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Death Of Bridie Quigley, formerly of Hollyford, Thurles

It is with great sadness we learned of the death today, Tuesday 1st August 2017, of Mrs Bridie Quigley (née Kavanagh), Davis Tce., Clonmel, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Barna, Hollyford, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mrs Quigley passed away peacefully while in the loving care of the Nurses & Staff of St. Anthony’s Unit, Glenconnor, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. Her passing is most deeply regretted by her loving husband Michael; daughter Sheila (Flynn); son-in-law Larry; grandchildren Mary, Rachel, Cathal & Emma; sister Josie; brother-in-law Tom; nephews; nieces; cousins; extended relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Quigley will repose at O’Donoghue’s Funeral Home, Kickham St., Clonmel, on tomorrow evening, Wednesday, from 6.30pm, with removal at 8.30pm to the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

Requiem Mass will take place at 11.00am on Thursday next, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

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International Miss Macra Festival – Girl From A Country Place.

With the International Miss Macra Festival, taking place here in Thurles this coming August Bank Holiday weekend, it is not surprising that Mr Tom Ryan (Tipperary Journalist, award winning poet, playwright and short story writer), should take this opportunity to reflect on the 46 years of this festival; producing a poem of serious reflection; nay an appreciative accolade, to all the elegant country lasses / contestants, who have in the past, and will into the future, take part in this most prestigious of rural events.

Pictured L – R: Miss Josephine O’Dwyer, Miss Sinead Guiney (International Miss Macra 2016) and Miss Aileen Sheehan, all judged winners at the 45th International Miss Macra 2016 Festival’s Gala Banquet, held in the Anner Hotel, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, last year.

Girl From A Country Place. 
By Tom Ryan. ©

Girl from a country place,
Loveliest in the isle,
Enchanting in your grace,
Elegant in your style.

How shall I call you beautiful?
How describe your art?
Breath of heaven about you,
Proud courage in your heart.

Loving the fields that bore you,
Faithful to home and hearth,
Always gentle for others
Struggling here on earth.

Never afraid to smile
Whatever the time or place,
Dignified all the while,
Resolution in your face.

Nature your guide and friend,
Its beauty like your own,
Something never to end,
Till Heaven call you home.

Girl from a country place,
Loveliest of all,
Everything you touch is grace,
And even magical.


Thurles Order of Malta Win ‘Cadet Of the Year’ Trophy

Thurles Order of Malta Ambulance CorpsMr Gerard Fogarty, Parnell Street, Thurles reports:-

“You Don’t have to be a Fairy-Tale Hero to Save Lives!”

Thurles Order of Malta Cadets pictured with their proud Cadet Leaders following their success at the National Cadet Weekend in Limerick University (UL).

Cadets from the Thurles Unit of the Order of Malta travelled to Limerick University recently for their National Cadet Camp. Latter is where all cadet units meet up together annually for the weekend, joining activities and meeting fellow cadets from across the island of Ireland.

During camp, the ‘National Cadet Competitions’ are held. This year, we had competitors entered in the Two-Person First Aid Team, Footdrill, Junior Home Nursing and Junior Cadet of the Year Competitions, following their success in the regional rounds. From these categories, we took home two silver medals, and the Cadet of the Year trophy.

In addition to their success in dressing wounds and marching, they were also recognised for busting moves. This year the talent competition was re-formed into the popular Lip-Sync Battle, showcasing the Cadets abilities to dance and mime to songs. Thurles cha-cha’ed straight into the group first-place with their own choreography, to a melody of classic tunes.

Cadets had the opportunity to swap their uniforms for their favourite animated characters at this year’s ‘cartoon capers’  themed weekend disco. Thurles again made their mark winning the Best Group Costume award for their ‘Shrek’ theme, which saw the UL campus dotted with characters from the fairytale trilogy (or at least what they would be like, if they were from Thurles!). The message from our Cadets, as always, being that with first aid skills, you don’t have to be a superhero, or in this case a fairytale hero, to save lives!

A new event this year saw some of our Cadets earmarked as ‘Future Directors’ when they got the opportunity to grill the National Director in the hot-seat on any topic at ‘Ask the Director’. And they now even have the printed mugs to prove it!

Proud Officer In Charge, Lt. Catherine O’Loughlin, remarked that “This camp is not just about competitions. It is about giving cadets the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills in a safe environment. It must be said that the camp would not have been such a tremendous success without the effort put in from cadet leaders; the senior members who helped with training; parents for bringing them into training, and finally, the cadets themselves, latter who put so much effort into camp preparation.”

“Thurles Unit had a huge footprint on camp this year, with members on the organising committee co-ordinating casualty make-up; supplying audio system, and providing the choir for Mass.

“The unit is hugely grateful to all, and we are so proud of the immense mark that we have left on the event, and the new friendships attained. The most remarkable aspect of our success at camp, is that what our cadets did best, was achieved through working closely together” she added.


Death Of John McNamara, Formerly Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It was with great sadness we learned of the death, on 17th November 2016, of Mr John (Sean) McNamara, Chicago, USA;  Thurles, Co. Tipperary and Cree, Co. Clare.

Requiem Mass was celebrated in St Paul’s Church, Park Ridge, Illinois on 26th November 2016, following his passing in Denver, Colorado, USA.

Predeceased by his sisters Mary Olive Barry, (latter former Thurles solicitor, died April 7th, 2009), and Ann Gannon, Portlaoise; the passing of Mr McNamara is most deeply regretted by his son Conor; daughter Maura; grandchildren Ronan, Elise and Margot; son-in-law Christophe Petit; sisters Joan Mullins and Leonore Sexton; brothers Fr William, Fr Walter, Desmond, Seamus and Gearóid; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; nieces; nephews; cousins; extended relatives and a wide circle of friends.

Memorial Mass will be further celebrated in St Mary’s Church, Cree, Co. Clare on Saturday 5th August 2017 next, at 12.00 noon, followed by the interment of his ashes immediately afterwards in Leitrim Graveyard, Cree, Co. Clare.

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Tragic Death Of Michael Stapleton, Glengoole, Thurles,

It was with great sadness we learned of the tragic death, on Sunday 30th July 2017, of Mr Michael Stapleton, Poynstown, Glengoole, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Predeceased by his father Billy and brother Eugene; the passing of Mr Stapleton is most deeply regretted by his mother Mai; brothers Willie-Joe and Eamon; sister Anne; brother-in-law; sisters-in-law; aunts; nieces; nephews; extended relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Stapleton will repose at Egan’s Funeral Home, Dublin Road, Thurles on Wednesday, 2nd August, 2017, from 5.00pm with removal at 7.30pm to the Church of St. Patrick and St. Oliver, Glengoole, Thurles, (Note: Funeral Procession travelling via Mary-Willies, Longfordpass East, Thurles, Co. Tipperary).

Requiem Mass will take place on Thursday at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

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