The new Tipperary film “The Minnitts of Anabeg,” will receive a screening at the Source Arts Centre, Thurles, this day week, on Thursday, March 13th beginning at 8.00pm sharp.
(Click on image left for larger image of poster.)
This excellent film production (Writer/Director Alan Brown, UK/Ireland, 2013, 105 mins) was made on a micro budget and filmed around Nenagh and Thurles, here in Co Tipperary, using localised and very talented actors from amateur drama groups representing Nenagh Players and our own much enjoyed award winning Thurles Drama Group.
The film “The Minnitts of Anabeg,” tells the true and factual story of the Minnitt family and the generations who lived in Anabeg house near Nenagh, from the 1600′s to the early 1900′s. The Film focuses in particular on one Joshua Minnitt, latter a prominent landowner living around the period of the Great Famine era (1845 -1849) and his assistance in helping the local impoverished community through that tragic, black period in our Irish history.
While managing to greatly assist and save a community, Joshua Minnitt failed however to save his own family. His only son against his wishes married a local Catholic girl resulting in the former being disinherited.
The film’s factual storyline however is not just a tale dominated by religious bigotry, but is also an account of a family torn apart by politics and power.
The soundtrack for this film was written by Roscrea music composer Thersa Larkin, while the original Anabeg House building was used as the film’s main location. Other scenes were filmed at locations here in Thurles, at St Mary’s Famine Museum and at Nenagh Convent, latter which still has a laundry room from the days of the old workhouse regime.
Tickets: Tickets for this Thurles screening of a Tipperary based production cost just €10/€8 conc. available from The Source – Tel: (0504) 90204.
This is a must see event for lovers of real romance, drama, history and in particular Tipperary history, not to mention real local Tipperary talent performing on screen.
DVD: A limited edition DVD will also be available to purchase on the night.
Thurles Musical Society will stage the Republic of Ireland première of ‘Sister Act’ The Musical in The Premier Hall, Thurles from Tuesday March 25th – Saturday 29th in association with the Anner Hotel.
For those travelling to this magnificent musical extravaganza and staying overnight, note the Anner Hotel is located on the outskirts of Thurles town here in Co. Tipperary and is a 96 bedroomed hotel situated on its own private grounds with beautifully landscaped gardens, offering all guests full complimentary use of their Leisure Centre during their stay.
Thurles Musical Society – The Cast Of ‘Sister Act’ The Musical 2014. ( Photo G.Willoughby)
This truly fantastically up-beat show with its all-singing, all-dancing repertoire is eagerly awaited in the Premier County and following on from the wonderfully successful Titanic last year, T.M.S. are hoping to wow audiences in a different manner with Sister Act.
Award winning and renowned Director Tony Finnegan is back at the helm with the Society, while Choreographer Debbie Kiernan also renews acquaintances with the Thurles Company, who have the local extremely talented Mary Rose McNally as Musical Director/Conductor.
The show follows the same story line as the hit film which featured Whoopi Goldberg and taking up the leading role will be the very experienced Linda Ryan as Deloris van Cartier. There are other prominent roles for well known Maria McElgunn as Mother Superior, Cathal O’Donoghue as Monsignor O’Hara, Cathy Keane as Sister Mary Robert, Barry Derby, Jonathan Gleeson, Olwyn Grogan, Nina Scott, Ber Ryan, Mary Callanan, Michelle O’Connell, Fiona Delaney, John Butler, Peter Donnelly, Brendan Bailey and many more.
The cast and chorus have been working hard to ensure that they are ready for the opening night, latter a charity night for Thurles Rotary Club’s “Thurles Care Group” charity. Proceeds on the night will go towards the Care Group and Thurles Musical Society is thrilled to be associated with such a worthwhile cause, considering the magnificent work undertaken in the community by the Group.
Tickets for the show are available as usual at Hickey’s Pharmacy, Liberty Square, Thurles from March 18th or at the door on the night. The Booking Office Tel No: 0504- 21423.
Don’t miss your chance to see a truly great show. We promise this really will be a great weeks entertainment.
