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Covid-19 Update: Sun. 11th April 2021 – 2 Deaths – 303 New Cases.

The Department of Health this evening has confirmed that there has been, sadly, 2 further deaths caused by the Covid-19 pandemic; leaving the overall death toll, here in the Republic of Ireland, remaining at 4,785.

There have been 303 new additional virus cases reported here within the Irish Republic. This leaves the current total number of confirmed cases, since conception, at 240,945.

Of today’s cases, 75% are under the age of 45 years.

One death and 89 new cases were confirmed this lunchtime in Northern Ireland.

There have been 5,545 virus cases confirmed here in Co. Tipperary, since the pandemic began, same figure relevant up to and including April 9th, 2021.

There are 213 people with Covid-19 in hospital today, and of that number, 53 are in ICU’s, according to Ireland’s COVID-19 Data Hub.

Some 735,997 first doses of Covid-19 vaccines have now been administered here in Ireland up to April 8th, with 309,922 persons having received their second dose.

The total worldwide number of virus cases identified up to 5:00pm this evening, now stands at well over 135.50 million confirmed, with global deaths at over 2.93 million.

Please do follow public health advice, by avoiding large gatherings and house parties.


Desperate Attack At Holycross.

Desperate Attack at Holycross.
Barrack Riddled – Marvellous Escapes.

[As exactly published, on Saturday, January 24th, 1920, by the Nenagh Guardian. Brigades Involved: 2 Tipperary Brigade (Mid Tipperary) – 2 Southern Division.

Simultaneously, with the Drombane battle on Sunday night, (January 18th, 1920, two days before the sacking of Thurles), a large party of armed men attacked Holycross police barracks.

Royal Irish Constabary (RIC) Barracks, Drombane village, Thurles, Co. Tipperary 1920.

Holycross barracks is about four miles from Thurles and five (miles) from Drombane. The barrack stands in the middle of a thickly wooden country, about one mile beyond the historic Abbey of Holy Cross, on the road to Cashel and there are few houses in the vicinity.

Image above – Main Street Thurles, 1920.
Same image 100 years later – Liberty Square, Thurles, (previously Main Street) 2021.

The attackers opened a fierce fire, shortly before 9 o’clock, some of the bullets evidently coming from the tree tops and front roof of a dwelling opposite the building. The police garrison of 9 men vigorously replied; the besieged citadel spitting out an incessant stream of bullets and hand grenades, while occasionally relief rockets were sent up.

Like an earthquake.
In the thick of the onset, a party of the attackers dashed right up to the barracks carrying ladders, pickaxes, sledges and crowbars. They made for the eastern gable, which having no windows or opening, when once reached, would place the attackers out of the danger zone. Two bombs were placed in position and a loud explosion followed. The noise of the explosion was heard in Thurles and according to defending constables, the whole building rocked and reeled as if there was an earthquake.

Nobody, however, was injured but a portion of the roof was blown away and a huge hole was made in the ground. During the attack the raiders placed a long ladder against the gable and hacked a hole, about 2-ft square, on the top portion of the wall, but did not penetrate fully. Evidently it was intended to hurl explosives through the aperture on the defenders.

The battle raged with unabated vigour and occasionally above the din could be heard, now and then, the screaming of the children in the house opposite the barracks; the roof of which was occupied by snipers.

Notwithstanding that rockets were frequently sent up by the garrison, no relief came and at 10:30 the attackers fire ceased, owing it is believed to a lack of ammunition. Another theory is that the ceasefire was ordered because it was thought, owing to the screaming of the children, that somebody in the house had been hit. During the attack all roads leading to Holycross were blocked by felled trees, while all telegraph wires in the neighbourhood had been cut. All person’s travelling in the district were held up and kept prisoner by armed outpost.

