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Motorcyclist Fatally Injured In Co. Tipperary

GardaA 25-year-old motorcyclist has tragically died, following a crash on the R689 in Co Tipperary.

It is understood the incident happened when the cyclist collided with a sign on the Fennor to Urlingford road around 8.45pm last night.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was immediately removed to St Luke’s General Hospital in Co. Kilkenny, where a post mortem examination will be carried out later today.

The roadway at the scene this morning remained closed to facilitate a daylight forensic examination.

Those with any information regarding this tragic accident are asked to contact Thurles Garda Station on Tel: (0504) 25100), the Garda Confidential Line Tel: 1800-666-111 or indeed any Garda station.

Sadly last night’s fatal collision now brings to 5 persons; being the total number of people that have lost their lives due to road accidents on Tipperary’s roads so far this year. Statistically same number surpasses the total figure for all similar deaths during the complete 12 months of last year.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Death Of Mary Falvey, No 13 Innisfallen Avenue, Thurles

DeathIt is with a great personal sadness I report that the death has occurred today, April 14th 2016, of Mrs Mary Falvey (née Long) No 13, Innisfallen Avenue, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Co. Kerry.

Mrs Falvey passed away in the loving care of the Community Hospital of the Assumption, here in Thurles. A lady remembered well for her dedication, loyalty and a commitment to duty; her passing is most deeply regretted by her loving son, daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Falvey will reposing at Egan’s Funeral Home on Tuesday next, April 19th, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, arriving at the Cathedral of the Assumption at 6.30pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Wednesday at 11:00am, with burial immediately afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Note: Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to the Parkinsons Association.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Tipperary’s Rural Tourism Trade Threatened


Charles Flanagan, TD, & Paschal Donohoe T.D.

Efforts to attract Australian tourists for the year ahead here to Co. Tipperary, would appear bleak, following a serious unwarranted travel warning currently being issued to Australian tourists, who maybe planning to visit Ireland this Summer

A website claiming to represent the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade [Read by clicking here for yourselves.] has issued a warning to Australian tourists intent on visiting Ireland; stating tensions are high between Unionists and Republicans because of the Centenary Celebrations being held and relating to the 1916 Easter Rising.

The Australian website states;  “Tensions between Dissident Republicans and Unionists have increased in the lead up to the centenary of the Easter Rising (24-29 April – Proclamation of Irish independence). You should avoid all protests and demonstrations, including those associated with Northern Ireland, as they may turn violent. Instances of civil disorder can rapidly escalate into violence and you should avoid them wherever possible, including through careful monitoring of the media and following the advice of local authorities”.

The website warns that;  “Be aware that Ireland is not a party to the Schengen Agreement and therefore does not accept Schengen visas. Visa and other entry and exit requirements can change at short notice, you (visitors) should contact the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, or the nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate for the latest visa information and advice”.

Thankfully there is one very noticeable omission from the supplied, defamatory and libellous data however. Same is that Ireland, despite a general election having been held on February 26th to elect 157 Teachtaí Dála (TDs) across 40 constituencies to our Irish Parliament, Dáil Éireann; to date no government has been agreed, despite some €1.6 million in wages having been earned by those then deemed democratically elected.

Perhaps the current ‘Squatting’ Fine Gael government Minister’s for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr Paschal Donohoe T.D. and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Charles Flanagan, TD, could both come into the office some day this week to drop a note to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, pointing out the inaccuracies of the information in their supplied data.

Meanwhile; “Attention all you Australian Tourists planning a visit to Ireland”. Please come to Co. Tipperary; enjoy the undemanding wooded trails and pilgrimage walks; appreciate and soak in our sylvan beauty; rid yourself of the stresses and strains of modern life; feel free, in complete safety, to view our historical artefacts and castles and more importantly stay in our Hotel and Guest-houses, all of which cost half the price of similar accommodation to be found in our major cities.

Understand the true meaning of “Céad Míle Fáilte Romhat” [English Translation – One hundred thousand welcomes to you.]  Do so with the secure feeling that you will meet the friendliest and most lovable of local people and with the knowledge that even Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II moved amongst us freely back in 2011.


Tipperary Incremental Purchase Housing Scheme

As and from January 1st 2016, existing tenants of Tipperary County Council have an opportunity to purchase their homes through an ‘Incremental Purchase Scheme’ introduced under Part 3 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act of 2014.Tipper coco

Note: However there are a number of pre requisites which households must meet. These include as follows:-

(1) Tenants/joint tenants must have minimum reckonable income of €15,000 per annum.
(2) Reckonable income must come mainly from regular employment and not solely from Social Welfare.
(3) Applicants must be in receipt of Social Housing Support for a minimum period of 1 year.
(4) Applicants must not be disqualified from purchasing, same brought about as a result of having purchased housing previously
(5) Applicants must have a satisfactory rent record and all household charges must be up to date [i.e. Water charges etc.]
(6) Houses must be available for sale and not restricted, as in past schemes [i.e. not houses specifically reserved for elderly, transitional accommodation, traveller accommodation, in interests of estate management etc.]

For income between €15,000 and €20,000 tenant purchase discount will be 60% of purchase price and an Incremental Purchase Charge of 60% will apply to house and be reduced by 2% per annum over 30 years.
For income between €20,001 and €29,999 tenant purchase discount will be 50% of purchase price and an Incremental Purchase Charge of 50% will apply to house and be reduced by 2% per annum over 25 years.
For income over €30,000 tenant purchase discount will be 40% of purchase price and an Incremental Purchase Charge will apply to house and be reduced by 2% per annum over 20 years.

For to download ‘Tenant Information Booklet’ click HERE and for to download ‘Tenant Purchase Application Form’ please click HERE


For Sale – Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf Resort, Tipperary


For Sale – Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf Resort

Yet another highly rated provincial Tipperary hotel and golf course is to be offered for immediate sale, with a guide price of €2 million.

The property in question, the four-star Ballykisteen Hotel and Golf Resort, sited opposite the Limerick Junction Racecourse, is situated on the busy Limerick to Waterford road; 6km from Tipperary town; 41km via the R661 from Thurles, (latter home of the GAA); just 2km from Limerick Junction Railway Station; 30 minute’s drive from Limerick city and one hour’s road journey from Cork city.

Set in the shadow of the Galtee Mountains and located on 114 acres surrounded by a rich farming hinterland, the Ballykisteen Hotel and Golf Resort attracts business from a broad area and is particularly well known as an attractive wedding venue. The family friendly hotel was recently voted as being amongst the top 10 of ‘Family Break Resorts’ in Ireland, offering through its ‘Ballyk Kidz Club’, a brilliant programme of fun activities for children aged 3 – 11, available free to all accommodated guests.

The four star Ballykisteen Hotel caters to 40 spacious bedrooms and suites, many of them with balconies which overlook the Des Smyth golf course. The ground floor reception area includes the ‘Junction One Bar’ and separate restaurant / dining area and the ‘Barna Room’, a boardroom style meeting room.

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in every guest room and in all public areas of the resort.

A total of 14 hotel properties were sold in Ireland in the first three months of 2016, with a total value of some €47 million.