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December 2015
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Death Of Elizabeth Roche, Mitchel Street, Thurles, Tipp.

deathIt was with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Thursday 12th November 2015, of M/s Elizabeth (Betty) Roche, No. 19, Lisheen Terrace, Mitchel Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The passing of M/s Roche is most deeply regretted by her brothers Eamon, Charles, Liam and Gerard, sisters Mary, Breda, Ann and Margaret, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements.
The earthly remains of M/s Roche will repose at Egan’s Funeral Home on tomorrow evening, Saturday November 14th, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, arriving at the Cathedral of The Assumption on Sunday morning, November 15th, at 9:45am for Funeral Mass at 12:00 noon.

Burial will take place after Mass, in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Note: Family flowers only please, donations if desired to Milford Hospice.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Thurles Deaths 11th & 12th November 2015


With-sincere-sympathyIt was with great sadness we learned of the death on Wednesday  November 11th 2015 of M/s Joanne Kelly, Monadreen, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of M/s Kelly will repose at Grey’s Funeral Home, Templemore, Co. Tipperary on this Saturday evening from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

Requiem Mass will take place in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Templemore on Sunday next at 12:00 noon.

Internment will take place afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.


With-sincere-sympathyIt was with great sadness we learned of the death on Thursday November 12th 2015, of M/s Mary Pollard, Littlefield, Gortnahoe, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The passing of M/s Pollard is most deeply regretted by her sisters, brother-in-law, sister-in law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of M/s Pollard will repose at Egan’s Funeral Home, Dublin Road, Thurles on Friday, 13th November 2015, from 7.45pm to 9.30pm. Removal on Saturday morning to the Church of St. Patrick and St. Oliver, Glengoole, arriving at 11:00am (via Marywillies).

Requiem Mass will be held at 11:30am followed by burial afterwards in the Old Church Graveyard, Ballingarry, Thurles.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.


With-sincere-sympathyIt was with great sadness we learned of the death on Wednesday November 11th 2015 of Mrs Bridget Purcell (née Long), Sean Treacy Avenue, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly Dublin and Clare.
Mrs Purcell passed away peacefully at Nenagh General Hospital, predeceased by her husband Billy. Loving mother of daughters Mary and Kathleen, her passing will be sadly missed by her sister Mary Falvey, sons-in-law Paddy and Eamonn, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Purcell will repose at Egans’ Funeral Home on this evening, Friday, 13th November, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm; arriving at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles at 7:30pm.

Requiem Mass on Saturday at 11:00am, with burial afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Freedom ? – By Tipperary Born Poet Gerry Cullen.

The winter has well and truly arrived. I state this not because of any strong winds and torrential downpours of rain experienced over the past week.

Rather because that keen environmentalist and green fingered hill poet Mr Gerry Cullen has returned to sit by his fire to reflect, share thoughts; writing rhyme about happenings, as he observes them in his native County of Tipperary.

Here he reflects so accurately on the recent crime wave that has hit our county; the failure of our justice system and the need for proper Garda resources.

Freedom ?

Latest poem courtesy of our resident Tipperary Bard, Mr Gerry Cullen. ©


Poet Gerry Cullen.

“There was ne’er a Guard for ages and then ‘Operation Thor,’
They were on the cross this mornin, to check if me tyres were wore.
Speed checks in the 50 zone and checkpoints, ten a penny,
And all the scum-bags out on bail; all thanks to Enda Kenny.
Now rural crime is handy cash, for all who take their chance.
The dirt-bags and their legal teams, enjoy a merry dance.
They’re laughing at the victims, and laughing at the law.
It’s child’s play for the low-life, there’s a justice systems flaw.
But then the Guards are doin the job, they nab the average Joe,
It’s pointless nabbin dangerous crooks, the Judges let them go.
So no point getting hurt or killed, the guards are plagued by rules.
So they do the handy numbers, in this Island run by ‘Tools.’
Now don’t be fooled by power of vote, to choose a different crew.
No bloody feckin difference, to the likes of me and you.
Promise this and promise that and give the usual spin.
One thing certain, memories fade the minute they get in.
The aim is ‘line their pockets’, ‘look after number one’.
Your vote goes to recycling, once election time is done.
But I think I feel a rumble, like a roaring thunderous wave
But it’s just our Easter heroes, all turning in the grave.”

Nice one Gerry!

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Torrential Rain Floods Friar Street Thurles


Photo Courtesy Pat Corbett Video.

Friar Street here in Thurles has been temporary closed by council workers and Gardaí, due to flooding caused by a heavy downpour of rain, which fell around midday today.
The affected flooded area runs west from Bowe’s Corner; eastward to approximately Stakelums Menswear and wash from vehicles had begun to threaten shop interiors.

Footpath pedestrian traffic is still possible. As at going to press, those wishing to travel in the direction of Holycross are advised to navigate via the route; Croke Street, Dempsey Square, right into Stradavoher, right again into Butler Avenue and left onto the Holycross / Dundrum Road.

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Local Thurles Publican Loses €5,000

Central Thurles

Central Thurles

The proprietor of a local licensed hostelry here in Thurles was so sure that his bartender was the strongest man in the county, that he offered a standing €5,000 bet to anyone who could defeat him.

His wager featured around his bartender being able to squeeze a lemon until all the juice ran into a glass. He would then hand the squeezed lemon to any challenging patron, defying them to squeeze even one single drop of juice out of the same lemon. Many people had tried to win the bet over the years: Weight Lifters, Truck Drivers, Hell’s Angels, Cavan Men, latter known to keep a fork in their sugar bowl, even WWE Professional Wrestlers, who all tried their luck, but all to no avail.

Then last week a scrawny little excuse for a man arrived into the bar, wearing black rimmed, thick glasses; a polyester suit and carrying a polished, black briefcase. In a commanding squeaky voice he challenged the busy bar man, stating, “Sir, I’d like to take on your €5,000 challenge, please.”

After the expected bout of boisterous laughter from local patrons had died down, a grinning bartender said “OK”.  Grabbing a lemon, he squeezed it in his monster fist, before handing the dried out, crumpled, remains of pith and rind to his scrawny challenger.

The laughter of assembled lunch time patrons suddenly turned to a deafening silence, when, to their amazement, the scrawny man clenched his fist around the squashed lemon, forcing six drops of lemon juice to splatter unto the well polished, shiny bar counter.

The crowds mood turned to cheering as the bartender, somewhat reluctantly paid across the €5,000 in cash. Anxious now to find out more about this little man the defeated and somewhat embarrassed bartender asked, “What do you do for a living? Are you a lumberjack, a weight-lifter, or something?”

“Neither”, the scrawny, bespectacled little man replied, “I work in the VAT Section of the Irish Revenue Commissioners. I’m really here to examine your accounts.”

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