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Thurles Garda Station – Open Day For Secondary Schools

Thurles Garda Station Open Day for Secondary Schools – Wednesday 7th September 2016 – Time: 9.30am to 4.00pm.


Garda Annette Connolly

Serving Thurles Garda Officer Annette Connolly reports:

Following on from their extremely successful Public Open Day last September (2015), Thurles Garda Station will again host an ‘Open Day’ pacifically targeting Post Primary School students throughout the Thurles Garda District.  This event will cover the areas Borrisleigh, Templemore, Thurles, Ballingarry, Littleton and Killenaule and will take place next Wednesday September 7th 2016 from 9.30am – 4.00pm. The event will target, in particular, attendances from 4th, 5th and 6th year classes.

“We are anxious to make information freely available to young people who may have an interest in policing, not just as a future career, but those also wishing to obtain a clearer understanding of the true role played by An Garda Síochána in local communities throughout the length and breadth of Ireland,”  stated Garda Connolly.

Solely a Thurles Gardaí organised event; off-duty officers of all ranks will be making themselves available at Thurles Garda Station to provide information and answer the many queries from students regarding the day-to-day demands placed on Irish police in their role as guardians of the peace. They will also be joined, where possible, by persons operating other essential services and with whom our police force liaise, often on an hourly basis, e.g. the Ambulance Service & Fire Brigade etc.

Schools who have already confirmed their wish to be in attendance on the day will include:-  St. Mary’s Templemore; Our Lady’s, Templemore; Templemore College; Scoil Naomh Cualan Borrisleigh; Presentation Secondary School, Ballingarry; St Kevin’s, Littleton; Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles; Presentation Secondary School, Thurles; Coláiste Mhuire Co-Ed, Castlemeadows, Thurles and Thurles C.B.S.

During next Wednesday’s event expect to see members of the Garda Mounted Unit on the streets around Thurles, together with Tipp FM Radio and Irish TV, who will also be in attendance on the day.

As part of the event on Wednesday next, students will receive information on matters pertaining to Crime Prevention; Garda Training; the Garda Reserve; Thurles Text Alert; ‘Know Your Patch’; ‘AFIS’ (Fingerprinting), and ‘Evidezer’ (Breath Analysis), together with many other interesting facts pertaining to the everyday life of a serving Irish police officer.

In attendance also will be members of the Garda Dog Unit; Regional Armed Response Unit; Drugs Unit; Traffic Unit and Public Order Unit.

All in all this very positive event promises to be a most enjoyable and informative experience for the young people in our society.


Death Of Kathleen Wright, Thurles, Co. Tipp

DeathIt is with a great personal sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Friday 2nd September 2016, of M/s Kathleen Wright, Mitchell Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

M/s Wright passed away peacefully at her residence, following an illness most bravely borne. Her passing is most deeply regretted by her son Mattie; brother Tom; her dearest and closest friend Mr Thomas Coffey; relatives; Templemore / Thurles Municipal District work colleagues and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of M/s Wright will repose at Hugh Ryans’ Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, on Sunday, September 4th, from 6.00pm to 7.30pm, with removal to the Cathedral of the Assumption, Cathedral Street, Thurles at 8.00pm.

Requiem Mass will be held on Monday, September 5th at 11.00am, followed by burial immediately afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Death Of Pat Morris, Loughmore, Tipp

DeathIt is with sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Wednesday 31st August 2016,  of Mr Patrick (Pat) Morris, The Moors, Loughmore, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Brother of the late Richard, the passing of Mr Morris is most deeply regretted by his loving wife Peg; daughter Kay; sisters Anna (Costigan, Borris-in-Ossory), Mary (Maher, Borrisbeg); sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; nephews; nieces; relatives; neighbours and a large circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Morris will repose at his residence tomorrow, Friday evening, from 4.00pm, with removal to the Church of the Nativity of Our Lady, Loughmore, at 7.30pm, to arrive at 8.30pm.

Requiem Mass will be held on Saturday at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Seventy Jobs Lost in Tipperary Town

DoleIn excess of some 70 jobs were lost in the town of Tipperary this morning with the regrettable closure of a mushroom growing facility. McDonald Mushrooms closed today with its Managing Director blaming job losses on the recent Brexit vote.

One of the largest employers in the Tipperary town area, an emotional Mr Peter McDonald today stated that it was a sad day for himself, for his family and his entire workforce.  Staff were informed on Wednesday morning last of the decision to discontinue the operation. Following the result of the recent Brexit vote, the considerably change in Sterling values, and despite every effort being made to keep the facility viable, earning capacity was lowered by some 17%, thus insuring the non viability of the operation to continue trading.

Fianna Fáil nationally are now calling for the government to urgently support the Irish Mushroom Sector, which has been left particularly vulnerable by the value of pound sterling; rightfully claiming that some 3,500 jobs are immediately at risk nationwide.

In the past McDonald Mushrooms produced over 1.58 million kilos in weight (3.16 million lbs) of mushrooms annually, with the majority of same being exported direct to the British mainland.

This business which had survived the recession had been in operation for some 17 years near Tipperary town and the profile of their employee structure included both local Irish and foreign national workers.


Services For People Deaf & Hard Of Hearing

deafhearAlona Troy, Community Resource Officer reports:

The next clinic which offers services for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing will be held on Monday 5th September 2016 next, from 10:00am to 1:00pm in St Mary’s Health Centre, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

This is a free service where you can acquire information regarding hearing loss; guidelines for good communication and information on available equipment for your home, which will help you to hear your doorbell, phone, smoke alarm and television.

They also provide information on Irish Sign Language, Tinnitus and Lip-reading; so do come in and have a chat, with no need for an appointment.

HSE hearing aid tubing can be changed and batteries for all hearing aids can be purchased for €2 for a pack of 6. Family members and local agencies are also welcome to seek advice.

Note: They do not service, fit or issue hearing aids at this clinic.