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Thurles Musical Society – Sister Act Irish Première Begins Tonight


Thurles Musical Society will stage the Republic of Ireland’s première of ‘Sister Act’ The Musical, here in The Premier Hall, Thurles beginning to-night (Tuesday March 25th) and ending Saturday 29th and all in association with the Anner Hotel.

As we forecast very limited tickets still remain available (Three nights already fully booked out) for this truly fantastically up-beat show, with its all-singing, all-dancing repertoire, widely expected to wow packed audiences and the toughest of critics this week.

The show, as most people are aware, follows the same story line as the hit film which featured Whoopi Goldberg.

The cast and chorus have been working hard to ensure that they have everything shipshape for tonight’s performance, with the proceeds from tonight’s show going to Thurles Rotary Club’s “Thurles Care Group” charity.

Just a very limited few tickets for the show are still available at Hickey’s Pharmacy, Liberty Square, Thurles or at the door on the night, so do not say you were not warned.  The Booking Office Tel No is 0504- 21423.

Well done and “Break A Leg” tonight guys and gals.

Premier Ballroom Thurles – 50th Anniversary

Premier-BallroomThomas Gleeson Reports on The Premier Hall, Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Over the past 50 years ‘The Premier Ballroom‘ in Thurles has provided Tipperary people with the very best of entertainment in the form of dancing (in particular the show band era), variety shows, musicals, drama, comedy and of course on every Wednesday night there’s Bingo.  For a number of years the Miss Macra finals took place in ‘The Premier’ and drew large crowds to the town for the Miss Macra parade and dance.

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The Premier Ballroom will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of its opening on Sunday the 18th of May, with an anniversary dance in the ballroom.   The dance will be from 8.30pm to 1.00am with music by ‘Finbarr Dennehy’ (8.30pm to 10.30pm) and ‘Mike Denver’ (10.45pm to 1.00am).   Tickets at €15 each are currently on sale and can be purchased at The Premier Box Office from 11.00am to 12.00noon on any Wednesday or Friday over the next couple of weeks.   The booking contact number is (Mobile) 087-9732837 or e-mail

The balcony, with seating for 170, will be open for anyone who wishes to relax, just listen to the music and watch the dancing.  There will also be seating downstairs for over 300.  A large crowd is expected and you are advised to come early.  The doors will open at 7.45pm and there will be no admission after 12.00mdt.

History of The Premier Ballroom Thurles, Co Tipperary.

The building of The Premier Ballroom was completed in May 1964 at a cost of £40,000.   The handball alley, which was on the site at that time, had to be knocked down to make room for the building and part of the old dance hall (The Confraternity Hall latter once Thurles Jail) was incorporated into the new building e.g. the ladies toilets and the mineral bar.   The main contractor was the late Mr Christy Foyle (Formally of Slievenamon Road, Thurles,).   The plumbing was completed by the late Mr Tom Mason (Formally of Friar Street, Thurles,) and the electrical work was completed by the late Mr Joe O’Brien (formally of Cathedral Street, Thurles,).

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Thurles Film Premier – “The Minnitts of Anabeg”

MinnittsThe new Tipperary film “The Minnitts of Anabeg,” will receive a screening at the Source Arts Centre, Thurles, this day week, on Thursday, March 13th beginning at 8.00pm sharp.

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This excellent film production (Writer/Director Alan Brown, UK/Ireland, 2013, 105 mins) was made on a micro budget and filmed around Nenagh and Thurles, here in Co Tipperary, using localised and very talented actors from amateur drama groups representing Nenagh Players and our own much enjoyed award winning Thurles Drama Group.

The film “The Minnitts of Anabeg,” tells the true and factual story of the Minnitt family and the generations who lived in Anabeg house near Nenagh, from the 1600′s to the early 1900′s.   The Film focuses in particular on one Joshua Minnitt, latter a prominent landowner living around the period of the Great Famine era (1845 -1849) and his assistance in helping the local impoverished community through that tragic, black period in our Irish history.

While managing to greatly assist and save a community, Joshua Minnitt failed however to save his own family.  His only son against his wishes married a local Catholic girl resulting in the former being disinherited.

The film’s factual storyline however is not just a tale dominated by religious bigotry, but is also an account of a family torn apart by politics and power.