Policeman Captured.
Constable Donoghue (Name may be incorrect as other reports state Constable McCloskey), when returning to his station, was captured, blindfolded, searched and held prisoner, while the attack was in progress. A party of card players returning home were also held up and detained in custody by the attackers. The mansion of Mr C. N. Clark D.L. (Deputy Lieutenant) landlord of the barracks is 100 yards away and this was closely guarded during the attack; nobody being allowed in or out.

Question in Parliament:

Mr. James Lonsdale, (Unionist Member of Parliament for Mid Armagh from January 1918 until his death in 1921).
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he has received particulars of the attack made by a crowd of persons on the house of Mr. Charles N. Clarke, D.L., at Holycross, County Tipperary, on the night of the 17th (18th) instant; what damage was done to the house; were any of the police injured; and have any proceedings been taken against those who organised the attack.

Answered by Mr. Augustine Birrell. (British Liberal Party politician, who previously was Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland from 1907 to 1916.)
Eight arrests have been made this morning in connection with this case. As proceedings are pending, it is not desirable to enter into further particulars.

All the windows are smashed, some bullets having pierced the steel shutters, while all the woodwork is riddled with bullets, some of which can be seen sticking out of the timber. Notwithstanding all the bullets and grenades fired not one drop of blood was spilled. (Some of the police did receive cuts from glass splinters) The force of the explosion was so great that some of the houses in the village where shaking.

An old age pensioner living a mile from the scene said that as soon as he heard the firing and saw the flare of the rockets, he knew “there was some devilment going on”, and he went to bed on the spot.

The newspaper article concludes.

Involved in the Holycross attack on the barrack on that Sunday night, January 18th, 1920 where:- Paddy Ryan, Richard and James Phelan, James Kelly, Hugh Long, Patrick Lennon, Michael Bartley, Richard (Dick) Scott, Richard (Dick) Purcel, Mathew Connolly, Edmund Maher, Thomas Moore, William Phelan, Jack Moore, James Kealy, Jack Darcy, Christy Cody, Michael (Mick) Coady, Michael (Mick) Ward, Bill Buckley, Patrick Purcell, Watt Buckley, James Alexander, John McConnell, Michael Maher and Patrick Moore.
The main purpose of the attack was to acquire further arms, explosives and ammunition.


Former Bóthar CEO Accused Of Misappropriating Charity Funds.

The Third World development organisation and charity Bóthar, of whom the late great Mr Thomas Joseph (T.J.) Maher, Castlemoyle, Boherlahan, Cashel, Co Tipperary was a founder member, has claimed before the High Court that its former CEO Mr David Moloney has misappropriated hundreds of thousands of euro, donated to the organisation, for his own and his associate’s personal use.

Mr David Moloney, former CEO Bóthar.

On Thursday last Bóthar, whose activities include aiding poor farmers in developing nations through donations of livestock, succeeded in secured a temporary High Court injunction, thus freezing the assets of Mr David Moloney, latter who in February last resigned his post as the charities CEO.

In the High Court Ms Justice Nuala Bulter ordered that Mr Moloney must not reduce his assets below a value of €465,000.

It should be noted that Mr David Moloney who has worked with Bóthar since 1995 and was CEO of the organisation for eight years, and who currently resides at Newport, West Co. Tipperary; strongly denies any allegations of wrongdoing.

However, Bóthar claim that an ongoing investigation into his conduct has revealed that he is guilty of a shocking breach of trust and an appalling dereliction of his duty; not just to Bóthar as an organisation but also to the beneficiaries of the charity.

Mr Frank Beatty SC, appearing with Mr Frank Crean Bl, acting on behalf of Bóthar, stated in court that Bóthar investigations show that at the very least, some €465,000 of monies donated to the charity had been misappropriated by Mr Maloney.

Counsel further stated that arising out of current investigation it is alleged that between 2013 and 2019, the accused Mr Moloney withdrew €192,000 of money, donated to Bóthar, claiming it was paid to a Mission run by the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Sisters in Tanzania, East Africa.

