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Thurles Féile Line-Up Announced

Back in 1990, it was the first ever multi-day music festival to have ever been held in Ireland, attended by some 150,000 people, and next September will see “Feile – Trip To Tipp” replicated, to return once again to Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

In announcing the event yesterday we named two of the acts scheduled to take part in this upcoming line out, which will include in full:- The Stunning, Hothouse Flowers, An Emotional Fish, Something Happens and The 4 Of Us, which will be joined by the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

Hothouse Flowers:

Irish rock group Hothouse Flowers are that combines traditional Irish music group influenced by rock with a little soul, and gospel also included to their ingredients.
The group were first formed in 1985 when Liam Ó Maonlaí and Fiachna Ó Braonáin, who had known each other as children attending a Irish-speaking school, Coláiste Eoin in Booterstown, Co. Dublin. They first began performing publicly as Dublin street musicians known as “The Incomparable Benzini Brothers”.

The 4 Of Us:

The 4 Of Us are a rock band who originated in Newry, Co. Down, here in Ireland, but alas only brothers Brendan and Declan Murphy remain continuously part of this line-out, (Occupants of the other two positions now vary).
They released their first album, “Songs for the Tempted”, with CBS Records in 1989, with their single “Mary”, becoming one of the most played songs on Irish radio during that particular year. The album went double platinum in Ireland, winning Best Album of the Year at the Irish Music Awards, (Believe it or not defeating the internationally band U2).

Something Happens:

Something Happens are an Irish pop-rock band of the late 1980’s, with the band’s line-up consisting of Tom Dunne (Vocals), Ray Harman (Guitar), Alan Byrne (Bass) and Eamonn Ryan (Drums).
Previously known as ‘The Dazzmen’, (Latter Fronted by singer Martin Lynch who went on to front ‘The Cracker Factory’), they shot to prominence with the single “Burn Clear” which went on to feature on the soundtrack of the 1988 Irish movie “The Courier”.

Irish Chamber Orchestra:

The Irish Chamber Orchestra is a world class orchestra, based in Co. Limerick, renowned for its diversity, energy, its unique sound and outstanding musicianship. The orchestra was founded in 1963 by János Fürst and re-branded in 1970 as the New Irish Chamber Orchestra under Principal Conductor, Mr André Prieur.

Promises to be truly a most nostalgic event for those who have visited Féile in the past.


Féile – “The Trip To Tipp”, Returns to Thurles Town Sept 2018

Breaking News:

It was Oscar Wilde who stated that “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”  The event, known and remembered nationally as Féile; first introduced into the town of Thurles at Semple Stadium, by Independent TD Michael Lowry, is to be re-harvested again in September of this year, (2018).

The “Féile – TripTo Tipp” took place annually here in Thurles from 1990 to 1994, and then again in 1997 and now will be replicated again in 2018.

In 1995 it moved to Pairc Uí Chaoimh in Cork City, and took place indoors in The Point Depot in Dublin in 1996 before moving back to Thurles for a one day event in 1997.

From 1990, through the years, Thurles became home to thousands of weekend campers, with many of them arriving into the town by every possible known means of transport, attracted by headline bands included Meatloaf, INXS, Bryan Adams,  The Hothouse Flowers, The Cranberries, Crash Test Dummies, The Prodigy, Elvis Costello and a host of other International Music Stars.

We understand that this return event, (which will be a seated affair), this year will include bands like Galway & Dublin band “The Stunning”, formed back in 1987 and the Dublin alternative rock band “An Emotional Fish”, to name just two.

Take a walk down Memory Lane
It is hoped that music lovers and those who attended past “Trips To Tipp” will still hold a strong wistful desire to return not just in thought, but in fact, to a former time in their lives, and relive the happiness they enjoyed in this former place and time.

Full details regarding this exciting event will be announced in ‘The Dome’, Semple Stadium, Thurles, tomorrow night (Tuesday 24th) at an invitational meeting at 7.30pm.

The Stunning In Concert, “Brewing Up A Storm”.


An Emotional Fish, “Celebrate”.

Same event will also be announced on the Ian Dempsey Radio Breakfast Show; on Today FM and the Tipp FM Breakfast Show between 8.00am and 9.00am tomorrow morning.
Tickets priced from €49.50 go on sale from 9.00am this coming Friday.


