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‘Friends’ actor, Matthew Perry Found Lifeless.

Sadly, we learn this morning that ‘Friends’ actor, Mr Matthew Perry, who found fame playing the character Chandler Bing, has died in a suspected accidental drowning in a jacuzzi at his home. Mr Bing was aged just 54 years old.

His death comes after he recently published his memoir, informing his fans of how he had overcome drink and drug addictions, which had almost brought about his death.

Mr Perry was discovered dead at his mansion on Saturday morning last, October 28th; his body discovered by his assistant. It is understood that no foul play was involved.

In all Mr Perry spent 10 seasons playing ‘Chandler’ on ‘Friends’, while struggling with a string of addictions. His memoir ‘Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing: A Candid, Darkly Funny Book’ exposed his struggles with addictions that became so severe that 5 years ago, at the age of 49 years, he suffered a gastrointestinal perforation, as a result of his extreme opiate usage. Same issue gave him then just a 2% chance of living after being placed in a coma for some weeks, following which he had to use a colostomy bag, while his colon healed.

At the peak of his addictions he was consuming about 55 Vicodin (Trade Name) tablets a day and weighed just 128 pounds. This combination medication is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. It contains an opioid pain reliever hydrocodone and a non-opioid pain reliever acetaminophen. Same is an antitussive (cough suppressant) and narcotic analgesic agent for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. Hydrocodone works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain and since 2009, has been the second most frequently encountered opioid.

Mr Perry had stated “When I’m carrying weight, it’s alcohol; when I’m skinny, it’s pills; when I have a goatee, it’s a lot of pills.”

“Thank you for the years of laughter. In ár gcroíthe go deo”.


You Are The Reason.

You Are The Reason.

Vocals: Singer and songwriter Calum Scott.

Lyrics: Calum Scott.

You Are The Reason.

There goes my heart beating,
‘Cause you are the reason,
I’m losing my sleep.
Please come back now,
And there goes my mind racing,
And you are the reason,
That I’m still breathing.
I’m hopeless now,
I’d climb every mountain,
And swim every ocean,
Just to be with you,
And fix what I’ve broken.
Oh, ’cause I need you to see,
That you are the reason.
There goes my hands shaking,
And you are the reason.
My heart keeps bleeding.
I need you now,
And if I could turn back the clock,
I’d make sure the light defeated the dark.
I’d spend every hour, of every day,
Keeping you safe.
And I’d climb every mountain,
And swim every ocean,
Just to be with you,
And fix what I’ve broken.
Oh, ’cause I need you to see,
That you are the reason,
I don’t wanna fight no more.
I don’t wanna hide no more.
I don’t wanna cry no more.

Come back I need you to hold me, (you are the reason).
I need you to hold me tonight.
I’d climb every mountain,
And swim every ocean,
Just to be with you,
And fix what I’ve broken.
‘Cause I need you to see,
That you are the reason.



“Truck” Returned To Stone Man On Liberty Square, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The finial (from Latin: finis, meaning end), which originally donned the flag on the 1798 memorial statue when it was first erected on Liberty Square, Thurles in 1901, has now, at last been, replaced.

Pic (1): 1798 Memorial Flag with finical replaced.
Pic (2): Old picture showing original finical prior to accident.

Accidently broken, together with the tip of the Arming Sword, during the erection of Christmas lighting some years back; while the Arming Sword tip was replaced, alas the finial was not and same vanished.

Back in the 19th century, this finial shape would have been better known as a “truck”, with its original purpose meant to keep a wooden flag pole from splitting.

At the very top of every flagpole can be found a finial, which is not just a decorative piece that users construct. Most finials today appear in the form of a gold ball and a few are observed as an eagle.
Back on September 16th 1898 the flag pole finial on the White House, latter located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. United States, was replaced by a patriotic eagle, same made of aluminium and coated in a gold anodized finish.

A finial ball is truly required for pole maintenance. A number of military flagpoles were at one time topped with gold-coloured eagles, but these proved impractical because flags would become entangled and torn, during high winds; hence the switch to spheres shapes, which eliminated this unnecessary waste and expense.

In the absence of the Stone Mans finical, many local people in Thurles believed the flag pole represented a pike, but of course it never was a pike.

The new finical is made from a left over piece of lime stone slab, which was used to replace a badly cracked piece of limestone previously, in Holycross Abbey, and carved by stonemason and sculptor Mr Philip Quinn.


“Mindful Mandala Making” Cashel Library.

Ms Maura Barrett, (Cashel Library) Reports:-

Join us in Cashel library tomorrow Monday, May 29th of at 10:30am for “Mindful Mandala Making” with Ms Maria Coleman. This workshop is suitable for adults only, with the event free.
Refreshments will be served and all are welcome to attend.
Booking is necessary for this event so do please Tel:(062) 63825.

A mandala is a geometric configuration of symbols. In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of practitioners and adepts, as a spiritual guidance tool, for establishing a sacred space and as an aid to meditation and trance induction. In the Eastern religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Shinto it is used as a map representing deities, or especially in the case of Shinto, paradises, kami or actual shrines. A mandala generally represents the spiritual journey, starting from outside to the inner core, through layers.


Rock Legend Tina Turner Dies Aged 83

The pioneering rock’n’roll legend; singer, dancer, actress and author, Ms Tina Turner, (November 26th 1939 – May 24th 2023, born Anna Mae Bullock), has today sadly died, aged 83, following a long illness.

In the 1980s, Ms Turner launched one of the greatest comebacks in music history, with her multi-platinum album “Private Dancer”, latter which contained the hit song “What’s Love Got to Do with It”, and which won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and became her first and only number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100.

During her “Break Every Rule” World Tour in 1988, she set what was then, a Guinness World Record for the largest paying audience (180,000) for a solo performer.

Her acting career included the films “Tommy” (1975) and “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” (1985) and in 1993, “What’s Love Got to Do with It”, a biographical film adapted from her autobiography “I, Tina: My Life Story,” was also released.

Having sold over 100 million records worldwide, Ms Turner became one of the best-selling recording artists of all time.
During her lifetime, Ms Turner received 12 Grammy Awards, (eight competitive awards, three Grammy Hall of Fame awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award).

She became the first black artist and first woman to be on the cover of Rolling Stone, which ranked her among the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

In ár gcroíthe go deo.