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Death Of Pierie O’Rourke, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death, yesterday, Tuesday 19th October, 2021, of Mr Pierce (Pierie) O’Rourke, Clashduff, Coalbrook, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by his father, mother, brothers and sisters; Mr O’Rourke passed away peacefully at his place of residence.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, extended relatives, neighbours and friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements.

The earthly remains of Mr O’Rourke, will repose at O’Connell’s Funeral Home, Killenaule, Thurles, on Thursday evening, October 21st, from 5:00pm with prayers at 7:00pm.
His body will be received into the Church of the Assumption, Ballingarry (SR), Thurles, on Friday morning, October 22nd, at 11:15am to further repose for Requiem Mass at 11:30am, followed by interment immediately afterwards in the adjoining graveyard.

[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 O’Rourke 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.


“An Irish Journey” – By Sean O’Faolain

Cork born, John Francis Whelan [1900 -1991] possibly better known as Sean O’Faolain was one of the most influential figures in 20th-century Irish culture. A short-story writer of international repute; he was also a leading commentator and critic.

Sean O’Faolain

In his book “An Irish Journey” (from the Liffey to the Lee), latter published first in 1940, he reflects on his visit to Liberty Square, here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary. 

Sean O’Faolain writes,

“Wild or not, these Thurles people have much more edge to them than the easy-going Clonmel folk. Their town shows it. The great wide square, concrete from pavement to pavement, the bright shops, every one of them well-dressed, the busy air of the streets even on an ordinary afternoon and the almost total absence of antiquities, marks this out as a modern business-town, “with no nonsense about it.”

And it has gone on improving every year. Old residents tell me that their fathers have handed to them a very different picture of an older Thurles, when as one of them said to me, “you could step from dung-heap to dung-heap in the square”. Hovels surrounded the centre of the town. The elder Dr. Callanan, the father of the present Dispensary doctor, told me he once handled 175 cases of fever in a single epidemic and he had handled typhus as well as typhoid.

Older traditions can revive the famine days, when people died in the fields by the ditches, their mouths green from eating nettles, even as Spencer records from an earlier period; while, in those unions which Dan O’Connell opposed so inexplicably, the dying were laid in rows upon rows on the floor.

An old man I met on the bridge told me he recalls the time when the town might have been thought of as composed of six shopkeepers, who made “pots of money” out of the Big Houses all about, and who were so many Gombeen-men, or tight-fisted, hard-screwing middle-men to the farmers. But he said they are gone now with the froth of the river.

(The River, by the way, is still the Suir: it rises not that much more than a mile away from the Nore up near the Devil’s Bit).

They’re gone with the big houses on which they relied”, and he waved his hand over the river, past the old 12th century castle, the town’s only relique, down towards Fethard and up the river towards Templemore. “Archerstown House, Lanespark House, Killeen House, Ballysheehan, New Park, Mobarnane, Coolmore, Derryluskan, Brownstown House, Ballyronan , Lloydsboro, Inch…. How many of them are left now?. Ah, ‘tis a pity. For they were fine houses and gave great employment.”

“But surely the beet factory“, I protested, “must employ as many as the whole lot of them put together.”
“Tisn’t alike”, he insisted, morosely. “Tisn’t alike, what’s a factory? Here to-day, gone tomorrow. What am I to a factory? No more than that shtone”, as he slapped the bridge parapet as if he wanted to crack his hand.

“They were dacent people – or the most of them were – and they attinded to the min that was working for ‘um. If a man got sick they’d give him the besht of the attention. If you get sick in the factory, what happens you, only to lie up and lose your wages, or maybe your job. Ah, tisn’t alike! There’s no nature in a factory.”

Nobody regrets more than the artist the passing of that old hierarchical form of society, so complete in its gradations of human order, still humanized in Ireland by contact with the natural life for the land, long after it had become dehumanized in England by the industrial revolution.
But it had many faults even here. Its fatal weakness was that the Big House people felt themselves here, not merely of a different class to the worker and the farmer – which was natural since it happened to be true – but of a different race or religion or life mode and they took their political philosophy from England, whose problems were of a quite different nature. Master and man were not one entity, with right and proper distinctions between them, but two separate entities. And that does not work”.

