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Death Of Rosaleen Ryan, Borrisoleigh, Thurles

DeathIt is with sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Thursday 6th October 2016, of Mrs Rosaleen (Rose) Ryan (née Stapleton), Sean Allen Tce., Cashel Road, Tipperary Town, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Ballinlonty, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The passing of Mrs Ryan is most deeply regretted by her loving family; husband John; daughter Dolores and partner Pat; son Matthew and partner Aoife; brother Liam; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nephews; nieces; family; relatives; neighbours and close friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Ryan will repose at Whelan’s Funeral Home, Bansha Road, Tipperary, tomorrow Saturday, from 5.30pm with removal at 7.30pm to St. Michael’s Church, Tipperary Town.

Requiem Mass will be held on Sunday at 12.30pm, with interment immediately afterwards in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Tipperary Town, Co. Tipperary.

Note: No flowers please. Donations, if desired, to Meals-on-Wheels.

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How Clean Is Your Toilet?


Meagher’s Cat

“Begorrah, you’re starting early this morning Mickey”, said John, as he opened the front door of his well known licensed premises in Liberty Square, Thurles.
Mickey, darted through the open doorway, having first checked there was no one who had been watching his earlier period of loitering.

“What’s news today Mickey”, asked John, as he climbed to the far side of the bar counter.
“Give us a pint of lager and a half one in a hurry”, said Mikey.  “Jasus I landed on me feet yesterday, didn’t I get a job as me incapacitated father-in-law’s Carer. Sure you remember Noel Meagher, he used to drink here all the time.
“Great stuff”, said John, believing that just maybe a solution to Mickey’s worrying ‘Bar Slate’ problem might be reaching a positive conclusion.

“Yea”, said Mickey, “Eight hours a day, seven days a week”, before gulping down his first pint, like a man close to critical dehydration.
“So what are you doing out of work here so early, at this hour of 11.00 bells”, asked John. “Put me up another pint there”, said Mickey, positioning himself behind the wide wooden bar pillar; placing him at least out of main view of the open bar window.

“Thank God I’m finished for the day”, said Mickey, “I’m off early because unlike other people I understand that work is all about time and motion; short time and even less motion, which can be easily achieved through the performance of careful planning. If the truth was known I should be planning Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil’s budget, for next Tuesday.”

“Explain”, said John.  Mickey took another drink from his second pint, followed by a sip from his half one. “Better still, I’ll give you an example”, said Mickey adding more water to his Paddy Power.

“Me father-in-law Noel’s visiting District Nurse told me this morning that it might be a good idea if I found time to wash the toilet bowl and groom Noel’s dirty tom cat. So what did I do to speed things up?  said Mickey

Well”, continued Mickey,  “Firstly I opened the front door of Noel’s house, ensuring that there were no humans between the bathroom and that outgoing exit. Then I lifted the lid of Noel’s toilet, before adding about a 1/8th of a cup of hair shampoo to the water in the bowl. Next I picked up Noel’s tom cat and carrying him towards the bathroom; making sure of course to soothe and gently talk to him. Next with one unexpected smooth movement, I put the tom cat into the toilet and closed down the lid with lightening speed. 

“Now”, said Mickey, “Here’s is a good tip well worth remembering; you may need to stand on the toilet lid”.

The cat of course, in attempting to further play, will gently self agitate the water, making ample suds; Oh and never mind the noises that come from the toilet; because from my own personal and previous experience, the cat is actually enjoying itself. Next flush the toilet at least twice. This provides for a kind of ‘power-wash and rinse effect’.”

“That accomplished”, said Mickey, “Stand well behind the toilet, as far as you can, before quickly lifting the lid. Sure the cat will rocket, screaming as cats do most nights, out of the toilet; streak through the bathroom and head for the front door; like a primary student when the school bell rings at 3.00pm; where it will quickly dry itself off.”

“Two jobs done in half the time”, said Mickey “Both the commode and Noel Meagher’s tom cat will both be sparkling clean for at least another day or two. Now that’s real planning worthy of any government Minister for Finance.”

“By the way”, said Mikey, “Would you be interested in buying half a dozen 1 litre bottles of Harpic at half price, which, as far as the Health Service Executive are aware, have found themselves shall we say, ‘Surplus to Actual Requirements’; if you know what I mean.”


