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Death Has Occurred Of Comedian Brendan Grace.

It is with sadness Thurles and Tipperary residents learned this morning of the death of the much-loved comedian, actor and entertainer Mr Brendan Grace, who passed away at the aged of 68.

Born in the heart of Dublin in the inner city’s ‘Liberties’ area in 1951, he left school at the age of just 13 to begin work.

A regular visitor to Thurles, drawing massive crowds, Mr Grace had been hospitalised for the last number of weeks, while receiving treatment for pneumonia and for recently diagnosed cancer.

Mr Grace began his career in entertainment as an 18-year-old singer, joining a folk group known as “The Gingermen”. It was while with this band, he later added comedy to his list of talents, eventually turning himself into the hilarious characters of “Bottler”; “Fr Fintan Stack” and the “Father of the Bride”.

His hit songs included “Cushie Butterfield”, “Combine Harvester”, and “The Dutchman”.

In recent years although suffered from ill health, he had managed to divided his time performing between here in Ireland, England and America. In the past he supported entertainers of the magnitude of Ms Liza Minnelli, Mr John Denver, Mr Frank Sinatra and Mr Sammy Davis Junior, turning his sharp observations of daily life here in Ireland, into his hilarious brand of comedy.

As an actor, from 1995 onwards, Mr Grace starred in ‘Moondance’; ‘Father Ted’, and more recently as Big Sean in ‘Killinaskully’, before in 2015, starring in ‘The Gift’.

Adored by his fans not just in Tipperary, but all over the world, Mr Grace is survived by his wife Eileen, his children and grandchildren.

Requiescat in Pace

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Borrisoleigh Festival Begins This Weekend

Borrisoleigh Festival July 4th to 7th 2019

The annual Borrisoleigh Festival returns again this weekend; bigger and better than ever before.
The festival is being run in tandem with “The Arty Rooster Arts Festival”, which runs for the entire week from 1st July.

Overall Winner of the 2018 Wheelbarrow Competition with her entry ‘The Dogbox’ is Kathleen Ryan (left) with her sister Margaret and mother Effie (RIP)

The growing “International Wheelbarrow Extravaganza”, promises some wonderful creations. The competition is open to everyone to submit their modified wheelbarrows to be in with a chance to win some great prizes. Your imagination is the only limiting factor in this unique competition.

The Arty Rooster‘ will feature shop-front exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations, talks and performances, including an oil painting demonstration by artist Jim Donnelly on Saturday morning and a short play written by Ciarnad Ryan. The play is based on events which took place during the War of Independence and will be performed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the function room in Finn’s Bar. Follow ‘The Arty Rooster’ on Facebook for full schedule updates.

The annual walk with the Bush and Briar Ramblers takes place on Saturday July 6th, walking part of the Beara Breifne Way from Greenane to Latteragh. Registration is at 8.30am in the Community Centre.

Award winning photographer Tom Doherty will be hosting a photo walk, giving tips on how to take great photos on a walk around Borrisoleigh starting at 11:00am in The Square. This should prove useful to anyone planning on entering the festivals Instagram Competition. Be sure to use the hashtag #BorrisFest19 when posting festival photos on Instagram to be in with a chance to win some great prizes. After the Official Opening with Lord Mayor Paddy Dolan and special guest on Saturday, there will be a Jiving Competition and Social Dancing with ‘Phil Maher’s Band’. The band ‘Ebony’ will finish off the night; from 10:00pm to 12:00 midnight.

A fire performer will be thrilling spectators throughout Saturday night with a number of performances from 8:00pm and Hot Chocolate and Wraps will be available from ‘The Hungry Horse’.

Sunday 7th July has a packed schedule from 2:00pm with the ‘Wheelbarrow Extravaganza’, live music, kid’s entertainment and lots more. The individual wheelbarrow categories are: Best Environmental; Best Miniature Garden; and Most Imaginative.

Entries open on Sunday 7th July 2.00 – 4.30 p.m. No entry fees. This year there is a new ‘Commercial’ Category. Local businesses can showcase their business in a wheelbarrow in the centre of Borrisoleigh for the duration of the Festival. €10 advance entry fee. Wheelbarrows can be displayed from 1st July – 7th July. There will be a public vote for the best overall wheelbarrow on Sunday afternoon. Votes cost €1.00 each. So, take another glance at that old wheelbarrow in the corner of the garden, and imagine what an amazing spectacle it would make with a little bit of ingenuity and TLC. And don’t forget to use #BorrisFest19 when uploading your photos to Instagram!

At 2.30pm in the Community Centre there is a Make Up Demonstration with MUA Kayley Moylan, admission is €8. Kids entertainment will feature Bouncy Castles, Disco Dome, Gladiators, Gaming Van and Hawkeye Powershot Competition. There will be a BBQ in the village square also on Sunday evening and a Hobby horse competition from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

Live music starts at 2:00pm on Sunday with DJ Matt Ryan and a host of wonderful performers throughout the day. Starting with Paudi Bourke at 4pm, Dufrane 4.30pm, The Mangled Badgers 6pm and finishing with Silver Dollar from 8pm until late.

All in all, it promises to be a terrific festival with something for everyone and all ages. Pick up a copy of the festival booklet in any local shops for full schedule of events and follow Borrisoleigh Festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for regular updates.

