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Meet One Inspirational Woman – Maureen Armstrong

For Mrs Maureen Armstrong, aged in her 94 year; this will be her 24th year in which she has participated in the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon.

The oldest participant in this event; Mrs Armstrong is encouraging other women to come join her in the quest to raise funds for people and their families affected by cancer.

To this end, she will lead out her team of like minded females in this year’s Mini Marathon on June 3rd 2018 next, in support of the Irish Cancer Society.

Together with her daughter Martina,  both ladies have set up a local walking group, called simply “Thurles Walkers”, to further encourage women of all ages to get involved and to get into training.

Mrs Armstrong is adamant that the Irish Cancer Society is reliant on donations not just to fund cancer research but also grant free support for patients and their family members.

Remember, as many as 40,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer here in Ireland this year, and it is important that no one is left to face this devastating disease alone.

Mrs Armstrong will be just one of thousands of inspirational women taking part in the Mini Marathon this year, all of whom will be raising funds for deserving charities.

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Death Of Thomas Gleeson, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death yesterday, Friday 6th April 2018 of Mr Thomas Gleeson, Gaile, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Gleeson sadly passed away following a vehicle accident.

Beloved son of the late Bill and Noreen, his passing is most deeply regretted by his loving wife Nuala; daughters Aideen and Bríd; granddaughters Mia and Layla; sisters Bridget, Josephine, Mary and Kathleen; parents-in-law Anne and Rodger; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; aunts; uncles; nephews; nieces; extended relatives; neighbours and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Gleeson will lie in repose at Devitt’s Funeral Parlour, Lower Green, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, on Monday evening next, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

Removal will take place on Tuesday morning to St. Peter’s Church, Moycarkey, Thurles, for Requiem Mass at 11.30am. Interment will follow immediately afterwards in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Moycarkey, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Death Of Maureen ​Lawlor, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death yesterday, Friday 6th April 2018, of Mrs Maureen ​Lawlor (née Costello), Graigue Lower, Killenaule, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her sister Helen; Mrs ​Lawlor passed away following a short illness.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her loving husband Jimmy; sons Gary, Steve and Jamie; daughters Caroline, Karina and Sarah; sons-in-law Leonard and Gabriele; daughters-in-law Sara Jane, Louise and Edel; adored grandchildren Josh, Kate, Billy, David, Alex, Sophia, Luke, Sean, Grace, Emma, Odhrán and Rían; brothers Tommy and Michael; sisters-in-law Veron and Josie; brother-in-law Pat; aunts; nieces; nephews; extended relatives, neighbours and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs ​Lawlor will lie in repose at O’Connell’s Funeral Home, Killenaule, on tomorrow evening, Sunday, from 4.00pm to 7.00pm, to arrive at St. Mary’s Church, Killenaule, at 7.30pm.

Funeral Mass will take place on Monday at 11.00am, followed by cremation in The Island Crematorium, Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork. ​

Note Please: House private. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu, if desired, to South Tipp Hospice.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a h-anam dílis.

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Motorist Dies In Tipperary Vehicle Crash

A male motorist has died following a single-vehicle crash in Co. Tipperary overnight.

The motorist, believed to be aged in his early 50’s, was fatally injured when the car, he controlled, struck a fence at Ardmayle, Cashel, last night

The accident happened at about 11.30pm, after which his body was removed to the mortuary at South Tipperary General Hospital.

Local diversions have been put in place, with the road currently closed for examination purposes by Garda forensic collision investigators.

Gardaí­ are appealing to anyone, who may have witnessed the crash, to contact them at Cahir Garda Station Tel: (052) 744630, the Garda Confidential Line Tel: 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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No Respect For How Taxpayers Money Is Spent

On 7th February 2018, Thurles.info wrote to the Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport, Mr Shane Ross, regarding the then state of Thurles Bridge (Barry’s Bridge), the towns main arterial thoroughfare to and from the east.  Pertinent photographs were also attached.

On April 5th 2018 (almost 2 months later) his office replies.

Our Ref: SR/18/20917.

Dear George
I refer to your email of 7th February regarding the poor condition of the Thurles Bridge in Tipperary.

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. The construction, improvement and maintenance of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.

I have, therefore, forwarded your email to Mr. Michael Nolan, Chief Executive of TII, for his attention and direct reply.

With best wishes,
Shane Ross
(Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport)
The Minister is a Designated Public Official under the Regulation of Lobbying Act, 2015 (details available on www.lobbying.ie).

Pictures Left-Right: (1) Wed 4th April 2018; (2) Friday 6th April 2018, and (3) Friday 6th April 2018.

We replied to Minister Shane Ross immediately (4 hours later) on April 5th 2018.

To Mr Shane Ross (Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport)

Sir,
I thank you for your communication of the 5th instant, April 2018.

Perhaps you would take the time to read link; http://www.thurles.info/2018/04/04/work-to-begin-again-on-barrys-bridge-whenever/. Please also see; (dated 2011) http://www.thurles.info/2011/08/09/thurles-bypass-halted/

Following the evidence shown in this link, Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 and in conjunction with the local authorities concerned; it would appear are incapable of undertaking this work. This bridge surface has been replaced / repaired for the 3rd time in less than 6 months, and very shortly will require repairs to be undertaken again. It is unlikely that this matter will be conveyed to Mr. Michael Nolan, Chief Executive of TII.

With the greatest respect Minister, what Thurles now needs is the promised Bypass, initially pledged some 16 year ago, and which was recently announced and targeted in the recent National Development Plan.

Sir, with everything in place except funding; (that’s according to local Councillors); What we now need is a Bypass start date.

Again thank you for your communication.

Kindest regards, Thurles.Info.

Thurles Cathedral Street Car-park
On April 4th 2018, we wrote on Thurles.Info. Quote:- “Here in Thurles again today, the Council truck did its daily sweep of the town, filling an occasional water laden hole with cold tarmac, which will be reduced to gravel within 48 hours”.

Picture on left above is the entrance to Thurles Cathedral Street Car-park after water laden holes were filled with cold tarmac on April 4th 2018.  Today is April 6th 2018, and today this is how the entrance to Thurles Cathedral Street Car-park looks just two days later. (View pictures in centre and on the right shown above).

I hasten to add that this is not the fault of the employees who undertook this work, but rather the fault of those who sent them out, with substandard incorrect materials, demonstrating little respect for taxpayers money.

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