Thurles On Earth Day 2018

Earth Day 2018: End Plastic Pollution

Yesterday, Sunday 22nd April 2018, was ‘Earth Day’, latter dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human behaviour, particularly in our dealings with that synthetic malleable substance commonly called plastic.

A billion people in some 190 countries supposedly marked yesterday’s event, with happenings taking place globally, including Marches, Petitions, Tree Planting Ceremonies and Area-Clean-Ups, latter to remove the cast away single-use plastic products.

As well as encouraging people to take responsibility for their action; the Earth Day initiative was also aimed at educating and mobilising people to demand government legislative action.

Almost two years ago, (April 27th 2016), Thurles Town Park opened to the pride and delight of Thurles town residents. Tidy Towns judges lauded it in 2016 and it also grabbed their complete harmless focus in 2017, thankfully removing their gaze from the sewage, flowing into the river Suir.

Today, just 103 weeks later, our Skate-Board Park was demonstrating some real lively action, but as we forecast back in December 26th, 2013, no skate boards were being used today, rather Tesco shopping trolleys were the ‘skateboard order of the afternoon’.

You can see from the brief video above, that across the railing which divides Thurles Park from the now Mary Immaculate College Campus, (previously St. Patrick’s Collage Campus), discarded plastic bottles and aluminium beer and mineral cans are continuing to accumulate.

On September 24th, 2017, we highlighted that Graffiti was everywhere in Thurles. It is on every Street, either on Doors or Walls of trading business premises. It is covering Electrical and Telephone interconnecting metal casings. It is on our River Suir Walkway walls, on our Signposts, on the new Source Theatre and now it has been continued on and into our new Town Park, demonstrating to our visitors the appearance of a ghetto suffering social, legal, and economic pressures.

On August 27th, 2017, we asked, “Does the Thurles Town closed-circuit television (CCTV) used in public area surveillance actually work?”.

Four months on, the Christmas lighting remains dangling from the sky at The Source; on Barry’s Bridge; and Cathedral Street West.

It would appear that that those elected to represent us at Municipal District; Co. Council; and indeed at National level, together with their employees, are totally incapable of providing any real governance.


A Love For Exotic Bloom?

The sun is “splitting the trees” here in Co. Tipperary today, with temperatures of some 17° at present, and rising.

On the Mill Road in Thurles town, over at O’Driscoll’s Garden Centre, [Tel: (0504) 21636] this welcome warmth has begun to waken the many exotic Daffodils, Narcissi and Tulips; latter all ready and potted to take away for your own personal delectation, or as the perfect gift for someone special.

All these exotic bulbs are guaranteed to bring immediate enchantment to your garden; both this year and for many years into the future.

O’Driscoll’s Garden Centre, Mill Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, are open today (Saturday) and from 2.00pm tomorrow afternoon, (Sunday).

Do drop in and say hello!


“Bridge Of Memories” By Tom Ryan

Barry’s Bridge, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Bridge Of Memories.

© Author & Poet Tom Ryan.

By the mossy bridge at the ford,
Where tired cattle drink,
My folks were all around me there,
Or so I like to think.

Near my mother’s house of old
This lovely spiritual truth,
Oh, joyous, warm abode
Of a dear and distant youth.

Midst the flowers and the scents of the summer air,
I felt, oh, I feel, they are still yet there,
My gentle folks of the mountain land,
By the sparkling waters, on either hand.

We brought the cart to the bridge below,
To cool the iron-rimmed wheels,
With a tired old jennet I once loved so,
Who’d gifted me a thousand thrills.

We bathed our little children’s feet,
Splashed till joyous hours were done,
All day playing in sun and heat
Hearts and heaven in unison.

Midst the flowers and the scents of the summer air,
I felt, oh, I feel, they are still yet there,
My gentle folks of the mountain land,
By the sparkling waters on either hand.

Where magic through cool water flows.
And foxes, hares run fast and free
Oh, fluttering now my heart it goes
So carefree now in memory.

I felt, I feel, and will not yield,
My people love e’en yet this field;
And we who live and they now gone,
Are still, in love, in unison.

And all around me in the air
Hearts that love and hearts that care,
In this sweet place I loved when young
Happy my flesh and blood among.

Midst the flowers and the scents of the summer air,
I felt, oh, I feel, they are still yet there,
My gentle folks of the mountain land,
By the sparkling waters, on either hand.


Tom Ryan, “Iona”, Rahealty, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.