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Death Of Tommy Horan, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

It was with great sadness and regret that we learned of the death, yesterday Thursday 16th September 2021, of Mr Thomas (Tommy) Horan, Knockura, Drangan, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Horan passed away peacefully, at his place of residence.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his loving wife Ita, daughters Helena, Margaret, Ita, and Claudia, sons Tom, Michael, John, Pat, Paul and Edward, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended relatives, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements.

The earthly remains of Mr Horan will repose at Brett’s Funeral Home, Mullinahone, Thurles on this evening Friday, September 17th, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.
His body will be received into the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Newtowndrangan, Thurles, to further repose for Requiem Mass on Saturday morning, September 18th, at 11:00am, followed immediately afterwards by interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Drangan, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

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

The extended Horan 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.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Laugh Out Loud Book Awards Free Event for Schools.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go”. – Dr. Seuss

Since 2016, the Laugh Out Loud Book Awards (the Lollies) have celebrated the best and funniest children’s picture books and chapter books from Ireland and the UK.

Now in its fifth year, and voted for by children, this year’s shortlist of books is among the funniest yet. With titles including “101 Bums” by Sam Harper and “Zombierella: Fairytales Gone Bad” by Joseph Coelho, everyone is sure to get a laugh from this year’s nominated books (CLICK HERE).

From Monday September 20th, schools can get in on the fun by taking part in a free weeklong online Lollies event, featuring writing activities, drawalongs and readings from the shortlisted authors and illustrators, as well as from the beloved children’s author and poet, Head Judge, Michael Rosen.

To register for a week of free Lollies fun click HERE.

For access to free resources and activity packs based on this year’s shortlisted books, click HERE.

To vote for your favourite shortlisted book visit HERE.


Holycross Village Bi-Weekly Market, Tomorrow Saturday September 18th.

A reminder that the bi-weekly Holycross Village Market is taking place tomorrow, September 18th, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

Ann Lanigan Reports:
“Experience the ultimate village market in Holycross this Saturday September 18th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
Indulge in a coffee, hot food or an ice cream as you check out all the market has to offer.
Browse the lovely art and crafts stalls and savour local fresh produce including fruit, vegetables, meats and artisan bakes. Enjoy the live music and poetry while the children have their faces painted and hair braided.
We have exciting new vendors each market
day so check who is joining us this weekend.
There’s something for everyone to enjoy in the beautiful surrounds of the historic village of Holycross and there is ample parking behind the abbey with stewards on hand to help in anyway necessary.
Spread the word and looking forward to seeing you all there”

Ann Lanigan


Death Of Mary Sweeney, Formerly Clonoulty and Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

It was with great sadness and regret that we learned of the death, on Tuesday last, 14th September 2021, of Mrs Mary Sweeney (née Coady) Weston, Boston, MA, USA, and formerly formerly Kells, Co Meath, Cloughtaney, Drangan, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and Clonoulty, Cashel Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her husband Jim; the passing of Mrs Sweeney is most deeply regretted by her loving family, son John and daughter Maura, grand-children and great-grandchildren, sister Peggy (Gleeson, Clogher, Clonoulty, Cashel), nieces Norma and Mary, grandnephew, extended relatives, neighbours and friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements.

The earthly remains of Mrs Sweeney will repose for Requiem Mass and interment on Saturday, September 18th, in Waltham, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

The extended Sweeney 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.

In ár gcroíthe go deo.


Liberty Square Upgrade Will NOT Be Fully Completed Under Current Phase.

Reliable sources close to Thurles.Info have confirmed that the west side of Liberty Square, Thurles, will not now be completed as part of the current promised upgrade, latter which it was hoped would be completed by early 2022.

Part of the south side (Money Side) of Liberty Square is almost fully completed, with the exception of work for which the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) is mainly responsible. This includes the removal of the old, shabby ESB lamp standards etc, on which the ESB are currently working. No further works will be undertaken, travelling west, to the entrance to Slievenamon Road and finishing outside Executive Men’s Wear.

