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Death Of Brid Ryan, Willowmere Drive, Thurles

DeathIt is with a great personal sadness I learned of the death yesterday, Thursday 28th April 2016, of M/s Brid (Brigid) Ryan, Willowmere Drive, Thurles,  and formerly of Reiska, Kilcommon, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

M/s Ryan passed away peacefully yesterday, most sadly missed by her sisters, Sr Maureen, Wynsie, Nancy, Jo and Kay and brother Fr Ned Ryan (SPS Kiltegan); brothers-in-law Aidan, Ronan and Joe, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, relatives, neighbours, members of Thurles Drama Group, members of the teaching profession and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of M/s Ryan will repose in Egan’s Funeral Home, Dublin Road, Thurles, on Sunday, 1st May, from 3:30pm to 5:30pm, to arrive at The Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles at 6:00pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Monday, 2nd May, at 11:00am, with burial in Glasnevin Cemetery on Tuesday, May 3rd, arriving in Glasnevin at 12:00 noon.

Note: Family flowers only, however donations, if desired, to St Francis Hospice, Blanchardstown, Co. Dublin.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Death Of Mary Hayes, Newhill, Two-Mile-Borris

deathIt is with sadness we learned of the death today, Thursday 28th April 2016, of Mrs Mary Agnes Hayes (née Bowe), Newhill, Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her husband Dan, daughter Mary Patricia and son-in-law Donal; the passing of Mrs Hayes is most deeply regretted by her children; Fr Martin, Stella, Agnes, John, Donal, Michael and Kieran, her loving grandchildren, her sister Kathleen (Maher), daughters-in-law Marie, Noreen, Miriam and Jasmin, son-in-law Michael, sisters-in-law Sr Annunciata (Hayes), Maura (Bowe) and Mary-Ellen (Bowe), nephews, nieces, relatives, carers, neighbours and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Hayes will repose at Ardeen Nursing Home, Thurles on tomorrow Friday, 29th April, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, to arrive on Saturday, 30th April, to the Church of St James, Two-Mile-Borris, for Requiem Mass at 11:00am. Burial will take place afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Note: Family flowers only please, donations in lieu to Golden Years Day Care or Cameo Care, Thurles.

“Blessed are those who die in the Lord, for their good deeds go with them”

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Thurles Town Park Officially Opened

Today April 27th 2016, Thurles Town Park was officially opened by Councillor Mr Seamus Hanafin, Cathaoirleach (English Trans. – Chairperson) of Tipperary County Council and Councillor Mr John Hogan, latter Cathaoirleach of the local Templemore-Thurles, Municipal District.

Proceedings began, in splendid sunshine, with the officially blessing of the park by His Grace Archdiocese, Kieran O’Reilly, SMA, (Archbishop of Cashel & Emly). Following the official unveiling of a plaque to mark the occasion, those in attendance then retired to the ‘The Source’ exhibition centre, to address all those in attendance.

Speaking at the event, Councillor Mr Hanafin praised the ‘tremendous foresight’ of all involved down through the years, in ensuring that this dream for Thurles truly became a reality. In particular he thanked St Patrick’s College, through college custodians His Grace, Archdiocese, Kieran O’Reilly and Fr. Tom Fogarty (St Patrick’s College President), for ensuring that the site was made available. He was also strong in his praise of Templemore/ Thurles Administrator Mr Michael Ryan and former Thurles U.D.C. Manager Mr Tom Barry, who ensured that the necessary funding was kept securely in place to support this overall planning project going forward to completion.

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Councillor Hanafin pointed out the various modern amenities now being made available to everyone; Play and Sporting areas; Seating areas; Free Exercise facilities; New Bridge offering pedestrian only access to the town centre / Short-cut to the south of the town and not least, an area retained for natural flora/ fauna and other naturally occurring insect & wild life.

Councillor Mr John Hogan spoke of his strong past memories of the old car-park area as a schoolboy; again pointing out the huge benefits that this new amenity now afforded the people of Thurles; not just our youth but also our elderly; our parents with young children; our visitors of all ages, entering into our local community.

In attendance also Mr Joe MacGrath (C.E. Tipperary Co. Council), congratulated his staff on their professional leadership, in bringing to full fruition, this newly completed project. He also hinted that the revitalisation of Liberty Square in the town could begin as soon as the end of this year or very early in 2017, subject to agreement by all relevant stake holders.