To Be Continued.


Covid-19 Cases Rise To 3,766 In Past 24 Hours On Island Of Ireland.

There have been 2,399 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed by the Department of Health in the last 24 hours here in the Republic of Ireland. Same number is the highest daily total reached since January 2021.

There are 473 people with Covid-19 in our hospitals, same number down 11 on yesterday’s reported figures. Of these patients, 74 are being treated in intensive care units, up 1 on yesterday.

With about 7% of the adult population currently unvaccinated, same is placing a huge amount of pressure on the hospital system, with 2 in every 3 patients, in ICU’s, found to be completely unvaccinated.

The National Public Health Emergency team has informed the Government that should the latest lock-down changes, not have a sufficient effect on the current Covid-19 profile, the re-imposition of public health restriction measures may well again be fully warranted.

Their advice further states that return to the workplace should continue to be phased and cautious, with NPHET continuing to recommend that all who can work from home should continue to do so.

NPHET has reiterated its advice that with the Delta variant being so highly transmissible, it is most unlikely that our high vaccination rate alone, achieved here todate in Ireland, will not bring the effective reproduction number below 1, thus allowing Ireland to achieve suppression of the disease.

In Northern Ireland a further 1,367 cases of the virus have also been notified by their Department of Health, up from 1,091 yesterday.

The latest northern hospital figures indicate that there are 366 patients with Covid-19 in their hospitals, up from 347 patients yesterday.

Sadly, 8 more coronavirus-related deaths have been reported today in Northern Ireland.

Meanwhile in Britain, where Covid-19 cases remain stubbornly high, the British government has confirmed it is monitoring a sub-variant of the current Delta virus strain, which has been identified in a growing number of their identified cases.


Deafness & Hearing Loss Clinic To Visit Thurles Monthly.

Chime, the National Charity for Deafness and Hearing Loss, will hold an outreach clinic once each month, here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Chime provide a free and confidential support service with regard to all aspects of deafness and hearing loss, in both children and adults.

Available Resources

  • Advice & information on hearing loss.
  • Assistive Technology for those with a Hearing Loss
  • Hearing aid care & Maintenance
  • Minor Hearing Aid Repairs
  • Hearing Aid batteries (€2 per card)

Please Note: Due to covid 19 restrictions attendance is strictly by appointment only.

Outreach Clinic Dates for 2021: November 10th & December 8th.
Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm.
Venue: St. Mary’s Health Centre, Parnell Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Further Information: Contact: Kathleen Daffy – kathleen.daffy@chime.ieTelephone No. 061 467494.


Medical Facilities Serving Co. Tipperary Under Pressure.

University Hospital Limerick, the medical facility serving North Tipperary, have confirmed some 52 Covid-19 positive patients, and of these, 6 patients are receiving critical care.

In Tipperary University Hospital, Clonmel; they also are currently experiencing an increase in the number of patients presenting with the virus.

Both hospitals state that all appropriate infection control precautions are being followed to minimise the future risk of spreading infection among staff and patients.

The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) have given the go-ahead for Covid-19 booster vaccinations to be administered to people over the age of 60. This rollout of an additional vaccinations will form a key part of the Government’s reopening strategy, ahead of expected further easing of Covid restrictions later this week.

In a letter to the Irish Government, Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan has advised that face masks and social distancing measures should remain in place until at least February 2022. Mr Holohan has warned that Ireland’s situation is currently uncertain and precarious.

It is now expected that the Government will now go ahead with the loosening of some restrictions, while Covid passes are likely to remain in place for customers wishing to access indoor hospitality.

While PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests are the most highly specific virus test that can be done, if you are symptomatic; positive moves are also expected to be made in relation to the use of antigen testing.

Meanwhile, Pfizer/BioNTech has submitted data to the European Union’s medicines regulator seeking the approval of its coronavirus vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 years.

Choosing to get vaccinated is an act of protection for yourself, as it may save your life; but it is also an act of solidarity with others; the more of us that get vaccinated, the safer we all will be.