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Death Of Kieran Connors, Bouladuff, Thurles

It is with great sadness we learned of the death, on Saturday 8th April 2017, of Mr Kieran (Archie) Connors, Bouladuff, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Connors passed away suddenly at his home, most deeply regretted by his heartbroken wife Caroline; sons Paul and Michael; daughter Emma; brothers Michael, Richard and Noel; sisters Kathleen, Mary, Joan, Teresa and Sandra; nephews; nieces; father-in-law; mother-in-law; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; extended relatives and many good friends.

Funeral Arrangements.
The earthly remains of Mr Connors will reposing at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home on Wednesday 12th April from 5.00pm to 7.30pm.

Arriving at St. Laurence O’ Toole Church, Inch, Thurles on Thursday 13th April at 11.00am for Funeral Ceremony at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

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Tipperary Men Plead Guilty To Arson & Theft

Mr Daniel Kelly, aged 24, with an address at Tulla, Capparoe, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, pleaded guilty to arson, causing €77,500 worth of damage, at Ennis Circuit Criminal Court this week. The damage, which was caused in February 2015, referred to a barn and farm machinery on the property of Mr Patrick Scanlan, Garraunboy, Killaloe, Co. Clare.

A co-accused named as Mr Cathal Griffin, aged 26, of Wilton, Ballymackey, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary also pleaded guilty to the theft of property valued at €3,800. All together item found missing included power hoses, a quantity of electric fencing, electric tools, solid fuel and a chainsaw.

The fire destroyed two attached farm buildings, together with housed farm machinery, including two silage trailers (€30,000), one fertiliser spreader (€4,000), one silage spreader (€2,500), and new tractor tyres.

The victim of the crime, Mr Scanlan, explained that a number of tools and equipment, valued at some €6,000 had also been stolen, including an angle grinder and approximately six bags of coal. While some of these items had been recovered; there remained a debt of €2,000 outstanding.

Gardaí identified Mr Kelly as the person responsible, having recovered a number of the stolen items from an other individual, who had received them from the accused. Co-accused Mr Griffin was identified from a silver Nissan Micra car used and recorded on CCTV.

Justice Mr Gerald Keys reserved his judgement in the case and adjourned sentencing to April 25th next.


Man Shot In Face As Munster Burglary Gang Intercepted

A court heard today that a Lithuanian male, Mr Tomas Mikalajunas, was accidentally shot in the face and seriously injured by armed Gardaí, when they intercepted an international burglary gang, at a checkpoint between Ardagh and Shanagolden, Co Limerick, on June 28th 2016 last.

Mr Aurimas Petraska, a Lithuanian man, aged 32, with addresses at Kaunas, Lithuania, and Church Street, Rathkeale, Co Limerick; also, a known associate of the wounded man, today pleaded guilty to a string of major burglaries, involving the theft of €150,000 of women’s clothes and ‘Chanel’ beauty products, from pharmacies across the province of Munster.

While Mr Petraska was the only member of the gang to be charged; Mr Michael Collins prosecuting, informed Limerick Circuit Court, of the gang’s precision, military style operations. Dressed in black fatigues and wearing head lights, this gang were observed on CCTV footage inside the premises they were looting; checking their watches, as they limited themselves to strictly a 6 minute operation.

Amongst the premises raided and ransacked were O’Briens Pharmacy, Cahir, Co. Tipperary, where €20,000 worth of Chanel products was stolen, together with products from two other premises; one situated in Co. Cork and one in Co. Limerick.

Mr Petraska admitted using cheap cars fitted out with cement blocks, which were used as battering rams to gain access through the fronts of these business premises.

Mr Justice Tom O’Donnell today, praised highly, members of Cork Division Gardaí, led by Det. Insp. Joe Moore; Det. Gda. Michael Brosnan, and Det. Gda. Ailish Murphy, for their professionalism in tracking the gang over a two-year period, which involved the use of both Europol and Interpol resources.

Mr Petraska, who pleaded guilty to the charges, had his sentencing adjourned to May 5th 2017 next.


Death Of M. Brennan, Lisduff, Gortnahoe, Thurles, Tipp

It is with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Thursday 6th April 2017, of Mrs Margaret Mary Brennan (née Teehan), Lisduff, Gortnahoe, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs Brennan passed away peacefully at her Gortnahoe residence.

Funeral Arrangements.
The earthly remains of Mrs Brennan will repose at Doyle’s Funeral Home, Urlingford, Co. Kilkenny on tomorrow, Friday April 8th, from 5.00pm until 7.00pm, before removal to the Church of The Sacred Heart, Gortnahoe, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, to arrive at 7.30pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Saturday April 9th at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St. Patrick’s Churchyard, Graine, Co. Kilkenny.

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Death Of John Leahy Formerly Templetuohy, Thurles

It is with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Thursday 6th April 2017, of Mr John Leahy, No.9 O’Callaghan’s Terrace, Granard, Co. Longford and formerly of Templetuohy, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Leahy passed away peacefully at Mullingar Regional Hospital, most sadly missed by his son John; life long partner Kathleen; brothers P.J., Jim, Michael, Donal, Liam, Tom, Joe and Ollie; sisters Marie and Catherine; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nephews; nieces; extended relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements.
The earthly remains of Mr Leahy will repose at Smith’s Funeral Home, Barrack St., Granard, Co. Longford on tomorrow Saturday, 8th April, between 5.30pm and 7.30pm, followed by removal to St Mary’s Church, Granard to arrive at 8.15pm.

Funeral Mass will take place on Sunday, 9th, at 12.30pm, followed by interment in Granardkill Old Cemetery.

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