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Heroin & Cocaine Seized In Clonmel, Co Tipperary.

Yesterday evening, May 7th, at approximately 6:00pm, members of the Clonmel District Drugs Unit, together with the Regular Unit and Community Policing Unit, carried out a search under warrant at an address on the Heywood Road, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

Image Courtesy An Garda Síochána.

Suspected heroin and cocaine with an estimated street value of €2,700 was seized together with cash, mobile phones and digital scales.

Two males, understood to be aged in their 20’s and 30’s, were arrested at the scene and detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at Clonmel Garda Station.

Both men were later released without charge, pending drug analysis and a file is expected to be forwarded to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), with court appearance to follow.


Dog Faeces & Civic Pride.

Thurles as a midland town has everything one could wish for; Theatres, Nightclubs, a Swimming pool, Gyms, a Museum, a County Library, excellent Shops, Restaurants, Hotels, Top Primary & Secondary Schools, Two Excellent Third Level Institutions and a very low crime rate. Indeed, as a place to live you could not find better, with caring neighbours and for the moment at least, affordable housing.

The Covid-19 pandemic in Co. Tipperary has seen an upsurge in the purchase of dogs as household pets. In turn, prices for dogs have soared in value and lockdown has even led to a higher business turnover for vets, because of this wish to increase canine ownership.

During lockdown people have turned to ‘man’s best friend’ for comfort and support and dogs have been a positive addition, great company and even protection for those living alone in many homes.

This sudden increase in dog ownership has regrettably demonstrated a negative side also. One major downside for people residing in Thurles, (whether they own a dog or not), has been an increase in dog fouling around our streets and public park areas. This has suddenly given an annual voice to some local councillors and to community activists, latter with an eye to becoming possible future councillors.

An bhfuil cead agam dul go dtí an leithreas? Irish: Can I go to the toilet?

With more people out exercising their new dogs, instances of dog defecation on footpaths have risen somewhat and many local residents have become mildly annoyed by the problem, especially those whose homes directly open unto footpaths and road frontage.

Dog Fouling – One Solution.

If dog fouling is a problem on our streets, what can we do to solve it and who can we turn to for help?

Local authorities are responsible for the control of dogs under the Control of Dogs Act 1986. They can appoint dog wardens, impose fines and take court action against dog owners. Tipperary County Council currently employ two dog wardens.

Although one might be quick to criticise Tipperary County Council officials and their appointed dog wardens, for failing to deal with the situation, dog fouling is a nationwide problem that all Municipal District Councils are finding extremely difficult to manage.
Why? Because Dog fouling is almost impossible to police under current legislation. To impose a fine on a dog owner who lets their dog defecate on a footpath without appropriate remedy; you need to catch them in the act and they have to refuse to clean it up. Most people when directly shamed or threatened with a fine by the dog warden, will pick up their dog’s faeces.

Under these conditions, it’s not realistic to expect a dog warden alone, to deal with such issues, especially when one also considers the fact that the majority of people walk their dogs early in the morning and late in the evening, when the dog warden is off duty.
With few onlookers and the public in general reluctant to shame such individuals into compliance, and with the dog warden’s back turned, it is a temptation during quieter times of the day to leave dog faeces on the footpath.

Thankfully, this issue has already been recognized at government level. The existing laws to deal with dog fouling are now recognised as being inadequate. A more logical and practical approach to policing irresponsible dog owners has been proposed through a Bill (Deputy Seán Crowe TD, Dublin South West), to amend the Litter Pollution Act of 1997. Mr Crowe seeks to amend existing legislation to, “make it an offence for a person, in charge of a dog in a public area, to fail to produce evidence of having a suitable bag or other instrument with which to dispose properly of dog faeces, when requested to do so by a dog warden, a litter warden or a member of An Garda Síochána”.
This proposal Bill therefore if adopted, (and there is every probability that it will be unobstructed) will make recent local radio and press reports almost antiquated.

More However Is Still Needed

More effective policing is certainly one solution, but much more is also needed. Once a dog owner picks up their dog faeces, it is vital that they have a suitable place to dispose of it. This is one small area where Tipperary County Council can do more; by simply installing an adequate network of bins on our streets and in our park lands. At least then, dog owners won’t be deterred from cleaning up, in the knowledge they are no longer forced to carry dog faeces on their person, over long distances.

