In April of this coming year, Thurles resident Commandant Michael Walsh (Retd & former aide de camp to H.E. the President of Ireland), will undertake a 2500k trek on foot. His trek will begin here from Holycross Abbey, Thurles, in Co Tipperary, ending eventually in Santiago de Compostella Galicia in Spain, following the Ancient Pilgrims Route, known as “The Way of St James.”
Before he sets off on this trek Michael has planned many varied fund raising events, the first of which will be held at the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) here in Thurles on Wednesday next the 23rd January 2013.
This first fund raising event is a screening of the film “The Way,” starring Martin Sheen, latter no stranger to Tipperary.
The film, supported by Lisheen Mine, Tipperary and promoted by Thurles Rotary Club & Tús Nua Autism Residential & Resource Centre Thurles, is a collaboration between Martin Sheen and his son Emilio Estevez, in an attempt to honour the Camino de Santiago and promote this traditional pilgrimage route.
The films plot highlights the story of Thomas Avery, an American ophthalmologist, who goes to France following the death of his adult son, killed in the Pyrenees during a storm, while walking the route Michael Walsh intends to follow, i.e. Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James), a Catholic pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. Tom’s purpose initially is to retrieve his son’s body. However, in his combination of grief felt and in homage to his son, Tom decides to walk the ancient spiritual trail where his son died. While walking this route, Tom meets others walkers from around the world, all looking for greater meaning in their individual lives. He somewhat reluctantly falls in with three other pilgrims. Joost (Yorick van Wageningen) is an overweight pilgrim from Amsterdam who is walking the route to lose weight in time for his brother’s wedding. Sarah (Deborah Kara Unger) is a Canadian fleeing an abusive husband, and is trying to quit smoking. Jack (James Nesbitt) is an Irish travel writer who desires to be a great author like Yeats or Joyce. He is the last to join this unusual quartet of pilgrims. As they travel the Camino, they occasionally meet and talk with other pilgrims — two Frenchmen, a young Italian and an elderly priest from New York named Father Frank.
The film “The Way,” is a worthy effort from writer/director Emilio Estevez, and manages successfully to balance heartfelt emotion with clear-eyed drama, that successfully resists everyday cheap sentiment.
This event will begin at 7.00pm with a food & drinks reception and the film will begin sharp at 7.45pm. I promise you this is one moving event not to be missed.
Please do remember the time & date: Wednesday next 23rd January 2013, 7.00pm sharp at LIT Thurles.
Ladies make sure you are seated before you read any further. Are you seated comfortably? O.K. Hollywood star and heart throb Mel Gibson was in Tipperary yesterday and may still be in our midst.
The much loved actor and female icon, who stayed at the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin and who is renowned for his direct Irish & Tipperary type no nonsense temperament, was out and about scouting for a suitable location for an up and coming production. Sure where else would you find such natural wild & unspoiled beauty?
Mel Colm-Cille Gerard Gibson, born 3rd January 1956, American actor, director, producer and screenwriter was born in Peekskill, New York, moving with his parents to Sydney, Australia when he was just 12 years old. He later went on to study acting, qualifing at the Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art.
Gibson got his breakthrough role as the leather-clad, post-apocalyptic, survivor in George Miller’s “Mad Max.” After appearing in the “Mad Max,” and the “Lethal Weapon,” series, he went on to direct and star in the Academy Award-winning “Braveheart,” latter which featured a few of our local residents. In 2004, he directed and produced “The Passion of the Christ,” a film portraying the last hours in the life of Jesus Christ.
So keep your eyes peeled and if you happen to spot him anywhere in the county, do give him a warm Tipperary welcome.
Martin Sheen in 'Stella Days,' Fethard.
Three Irish movies are now set to do battle at the Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA), having obtaining nine nominations each. The films nominated are the period piece “Albert Nobbs,” the Tipperary rural drama “Stella Days,” and the excellent black comedy “The Guard.”
All three will now go ‘head to head,’ with results promised at a showbiz ceremony on the 11th of next month, at the Convention Centre in Dublin.
All three movies indeed warrant recognition and all demonstrate the professionalism of our small but talented Irish film industry, which in recent years, despite our economic problems, have achieved world recognition for their talent.
