The Late Larry Hayes, Littleton - The death occurred on February 8th of Larry Hayes, McDonagh Terrace, Littleton peacefully in South Tipperary General Hospital.
Of a quiet disposition, Larry (85 years) was most respected in the locality. A former employee of Bord na Mona, from where he retired some years ago, Larry had a great interest in all local activities particularly the G.A.A. He also liked an occasional flutter on the horses and was a keen punter. For fifteen years he played hurling on Moycarkey-Borris teams and enjoyed an amount of success on the playing fields. His usual position was in the last line of defence and he was a formidable opponent for any forward. His hurling career commenced in the early 1950’s and he won many honours with the club playing in various grades. County honours came his way in 1954 when Moycarkey-Borris won the Mid Tipperary No. 1 Junior hurling championship beating Moyne-Templetuohy in the final, and the County final beating Kilruane, a team captained by the late Michael (Sticks) Shanahan. In 1957 Mid senior league honours came his way. In 1960 he was on the team that won Mid No. 1 honours but lost the Co. Final to Kilruane. Many tournament awards came his way; tournaments were popular at the time such as in Ballincurry, the An Tostal competition in Littleton. Templemore, Fethard, Killenaule and a Newport tournament when Moycarkey surprised and beat the Limerick champions, Cappamore. Such tourneys were attended by large crowds and often more competitive than local championship fare.
His brother Neddy shared a lot of success with him playing in the forward division and was a member of the Tipperary side that beat Warwickshire in the 1953 All Ireland junior hurling decider. When he retired from active hurling service, Larry followed parish and county teams and always took great pride in their successes.
Following Requiem Mass in St. Kevin’s Church, Littleton celebrated by Fr. George Bourke, P.P., burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. The G.A.A. club and colleagues formed a guard of honour at the removal and his coffin was draped with the club colours. He is mourned by his wife Bridget, sons J.J. and Noel, daughters Mary, Sheila and Brid, daughter-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, brother John Joe, sisters Sheila, Eileen and Nora, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. May he rest in peace.
Death of Liam Lanigan - The death took place of Liam Lanigan, Two-Mile-Borris peacefully at his home on February 12th. Liam was 89 years of age and had passed the biblical “eighty years plus for those who are strong”. Though in ill health in recent times, he never complained, but his peaceful passing came as a shock to his family and friends. A native of Pastorville, Ballysloe Liam had resided in Two-Mile-Borris for over forty years and was a devout catholic and a man who liked congenial company. In his early years he was a cattle truck driver and attended marts throughout the country and even the old cattle mart in Dublin. Afterwards he was a driver with Amber Oil. Though living out of his native Gortnahoe for so long he never lost his affinity with that parish and liked to return there occasionally to chat with old neighbours and friends. When Philomena died Liam took charge of the young family and was dedicated to their needs during their school days and indeed up to the present. Liam liked to visit Bannons nightly for the occasional drink and have a chat with all present. He liked nothing more than the parties held there and was never shy to take up the microphone and give his party piece with “Danny Boy”, top of his charts. When his grandchildren arrived Liam adored them and was a proud grandfather too and liked all family celebratory occasions. He was a big follower of hurling teams local or county and attended many matches. His other hobby was a game of cards and he was a very keen player.
At the end of Mass, Billy recalled the early days after Philomena died and his great dedication in getting them ready for school ensuring that they were punctual and the lunches and breakfasts were always ready. He also mentioned many iconic moments in Liam’s life and praised him for his dedication to all members of the family, stating he was a fantastic father. He thanked all involved for their help in the final days and those who had travelled long distances to pay their respects.
Liam was predeceased by his wife Philomena (Bannon) by twenty eight years and his brother Fr. Pat, a missionary priest.
He is deeply regretted by Billy, Mal and Pat (sons), Kay and Mary (daughters), Mary (sister), sons-in-law, daughters—in-law, grandchildren, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces relatives and friends.
Following Requiem Mass in Two-Mile-Borris church celebrated by Fr. Michael Mullaney (grand nephew of the late Philomena);Fr. George, Bourke, P.P.; Fr. Joe Tynan, CC.; Fr. Tom Fogarty and Fr. Martin Hayes, burial took place in the local cemetery. In the homily, Fr. Mullaney told many stories that he remembered of Liam and Bannons when visiting Borris. There was an overflow attendance at the obsequies on both days, despite the heavy rain on Wednesday night, which showed Liam’s popularity and that of his family. A guard of honour was provided by Fianna Fail members and friends at the removal and his camaraderie and friendship will live on in all who had the privilege to know him. May Liam rest in peace.
Vintage Run - North Tipperary Vintage & Machinery Club annual Tractor Run on this Sunday, 3rd March. All proceeds towards Down Syndrome. Starting point, Two-Mile-Borris Village at 12 noon, 20 euro per vehicle. Vintage & Agriculture welcome. Your support appreciated.
Open Day - Scoil Mochaomhóg Naofa, Two-Mile-Borris Open Day on Friday, 1st March at 1 p.m. All welcome to come and visit the school. Enquiries (0504) 44466.
Month’s Mind Masses - Month’s Mind Masses for Hannie Gleeson (nee Sheppard), Aughnagomaun will take place on this Friday, 1st March at 7.30 p.m. in St. Peter in Chain Church, Moycarkey and Mary Ryan, Bord na Mona Road, Littleton on this Saturday, 2nd March at 7.30 p.m. in St. Kevin’s, Church, Littleton.
First Friday - This Friday, March 1st (First Friday), Masses as follows: St. Kevins Church, Littleton 7.30 p.m. St. James Church, Two-Mile-Borris 10 a.m. St. Peters in Chain Church, Moycarkey 7.30 p.m. Confessions before all Masses.
Recent Deaths - Liam Costello, Liskeveen and Cashel; Padraic Stapleton, Ballycurrane, Thurles, Irene Harvey, Ballymena, Co. Antrim (mother of Sharon Leahy, Laharden).
Saint Patrick’s Day Parade - The 17th annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Littleton will take place on Sunday March 17th at 10.30am. all groups, clubs, organisations and individuals from the parish and surrounding areas are invited to enter a float. Prizes will be awarded in a number of categories. Anybody interested in helping with parking and stewarding on the day is asked to contact committee secretary JJ O’sullivan on (086)2622307. Many thanks to all who contributed generously to last sundays churchgate collection in Moycarkey, Littleton and Two Mile Borris. All proceeds will go towards deferring parade costs.