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Behold, Crib In Two-Mile-Borris, Thurles, Tipperary

“Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.”

[Gospel according to St. Luke: Chapter 2 – verses 15-16 (King James Version]

Now, with at least some Covid-19 virus restrictions lifted, one place to visit this 2020 Christmas season is the crib in the village of Two-Mile-Borris, near Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The Crib is set up next door to the Church of St. James, in an old disused shed on the side of the main street, almost directly opposite John Tully’s Gala Supermarket in the village.

Remember on your visit: Strict adherence to social distancing and face covering please.

To those responsible for the crib’s construction – congratulations and well done – truly artistic and worthy of a visit by all and sundry, this Christmas period.


Covid-19 Update: Wed. 2nd Dec. 2020 – 5 Deaths – 270 New Cases.

Covid-19 cases in Tipperary reach 1535 in overall total, according to the Department of Health, as of November 30th last.

The Department of Health have confirmed this evening that there have been sadly 5 deaths caused by the Covid-19 pandemic; leaving the overall death toll, here in the Republic of Ireland, remaining at 2,074.

There are 270 new additional cases reported today, leaving the current total number of confirmed cases, since conception in the Irish Republic, at 73,066.

Of this evening’s confirmed cases; 58 are in dublin; 38 in Donegal; 28 in Wicklow; 25 in Mayo; 24 in Limerick; with the remaining 97 cases located across all remaining other counties

Other Covid-19 News
Minister for Health Mr Stephen Donnelly has said he believes that a Covid-19 vaccine should be rolled out for free. However, he said that no Government decision has been made.

There are 31 people being treated for Covid-19 in intensive care units across the country, on a day when Ireland had the lowest 14-day incidence of Covid-19 in the EU according the latest ECDC figures.

Total global cases up to 5.30pm this evening, now stand at well over 64.1 million with global deaths at well over 1.48 million.

Continue to “Spread the Message, not the Virus”.


Death Of Jack Smith, Formerly Thurles, Co. Tipperary

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death yesterday, Tuesday 1st December 2020, of Mr John (Jack) Smith, Kilnamanagh Court, Clonoulty, Cashel Co. Tipperary and formerly of Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Mr Smith passed away peacefully, while in the care of staff at South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

His passing is most deeply regretted by his loving wife Elspeth; sons Ivan and David; grandchildren Elliott and Emily; daughters-in-law Paula and Katrina; cousins; neighbours; friends and fellow believers.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements.

The earthly remains of Mr Smith will repose at a funeral service on Saturday next, December 5th, in Thurles Baptist Church, Graigue, Moycarkey, Co. Tipperary at 12:00 noon, followed by cremation at a later date.

[Note: Due to National Public Health Guidelines regarding Covid-19 virus restrictions; those attending within the Church building will continue to observe strict adherence to social distancing and face covering.]

The extended Smith 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: Family flowers only, donations in lieu, if desired, to Jack and Elspeth’s desired charities; Soteria Trust UK and Philo Trust UK.


The Late Christina (Ina) Ryan, Rahealty, Thurles

The death occurred on November 13th of Mrs Christina (Ina) Ryan, Rahealty, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, (Nee McDonnell, Dalkey, Co. Dublin) in Milford Care Centre, Limerick, following an illness borne with great patience and fortitude and in the presence of her husband, Tom and daughters, Brid and Mary (Mary Wade, Maynooth).

Ina was a popular figure throughout Co. Tipperary and for over 40 years she hosted people from all strata of society in her home in Rahealty, including many luminaries from the world of entertainment, sport, media and politics who were visiting her husband Tom (Latter author, poet and freelance journalist).

A kind compassionate and gentle person, particularly to children from around her locality, she was, as Fr. Joe Walsh said in a homily, famous for her home cooked chips, so loved by children in the area.

Above all else, Ina loved children, particularly her grandchildren, Aoife aged four and one year old Cian (Wade), whom she loved to meet on ‘Facetime’, during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown and whom quickly warmed to her most endearing personality. A quiet, modest person, she was always cheerful and upbeat; qualities that inspired immense affection in so many.

She was proud of the fact she was the first woman in Ireland on equal pay when working with Kapp and Peterson Pipe manufacturers, in South Dublin crafting pipes by hand for celebrities such as former Taoiseach, Jack Lynch. She had previously worked for some years in Childcare in South County Dublin.

Ina was daughter of the late Ellen McDonnell (Barnane) and Mr Daniel McDonnell (Killiney), Co. Dublin, latter Chef in the Officers Mess of the 10th Uisneach Battalion of the Irish Army during World War 2.

She met husband, Tom, in Hayes Hotel, Thurles, on October 28th, 1978. It was at that same venue that Tom proposed to her at Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann’s “Seisiun na Samhna” with which she and Tom had many further happy years of association.

She loved nature and this was due to her years spent with her aunt, the late Chris O’Dwyer and the late Jack O’Dwyer, of Knocka, Drom, Templemore. She was au fait with all matters to do with the land and agriculture.

Her popularity was borne out by the hundreds of condolences on RIP.ie and in many other expressions of sympathy.

The presence of those in the Cathedral and its outside surrounds and at the interment in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Thurles, following Requiem Mass celebrated by Rev Joe Walsh, CC, Thurles in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles, was ample proof of Ina’s huge popularity.

The Mass Readers were: Noel Maher, Darren McDonnell, Deirdre Sheehan, Paul Sheehan, Tony Wade and Emmet Doyle.

Mr John O Gorman (Lisduff) was Organist for the Mass and Ms Anne Leahy, who earned huge praise for her beautiful singing was soloist, who sang appropriate hymns, including the lovely “Ave Maria”.

Ina was a huge fan of musician, Andre Rieu, whose show she really enjoyed in the Three Arena in Dublin some years ago. Her earthly remains were brought through the Cathedral to the music of the beautiful “Eidelweiss” played on a violin recording by Andre Rieu.

Suaimhneas síoraí dá h-anam dílis.


St. Vincent De Paul, Thurles District Annual Appeal.

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” ― Anne Frank.

Ms Kathleen Mockler (Member of St. Vincent De Paul, Thurles) Reports: –

“Like so many other charities this year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we at St. Vincent De Paul in Thurles were unable to fundraise in our normal way this Christmas, e.g. We no longer were able to have our Church Gate collections or were unable to become involved in bag packing etc; all of same activities so strongly supported by our local community, annually.

Today in Thurles, for too many people, it can still just take one small problem to tip someone into crisis and poverty. It can be an unexpected illness or unexpected bills. But we know that a little help at the right time can stop a domino effect leading to a family experiencing prolonged hardship.

Many of you regularly support our work. Without this help, we simply would not be able to support those struggling. This Christmas please, please support the St. Joseph Conference’s Appeal.

We are aware it’s been a very difficult year for people in general, but we are appealing to you to give what you can. People can donate online through www.svp.ie/ St. Josephs, Thurles, Appeal.

People can also drop donations in an envelope into our Parish Centre; or into both of our churches; or to the SVP centre in Parnell Street.

We are also here to help where possible this Christmas. You can apply for assistance by Phone, Text or WhatsApp to 086 8437786. You may also apply in writing to SVP Thurles, Parnell Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.”