Tipperary’s Molly Sterling will represent Ireland at the 60th Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria this year, 2015.
The final vote lay in the hands of the general public and it was down to a two-horse race last night as 16 year old Tipperary Musician and Songstress Molly Sterling edged out runner-up performer Kat Mahon latter singing ‘Anybody Got a Shoulder,’ by four points (Total of 104 points), on RTE 1’s ‘The Late Late Show.’
Molly’s song “Playing With Numbers” was co-written with Greg French and rendered live last night on TV with the passion and feeling of a professional performer twice her age.
Entertainer Panti Bliss, one of the four commenting RTE panel members which also included Phil Coulter, Linda Martin and Mairead Farrell, insisted “This is the song for me,” even before the voting had commenced.
Mr Noel Dundon (PRO Thurles Musical Society) reports on Thurles Musical Society’s most recent venture into musical theatre, which takes to the stage on March 24th – Saturday 28th inclusive.
For only the third time in Ireland, the hit musical comedy ‘Curtains’ will be staged by Thurles Musical Society (TMS ) in association with the Anner Hotel, in The Premier Hall from Tuesday March 24th- Saturday 28th inclusive.
Cast of Thurles Musical Society’s production of ‘Curtains’ to be staged Tuesday March 24th – Saturday 28th 2015 inclusive.
This fabulously funny ‘who dunnit’ murder mystery leaves a scatter of bodies on the stage, but the real casualties will be those in the audience who will be sore from laughing at the antics of the company.
TMS recognises that theatre goers need to come away from their night-out thoroughly enthused and having enjoyed the experience. This has been the case down through the years and last year’s Sister Act, which completely sold out on each performance, was case in point. The audience loved it, lived it and were talking about if for weeks afterwards. ‘Curtains’ is a musical with a book by Rupert Holmes, with lyrics by Fred Ebb, and music by John Kander, and with additional lyrics by Kander and Holmes. Other shows featuring the duo include the huge Broadway hits ‘Cabaret’ and ‘Chicago’.
Based on the original book and concept by Peter Stone, the musical is a send-up of backstage murder mystery plots. Set in 1959 Boston, Massachusetts, the show follows the fallout when the supremely untalented star of Robbin Hood of the Old West is murdered during her opening night curtain call. It is up to Lt. Frank Cioffi, a police detective who moonlights as a musical theatre fan, to save the show, solve the case, and maybe even find love before the show reopens, without getting killed himself.
Director Tony Finnegan returns to TMS once again and he is teaming up with Mary Rose McNally(Musical Director), Debbie Kiernan(Choreographer) and Patricia McElgunn(Dance Captain) to form the production team for what is truly an eagerly awaited show here in Thurles.
Returning to the company for the first time since 1997 is Aodhán Fox, who played the part of ‘Billy’ in 42nd Street – he plays the lead role of ‘Detective Frank Cioffi’, while ‘Niki’ will be played by Danielle Martin. The experienced John Hayes and Fiona Delaney play the parts of writing duo ‘Aaron’ and ‘Georgia’, while Maria McElgunn is ‘Carmen’ and Dixie Byrne returns this year as ‘Oscar’.
Other key roles include Pat Hayes as ‘Sydney Bernstein’, Frank Tuohy as ‘Bobby’, Mairead Hackett as ‘Bambi’, and Cathal O’Donoghue as ‘Belling’. There are also roles for Peter Donnelly as ‘Randy’, Gary Dempsey as ‘Johnny’, John Butler as ‘Daryl Grady’, Nina Scott as ‘Jessica Cranshaw’, Geraint Fyler as ‘Harvey’, Gerard O’Hagan as ‘Brick Hawvermale’, and Jim Kennedy as ‘O’Farrell’.
TMS will have more than 60 performers on stage for this production and the company has been in full rehearsal mode since early in January to ensure that everything is in readiness for the opening night – a benefit night for Thurles Rehab Care and Thurles Tennis Club, organised by Thurles Rotary Club.
All tickets for this gala night cost €20, while normal show tickets cost €20, with concessions at €10. Tickets can be booked at Mobile 085 2868727, or at our booking office in Hickey’s Pharmacy, Liberty Square, Thurles. Patrons are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.
If you love musical theatre, this is a show not to be missed. So if you want a great night out, pencil in the date. If you want to have a laugh a minute and a bit of suspense, then The Premier Hall is the place for you this coming March.
It is with sadness we report two accidental deaths occurring here in Tipperary today.
The first unfortunate incident involved a collision between a truck and a male pedestrian on the main N24 entering Carrick on Suir, near Davin Park, close to the fire station.
Following this incident, which occurred around 3.00pm this afternoon, the pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.
All emergency services, which including Gardaí, the fire brigade and Ambulance Crews attended at the scene.
In the second unfortunate accident, a man died in a workplace incident near Nenagh on the old N7 Limerick to Dublin road, shortly after 4.00pm this afternoon. The male, understood to be in his late 40’s, was fatally injured following a pressure test explosion at a gas pipe works site which is adjacent to the N7.
The Gardaí and Health and Safety Authority (HSA) have launched two separate investigations into this incident.
“Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.” - George Bernard Shaw.
Congratulations to the very talented Miss Emily Bourke, latter a student attending the Ursuline Secondary School, Templemore Rd, here in Thurles; on receiving a Merit Award in the recent prestigious National Credit Union Art Competition.
Miss Bourke qualified for the National Credit Union level competition having received a first prize in both the popular Thurles Credit Union art competition and the subsequent Chapter 14 art competition, held recently.
Contributions to Clubs and Organisations Grant Scheme – Templemore Thurles Municipal District 2015.
Mr Seamus Hanafin
Tipperary County Councillor Mr Seamus Hanafin wishes to inform the public that applications are being invited from Residents Associations, Sports Clubs (Latter for the provision of playing facilities for young people) and other Voluntary Groups, to avail of funding, soon to be made available in the Templemore-Thurles Municipal District.
This Grant Aid will not include funding for Tidy Towns groups, Burial Grounds or Festival Committees, under this particular scheme.
Templemore-Thurles Municipal District
The Templemore-Thurles Municipal District consists of the electoral divisions of Aghnameadle, Ballycahill, Ballymurreen, Borrisnafarney, Borrisnoe, Borrisoleigh, Bourney East, Bourney West, Buolick, Clogher, Drom, Fennor, Gaile, Glenkeen, Gortkelly, Holycross, Inch, Kilcooly, Killavinoge, Killea, Kilrush, Littleton, Longfordpass, Loughmore, Moyaliff, Moycarky, Moyne, Rahelty, Rathnaveoge, Roscrea, Templemore, Templetouhy, Thurles Rural, Thurles Urban, Timoney, Two-Mile-Borris, Upperchurch.
Application forms can be obtained on line by downloading from HERE or by calling directly to the Templemore-Thurles Municipal District Offices, at Slievenamon Road, Thurles, Co Tipperary.
Note: The closing date for receipt of all completed application forms is Friday, March 13th, 2015.
All applicants should note that this allocation of funding relates to 2015 only and is no guarantee of funding into the future .