A 76-year-old Tipperary woman, Ms Eileen Britton, has failed in her claim against the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney, after slipping as she left the ballroom floor during an annual event known as the Lisdoonvarna Gathering, some five years ago.
At around 1.50am on the morning of Saturday November 27th in 2009, Ms Britton of Twomileborris, Thurles, Co Tipperary; then aged 71 years, had been leaving the dance floor, in the company of her husband, when she slipped and fractured her left wrist in two places.
Judge James O’Donohoe, sitting at the Circuit Civil Court in Tralee and who had adjourned this case from last Thursday in Killarney, for judgement having heard evidence for some three hours, found in favour of the Killarney hotel establishment.
Ms Britton, who admitted she was wearing dancing shoes with three-inch high heels, maintained the floor was unusually slippy and she had seen other people also slipping. The Gleneagle Hotel had vehemently denied accusations of using any form of dance powder on its floor, stating it was against the strict policy of the hotel to use any such substances on their maple floor, latter substances normally used in an effort to aid the easy foot movements of those dancing.
Summing up today Judge O’Donohoe stated that the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney was a very well run establishment and was equally well maintained and Ms Britton, he stated, was involved in a somewhat hazardous activity, given her age.
Judge James O’Donohoe also awarded costs against Ms Britton.
Thurles Halloween Festival 2014
Tipperary Councillor Jim Ryan, Chairperson of the Thurles Halloween Arts Festival 2014 reports.
The 7th annual Thurles week-long Halloween Arts Festival begins in 7 days time from October 24th to October 31st 2014 inclusive.
Once again this year there is a wonderful festival line up, with some of the best national and international acts (All now fully confirmed) performing in our midst this year.
A continued policy of Thurles community participation is very much evident once again and with so many different forms of ‘The Arts’ taking place here in Thurles this year, both local and an anticipated large turnout of visiting public will most definitely find something for each and everyone, in this year’s diverse programme of major events.
Daily Programme of Events for Thurles Halloween Arts Festival 2014
Friday 24th October
ART – “Art Exhibition.” VENUE: Cabragh Wetlands. TIME: Each Day of the Festival period – 10.00am to 5.00pm. ADMISSION: Free of Charge.
Exhibition by Artist Michael Fogarty whose work is mainly inspired by the Irish countryside. Artist will be in residence each afternoon during the festival.
BOOK LAUNCH – “Rights of Succession.” VENUE: Cabragh Wetlands. TIME: 7.00pm. ADMISSION: Free of Charge.
The book, a tale of early 19th century family intrigue by author Michael Fogarty will see the author on hand to sign copies of his new book.
DRAMA – “In Acting Shakespeare” – Written by and starring James DeVita. VENUE: Source Arts Centre. TIME: 8.00pm. ADMISSION: €18/€16 (concession).
“In Acting Shakespeare” expect a funny, touching and uplifting story of one man’s discovery of Shakespeare, acting and language. This is a show for anyone interested in Shakespeare or theatre. The show is followed by Q&A session with James DeVita.
Music – “Whistle This,” VENUE: Bowes Pub. TIME: 9.30pm. ADMISSION: Free of Charge.
A night of culture and music with some of the Premier County’s finest singer song writers, poets and musicians in an intimate atmosphere.
MUSIC – “CLEM O’ BRIEN BLUEGRASS BAND.” VENUE: Bowes Pub. TIME: 10.00pm. ADMISSION: Free of Charge.
Truly one of Ireland’s finest Bluegrass musicians, Clem O’Brien; brings his unique band to Thurles for a special performance not to be missed.
Saturday 25th October
MUSIC, FOOD & CRAFT - “SCARE IN THE SQUARE.” VENUE: Liberty Square. TIME: 12.00 noon to 4.00pm. ADMISSION: Free of Charge.
