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Local Football Match Abandoned Following Player Injury

 ‘Tipperary Water’ County Under 21 B Football Semi-final between Clonoulty v Portroe abandoned at half-time.

The ‘Tipperary Water’ County Under 21 B GAA football semi-final had to be abandoned yesterday evening, following a serious leg injury to Clonoulty-Rossmore Team Captain Garry Donnelly.

The match against Portroe, being played at Inch ‘The Ragg’, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, saw the Clonoulty-Rossmore lad suffer a suspected broken leg, while in the process of kicking possibly the last point of the first half.

An ambulance was summoned and referee Brian Tyrell, after initial attention to the players condition, blew half-time. The ambulance, from Thurles Ambulance Base, was quickly on the scene and following a speedy examination by the crew, it was decided to transfer the player to hospital, via the Irish Community Air Ambulance service.

Following a discussion by officials it was also mutually agreed by those in attendance, to call off the match.

We wish Mr Donnelly a full and speedy recovery from his accident, in the weeks ahead.


Cost Of Postage Increases From Today

The cost of a postage stamp has increased from today, with the standard domestic letter rate for items weighing up to 100g, within our green isle, increasing from €0.72c to €1.00. The standard ‘International Letter Rate’ for weights up to 100g will also increase from €1.10 to €1.35. 

An Post state that these increases of between 12% and 39% right across the full range of Irish mail services are now necessary for them to continue to meet their Universal Service Obligations. They also claim that

Mr David McRedmond (An Post CEO) has stated recently that this present price increase represents the average price across Europe, and their new domestic stamp rate of €1.00 is still well below the EU Average of €1.10, surely the accuracy of his statement must remain questionable. The price of an Irish stamp today remains the forth highest in Europe (See above); with the average price of a stamp in Europe standing at around the 75 cent mark.


Fascinating Story Of Tipperary’s Paddy McCarthy

Tipp Mid West Radio’s Tom Hurley Reports On ‘The Cashel Pioneer.’

In 1900, an Irishman named Paddy McCarthy arrived in Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina. After initially working in the port, he obtained a position as a physical education teacher in a school, but also boxed and became involved in football as a player, coach and referee.

In fact, he competed in what’s considered the country’s first ever professional boxing match and his name is also associated with the foundation of Boca Juniors football club, with some even crediting him for assigning them their trademark blue and gold jerseys, which they still wear today.

Later through his work with the Sports Municipal Committee of Buenos Aires, Paddy McCarthy did much to promote sport especially among the young but is purported to have gone to his grave in 1963 at the age of 92, having revealed little about himself or indeed his time in Ireland. Interestingly however, it is written that he was born on the 17th of March 1871 in Cashel, Co. Tipperary and attended the Christian Brothers School. It has also been suggested that he had the Premier County’s GAA colours very much in mind, when selecting a kit for Boca Juniors.

McCarthy’s fascinating story will now be the subject of a 4-part documentary to be aired on Tipp Mid West Radio, which uncovers more about his time in Argentina and investigates his links to the historic town of Cashel.

It emerges that from around 1850 until the end of the century, Argentina had been a popular destination for Irish emigrants especially from the Midlands, with numerous people from Cashel continuing to make the voyage well into the 1920’s. As a consequence, hurling was one of the sports introduced from abroad, which became increasingly popular.

The documentary has uncovered a lot of new information on Paddy McCarthy and the high regard in which he was held in his adopted homeland. For example, he had the distinction of refereeing the first ever Superclásico, latter the name given to the football derby played between Boca Juniors and River Plate. Boxers he regarded as friends included Babe Herman and Gene Tunney, whilst he is also photographed with the president of Argentina, the Duke of Kent and the Prince of Wales when they visited Buenos Aires in 1931. He was also the recipient of a gift from Theodore Roosevelt.

Interviewees for the programme include Cashel residents Albert Carrie, Seamus King, John O’Connor and Tom Wood.  Noel Blanchfield from Ballyneale who resides in Yonkers, New York outlines how he became intrigued by McCarthy’s story, having first come across his name in the United States. Among the other contributors is academic and historian Edmundo Murray from Buenos Aires, who has conducted the most extensive research on McCarthy to date.

The revealing 4-part documentary entitled ‘The Cashel Pioneer’ by Tom Hurley will be aired over four Wednesdays at 11.05am on Tipp Mid West Radio, beginning on April 19th next. The programmes can be heard outside the county on www.tippmidwestradio.com.


Death Of Noel Purcell No 15 Kennedy Park, Thurles

It is with great sadness we learned of the death, on Wednesday 12th April 2017, of Mr Noel Purcell, Villa Braun, St. Anne’s, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary and formerly of No 15 Kennedy Park, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by his father Paddy (ex-member of Thurles Sugar Company); Mr Purcell passed away most deeply regretted by his mother Annie; loving sister Elma; brothers John, Stephen and Patrick; extended relatives; friends; carers and his community in St. Anne’s.

Funeral Arrangements.
The earthly remains of Mr Purcell will repose in St. Anne’s Community reception on tomorrow Friday from 5.00pm to 7.30pm.

Removal will take place on Saturday morning at 9.00am to arrive at the church of St. Joseph and St. Brigid, Bohernanave, Thurles, at 10.15am.

Funeral Prayers at 11.00am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.


Inquest On Death Of Evan Morrissey

In 2014 Mr Evan Morrissey, aged 28, from Cashel, Co. Tipperary, who had initially attended at South Tipperary General Hospital complaining of a severe headache, vomiting and neck pain; died at Cork University Hospital, some 20 days after he had first sought help.

Late Mr Evan Morrissey

The young father of five was sent home from hospital three times, having being told he was suffering from migraine; later died following a haemorrhage from a cerebral artery aneurysm. He had been sent home three times before a scan following his fourth visit on March 18th, eventually showed he was experiencing an intra-cranial haemorrhage to the brain; latter which, according to medical personnel, at the longest, had occurred within the previous two days.

Consultant Radiologist Dr John Hynes of South Tipperary General Hospital told the Coroner’s Court that a previous scan, undertaken on March 7th, had come back showing everything was clear.

On that evening of the fourth visit, Mr Morrissey was immediately transferred to Cork University Hospital, however despite medical intervention he had sadly passed away.

A jury of four women and two men returned a verdict in line with the medical evidence produced.  Mr Philip Comyn (Coroner) extended his deepest sympathies to Mr Morrissey’s partner, M/s Gwen Bradley’s and their five children.

Speaking after the inquest into the death of Mr Morrissey, M/s Bradley stated that she no longer had faith in the Irish hospital system. She instructed her solicitor Mr Cian O’Carroll to withdraw from the inquest, when the coroner refused to allow him to ask a CUH consultant about the treatment that Mr Morrissey had received on each visit to the South Tipperary General hospital facility.

The court was also informed that, since this event, new guidelines, including a check-list to identify red-flag issues, has since been introduced for emergency department staff at South Tipperary General Hospital.

Death By Geography For Tipperary Dwellers
Meanwhile last month (March 2017), Cork University Hospital (CUH) recorded the highest trolley figure nationwide at 716.  Second highest for the same period was University Hospital Limerick (UHL) at 699, followed by University Hospital Galway (UHG) at 638, with hospitals outside Dublin continuing to endure the worst of the overcrowding; as already forecast by the Siren Study.