Actors nominated for a lead role are Martin Sheen for his role as an Irish priest in “Stella Days,” and a man, Thurles rightly regards as a native son, (my own personal favourite) Brendan Gleeson, for his role as a member of the Gardaí in “The Guard.” Co-star Marcella Plunkett has also been nominated for her part in “Stella Days.”
But it’s “Stella Days,” adapted from the book penned by Borrisokane, Co.Tipperary native, Michael Doorley, Tipperary will be particularly interested in. Its success should be good for Tourism in Co. Tipperary, since it was filmed here in the small South Tipperary rural town of Fethard and indeed actor Martin Sheen’s late mother Mary Ann Phelan originally hailed from Kilbarron, near Borrisocane in the North of the County.
Thurles Town also contributed to “Stella Days,” with the much loved local Thurles Bóthar na Naomh (Tran: Road of the Saints) Church Choir featuring in the film.
UPDATE: Prices updated to reflect 2012 prices.
IMC Cinema Thurles is situated at Thurles Shopping Centre, Slievenamon Rd, Thurles, Co.Tipperary, beside Dunnes Stores. The Irish Multiplex Cinema(IMC) in Thurles has 5 state of the art Digital cinema screens. To see what movies are on at the moment, please visit the IMC Thurles website.
Phone:- 0504 – 26422
Opening Hours:- Mon-Fri 1:00pm / Sat-Sun 12:00pm
Current Movies Showing:- http://www.imccinemas.ie/home.asp?idcinema=32
Facilities include:- Box Office, Concessions, Concessions Self-Service, Ticketing Self-Service, Games Area, Free/Discount Parking, Fully Digital Cinema, Wheelchair Accessible and Loop System.
Type of ticket Regular 3D Price
Adult Before 6:00pm:- €6.20 €7.20
Adult After 6:00pm:- €8.20 €9.20
Unemployed Rate: €3.80 €4.80
Child all day:- €5.30 €6.30
Family Ticket* before 6:00pm:- €19.20 €23.00
Family Ticket* after 6:00pm:- €23.00 €27.00
OAP & Student all day:- €5.80 €6.80
Student Tuesday:- €4.30 €5.30
Kids Club Sat/Sun only:- €3.30 €4.30
*( 2 adults and 2 children/1 adult 3 children)
Ask management about special concessions for Groups, Schools, and their ‘Corporate Rates’.
Family Meal Deal:- Large Popcorn + 2 medium drinks + 2 kids meals all for the recession busting price of €14.20.
UPDATE! The IMC Cinema is now open! To see cinema times, pricing and facilities offered by the IMC Cinema in Thurles, please visit our latest article here.
April 9th next, will see the opening of the new five screen IMC Cinema in Thurles, situated at the newly revamped Thurles Shopping Centre
Irish Multiplex Cinemas (IMC), one of Ireland’s leading innovators in the film entertainment business, and RealD, the world’s leading outfitter of 3D-enabled theatres, announced today that IMC will add RealD 3D capabilities to this multiplex location in Thurles. The rollout will begin immediately with completion of all RealD 3D installations expected in April in time for the release of Monsters vs. Aliens (Dreamworks Animation).
Paul Ward, director of IMC said,
“The RealD 3D technology being installed in all IMC Cinemas shows IMC’s commitment to providing not only the best in customer service, but also the best customer enjoyment of the cinema going experience by the early introduction of the newest technological advances available.”
Bob Mayson, managing director of RealD Europe Ltd. said,
“Ireland is an important market for us in Europe and we’re extremely pleased to be working with IMC to outfit all of their multiplex locations. Paul Ward and his team understand the potential of RealD 3D and are grasping the opportunity with both hands.”
RealD uses a single projector that alternately projects the right-eye frame and left-eye frame, and circularly polarizes these frames, clockwise for the right eye and counter clockwise for the left eye, using a liquid crystal screen placed in front of the projector lens. Circularly polarized glasses make sure each eye sees only “its own” picture, even if the head is tilted. The very high frame rate, which is 72 frames per second per eye, makes sure the image looks continuous. In RealD Cinema, each frame is projected three times to reduce flicker.
RealD’s next-generation technology is deployed across the world’s largest 3D platform in more than 34 countries with over 8,000 screens under contract and nearly 2,600 RealD 3D screens today. RealD is the global leader in 3D, bringing the most advanced and realistic digital 3D experience to cinemas worldwide.