Bóthar claim to have consulted with the administrator in charge at the African mission, who informed them that the religious order was never in receipt of any money from Mr Moloney or indeed the charity Bóthar, itself.

Counsel for Bóthar further stated that Mr Moloney arranged that Bóthar make three payments, totalling €127,000, to a company called Agricultural Innovation Consultants Limited, for services it provided in relation to purported projects in Rwanda. These payments appear to not be recorded in the accounts of A.I.C. Ltd, which was incorporated in 2018, and has since been dissolved. Bóthar now believe the projects in Rwanda were falsified, and it does not know what became of the funding.

Ms Justice Nuala Bulter granted Bóthar the temporary freezing order on an ex-parte basis, where only one side was represented in court. She also gave Bóthar permission to seek orders requiring the defendant in this case to provide a list of the full value or interest he holds in any assets.

The judge also gave Bóthar permission to seek an order requiring Mr Moloney to provide details of all funds donated to the charity, that it is now alleged he used for his own benefit or the benefit of other parties.

Following the decision by Bóthar to commence High Court proceedings, the charity has decided to cease all of its fundraising activities with immediate effect.


Death Of Noreen Kealy, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

It is with great sadness and regret that we learned of the death, today Saturday 10th April 2021, of Mrs Noreen Kealy (née Maher), Knockinglass, Coalbrook, Ballingarry (South Riding), Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her husband Donal and her sister Maureen; Mrs Kealy passed away peacefully at her place of residence, following a long illness most bravely fought; surrounded by her loving family.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her adoring family, Aileen, Seamus, Pat and Donal, her son-in-law Neil, daughter-in-law Suzi, grandchildren Sean, James, Conor, Jack and Sarah, brother Thomas, sisters Christina, Alice and Teresa, sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, extended relatives, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements.

The earthly remains of Mrs Kealy will repose at her home in Knockinglass before being removed, on Monday morning, April 12th, to the Church of the Assumption, Ballingarry Upper (SR), Thurles, for Requiem Mass at 11:30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in the adjoining graveyard.

[NB: Due to National Public Health Guidelines, regarding C-19 virus restrictions; those attending (limited to 10 family members), will continue to observe strict adherence to social distancing and face covering.]

The extended Kealy family wish to express their appreciation for your understanding at this difficult time and have made arrangements for those wishing to send messages of condolence, to use the link shown HERE.

Note Please: Donations if desired to South Tipperary Hospice.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Death Of John Crawford, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

It was with great sadness and regret that we learned of the death, yesterday Friday 9th April 2021, of Mr John Crawford, Ballydavid, Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Pre-deceased by his brother Liam and sister Eileen; Mr Crawford passed away peacefully, following a short illness, while in the care of staff at South Tipperary Regional Hospital and Cork University Hospital.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his loving family; devoted wife Rosemarie, son Brendan, daughter Carol, daughter-in-law Ellen, brothers Pat and Gerard, sisters Ann, Bridie and Mary, nephews, nieces, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, extended relatives, former colleagues in Bord na Mona and Marathon Petroleum Cork, neighbours and many friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements.

The funeral cortège bearing the earthly remains Mr Crawford will leave his place of residence on Tuesday morning, April 13th, at 10:45am to be received into the church of St. Kevin, Littleton, Thurles at 11:00am, for Requiem Mass at 11:30am, which will be followed by private cremation.

For the many persons who would have liked to have attended the funeral service for Mr Crawford, but are unable to do so, due to current coronavirus pandemic restrictions; same can be viewed online HERE.

[NB: Due to National Public Health Guidelines, regarding C-19 virus restrictions; those attending (limited to 10 family members), will continue to observe strict adherence to social distancing and face covering.]

The extended Crawford family wish to express their appreciation for your understanding at this difficult time and have made arrangements for those wishing to send messages of condolence, to use the link shown HERE.

Please Note: No flowers. Donations in lieu, if desired, to the Irish Cancer Society.
House Strictly Private.

Suaimhneas síoraí dá anam dílis.