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Tipperary’s Anton Banaghan Wowed X Factor Judges

Romanian native and Tipperary resident Anton Banaghan, certainly wowed judges Simon Cowell, Nick Grimshaw, plus lovelies Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Rita Ora on last night’s X Factor, with his impressive rendition of George Ezra’s ‘Budapest’.

The 21-year-old Anton, who moved here to Ireland with his adopted family, received four unanimous ‘Yes’ thumbs up’s from the judging panel after he performed last night on the final audition show of the 2015 X Factor season.

“I’m from County Tipperary and I am a part time bar man. I work in a local pub and they have open ‘mic nights’ where I get up on stage and entertain the locals,” he told the panel

“I have only been singing for about three years. I have not had any lessons. Singing makes me happy and I feel something that you can’t explain sometimes. My dream is to sell records, that’s what I want to do,” he continued.

All fingers will be crossed here in Tipperary for Anton tonight, in the hope that he will be among those selected to make it to the X Factor Bootcamp, under the ‘Boys’ category.

The televised programme goes out on TV3 tonight at 8:00pm.

Go Anton Banaghan, certainly the gorgeous Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is in your corner.

Thurles Social Dance Classes Begin On Tuesday

DANCE-CLASSESStill time to polish those dusty dancing shoes, with a six week’s course in social dancing about to commence in The Premier Ballroom, Thurles, Co. Tipperary on Tuesday next, September 1st, 2015 at 8.20pm sharp.

These classes are suitable for anyone over 18 years of age, who may wish to learn the very basic steps of social dancing, (i.e. waltz, foxtrot and quickstep etc.).

The classes are ideally suited to the requirements of newly engaged couples, bridesmaids and grooms-men who may be somewhat fearful of participating in that first Wedding Day dance, or indeed it may be for some other future public occasion or simply just for everyday basic enjoyment.

Of course it goes without saying, dancing, apart from obviously being enjoyable and a way of making friends socially, is one of the best forms of physical exercise for those who find themselves glued to a desk 5 days a week.

The total inclusive cost of all 6 classes remains a meagre €20, which covers all the costs associated with this overall six weeks course.

An enjoyable six week course is guaranteed and this event is, as usual being organised and subsidised by the very generous, successful and professional ‘Thurles Club for Dancing.’

Want further information?  Why not contact Tom Gleeson on Telephone 087-9732837.

Local Band ‘Seskin Lane’ To Play Electric Picnic

seskin_laneA local thurles band, Seskin Lane, are to play Electric Picnic on Friday 4th September 2015 on the Salty Dog stage @ 7:00 pm.

More details are available on the Electric Picnic website here: http://www.electricpicnic.ie/line-up/artist/seskin-lane

Seskin Lane was founded in 2010 by Eoin Ryan Anthony. Seskin Lane’s debut album “Tasty Rainbow Rain” was released in 2011 and was followed by the release of their second album: “The History Of Things To Come”, in 2014.

Seskin Lane are growing in popularity and can often be heard in Thurles venues and other venues throughout the country. They’re latest single I Never Forget A Face is doing particularly well on iTunes at the moment.

The band consists of: Eoin Ryan Anthony; (Lead Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard, Banjo & Harmonica), Cian Cronin; (Drums & Percussion), Paudie Ryan; (Bass Guitar) & Niall O’ Shaughnessy; (Guitar & Vocals).


New Play Comes To Tiger Dublin Fringe & Source Thurles

Following her success as a writer and actor, Tipperary and Upperhurch native Áine Ryan brings to the stage her eagerly awaited second play entitled ‘Templemore’.  This new exciting play will première first at the New Theatre, Dublin, from September 8th – 12th, as part of ‘Tiger Dublin Fringe 2015’.

Following on from ‘Tiger Dublin Fringe 2015’ the playTemplemore is scheduled to take to the stage in ‘The Source’ Arts Centre, Thurles, Co. Tipperary on Friday, 2nd October 2015 starting at 8.00pm.

