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Late Sean Gillen

Late Sean Gillen

It was with great sadness that the death of Sean Gillen was announced over the Christmas period. Sean died peacefully on Dec 27th at his home, surrounded by his loving wife and children after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Teresa would like to extend her thanks and appreciation for the numerous sincere wishes of support, the kindness shown to her, the prayers offered for Sean and condolences that the family received over the past few weeks.

Sean originally came from Longford town, and after learning the furniture trade in large department stores in Limerick and Galway, he set up his own Auctioneering and Furniture business, first in Galway city and then in Templemore. He spent over 32 years in the trade in Templemore where he boasted about meeting the nicest people during that time. Templemore was truly the town he loved so well.

He always felt privileged to have been made so welcome by the Hanley family, his brothers in law and his sisters in law and all their families who held a special place in his heart.

Sean was also keenly involved in local politics as a councillor, and as a party member, and he was always keen to 'think about improving the lot of the last man in the queue'. He loved his trips to Lourdes, as a helper, which he did for many years. He also enjoyed a round of golf and the social craic at the 19th hole.

He was a vibrant, gregarious, warm hearted, witty, loyal and in every sense of the word a true gentle man. He loved life, he loved people, and above all he loved his family and most importantly he loved his wife Teresa. He had a special bond with each of his four children, and has left them with great memories of fun times. He touched everyone that he came in contact with in a special way.

Sean is sadly missed but fondly remembered by his loving wife Teresa, his children Mark, Paul, Karen and Tona. He will be missed by his grandchildren whom he loved dearly, and his brothers Vincent and Joe.

In the words of John Lesley (1770) "… The battle has been fought, the race has been won … and in Jesus' presence reign, through the ages without end, till we meet again, rest in peace"

Sean's months mind Mass will be held on Sunday, Jan 16th 2011 at 12.00 o' clock in The Church of the Sacred Heart, Templemore.

Templemore Lake ECO-Project

Lake monitoring is expected to be completed this month (January 2011). A draft report will then be issued to and discussed with the committee in February. Following the review of this information the final report will be issued. A presentation of the final report and findings will be made to the public in March by RPS, the consultants who are carrying out the lake study.

The first instalment for payment has been drawn down by RPS from project finances. 90 per cent of this instalment has been refunded to the project through the grant awarded by North Tipperary Leader Partnership. Remaining costs for the study will also be refunded to the tune of 90 per cent.

Christmas Tree Memorial

The lighting of the memorial tree at Christmas at Grey's Funeral Home Templemore was a huge success. Eamonn thanks everyone who turned up to make the occasion so special for all at Grey's Funeral Home who hope it helped in some small way, knowing your loved one was remembered on the tree over the Christmas period.

Eamonn would also like to thank Canon Eugene and Reverend Peter for the wonderful prayer service, Templemore Pipe Band who enhanced the occasion so much, Richie Ingram and the team from The Spinning Wheel for such nice refreshments - the soup really hit the spot on such a cold night. To Town Mayor Mr. Joseph Bourke who erects the tree each year and his children Erica, Erin and Joseph who helped him to officially turn on the lights on the tree.

Eamonn adds: "We hope the occasion brought you some peace and assure you your donation to Tipperary Hospice of over €2,000.00 will bring a lot of peace to others". Thank You.

St Vincent de Paul

The Society of St Vincent de Paul wishes to thank most sincerely all those who contributed so generously to their recent Christmas collection. Thanks also to the many people who gave generous individual donations to the society.

The demands were never so great and thanks to your willingness to share, we were able to distribute over €8000 in fuel and food vouchers this Christmas.

I.C.A News

The first meeting after the Christmas break will be held on Thursday Jan 13th at 8pm. A table quiz with Anna fahy as quizmaster, promises to be a lively and stimulating contest.

See you all there.

Templemore Athletic Club

Table Quiz

The annual table quiz for Templemore A.C will take place in Murphy's Lounge, Main Street, Templemore on this Friday night 14th January at 9.30pm. This is a vital fundraiser as the profit is used to pay for electricity for the Athletic track and Public Liability Insurance on the facility. We require public support to continue to operate the facility successfully.

