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Stash Of Illegal Fireworks Seized In Roscrea Co. Tipperary.

Today, Gardaí from Roscrea and Nenagh Garda Station, both assisted by the Southern Region Dog Unit, searched a property in Roscrea Town, North Co. Tipperary.
This search resulted in the seizure of a stash of Illegal fireworks.

Investigations are on-going and a file will now be sent to the DPP for further directions.

As pointed out earlier on Thurles.Info, today An Garda Síochána will launch “Operation Tombola” on October 1st, 2023, latter their annual strategy to combat the importation, sale and use of fireworks. This operation seeks to create an awareness of the legislation which prevents the possession of unlicensed fireworks, but moreover to increase understanding of the harm that can arise from their use.
An Garda Síochána will work with their partners and stakeholders to implement a strategy as we approach Halloween to keep people safe from the dangers of fireworks.


Drainage & Road Resurfacing On Kickham Street, Thurles, Postponed Until January.

As the remnants of storm Agnes rages here over Thurles Town presently, as was stated on August 8th, 2023 last “By failing to plan, you plan to fail”. Same is a message we have been preaching since February 20th 2022, with regards the cleaning of Thurles road drains.

It is therefore not surprising that we watched Tipperary Co. Council ground staff, out in the middle of the storm, running sewage rods up a blocked road drainpipe, in Kickham Street, undertaking work which should have been completed during the previous summer month.

Work today (September 27th, 2023) being undertaken by Tipperary Co. Council ground staff, unblocking drains which should have been completed during the previous summer month.

It has become quite obvious to our readers that Thurles has no person taking responsibility for the overall administration of our town, over recent years, with weeds currently allowed to grow up through our footpaths, through blocked drain, with no flowerbeds and tubs planted and no potholes filled.

Nine inch high grass growing from a blocked drain on Kickham Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Yet again, we learn this morning that the promised upgrading of the necessary new drainage system and road surface on Kickham Street, east of Thurles, which was due for upgrading this month (September), has once again been postponed.

It is unlikely that Mr Joe MacGrath (Chief Executive at Tipperary County Council) who visited Thurles yesterday afternoon; drove his high powered Mercedes up to Thurles Barry’s Bridge, to view what he promised would be repaired by end of May last; a project which once again was an unattainable or fanciful hope aimed at fobbing off residents, in what is now the most neglected and mismanaged Town in Co. Tipperary.
Indeed, had Mr MacGrath driven up Kickham Street, he could have viewed at firsthand the loose tarmac gravel, being ricocheted from the wheels of heavy vehicles onto the ankles of otherwise absorbed, oblivious pedestrians.

Loose tarmac gravel ricocheted from the wheels of heavy vehicle on Kickham Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

In answer to a query by Thurles.Info, sent to local elected Fianna Fáil Councillor Mr Sean Ryan, quote, “When can the residents of Kickham Street (N75) expect the road surface and drainage to be upgraded? You already stated September, but this is now unlikely. What is the delay?”

Mr Ryan quickly replied, quote: “I asked this question at the last (Council) meeting. I’m told the upgrade works for the N75 will take place in January. When I get a start date George, I’ll let you know. As you know these works will be done by the TII, (Transport Infrastructure Ireland).” Signed Sean.

Kickham Street remains the busiest main road carrying all of the heavy traffic leading west into Thurles Town and also exiting the town on to the motorway running east of Thurles. It is travelled constantly by our two inactive resident TD’s, namely Mr Michael Lowry & Mr Jackie Cahill, and was used yesterday by Minister for Education Ms Norma Foley, who arrived into Thurles to launch “Much Ado About Nothing”.


Death Of Mary Gleeson, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death, on Saturday 16th September 2023 of Ms Mary Gleeson, Glasnevin, Dublin and formerly of Ballyroan, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Pre-deceased by her parents Mary and James, brothers Jack and Jimmy, sister, Margaret, brothers-in-law Peter Ryan and Thomas Butler, niece Mary Shanahan; the passing of Ms Gleeson is most deeply regretted and sadly missed by her daughters Djasofpha (Ward) and Christina (Gleeson), their father Hashim Din, grandchildren Alex, Rebecca, Caitlin and David, son-in-law David, sisters, Kathleen Butler and Breda Ryan, brother Murty Gleeson, nieces, nephews, extended relatives, neighbours and friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements.

