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Major Drug Seizure Near Thurles Co. Tipperary

The Garda Press Office have confirmed that a major drug seizure has taken place, early this morning, (8th March 2017), near Thurles, Co. Tippearay.

It is confirmed that drugs including Heroin and Cocaine, with a possible street value of €850,000, has been recovered during the raid.

As part of ‘Operation Thor’, the multi-strand national anti-crime strategy, Gardaí from Thurles District, together with officers from other areas of Co. Tipperary, searched a house at Reiska, Kilcommon, (some 27.3 km or 17 miles via the R503 from Thurles), early this morning.

During the course of this search, Gardaí uncovered a large quantity of controlled substances, which included Heroin and Cocaine, with an approximate street value of €850,000 (subject to analysis).

One male is understood to have been arrested and is being detained in a Tipperary Garda station, under the provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996 as amended.


Death Announced Of All Ireland Tipperary Hurler Michael Maher

Former Tipperary hurler Mr Michael Maher (born 1930) has passed away at the age of 87, after a long illness. He had been living in a nursing home for some time prior to his death.

Born in Holycross, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, Mr Maher, was, at club level, a three-time Championship Medallist with Holycross-Ballycahill club. He was introduced to the inter-county scene at the age of seventeen, linking up with the Tipperary minor team and later joining the junior side. He made his first senior début in the 1951-52 National League.

Mr Maher would go on to play a key role with Co. Tipperary as part of the so-called “Hell’s Kitchen”, a storied fullback line, containing the legendary John Doyle and celebrated Kieran Carey, winning five All-Ireland medals, six Munster medals and eight National Hurling League medals and was even an All-Ireland runner-up on one occasion.

[Of Course the “Hell’s Kitchen” referred to the players and their often tempestuous nature of exchanges, which greeted any dropping ball, arriving from mid-field in front of the goal area.]

Throughout his career Mr Maher made 30 championship appearances with his retirement announced following the conclusion of the 1966 championship.

Mr Maher won his All-Ireland titles in 1958, 1961, 1962, 1964 and 1965. After retiring as a player, he became the Tipperary County Board chairman and later a selector with the senior team.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Help Fight Cancer On Daffodil Day March 24th 2017

March 24th 2017 is Daffodil Day!

Daffodil Day volunteers from Co. Tipperary recently travelled to Croke Park, in Dublin, to help assist in the launch of the Irish Cancer Society’s 30th Daffodil Day.

Daffodil Day supporters nationwide have raised some €66million to date, for cancer affected individuals in Ireland, since its inaugural Daffodil Day launch which began in 1988. In fact Daffodil Day has now become that vital fund-raising event, which involves communities across the length and breath of Ireland, coming together to support cancer patients and their families.

Incidence of cancer continue to rise annually with up to 150 people being diagnosed with cancer here in Ireland every day. Data extracted from the National Cancer Registry of Ireland reveals that some 1,354 persons, here in Co. Tipperary, were diagnosed as having cancer over a 12 month period.

Daffodil Day is now the day that the people of Ireland come together in massive unity to strongly fight against cancer. On this day our unity and countrywide demonstration of support will once again help fund important cancer research and assist in caring for all those affected by this ghastly and alarming disease.

March 24th, the 30th anniversary of Daffodil Day, can be our day to take action against cancer and hopefully, in the not too distant future, call it to a hault.

This year the Irish Cancer Society needs to raise over €3m on Daffodil Day, to enable the funding of vital services and important cancer research. You the public can support Daffodil Day on March 24th, 2017 by:

  1. Holding a ‘Coffee Morning’ or other event at your home, in your school or in your place of employment.
  2. Register as a volunteer to help sell “Daffodil Pins”.
  3. Buy Daffodils from a volunteer in your community.
  4. Simply Donate online at www.cancer.ie

For more information on Daffodil Day visit www.cancer.ie/daffodilday

Remember the Irish Cancer Society’s Night Nursing service, which in 2016 delivered over 8,000 nights of care to cancer patients in their homes; of which 99 cancer patients in Tipperary received 447 nights of care last year.

In 2016, 659 journeys were facilitated for 57 patients from Tipperary who used the Volunteer Driver Service. The Service currently operates in 21 hospitals around the country and transports patients to and from their chemotherapy treatment.

Grants totalling €9,580 were provided to 18 families in Tipperary through the Society’s Financial Support Programme.


Case Against Irish Boxer O’Reilly Adjourned Until June

Thurles District Court

International Irish boxer Mr Michael O’Reilly will answer charges, in court next June 2017, regarding alleged criminal damage and the breaching of the Public Order Act, all which occurred during an incident last year.

Judge Elizabeth MacGrath adjourned the case yesterday, for three months, at Thurles District Court. Mr O’Reilly has pleaded not guilty to three charges arising from an incident at Ballybeg, Littleton, Co. Tipperary, on April 18th of last year.

The court heard yesterday that the trial is most likely to take at least a half day to complete, with two other co-accused persons, including one juvenile, also understood to have had connections with Mr O’Reilly’s case.

Mr O’Reilly had been sent home in disgrace from the Rio Olympics last August 2016, having failed a drugs test. The 23-year-old, with an address in Mountrath, Co. Laois, had been one of Ireland’s main hopes for an Olympic medal.


Thurles Casino Developer On Tax Defaulters List Again

Failed Super Casino planned for Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles.

Dublin’s famous Dr Quirkey’s Good Time Emporium Arcade has again fallen foul of the Revenue Commissioners, appearing on the latest Revenue Tax Defaulters list.

Dublin Pool & Juke Box Ltd with an address at 55/56 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 has been hit with a bill of €42,273.88 for the under-declaration of PAYE/PRSI, according to the latest Revenue list of tax defaulters, which covers the final three months of 2016. The tax defaulted on, (Excel Sheet – Quarter 4 – 2016 – Part 2) is shown as €20,123.25 – Interest €10,089.01 – Penalties €12,061.62 = Total €42,273.88.)

The company is owned by well known businessman Mr Richard Quirke, a former member of An Garda Síochána, who was listed by the Sunday Independent as having a net worth of some €45 million.

It was Mr Quirke who spearheaded proposed plans to build the much debated Super Casino and Horse Racing track at Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, together with a new proposed Shopping Centre Complex also in the town of Thurles, Co Tipperary; both of which failed in their respective planning applications.

Back in June 2013, Mr Richard Quirke a joint director, together with his wife Anne, had previously failed to disclose €803,485.70 in an under-declaration of Value Added Tax (VAT).  (Tax then was €513,088.80 – Interest €136,470.26 – Penalties €153,926.64 = Total €803,485.70.)