Mrs Evelyn Nevin
Local Thurles Town Councillor and current President of Thurles Rotary Club, Mrs Evelyn Nevin, is urging people to support the opening night of Thurles Musical Society, the proceeds of which this year are in aid of ‘Thurles Care Group.’
Thurles Rotary Club are currently selling tickets at €18 for the Gala opening night of ‘Sister Act,’ which takes place one month from today, on March 25th, here in the Premier Hall, Thurles.
Councillor Nevin stated today; “Rotary Club were thrilled to secure this opening night fund-raiser in aid Thurles Care Group, latter which is a sub group of Thurles Parish Renewal and does brilliant work with people who are isolated or alone in our local community.”
Councillor Nevin continued “At present they are engaged with a wide number of people, across older age groups in Thurles Town. They regularly visit these people at home and provide company, support and a social outlet. They are responsible for organising a number of fun day trips every year as well as providing bingo in the nursing homes on alternate Wednesday. At present Thurles Care Group have over 30 volunteers including 4 husband and wife teams. They liaise and work with other community groups such as the Order of Malta and singing groups. We would like to thank Thurles Musical Society for affording us this opportunity and I would urge everyone to come along for what promises to be the Societies most fantastic show yet staged.”
Tickets: Same are currently available from Evelyn Nevin at Tel: 087 9774725 or from Gleeson Auctioneers, Cathedral Street, Thurles.
Regular listeners to the radio station Tipp FM should note that the “Down your Way” programme, recorded last night in Thurles at The Monks Licensed Hostility will be broadcast tonight between the hours 7.00pm and 8.00pm. If you miss it tonight you can hear the repeat programme mid-day on Sunday next between 1.00pm and 2.00pm. This weekly specialist programme is recorded each week by popular local radio host Eamon O’Dwyer.
Tonight’s radio programme will as usual get intimate, while discussing the more positive aspects of what’s happening here in Thurles through chatting with individuals and featuring some the Premier Counties outstanding local musical talents.
Of course “The Monks” public house still remains one of Ireland’s original and traditional social meeting places here in Thurles and Tipperary, entertaining “Muintir na haíte.“ (Translated from the Irish; “The people of the place”.) Click here to learn more about the history of this ancient tavern which first began trading just after the Great Famine period in Irish History, around 1860.
Note by 10.00 am, each morning, Radio TippFM has a massive 59% of Tipperary people as their audience or over 83,000 people tuned in to listen to their daily programmes each week. TippFM also broadcast live from Thurles Shopping Centre every Thursday from their Pod stand in the complex, broadcasting a great mix of talk and music, as well as offering plenty of exclusive competitions and great give-aways.
Meanwhile if you are around and about Thurles take note that the annual Azerbaijan Orphanages Benefit Night will be held here in The Monks, Thurles, tomorrow night (Friday21st of February) at 10.00pm and the organisers, Joe Brennan, Kevin Kelly and Kevin Callanan would greatly appreciate your support.
Tickets cost €5.00 and there will be numerous Spot Prizes and a Raffle for a Hamper.
Music will be provided courtesy of Kevin Callanan, Carley Maher, Dixie and Paul Byrne, and the Brady’s (Ric, Mac and Martin), so a great night can be expected by all who can attend.
Who knows if you read the history you might even get sight of the Monk himself or the Hound of Death.
Tom Gleeson, (Member of Thurles Club for Dancing) Reports:
Thurles Club for Dancing will hold their next set of beginners dance classes, commencing on Tuesday night, February 4th next in The Premier Ballroom Thurles from 8.30 p.m. sharp to 10:00 p.m.
This extensive six week course will cost a total of just €20 for the full six week session and will teach the basic steps of the Foxtrot, Quickstep and Old Time Waltz, with some novelty dances thrown in just for good measure.
The course is open to anyone over 18 years of age who would like to learn the basic steps of real social dancing.
For anyone planning on getting married this year and who are unsure with regard to their dancing ability for that inevitable yet required first dance, this €20 will be the best investment ever, with regard to your wedding day plans and indeed into your future together.
The Club for Dancing has provided this service for the past 20 years, so you can be assured of a thoroughly enjoyable six weeks of coaching.
For more up-to-date information on this event, why not contact Tom Gleeson by telephoning 087-9732837.