Come join us for live music, food & craft stalls, Street Entertainment, Funfair Rides and much more, as we transform Liberty square into a Halloween “Scare in the Square,” occasion. Note: This year we will be having a Halloween Scarecrow Trail around Thurles town. With the help of ‘Thurles Mens Shed'; over 25 Scarecrows will be put on display around the streets of Thurles during the duration of this years festival. We hope to grow this into a major event going forward and we hope you enjoy the creative skills of the volunteers who created these pieces of scary art.
LITERATURE – “Poetry in the Making.” VENUE: Source Arts Centre. TIME: 3.00pm to 5.00pm. ADMISSION: €20.00.
This poetry workshop, run by poet Enda Wyley, is suitable for emerging poets. It aims to celebrate the power of poetry and the making of it. Participants will be encouraged to create new work of their own and to enjoy poetry by established poets, including the work of Thurles poet Dennis O’Driscoll. (Limited capacity – early booking advised. Please book directly through the Box Office on 0504/90204.)
LITERATURE – “A Public Interview with John Kelly.” VENUE: Source Arts Centre. TIME: 7.00pm. ADMISSION: €10.00.
In memory of Thurles poet Dennis O’Driscoll. For many years John Kelly has been at the forefront of music and arts broadcasting in Ireland. Having presented ‘The View’ on RTÉ television for 12 seasons, and assorted programmes for BBC NI before that, John now heads up RTÉ Television’s brand new arts show ‘The Works.’ Known for his wide-ranging knowledge of music he has also presented some of the best-loved and most critically acclaimed music programmes on the Irish airwaves. From his shows on the BBC to the legendary ‘Eclectic Ballroom’ on Today FM and the award-winning ‘Mystery Train’ on RTÉ1, he has always put the music first. He currently broadcasts the ‘John Kelly Ensemble’ on RTÉ Lyric FM and ‘Radio Clash’ on RTÉ Digital Radio 2XM.
WORKSHOP – “Halloween Art and Craft Workshop.” VENUE: Bookworm, Parnell Street, Thurles. TIME: 11.00am – 5.00pm. ADMISSION: €5.00 per person.
Get in the Halloween spirit, come and get creative; experience the make construction of some Halloween arts and crafts. Each workshops begin on the hour and last for 50 minutes. Note: Please book in advance – Tel: 0504/22257.
COMEDY – “TOM O’ MAHONY & GUESTS.” VENUE: County Bar, Liberty Square. TIME: 10.00pm sharp. ADMISSION: Free of Charge.
Dubbed by the critics as a ‘Bad-ass of Irish comedy’ Tom starred alongside the legendary and late, great Rik Mayall on RTE’s hit comedy Damo & Ivor in 2013 and made his return in Season 2 (alongside Snatch’s Alan Ford) reprising his role as the intolerable toff ‘Tarquin.’ A finalist in RTE’s 2013 New Comedy Awards, this lad has starred in several TV adverts, (typically playing someone you wouldn’t like). In 2014 Tom played support to Nina Conti at the Cork Opera House and also Police Academy’s Michael Winslow on a nationwide tour. Playing the country’s biggest festivals, Tom supported the brilliant Stewart Francis at this year’s Vodafone Comedy Festival in Dublin. This year saw another sell-out solo show of Tom’s, “Bring on The Apocalypse” in theatres nationwide and at the Edinburgh Fringe. Tom has a weekly radio slot on Spin103.8 entitled “Mantime,” where he discusses the failings of modern blokes and how they can redeem themselves (There are a lot of stanley-knives and hammers).
Sunday 26th October
TOURS & TALKS – “Cabragh Wetlands Trust Open Day.” VENUE: Cabragh Wetlands. TIME: 11.00am to 4.00pm. ADMISSION: Free of Charge.
Cabragh Wetlands invite the public of Thurles and Tipperary to an all day open event. There will be a ‘Walk and Talk’ at 11.30am which will be repeated at 2.30pm, led by volunteers and environmental experts. Find out about their work in conservation and education, and their plans for the future. Take this opportunity to view their exciting new building, have a guided walk around the wetlands or wander around at your own pace, see what they do and join them for a cup of tea. All are welcome.