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Big Surprise Down In Thurles Library On July 11th

“The Teddy Bear’s Picnic”

[With sincere apologies to the late, great, Irish songwriter Jimmy Kennedy (1902-1984)]

“If you go down to the Library, July 11th, you’re sure of a big surprise.
If you go down to the Library, on that date, you’d better go in disguise!
For every bear that ever there was, will gather there for certain, because
July 11th is the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic.”

Ms Suzanne Brosnan (Senior Library Assistant), Tipperary County Council Library Service, takes up the story from here:-

“Join us in Thurles library on Thursday 11th July at 11.30am for our annual Teddy Bears Picnic.

Bring along your Teddy (big or small) for a special trip to Thurles Library to hear some stories, songs and colouring. We will have some yummy ice-cream for the children as a special treat!

Weather permitting story-time will take place on the boardwalk outside, so please feel free to bring along your picnic blanket!

Remember, as with all events at Thurles Library; please notify your intention to be in attendance with a member of our Thurles Library staff at the desk or by phoning us on 0761-06-6131. [After all, we don’t want to run out of ice-cream.]
We look forward to meeting lots of Teddy Bears in Thurles Library on the day!

Summer Stars Reading Challenge

Have you joined the Summer Stars Reading Challenge yet? There’s still plenty of time, so call into Thurles Library today and register for your free reading pack at the desk.

The Summer Stars encourages children to read books during the summer and track their progress on their reading card. When the card is completed return the card with all your details on it and pop it into the box provided.

The staff will contact you at the end of the summer holidays invite you to the certificate presentation in September. There are lots of new titles waiting on our shelves to be read so come along and choose a great summer read!

Remember you can borrow and return your books to any Library in Ireland”.

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Attention All Mums & Dads – Cruinniú na nÓg comes to Thurles

“A Meeting of Youth” – [Translated into the Irish language, ‘Cruinniú na nÓg’.]

Ms Suzanne Brosnan (Senior Library Assistant), Tipperary County Council Library Service, invites all our youth to let their “imagination fly with Cruinniú na nÓg”, here in Thurles Library, Cathedral Street on Saturday June 15th 2019. (That is next Saturday).

Cruinniú na nÓg represents a national day of creativity for our young people; giving them the opportunity to express themselves through a specific programme of cultural and creative activities, where they can share ideas, learn new skills while having fun.

Enjoy a day full of interactive free events for children of all age groups.

[ Note: This event is supported by the Tipperary Creative Ireland programme.]

10:30 am – 11:45 pm “Clowning Around Workshop”, hosted by Danielle Martin. A workshop for children ages 7-12 years exploring mime, comedy and lots more……

11:00 am12:00 pm Story-time”, with Sarah Tully, who believes “imagination is the magic of childhood”. Sarah will incorporate props, puppets and story sacks into her tales.

12:00 noonSummer Stars Reading Challenge” launch: A nationwide campaign promoting reader development and literacy in children.

12:00 noon – 12:30 pm“Wobbly Circus Performance”. The award-winning circus and street theatre company will provide two street performances during the day.

12:30 pm “Dance workshop” with dance instructor ‘Cerys’ from the Dwan Dance Academy, latter based in Thurles. This session is suitable for children aged 7 years and plus.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pmMobile Music School will host two workshops this first drumming session is aimed at children aged 4 – 7years. Explore the members of the percussion family and learn the importance of beat in music.

1:30 pm“Dance Workshop” with ‘Cerys’ – a fun filled lively workshop for children ages 4 years and plus.

1:30 pm2:30 pm “Mad Professor Performance”, join Niall O’Dwyer for 60 minutes of educational and fun experiments. This show will spark the imagination with mad programs and activities involving air, sound and lots more!
Session 2 of the “Mad Professor” will take place at 2:30 pm 3:30 pm.

2:30 pm3:30 pm – A 2nd session of the “Mobile Music School” suitable for children aged 8 years and plus.

3:00 pm 4:00 pm“Wobbly Circus Workshop”. Using the props provided and the guidance of excellent teachers; learn to walk the tight-wire, stilt walking, plate spinning and loads more circus skills.

4:00 pm4:30 pm“Wobbly Circus”. A final performance and a great way to end the family day.

We will also have “Pavement Art” and “Milk the Cow”; weather of course permitting, as these are outside events.

Looking forward to welcoming all in attendance.


For further Information please do contact Tel. No. 0761-06-6131

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Gráinne Ryan Wins ‘Wedding Singer of the Year’ Award

Tipperary female vocalist Ms Grainne Ryan has been named “Wedding Singer of the Year” at an awards ceremony, latter hosted by WeddingsOnline.

Grainne, a native of Templederry, is one half of the duo ‘Grainne & John – Harpist & Wedding Singers.’

Grainne and John are both professionally trained vocalists who joined together some four years ago, bringing their vocal talents to the fore performing at wedding, corporate and social events. Grainne has also been playing the harp professionally for some ten years, while John also plays guitar.

They perform at churches across Munster and further afield and in a wide range of hotel venues including Bunratty Castle, Adare Manor and Kinnitty Castle.

In receiving her prize, same was accepted by Grainne on behalf of both herself and John. In 2016 the singing duo, who were also finalists in WeddingOnline, received a ‘commendation’ from adjudicators.

Contact Details: ‘Grainne & John – Harpist & Wedding Singers.’ Tel: +353 861577293, or Email: info@grainneandjohnsing.com

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