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New Years Eve Charity Gala Ball – Anner Hotel

New-year-ballA New Year’s Eve Charity Gala Ball, to be held in the Anner Hotel here in Thurles on tomorrow night, may be the ideal opportunity for you to gather a few friends and family and “Ring in the New Year” in style and luxury.”

It may also be that perfect opportunity to say ‘Thank You’ to ‘Her Indoors’ for having slaved over Christmas Day festivities.

This ‘Black Tie’ event will commence with drinks and a Jazz Reception; same ‘kicking off’ around 7:00pm.

This official welcome will be then followed by a ‘Banquet Dinner’ complete with an opportunity to dance into the early hours courtesy of the sweet sounds emitted by “Supernova” (Latter widely acclaimed as the ‘Irish Wedding Band of the Year in 2014.’).

Also expect a spectacular ‘Midnight Fanfare’ on the night, which will then continue to the sound of Disco Music.

Tickets for this overall event cost €50 and same are available from the Anner Hotel Tel: (0504)-21799 or by contacting Mobile No. (087) 9774725.

All proceeds from this New Year’s spectacular celebration will go to benefit a recent tragically bereaved Thurles family.

‘Strings & Things’ Win Battle of The Bands 2015

In front of a large crowd of supporters, “Strings & Things,” a 5 piece contemporary Irish folk band whose music branches from traditional Irish to folk hits, last night won ‘Tipperary Battle of the Bands’.  As overall winners the group walked away with the prize of a 3-day professional recording opportunity at the Temple Lane Recording Studios and a ‘Support Slot’ performance in The Academy, Dublin.

Runner up; ‘The Drive’ and ‘Minus One’ also won prizes which included ‘Instrument Vouchers’.

The MC for the evening was Michelle Doherty (Model, DJ and TV3 Xposé Presenter), while the Judging Panel on the night were Dee Reddy (TXFM Presenter), Paul Boland (Partner/Director of CWB) and Moley Ó Súilleabháin (Singer/Musician and Composer).


Michael Lowry T.D. with ‘Strings & Things’ – Supporting the Arts In Tipperary.

Down through the years Tipperary stands renowned for producing talented singers, actors and musicians. Most recently Irish Eurovision Singer, Songwriter and Pianist Molly Sterling; Una Healy of The Saturdays; Musician, actor, comedian, writer and overall entertainer Pat Shortt; Thurles born and internationally known arranger, conductor, composer and pianist Frank MacNamara and Shane McGowan of the Pogues.  These performers, not just household names locally, are today recognised for their wide range of talents globally.

In the past and regrettably no longer with us, let us not forget the late Clonmel born Tenor, Frank Patterson and the late Carrick-on-Suir Irish singer and musician Bobby Clancy, latter best known for his membership of The Clancy Brothers,  both of whose names immediately come to mind when we speak of true Tipperary talent.

Speaking after the event promoter Michael Lowry T.D. stated; “Throughout our county of Tipperary every year, appearing on stage are many award winning dramatic and musical societies, amongst them hundreds of successful and well established performers.

The “Tippperary Battle of the Bands” event which was hosted in Hayes Hotel, Thurles, last night was all about promoting and showcasing the musical talent as yet undiscovered in Tipperary.

The participating chosen finalists which featured “Haven”, “Small Fish”, “Minus One”, ” The Drive” and “Strings & Things” certainly displayed incredible musical talents.”

Expect to hear more on all of these bands, above named, into the future.

Tipperary Battle Of The Bands 2015

Get Christmas 2015 truly started in Tipperary with an incredible night of live music here in Thurles.

Playing live on Monday night, December 21st 2015, five top bands will compete in the ‘Tipperary Battle of the Bands,’ in Hayes Hotel, Liberty Square, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.


Model, DJ and TV3 Xposé Presenter, M/s Michelle Doherty – Chosen as MC for ‘Tipperary Battle of the Bands’.

One of the oldest trading Hotels in Ireland; Hayes Hotel in Thurles, will come alive to the beat of top performing Tipperary bands; ‘Haven‘ – (Nenagh & Roscrea), Minus One‘ – (Thurles), ‘Small Fish‘ – (Thurles), ‘Strings and Things‘ – (Thurles) and by no means last ‘The Drive‘ – (Clonmel), all ready and able to battle it out for the honour of winning the much coveted prize of a 3-day professional recording opportunity, together with a ‘Support Slot Performance‘ in The Academy in Dublin.

Master of Ceremonies (MC), (or in this case to be more accurate, ‘Mistress of Ceremonies’) for the evenings music event will be the gorgeous, well known, model, DJ and TV3 Xposé presenter, M/s Michelle Doherty.

The Tipperary Battle of the Bands will be held in the hotels ICON nightclub and the first of the bands will take to the stage at 9:00pm, so don’t be late. There will be drink promotions and music ‘til late’ at this event, but even more importantly those attending this competition will have an opportunity to win a variety of up-and-coming concert tickets; as well as demonstrating support for their favourite band by voting for them on the night. Cost at the door will be €10 – don’t be late.

This is guaranteed to be the ultimate night of live music over the 2015 Christmas Season.

Tipperary Battle of the Bands


Tipperary Battle of the Bands 2015/2016

On Monday, 21st December 2015, the ultimate ‘Tipperary Battle of the Bands’ will commence in Hayes Hotel, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.


It being 25 years since Ireland’s ground-breaking music festival ‘The Trip to Tipp’, Michael Lowry T.D. has once again joined forces to launch the ultimate Tipperary Battle of the Bands competition. Aimed at supporting and promoting local talent, this initiative will be the biggest “Battle of the Bands” contest in the county; thus showcaseing ‘up-and-coming’ Tipperary talent.

The winning band will receive a 3-day professional recording opportunity, a support slot performance in The Academy and runner-up prizes will include valuable instrument vouchers.

People attending the competition have the opportunity to win a huge selection of concert tickets as well as supporting their favourite band, by voting for them on the night.

Entries are NOW OPEN for ‘Tipperary Battle of the Bands’ and the closing date for applicants is Wednesday, 9th of December at 5:00pm.

Click HERE for Application Form

As part of entry requirements, all members of the band must be aged 18 or over. At least two members of each band must be from County Tipperary and the band must submit a performance of one original song and one cover song. Entries will be narrowed down by an independent judging panel of music experts.

For more information and to receive an application form with terms and conditions contact tippbattleofthebands@gmail.com or check out their Facebook page; Tipperary Battle of the Bands.

Find them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tippbotb

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.

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