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National Folklore Collection Features 100 Tipperary Images

Some 100 images from around Co. Tipperary, including images from Thurles and Holycross, have now been uploaded to the recently launched and redesigned Dúchas (Translated into English meaning ‘Heritage’) Website.  These images can be viewed and indeed downloaded from HERE.

Date: 1945. House Location: Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Photograph: Courtesy Caoimhín Ó DanachairSo who is the woman hiding behind the pillar to the left of the dwelling and where was the house once locally situated? Do you recognize it? We would love to know.

This digitized version of the National Folklore Photographic Collection was launched at the National Library by the Minister of State with responsibility for Gaeilge, Gaeltacht and the Islands, Mr Joe McHugh.

This photographic collection remains the latest supplementary source to be uploaded to the Dúchas website, where, in all some 10,000 photographs having been digitized, catalogued and now made available to the Irish people and the Irish diaspora.

Possibly the largest number of the photographs featured, date from the early 20th century, taken by professional photographers and those working with the National Folklore Commission, and others.

Current surfers of the Dúchas website can be tracked to locations in the USA, Australia, Canada, and the British Isles, most anxious to trace and research local history and native folklore provided, from almost every parish in Ireland.


Tipperary Resident Found Guilty Following Nine Week Trial

On the night of the 16th April 2012, men broke down a glass rear door to the Garvey family home situated at Sunville House, near Pallasgreen in Co Limerick. The raiders, Limerick Circuit Court was told today, were armed with a sawn-off shotgun, a sledgehammer and a baseball bat, and threatened the aforementioned family, before assaulted them and changing their lives for ever.

Mr Patrick Roche, aged 54 years, his son Mr Philip Roche, aged 24 years, with addresses in Clondalkin Co. Dublin, and a son-in-law Mr Alan Freeman, aged 36 years, with an address at No. 73 Pierce Park, Tipperary Town, Co. Tipperary; who all denied their part in the robbery, were all found guilty of the crime following a nine-week trial.

The three men subjected Mr Gerard Garvey, his wife Ann, and their four teenage children (two sets of twins aged 17 and 14) to a frightening ordeal. In demands for money, Mr Garvey was handcuffed and facially assaulted with the sawn-off shotgun before being informed that both he and his household would be murdered. One of his teenage daughters was tied up using cable ties, while one of his sons was also facially assaulted. The court was informed that the children of the family suffered nightmares; today remain frightened by even the slightest noise, while each day they remain fearful that a similar ordeal could reoccur.

The raiders eventually escaped, but not before stealing a large amount of cash from a family safe.

Mr Philip Roche and Mr Alan Freeman are on record as having a number of previous offences for both aggravated robbery and assault, with Mr Freeman having had one previous conviction sentence reduced by two years on appeal.

Sentencing by Mr Justice John Hannan will be imposed on November 24th 2017 next.

With banking institutions now curtailing counter services and with little or no interest being accrued on deposits / savings accounts; rural dwellers, in particular, are now being encouraged literally by these shameful institutions, to no longer lodge large sums of cash; holding same in their homes; something current government must now discuss and urgently address.


Tomorrow, November 7th, Is ‘European Radon Day’

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calls on home owners to test their dwellings for cancer-causing Radon Gas.

(1) Radon is a radioactive, cancer-causing gas.
(2) Radon is the second greatest cause of lung cancer, after smoking.
(3) Some 250 lung cancer cases each year, here in Ireland, are linked to the exposure to Radon.
(4) It is easy and inexpensive to test your home for Radon Gas.
(5) It is easy to reduce Radon levels in your home.

On European Radon Day, 7th November, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are calling on all householders to test their homes for this cancer-causing radioactive gas. Radon is second only to smoking as the leading cause of lung cancer. It is estimated that some 250 lung cancer cases each year, here in Ireland, are linked to Radon Gas exposure.

Radon comes from rocks and soils and can get into your home through the small cracks and openings in the foundations of a house or indeed the gaps around service pipes. Because Radon has no colour, taste or smell; the only way to know how much radon is in your home is to take a simple radon test.

The test costs about €50 and can be ordered from one of the services registered with the EPA. Two small detectors, about the size of a biscuit, are delivered to you by post and placed in your home. After three months, they are then posted back to the laboratory, where they are analysed to see how much Radon they have been exposed to. The results are then posted back to you.

More than 62,000 homes in Ireland have been tested for Radon so far. If you haven’t already done so, the EPA would urge you to protect your family’s health by taking this simple and inexpensive test as soon as possible. So far, the EPA have identified almost 8,800 homes with levels of Radon above the acceptable level – some homes have had extremely high levels.

The good news is that Radon is easy to test and simple solutions are available to reduce high levels where necessary.


