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High Court Award €47,400 To Tipperary Sewage Worker

A sewage plant worker, aged 55, has been awarded €47,400 by the High Court. This follows a fall on a pathway at the side of a sewage flume (an open gravity chute used for conveying raw sewage) at his place of work.

Mr James Kelly from Corville Road, Roscrea, Co Tipperary had sued Templemore Town Council as a result of his fall at the plant on February 3rd, 2010. Mr Kelly had been working at the sewage treatment plant, which was being decommissioned, and claimed there had been a failure to provide a safe place of work, in that he had not been provided with appropriate tools to undertake the work operation.

Templemore Town Council in 2017 now come under the Municipal District structure established under the Local Government Reform Act of 2014; thus replacing the earlier sub-county structure of 2010 which is now officially recognised as the Templemore / Thurles Municipal District; one of five such Municipal Districts within the county of Tipperary.

Mr Justice Raymond Fullam, however, in his decision held that Mr Kelly, was 40% responsible for the accident, thus reducing his initial award from €79,000 to €47,400. While the claims were denied, Mr Kelly informed the court that he now suffered from bad head and back ache, which he solely attributed to being a result of the his accident.

Mr Justice Fullam accepted Mr Kelly’s evidence, that there had been an issue with the pumping system at the time, which had allowed sewage waste to overflow from the inlet channel unto the hard standing surrounds of the flume, leading to Mr Kelly’s accident on the day.


Santa Claus Is Deceased

We didn’t want to upset everyone before Christmas, but Santa Claus we can confirm is well and truly dead for some 800 years. But not to worry children thankfully his spirit still lives on and be assured, providing you are of the very best behaviour, come Christmas Eve night next he will be doing his rounds as usual, unless of course our government or the European Union (EU) (Who presently run this country) raise difficulties surrounding Santa Claus’s permit to travel in Irish airspace.

Saint Nicholas is buried in the ruined Church of St Nicholas, Jerpoint, across the Tipperary border in Co. Kilkenny, just 67.4 km (42mls) from Thurles.

Today the church itself is all that remains of the medieval village of Newtown Jerpoint, (Name  Jerpoint means ‘Nore Bridge).  The village had been surrounded by the Cistercian Jerpoint Abbey, founded in 1183 before slowly falling into ruins in the 17th century.

The original Abbey had been originally located on some 1,880 acres; boasting its own gardens, watermills, a cemetery, granary, and kitchens and had served as a launching point in the past for Irish-Norman Crusaders from Kilkenny, before being dissolved in 1540.

A now ruined church can be found on privately held farm land, located to the west of the abbey. This ruin contains an unusual grave slab with a carved image of a cleric and two other carved heads. These images are understood to be that of St Nicholas and the two crusaders who brought the remains of Santa Claus (St. Nicholas) back to Ireland. Though the church dates from 1170, the grave slab itself appears to be dated back to the early 1300’s.

According to legend a band of Irish-Norman knights from Jerpoint, travelled to the Holy Land to take part in the Crusades. However on heading back to Ireland, they seized the remains St. Nicholas, and brought him back to Kilkenny, and to where his bones are now buried.  What lends some credence to this legend is the fact that firstly Norman knights from Kilkenny did participate in the Holy Land Crusades and secondly, Normans knights were keen collectors of religious relics. Relics placed on public show encouraged annual pilgrimages, in turn creating revenues, which in turn paid the logistical costs associated with Crusade participation.

Of course human memory is short lived and often recounted recollections in history vary somewhat. Thus another version of this story tells of the de Frainet family, who removed Santa’s remains from Myra to Bari, Italy, in 1169, while Bari remained under the Norman control. The de Frainet family were crusaders to the Holy Land and when the Normans lost power in France, Nicholas de Frainet finally settled in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny; taking with him the relic; buring Santa Claus in Jerpoint around the year 1200.

Whatever the real truth; a poem, ‘The Bones of Santa Claus’ commemorates this legend today.

