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Death Of Sr Louise Ryan, Holycross, Thurles

deathIt was with sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Sunday 6th November 2016, of Sr Louise Ryan, Little Sisters of the Assumption, Ballybrack, Dublin and formerly of Holycross, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Sr Louise (Josie), Our Lady’s Manor, Dalkey, Co Dublin, passed away while in the care of St Vincent’s Hospital, Co. Dublin after a short illness.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her sisters, Sadie Ryan and Sr Philomena PVBM (Lily); her brothers-in-law Donal and Jim; her nieces; nephews; grandnieces; grandnephews; cousins; relatives; friends and her Community of Little Sisters of the Assumption.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Sr Louise will repose in the Community House in Ballybrack tomorrow, Tuesday, from 2.00pm with removal to the Church of The Apostles, Ballybrack, arriving for 5.00pm.

Requiem Mass will be held on Wednesday at 11.00am, followed by burial immediately afterwards in Deans Grange Cemetery, Kill of the Grange, Co. Dublin.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Death of Breda Ryan, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

DeathIt was with sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Saturday 5th November 2016, of Mrs Breda Ryan (née Traynor), Glenageary, Co. Dublin / formerly of Limerick and Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The passing of Mrs Ryan is most deeply regretted by her loving husband Paddy (formerly of West Gate, Thurles); daughter Denise; sons John and Stephen; son-in-law Pat; daughters-in-law Ursula and Jessica; grandchildren Ben, Georgia, Emma, Matthew and Oscar; brother Denis; sisters Vera and Jerri; extended family members; neighbours and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Ryan will repose at her home on Monday, November 7th, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm, to arrive at Our Lady of Victories Church, Sallynoggin, on Tuesday, November 8th, for Requiem Mass at 10.00am.

Burial will take place immediately afterwards in Shanganagh Cemetery, Dublin Road (Old Bray Road), Shankill, Co. Dublin.

Note: Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to Parkinson’s Association of Ireland.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Five Tipperary Towns & Villages Benefit From Renewal Scheme


Michael Lowry TD

Five Tipperary towns and villages are to benefit from the ‘Town and Village Renewal Scheme’, same announced some time ago by the Fine Gael TD and Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

Having made strong representations to Minister Humphreys on behalf of all applications put forward from Tipperary Co. Council; Michael Lowry TD today welcomed the inclusion of the towns and villages across Tipperary, included as part of this renewal scheme.

Welcoming the funding, the Tipperary Independent TD stated, “This funding awarded to these five towns and villages in Tipperary will be used for a number of different projects, already identified by Tipperary Co. Council and in consultation with local Councillors and active Community Groups. This rural funding will greatly assist in projects such as improving footpaths, public plazas, visual landscaping and the enhancement of tourism amenities”.

As stated; a total of five towns and villages across Tipperary are to benefit, with €380,000 in total having been awarded to the following individual urban areas.

Tipperary Town will get €97,500 for the enhancement of the ‘Centre Plaza Project’ in the town.
Borrisokane will receive €97,500 to be spent on ‘Street and Pavement Enhancement’.
Carrick-on-Suir will benefit to the tune of €47,500 for ‘Landscaping and Development of a Public Plaza’.
Cahir will also receive €97,500 for the enhancement of ‘Public Toilet facilities’.
Templemore will receive €40,000 as part of its ‘Landscape Development Plan’.

This funding, drawn down, will meet up to 85% of the total cost of each of the projects identified.

In welcoming the funding Deputy Lowry stated, “This ‘Renewal Scheme’ funding will play a vital roll in the advancement of identified projects chosen for investment under this overall scheme”.