MUSIC – “Flamenco Guitarist John Walsh.” VENUE: Anner Hotel. TIME: 4.00pm. ADMISSION: €5.00.
John Walsh is Ireland’s leading Flamenco Guitarist and an accomplished musician and composer, performing solo since 2006. Along with performing concerts throughout Ireland together with venues in Spain and the UK, he has performed in one of the most historically important flamenco venue’s ‘El Candela’ in Madrid, as well as being the invited International Artist for the 2014 Flamenco Festival “Flamenco de Consuegra”.
MUSIC – “THE TIPPERARY JUNIOR CHAMBER ORCHESTRA.” VENUE: St Mary’s Church, Thurles. TIME: 8.00pm. ADMISSION: €10.00.
PARTY- “FANCY DRESS PARTY.” VENUE: Thurles Rugby Club. TIME: 10.00pm till Late. ADMISSION: €15.00.
Thurles Rugby Club presents its annual Halloween Fancy Dress Party with live music and disco. This event is one of the highlights of the year in Thurles and we would encourage those attending to purchase your ticket as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Tickets available from Hickey’s Pub or any Rugby Club Member.
Monday 27th October
FAMILY SHOW - “Halloween Trick or Treat Party.” VENUE: Anner Hotel. TIME: 2.30pm to 4.30pm. ADMISSION: €5.00 per child & €2.00 per adult.
This annual children’s party returns with all the usual favourites. Dress up in your favourite Halloween costume and let your child enjoy a wonderful and safe spooky party. Event includes: Party food and drink, Party music & games, Barney, Bob the Builder, Peppa Pig and Friends show, Magic show, Balloon Modelling and Face painting.
Tuesday 28th October
WRITERS – “A Writers Covert.” VENUE: Anner Hotel. TIME: 8.00pm. ADMISSION: Free of Charge
Writers from across Tipperary’s many regular writing groups will get together to read their own compositions and well-known writers works. This event is open to the general public, so do feel free to bring along your own work and join in. Note: Refreshments will be served.
WORKSHOP – “Pumpkin Carving and Painting.” VENUE: Bookworm, Parnell Street, Thurles. TIME: 2.00pm to 3.00pm. ADMISSION: €5 per person. Note: Pumpkins will be provided. Please book in advance – Tel: 0504/22257.
WW1 COMMEMORATION – “Ecumenical Thurles WW1 Memorial Service of Remembrance.” VENUE: St Mary’s Church, Thurles. TIME: 7.30pm. ADMISSION: Free of Charge, however a collection will be made during the Service with proceeds going to the St Mary’s War Museum. (Latter presently under re-construction and due to be reopened as a local tourist attraction on May 1st 2015 next.)
The Great War of 1914-1918 was so terrible and inflicted such large numbers of casualties on all sides that when it was over it was believed by many to be “The War to end all Wars”. Alas, by the end of four years of fighting from August 1914 to November 1918 many thousands of families around the world including some 72 households from Thurles were affected by this tragedy, through the wounding or loss of life of at least one of their family members.
The ceremony will begin with the naming of all 72 known Thurles WW1 soldiers who lost their lives.
Church music for this event is being provided by renowned local pianist M/s Mary Rose McNally, with special guests; music composer and much-loved Folk Singer M/s Nora Fogarty and Retd and former Aide de camp to H.E. the President of Ireland and Co Galway native, Commandant Michael Walsh, latter who will also give the commemorative address.
The remembrance service will be conducted in St Mary’s Church by the Rector Rev. Ian Coulter and will be followed by a rare display of local primary source artefacts pertinent to Tipperary participants in this Great War of 1914-1918 .
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“Have You Got What It Takes To Beat ‘THE KUBE’?”
Have you got the physical and mental ability required to beat ‘The Kube‘ ? Well you can find out at The Dome here in Semple Stadium, Thurles on Saturday September 20th when THE KUBE visits Co Tipperary for the very first time.
