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Death of Margaret O’Connell, Cloughmartin, Thurles

It is with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Monday 23rd January 2017, of Mrs Margaret (Maggie) O’Connell (née Skehan), Cloughmartin, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Beloved wife of the late Thady and sister of the late Billy; Mrs O’Connell passed away unexpectedly, most deeply regretted by her loving daughter Mary; son Ted; son-in-law Denis; daughter-in-law Carmel; grandchildren Declan, Jenny, Cliona and Chloe, brother Thomas, sisters Kathleen, Maura and Bridget, brother-in-law; sister-in-law; nephews; nieces; extended relatives; neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs O’Connell will repose at Devitt’s Funeral Parlour, Cashel, on Thursday evening from 5.30pm with removal at 7.30pm to St Peters Church, Moycarkey.

Requiem Mass will take place on Friday next at 11.30am followed by interment in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Moycarkey.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.

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Great Famine – State of Thurles in Black 47 (1847)

“You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us and the world will be as one”
Extract from the song ‘Imagine’ with lyrics by John Lennon.

In our blog of January 21st 2017 last we called on Co. Tipperary elected representatives, from all political parties, to come together under one single umbrella; to find real solutions for our current poorly represented and grossly neglected town of Thurles and indeed the county of Tipperary.

Archdeacon Henry Cotten, C of I, Thurles & Chairperson of the Thurles and Rahealty Famine Food Committee.

Today we turn to history (knowledge acquired by investigation), to demonstrate, via a study of the past, the importance of politicians uniting under one umbrella; taking time to disregard their own personal differences, prejudices and beliefs, in favour of finding fair, equal and paramount solutions to the needs of every person residing in this forgotten rural ‘Premier County’.

Back then in 1845 it was not Irish elected Members of Parliament who came to the rescue of those shivering in the cold and wet, anxiously expecting the fragments of cold ‘stir-about’ that remained following the workhouse pauper meal. Rather it was religious leaders; Quakers, and here in Thurles Fr. William Barron (Administrator within the Thurles Roman Catholic community) closely working together with Archdeacon Henry Cotten (Head of the Thurles Church of Ireland community).

It was these same religious communities, whom we are so quick to condemn today that carried our town through the ‘Great Famine’ period, while at the same time encouraging the importance of education, which today 172 years later, has raised us out of hopeless misery and abject poverty.

In examining factual history; we ask the question “What were living conditions like in the town of Thurles, Co. Tipperary in 1847; the third year of the ‘Great Famine’ (1846 -1852), during a period of mass starvation, disease and the mass emigration and migration from rural Irish towns, villages and their hinterlands?”

For Thurles the most accurate answers to these queries are set out in two ‘Question and Answer Reports’ sent out by the Thurles and Rahealty Famine Food Committee, which met in the rented parlour of the home of Dr Robert C. Knaggs MD. (MD – Medical Doctor), Main Street, Thurles (Today known as Liberty Square, Thurles, in the shoe shop currently occupied by McMahons.)

First Report – British Association for the Relief of Extreme Distress in Ireland and Scotland.

The first of these reports was sent to the British Association for the Relief of Extreme Distress in Ireland and Scotland and forwarded to Lieutenant Col. Douglas on February 11th 1847. This Association had been formed in January 1847, in London, supported by bankers and other prominent people, to provide, “competent machinery for administering the public munificence”. Queen Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria) had requested that her name be placed at the head of the list of donors[1] to this Association with a contribution of £2,000.00 and later added a further £500, one sixth of whose total funds only went to support the potato failure in Scotland.

[1] It would be Charles Stewart Parnell (1846 – 1891), Irish nationalist politician and one of the most powerful figures in the British House of Commons in the 1880’s who later would spread the untruth, indeed myth, that Queen Victoria of England was the only sovereign who gave nothing out of her private purse to a starving Irish people.

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Death Of Winnie Maher, Horse & Jockey, Thurles

It is with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Monday 23rd January 2017, of Mrs Winnie Maher (née Kirwan), Forgestown, Horse & Jockey, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Beloved wife of the late Dan; Mrs Maher, while in her 99th year, passed away peacefully; most deeply regretted by her loving daughter Sr. Maria (Carmelite Monastery, Roebuck), son Seamus; brother Tom; sisters-in-law Norrie and Rita; nephews; nieces; extended relatives; neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Maher will repose at Egan’s Funeral Home, Thurles tomorrow evening Wednesday  from 5.30pm with removal at 7.30pm to St Peter’s Church, Moycarkey, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Requiem Mass will take place on Thursday morning at 11.30am followed immediately afterwards by interment in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Moycarkey.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.

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Death Of Bridget Jackman, Parnell Street, Thurles

It is with great sadness we learned of the death, on Sunday 8th January 2017, of Mrs Bridget Jackman (née Callanan), St Helens, Merseyside, UK and formerly of Parnell Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her husband Vincent, the passing of Mrs Jackman is most deeply regretted by her son Kevin; grandchildren Michael and Claire; great-grandchildren Mikie and Katie; nieces; nephews; extended relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Jackman will repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles on Wednesday, 25th January, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, to arrive at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles at 7.00pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Thursday morning, 26th January, at 11.00am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Loughtagalla, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

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Death Of Mary Connolly, Moyne, Thurles

It is with great sadness we learned of the death today, Saturday 21st January 2017, of Mrs Mary Connolly (née Manton), Moyneard, Moyne, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her son Denis; the passing of Mrs Connolly is most deeply regretted by her loving husband Jim; sons Seamus, Francis and Paschal; daughter Rita; son-in-law; daughters-in-law; grandchildren; great grandchildren; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nephews; nieces; extended relatives; neighbours and a wide circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Connolly will repose at Egan’s Funeral Home on tomorrow evening, Sunday 22nd January, 2017 from 5.00pm to 7.30pm, arriving at St. Mary’s Church, Moyne, Thurles, at 8.00pm.

Funeral Mass will be held on Monday morning, 23rd January, 2017 at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Moyne, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.

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