Death Of Breda Kennedy, Ard Mhuire, Thurles

deathIt is with sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Tuesday 4th October 2016, of Mrs Breda Kennedy (née Dwyer), Ard Mhuire, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs Kennedy passed away peacefully while in the loving care of St. Theresa’s Nursing Home, Dublin Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her sorrowing family; husband John; sons Paddy and Gearóid; daughters Ann and Mary; sons-in-law;, daughters-in-law; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brother Jimmy Dwyer; sister-in-law Margaret Dwyer; nieces; nephews; relatives; neighbours and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Kennedy will repose at Egan’s Funeral Home, Dublin Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, on Thursday, 6th October, from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, before arriving at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles, at 7.30pm.

Requiem Mass will be held on Friday next, October 7th, at 12.30pm, followed by burial immediately afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

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Refresh Thurles – Tidy Towns Group AGM

Refresh Thurles – Tidy Towns Group Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2016 will be held on Tuesday night next, October 11th, at 8.00pm in the ‘Commercial Room’ of Hayes Hotel, in Thurles.

This year’s National Tidy Towns Competition; generously sponsored for the past 25 years by SuperValue (part of the Musgrave Group), saw Thurles marked under Category E, and receiving 285 marks out of a possible total of 450.

Please find full ‘Adjudication Report’ (Thurles. Ref 627, in Alpha Order), HERE


Marks given by National Tidy Towns Judges in respect of Thurles Town, following their 2016 adjudication.

The local Thurles Tidy Town Committee have some new projects in the pipeline, for discussion at Tuesday’s AGM, that should contribute to the towns continuing upward trend of results in this competition. They point out that the National Winner in 2016 had just 327 marks, so winning this Competition should be seen as realistic and an achievable objective for Thurles into the future.

Thurles Tidy Town Committee would like particularly to acknowledge and thank, most sincerely, everyone over the past year, who contributed to making Thurles Town attractive; a nice place to live and indeed an exceptionally nice place to visit.

Please do remember that the Thurles Tidy Towns Annual General Meeting will take place on October 11th at 8.00pm in Hayes Hotel and please do make an effort to attend this important community meeting.

‘Thurles Community Estates’ and ‘Streetscape Competition’ winners
Meanwhile the Local ‘Thurles Community Estate’ winners for 2016 were recently announced. This year’s adjudication came courtesy of a qualified landscape architect, latter now working in the area of Community Development. Same adjudication will lead to each estate receiving professional advice on how to improve various aspects of their particular immediate area.

Thurles Estate Winners 2016
The names of the Winners and full Adjudicated Results are shown as follows:
Large Estate – Moyne Road Bellevue, Thurles, – 95%
Medium Estate – Hazelwood, Dublin Rd, Thurles, – 91%
Small Estate – Windsor Grove, Dublin Rd, Thurles – 82%
Following adjudication, each winner will now receive a prize of €200 to fittingly reinvest in their community areas.

Alas, there were no entries in the ‘Streetscape Competition’ this year; nevertheless this competition will again run in 2017, with a late May closing date. Refresh Thurles look forward to more estates and streets entering next year.


Death Of Margaret Purcell, Ard na Croise, Thurles

DeathIt is with sadness we learned of the death today, Tuesday 4th October 2016, of Mrs Margaret (Peg) Purcell (née Stakelum), Ard na Croise, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs Purcell passed away peacefully in the loving care of the Matron and Staff of the Community Hospital of The Assumption, Thurles, Co. Tipperary; most deeply regretted by her loving daughter Margaret (Quinn); son Pat; daughter-in-law Teresa; sisters Bridget (Ryan) and Lucy (Ryan); brother Gerard; sisters-in-law Nuala and Nancy; grandchildren Philip, John, Philip and Brid; nephews; nieces; relatives; neighbours and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Purcell will repose at Hugh Ryans’ Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary on Thursday 6th October, from 5.00pm to 7.00pm, to arrive at Bothar na Naomh, Church, Thurles, at 7.30pm.

Requiem Mass will be held on Friday October 7th at 10.00am, followed by burial immediately afterwards in Ballycahill Cemetery, Ballycahill, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Note: Donations, if desired, to the Community Hospital of the Assumption, Castlemeadows, Gortataggart, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

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