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"Cad atá ar súil agat ?" - What are you doing?


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Joy For David In Rosegreen, Co Tipperary

The wedding took place yesterday of the very lovely Miss Emma Joy, daughter of Mrs Maureen and Mr Anthony Joy, to Mr David Cagney, son of Mrs Helen and Mr Maurice Cagney.

The marriage took place in the Church of St.Thomas The Apostle, here in the village of Rosegreen, Co.Tipperary, with the ceremony beautifully conducted by Rev. Fr. Thomas Hearne, latter a close friend of the Bride and Groom.


Emma & David share a “Selfie” by phone to celebrate their wedding at Dundrum House Hotel yesterday.

Escorted down the aisle by her father Anthony, the bride looked stunningly beautiful; wearing a bespoke, one shoulder, ivory afternoon wedding gown, with sweetheart neckline. Same was highlighted by matching flower detail in relief and beautifully foiled by a one-tier chapel bridal veil. Equally beautiful were her four accompanying bridesmaids; Cathy Day (Maid of Honour), Louise Joy, Christina Ryan and Helena Cagney, all who wore full-length, purple, V-necked evening gowns with fine pleated bodices and delicately embellished diamonte waist bands.

The groom, David, together with his best man, Kevin Ryan and groomsmen, Paul Cagney, Allan Devitt and Alan Pyke, all looked dashing in dark evening suits, elegantly highlighted by white ‘Oxford Plain’ shirts with white / silvery waistcoats and grey and purple matching silk cravats.

The couple proclaimed their love for each other in front of a large gathering of family members and close friends, with music provided for the ceremony by guitarist Mr Dom Driscoll and with vocals provided by Mrs Maureen Joy and Mrs Anne Rhatigan.

Scripture readings were undertaken by Maureen O’Dwyer, Maureen B. O’Donoghue and Denise Boyle, while prayers of the faithful were read by Kelley Lee, Caroline Cagney, Avril Rhatigan, John O’ Donoghue and Denise Boyle. The Offertory Procession of bread & wine were carried to the alter by Mrs Maureen Joy and Mrs Helen Cagney, latter mothers of the newly married couple. The customary wedding day ‘Communion Reflection,’ entitled ‘The Dance,’ was sung by Mrs Maureen Joy, mother of the bride.

Following a very beautiful and relaxed ceremony, the new Mr and Mrs Cagney retired to the ever popular local wedding venue, Dundrum House Hotel & Golf Resort, Dundrum, Thurles, Co Tipperary, where guests were entertained to a Champagne and Wine reception, together with many other light refreshments.

Following family photographs in the wedding complex, the newly married couple joined their guests in the hotels main Ballroom for dinner, which was followed by dancing very late into the evening.

The couple have chosen to keep secret, for the moment at least, their favoured honeymoon destination.

To Emma and David, go all best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous life together and this wish comes from all your family, friends and well wishers here in Co Tipperary and indeed further afield.

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Two New Road Deaths In North Tipperary

GardaWith great sadness we again report that two people have died following a motor vehicle collision here in Co Tipperary earlier today. The two-car collision happened on the road (N52) between Nenagh and Borrisokane near Grange at approximately 5.20pm this evening.

A male and a female, both believed to be aged in their 60′s were fatally injured and were both pronounced dead at the accident scene. Another male passenger, latter aged in his twenties and who was also in the car, was seriously injured and rushed to the Midwest Regional Hospital in Limerick.

The driver of the second car believed to be a woman in her 30s, thankfully remained uninjured.

The road is closed to allow for a Garda forensic examination; with local diversions put in place, however due to poor light, motorists are advised that the road is expected to remain closed until the early part of tomorrow.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to contact them at Nenagh, Tel: 067-50450 or on the Garda Confidential Line Tel: 1800 666 111.

These latest two fatalities now bring to nine deaths, the number of persons killed on the roads of Tipperary in just the last 12 weeks.

Requiescat In Pace.

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Thurles Garda Station Named In Digital Data Controversy

garda crestAccording to this morning’s Irish Times newspaper, Thurles Garda Station, here in Co Tipperary was one of twenty named Garda stations which were upgraded with digital logging / recording equipment, following a contract which was first agreed to go to tender in 2008.

It is understood that Senior Garda officials launched the tender to install this technology, same which now leads to the contentious debate being currently raised regarding the recording and storage of digital data at named Garda Stations throughout Ireland.

Originally the specifications sought a new, quote “digital logging recording system” that would be compatible with the older analog and digital communications systems then in use throughout the Garda force and stipulated that this new infrastructure must record communications; including 999 calls among others, while also ensuring the storage of same to facilitate “instant playback.”

This 2008 tender also stipulated that any company which won this contract must supply and install all software and hardware for any accepted system and also fully train Garda personnel in the use of same. The contract again stipulated that winners of the contract should also provide computers and any necessary accessories, latter capable of backing up archive material, thus allowing for the playback and the copying where deemed necessary of certain identified recordings.

While a time frame for the archiving of such data was not stipulated, other recording technology for Garda call centres have in the past remained archived for some 6½ years before being for the most part destroyed.

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Thurles Driving Testers May Strike

icy-roadThe Road Safety Authority has announced that anyone who has booked their driving test for next Wednesday afternoon should rebook same, because of possible future strike action.

Driving testers have threatened to strike from 2.00pm next Wednesday in relation to a row over the hiring of new contractors by the Irish Road Safety Authority (RSA).

The IMPACT Trade union has stated that the RSA move is in direct contravention of an earlier Labour Court ruling, latter which recommended the recruitment of a reserve body of testers, to avoid a backlog in test applications and have confirmed all driving testers will down tools with effect from April 2nd.

The RSA have state that it is extremely disappointed with the threatened action taken by IMPACT and insist it was acting fully in accordance with the Labour Court.

The Thurles Driving Test Centre is situated at Government Offices, Stradavoher, Thurles, Telephone: 1890406040. This office has a waiting time averaging some 11 weeks and has a learner driver pass rate of 49.11%.

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Thurles Musical Society – Sister Act Irish Première Begins Tonight


Thurles Musical Society will stage the Republic of Ireland’s première of ‘Sister Act’ The Musical, here in The Premier Hall, Thurles beginning to-night (Tuesday March 25th) and ending Saturday 29th and all in association with the Anner Hotel.

As we forecast very limited tickets still remain available (Three nights already fully booked out) for this truly fantastically up-beat show, with its all-singing, all-dancing repertoire, widely expected to wow packed audiences and the toughest of critics this week.

The show, as most people are aware, follows the same story line as the hit film which featured Whoopi Goldberg.

The cast and chorus have been working hard to ensure that they have everything shipshape for tonight’s performance, with the proceeds from tonight’s show going to Thurles Rotary Club’s “Thurles Care Group” charity.

Just a very limited few tickets for the show are still available at Hickey’s Pharmacy, Liberty Square, Thurles or at the door on the night, so do not say you were not warned.  The Booking Office Tel No is 0504- 21423.

Well done and “Break A Leg” tonight guys and gals.

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