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February 2016
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Tipperary Under 5 Years Of Labour & Fine Gael

There is no denying the published, dismal Live Register CSO figures (Check for yourselves using search criteria All Ages, Both Sexes,) at the end of December for both North and South Tipperary, each carefully checked and shown separately hereunder.

Yes we are aware that the Live Register is not designed to measure unemployment, but they are most certainly a strong indication of Urban and Rural trending.

Live Register by Age Group, Sex, Social Welfare Office and Month – North Tipp.


Within the last two weeks 700 jobs were announced by Tipperary’s Mr Alan Kelly TD, Minister for ‘Privatising our Irish Water’. Some 400 construction jobs were announced in Silvermines village and 300 at US multi-national First Data in Nenagh town.

It has taken this government almost 5 years to create not even one job and now 6 weeks before a General Election the sky has opened and it’s raining jobs, with more extensive flooding expected.

When will these Tipperary jobs materialise?

This Silvermines Hydro Electric Power Station project employing 400 construction workers will begins with a detailed feasibility assessments and consultation programme with the local community before moving to an 18 month to two year planning process later this year. Jobs therefore not expected before 2019 with most of the skilled workforce needed already employed by the European construction and technology companies involved.
The US multi-national First Data premises is expected to open around March 2017 and to employ 300 workers, but obviously not before their opening date 2017, despite the promise that recruitment will start late this year in 2016. Like most long term promises made by multi-national companies the numbers expected to be employed rarely meet their forecast targets or indeed those who dream of a secure job in the future.

By the time any of these jobs are available or even at the recruitment stage, another flock of graduating students will be ready and available in the Tipperary market place.

Live Register by Age Group, Sex, Social Welfare Office and Month – South Tipp


For those of our readers who feel that I write from a negative or political prospective, let’s examine the facts, but first examine the figures shown above.
652 Jobs announced in South Tipperary last year (2015) as follows:-
September 2015 – 200 new jobs for Clonmel at Eishtec.
August 1st 2015 – 300 new jobs long term in Cashel at US generic drugs giant Amneal Pharmaceuticals;
July 2015 – 152 jobs at ABP Food Group in Cahir.

What “Recovery” has Labour & Fine Gael to date introduced into Ireland?
Yes “Recovery” is under way if you are prepared to ignore that half of our economic growth is pedestalled on very questionable profit shifting by Multinational Companies.

Yes “Recovery” is under way if you are prepared to ignore that some 105,000 of our children have been pushed into long term poverty and deprivation, and yes numbers continue to grow for those forced to live in emergency homeless accommodation.

Yes “Recovery” is under way if you are prepared to ignore the fact that at least 300,000 people were forced to emigrate since 2010 to date.

Yes “Recovery” is under way if you are prepared to ignore that funds in relation to housing Regeneration Projects were abandoned; Public spending was cut on Community Development Organisations; Public Rural transport; Education; Flood Defences and you surely can’t ignore our present Health Care Services.

Even if 2,000 jobs were to be announced tomorrow for Co. Tipperary; thanks to TD’s Mr Kelly, Mr Coonan, Mr Hayes, the IDA and other government agencies, the truth is infer-structurally, we do not have even a shed to offer them, nor a pot for them to piss in.

Yes Ireland and rural Ireland in particular, are both definitely in “Recovery Mode”.

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Death Of Anna Ryan, Ballyhane, Templederry,

With-sincere-sympathyIt was with sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Tuesday 19th January 2016, of M/s Anna Ryan, Ballyhane, Templederry, Co. Tipperary.
M/s Ryan passed away peacefully while in the care of Nenagh General Hospital.

Beloved daughter of the late Patrick and Kathleen Ryan and sister of the late Mary Conlan (O’Briens Bridge, Co. Clare), her passing is most deeply regretted by her loving sisters Breda, Helen, Pauline and Kathleen, brothers Martin, James, Patrick and Michael, brothers-in-law Andy and Eddie, nephews and nieces, her aunt Annie Whelan (USA), cousins, neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of M/s Ryan will repose at Ryan’s Funeral Home, Nenagh from 5:30pm Friday evening with removal at 7:00pm to the Immaculate Conception Church, Templederry, to  arrive at 7.30pm.

Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday at 11:00am, followed by burial immediately afterwards in the new Cemetery, Templederry.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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New Coins To Commemorate 1916

Coin1916The Central Bank are poised to issue a total of 4.5 million coins including a new €2 coin to commemorate the ‘1916 Easter Rising’. Contrary to newspaper reports, this is not the first occasion that Ireland has issued commemorative currency into circulation.

It is interesting to note that the Irish Central Bank issued 2,000,000 coins to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Easter Rising in 1966. Unfortunately they were not popular with the Irish public and did not circulate widely; the Irish government actually put them into the pay packets of civil service in their efforts to distribute them.

It is reputed that the Irish Central Bank later, just some six years later, around 1971, melted down about 1,250,000 of same, with the advent of decimalisation. Many more are reckoned to have entered into the melting pot due to another popular ‘Irish Rising’, that being the rising of the price of silver to record heights in 1980/81.

Emmet Mullins, the designer of the new coinage, was chosen following a competition that saw 52 Irish and international designers submit proposals, based on ‘The Proclamation of the Irish Republic’.

The new coinage features a representation of the statue of Hibernia which presently sits, centre, on top of the General Post Office (GPO Ard-Oifig an Phoistis), the headquarters of the Irish Post Office. The name ‘Hibernia’ is the classical Latin name for the island of Ireland. The Roman historian Tacitus, in his book Agricola (c. 98 AD), possibly first used the name ‘Hibernia’, which is rarely used today with regard to Ireland. In 1642 the motto of the Irish Confederates, a Catholic-landlord administration that ruled much of Ireland until 1650 was: “Pro Deo, Rege et Patria, Hibernia Unanimis”, which when translated is ‘For God, King and Fatherland, Ireland is United’.

The GPO is one of Ireland’s most famous buildings and was the last of the great Georgian public buildings erected in Sackville Street (today named O’Connell Street) in Dublin. The building was opened for business on January 6th 1818, with the structure having been completed in the space of just three years for the sum of £50,000. (Faster and cheaper than we can provide houses for our Irish homeless today).

During the Easter Rising of 1916, the GPO served as the headquarters of most of the uprising’s leaders. It was destroyed by fire in the course of this rebellion and was not restored until the Irish Free State government, some years later, identified the task.

Interestingly, particularly from a Sinn Féin point of view, despite its fame as an iconic place of Irish freedom, ground rent for the GPO continued to be paid to British and American landlords; right up until the 1980’s.

The hand-rendered lettering featuring the centenary dates and the name ‘Hibernia’ are reportedly influenced by the Book of Kells, which according to the Central Bank, An Post and all Bank branches are expected to get into general circulation as soon as is possible.

Later this year other gold and silver proof coins designed by Welsh artist, engraver and graphic designer Michael Guilfoyle, also commemorating 1916, will be released for sale. Guilfoyle’s designs also feature the name ‘Hibernia’, along with an arrangement of other key words and phrases taken from the 1916 Proclamation.

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Double Homicide In Thurles

The ancient concrete seams of Thurles courthouse were bursting yesterday, as unemployed locals packed in to watch the trial of recent resident Mr Pakie Redmond.

Following intense Garda investigations, Mr Redmond had been arrested in the early hours of New Years Day, questioned and later charged with a double-homicide in the town.

Thurles Courthouse where Fine Gael will be taking some of us shortly.

Thurles Gardaí had been called out last month, following the gruesome discovery by Mrs Mary Ryan (Dick) while chasing an itinerant nanny goat. The goat, she testified during the hearing yesterday had decided to trespass unto her property, possibly desiring a change in diet. From her kitchen window she had observed the goat had set about chewing the legs of her only remaining pair of red flannelette drawers, which it had located dangling on her clothesline.

