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“The Casket Girls” Celebrate 227 Years In Thurles

“Be bound to one another by the bond of love, respecting, helping, bearing with each other in Jesus Christ.”
(St. Angela Merici, Foundress of the Ursuline Religious Order)

The Ursuline Religious Order (Ursulines of the Roman Union) were and remain a Roman Catholic religious institute for women, founded at Brescia, Italy, by Saint Angela de Merici in November 1535. Their aim was primarily dedicated to the education of girls, while also caring for the sick and needy and bringing about a Christianising influence in existing homes and in the homes which those they came into contact with, would subsequently establish.

From Italy through Europe, this religious order began to expand, eventually spreading to Canada by 1639 and to the New Orleans French Quarter by 1727. (Latter quarter founded on May 7th, 1718, by the French Mississippi Company). Here they became affectionately known as the “Filles du’ Casket,” (Tranlation: “Casket Girls.”) because of the wooden cases which they hauled enthusiastically around, containing their meagre possessions, while in transit from Rouen in northern France to this new colony in the Americas.

Faith and education have been the very cornerstones of Ursuline philosophy since their humble beginnings and those two pillar virtues are as evident today, as they first were when the Order was first established here in Thurles. Former students from the Ursuline Convent in Thurles, today, populate the globe and their achievements in life as academics, as business people, as sporting icons, as musicians and performers, as parents, as wives, as partners and as Sisters, are as many as to quote 1 Kings 4:20 from the Bible; “as numerous as the sand on the seashore.”

The Ursuline Order first arrived in Thurles back in 1787, sixteen years after they were established in Cork. On that date 227 years ago Anastasia Tobin came back to her native Thurles having been professed as Sr. Clare Ursula in the Ursuline Convent, Cork. She took up residence in a little crude thatched cottage on the site of the present convent. Assisted by her sister Mary, she got the required permission from the Protestant Vicar General of the diocese to begin a school, thus establishing the first Catholic School in the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly.

Since then, through changing history, their work of education has continued and expanded. Efforts to be faithful to what is best in their tradition have not prevented them from moving forward as required by a constantly challenging environment.

The aims of the Ursuline Order here in Thurles, over these 227 years, still remain constant as they continue to develop primary and second level students to gain their full potential both academically, physically, socially, and spiritually.

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Public Meeting On Local Development in North Tipperary

ntlpImportant Community Notice

North Tipperary LEADER Partnership invite you to attend the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh, Co Tipperary on Thursday April 10th, 2014, at 8.00pm sharp.
The purpose of this meeting is to discuss responses to serious changes which will affect community development and the Rural Development Programme (LEADER) in North Tipperary.

What are the issues at stake in Tipperary?
• Proposed Privatisation of Community Services.
• Loss of Social inclusion Services.
• Loss of nearly €3 million funding for additional programmes and investment brought into North Tipperary through other schemes.
• Loss of community involvement in decision making.

NOTE: All are welcome to attend.

For further information, please contact: Tel: 067-56676

Mr Jim Finn, (Chairperson of  North Tipperary LEADER Partnership) reports;

“You may be aware of plans that are being progressed at national level, that will fundamentally change how rural and community development is delivered around Ireland. These changes signify a shift away from delivery by the community and voluntary sector towards statutory agencies and private companies. The implications of the planned changes are serious for all Local Development Companies including North Tipperary LEADER Partnership and the communities which we serve.

We are writing to invite you to a public meeting, the purpose of which is to raise awareness among individuals, community groups and other third sector organisations across North Tipperary of the planned changes in the delivery of the Local and Community Development Programme (social inclusion) and the Rural Development Programme (LEADER). The event will highlight the current role of NTLP and the impact of proposed changes on both communities and individuals. It will outline the implications for local communities and the community and voluntary sector in general of proposals that will likely lead to the privatisation of service delivery in some instances. It is envisaged that beneficiaries of our programmes/services will have an input at the event and that a cross section of goods and services will be displayed.

The Board and Staff of North Tipperary LEADER Partnership would very much appreciate your support and welcome your attendance at a Public Meeting on Thursday April 10th, 2014 at 8.00 pm in the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh.”

These serious proposed changes are being viewed by rural inhabitants as a denigration of rural community democracy and therefore as many people as possible are invited to attend, including those who currently are seeking office in the upcoming local & European elections.

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HIQA Probe Tipperary Infant Death

DelahuntA Co. Tipperary couple and their unborn baby daughter have become the latest victims of further apparent malpractice at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise. Earlier this year an RTE Prime Time Documentary revealed that four babies had died either shortly before or just after being born at this same maternity unit.

Mr Oliver Kelly and wife Amy Delahunt, both residing in Borrisoleigh, Co Tipperary, claim that medical staff failed to recognise that their baby daughter was in foetal distress when she went to the Portlaoise maternity unit in May of last year.