Death Of Ann Gleeson, Kickham Street, Thurles

DeathIt is with a deep sense of personal sadness I learned of the death today, Thursday 3rd November 2016, of Mrs Ann Gleeson (née O’Dwyer), No. 2, Dalcassian Terrace, Kickham Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Peacefully at her home and while in the loving care of her family; Mrs Gleeson passed away from an illness most bravely borne.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her loving husband Joe; daughter Marian; son Joseph (Comdt. Óglaigh na hÉireann), grandchildren Bill and Emily; son-in-law John; daughter-in-law Anne Marie; sister Mary; brothers Michael, Edward and Tommy; Catherine and Tom; brother-in-law Ollie; sisters-in-law Joan and Margaret; nephews; nieces; cousins; extended relatives; neighbours and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Gleeson will repose in Kennedy’s Funeral Home, Dublin Road, Thurles, on Saturday evening from 5.00pm to 8.00pm; to arrive at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Cathedral St., Thurles at 8.30pm.

Funeral Mass will take place on Sunday at 12.00 noon, followed by burial immediately afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Note: Family flowers only please, donations, if desired, to North Tipperary Hospice Movement.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Conquering ‘Tipperary Hill’


Tipperary Hill, Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York.

Tipp Mid West Radio’s Tom Hurley Reports:
For centuries the Irish have emigrated all over the world and named many of the places where they settled after towns and districts remembered from back home. Sizeable contingents of men and women and their families from Irish counties would often flock to a particular area with the result that generations later, many of their descendants would claim to feel a deep connection and identification with their once ancestral homeland, even though most may never have visited there themselves.

It’s a fascinating and often under researched topic, but one which is to be the subject of a forthcoming two-part documentary due to be aired shortly on Tipp Mid West Radio, when the connections between one such place in America and the Premier County (Co. Tipperary) are, possibly for the first time, openly investigated.

Tipperary Hill, Syracuse, New York

Tipperary Hill is a district in the city of Syracuse, in Onondaga County in the State of New York. It’s located roughly 300 miles inland from both New York City and Boston. Simply put, Tipperary Hill is purported to have got its name because of the sheer amount of immigrants who had settled there by the year 1860, which came not just from Ireland, but from our own county of Tipperary.

Not surprisingly the majority of these immigrants arrived during the Famine, but the programme can now also reveal that numbers also made this journey from Co. Tipperary earlier; during the Revolutionary War of the late 1700’s, and from 1817 onwards many were attracted to find work on the construction of the 363 miles (584 km) long Erie Canal, begun in 1817 and opened on October 26th, 1825.

Today, Tipperary Hill is a thriving community with many of its residents extremely conscious and proud of their districts links to those who arrived from the Premier County.  A large number of their descendants have also traced their ancestry back to particular towns and areas, with Cashel, Thurles, Upperchurch and Ballyporeen amongst the locations pinpointed by interviewees to the programme.

In addition to investigating with American contributors what drew these early settlers from Co. Tipperary to the Syracuse area and how they fared when they got there, historians Des Marnane from Tipperary Town and Seamus King in Cashel offer an insight into the kind of place Co. Tipperary was to live, during the first half of the 19th century when the bulk of the emigration was taking place. Des Marnane, well-known for his extensive research into the Famine, also provides some heart wrenching eviction and emigration figures pertinent to the county for the period.

The documentary also sheds light on the discrimination faced by the early Irish in the city of Syracuse and examines the origins of the evil leprechauns and the famous ‘Upside Down Traffic Light’, positioned at the intersection of Milton Avenue and Tompkins Street at Tipperary Hill, which many in turn link to the ancient practice of ‘stone throwing’, associated with the Premier County.

Part one of this revealing documentary entitled ‘Conquering Tipperary Hill’ by Tom Hurley, is due to be aired on Tipp Mid West Radio on Monday morning next, November 7th at 11.30am. Part two of the programme will be broadcast at the same time on the following week. Both radio broadcasts can be heard live, outside the Co. Tipperary area, by going online on www.tippmidwestradio.com.

For lovers of Ireland, Co. Tipperary and Irish history, both radio documentaries make for essential listening.