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“Foot Golf” Now A First For Cashel, Co. Tipperary

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Denis O’Meara, John Foran and Michael Bannon become the first three people to play ‘Foot Golf’ in Co. Tipperary’s  history.

Welcome to the new and wonderful world of “Foot Golf” here in the most scenic of areas in Co. Tipperary. Same comes courtesy of Cashel Golf Range, Ballyknock, Cashel, latter venue situated just off the R639 [Map Ref], close to Cashel town.

Yes ‘Foot Golf’ is now the latest new precision Irish outdoor pursuit to hit Co. Tipperary, blending those two most enjoyable of recreational sports, namely Football and Golf.

“What is Foot Golf ?” I hear you ask!  Well it all started back somewhere between the years 2006 – 2008, possibly beginning first in the Netherlands.  Basically is comes down to simple logic “Why play just one sport when you can play two at the same time”. Players simply take two great sports; Football and Golf, then combine both together using the existing rules attributed to the game of Golf.

Players kick a regulation No. 5 soccer ball into a specially designed 21-inch “cup” which replaces the normally expected standard golf hole. In doing so players attempt to take the least amount of kicks as is possible between each hole. The player who plays all 18 holes with the fewest kicks wins.

For most players each round will take approximately two hours to complete and soccer balls can be cheaply rented at this same Cashel venue – or you may wish to bring along your own.

The attraction of this new sport is that it can be played by anyone who is a lover of either golf or football, while involving whole families from young children to grandparents.  Same is now being recognised as the perfect outing for that close group of Friends (Ladies and Gents), that Corporate Event and of course that ever popular ‘Hen‘ or ‘Stag‘ party outing.

“What do you wear?”  Simple answer, “whatever you like”, with the exception of possibly football boots with studs and golf shoes with spikes which, as a general rule, are not allowed for obvious reasons. Ordinary ‘Runners’ or other soft type footwear is acceptable and indeed recommended.

All in all this game promises to be a most inexpensive outing for families, with no expensive sports clothing or golfing equipment required. Also importantis the fact that this new sport offers that important daily two hours of light exercise, recommended to maintain physical fitness and overall health and wellness.

Congratulations to ‘Cashel Golf Range’ for their initiative in introducing this most enjoyable of new sports to Co. Tipperary. Meanwhile if you fancy a game then Phone 062-62111 this weekend.

Vienna Role For Tipperary’s Molly Sterling

Irish Eurovision hopeful Molly Sterling from Puckane, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, performed “Build Fireworks Again,”  yet another of her own original songs,  at a  “Pop Meets Opera” recent event in Vienna, Austria.

The extremely talented 17 year old Tipperary musician and songstress was one of only four Eurovision hopefuls specially chosen from this year’s song contest, to participate in this recent matinee performance, held at the iconic Austrian Vienna State Opera House, in front of a VIP audience.

Describing the recent ‘Pop meets Opera’ show as “an incredible experience,” the teenage singer-songwriter will next appear on stage for the Eurovision 2015 second semi-final of the competition on Thursday night next, singing “Playing With Numbers”.

Tune in and keep those fingers crossed for Molly everyone.

Thurles Actress Kerry Condon Appears In ‘Better Call Saul’

Those of you who subscribe to ‘Netflix’ are possibly currently enjoying the spin-off from the American crime drama television series ‘Breaking Bad,’  entitled ‘Better Call Saul,’ which now features (Season 1 Episode 6) the very lovely Thurles, Co Tipperary native and actress M/s Kerry Condon.
(See hereunder a brief video clip of M/s Condon, who plays Stacey Ehrmantraut, opposite Jonathan Ray Banks who plays Mike Ehrmantraut, latter her fictional father-in-law.)

In this episode we finally find out what has brought Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Ray Banks) to New Mexico. We also find out what is keeping him there and a little more information about his vague, even hidden past life. In this series Mike’s daughter-in-law (Kerry Condon) has relocated from Philadelphia with her daughter, following the tragic death of Mike’s son, Matt.  Matt’s tragic death it appears is more complicated than even his wife Stacey is aware.

Stacey (Kerry Condon), in the clip shown above plays superbly the character of a somewhat confused recent widow, now past mourning, who really doesn’t know how to handle her husband Matt’s recent death. Mike will go on to admit to Stacey that he feels responsible for his son death and that he has already executed Matt’s murderers.

To tell you any more of the story line would spoil it, particularly for former lovers of ‘Breaking Bad,’ so do watch ‘Better Call Saul’ and with Bob Odenkirk returned in the title role of the character Saul Goodman, I promise that this series is ‘everything and more’ that you could possibly expect from this very clever spin-off television crime series.

Can’t wait for the eventual Box Set.

Irish Gaming Industry Under Spotlight In Thurles Tipperary

Ireland’s growing status as a location for digital games research and development will be highlighted tomorrow (11/3/2015) when three of the biggest names in the industry participate in Games Fleadh 2015.

gamesLIT Tipperary, whose alumni have worked on some of gaming’s biggest titles including Call of Duty, StarCraft and Guitar Hero, will host Ireland’s largest gaming event at its campus in Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Games Fleadh will feature games development and research talks by prolific American games designers and developers Brenda and John Romero and Electronic Arts (EA) Chief Operating Officer Bryan Neider,  who will also assist in the judging process for the various undergraduate competitions involving third levels students and games developers from all over the island of Ireland.