Speaking on his Facebook tonight, Mr Michael Lowry TD, who also attended the official opening, concurred with remarks made by Councillor Hanafin, stating;  “A huge debt of gratitude is due to all the businesses of Thurles; their support body Thurles Chamber; former and present Town Councillors and their officials, in making this tremendous park amenity a reality.”


Death Of Patrick Ryan, Friar Street, Thurles

DeathIt is with sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Monday 25th April 2016, of Mr  Patrick (Pa) Ryan, Friar Street, Thurles /Ardeen Nursing Home, Thurles, and formerly of Moakland, Upperchurch, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by his brothers; Fr. Thomas, John and Dan; the passing of Mr Ryan is most deeply regretted by his brother Joseph, sisters Sr. Patricia and Noreen, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Ryan will repose at O’Dwyer’s Funeral Home, Upperchurch, on tomorrow Wednesday from 5:30pm followed by removal at 7:30pm to St. Joseph’s and St. Brigid’s Church, Bothar Na Naomh, Thurles, to arrive at 8:15pm.

Requiem Mass will be held on Thursday at 10:00am, followed by burial immediately afterwards in Upperchurch Cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Kitty Kiernan Car To Go On Display In Thurles


Pictures: (1) Lions Club Poster, (2) Car actually used by Kitty Kiernan & Michael Collins, (3) Lions Club Vintage Car Emblem to be presented to all vintage cars on display.

A 1916 Ford Model T, once belonging to Larry Kiernan, brother of Kitty Kiernan and used often by both Kitty and Michael Collins, will be just one of the star viewing attractions at the forthcoming Thurles Lion’s Club Vintage & Classic Car Show on May 8th 2016 next here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

One of the principal founders of our Irish State independence and later Chairman of the Irish Provisional Government, Michael Collins was first introduced to the ‘bubbly and cheerful’ Kiernan sisters and their family, by his cousin Gearóid O’Sullivan. Gearóid was already courting Kitty’s sister Maud. Kitty, latter the fiancée of Michael Collins, planned to marry in Dublin on November 22nd 1922, in a double ceremony, to include her sister Maud and Gearóid O’Sullivan. The death of Collins four months earlier sadly however would result in only one wedding taking place, with Kitty attending same, dressed in black.

As already stated, the 1916 Ford Model T belonged to Kitty’s brother Larry and has just recently been restored. Back in 1916, it was then a new car – just of the assembly line, when it first arrived in Granard, Co. Longford, with Larry having it registered then as a hackney vehicle. Larry, trading as L.D. Kiernan, was a successful businessman in Granard, owning the Greville Arms Hotel, a shop and a licensed premises, latter which he inherited from his parents Bridget and Peter Kiernan, following both their deaths in 1908, within a couple of months of each other.

In 1916, the car drove two volunteers to Dublin including Paul Cusack, a relative of Larry Kiernan’s wife and later often collected Michael Collins from Ballywillan Railway Station, situated on the Dublin to Cavan railway line, when he visited Granard to see Kitty.

Over 35 years ago the vehicle was discovered in a field, in the Mullinlaghata/Cloncivid area of Co. Longford; in very poor condition, however, with the help of a local vintage enthusiast, the wreck was brought back to a garage in Granard and since then has been slowly and carefully restored to its original glory.

Thurles Lion’s Club Vintage, Classic Car Show
This vehicle will be just one of the many items on view at the Thurles Lions Club’s Annual Vintage/Classic Car Show and family day, to be held in Thurles Greyhound Stadium on Sunday May 8th 2016 beginning at 12:00 noon5:00pm.

Amongst the other attractions will be; a Dog Show; an Artisan Food Fare; Craft Stalls; a Bouncy Castle; Auto-Jumblers; Face Painting; an Obstacle Course; a Fortune Teller and a 1916 Exhibition of rarely seen artefacts, latter not just relating to that troubled period in our Irish history, but to a broader world history of that particular era, one hundred years ago.

With children under 12 years FREE and admission to adults only costing €5, this well organised event is expected to attract a large crowd of visitors to Thurles on Sunday, May 8th next.

With less than two weeks to go, do mark your calendar and watch this website, especially coming nearer to the date of this event, for further details and more exiting news.