8 Million Investment Guaranteed For South Tipp Hospital

“A very significant and positive week for South Tipp General Hospital.”  So stated Deputy Michael Lowry today, when he announced that this week will see the first patients accepted into a new 12 bay overflow unit; while later this week tenders will be invited for a new 40 bed modular unit. Both these combined initiatives will amount to a total interim investment of some €8 Million for this medical facility.

“Since the redrawing of the Tipperary Constituency, I have prioritised, for immediate attention, Clonmel as the main hospital serving Co. Tipperary. I have personally invested a vast amount of time and effort in convincing our decision makers of the need to invest in South Tipperary General Hospital, and I am now satisfied that my political role and continuous interaction with all stakeholders, has contributed hugely to this very necessary investment on behalf of the people of Tipperary”, stated the Deputy.

He continued, “I am delighted to confirm that on Friday last, the Department of Health and the HSE formally and officially sanctioned the go-ahead and funding for the proposed new 40 bed modular unit. The tender documents are now prepared and will be published and circulated this week for the invitation of tenders to supply the units. Closing date for tenders will be the 1st week of December, 2017.

Deputy Michael Lowry further confirmed, “Over the past number of months there has been extensive discussions and consultation regarding this new unit. There is now agreement on the overall layout and design. The unit will be two-tiered with 20 single rooms on the ground floor and a further 20 single rooms on the second level. These additional 40 single rooms will be all en-suite. The site and location for the new unit has been identified for placement to the rear of the main hospital and site enabling works are ready to commence. There will be connectivity and access from the new unit to the main hospital through a link corridor.”

Mr Lowry also confirmed that the property/estate section of the HSE has had positive discussions with the planning authority, and the company with the winning tender will be obliged to make a formal application for planning.

“This is a huge step forward for South Tipperary General Hospital and the start of ongoing investment in the hospital facility. It also importantly eliminates any doubt regarding the future status of the hospital; allowing for an increase in bed compliment and extra staff. This will enable better and easier access by the public to the hospital services and also improve standards of patient care,” stated the Deputy

12 Bed Overflow Bay
Deputy Lowry confirmed that the new overflow bay, costing €1.6 million, is now fully complete and ready to accept its first patients this week. It has been fitted out to the highest standard, with its own compliment of designated nursing staff.  The standard and comfort of this new bay is equal to the best ward in the hospital; boasting a beautiful, bright, modern interior with all the necessary ancillary services and facilities readily available to hand.

The hospital has successfully recruited the additional staff required to run this unit consisting of 12 new nurses, 3 health care assistants, 3 catering and cleaning operatives. The Hospital’s international recruitment campaign has received an excellent response. Hospital Management are now finding it easier to retain existing staff, who in turn welcome investment in the hospital.

“Everyone in the hospital can see that a genuine effort is being made to address outstanding problems, and this new investment will now foster confidence in the staff and services provided. I am very pleased with the progress made to date and the level of commitment by the Government to South Tipperary General Hospital. The long-standing problems at STGH are at last being acknowledged in a practical way, with a plan to assist and support the hospital into the future”, stated Deputy Lowry.

He continued, “While these interim measures at the hospital are enormously important and hugely encouraging I am very conscious that STGH must also be included in the National Capital Development Plan. I have discussed the case for inclusion with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, The Minister for Health Simon Harris and the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. I happy with the responses to date and eagerly await the announcement of the revised capital plan in early December.”

Our Lady’s Hospital Cashel.
“I am also focused on ensuring that the HSE follow through on the commitment by Minister Harris to re-open Our Lady’s Hospital, Cashel, during 2018. The HSE are currently carrying out a thorough evaluation of the necessary structures and supports that need to be put in place to enable Our Lady’s Hospital in Cashel to function as a day hospital and community care centre with particular emphasis on the medical needs of older people.

I also welcome the fact that a new initiative which was specifically funded at the request of Minister Harris has played a significant role in reducing referrals to Clonmel General Hospital. The Community Intervention Team for South Tipperary based at Our Lady’s Cashel is working very effectively and delivering excellent results.” Deputy Lowry Concluded.


Death Of John Cooke, Ballycahill, Thurles

It was with great sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Saturday 4th November 2017, of Mr John Cooke, Ballycahill, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Cooke passes away at South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary; most deeply regretted by his brothers Joe, Michael and Tom; his sister Eileen (Costigan); sister-in-law; brother-in-law; nieces; nephews; extended family and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Cooke will repose at O’Dwyer’s Funeral Home, Upperchurch, Thurles, on tomorrow evening, Monday, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, to arrive at the Church of St. Cataldus, Ballycahill, Thurles, at 8.00pm.

Funeral Mass will take place on Tuesday afternoon at 2.00pm, followed by interment immediately afterwards in the cemetery in Ballycahill, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.