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Major Drug Seizures Across Co. Tipperary

Operation Overwatch – Drugs Operation Tipperary Division – Drugs €1.2 million seized.

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Gardaí in Tipperary have confirmed that an intelligence led Drugs Operation under ‘Operation Overwatch’, was completed across the Tipperary Division between September 26th and today, September 30th 2016.

Gardaí from the Tipperary Divisional Drugs Unit together with Detectives, Uniformed Community Gardaí, including Gardaí from the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau and the Garda Dog Unit, all took part in a number of planned drug operations which saw approximately €1.2 million in controlled drugs seizures.

As part of this recent operation a total of 26 locations were searched across the Division, including at least one here on the west side of Thurles town, with 9 suspects arrested for ‘Possession of Drugs for Sale and Supply under Section 15 Misuse of Drugs Act’, which also included 11 detections for ‘Simple Possession Contrary to Section 3 Misuse of Drugs Act 1977-1984’. Further searches took place this morning with additional arrests made.

Gardaí have also confirmed that a total of 34 Penal Warrants and 14 Bench Warrants were executed as part of this operation, with these offenders currently before the District Court.

Three significant drug seizures were made as part of this September 2016 operation and locations are named hereunder:

(1) On Sunday the 25th September 2016, a cannabis grow house was located in Ballykisteen Tipperary with drugs to the value of €7000 seized (analysis pending). One male, aged 26 years, was arrested before being released without charge with a file being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

(2) On Wednesday 28th September 2016, following this intelligence led operation, a cannabis grow house was located in Nenagh with drugs to the value of €20,000 (analysis pending), seized. One male aged 43 years was arrested and charged, before being remanded on bail to appear at Nenagh District Court on the 14th October 2016 next.

(3) On Wednesday 28th September 2016, following a joint operation between the Tipperary Divisional Drugs Unit, the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau; a sophisticated grow house was located in Hollyford, 28.2km or 17.5 miles from Thurles, Co Tipperary. Controlled drugs with an estimated street value of €1.1 million were seized (pending analysis).  As part of this operation two males in their 40’s, were arrested and are currently detained at Thurles and Templemore Garda Stations under the provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drugs Trafficking)  Act 1996, as amended.

The success of this past weeks operation will most definitely have a significant impact in the distribution of controlled drugs and the dismantling of drug related activity across Tipperary Division and indeed further afield.

The aim of Operation Overwatch is to reduce the incidence of Drug Trafficking and other related criminal activity, by supporting communities right across Tipperary and is under the command of Thurles Chief Superintendent Catherine Kehoe, Local District Officers, while co-ordinated by Divisional Detective Inspector Patrick O’Callaghan.

Anyone with information on these or any other crimes should contact their local Garda Station or the Garda Confidential Line on Telephone: 1800 666 111.


Death Of Thomas Butler Kennedy Park, Thurles

deathIt is with sadness we learned of the death today, Thursday 29th September 2016, of Mr Thomas (Hitler) Butler, Kennedy Park, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Butler passed away suddenly at his residence, most deeply regretted by his loving wife Teresa (nee Kavanagh); daughters Josephine (Lowry) and Annettte; sons Michéal, Paddy and Mark; brother Michael; sister-in-law Kathy Major; granddaughters; niece; nephews; relatives and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Butler will repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, on Saturday, 1st October, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

His remains will arrive at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles at 8.30pm. Requiem Mass will be held on Sunday, 2nd October, at 12.00 noon, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Note: Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to the Community Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles, Co. Tipperary or St Mary’s Day Care Centre, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Child Welfare & Protection In Sport Training

litTipperary Sports Partnership is facilitating a ‘Child Welfare & Protection in Sport Basic Awareness’ training. This course is aimed at sports leaders, children’s officers, parents or anyone working with young people in sport.

A central goal for all those involved in sport for young people is to provide a safe, positive and nurturing environment, where children can develop and enhance their physical and social skills.

Promoting a child-centred environment should go hand in hand with identifying and eliminating practices that impact negatively on safe and enjoyable participation in sport for young people.

The next series of workshops will be delivered by Sport Ireland tutors on October 19th, at the LIT Campus in Thurles, starting at 6.00pm sharp.