To be fair to Tipperary County Council, same have provided dispensers and free bags (Mutt Mitt a degradable pick-Up Mitt), and raised awareness of the issue.

Dog fouling is not only an unsightly and filthy nuisance, but it is also a dangerous health risk. Dog faeces can expose us to illnesses, with children and pregnant women most at risk. Toxocariasis, an albeit rare condition, can be contracted from infected dog faeces and can cause organ damage and eye disease.

“Every problem has a solution and if a problem doesn’t have a solution, then it’s a fact of life, legislate or live with it.”

There’s a wise old saying, “Every problem has a solution and if a problem doesn’t have a solution, then it’s a fact of life, legislate or live with it.”
Dog fouling doesn’t have to be a fact of of life, but the solution to the problem of dog faeces isn’t simple either. It will involve a combination of better legislation, policing, deterrents, facilities, education and greater public awareness.
Tipperary County Council will have a lot more work to do, to change dog owners mindsets, but in the end local pedestrians, prampushers and cyclists will be extremely grateful and supportive.



Bluebells. Photo G.Willoughby

The Bluebell.

By Anne Bronte
[Novelist, poet, youngest member of the Bronte literary family and daughter of Patrick Brontë an Irish clergyman.]

A fine and subtle spirit dwells
In every little flower,
Each one its own sweet feeling breathes
With more or less of power.
There is a silent eloquence
In every wild bluebell
That fills my softened heart with bliss
That words could never tell.

Yet I recall not long ago
A bright and sunny day,
‘Twas when I led a toilsome life
So many leagues away;
That day along a sunny road
All carelessly I strayed,
Between two banks where smiling flowers
Their varied hues displayed.

Before me rose a lofty hill,
Behind me lay the sea,
My heart was not so heavy then
As it was wont to be.
Less harassed than at other times
I saw the scene was fair,
And spoke and laughed to those around,
As if I knew no care.

But when I looked upon the bank
My wandering glances fell
Upon a little trembling flower,
A single sweet bluebell.
Whence came that rising in my throat,
That dimness in my eye?
Why did those burning drops distil —
Those bitter feelings rise?

O, that lone flower recalled to me
My happy childhood’s hours
When bluebells seemed like fairy gifts
A prize among the flowers,
Those sunny days of merriment
When heart and soul were free,
And when I dwelt with kindred hearts
That loved and cared for me.

I had not then mid heartless crowds
To spend a thankless life
In seeking after others’ weal
With anxious toil and strife.
‘Sad wanderer, weep those blissful times
That never may return!’
The lovely floweret seemed to say,
And thus it made me mourn.


Death Of Des McNamara, Formerly Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

It was with the deepest regret that we learned of the death, on Thursday 22nd April 2021, of Mr Des McNamara, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England and formerly Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Son of the late Tom & Leo McNamara, formerly Thurles & London; Mr McNamara, passed away peacefully.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements.

The earthly remains of Mr McNamara will repose for Requiem Mass on Thursday May 20th, in St. Luke’s Parish Church, 26 Benyon Grove, Peterborough at 1:00pm, followed by cremation in Peterborough Crematorium, Mowbray Rd, Peterborough, United Kingdom.
His Ashes will be returned for interment in St. Patrick’s cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, at a later date.

The extended McNamara 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.


Death Of Ann Stapleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

It was with the deepest regret that we learned of the death, yesterday Friday 7th May 2021, of Mrs Ann Stapleton (née Rooney), Mill Road, Turtulla, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Roundwood, Co. Wicklow.

Pre-deceased by her husband Daniel; Mrs Stapleton passed away peacefully.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her sister Breda, brother Con, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended relatives neighbours and friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements.

The earthly remains of Mrs Stapleton will repose for Requiem Mass in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Cathedral Street, Thurles, on Tuesday morning, May 11th at 11:00am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in Holycross Abbey graveyard.

For the many persons who would have liked to have attended the funeral service for Mrs Stapleton, 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 25 family members), will continue to observe strict adherence to social distancing and face covering.]

The extended Stapleton 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.

Suaimhneas síoraí dá h-anam dílis.