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Death Of Bridie Spillane, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary

DeathIt is with sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Saturday 30th April 2016, of Mrs Bridie Spillane (née Treacy), Ileigh Road, Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her beloved husband Michael, Mrs Spillane passed away at St.Conlon’s Home, Nenagh, most deeply regretted by her loving nieces and nephews; Breda (and Gerry), John (and Statia), Josephine (and Eoin), Tony and Martin, grandnephews and grandnieces, great grandnephews and great grandnieces, cousins, neighbours and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Spillane will repose at Stapletons Funeral Home, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, today, Sunday May 1st, from 5.30pm with removal to the Sacred Heart Church, Borrisoleigh, at 7:00pm.

Requiem mass will be held on tomorrow, Monday, at 11:00am, followed by burial immediately afterwards in St.Brigid’s Cemetery, Borrisoleigh.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Borrisoleigh Drama Group Present ‘The Chastitute’


Borrisoleigh Drama Group present ‘The Chastitute’ for one extra night only, by popular demand.

Borrisoleigh Drama Group will stage ‘The Chastitute’; a play by John B. Keane; that much loved Irish playwright, novelist and essayist, in The Marian Hall, Borrisoleigh, Thurles Co. Tipperary on tomorrow evening, Monday May 2nd, beginning at 7.45pm sharp.

Define a ‘Chastitute’, I hear you say?  He, according to the late, great John B. Keane, is a person, without holy orders, who has never lain down with a woman, or a rustic celibate abandoned by the forces of his own circumstances.

The play itself centres around a character, one John Bosco, (The Chastitute); a man who ‘hasn’t the makings of a decent sin in him’. He is a bachelor farmer and all he is searching for is a ‘plain, dacent woman to share his life’. He nearly found her a thousand times, but to use the well known rural phrase, “nearly never bulled a cow”.

Without giving too much of the script away to those not familiar with this wonderful tale and current stage production, the play goes on to tell of this Chastitute’s many endeavours to find a suitable mate and the tragic end results. (Perhaps some viewer may even recognise privately a little hint of their own character and circumstances, as staged events progress.)

The production, tomorrow evening, by Borrisoleigh Drama Group comes highly recommended.


Successful Ageing In Thurles To Run Tea Dance

Thurles Community Garda Officer Mr Chris Verling, reports:-

positive-ageing-week-poster-2015Beltaine or Beltane, the Anglicised name for the Gaelic Festival of Bealtaine (Irish for the month of May), takes place this month; marking the halfway period between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice.

To celebrate ‘Bealtaine’, while simultaneously helping elderly people to achieve their optimum physical, cognitive and mental health, as well as maximising their engagement in life; on Wednesday next, May 4th 2016 a “Tea Dance” will take place at an event run and organized by the local charity “Successful Ageing Thurles”.

This “Bealtaine Tea Dance” will take place at the Anner Hotel, Dublin Road, Thurles, from 2.00pm5.00pm and all elderly people in our community, wishing to attend, are being asked to please R.S.V.P. Thurles Library Tel: (0504) – 29720 or Mr Michael Wright Mobile Tel: (083) 3581304(R.S.V.P required solely to ensure there is tea and a biscuit for everyone.)

Note: Admission to all elderly members within our community is totally free, including the music and light refreshments being provided during the course of this most enjoyable of annual Thurles events.

So all you young people out there, inform and check with your elderly parents, elderly friends, relatives not forgetting elderly neighbours. Help to assist them in sending their R.S.V.P.’s; latter indicating their intention to attend, shake that leg, meet, greet, laugh, chat or limply listen to the music, while sharing in this most pleasurable of ‘Bealtaine Festival’ afternoon events.

Remember Wednesday next, May 4th 2016.


Death Of Andy Flanagan, Horse & Jockey, Thurles

deathIt is with sadness we learned of the death on Thursday last, 28th April 2016, of Mr Andy Flanagan, Curraheen, Horse & Jockey, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by his wife Ellen; the passing of  Mr Flanagan is most deeply regretted by his loving daughters, Julia and Helen, sons-in-law, grandsons, brothers, sisters, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Flanagan will repose at Egan’s Funeral Home Dublin Road, Thurles, on today, Saturday, 30th April, from 4:00pm to 5:30pm, to arrive at the church of St. Peter, Moycarkey, at 6:00pm.

Funeral Mass will be held on Sunday, 1st May, at 11:30am, with burial immediately afterwards in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Moycarkey.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Another Fatality Today On Tipperary Roads

gardaIt is with regret we report that Gardaí in Co. Tipperary are investigating a fatal road traffic collision, which took place earlier this afternoon on the Limerick Road near Roscrea, in Co Tipperary.

A female in her late 60’s is believed to be the driver of a car which collided with a van at about 3:00pm this afternoon, alas, causing her fatal injuries.  Two other passengers, including her husband, understood to be similarly aged, and a man in his 50’s were all airlifted to University Hospital Limerick, suffering with serious injuries, with one victim understood to be in a critical condition.

The car passengers were cut from the wreckage by attending ambulance and emergency services from Nenagh, Birr, and Portloaise, before been airlifted to hospital from the scene, by a Shannon-based Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter and the Athlone-based Air Corps Emergency Aero-medical Service.

At least some of the car occupants involved are believed to hail from the Tallaght area of Co. Dublin. The driver of the van is also injured, but his injuries are understood to be not life threatening.

The N7 road now remains closed, in both directions, between Roscrea and Dunkerrin, and a Garda investigation involving a forensic examination of the crash site is currently under-way.

This recent collision now brings to 4; the number of people who have lost their lives on Tipperary roads since the start of 2016.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.