In the chase that followed Mrs Ryan had fallen, disturbing a thin layer of freshly dug earth, and finding herself face to face with one of two bodies later found by Gardaí, buried in a shallow grave, close to the Yellow Lough area of Thurles town.

Having been charged before a special court in Nenagh, the judge had remanded Mr Pakie Redmond in custody; to appear before Thurles District Court on the 18th January 2016.

From a local perspective, very few people were acquainted with Mr Pakie Redmond, but it was often whispered by local gossips that were he ever to purchase a residents in Elm Street, the antagonist Fred “Freddy” Krueger would have immediately sold up and moved elsewhere; whatever that implied.

Those lucky enough to gain access to the interior of the Courtroom all rose to their feet, as the Judge entered. Settling herself in on the judges cushioned bench, she stared at the  defendant in the dock.

“Mr Pakie Redmond, you currently reside at Mill Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, is that correct?”, asked the Judge. Pakie nodded. “Mr Redmond, you stand here today charged with beating your wife to death with a hammer or other blunt instrument”, she continued in stern tones.

An excited voice from the back of the courtroom yelled out, “You feckin bastard!”.  The presiding Judge glared at the packed courtroom for a few moments, then following a return to silence amongst those gathered, she turned her attention once again to the defendant.

The Judge continued; “Mr Redmond you also stand charged that on the same day or on a date close to that date you did carry out the similar heinous crime of beating your mother-in-law to death, also using a hammer or other blunt instrument. How do you plead?”

Before Pakie could answer either ‘Guilty’ or ‘Innocent’, the voice in the back of the courtroom rang out again, “You rotten feckin bastard!”

The presiding Judge stopped abruptly and pointing to one individual, who later identified himself as Mr Mick McDonald, who was seated in the back of the courtroom. She demanded that he immediately stand up.

“Sir,” said the Judge, “I can understand your anger and frustration at these outrageous criminal charges, but I must insist that there be no further outbursts from you, or I’ll charge you with contempt for this Court. Is that fully understood?”

Mick, head bent and now in a standing position apologised; “I’m sorry, Your Honour, but for fifteen years I’ve lived next door to that asshole, and every time I asked to borrow his lousy hammer, he said he didn’t own one.”

The case against Mr Pakie Redmond continues in Thurles District Courthouse tomorrow.

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Thurles – Deaths Jan 16th – Jan 18th 2016


deathIt was with great sadness we learned of the death on Saturday last (January 16th, 2016) of Mr John Gorman (Snr), Lisduff, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Gorman passed away peacefully.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Gorman reposed at Grey’s Funeral Home, Templemore this evening from 5:30pm. Removal took place at 7:30pm to the Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles, arriving at 8:30pm.

Requiem Mass will take place tomorrow, Tuesday at 11:00am, followed by burial immediately afterwards in Two-Mile-Borris Cemetery.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.


With-sincere-sympathyIt was with great sadness we learned of the death on Sunday 17th January 2016 of Dr. Michael Carroll (PhD. Doctor of Science) of Houston, Texas, U.S.A., and formerly of Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
Dr. Michael Carroll passed away peacefully in Texas.

Beloved husband of Carolyn the passing of Mr Carroll is most deeply regretted by his immediate family; Patricia and Timothy and son of the late Timothy (N.T.) and Kate. His sisters Sadie Meehan (Dungarvan), Eileen McGuire (Dundrum, Dublin), Reena Fanning (Thurles), Mary Nagle (Buttevant) and Margaret Harte (Geachill), relatives and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
Cremation will take place in Houston, Texas.


deathIt was with sadness we learned of the death today, Monday 18th January 2016, of Mrs Margaret (Peg) Scales (née Lee), Cappanaleigh, Upperchurch, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Late of Coumbeg, the passing of Mrs Scales is most deeply regretted by her sons Darryl and Jeffrey, grandchildren, sister, brother, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Scales will repose at O’ Dwyer’s Funeral Home, Upperchurch on tomorrow, Tuesday, from 6:00pm with removal at 7:30pm to the Sacred Heart Church, Upperchurch.

Requiem Mass will take place on Wednesday at 11:30am, followed by burial immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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