Tables of 4 cost €20 or €5 each. Refreshments served and we will organise a valuable raffle on the night. Donations welcome. Contact martin Leydon on 087/2096356 or Geraldine Ingram ( 987-9960837).

Recently Deceased

Pray for Josephine Carroll nee Ryan Loughmore and Templemore who has died in London.

Templemore Set Dancing Club

Weekly classes resume in St Mary's Hall on Wednesday 12th January at 9pm. Beginners welcome.

North Tipperary Sports Partnership

North Tipperary Sports Partnership will hold a Fun Family Walk on the Sli na Slainte route Templemore at 2pm on Saturday 15th January. The walk will start and finish at Templemore Athletic Club where refreshments will be served afterwards. For further information contact Elaine Cullinan at 067-43604 or email


Items for inclusion in the Parish Newsletter must be dropped in writing into the Parish Priest's house before 1pm every Thursday

Clonmore Drama Group

The group will present "Mother Knows Best" in aid of North Tipp Hospice next Saturday night Jan 15th at 8.15pm in Clonmore Community Hall. Support will be greatly appreciated.

Whist Drive

St Mary's Parish are holding a Whist Drive on Thursday 13th January at 8pm in St Mary's Hall Templemore.

Top Score as €50 with many more prizes. All welcome.

In aid of St Mary's Church Restoration Fund.

Firewood Auction

It has been all action over the past couple of weeks in preparation for J K Bracken's Monster Firewood Auction to be held in conjunction with the Bric-a-Brac and Cake Sale on January 30th next. Anybody who is a position to help in this area is most welcome to do so.

Community Services Whist Results 9/1/11

Top Score: Alice Fogarty. Other winners: Joan McNamara, Nora Sullivan, Bridie Ryan, Noreen Whelan, Maura Meade, Mick Russell, Joan Fitzpatrick, Harry Shortt. Raffle: Kitty Cormack, Thady Maher, Mary McEvoy. Whist every Sunday at 8pm. All welcome.

Loughmore News


Results of Game on 9th January:

Mary Jo Ryan and Pat Morris, Philomena McGrath and Pat Joe Meade, Mary Maher and Jacob Fairbrother, Dan Tierney and Johnnie Maher, Tom Maher and Stephen Maher, Audrey Pearson and Michael Grimes


Mary Martin, Mary Connolly, Stephen Maher and Peg Cormack.

Game every Sunday night @ 8.30pm. All are welcome.


It was great to see many new members last Tuesday night. We began the New Year with a kilometre challenge which 44 people completed. Well done to all. We encourage members who haven't been in a while to make a return over the next few weeks – remember discipline is the key to getting fit.

We remind everyone to bring high-viz vests and water to FIT4LIFE each Tuesday.

JK Brackens GAA Club

Adjourned Convention:

At our Adjourned Convention held at Templemore Arms on Friday night last before a reasonable size attendance, many items on the workings of the club next year were discussed and decisions were taken. The following outstanding appointments were made:

Oifeageach Cultra: Francie Bourke

Co Football Committee Rep: James Farrelly

Hurling Players Rep: Aidan Doyle.

Scr na nOg:

Well done to all participants in Co Scr na nOg finals held in Cashel last Friday night and congrats to the Set Dancers and Instrumental music group who were winners and qualified for the Munster Semi-Finals.

Intercounty Games:

Well done to Lorcan Egan and the Co Senior Football team on their win over U.L in the McGrath Cup played on Sunday last and the best of luck in the next round against Waterford next Sunday.

School Games:

Best of luck to Our Lady's in the Harty Cup final game against Midleton CBS on Jan 19th at Cahir at 2.30pm.

Lady's Golf

Not too much happening on the golf course at the moment, so

ladies do remember the New Year Party night is Saturday night Jan 22nd in the Clubhouse. Tickets available from any committee member.

Annual Dinner will be held in Murphy's on Friday 28th January.