Brought to The Dome by the Kilcooley Community Hall development and fund-raising committee and proudly sponsored by Campion Pumps; THE KUBE is similarly based on the concept of the popular ITV Game-show, and regular TV viewers of this programme can view this same high class professional event here in Thurles, which is set to entertain, and WOW its Tipperary audience.
For to achieve maximum entertainment value, the format on the night will be just slightly different from the game show on TV. Forty contestants will be split into 8 groups with 5 contestants in each group. Two contestants from each of these groups will then proceed to the quarter finals. Same 16 contestants will then take on the Kube again to reach the semi final. Eight contestants will then battle it out in a semi final, with 4 contestants progressing to the final.
First prize on the night is €1,500, with €500 for second prize winners and 3rd and 4th position winners will also receive prizes. This event will host a live DJ on the night and full bar facilities will be available to all in attendance.
At I go to press tonight I understand that 32 contestants have taken on THE KUBE challenge, with 8 contestants still being sought to participate. This could be your chance to test your physical and mental ability, not to mention your intelligence and responsiveness. (For more information on becoming a contestant contact Peter Cooke on Mobile Tel. No 087-4188890 ASAP.).
Remember: Event: THE KUBE; Venue: The Dome, Semple Stadium, Thurles; Date: Saturday September 20th next.
Doors open at 7.30pm – THE KUBE starts at 8.15pm sharp – Full Bar and Live DJ.
Guaranteed to Entertain and WOW.
And now I’m glad I didn’t know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I’d have had to miss the dance.
(Lyrics GARTH BROOKS)
Disappointment for Tipperary’s Garth Brooks fans tonight with news that the Country Singer has confirmed in a statement that he will not now play any concerts at Croke Park this summer.
Ticket refunds will go ahead for the 400,000 fully paid up fans from 9.00am on Thursday next, July 17th, through Ticketmaster.
In an announcement from Aiken Promotions the promoters state; ” Aiken Promotions regret to announce that despite pursuing all possible solutions, the 5 concert Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event at Croke Park are cancelled. No concerts will now take place.”
Aiken Promotions also confirmed this evening that it had pursued “all possible solutions,” in their attempt to get the concerts back on track.
Mr Brooks said his heart was broken and he was crushed over the failure to stage the five events. He further stated; “To say I am crushed is an understatement, all I can see is my mother’s face and I hear her voice. She always said things happen for a reason, as hard as I try, I cannot see the light on this one.”
Mr Brooks had been scheduled to play five concerts at Croke Park on consecutive nights at the end of this month, starting on Friday 25th, however, licences were only granted for three of the shows and Mr Brooks refused to go ahead on that basis.
Someone else has suggested that Hotels who refuse to now refund pre-paid accommodation, clients at a loss should contact the St Vincent de Paul (Phone: 01- 4542181) supplying full details and offer this paid accommodation to some of Dublin’s homeless families or individuals living on the street; well it would give these forgotten individuals an idea of how highly paid politicians live; for one or two nights at least.
Minister Alan Kelly
Tipperary’s new Labour Deputy Leader and Environment and Local Government Minister Mr Alan Kelly, is understood to be intervening in the Garth Brooks debacle, in an attempt to broker a new deal that would allow all five concerts to continue at Croke Park.
A new small glimmer of hope emerges that those negotiating the five concerts may now find a common bargaining chip, has come about since it emerged that almost 40% of submissions, sent by local residents, latter objecting to the July Garth Brooks’ Croke Park concerts, are in fact bogus. To this end a criminal investigation in Dublin’s north inner city is now under way.
Some 380 objections to the five planned concerts forwarded to Dublin City Council while it sat to consider the concert licence issue, had become central to the local authority’s eventual decision to allow only three concerts to proceed.
Detective Gardaí are understood have called to at least a third of the 380 householders who allegedly lodged complaints against the concerts, to discovered that at least 35%c of same had no knowledge of any planning objections being sent forward in their names. Fraudsters behind some lodged complaints stooped so low as to use the identities of people with intellectual disabilities, in their efforts to have the July concerts cancelled.
A statement regarding this ongoing saga is expected to emerge during the coming week.