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Death Of Mary O’Donnell, Liskeveen, Littleton, Thurles

It was with a great personal sadness, I learned of the death yesterday, Tuesday 26th September 2017, of Mrs Mary O’Donnell (née White), Riversdale House, Liskeveen, Littleton, Thurles  and ‘First Edition’ Boutique,  No 19, Liberty Square, Thurles, Co. Tipperary; formerly a native of Wexford Town, Co Wexford.

A lady of extreme generosity, caring, knowledgeable and at all times most professional; Mrs O’Donnell passed away, while in the loving care of the Matron and Staff of St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Merrion Road, Dublin 4, Co. Dublin.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her husband Dan; children Damien, Rory and Ash; brothers Gerard and James; close friend Rosaleen (Eth); sisters-in-law; brother-in-law; extended family and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs O’Donnell will repose at her residence on tomorrow, Thursday 28th September 2017, from 3.00pm to 7.00pm, to arriving at St Peter’s Church, Moycarkey, Thurles, on the following morning, Friday 29th September, at 11.30am.

Requiem Mass will take place on Friday next at 12.00 noon, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St Peter’s Cemetery, Moycarkey, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Note Please: Donations, if desired, to Suir Haven, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a h-anam dílis.


Thurles Sarsfields GAA Story – Volume 1 Continued

Back row (L to R): – Mick Murphy, John Delahunty, Tommy Lanigan, Tim Nyhan, Paddy Bowe, John Maher, John Lanigan, John Semple, Ger Cornally, Gerry Doyle, Dan Mackey, Paddy Maher (W).   Front row (L to R): – Denis ‘Bunny’ Murphy, Tommy Semple, Tommy Lanigan, Danny Doyle, Jim Lanigan (Capt.), Eddie Gleeson, Tommy Doyle, Paddy O’Gorman.

We bring you yet another Thurles Sarsfields picture taken back in the 1940’s, one of the many rare photographs due to be published in the forthcoming publication: – “Thurles Sarsfields GAA Story-Volume 1”, by author Liam Ó Donnchú, and which will be launched in early November of this year.

This captivating publication runs to over 500 pages, packed with facts, figures and photos about the club; latter situated here in Thurles, the home and birthplace of the GAA.

As we have previously stated, this long-awaited and overdue hard-back publication, costing €25, will be available in Thurles through Bookworm, Lár na Páirce, Eason and Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre.

The publication can also be ordered by post (€10 extra) from: Liam Ó Donnchú, Ballymoreen, Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. (Always nice to have it signed by the author.)


Status Yellow Rainfall Issued For Co. Tipperary

Met Eireann, the Irish National Meteorological Service, and leading provider of weather information in particular for Ireland, have issued a Status Yellow rainfall warning for some thirteen Irish counties.

They forecast that the counties of Tipperary, Kilkenny, Clare, Galway, Limerick, Roscommon, Sligo, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo,and Waterford will see between 30mm and 50mm of rain, between 9.00pm tonight and 9.00pm tomorrow night.

They also warn that the counties of Cork and Kerry could see roughly the same amount of rain, during this 24-hour period, with even more rain expected in hilly and mountainous areas.

This latest weather warning is expected to call a halt to members of our farming community all set to spread slurry over the next day or two.

Status Yellow rainfall warnings /alerts are to notify those who are at risk, due to their location and/or indeed planned activity, to undertake preventative action. Status Yellow rainfall warning alerts are for weather conditions that do not pose an immediate threat to the general population, rather only to those exposed to risk by the very nature of their location or prearranged activity.


Co. Kilkenny’s Local Property Tax Remains Unchanged

While Tipperary County Councillors saw fit to raise Local Property Tax by 10%, County Councillors sharing our border in Kilkenny county have, this evening, agreed unanimously that the amount of Local Property Tax to be collected from house owners for the coming fiscal year 2018, will not change.

Dublin City Councillors voted 42-11 against a hike in their Local Property Tax.

This decision was arrived at by County Councillors, despite Council Management again seeking a full 15% increase in order to balance expenditure demands.

Councillors stated that they were mindful of the impact any increase would have on already besieged households, right across the county, and condemned the current framework where a Local Property Tax rate decision is required two months in advance of a local authority’s statutory budget meeting.

Meanwhile An Taoiseach Mr Leo Varadkar has given his views on any dramatic increase in property tax, stating there would be no sudden hikes in property tax rates despite spiralling house price values, particularly in urban areas like Dublin and Cork. (Oh yes, good old Dublin & Cork, the twin capitals must be looked after.)

He stated, “One thing that has not increased, which we don’t want to see, and which we will do might and main to avoid, is any sudden hike in property tax that would come about because of house revaluations.  While there has been a very significant increase in property values, particularly in the greater Dublin area, I certainly don’t envisage, nor do I want to see, a sudden dramatic hike in property tax, to that end we will be working hard to avoid that.”

Obviously no one informed Tipperary Co. Councillors of Mr Varadkar’s wishes; and Tipperary Co. Councillors in turn have failed to inform Mr Varadkar and his minority government that Tipperary do not have quality Public Services; just one example being our hospital services situated both north and south of the county.


SuperValu’s TidyTown’s Award Comes To Tipperary

Birdhill, Co. Tipperary, Tidy Towns Winners 2017 & Ireland’s Tidiest Village.

The village of Birdhill (Irish: Cnocán an Éin Fhinn, or the Hill of the Fair Bird) in North, West Co. Tipperary has beaten off stiff competition, to be named overall winner of the Tidy Towns 2017 competition, (Sponsored by SuperValu) with 332 points.

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Situated off the N7 motorway, midway between Limerick city and Nenagh, and overlooking Lough Derg; Birdhill received a double accolade by also being named ‘Ireland’s Tidiest Village’.

SuperValu Managing Director Mr Martin Kelleher paid tribute to the winners and indeed all 870 other towns and villages and their communities who had entered the competition during the current year.

Birdhill’s Tidy Town’s Committee are no strangers to community awards, with the village previously named “Tidiest Village” in the Tidy Towns Awards in recent years; e.g. 2006, 2007, 2008 and again in 2016. They also won a gold medal in the European Entente Florale competition back in 20o7.

Tidy Towns (Irish: Bailte Slachtmhara) is an annual competition here in Ireland, first begun back in 1958, organised through the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and currently sponsored by SuperValu. The overall aim is to honour the tidiest and most attractive cities, towns and villages throughout the country.

The Competition is judged during the summer months May – August, using independent adjudicators, who issue each town / community with a written report, latter highlighting positive advancement and offering future recommendations on how each area can further improve their immediate surroundings.

Representatives from Birdhill’s Tidy Towns Committee picked up their trophy and a cheque for €10,000 in Dublin this morning.