This training will enable Children’s Officers/Sports Leaders to:-
• Implement best practice in protecting the welfare of participants.
• Create a child-centred environment within the sports club.
• List categories of abuse and some indicators associated with abuse.
• Make an appropriate response to a disclosure.
• Make a report to designated officer or appropriate Statutory Authorities.

Prior registration with Tipperary Sports Partnership is necessary, so please contact them to obtain a registration form. A nominal fee of €15 is required to secure your place. Please book early as places will be limited on the workshop.

A ‘Certificate of Attendance’ will be awarded to those taking part on full completion of the course.

Note: For registration or further information on a course near you, please contact TSP Clonmel office (052-6187080) or TSP Nenagh office (067-44888).


Serious Accident Reported In Confraternity Hall, Thurles

I received hundreds of telephone calls today seeking an explanation as to why the doors of the Confraternity Hall, here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary, had been left wide open for the past three nights.

Following intense investigations, as always by Thurles.Info, we have learned that a serious accident occurred in the hall building at around 9.50pm on Saturday night last.

hypnosisAs most people locally were aware; it was ‘Karaoke Night’, for Senior Citizens on Saturday night last, in this well known venue. After a strong vocal performance by senior amateur singers, namely Alice Ryan, Micky Brennan and Pajoe Maher; latter who were all accompanied on piano by 90 year old Nancy Dowling, it became time for the much anticipated and invited guest star, ‘Ivan the Hypnotist’.

Ivan, an English speaking Russian nursing physiologist (He gave up nursing when he discovered he could make more money as an entertainer working just 3 hours each week.), much to the excitement of his doting fans, explained that he was going to put all of his audience into a deep trance. “Yes, each and every one of you and all at the same time.” promised Ivan.

It is reported that you could hear a pin drop in the Confraternity Hall, as Ivan carefully withdrew from his waistcoat pocket a large, beautiful, Victorian, gold pocket watch and chain.

“I want each of you to keep your eyes firmly focused on this watch”, said Ivan, holding the watch high above his head for all and sundry to view. Ivan began to swing the watch gently back and forth, while quietly, in a deep hypnotic voice, chanting; “Watch the watch — Watch the watch —- Watch the watch.”

The focused Senior Citizens slowly became mesmerized as the timepiece swung from left to right. Their seventy five pairs of ‘peepers’ remaining fixed firmly on the reflected stage lighting coming clearly from the gleaming surface of the gently swaying hypnotic tool.

Then, suddenly and for no obvious or apparent reason, a link on the watch chain snapped, resulting in it falling heavily to the stage floor; before bursting into hundreds of small pieces on impact.

“SHIT,”  said Ivan.

Twenty five people were later removed by road and air ambulances to Limerick University Hospital, suffering from serious gas inhalation problems; where they currently remain on blanket-less trolleys.  A hospital spokesperson from the Health Service Executive (HSE), has confirmed that none of the injuries are regarded as immediately life threatening.

We understand it took nine gallons of Jeyes Fluid, 10 part-time cleaners, twenty five volunteers from Thurles Civil Defence; all working over the last two days to clean up after this accident. Doors to the Confraternity Hall are expected to close tonight following an inspection today by the Health Information & Quality Authority (HIQA).

‘Ivan the Hypnotist,’ who remained, thankfully, uninjured following the accident, is not expected to be invited back to perform in Thurles again; well not in the immediate future anyway. (Well look at our last government; are not a combination of short memories and time, surely great healers?)


Death Of Shirley Carrigan, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

DeathIt is with a great personal sadness I learned of the death today, Tuesday 27th September 2016, of Mrs Shirley Carrigan (née Beuttell), Glengarriff, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her beloved husband John; the much loved Mrs Carrigan passed away deeply regretted by her children, Richard, Michael and Janet; daughters in law Geraldine and Ruthie; grandchildren Mark, Ben and Georgina; niece; nephews; relatives; and many friends and colleagues.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Carrigan will arrive at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles, on Sunday 2nd October at 5.45pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Monday, 3rd October, at 11.00am. Burial afterwards at Moycarkey Church, Moycarkey, Thurles.

Note: House Strictly Private. Family flowers only. Donations (if desired) to Tipperary NR Hospice.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.