On the north side (Sunny Side) of Liberty Square, work will cease at the corner of the junction with O’Donovan Rossa Street, ( previously Pudding Lane, and Jail Street), beside AIB Bank. No lighting standards, to date, has been introduced on the North Side, with the more recent modern and attractive lamp standards introduced, removed to ‘God knows where’.

The east side of Liberty Square, running perpendicular to Barry’s Bridge and the Butler Castle; like the remainder of the overall town centre area, same over one year on, still awaits final finishes.

We are informed that work on the west side of Liberty Square, including the exit unto Westgate/ Friar Street has yet to go to tender. We also learn that Slievenamon Road is to be further street-scaped and is to be narrowed to vehicle traffic, under plans which have, as far as we are aware, not been revealed to local residents.

Tipperary County Council’s Mission Statement:

Our Vision: “To lead and deliver on sustaining, promoting and improving the social, community, cultural and economic well being of all citizens in the county of Tipperary, through a positive proactive partnership approach to service delivery.”

With parking now greatly reduced on Liberty Square, major questions are being asked by the public; latter who claim that the Liberty Square project to date, includes none of their personal recommendations, which had been requested in a survey carried out and discussed by principal British landscape architects LUC, (landuse.co.uk).

This project, to update Liberty Square, [not including the demolition of J. Griffins newsagent shop; latter which began in February, 2020] and which began in mid-August 2020, has taken to date 13 months, with work continuing non-stop during the Covid-19 pandemic. As viewers can see from the video shown above, confusion still remains (last pictures in the above slide-show taken on Tuesday last September 14th) and will continue to do so for at least another 3 months.

Two junctions; (A) Slievenamon Road / Liberty Square, Thurles and (B) Slievenamon Road / Clongower Road, Thurles.
Pic G.Willoughby

Some of the questions being asked by residents and business people are as follows:-

(A) With no designated parking areas for invalided persons in the new south-sided car park, (exited via Checkpoint Charlie) and with invalid parking promised on Liberty Square; what space has been allocated for delivery trucks conveying daily goods for supermarkets, restaurants, public houses and the few other businesses, each with no alternative but to struggle on, in Liberty Square?

(B) Why has this information not been announced by local councillors through local press; through local radio and their social media outlets?

Junction at Slievenamon Road and Liberty Square, Thurles.
Pic. G.Willoughby.

(C) With Liberty Square further narrowed for heavy vehicle traffic which prohibits even the opening fully of a vehicle door and the now proposed narrowing of Slievenamon Road, how are Fire Brigade Units, Paramedics and Ambulances expected to go about their most urgent business?

(D) While we are aware that taxpayer funding remains available for to complete the next western phase of the Liberty Square project and the southern Slievenamon Road project, should the few remaining businesses not yet forced out of Liberty Square, be asked to put up with yet further traffic congestion for at least another 6 to 9 months, as engineers seated in back offices, dream-up other ways of how to spend hard earned taxpayers money?

(E) With 4 very mature trees removed from Liberty Square over the past 12 months; where are the new promised trees to be planted? In the initial plans many trees were to be planted.
Then in a more recent update we are informed only 6 trees are due to be installed, the variety to be sown was to be “subject to the street soil quality”. However, to date no street spaces appear to be allocated to trees, unless they are destined to replace ESB poles. So where will TDs and Councillors hang their photoshopped posters?

Any plans available for narrowing Slievenamon Road, will be interesting to observe, (See Pictures above) based on past experience, which saw several times a year, large trucks removing existing so called safety railings, not to mention, sadly, one fatal traffic accident in that immediate area, back in January 2014.

Finally, despite local protests, some of which became underhanded, using dirty tricks; we can fully and reasonably understand why An Post; seeing what was coming down the track on Liberty Square, regrettably beat a hasty retreat to the comfort of Thurles Shopping Centre.