The earthly remains of Ms Gleeson will reposing at Kennedy’s Funeral Home, Castlequarter House
Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
(E41 VX81) on Friday afternoon from 5:00pm, with removal at 7:00pm same evening, to the nearby Church of the Sacred Heart, Borrisoleigh, Thurles.
Requiem Mass for Ms Gleeson will be celebrated on Saturday morning at 11:00am, followed by interment, immediately afterwards, in Drom New graveyard, Templemore Co. Tipperary.

For those persons who are unable to attend the funeral service for Ms Gleeson, same can be viewed, streamed live online HERE.

The extended Gleeson family wish to express their appreciation for your understanding at this difficult time and have made arrangements for those persons wishing to send messages of condolence, to use the link shown HERE.

Mary’s family would like to thank Deborah, Eileen, Niamh, Bernie and Janice at Finglas Home Care, and her GP. Doctor Edward Cox.

Note Please: The family of Ms Gleeson have requested family flowers only.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Mid-West Region’s Premier Live Entertainment & Cultural Venue Celebrates 30 years On Friday.

The Mid-West Region’s premier live entertainment and cultural venue, University Concert Hall (UCH) celebrates its 30th anniversary on Friday evening next, September 29th, with a performance by one of Ireland’s most prestigious orchestras.

University Concert Hall, Limerick.

Conducted by Joshua Gersen, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra will be accompanied by world-renowned pianist John O’Conor, who was one of the first musicians to perform at UCH.

UCH became the first purpose-built concert hall in Ireland when it was officially opened on the University of Limerick campus in September 1993 by Taoiseach Albert Reynolds T.D. and U.S. Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith.

The 1,038-seat auditorium has since attracted performances from some of the biggest names in entertainment including Johnny Cash and June Carter, James Taylor, Billy Connolly, Leslie Garrett, Van Morrison, The King’s Singers, Albert Hammond, Jimmy Carr, Sir James Galway, Christy Moore and the late Sinead O’Connor.

Ms Judith Woodworth, Chairperson of the UCH Board, said this Friday’s concert is a milestone moment in the venue’s history.

She continued, “We are immensely proud of our role in adding breadth and depth to the cultural life of the Mid-West, and our ongoing work to reflect and promote the longstanding artistic ethos of the University of Limerick by offering a wide range of cultural events and experiences.”

UCH Director Ms Sinead Hope said, “Attracting some of the world’s leading singer songwriters, standup comedians, pantomimes and classical performers to the Mid-West has had a hugely positive impact on the Region’s arts and entertainment sector, as well as the local economy.”

For more information see HERE.


Death Of Margot Olden, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

It was with a great personal sadness that I learned of the death, yesterday Tuesday 26th September 2023 of Mrs Margot Olden (née Murray), Cabragh Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Charleville, Co. Cork.

Pre-deceased by her parents Nodlaig and Patrick (Charleville, Co Cork); Mrs Olden sadly passed away unexpectedly, surrounded by her family, while in the care of staff at Tipperary University Hospital, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

Her passing is most deeply regretted by her loving husband Eddie, daughters Susan, Nodlaig and Julie, sisters Nodlaig and Ruth, brothers Michael and John, sons-in-law Mark, Neil and Paul, grandchildren Helen, Amy, Kate, Jack, Alma and Orla, sister-in-law Helen, brother-in-law Michael, extended relatives, neighbours, past pupils of the Guardian Angels Pre-School Thurles and a wide circle of friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements.

The earthly remains of Mrs Olden will repose at Hugh Ryan’s Funeral Home, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, on tomorrow afternoon, Thursday, September 28th, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm same evening.
Her remains will be received into the Cathedral of the Assumption, Cathedral Street, Thurles, on Friday morning, September 29th, at 10:30am, to further repose for Requiem Mass at 11:00am, followed by interment, immediately afterwards, in Holycross Abbey graveyard, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. [Eircode E41 PH01].

For those persons who are unable to attend the funeral service for Mrs Olden, same can be viewed streamed live online, HERE.

The extended Olden family wish to express their appreciation for your understanding at this difficult time and have made arrangements for those persons wishing to send messages of condolence, to use the link shown HERE.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.