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Irish Country Women To Entertain Sue Ryder Residents

Members of the Thurles Guild of the Irish Country Women’s Association (ICA) will entertain retired residents of the Sue Ryder Complex, latter situated in Holycross, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, on tomorrow evening.

Pictured Above L-R :- ICA members and the comedy trio of :- Mary Minchin (playing FF Councillor Mr Dale), Julia Stapleton (Playing Mrs Bernie Dale, his long suffering wife), and Mary O’Dwyer (playing the Doctor and Consultant Sex Therapist).

A much enjoyed annual event; the retired residents at Sue Ryder Complex can expect a night of chat, music, song, dance and comedy performed by this talented Thurles Guild, together with party refreshments, during the course of the evening.

Why don’t you discover the joy of making new friends?

Founded initially in 1910, the Irish Country Women’s Association has stood the test of time and today remains the largest women’s organisation in Ireland, with a membership in excess of 15,000 affiliates.

Today ICA guilds can be found in almost every town and village in Ireland, with membership accepted from the age of 16 upwards, offering a warm welcome wherever you live in Ireland.

Why not find out about the Guild near you today and discover the wealth of activities available to you, from artistic – to cultural – to educational. If you are interested in joining the Thurles Guild, why not drop in for a chat on either the first or third Wednesday of each month. You will find them in the Thurles Band Hall, Stradavoher, Thurles, (Entrance on left, beside and facing F & M Motors) and their meetings begin sharp at 8.00pm.

Here you can keep fit, learn more about fashion, beauty, photography, drama and the latest in technology etc, while acquiring close friendship, real support and a chance to exchange ideas and share confidences.


Thurles Arrange Tribute Night To Joe Dolan

On the tenth anniversary of Joe Dolan’s passing, a tribute night to remember the recording artist and pop singer’s memory has been arranged by the Moyne Road Residents Association, here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Pictured above are some of those involved and performing in this special event:- L-R : Liam Campion (Ticket Seller), Mary Barry (Thurles Care), Gary Roche (Ticket Seller), Kenny Ryder (Musician), Tommy Barrett (Moyne Road Res. Assoc.), Bridin O’Gorman (Moyne Road Res. Assoc.) and John McCarthy (Thurles Order of Malta).

Paschal Brennan and his six-piece band will perform a fitting tribute to the voice of the show-band years, with all of Joe’s greatest hits being performed including: ‘Good Looking Women’, ‘Make me and Island’, ‘It’s You, It’s You, It’s You’, and ‘Sister Mary’.

This event will take place on Saturday 17th June 2017 in the Premier Hall, Thurles. Doors will open at 7.00pm with the show starting at 8.00pm with Kenny Ryder and band.

Tickets are only €10 available from outlets: Tipperary GAA Shop, Liam Campion Butchers, Ryan’s Daughter Restaurant or call the box office on Tel: 0894487657 / 0861538355.  All those who purchase a ticket before the 17th June are entered into a draw to win a one night stay in the five star, Park Hotel Kenmare, owned by the Brennan Brothers. This special draw will take place on the night of this event.

A great night of fun and entertainment is guaranteed. This event will allow for patrons to dance the night away on the dance floor, while seating will be situated along the sides isles of the hall.

All monies raised will stay in the local Community and aid the ongoing work of Thurles Order of Malta and Thurles Care. So, without delay go purchase your ticket today for what promises to be a magical music event for Thurles.


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.


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.


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.