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Student Dies In Thurles Single Vehicle Collision.

A young Co. Laois man, named locally as Mr Adam Kirwan, aged 22, has sadly died, following a single vehicle collision in Thurles, Co Tipperary. The crash occurred at around 3:15am, in the area of College Green, in the south east area of the town, close to the N75.
Mr Kirwan was a student of the Mary Immaculate College in Thurles.

The victim was treated at the scene, but was later pronounced dead. His body was later removed to University Hospital Limerick where a post-mortem examination will now take place.

Two other female passengers in the vehicle escaped injury.

The road remained closed for a time earlier, while a technical examination took place.

Thurles Gardaí are appealing to any witnesses, particularly any road users who may have video footage (including dash-cam), to contact them at Thurles Garda Station Tel. No. – 0504 25100, or the Garda Confidential Line Tel. No. – 1800 666 111, or indeed at any Garda Station.


World Book Day Get Your Free Children’s Book.

Today, 2nd March 2023, is World Book Day and schools, libraries and bookshops across Ireland are hosting many exciting events and activities to celebrate reading.

In addition, every child in Ireland will be gifted a World Book Day Token through their school, which they can exchange for one of over ten free World Book Day Books by authors such as Joe Wicks, Lenny Henry, Peppa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt.

Alternatively, in many bookshops, boys and girls can use their World Book Day tokens to get €1.50 off a non-World Book Day title.

Thurles bookshops are participating so be sure to pick up your free gift / discount by March 26th when the offer ends.

For more information on World Book Day visit HERE.


Call For New Veterinary School To Be Developed.

Veterinary School

Independent Clare TD Mr Michael McNamara has called for a new Veterinary School to be developed on a similar model to the School of Medicine at University of Limerick (UL), in order to address a growing shortage of vets, particularly in large animal practices within Munster; due to the current retiring of veterinary practitioners.

In October 2022, the Higher Education Authority (HEA) sought expressions of interest from higher education colleges about creating more spaces for veterinary medicine and veterinary nursing. University College Dublin (UCD), currently, is the only third level institute, on the island of Ireland, where students can study to become a veterinarian.

Deputy McNamara said the development of a second veterinary school in Ireland is critical, as there are currently more Irish veterinary students studying in Hungary (40) and Poland (70) than there are in Ireland.

“Some 581 students had veterinary medicine as their first choice, on their CAO form in 2022, but options for progressing to a veterinary school in Ireland are extremely limited with only 85 course places available at UCD each year,” he explained.
“The proposed new school must, at its heart, be centred on delivering more graduates into large animal veterinary practices. It is important the HEA’s target of a new school being opened by September 2024 is met.” he concluded.

He continued, “Currently, students at UCD primarily receive their experience at the Veterinary Hospital in Belfield, which inevitably is attracting more students to pursue a career in similar institutes and in research after they have qualified. A new Veterinary School should instead help to steer students towards replacing the veterinary practitioners specialising in large animals, with an acute shortage arising in Munster in particular.”

Deputy McNamara, who will be raising the matter with the Minister For Agriculture, during Topical Issues in Dáil Éireann tonight, said, “The School of Medicine at UL was established in 2007, when Ireland was experiencing a chronic shortage of general practitioners. The model developed by the School whereby students primarily received experience in GP practices, meant that they were more openly disposed to pursuing a career as general GPs, which helped to maintain the overall number of GPs across the country.”


Unrequited True Love Story For St. Valentine’s Day.

Dare any of you lovers out there, forget that St. Valentine’s Day, is on Tuesday next, February 14th.

Talking of people in recent history, who fell in love, let’s not forget the sadly unrequited* love story of that great Irish poet, Patrick Kavanagh (1904-1967), and Ms Hilda Moriarty in 1944.

* Unrequited love occurs when one person yearns for unconditional love, from another individual who doesn’t always feel the same way.

It was sometime in the Autumn of 1944, while living on Raglan Road, in Ballsbridge, Co. Dublin, that the poet Kavanagh spotted Ms Hilda Moriarty, herself a native of Co. Kerry, as she wended her way to attend Dublin City University, where she was studying to become a medical doctor.

Ms Moriarty was then 22yrs old, while Kavanagh was some 20 years her senior. For Kavanagh, it was love at first sight, and though she would regarded him as a close friend, her true feelings toward him were never of a romantic nature.

In 1947 Hilda would marry the handsome Mr Donogh O’Malley, a rugby union player, who later served as Parliamentary Secretary to the then Minister for Finance (1961 to 1965); Fianna Fáil Minister for Health (1965 to 1966), and Minister for Education (1966 to 1968). It was the same O’Malley who first announced the notion of free education for Irish students, on September 10th, 1966, unknown to his cabinet colleagues; thus updating Ireland’s antiquated educational system, same unchanged since Irish independence.

Sometime later, Kavanagh was inspired to write the poem, that we refer to, today, as, “On Raglan Road”, published in the Irish Press in 1946, under the title, “Dark Haired Miriam Ran Away”. Kavanagh’s poem was later set to the melody of an old Irish song called, “Fainne Gael an Lae”; (Irish loose translated, “The Dawning of the Day”).


On Raglan Road.

Lyrics: Irish Poet and Novelist, Patrick Kavanagh (1904-1967).
Vocals: Singer, Folk Musician, Banjoist and Actor, the great Luke Kelly (1940 – 1984).

On ‘Raglan Road’ of an Autumn day,
I saw her first and knew,
That her dark hair would weave a snare,
That I might one-day rue.
I saw the danger and I passed,
Along the enchanted way,
And I said, “Let grief be a fallen leaf,
At the dawning of the day.”

On Grafton Street in November,
We tripped lightly along the ledge,
Of a deep ravine where can be seen,
The worth of passion play.
The Queen of Hearts still making tarts,
And I not making hay.
Oh, I loved too much and by such, by such,
Is happiness thrown away.
I gave her gifts of the mind,
I gave her the secret sign,
That’s known to the artists, who have known,
The true gods of sound and stone.
And word and tint, (I did not) without stint.
(For) I gave her poems to say,
With her own name there and her own dark hair,
Like clouds over fields of May.
On a quiet street, where old ghosts meet,
I see her walking now,
Away from me so hurriedly,
My reason must allow,
That I had loved, not as I should,
A creature made of clay,
When the angel woos the clay, he’d lose,
His wings at the dawn of day.



Tipperary Schools Celebrate Safer Internet Day.

Today, February 7th, 2023, is Safer Internet Day. School’s across Tipperary and Ireland will be marking the day with various activities.

The theme of this year’s EU-wide initiative is promoting respect and empathy online. 2023 marks the 20th year of Safer Internet Day and its goal to ensure that everyone experiences positive and safe learning, interaction and collaboration online.

For more information on Safer Internet Day and staying safe and respectful online, please visit: HEREHEREHERE and finally HERE.