Death Of Delia Ryan, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death yesterday, Sunday 21st April 2024, of Mrs Delia Ryan (née Ryan), St. Brigid’s Villas, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary,and formerly of Castlehill, Drombane, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Pre-deceased by her parents Denis and Winifred; husband Jerry; brothers Peter and Cornelius; sisters Elizabeth and Maureen; and grandson Fionn; Mrs Ryan passed away peacefully at her place of residence, following an illness, while in the loving care of her family.

Her passing is most deeply regretted, sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her sorrowing family; her daughter Maria, sons Gerard, Brendan and Conor, daughters-in-law Marian, Sinéad and Caitríona, son-in-law Richard, sisters-in-law Mary and Biddy, brother-in-law Jimmy, grandchildren Darragh, Cillian, Ciarán, Amy, Diarmuid, Sophia, Aedan, Caoimhe, Béibhinn, Naoise, Cathal and Iarlaith, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended relatives, neighbours and many loyal and lifelong friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements.

The earthly remains of Mrs Ryan will repose at Stapleton’s Funeral Home, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, (E41 YT20) on tomorrow evening, Tuesday, April 23rd from 6:00pm until 8:00pm.
Her remains will be removed from her residence on Wednesday morning, April 24th at 10:30am to be received into the Church of the Sacred Heart, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, to further repose for Requiem Mass at 11:00am, followed by interment, immediately afterwards, in Ileigh Cemetery, Lismakeeve, Ileigh, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

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

The extended Ryan 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.

Note Please: House strictly private. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu, if desired, to the Irish Cancer Society.

Suaimhneas síoraí dá h-anam dílis i dteannta na Naomh agus na n-aingeal.


EPA Lecture: Climate Change & Health-From Paralysis Too Pragmatism.

The next lecture in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Change lecture series will be delivered by Professor Ms Lea Berrang Ford, Deputy Director at the UK Health Security Agency.

Professor Ms Lea Berrang Ford is Head of the UKHSA Centre for Climate and Health Security and a Research Chair in Climate and Health at the Priestley International Centre for Climate. She is an expert in climate change impacts on health, adaptation to the health effects of climate change, and the health implications of decarbonisation.

Prof. Berrang Ford was a Lead Author on the 2022 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 6th Assessment Report, is a co-author on the 2022 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change, and led the Global Adaptation Mapping Initiative, an international collaboration of 125 scientists to assess evidence on progress on global adaptation to climate change.

She has led international, interdisciplinary projects on climate and health for over a decade, working with a range of global research and policy partners, in particular in Uganda, Peru, and the Canadian Arctic. Ms Berrang Ford is a former Research Chair in Climate and Health with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and former a Royal Society Wolfson Research Fellow.

This lecture, entitled ‘Climate change and health: from paralysis to pragmatism’, will provide an overview of the landscape of climate change and health including risks, intervention opportunities and state of the evidence. It will address the challenge of coordinating research and governance and move from ‘paralysis to pragmatism’ in the face of daunting and uncertain climate change and health risks.

Welcoming Professor Berrang Ford, Ms Laura Burke, Director General, EPA, said: “We are delighted to welcome Professor Berrang Ford to give the first EPA Climate Lecture of 2024 on the topic of climate change and health. Climate change will have wide ranging global consequences for human health, arising from extreme weather events such as heatwaves, storms and flooding, increasing suitability of regions for invasive species, implications for mental health, and impacts on antimicrobial resistance.

Ms Burke further added: “Ireland’s Climate Change Assessment highlights the climate-related health impacts and the opportunities that face Ireland. Effective climate action in response to this challenge will make us more resilient to the coming changes and bring benefits for individuals, public health, and society.”

Professor Berrang Ford will draw on the experience of the new Centre for Climate and Health Security within the UK Health Security Agency and will lay out an optimistic vision for how public health and environmental agencies begin to respond and prepare for the grand challenge of climate change threats to health.

