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Thurles Lions Club – Classical Concert

Because of the currently prevailing stormy weather, it has been decided that tonight’s much anticipated Lion’s Club Classical Concert; latter part of an exciting Vintage & Classic Car Show this weekend, and which tonight was planned for the open air, will now be held indoors.

Note: the venue will remain exactly the same, Mary Immaculate College (Formerly St. Patrick’s College), Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Performing tonight will be Derek Ryan, with Ryan Morgan and friends, for a light classical evening of music and song.

Thurles Lion’s Club organisers promise that in spite of this minor change they will still have truly amazing entertainment, so please do come and enjoy the evening.

The show begins at 8.30 sharp – see you there.

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Ireland Looses Another Great Talent – Danny Doyle

Widely acclaimed as one of Ireland’s best Folk Singers; Dublin-born balladeer Mr Danny Doyle has sadly passed away at the age of 79 years.

In the video hereunder; Mr Doyle sings about his home town Dublin at an Irish festival in St. Paul the state capital of Minnesota, USA back in 2000. [Song written by Pete St. John, Dublin.]

Mr Doyle left school at the age of fourteen, before starting work, doing odd jobs in Dublin’s Pike Theatre. It was here that he began to pick up, countryside ballads from the numerous travelling performers of the day.

Back the 1960’s and 1970’s, his strong, powerful voice was regarded as being amongst the top five of Irish vocal public performers. Probably best known for his 1967 Number One hit “Whiskey on a Sunday”; many of his songs were a regular feature in the Irish charts; recording three No.1 singles and some 25 albums.

He appeared in many major concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, New York City; the Royal Albert Hall, London and in 2010 he came out of retirement to appear in the yearly ethnic ‘Milwaukee Irish Fest’, at Henry Maier Festival Park, Lake Michigan, USA, latter held every third weekend in August.

Like so many other Irish performers, Mr Doyle relocated to the USA in 1983.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Tipperary Man Consumes Tainted Ecstasy At Cork Music Festival

A 19-year-old man is fighting for his life after he consumed, what is believed to be, tainted ecstasy at the Indie19 music Festival in Mitchelstown, Co. Cork on Friday last.

The young man who is understood to be from South Co. Tipperary and whose anxious family remain at his hospital bedside, is understood to have suffered multiple organ failure, having collapsed at about 4.30pm on Friday last.

The man was rushed to Cork University Hospital having walked into the festival’s medical centre complaining of being unwell.

Organisers of the popular music event have sent a text message to those attending the festival, warning that a “bad batch of something” was being circulated within the venue.

Cork University Hospital (CUH) has since issued an alert; stating: “CUH has received patients with very severe illness from taking ecstasy at the Indie19 Festival in Mitchelstown. We are aware that a text message was issued to attendees concerning reports of a bad batch of something on the camp site. Please circulate & to all attending stay safe.”

Methyl​enedioxy​methamphetamine (MDMA), more commonly known as ecstasy (E), is a psychoactive drug primarily used as a recreational drug. The desired effects being sought by users include altered sensations and increased energy, empathy and pleasure. When taken by mouth in tablet form, these effects begin to take effect 30–45 minutes later and can lasts for up to 6 hours.

MDMA, which has no approved medical uses, has remained popular as a street drug since the 1980’s and remains illegal in most countries.

This week the Irish government announced new plans for dealing with personal drug use, which will see first time offenders referred to the HSE for health screening.

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Sinéad O’Connor To Perform At Féile 19

The magnificent voice of the very beautiful Ms Sinéad O’Connor is to feature here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary, at ‘Féile 19’; reportedly Ms O’Connor’s only festival show of this summer.

This resurrected music event has changed its name from its 2018 “Féile Classical” to; in 2019, “Féile 19” some 30 years after the original Féile became Ireland’s first multi-day music festival.

“Féile 19” begins September 20th – 22nd 2019.

Other acts include ‘The Stunning’, ‘EMF’, ‘The Frank and Walters’, ‘Transvision Vamp’, ‘The Fat Lady Sings’, ‘Eleanor McEvoy’, ‘Picturehouse’, ‘Mundy’, ‘Alive & Dangerous’, with Andrew Strong, Eric Bell and Bronagh Gallager performing songs from Thin Lizzy’s ‘Live & Dangerous’.

This three day music extravaganza is expected to spill over unto the streets of Thurles during daylight hours, to be entertained by visiting street performers.

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Death Has Occurred Of Comedian Brendan Grace.

It is with sadness Thurles and Tipperary residents learned this morning of the death of the much-loved comedian, actor and entertainer Mr Brendan Grace, who passed away at the aged of 68.

Born in the heart of Dublin in the inner city’s ‘Liberties’ area in 1951, he left school at the age of just 13 to begin work.

A regular visitor to Thurles, drawing massive crowds, Mr Grace had been hospitalised for the last number of weeks, while receiving treatment for pneumonia and for recently diagnosed cancer.

Mr Grace began his career in entertainment as an 18-year-old singer, joining a folk group known as “The Gingermen”. It was while with this band, he later added comedy to his list of talents, eventually turning himself into the hilarious characters of “Bottler”; “Fr Fintan Stack” and the “Father of the Bride”.

His hit songs included “Cushie Butterfield”, “Combine Harvester”, and “The Dutchman”.

In recent years although suffered from ill health, he had managed to divided his time performing between here in Ireland, England and America. In the past he supported entertainers of the magnitude of Ms Liza Minnelli, Mr John Denver, Mr Frank Sinatra and Mr Sammy Davis Junior, turning his sharp observations of daily life here in Ireland, into his hilarious brand of comedy.

As an actor, from 1995 onwards, Mr Grace starred in ‘Moondance’; ‘Father Ted’, and more recently as Big Sean in ‘Killinaskully’, before in 2015, starring in ‘The Gift’.

Adored by his fans not just in Tipperary, but all over the world, Mr Grace is survived by his wife Eileen, his children and grandchildren.

Requiescat in Pace

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