‘The Bones of Santa Claus’ (Author Bill Watkins)

Where lie the bones of Santa Claus, to what holy spot each pilgrim draws
Which crypt conceals his pious remains, safe from the wild wind, snows and rains.

It’s not in Rome his body lies, or under Egypt’s azure skies
Constantinople or Madrid, his reliquary and bones are hid.

That saint protector of the child, whose relics pure lie undefiled
His casket safe within its shrine, where the shamrocks grow and rose entwine.

Devout wayfarer, cease your search, for in Kilkenny’s ancient church
Saint Nicholas’ sepulchre is found, enshrined in Ireland’s holy ground.

So traveller rest and pray a while, to the patron saint of orphaned child
Whose bones were brought to Ireland’s shore, safe from the Vandal, Hun and Moor.

Here lie the bones of Santa Claus, secure beneath these marble floors
So gentle pilgrim, hear the call, and may Saint Nicholas bless you all!


Asset Stripping Of St Patrick’s College Library, Thurles

“Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.” – Vera Nazarian.

Sadly a number of rare books, maps, and letters; readily identified as previously having being housed in St. Patrick’s College Library, (situated in Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary) were actioned off at the Gresham Hotel, Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin, recently (December 13th 2016 last to be precise), by Auctioneers Fonsie Mealy, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny, as part of their Christmas 2016 sale.

Lot No 734

Dozens of books, with visible St Patrick’s College library stamp and shelf numbers, were among some 800 or so items in this December 13th auction. There were several with handwritten ownership marks of Archbishop James Butler (Lot No’s. 555, & 745.) priced at €6,000 – €8,000 or Archbishop Robert Laffan (Lot No’s. 691, & 693.) and at least one book donated by former early 20th century Thurles Town Clerk, local historian and IRB 1916 Volunteer, the late Mr James (Jimmie) Kennedy, with his name on it (Lot No, 630.).

There were also maps (Beaufort 280, Report of Bogs Lot No, 734.) priced at €1,800 – €2,500, Taylor & Skinner (Lot No 693) and several books with engraved views (Grose, Bartlett 215, Eyzingen (Lot No, 706) priced at €3,000 – €4,000), latter which can be made immensely more profitable by tearing our the maps or engravings and selling the pages separately in antique frames.

There were many travel books (if my memory serves me correct) reflecting Fr James Ryan’s fondness for travel – the man who brought the Pallottines to Thurles. There was an early report on the United States, (Lot No, 290.) priced at €1,000 – €1,500). There were several collections of Irish Statute laws; useful for obtaining knowledge and further understanding regarding the penal laws of the 1700’s, (Lot No’s 531, 710, 664.).

It must be to our great shame, as a community, that Thurles has been deprived of such historic works, now gone to ‘God knows where’, and this action must be seen as comparable to the wanton vandalism of moving the Protestant Bolton Library (Please read full report here) from Cashel, Co. Tipperary to Limerick city.

Just a few of the assets stripped from St. Patrick’s College which I identified from Fonsie Mealy’s Catalogue.

Lot No. 280Description: “Map: Beaufort (Dan. Aug.) Ireland Civil and Ecclesiastical, v. large engraved linen backed folding map, published by James Wyld, London 1829, finely hand cold. in outline, in slipcase. V. good. As a map, w.a.f. (1).  Estimated value (Asking Price): €300 – €400.