The public lecture will take place tomorrow Tuesday, April 23rd at 6:30pm at The Banking Hall in the College Green Hotel, Dublin and will also be streamed online. This free event requires registration through the following link HERE.
The event will also be recorded and uploaded to the EPA YouTube channel, located HERE.

This lecture forms part of the National Dialogue on Climate Action, and people can also follow the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #ClimateLecture2024, See HERE.


Original Recipe For Irish ‘Yellow Man’.

The very talented Mrs Theodora FitzGibbon (née Rosling) was born in 1916, in London, England, to parents John Archibald Rosling and Alice Winfred (née Hodgins). She would grow up to become a successful model; actress; Irish cookery writer [‘A Taste Of ‘ series]; novelist and playwright, [‘The Flight of the Kingfisher’ (1967), latter made into a successful television play for BBC TV; together with two memoirs, ‘With Love’ (1982), and ‘Love Lies a Loss’ (1985)].

During her lifetime which stretched over a 74 year period, she married twice; first to Constantine Fitzgibbon (1944). She would later meet the photographer and surrealist painter Peter Rose Pulham (1910-1956) in Paris, where they began a four year love affair. She divorced her first husband in 1960, to marry George Morrison in the same year.

Book ‘A taste of Ireland’ (1968) and its author Theodora FitzGibbon (1916-1991).

Theodora FitzGibbon most certainly travelled in Co. Tipperary and recorded recipes gleaned from towns like Cloughjordan and Thurles in Tipperary North Riding, and like Carrick-on-Suir, in Tipperary South Riding. Same Tipperary recipes were included in her highly popular series of “A Taste Of”, which were regional recipe specialities, first published sone 56 years ago, in 1968. Complementing the recipe text in her publications were archival photographs of life and landscapes, as viewed back in 19th century Ireland.

In 1987 Theodora FitzGibbon was awarded the Prix Choucroutre First Prize for European Food Journalism at Bonn, in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Theodora FitzGibbon would go on to become one of the founding members of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild and the Guild’s first ever President.
Theodora FitzGibbon, passed away in 1991, at her residence in Killiney, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

Older readers will remember the song ‘The Ould Lammas Fair’, which contained the lines:

“But the scene that haunts my memory is kissing Mary Ann,
Her pouting lips all sticky, from eating Yellow Man”.

But how many of our readers, today, can claim they have eaten “Yellow Man”.

Yellow Manwas a toffee which was made by the same family for several hundred years. It was a brittle yellow toffee which had sections broken off from a large block.
Theodora FitzGibbon gives us the original recipe, but first let’s listen to the almost 100-year-old song itself; sung here by Northern Irish singer, the late Ms Ruby Murray (1935–1996), together with the lyrics written by the disabled Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, bog oak carver, the late Mr John Henry MacAuley, latter who passed away in 1937, before his song became famous.

The Old Lammas Fair.

At the Ould Lammas Fair in Ballycastle long ago,
I met a little colleen, who set me heart a-glow;
She was smiling at her daddy, buying lambs from Paddy Roe,
At the Ould Lammas Fair in Ballycastle 0.
I seen her home that night,
When the moon was shining bright,
From the ould Lammas Fair at Ballycastle-O.

At the Ould Lammas Fair, boys, were you ever there?
Were you ever at the fair in Ballycastle 0?
Did you treat your Mary Ann to some Dulse and Yellow Man?
At the Ould Lammas Fair in Ballycastle 0.

In Flanders fields afar, while resting from the war,
We drank Bon-Sante to the Flemish lassies 0,
But the scene that haunts my memory is kissing Mary Ann,
Her pouting lips all sticky from eating Yellow Man.
We crossed the silver Morgey and strolled across the strand,
From the Ould Lammas Fair at Ballycastle 0!

Repeat Chorus:

There’s a neat little cabin on the slopes of ould Knocklaod,
It’s lit by love and sunshine, where the heather honey’s made,
By the bees ever humming and our childer’s joyous call,
Resounds across the valley when the shadows fall.
I take my fiddle down and my Mary smiling there,
Brings back a happy memory of the Lammas Fair

Repeat Chorus:


Original Recipe for Yellow Man.