Bryan Neider is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Electronic Arts (EA), which is responsible for producing some of the best-selling video game titles of all time including The Sims, FIFA, Battlefield and Madden NFL.

Brenda and John Romero have each more than 30 years experience working in the gaming industry, over 150 game titles such as DOOM and Quake to their credit, dozens of awards and have collectively founded nine game companies.

Supported by Microsoft Ireland, EA Games and the Irish Computer Society, the 12th annual Games Fleadh will feature the ‘Direct X’ Endless Runner challenge, Robocode and the Game Studio ‘Endless Runner’ competition, the winners and runners up of which will present their games to Brenda and John Romero and the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) Greenlight Committee.

Games Fleadh presents a fantastic opportunity for students to create a prototype game, meet people from industry and make a name for themselves within the Irish game sector,” said Dr. Liam Noonan, Lecturer at LIT’s Game Design and Development degree in Thurles at the launch of Games Fleadh 2015.

“In terms of career development, participating in this competition is invaluable as students are adding to their portfolio of creative content and networking with students from other colleges and people from the games industry. It is these up and coming game developers and their innovative ideas that will act as the catalyst for job creation in the Irish game development sector,” added Dr. Noonan.

It’s ‘Curtains’ For Thurles Musical Society

Mr Noel Dundon (PRO Thurles Musical Society) reports on Thurles Musical Society’s most recent venture into musical theatre, which takes to the stage on March 24th – Saturday 28th inclusive.

For only the third time in Ireland, the hit musical comedy ‘Curtains’ will be staged by Thurles Musical Society (TMS ) in association with the Anner Hotel, in The Premier Hall from Tuesday March 24th- Saturday 28th inclusive.

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Cast of Thurles Musical Society’s production of ‘Curtains’ to be staged Tuesday March 24th – Saturday 28th 2015 inclusive.

This fabulously funny ‘who dunnit’  murder mystery leaves a scatter of bodies on the stage, but the real casualties will be those in the audience who will be sore from laughing at the antics of the company.

TMS recognises that theatre goers need to come away from their night-out thoroughly enthused and having enjoyed the experience. This has been the case down through the years and last year’s Sister Act, which completely sold out on each performance, was case in point. The audience loved it, lived it and were talking about if for weeks afterwards.
‘Curtains’ is a musical with a book by Rupert Holmes, with lyrics by Fred Ebb, and music by John Kander, and with additional lyrics by Kander and Holmes. Other shows featuring the duo include the huge Broadway hits ‘Cabaret’ and ‘Chicago’.

Based on the original book and concept by Peter Stone, the musical is a send-up of backstage murder mystery plots. Set in 1959 Boston, Massachusetts, the show follows the fallout when the supremely untalented star of Robbin Hood of the Old West is murdered during her opening night curtain call. It is up to Lt. Frank Cioffi, a police detective who moonlights as a musical theatre fan, to save the show, solve the case, and maybe even find love before the show reopens, without getting killed himself.

Director Tony Finnegan returns to TMS once again and he is teaming up with Mary Rose McNally (Musical Director), Debbie Kiernan (Choreographer) and Patricia McElgunn (Dance Captain) to form the production team for what is truly an eagerly awaited show here in Thurles.

Returning to the company for the first time since 1997 is Aodhán Fox, who played the part of ‘Billy’ in 42nd Street – he plays the lead role of ‘Detective Frank Cioffi’, while ‘Niki’ will be played by Danielle Martin. The experienced John Hayes and Fiona Delaney play the parts of writing duo ‘Aaron’ and ‘Georgia’, while Maria McElgunn is ‘Carmen’ and Dixie Byrne returns this year as ‘Oscar’.

Other key roles include Pat Hayes as ‘Sydney Bernstein’, Frank Tuohy as ‘Bobby’, Mairead Hackett as ‘Bambi’, and Cathal O’Donoghue as ‘Belling’. There are also roles for Peter Donnelly as ‘Randy’, Gary Dempsey as ‘Johnny’, John Butler as ‘Daryl Grady’, Nina Scott as ‘Jessica Cranshaw’, Geraint Fyler as ‘Harvey’, Gerard O’Hagan as ‘Brick Hawvermale’, and Jim Kennedy as ‘O’Farrell’.

TMS will have more than 60 performers on stage for this production and the company has been in full rehearsal mode since early in January to ensure that everything is in readiness for the opening night – a benefit night for Thurles Rehab Care and Thurles Tennis Club, organised by Thurles Rotary Club.

All tickets for this gala night cost €20, while normal show tickets cost €20, with concessions at €10. Tickets can be booked at Mobile 085 2868727, or at our booking office in Hickey’s Pharmacy, Liberty Square, Thurles. Patrons are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

If you love musical theatre, this is a show not to be missed. So if you want a great night out, pencil in the date. If you want to have a laugh a minute and a bit of suspense, then The Premier Hall is the place for you this coming March.

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