Kitty in lane

Áine Ryan – Writer/Actor

Áine holds a BA in ‘Theatre and Performance’ from Goldsmiths, University of London. Her first play ‘Kitty in the Lane’ achieved much critical acclaim and was been performed in venues in Ireland, the U.K and the U.S.A. She has completed ‘E20 Writers School’ with the BBC, a programme for emerging scriptwriters. As well as playing the title role in ‘Kitty in the Lane’, other recent theatre credits include ‘Sive’ in the Irish première of ‘Desolate Heaven’ by Ailís Ní Ríain , directed by Tony McCleane Fay at the Everyman Theatre, Cork. Also, ‘May in Angel Dust and Dallas’ by Paul Maher, directed by Amy Hill, a touring comedy production. Her Film Credits include ‘Susan’ in the short film ‘Spellbound’, directed by Sean Breathnach together with ‘Rachel’ in ‘Five Pillars’, latter directed by Jon Rosling.

As already stated, Áine Ryan achieved much critical acclaim for her first play ‘Kitty in the Lane’. Through her production company Studio Perform, she showcased her prevailing talents both nationally and internationally with performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival (Belfast) and the San Francisco International Arts Festival.

Studio Perform‘ and Áine Ryan’s latest venture, ‘Templemore,’ is set in a small rural Tipperary town, home to the prominent Garda College. Her play follows three young Gardaí about to graduate, who take a break away from the training grounds one sunny afternoon. Ryan, along with Cork actor Irene Kelleher (Mrs Shakespeare, Game of Thrones) and Clare actor Mark Griffin (The Turn of the Screw), take the audience on a suspenseful sixty minute journey, where a series of seemingly unrelated events culminate in a sinister twist, resulting in tragedy, suspicion and many unanswered questions.

Áine Ryan takes on the role of Éadaoin in the première production of ‘Templemore’ and explains the inspiration behind her new play: “I grew up close to Templemore and I have always been fascinated by people who choose to uphold laws and regulations, such as Gardaí. With recruitment to the force open once again, I wanted to examine what personal reasons people might have for joining. In this play, three students choose to be rebels for the day and we get to observe if control of our heart can ever be dominated by our head.”

‘Tiger Dublin Fringe’ is a platform for a new generation of emerging theatre makers. From September 7th – 20th 2015 this annual curated arts festival will showcase the very best of Irish and International performing arts.

Janice de Bróithe, the director of ‘Templemore’, was eager to take on this project, noting: “One read through was enough to get me incredibly excited to get stuck into ‘Templemore’. The characters, the situation, the stakes involved, all ensure that this is one incredibly gripping play. I am thrilled to be working with Áine, Irene and Mark, all very talented actors with whom I have had a blast making the show. I am looking forward to seeing them explode into life at the New Theatre Dublin”.

Bookings: www.fringefest.com  [Tiger Dublin Fringe Box office: (from August 26): Ground floor at DIFF, 13 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1. Tel: – 1850 374 643 (International Bookings +353 1 687 7976)]

For further information please contact:
Rachel Willoughby PRO at Tel: 086 8106690  Email rachelwillo@gmail.com
Áine Ryan Tel: 087 2506878  Email aineryan121@hotmail.com
Janice de Bróithe Tel: 086 0759166  Email janicedebroithe@gmail.com

New ‘Colette Fitzpatrick Show’ Goes On Air Sunday Next


Colette Fitzpatrick

The broadcasting team at Newstalk (106 – 108fm) confirmed yesterday that Tipperary native Colette Fitzpatrick will be joining the broadcasting team at Marconi House to present a new Sunday morning Radio Show.

The new ‘Colette Fitzpatrick Show‘, which is sponsored by Marks & Spencer, will go out on air on Ireland’s National Independent Talk Radio with her show for the first time this coming Sunday (August 2nd) at 9:00am.

M/s Fitzpatrick’s new show will include discussions, expert advice, high profile interviews together with topics including psychology, women’s health and well-being, parenting, book reviews and of course TV.

The Co. Tipperary native, who gained her journalism degree from DIT Aungier Street originally began work at the now named East Coast FM radio station in Co Wicklow. She also spent time working at Today FM, before making the move to TV3 television in 2001.

Presently the 40-year-old mum-of-two is a household name, being one of TV3’s main news anchors and presenting daily news bulletins from the Ballymount station for the past fourteen years, together with hosting the prime time current affairs show ‘Midweek’ every Wednesday and writing her weekly column with ‘The Herald’ newspaper.

The TV hostess and natural beauty was married on May 16th 2009 at Holycross Abbey, Thurles, to Station Director Niall McDermott and the couple are parents to a son Milo (aged 5 in Nov.) and a daughter Olivia (aged 2).

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