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Shamrock Poppy Badge Commissioned For Irish War Dead.

In Flanders Fields
(Poem by Canadian physician Major John McCrae)

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


A Shamrock Poppy badge emblem, to recognises all the Irish soldiers who fought in World War I, has been commissioned to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great War, by the Irish branch of the Royal British Legion.

The emblem remembers the 206,000 Irishmen who took part in the fighting; 26,500 of whom, alas, lost their lives in various battles.

Proceeds from this newly commissioned Shamrock Poppy will go to Irish veterans and their families, with a segment retained to go towards the upkeep of memorials to Irish soldiers here in the Republic. Shamrock Poppies can be obtained from the Irish branch of the Royal British Legion.

The full story behind Poppy Sunday can be found HERE.

This commissioned emblem is symbolic of the greater recognition recently afforded in the Republic of Ireland, to the Irishmen who for various reasons chose to fight and die, serving as they did, in the British Army in World War 1, in the years prior to our independence.

The Irish Government previously broke with convention, by attending a Remembrance Day Sunday service in Northern Ireland at Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh; laying a plain laurel wreath at the town’s war memorial back in 2012, and have done so for every year since then.

This year a representative of the Irish Republic is also expected to attend a service in Enniskillen on next Sunday, November 11th, as the local community marks the 30th anniversary of the notorious IRA Poppy Day bombing in the town, back on that dreadful day on November 8th, 1987.

The Enniskillen IRA Poppy Day bombing, totally disgraced and dishonoured IRA membership to it’s very foundation; this action leading to the spurring of fresh efforts by concerned Irish nationalists, towards finding an agreed political solution to what had now become a cowardly and repulsive bloody conflict.


Firearm Discharged At Detective Following Tipperary Robbery

A Garda Detective narrowly escaped serious injury last night, when a firearm was discharged above his head, during his pursuit of a burglary gang, across Co Kildare.

Gardaí had been in pursuit of a black Audi estate car.  The Audi, which bore a partial registration of 151 G, was suspected of being involved in a number of burglaries in the Cork and Tipperary area. The Tipperary raid is understood to have occurred in New Inn, South Tipperary where the high-powered vehicle was identified as being associated with the theft of a gun safe containing three individual firearms.

The Audi was later spotted by Garda units close to Monasterevin, Co. Kildare at 9.30pm last night. Officers had observed the car driving at high speed through the area, heading towards the Kildare Road.

Officers followed the car from an area known as Ashgrove, Kildare, before halting it at nearby Larch Hill, Kildare. A male; the occupant of the front passenger seat, armed with a shotgun, then dismounted from the vehicle and fired a single shot over a detective Garda’s head. Thankfully no one was injured during the incident.

We understand other armed Garda units were then made aware of this incident and responded by halting a silver Hyundai car at Pollardstown in Newbridge at about 10.30pm.
We also understand that three male individuals; aged 23, 27 and 32 years of age, were arrested and today remain in custody at Portlaoise and Tullamore garda stations.

This latest incident comes about as a depleted rural Garda force struggles to curb a renewed blitz of rural burglaries being conducted in the Midlands, by Dublin and Limerick based criminal gangs.


Tipperary Man Arrested In Connection With West Cork Murder

A 51-year-old male has been arrested in Co Tipperary today, (under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act) in connection with the murder of a man in West Cork last September.

The arrested man is being detained at Bandon Garda Station.

The murdered body of Mr John Ustic had been found in the living room of his rented house at High Street, Skibbereen on Monday September 25th last. Gardaí had later designated the death as one of murder, following a post-mortem examination carried out on the Englishman’s body by the State Pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy, who declared that it was clear that Mr Ustic had died as a result of an injury sustained in a recent assault.

Initially the alarm has been raised when Mr Ustic was found by his partner in the living room of their rented, terraced house at High Street in Skibbereen, at around 9.00am on the date in question. Mr Ustic had been last seen in a nearby car park on the previous Sunday evening, where he had been found bearing the marks of bruising and with major cuts, by neighbours, who brought him to his home just opposite.

It is understood that the arrest may have been made following the examination of CCTV footage obtained from local businesses.


National Folklore Collection Features 100 Tipperary Images

Some 100 images from around Co. Tipperary, including images from Thurles and Holycross, have now been uploaded to the recently launched and redesigned Dúchas (Translated into English meaning ‘Heritage’) Website.  These images can be viewed and indeed downloaded from HERE.

Date: 1945. House Location: Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Photograph: Courtesy Caoimhín Ó DanachairSo who is the woman hiding behind the pillar to the left of the dwelling and where was the house once locally situated? Do you recognize it? We would love to know.

This digitized version of the National Folklore Photographic Collection was launched at the National Library by the Minister of State with responsibility for Gaeilge, Gaeltacht and the Islands, Mr Joe McHugh.

This photographic collection remains the latest supplementary source to be uploaded to the Dúchas website, where, in all some 10,000 photographs having been digitized, catalogued and now made available to the Irish people and the Irish diaspora.

Possibly the largest number of the photographs featured, date from the early 20th century, taken by professional photographers and those working with the National Folklore Commission, and others.

Current surfers of the Dúchas website can be tracked to locations in the USA, Australia, Canada, and the British Isles, most anxious to trace and research local history and native folklore provided, from almost every parish in Ireland.


Tipperary Resident Found Guilty Following Nine Week Trial

On the night of the 16th April 2012, men broke down a glass rear door to the Garvey family home situated at Sunville House, near Pallasgreen in Co Limerick. The raiders, Limerick Circuit Court was told today, were armed with a sawn-off shotgun, a sledgehammer and a baseball bat, and threatened the aforementioned family, before assaulted them and changing their lives for ever.

Mr Patrick Roche, aged 54 years, his son Mr Philip Roche, aged 24 years, with addresses in Clondalkin Co. Dublin, and a son-in-law Mr Alan Freeman, aged 36 years, with an address at No. 73 Pierce Park, Tipperary Town, Co. Tipperary; who all denied their part in the robbery, were all found guilty of the crime following a nine-week trial.

The three men subjected Mr Gerard Garvey, his wife Ann, and their four teenage children (two sets of twins aged 17 and 14) to a frightening ordeal. In demands for money, Mr Garvey was handcuffed and facially assaulted with the sawn-off shotgun before being informed that both he and his household would be murdered. One of his teenage daughters was tied up using cable ties, while one of his sons was also facially assaulted. The court was informed that the children of the family suffered nightmares; today remain frightened by even the slightest noise, while each day they remain fearful that a similar ordeal could reoccur.

The raiders eventually escaped, but not before stealing a large amount of cash from a family safe.

Mr Philip Roche and Mr Alan Freeman are on record as having a number of previous offences for both aggravated robbery and assault, with Mr Freeman having had one previous conviction sentence reduced by two years on appeal.

Sentencing by Mr Justice John Hannan will be imposed on November 24th 2017 next.

With banking institutions now curtailing counter services and with little or no interest being accrued on deposits / savings accounts; rural dwellers, in particular, are now being encouraged literally by these shameful institutions, to no longer lodge large sums of cash; holding same in their homes; something current government must now discuss and urgently address.