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Death Of Bill Ryan, Leugh, Thurles

deathIt was with sadness we learned of the death, yesterday Sunday 3rd April 2016, of Mr Bill Ryan, Leugh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, formerly of Ballinlonty, Drom and Strogue, Castleiney, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Ryan passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family and his death is most deeply regretted by his loving wife Teresa, sons Liam, Pat and Keith, daughters Catriona and Amy, grandchild Will, brother Sean, sister Maura (Sheedy), daughter in law Nicola, son in law Colin, sisters in law Christine, Eileen and Pauline, brother in law Jerry, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Ryan will repose at Grey’s Funeral Home, Templemore today, Monday from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Removal will take place on Tuesday morning, to the Church of St. Joseph and St. Brigid, Bohar-na-Naomh, Thurles, to arrive at 9:15am.

Requiem Mass will take place at 10:00am, with interment immediately afterwards in Drom Cemetery.
Note: Family flowers only please, donations if desired to the Community Hospital of the Assumption, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Lest Thurles Forgets General Richard Mulcahy

In 2016 we commemorate, rightfully, those who took part in the Irish 1916 Easter Rising. From a Thurles commemorative perspective however, perhaps the name Richard James Mulcahy was somewhat sidelined, due to the 1916 Easter Rising being mostly confined to Dublin city.

This in mind, let us not forget that one action, if not the most successful of all 1916 actions undertaken by Irish Volunteers, took place in Ashbourne, County Meath. It was here on April 28th 1916, under the leadership of Thomas Ashe (A national school teacher from Lusk, who would later die on hunger strike), and his second-in-command, Richard James Mulcahy (A post office engineer from Thurles), together with 45 Fingal Volunteers, attacked a Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) barracks.

History credits Richard Mulcahy with the defeat of the RIC at Ashbourne, through his engagement in a flanking movement made on an opposing police column; latter who were rushed to reinforce their already surrendered comrades.

Arrested after the rising, Mulcahy was later interned at Knutsford and at the Frongoch internment camps in Wales, until his release on in 1917.


Pic (1) Michael Collins (center) with Richard Mulcahy; Pic (2) General Richard Mulcahy TD; Pic (3) Mulcahy with his wife Mary (Affectionately known as ‘Min’) in 1922.

Who was Richard James Mulcahy?

Richard (Dick) James Mulcahy [Irish: Risteárd Séamus Ó Maolchatha (1886 -1971)] was originally born in Manor Street, Co. Waterford on May 10th, 1886.  He began his educated, first at Mount Sion Christian Brothers School, Waterford and later at Thurles C.B.S, when his father and family transferred to reside in Thurles, County Tipperary. In 1902 he joined the post office Engineering Department, working first in Thurles and later in Bantry, Co Cork, Dublin and Wexford.  Shortly after his arrival in Dublin, Mulcahy joined the Irish Republican Brotherhood in 1907 and later in 1913, joined the Irish Volunteers.

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Death of Thomas Jordan Kennedy Park, Thurles.

deathIt was with sadness we learned of the death, on Friday 1st April 2016, of Mr Thomas Jordan, No.29, Kennedy Park, Thurles, Tipperary

The passing of Mr Jordan is most deeply regretted by his loving wife Bridget, sons Christy, James, Thomas, Kevin and Robert, daughters Helen, Mary and Caroline, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, Aunty Josie, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Jordan will repose at his residence, No.29, Kennedy Park on today, Saturday, 2nd April, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, arriving at the Church of St. Joseph and St. Brigid, Bothar-na-Naomh at 8:00pm.

Requiem Mass will be held on Sunday at 11:30am, followed by burial immediately afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Death Of Josephine O’Dwyer, Sean Treacy Avenue, Thurles,

DeathIt was with great personal sadness and a heavy heart that I learned of the death, today Friday 1st April 2016, of Mrs Josephine (Josie) O’Dwyer (née Kennedy), No. 19, Sean Treacy Avenue, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

A leading and active former member of Thurles Irish Country Women’s Association and pre-deceased by her daughter Marion; the passing of Mrs O’Dwyer is most deeply regretted by her loving husband George, daughters Rita, Siobhán, Geraldine and Colette, son Michael, grandchildren, great-grandchild, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, relatives, Irish Country Women’s Association members and many other numerous friends, whose lives she touched with love, understanding and kindness.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs O’Dwyer will repose at her residence on Sunday April 3rd from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m. Her remains will be removed to arrive at the Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles, on Monday at 10:15 a.m.

Requiem Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. after which burial will take place in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles.

Note: House private on Monday. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired please, to the Community Hospital of the Assumption, Castlemeadows, Thurles.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Thurles Text Alert & Crime Prevention


Large turn-out for recent Garda information evening at St. Patricks College, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Garda Annette Connolly, of Thurles Garda Station, has announced an information evening for the people of Thurles; to provide details of crime prevention in town and to report on the progress of Thurles Town Text Alert.

After just twelve months in operation, Thurles Text Alert has already proven its worth to the local community and Garda Connolly said that it is already the largest Text Alert Scheme in the Tipperary Garda Division, with more than 600 registered members.

The scheme is administered by a local committee in conjunction with An Garda Siochána and is rated an invaluable aid in the detection and prevention of crime.

At the forthcoming information evening, Garda Connolly will give a detailed account of the principles of Text Alert and how it operates and will welcome queries from those in attendance. In addition to Garda Connolly’s presentation, Sergeant Tom O’Dwyer will be on hand to inform and advise the public on crime prevention measures people can take, in order to protect their homes and property at this time of year.

Since Thurles Text Alert has just come to the end of its first year, two important events will take place at this upcoming information evening. The first is that details of renewal for Text Alert will be announced and Garda Connolly has stated that she expects the event will encourage all those presently registered to renew their membership; while spurring those who have not taken part to date, to use this occasion to sign up. To this end; thousands of application forms have been distributed locally to assist existing and intending members. The greater the membership, the more efficient the project.

The second important event on the evening will be the A.G.M. of Thurles Town Text Alert. People will have an opportunity to participate in the scheme in a meaningful way and, since it is running very smoothly, there is no great commitment on peoples’ time.

Senior Garda  management will be present at this meeting to answer any queries from the public and to address issues of concern.

Be sure to make a note of this important and informative evening.

The event takes place Monday 11th April; the venue is Sarsfields Social Centre, Bohernanave, Thurles and the starting time is set for 7.30 p.m. sharp.