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Death Of Julia Berkery, Mullanbrack, Thurles

With Sincere SympathyIt is with sadness we learned of the death on Friday July 10th 2015 of Mrs Julia Berkery (née Keane), formally of Mullanbrack, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and Muckross Avenue, Co. Dublin.

Mrs Berkery passed away predeceased by her sister Helen and was beloved wife of Paddy and loving mother of John, Michael, Paul and Patrick. Sadly missed by her husband, sons, daughter-in-law Elaine and grandchildren Emma and Jamie; her brothers Johnny, Tom, Niall, Jimmy, Gerard and sister Mary, nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, relatives and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
Mrs Berkery’s body will repose at Ardeen Nursing Home, Thurles, this Monday evening from 4:30pm to 6:45pm, arriving at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles, at 7:30pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Tuesday at 11:00am, followed by burial afterwards in Killinan Cemetery, Nenagh Rd, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

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New Eircodes For Tipperary Start With The Letter E

EircodeIreland’s newly generated national postcode service will launch today.

First proposed more than a decade ago, Ireland’s 2.2 million homes and businesses are expected to be assigned individual seven-digit ‘Eircodes’, latter which they will receive through the post in the weeks ahead.

This new Eircode system will be optional and homes do not have to use their codes if they don’t want to and the system will not eliminate any existing lines in addresses. To date this optional service has cost the tax payer €27m to devise and is aimed at reducing the confusion surrounding non-unique addresses.

Those opposed to this new Eircode system claim that it will lead to encouraging further crime; by identifying individual houses online which are known to be vacant, due to normal inhabitants being on holiday, attending funerals, weddings etc. [ See to find your house and check your personal Eircode.]. Other critics state that same is just part of the present governments intended future strategy in relation to Property Tax and Water Charge collection and is once again money poorly spent during recessionary times.

Tipperary’s codes will start with the letter E while Clare will start with V and Wexford Y.

Consultancy firm Capita won the tender to produce the code, outbidding our own An Post and Satnav firms state that their devices can’t use the new system. Couriers are refusing to have anything to do with it because the numbers defining individual properties are random and not consecutive like they are in every other country that uses post codes. Some areas are reported to be positioned in the wrong county, but no doubt same will be changed for another €27m.

Will it turn out to be another ‘Irish Water’ making us the laughing stock of Europe? Who knows, but all 2.2 million Irish properties are expected to be mailed their individual codes during the coming weeks.

Meanwhile this may now explains the latest Fine Gael joke:
Q: Have you heard about Supermacs new “Enda Kenny Value Meal”?
A: Order anything you like and the guy behind you has to pay for it.

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Tipperary Are Munster Final Hurling Champions 2015

HurlingWith 43,084 fans in attendance at Semple Stadium, Thurles, today; for Waterford it was to be their first defeat of the hurling season and for Tipperary it was to be their first Munster hurling final title win since 2012. For both teams also it was to remain a game of ‘points’ only.

Tipperary opened the scoring with a long distance point from Niall O’Meara, with his team colleague Seamus Callanan popping over a second, from a rather soft awarded free and all within the first three minutes of the game. Colin Dunford was first to open Waterford’s account with a point.

Within the first fifteen minutes, points from Tipperary’s Callanan,  Shanahan, O’Dwyer, Ronan Maher and Waterford’s Colin Dunford left the scoreboard reading Tipperary four points clear with Tipperary 0-06 to Waterford’s 0-02.

However by the twenty ninth minute Tipperary gains were to be levelled with Tipperary 0-07 Waterford 0-07, courtesy of Waterford’s Jake Dillon, a long-range point from fellow comrade Austin Gleeson, three points from Maurice Shanahan and all despite another beautiful strike from Tipperary’s Seamus Callanan,

On the thirtieth minute the scores are level again despite a rather dubious free expertly taken and driven over by Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer; followed by Waterford’s excellent long distance strike from Shane Fives. Waterford now take their only lead through their captain Kevin Moran, but Tipp full-forward Michael Breen splits the posts to tie up the game once again and with just one minute of added time in the first half, Seamus Callanan points over from a free from near the sideline.

Half-Time Score: Tipperary 0-10 Waterford 0-09.

First score of the second half came from Tipp’s Jason Forde, but received quick replies from Waterford’s Shane Fives and a Maurice Shananahan ’65, which, once again, left both teams level; Tipperary 0-11 Waterford 0-11.

By the 60th minute Tipperary’s hard work and superior physical fitness appears to make headway with points from Lar Corbett, John O’Dwyer, Niall O’Meara, and the accurate genius that is Seamus Callanan. With only one Waterford reply from Maurice Shanahan, tallies for both teams read Tipperary 0-17 Waterford 0-13.

In the sixty third minute Shanahan scores again but Waterford supporters know a goal is now a must and when Callanan’s ’65 goes between the posts hopes for a Waterford triumph begin to fade. Both team tallies read Tipperary 0-18 Waterford 0-14.

Before the full-time whistle; with two minutes of extra time added, Waterford gained two further points from substitute Patrick Curran and Austin Gleeson, but Tipperary were not wanting with answered points; added by Tipp’s John O’Dwyer, Patrick Maher and Shane Bourke.

Full Time Score: Tipperary 0-21 Waterford 0-16

A defeated Waterford must now move on and focus on an All-Ireland quarter-final against Dublin on July 26th next, while Tipperary must wait until August 16th for their All-Ireland semi-final.

Tipperary Team: D. Gleeson, C. Barrett, J. Barry, R. Maher, S. McGrath, Padraic Maher, K. Bergin, J. Woodlock, M. Breen, J. Forde, B. Maher, Patrick Maher, J. O’Dwyer, S. Callinan and N. O’Meara.

Subs: L. Corbett for M. Breen, S. Bourke  for J. Forde and C. O’Brien for S. McGrath.

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Three People Die In Tipperary Border Crash

garda crestThree people have died in an early morning single car collision and a fourth has been injured. The accident happened in Co Laois, close to the Co. Tipperary border.

The accident happened on the Rathdowney to Abbeyleix Road at around 3:00am this morning at Middlemount, (Ballyvoghlaun R433) latter approximately 3 kilometres from Rathdowney.

Gardaí reports state that the vehicle in which they were travelling collided with a roadside sign, which lead to a 20-year-old male driver and two women, aged 20 and 35 years, all being pronounced dead at the scene. The bodies of the deceased have been removed to Portlaoise Hospital.

A fourth person; a 16 year old boy passenger in the car was rushed to Tullamore General Hospital where his injuries this morning thankfully are described as non life threatening.

The road is expected to remain closed until lunchtime today to allow Garda Forensic Collision Investigators carry out necessary inspections.

Any witnesses are being asked to contact Portlaoise Garda Station on Tel: 057-8674100, or on the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800-666-111, or any Garda Station.

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Death Of Liam O’Dwyer, Drombane, Thurles

deathIt is with great sadness we learned last month (Sunday 28th June 2015) of the death of Mr Liam O’Dwyer, formerly a native of Rosnacananee, Drombane, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr O’Dwyer passed away at Stoke On Trent, in England and is deeply regretted by his loving daughter Cathy, sons Tommy, Johnny, Jimmy and Liam, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, brother Pat (Holycross), brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

Funeral Arangements

Mr O’Dwyer earthly remains will arrive at St. Mary’s Church, Drombane for Prayers on Sunday evening next July 12th, at 7:30pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Monday at 11:30am, with burial afterwards in Kilvalure Cemetery.

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