The couple became aware that their baby daughter had stopped moving and went to the Midlands Regional Hospital where a Cardiotocograph  Machine (CTG) or  Electronic Fetal Monitor (EFM) was used to monitor the unborn child’s heartbeat. Following this Amy was subsequently discharged; however the next day, following a routine appointment to Limerick Hospital, they were informed that their baby daughter was dead. Mary-Kate was delivered to the couple on May 28th, and taken home for two days.

The couple only recently learned that their unborn baby was the fifth such baby to die after apparent failure of care at the Midlands Regional Hospital Unit. The couple are understood to have received information via a Freedom of Information request just three weeks ago, and were horrified to learn that the report identified a number of care management problems, including the inability to read CTG data correctly.

Last January, RTE revealed the tragic deaths of four other babies at the maternity unit and now this fifth couple have come forward with their story. The Chief Medical Officer published a damning report which found the maternity unit unsafe and a HIQA investigation is now under way at the hospital.

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St Patrick’s College Thurles – RAI Seminar On Saturday

Reading Association O Ireland

Reading Association Of Ireland

Not to be missed, the Reading Association of Ireland (RAI) Spring Seminar, in association with Tipperary Education Centre and St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, Co Tipperary, takes place in St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, Saturday next, April 5th, 2014 from 9.30 a.m.1.00 p.m.

This practical seminar is aimed at parents, primary teachers and other educationalists working with pupils from Junior Infants to Sixth Class.

Presentations at this event will explore:-
(1) Teaching Spelling: (Presenter: Brendan Culligan, RAI Executive Committee.)
This session will examine spelling as a skill and what is needed to become a speller. It will look at reasons why children fail to progress as spellers and examine common spelling strategies.  With the aid of case studies, it will show how to detect difficulties and offer advice as to how these may be overcome.

Presenter: Brendan Culligan is a retired lecturer in English Methodology at Marino Institute of Education and a former lecturer in English Methodology at Froebel College of Education. He was a member of the D.E.S. Taskforce on Dyslexia. Brendan is a past-president of the Reading Association of Ireland and a past-secretary of the Irish Learning Support Association. Brendan has a particular interest in the teaching of spelling and handwriting and is the author of Improving Children’s Spelling and Spelling & Handwriting.

(2) Reading Vocabulary: Practical Strategies for Vocabulary Instruction in the Primary School. (Presenter: Gene MehiganMarino, Institute of Education and RAI Executive Committee.)
Because of the verbal nature of most classroom activities, knowledge of words and ability to use language are essential to success in these activities. However, while attention is often focused on developing the oral language ability of children the same does not always apply to teaching vocabulary in the context of reading.
This presentation examines the role of teaching reading vocabulary in a balanced literacy programme. Participants will explore approaches for teaching individual words, for developing word learning strategies and for fostering an awareness and love of language and words.

Presenter: Gene Mehigan is Principal Lecturer and Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate) at Marino Institute of Education, with leadership responsibilities for Literacy Education and Continuing Professional Development. As Head of the English Department his lecturing responsibilities include the teaching of English methods to undergraduate and post graduate students. His research interests are in the teaching of reading, education provision in disadvantaged settings and in teacher education. Currently a member of the national executive of the Reading Association of Ireland he is also a member of the Early Childhood and Primary Language Advisory Group of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment.

Remember Date, Time and Venue
Date:         Saturday, April 5th , 2014.
Time:         9.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.        Tea/Coffee: 11.00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.
Venue:     St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

This seminar is being offered free of charge to all, but places are limited. To book a place on this seminar, please email (with ‘RAI Seminar 2014′ in the subject line) or book by phone with Michelle Percy (Tipperary Education Centre) on Mobile 086 6008860.

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Death Of Former North Tipperary Politician John Ryan


Late Mr John Joseph Ryan, TD.

The death has occurred today of former Irish Labour Party politician Mr John Joseph Ryan of 26 St Patrick’s Terrace and late of 91 Silver Street, Nenagh, at the age of 86.

John J. Ryan (born 17 June 1927) was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1973 General Election, as a Labour Party Teachta Dála (TD) for the constituency of Tipperary North.

Mr Ryan was re-elected at each subsequent General Election before eventually losing his seat in 1987. He was elected to the Industrial and Commercial Panel of the 19th Seanad in 1989.  During the 1992 General Election he again re-gained his Dáil seat, representing Tipperary North. Mr Ryan also served as Leas-Cheann Comhairle (Deputy Chairman) of the Dáil from 1982 until 1987. He retired officially from politics in 1997.

Mr Ryan’s passing is deeply regretted by his loving wife Ina and his beloved children Gerry, Diane and Paula, his sister Ann, grandchildren Aoife, Niamh and Elaine, nephews and nieces, cousins, neighbours, relatives and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
Reposing at Ryan’s funeral home in Nenagh, tomorrow Friday, from 5.00pm with removal at 7.00pm, arriving at St Mary of The Rosary Church, Nenagh, at 7.30pm. Following Requiem Mass on Saturday at 12.00 noon, his body will be buried afterwards in Lisboney, (new cemetery) Nenagh.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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