The soundtrack for this film was written by Roscrea music composer Thersa Larkin, while the original Anabeg House building was used as the film’s main location. Other scenes were filmed at locations here in Thurles, at St Mary’s Famine Museum and at Nenagh Convent, latter which still has a laundry room from the days of the old workhouse regime.

Tickets: Tickets for this Thurles screening of a Tipperary based production cost just €10/€8 conc. available from The Source – Tel: (0504) 90204.

This is a must see event for lovers of real romance, drama, history and in particular Tipperary history, not to mention real local Tipperary talent performing on screen.

DVD: A limited edition DVD will also be available to purchase on the night.

Thurles Musical Society To Stage ‘Sister Act’

Thurles Musical Society will stage the Republic of Ireland première of ‘Sister Act’ The Musical in The Premier Hall, Thurles from Tuesday March 25thSaturday 29th in association with the Anner Hotel.

For those travelling to this magnificent musical extravaganza and staying overnight, note the Anner Hotel is located on the outskirts of Thurles town here in Co. Tipperary and is a 96 bedroomed hotel situated on its own private grounds with beautifully landscaped gardens, offering all guests full complimentary use of their Leisure Centre during their stay.


Thurles Musical Society – The Cast Of ‘Sister Act’ The Musical 2014.  ( Photo G.Willoughby)

This truly fantastically up-beat show with its all-singing, all-dancing repertoire is eagerly awaited in the Premier County and following on from the wonderfully successful Titanic last year, T.M.S. are hoping to wow audiences in a different manner with Sister Act.

Award winning and renowned Director Tony Finnegan is back at the helm with the Society, while Choreographer Debbie Kiernan also renews acquaintances with the Thurles Company, who have the local extremely talented Mary Rose McNally as Musical Director/Conductor.

The show follows the same story line as the hit film which featured Whoopi Goldberg and taking up the leading role will be the very experienced Linda Ryan as Deloris van Cartier. There are other prominent roles for well known Maria McElgunn as Mother Superior, Cathal O’Donoghue as Monsignor O’Hara, Cathy Keane as Sister Mary Robert, Barry Derby, Jonathan Gleeson, Olwyn Grogan, Nina Scott, Ber Ryan, Mary Callanan, Michelle O’Connell, Fiona Delaney, John Butler, Peter Donnelly, Brendan Bailey and many more.

The cast and chorus have been working hard to ensure that they are ready for the opening night, latter a charity night for Thurles Rotary Club’s “Thurles Care Group” charity. Proceeds on the night will go towards the Care Group and Thurles Musical Society is thrilled to be associated with such a worthwhile cause, considering the magnificent work undertaken in the community by the Group.

Tickets for the show are available as usual at Hickey’s Pharmacy, Liberty Square, Thurles from March 18th or at the door on the night. The Booking Office Tel No: 0504- 21423.

Don’t miss your chance to see a truly great show. We promise this really will be a great weeks entertainment.

Sister Act Opening Night Proceeds To Benefit Thurles Care Group


Mrs Evelyn Nevin

Local Thurles Town Councillor and current President of Thurles Rotary Club, Mrs Evelyn Nevin, is urging people to support the opening night of Thurles Musical Society, the proceeds of which this year are in aid of ‘Thurles Care Group.’

Thurles Rotary Club are currently selling tickets at €18 for the Gala opening night of ‘Sister Act,’ which takes place one month from today, on March 25th, here in the Premier Hall, Thurles.

Councillor Nevin stated today; “Rotary Club were thrilled to secure this opening night fund-raiser in aid Thurles Care Group, latter which is a sub group of Thurles Parish Renewal and does brilliant work with people who are isolated or alone in our local community.”

Councillor Nevin continued “At present they are engaged with a wide number of people, across older age groups in Thurles Town. They regularly visit these people at home and provide company, support and a social outlet. They are responsible for organising a number of fun day trips every year as well as providing bingo in the nursing homes on alternate Wednesday. At present Thurles Care Group have over 30 volunteers including 4 husband and wife teams. They liaise and work with other community groups such as the Order of Malta and singing groups. We would like to thank Thurles Musical Society for affording us this opportunity and I would urge everyone to come along for what promises to be the Societies most  fantastic show yet staged.”

Tickets: Same are currently available from Evelyn Nevin at Tel: 087 9774725 or from Gleeson Auctioneers, Cathedral Street, Thurles.

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