It is with great sadness we learn of the death last Friday (20th February 2015) of Tipperary born former Flag Officer Commanding the Naval Service, Commodore Liam Brett, of Glounthaune, Co. Cork and formerly of Lucan, Co. Dublin and Cappauniac, Cahir, Co Tipperary.
Mr Brett passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, while in the tender and compassionate care of the Sisters, Nursing and Care Staff at the Bon Secours Care Village, Mount Desert, Co. Cork.
Loving husband of the late Eileen (nee Twomey) and father of Bríd, Denise, Martin and Joseph; Commodore Brett will be sorely missed by his children for his love, life and leadership and by his son-in-law Seán, grandchildren Róisín, Deirdre and Gearóid Cottrell, Amy and Richard Brett, nieces, nephews, relatives and a wide circle of neighbours and close friends.
Commodore Brett’s internment will take place following 11.00am Requiem Mass at the Sacred Heart Church, Glounthaune, tomorrow, in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Little Island, Co. Cork.
Aged 86, Commodore Brett, during his lifetime, was central to the development of the Irish Naval Services, beginning when the Service commissioned the ‘LE Deirdre’(1971) from the Verolme Dockyard in Co. Cork. Later under his watch the Naval Service would also acquire a further seven ships, thus allowing it to carry out Irish offshore patrols and fishery protection duties, following Ireland’s access to the then EEC.
Commodore Brett was also involved in the operation to recover the Aer Lingus Viscount aircraft that crashed off Tuskar Rock in 1967 and was involved in the recovery operation to raise the Air India plane which crashed into the sea off the West Cork coast in 1985. He played a major role in the interception, by three Naval Service ships, of the ‘MV Claudia’, latter bearing with guns, bound for the Provisional IRA, off Helvick Head in Co Waterford in 1973. Some eleven years later he was involved in a similar operation, when the ‘LE Emer’ and the ‘LE Aisling’ intercepted the vessel ‘Marita Anne,’ again with an arms cargo, off the Kerry coast.
Commodore Brett first joined the Naval Service in 1947, enjoying a 44-year career and rising to the rank of Flag Officer, prior to his retirement in 1990.
The eyes of all true music lovers will be focused on the ‘Late Late Show’ come Friday night next, February 27th, when five acts will take to the RTE1 studio stage to decide who will represent Ireland in this year’s 60th edition Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Vienna, Austria, following on from Conchita Wurst’s victory in the 2014.
But here in Tipperary eyes will be especially focused on an emerging and exciting talented musician; 16-year-old secondary school student, Molly Sterling from Puckane, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. Molly is a self-taught musician and despite her tender years is already an accomplished singer /songwriter and to use the words of a well known Tipperary politician, “bright, intelligent and is not bad looking either”. (Yip, no politically correctness is ever tolerated here in Co Tipperary, so Dublin media get used to it.)
Currently a student attending Saint Andrew’s College; the lyrics of Molly’s competing song “Playing With Numbers”, which she co-wrote with Greg French, discusses the risks people take every day in their respective loves, lives and other experiences and will be part of her upcoming new album which is well in the making.
With a pure belief in her lyrics, Molly admits that she reaches real true happiness only when channeling her feelings and emotions through her voice and those black and white ivory keys; latter an essential part of her dusty piano, cornered here in her Tipperary home.
Molly is likely to face some tough opposition via fellow contestants Nikki Kavanagh, Kat Mohan, Alex Saint and Erika Selin, but the lyrics of her song convey meaning beyond her years, her music is addictive, haunting and emotional and with a voice reminiscent of Sarah McLachlan, win or lose on Friday next, Molly’s future in the Irish and indeed the world’s music industry is most certainly guaranteed.
Thurles CBS (Tipperary) 2-12 (18 pts) – St Francis College, Rochestown (Cork) 1-12 (15 pts)
In front of close to 2,000 spectators and following a six year gap, Thurles CBS have claimed back the Dr Harty Cup for an eighth time. Playing in Mallow Co. Cork this afternoon, Thurles killed off their rivals St Francis College, Rochestown and the latter’s dream of a first Harty decider.
Doubtless it was Billy McCarthy, the Thurles Sarsfields midfielder, who truly inspired Thurles CBS to Harty Cup glory, scoring a first half goal and a further two late, but nevertheless, crucial points.
Trailing by just one point and with only 11 minutes remaining, Thurles landed four in a row to re-capture for the eight time this much coveted piece of silverware.
