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Two In A Row For Thurles Presentation School

The Bord Gais Energy Student Theatre Award for Best Overall Show returns yet again to the Presentation Secondary School and Thurles, Co. Tipperary, for a second year in succession, with the secondary school’s ‘Billy Elliot’ score, following on from the previous years, ‘The Lion King’ musical.

Presentation Secondary School, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The school’s students, together with their production team, led by Trisha McElgunn, Patrick Conlon and Mairead Hackett, were ‘over the moon’  this week on learning of their latest Musical Theatre Student Award; the show initially having been staged, playing to packed audiences, back during the Autumn of 2016.

‘Billy Elliot’ the musical is  based on the 2000 film ‘Billy Elliot’.  The original music is by English singer, pianist and composer Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE, while lyrics are by author, playwright and screenwriter, Lee Hall.

The musicals story line revolves around a motherless Billy Elliot, who trades boxing gloves for ballet shoes. It is about his personal struggle and eventual fulfilment; balanced against a story of both family and community strife; all contributed to by a Durham coalminers’ strike.

Each year, since its inception in 2013, Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards have encouraged, recognised, and rewarded student participation in the dramatic arts. It comes therefore as no surprise that to date some 1,000 schools from across Ireland have participated in these annual honours.

Hearty congratulations to all those participating.

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Let’s Put Tipp On The Map For Dance & The Arts

Tipperary Youth Dance Company organiser Kathryn Wallace reports:

Tipperary’s first Dance Company based at The Source Arts Centre, in Thurles has now been set up. The organisers plan to provide opportunities for children and young people from across Tipperary to learn different dance styles including:- Contemporary, Lyrical, Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz and more.

Tipperary Youth Dance Company, (TYDC) is a non-profit company and the membership are not required to pay fees; instead the company will be solely operated on public donations and other generated funding from performances.

Choreographers and well known professional dance teachers will train members of TYDC in a variety of contexts and styles. Organisers hope to put Tipperary on the map, by introducing new dance opportunities for local children and young people, that would not normally be available.

This Company will be shortly open to children and young adults, aged from 7 years up to 21 years, with two separate company schedules for Juniors (Ages 7-12) and Senior Principles (Ages 13-21) and with male and female applicants both welcome.

The organisers will be holding Auditions on Saturday 2nd September next in The Source Arts Centre.

More about this welcome opportunity for young people later.

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President M.D. Higgins To Open Cloughjordan Amphitheatre

Irish President Mr Michael D. Higgins will officially visit North Tipperary to open the new Cloughjordan Community Amphitheatre.

The event is expected to take place at 4.00pm on Friday next, April 21st.

The amphitheatre, situated in Ireland’s first ever ecovillage, is sculpted from Tipperary subsoil, extracted during the initial infrastructural stage of the Cloughjordan eco-village, back in 2004-6.

This subsoil created a mound of settled earth some 8 meters in height, and covered an area of over 2 acres, which was too vast to re-use. Any disposal, off-site, of this earth was also obviously not an option for planning and environmental reasons, so the idea of sculpting an amphitheatre was muted, agreed and developed by Cloughjordan Arts CLG, a not-for-profit company.

The new venue which has a seating capacity for more than 250 people, incorporates a commemorative inscription to honour Cloughjordan native, poet, and signatory of the 1916 Proclamation, Thomas MacDonagh.

The amphitheatre, into the future, is expected to stage a diverse range of local social events, i.e. drama, concerts, debates, screenings and music recitals.

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Thurles Musical Society – All Shook Up

Thurles Musical Society all ready to rock with “All Shook Up.”


Thurles Musical Societies PRO Mr Noel Dundon reports:-

“Thurles Musical Society will stage their hit show “All Shook Up – the music of Elvis Presley” starting next Tuesday evening, April 4th, until Saturday April 8th inc. in The Premier Hall, Thurles from 8:00pm nightly.

Music and Cast
This is a non-stop collection of music made famous by ‘The King’, and there is a great comedy element to the show, to ensure that audiences will really enjoy a most wonderful experience. Thurles will have almost sixty performers on stage and another forty or so working around the hall to bring this musical extravaganza to the audience. The show has been a big hit throughout the country and it is anticipated that the production in Thurles will be no different.

With hits such as ‘Jailhouse Rock’, ‘Love Me Tender’, ‘Hound Dog’, ‘All Shook Up’, ‘Can’t Help falling in Love’, and many more; the show will take you on a nostalgic musical journey having been directed by Shannon man Aodán Fox, with Mary Rose McNally as Musical Director, Debbie Kieran as Choreographer, and Michelle O’Connell as Dance Captain.

The Cast and Chorus have been in rehearsals since early January and now that the Booking Office has opened in Hickey’s Pharmacy, Liberty Square, Thurles, real excitement has begun to build amongst the entire company.

Tickets
Tickets can be booked on (085) 2868726 at a cost of €20 for adults and €10 for children. There are also group concessions available and a family ticket will cost €50. Tickets will also be available at the door, on each night of the performance, although booking in advance is strongly advisable.”

Don’t miss this chance to see a truly great show locally.

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Order Of Malta Ambulance Corps Table Quiz

Order of Malta Ambulance Corps Table Quiz – Mr Gerard Fogarty, Parnell Street, Thurles reports.

“Thurles Order of Malta Ambulance Corps, Boheravoroon, Lognafulla, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, will be holding a table quiz in aid of its Lourdes Fund on Friday 24th March at 9.00pm in the Arch Bar, Liberty Square, Thurles.

Thurles Order of Malta members.

The Unit would greatly appreciate the assistance of the public in supporting this fund. The Order of Malta’s 59th International Pilgrimage to the Marian Shrine at Lourdes in southern France will take place from the 5th to the 10th of May 2017.

Each year Thurles Order of Malta send a number of volunteers and patients on the pilgrimage and request the public’s support in this endeavour. On Friday night your team of four can test your general knowledge at a night of music, fun and refreshments, while supporting this good cause. There will also be a raffle draw with spot prizes generously donated by local businesses.”

Anyone who wishes to support the Lourdes Fund, and cannot attend, may contact Thurles Order of Malta – Mobile (087) 2390 111.

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