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Death Of Gráinne Butler Thurles

deathIt is with great sadness we learned yesterday (Saturday 25th April 2015) of the death of Gráinne Butler (née Durack), No.34 Ikerrin Court, Thurles and formerly of No.7 Hill View Drive, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs Butler passed away peacefully yesterday at the Milford Care Centre, Castletroy, Co. Limerick, surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs Butler’s passing is deeply regretted by her husband Francis, sons Ethan and Félim, sisters Miriam, Patricia, Gabrielle, Stephaine, Ursula, Frances and Tara, brothers Jerome, Liam and Brian, father-in-law Anthony, mother-in-law Kathleen, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Mrs Butler’s body reposed this evening from 5.00 pm until 8.00 pm at the Durack family home (No. 7 Hill View Drive). Removal will take place tomorrow morning (Monday) to arrive at the Cathedral of the Assumption [Map Ref.] at 10.15 am for Requiem Mass at 11.00 am.

Interment will take place afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.
Please Note: Family flowers only, however donations, if desired, to Milford Care Centre.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis. 

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Launch Of Lough Derg Nature Trail

Part of Tipperary's Lough Derg shore line.

Tipperary’s Lough Derg shore line.

The new Lough Derg (On the river Shannon) Nature Trail will be officially launched at a seminar being held at The Workhouse Centre in Portumna, County Galway, next Thursday, April 30th .

This event, which takes place from 10.30am to 1.15pm, will feature presentations by Dr. Alan Mee on the ‘White Tailed Sea Eagles on Lough Derg’, consultant ecologist and writer Dr. Janice Fuller on ‘Going Wild on the Lough Derg Nature Trail’, and Lorcán O’Toole of the ‘Golden Eagle Trust’, on the effectiveness of existing tourism policies for rural communities.

A detailed guide to accompany the Nature Trail will also be launched on the day. Cllr. Michael Fitzgerald, Cathaoirleach, Tipperary County Council, Cllr. Mary Hoade, Cathaoirleach, Galway County Council & Cllr. John Crowe, Cathaoirleach, Clare County Council, will be in attendance.

This seminar is hosted by County Councils representing Tipperary, Clare and Galway, as well as the Heritage Council and Lakelands & Inland Waterways, Ireland.

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‘Know Your Patch’ – New Tipperary Garda Initiative

Gardaí here in Co. Tipperary will launch a new community policing initiative to be known as Know Your Patchon Monday next (April 27th).  This launch follows on from the Tipperary Divisional Community Policing Seminar, which took place earlier in January of 2015.

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Pictured Shows L – R: Chief Superintendent Catherine Kehoe, Garda Annette Connolly and Garda Chris Verling who are all leading with the implementation of new policing initiatives for Thurles Town.

Under this new and welcome initiative, Gardaí in the Tipperary Division will in future be assigned to a specific area in each District and will conduct a leaflet drop to all homes in these assigned community areas.  Same will identify to residents their individual Community Garda member. This assigned Garda member will then in future become the individual point of contact in this area and will be available to assist and engage with residents, should support, crime prevention advice or assistance with initiatives such as ‘Community Alert’, ‘Neighborhood Watch’ and ‘Text Alert’ be required.

Commenting on the launch of ‘Know Your Patch’, the Chief Superintendent of the Tipperary Garda Division Catherine Kehoe stated; “An Garda Síochána in the Tipperary Division recognise and very much appreciate the valuable support and assistance from communities given to An Garda Síochána. As part of our review of our service delivery, incorporated under our Policing Plan 2015, Gardaí in the Tipperary Division intend to further improve service delivery, bringing about greater community engagement and ensuring greater visibility in community areas. I am committed to ensuring that community policing remains a priority for the Tipperary Division and I am looking forward to working closely with the community of Tipperary on a number of initiatives, in order to bring about a greater feeling of overall safety.”

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Masked Gang Raid Urlingford Post Office

GardaFour men who were arrested following a raid on Urlingford post office, latter situated on the Tipperary / Kilkenny border some 16 minutes (17.5km) from Thurles, all remain in Garda custody this morning.

The men were held overnight at separate Garda stations under section four of the Criminal Justice Act, allowing for them to be questioned for a total of 24 hours, before being released or charged.

A number of masked men entered the post office premises on Main Street in Urlingford just before 12.30pm yesterday. It is understood that they threatened staff and smashed a window using a hammer, before escaping with substantial cash in a getaway vehicle, latter which they set alight at Ardragh, before transferring to a second waiting car.

Reports that a female member of staff on the premises was injured has not been confirmed.

Gardaí quickly mounted a road blocks in the area resulting in three men, aged in their mid twenties, being arrested after their vehicle was stopped near the village of Freshford. A fourth man, in his forties, was later arrested in Kilkenny city.

Two men are currently being held at Kilkenny Garda station, while the others are being detained in Thomastown and Carlow Garda stations respectively.

A substantial amount of cash was recovered by Gardaí and  Kilkenny Garda station (Phone: (056)7775000) would like to hear from anyone who may have information or observed any part of this incident.

UPDATE: Gardaí have charged four men, all aged in their mid 20’s–40’s, in connection with the robbery of a post office at Main Street Urlingford, which occurred on Monday afternoon, 20th April 2015.

The four men charged were remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on Monday 27th April 2015 at 10.30am.

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“The Framing of Harry Gleeson” – Author Kieran Fagan

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Pardoned – Mr Harry Gleeson

The recently pardoned Mr Harry Gleeson, latter wrongfully executed in Mountjoy Jail, Dublin in April 1941 for the murder of unmarried mother, Miss Mary (Foxy Moll) McCarthy, latter found shot dead in New Inn, Tipperary on November 21st 1940, now raises further controversy with the publication of a new book entitled “The Framing Of Harry Gleeson”.

The new publication, by author Kieran Fagan, has caused some disquiet here in Co. Tipperary, as its contents suggest possible names for the fathers of Miss McCarthy illegitimate children.

Unmarried mother Miss McCarthy had six children in total, all born to possibly five different married men and it is the naming of these possible fathers, all now long deceased, that appears to have re-opened old wounds in the village of New Inn, which heretofore believed time had erased its guilty secret.

Children born from these same men’s marriages are understood to be furious over new revelations that their fathers possibly had other children outside of marriage. This in turn has led to some demands to view this publication prior to its recent release on the grounds that it contains names of men, one of whom author Kieran Fagan believes was possibly responsible for Miss McCarthy murder.

The real culprits appear to be local ex-IRA men and this serious travesty of justice appears to have suited the local parish priest, Gardaí and indeed other apparently respectable family members whose sons, brothers and husbands may have fathered Moll’s seven children, one of whom was still in her womb at the time of her death.

Did Mary McCarthy’s daughter Mary, approaching her own death some fifty years later in a Dublin hospital, inform a nurse stating “I saw my own mother shot on the kitchen floor and an innocent man died ?”  This publication will attempt to answer such questions, while also naming some of those involved in Harry Gleeson’s framing and details of the possible cover-up of the truth.

Harry Gleeson, who is to be awarded the first posthumous pardon in the history of the Irish State, was acknowledged as being innocent by the Irish Government just last month, following a full review of the case history.

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