Thurles CBS Harty Cup Winners – Picture Courtesy J. O’Loughlin
In the first half, goals from K. Duggan and B. McCarthy were crucial to this latest Harty Cup success for Thurles, who led by 2-7 to 1-6 at the midway point. Robbie Long was unlucky not to have raised the stakes for Thurles five minutes before the break, however his attempt was thwarted by Andrew Cullinane, granting the former instead just one point from the latter’s rebound.
Despite playing against the breeze for the second half, Rochestown did managed to rally from being four points down at half-time to draw level by the 44th minute and with just eleven minutes remaining, Rochestown were indeed a point ahead, thanks to their leading scorer, Ciaran Cormack, latter who landed a free to establish a 1-12 (15 pts) to 2-8 (14 pts) lead, over a desperately hard working and determined Thurles outfit.
However two points from Billy McCarthy granted Thurles the whip hand once more and supported by further scores from Kevin Duggan and Michael Connors, a determined Thurles team ensured their finishing score with four unanswered points.
Thurles, were to lose their free-taker Niall Heffernan to a second yellow card offence at the death, but Thurles had put in enough work by then to ensure their coveted prize.
Scorers for Thurles CBS: B. McCarthy 1-2 (5 pts), K. Duggan 1-1 (4 pts) N. Heffernan 0-4 (4 pts), R. Long 0-2 (2 pts), with P. Kennedy, R. Teehan and M. Connors at 0-1 (1 pt) each.
Thurles CBS Team: W. Tierney, D. Quirke, E. Heffernan, J, Derby, T. Hayes, J. Skehan, C. McCullagh, B. McCarthy, C. Moloney, N. Heffernan, K. Duggan, P. Kennedy, J. Butler, R. Teehan and R. Long.
Substitutes: M. Connors for J. Butler and R. Purcell for C. Moloney.
A Gardaí investigation is under way in Tipperary following the discovery of a man’s body, latter found in suspicious circumstances at McDonagh Street, Nenagh.
The alarm was raised at around 6.00pm yesterday evening, following the discovery of the body of a 36 year old male, which, according to reports was found soaked in blood.
It is understood that the body was found in the shower area of the bathroom of the residence and was pronounced dead by an ambulance crew and a local doctor who both attended at the scene a short time later following the discovery.
The area was immediately sealed off pending a full technical examination by Gardaí and the State Pathologist notified is expected to carry out a full post-mortem examination later today at University Hospital Limerick.
Nenagh Gardaí are investigating all aspects of how the man may have met his death, but currently are treating same as suspicious.
Gardaí have not yet released any information regarding the man’s injuries.
Firstly, let me ask you, our readers, three simple questions!
(A) Are you presently planning your Honeymoon? (B) Are you fed up with our Irish weather and perhaps planning a holiday abroad to somewhere a bit warmer; a Cruise maybe or even an Adventure Holiday for all the family? (C) Would you like a chance to win a €500.00 voucher to assist you in acquiring the holiday of your dreams for 2015?
If ‘YES’ is your answer to any of the above three questions, then it is most certainly in your interest to continue reading this short blog.
Renowned Irish travel agents Bowe Travel, situated at Friar Street, Thurles, Co Tipperary [Map Ref.] are holding a ‘Global Wonders Event’ in the Anner Hotel, Dublin Road, Thurles on Thursday next the 26th of February 2015; from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.
This event is being held to advise and cater for all those interested in planning their Honeymoon, a Luxury Holiday, maybe a Cruise or an Adventure Family Holiday. On the night you will have the perfect opportunity to speak with their expert holiday planning team and also to find out more from their special ‘Guest Speakers’.
As regular customers of this Co Tipperary Travel Agency will happily attest; Bowe Travel offer an outstanding personal service ensuring that every step of your holiday is planned perfectly and same are happy to support every aspect of your specific holiday needs, where at all possible.
“What about that €500.00 Voucher?” I hear you ask. Yes there will be an “IF ONLY”€500.00 Voucher to be won by some lucky visitor at this special ‘Global Wonders Event’.
Refreshments will be served so do get into the Anner Hotel [Map Ref.] as early as possible on the night.
Please Remember:- Date: Thursday, February 26th, 2015. Venue: Anner Hotel, Dublin Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary. Time: 7.00pm to 9.00pm.
Stick a note on your fridge door and do tell your friends and neighbours.