Lot No. 435. Description: “We could vex Lord Doneraile in this Way” Croke (Archbishop Thomas W.) [1824-1902] A very good collection of three ALS to Michael [Murphy], evidently a church administrator at Doneraile, where Dr. Croke was formerly parish priest. All three letters on his headed notepaper from The Palace, Thurles, one dated 1876. The first letter, dated May 11, marked ‘Private’, states that Mr. Dudley [a teacher?] is leaving Doneraile, ‘having been very badly [treated?] by Lord Doneraile. ‘It occurs to me that we ought to give him an address and testimonial. First and foremost, he deserves it – and, secondly, we could vex Lord D. in this way.’The second letter, a fortnight later, welcomes the news of a testimonial for Mr. Dudley (as though he himself had nothing to do with it), and promises a subscription of £5. Both with excellent signatures.The third letter, dated 1876, is on a matter concerning cattle. Also with this lot is a small notebook containing church accounts for Doneraile Parish, 1866-1870, signed by Michael Murphy, countersigned in various places by T.W. Croke [parish priest]; and with a cabinet photograph of Dr. Croke (stained). Dr. Croke, from Co. Cork, was educated at the Irish Colleges in Paris and Rome. According to William O’Brien, he was present at the barricades in Paris during the revolution of 1848. He was appointed to Doneraile in 1865, and attended the First Vatican Council in 1870 as theologian to the Bishop of Cloyne. He became Bishop of Auckland in New Zealand in 1870, and was appointed Archbishop of Cashel and Emly in 1875. He is best known for his strong support for the G.A.A. in its early years.” (1). Estimated value (Asking Price), €400 -€600.

Lot No. 569. Description: “Milner (Rev. J.) An Inquiry into Certain Vulgar Opinions concerning The Catholic Inhabitants and the Antiquities of Ireland, L. 1868. First, cont. hf. calf; Usher (Dr. J. ) A Discourse on the Religious anciently professed by the Irish and British, D. 1815, hf. cloth; Clowry (Rev. W.) Controversial Letters in reply to Rev. Mr. Daly, Rev. Dr. Singer etc., to which are added The Letters Signed B.E., D. 1827, L.S. on t.p., boards. (3)“. Estimated value (Asking Price): €400 -€600.

Lot No. 577. Description: “Laborde (M. Leon de) Journey through Arabia Petraea to Mount Sinai and The Excavated City of Petra, 8vo L. 1836. First English Edn., frontis L.S. on title, fold. map, & 24 full page plts. & map, text illus., orig. hf. calf, tooled gilt spine.” (1). Estimated value (Asking Price): €150 – €200.

Lot No. 594. “Early Limerick Printing Meagher (Rev. Andrew) The Popish Mass, Celebrated by Heathen Priests,[1] … or A Sermon Preached at Thurles, on Sunday 2nd August 1767. 8vo Limerick (T. Welsh) 1771. Sole Edn., list of subs., one leaf of preface torn with some loss, errata at end, cont. sheep worn. Scarce.” (1). Estimated value (Asking Price): €160 – €220.

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Death Of Margaret Forrestal, Templetuohy, Thurles

It is with great sadness we learned of the death today, Thursday 26th January 2017, of Mrs Margaret (Peggy) Forrestal (née Kenna), Church Avenue, Templetuohy, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Loving wife of the late Sean, Mrs Forrestal passed away peacefully while in the loving care of the Nurses and Staff of the Community Hospital of The Assumption, Thurles. Her passing is most deeply regretted by her cousins; devoted neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Forrestal will repose at Grey’s Funeral Home, Templemore this Friday evening from 5.30pm, with removal at 7.30pm to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Templetuohy, to arrive at 8.15pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Saturday next at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in Templeree Cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Death Of Teresa Dillon, Borrisoleigh, Thurles

It is with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Wednesday 25th January 2017, of Mrs Teresa Dillon (née Penders), Ileigh Road, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs Dillon passed away while in the loving care of the staff of the Community Hospital of the Assumption, in Thurles. Her passing is most deeply regretted by her husband Luke; her sisters Pattie O’ Regan (Ballycurrane), Breda Croke (Monadreen) and Bernadette Casey: nieces; nephews; grand nieces; grand nephews; cousins; extended relatives and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Dillon will repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, on Saturday 28th January from 5.00pm to 6.15pm, to arrive at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles at 6.45pm.

Requiem Mass will be held on Sunday 29th January at 12.00 noon, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Loughtagalla, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.