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Death Of Winnie Maher, Horse & Jockey, Thurles

It is with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Monday 23rd January 2017, of Mrs Winnie Maher (née Kirwan), Forgestown, Horse & Jockey, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Beloved wife of the late Dan; Mrs Maher, while in her 99th year, passed away peacefully; most deeply regretted by her loving daughter Sr. Maria (Carmelite Monastery, Roebuck), son Seamus; brother Tom; sisters-in-law Norrie and Rita; nephews; nieces; extended relatives; neighbours and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Maher will repose at Egan’s Funeral Home, Thurles tomorrow evening Wednesday  from 5.30pm with removal at 7.30pm to St Peter’s Church, Moycarkey, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Requiem Mass will take place on Thursday morning at 11.30am followed immediately afterwards by interment in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Moycarkey.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Death Of Bridget Jackman, Parnell Street, Thurles

It is with great sadness we learned of the death, on Sunday 8th January 2017, of Mrs Bridget Jackman (née Callanan), St Helens, Merseyside, UK and formerly of Parnell Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her husband Vincent, the passing of Mrs Jackman is most deeply regretted by her son Kevin; grandchildren Michael and Claire; great-grandchildren Mikie and Katie; nieces; nephews; extended relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Jackman will repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles on Wednesday, 25th January, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, to arrive at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles at 7.00pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Thursday morning, 26th January, at 11.00am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Loughtagalla, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Death Of Mary Connolly, Moyne, Thurles

It is with great sadness we learned of the death today, Saturday 21st January 2017, of Mrs Mary Connolly (née Manton), Moyneard, Moyne, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her son Denis; the passing of Mrs Connolly is most deeply regretted by her loving husband Jim; sons Seamus, Francis and Paschal; daughter Rita; son-in-law; daughters-in-law; grandchildren; great grandchildren; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nephews; nieces; extended relatives; neighbours and a wide circle of friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Connolly will repose at Egan’s Funeral Home on tomorrow evening, Sunday 22nd January, 2017 from 5.00pm to 7.30pm, arriving at St. Mary’s Church, Moyne, Thurles, at 8.00pm.

Funeral Mass will be held on Monday morning, 23rd January, 2017 at 11.30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Moyne, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Time For Political Resignations In Tipperary

December 2016 figures, shown hereunder and supplied by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show there were 11,521 people claiming social welfare benefits, of some kind, in Co Tipperary last month.

Live Register figures supplied below are categorised by ‘All Ages’, ‘Both Sexes’, ‘Social Welfare Office’ and ‘Month’ and when December 2016 figures are compared with the previous month November 2016, same show an increase in claimants of 330 persons for County Tipperary as a whole.

More depressing was the fact that the numbers signing-on increased at every single Social Welfare office in Co. Tipperary last month; the highest increase of 80 extra claimants being located in the Thurles Social Welfare Office area.

Of the 1,432 jobs announced/promised by former outgoing Government Tipperary Labour Minister Alan Kelly and Fine Gael, (700 for Nth Tipp & 692 for Sth Tipp – Total Jobs in all 1392), prior to the last General Election (February 26th, 2016) in what appears to have been a vote gathering exercise; not one single promised job has as yet materialised either North or South of the county.

Politicians representing all political parties in Co. Tipperary have spent their time being “Photographed with successful so called celebrities” (since agreeing a minority government on May 6th 2016), attempting to highlight their profiles by “Calling for” or “Welcoming” the crumbs offered by other government Ministers, to each and every other dog in this Irish State.

Co. Tipperary elected representatives from all political parties must now come together under one single umbrella; to find real solutions for our current poorly represented and grossly neglected county.

No more “Celebrity Photographs”, “Calling For the impossible” or “Welcoming the efforts of other Ministerial politicians”; the alternative for failure by these same Tipperary elected representatives in carrying, to fruition, promises made to constituents, must surely come in the form of immediate resignations.

There are others suitably qualified and approachable to represent the Premier County and no shame in you, our elected representative, honestly admitting you are unable to undertake the task of guiding our county through our current financial difficulties.


In Praise Of The Super Food Watercress

For centuries watercress was hailed and indeed annually confirmed the arrival of Ireland’s spring season, with rural people in particular collecting bunches of it to consume as part of their evening repast, believing that it would “clear the blood”.  As a small boy in the 50’s, on Sundays, myself and my uncle Bill would make the walk of some three miles to collect this tasty peppery super-food from a fast locally flowing clear stream.

Although not a medical practitioner myself, watercress I was informed was rich in iron, vitamins and minerals (especially vitamin C, E and A). Back then, this incredibly versatile readily available free plant was packed raw into my home-made brown bread sandwiches, as a salad for school lunch breaks, and used in my home to make the occasional soup and sauce.

Today food science experts (which I repeat, I am not) talk about this herb reducing the risk of bladder, colon and rectum cancers, while also preventing breast cancer cells developing. Fact or fiction; most certainly watercress is being seriously scientifically investigated for its anti-cancer properties. Watercress juice is a natural antibiotic, and if applied to the skin, many claim it clears up spots, eczema, psoriasis and when eaten can speed up body detoxification, while relieving stomach upsets, respiratory problems and urinary tract infections. It is also suggested that uncooked watercress is a leading food source of quercetin, inhibiting xanthine oxidase, the enzyme that is responsible for converting purines into uric acid, thus placing watercress into a class of food suitable for those who suffer from painful gout.

The ancient Greek philosopher, historian, soldier and mercenary Xenophon (430–354 BC) insisted his soldiers eat specifically watercress “for vigour” before going into battle believing it could increase their mental powers. Hippocrates of Kos (460-370 BC) one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine and indeed referred to as the “Father of Modern Medicine”, set up his first hospital on the Greek island of Kos, beside a spring thus enabled him access to a continuous supply of watercress with which to treat patients.

The English botanist, herbalist, physician, and astrologer Nicholas Culpeper (1616 -1654) in his book “Complete Herbal” (1653) wrote “Watercress pottage is a good remedy to cleanse the blood in spring and consume the gross humours winter hath left behind”.  So too can be found references to this super-food, watercress, in early Irish manuscripts. Watercress supposedly enabled St. Brendan to live to reach the ripe old age of 180, while Irish monks appear to have survived on it for long periods of time, referring to it as “the pure food of wise men”.

Then inevitable came the contamination scare in the 1970’s / 1980’s. Since watercress grows in streams inhabited by water snails; these snails can carry a nasty parasite known as liver fluke, spread by the run off from cattle and sheep and washed into our streams and rivers. Droplets of water and these tiny snails, who cling unto watercress leaves, can pass-on this parasite to humans.

Of course the best way to make sure you don’t contract this parasite is to blanch your watercress briefly at high temperature. In undertaking this most simple of exercises, the threat of liver fluke parasite is eradicated. Perhaps also the introduction and ready availability of lettuce all year round was considered to be now less of a food risk and watercress went mostly forgotten.

Over recent years watercress is once again back on the menu and thankfully sold commercially through our supermarkets here in Thurles and elsewhere. But here is a test, grab four slices of low-G.I. brown bread (Available most days in Thurles Supermarkets) made with linseed, jumbo oats, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, then make two sandwiches filled with red cheddar cheese and strong helpings of watercress. Once lightly toasted and consumed, I dare you to come back and tell me you did not get a feeling of wellness and vigour, after your simple delicious meal.

Do any farmers grow watercress in Co. Tipperary; I don’t believe so. Perhaps such a happening could be a future addition to the home of excellent food production, while offering at least some limited rural employment.