh.

Note: Family flowers only please, donations, if desired, to Unit 4B University Hospital Limerick (c/o Kennedy’s Funeral Home, Borrisoleigh.)

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a h-anam dílis.


Tipp Woman On Commission For Future Of Policing in Ireland

Membership of the Review Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland unveiled.

The Cabinet have approved a 12 member Review Commission to undertake a ‘root and branch’ review of an Garda Síochána.

In announcing the Commission, An Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality Mrs Frances Fitzgerald has stated that along with a final report; this new Commission will also introduce and hasten immediate recommendations, which it justifiably feels requires to be implemented within the immediate or short term.

Ms Noeline Blackwell.

The new 12 member review body will include former Tipperary Solicitor Ms Noeline Blackwell; herself a human rights lawyer who is currently Chief Executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, and was formerly the Director General of the Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC).

Ms Blackwell began her career as a solicitor here in Co.Tipperary in the mid 1970’s at the age of 21,  gaining a wide range of legal experience under then employer Mr Kieran Flynn, for some 8 years, before moving to Dublin to set up in practice in the 1980’s.

Named Membership of Review Commission
Along with Ms Blackwell, the new Commission will be Chaired by Ms Kathleen O’Toole, (Seattle Police Chief), and other membership will include Mr Conor Brady (Former Editor of the Irish Times, Sunday Tribune and a previous member of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission from 2005 to 2011); Dr Johnny Connolly (Irish Research Council Enterprise Scholar at the Centre for Crime, Justice and Victim Studies at the School of Law in the University of Limerick); Dr Vicky Conway (Current Lecturer in criminal law and criminology in the School of Law and Governance in DCU); Mr Tim Dalton (Retired Secretary General of the Department of Justice and Equality); Sir Peter Fahy (Chief Constable of Cheshire and previous Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police with 13,000 staff under his command); Dr Eddie Molloy (Independent Management Consultant, Director Advanced Organisation, specialising in Strategy, Organisation Change and Innovation); Ms Tonita Murray (International Police Development Consultant); Dr Antonio M. Oftelie (Executive Director, Leadership for a Networked World and Fellow, Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard); Professor Donncha O’Connell (Established Professor of Law at the School of Law, NUI Galway), and finally Ms Helen Ryan (Former Chief Executive Officer of Creganna-Tactx Medical from 2005 – 2013).


Death Of Ann Coady, Ballynonty, Thurles

It is with great sadness we learned of the death today, Tuesday 16th May 2017, of Mrs Ann Coady (née Butler), No.8 Hillview Terrace, Ballynonty, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly Shinrone, Co. Offaly.

Predeceased by her husband Christy; Mrs Coady passed away peacefully at South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her sons and daughters Pat, Michael, Gerry, Martina, Margaret, Tracy, Marie, Christopher and Richard; her sister Phyllis; brother Matrin; daughters-in-law; sons-in-law; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; nieces; nephews; extended relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Coady, will repose at her residence on tomorrow, Wednesday, 17th May 2017, from 5.00pm to 8.00pm, before arriving at St. Mary’s Church, Killenaule on the following day, Thursday 18th May 2017, at 11.00am.

Requiem Mass will be held on Thursday at 11.30am followed by interment immediately afterwards in the Good Shepherd Cemetery, Gortnahoe, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a h-anam dílis.


Increase Your Braking Distance

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) are advising drivers and motorcyclists to take extra care using the roads at this present time.

The past prolonged dry spell of weather has allowed for the build-up of oil and rubber deposit to develop on road surfaces. Now with the weather breaking, these deposits when mixed with the recent heavy rainwater, results in a greasy road surface, which in turn reduces the expected length of stopping distances between you and the vehicle ahead, plus the risk of skids. The Road Safety Authority are therefore asking drivers, using our roads, to become aware of these present dangers and to slow down, while increasing your braking distance.

General Safety Tips for Road Users:

  • Remember it takes longer to stop a vehicle on wet roads. In this event, do slow down and allow that extra distance between you and the vehicle you are behind.
  • Take particular care when driving behind larger vehicles, e.g. trucks or buses; since they usually generate a considerable amount of spray, thus often reducing visibility on driver bringing up the rear.
  • Watch out for other vulnerable road users e.g. pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. Remember there is also an onus also on pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists to be seen, so wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt.
  • During periods of poor visibility, use dipped headlights at all times. Poor drivers will tell you that headlights are fitted to cars so that you can see where you are going in the dark. Wise drivers, on the other hand, will tell you that headlights let you see and be seen in good time. (Logically, in conditions of poor visibility, if you cannot be seen clearly from behind then just one day it is inevitable that your vehicle will be hit, and the cause of this rear collision might just be an 18-wheeler.)
  • Check your tyres and replace them, if the thread depth is below 3mm.
  • Be mindful of ‘aquaplaning’ or ‘hydroplaning’ by all wheeled vehicles particularly on roads where 100/120kmh speeds apply. Note: Same occurs when a layer of water builds between the wheels of the vehicle and the road surface, leading to a loss of traction that prevents the vehicle from responding to normal control inputs.

Visit the RSA’s website HERE for further advice when using the road in severe weather conditions.