Ingredients: A one pound tin of golden syrup.
A half-pound (or one cup) of brown sugar.
One teaspoon of baking soda.
One heaped tablespoon of butter.
Two tablespoons of vinegar.

Method: Melt the butter and run this round the pan.
Add sugar, syrup and vinegar.
Stir until sugar and all ingredients are dissolved/melted.
Boil without stirring until a little of the toffee becomes crisp and brittle, if put in cold water.
Next add the baking soda, which will make the ingredients foam.

Stir again, then pour on to a greased slab or a large dish.
Pull apart until it is pale yellow in colour. It can then be poured into a greased tin and cut into squares if preferred.

With this original recipe now shared, and local elections coming up; local politicians might like to advance funding to some enterprising Thurles resident, latter anxious to start a factory manufacturing Thurles Yellow Man. God knows we need the employment.

This “Old Lammas Fair” event dates back to the 17th century, however on August 28th 2001, a Royal Ulster Constabulary officer discovered a large incendiary bomb in the centre of Ballycastle, Co Antrim, whilst this fair was running. The area was quickly cleared by British Army bomb disposal experts, who happily managed to defused the device before it exploded.
The 2020 and 2021 editions of the fair were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however this year “The Old Lammas Fair” will take place again from Saturday to Tuesday, August 24th to August 27th 2024.

Other Tipperary recipes published by Mrs Theodora FitzGibbon, will be revealed here shortly.


Death Of Kitty Dunne, Formerly Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death yesterday, Saturday 20th April 2024, of Mrs Kitty Dunne (née Mc Cormack) Bouleakeale, Kilmanagh, Co. Kilkenny and formerly of The Commons, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Pre-deceased by her loving husband John, her sister Peggy and brother Pat; Mrs Dunne passed away peacefully, while aged in her 99th year.

Her passing is most deeply regretted, sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her sorrowing family; her loving family, Helen, Sean, Maeve and Colette, her grandchildren Aidan, Ellen, Eddie and Alina, sons-in-law Paul Kennedy and Michael Farrell, extended relatives, neighbours and friends.

Requiescat in Pace.

Funeral Arrangements.

The earthly remains of Mrs Dunne will repose at Dermot Ronan’s Funeral Home, Ballingarry (SR), Thurles, on Tuesday afternoon next, April 23rd, from 5:00pm until 8:00pm, same evening followed by recitation of the Rosary.
Her remains will be received into the Church of the Assumption, Ballingarry (SR), Thurles, Co. Tipperary, on Wednesday morning, to further repose for Requiem Mass at 11:30am, followed by interment, immediately afterwards, in the adjoining graveyard.

The extended Dunne 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

Note Please: Family flowers only.

“Kitty’s family would like to extend their sincere thanks to all the staff of Aperee Living Callan, (previously Stratmore Lodge Nursing Home), for the wonderful care shown to Kitty in her six years residing there”.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Boy [7] Drowns In Tragic Accident At Hotel On Tipperary/Clare Border.

A seven-year-old boy, sadly, lost his life yesterday, following a tragic accident at a hotel swimming pool on the Tipperary/Clare border.

We understood that the boy was attending a birthday party at the Lakeside Hotel & Leisure Centre, latter which overlooks the twin heritage towns of Ballina in Co. Tipperary and Killaloe in Co. Clare.

Gardaí and emergency services quickly responded to the scene shortly before 3:00pm yesterday, Saturday April 20th. The boy was rushed by ambulance from the Leisure Centre to University Hospital Limerick, where he was later pronounced dead.

The local coroner has been notified, and arrangements are being made for a post-mortem examination.

We understood the boy was recovered from the water in a unconscious state and efforts were made to try to save his life at the poolside.

While the incident is being considered as a tragic accident, the pool within the hotel’s leisure centre has since been closed.