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New ‘Colette Fitzpatrick Show’ Goes On Air Sunday Next

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Colette Fitzpatrick

The broadcasting team at Newstalk (106 – 108fm) confirmed yesterday that Tipperary native Colette Fitzpatrick will be joining the broadcasting team at Marconi House to present a new Sunday morning Radio Show.

The new ‘Colette Fitzpatrick Show‘, which is sponsored by Marks & Spencer, will go out on air on Ireland’s National Independent Talk Radio with her show for the first time this coming Sunday (August 2nd) at 9:00am.

M/s Fitzpatrick’s new show will include discussions, expert advice, high profile interviews together with topics including psychology, women’s health and well-being, parenting, book reviews and of course TV.

The Co. Tipperary native, who gained her journalism degree from DIT Aungier Street originally began work at the now named East Coast FM radio station in Co Wicklow. She also spent time working at Today FM, before making the move to TV3 television in 2001.

Presently the 40-year-old mum-of-two is a household name, being one of TV3’s main news anchors and presenting daily news bulletins from the Ballymount station for the past fourteen years, together with hosting the prime time current affairs show ‘Midweek’ every Wednesday and writing her weekly column with ‘The Herald’ newspaper.

The TV hostess and natural beauty was married on May 16th 2009 at Holycross Abbey, Thurles, to Station Director Niall McDermott and the couple are parents to a son Milo (aged 5 in Nov.) and a daughter Olivia (aged 2).

Premier Ballroom Thurles – Fund Raising Event

Premier-BallroomA dance to raise funds towards the refurbishment of The Premier Hall, here in Thurles, will take place in The Premier Hall on the Saturday night of August 29th next.

Tickets costing €15 each can be purchased at The Premier Box-Office on any Thursday or Friday in August (between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon) or at Bingo on any Wednesday night.

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As part of this planned fund raising event, a great night’s entertainment is guaranteed, with ‘Patrick O’Sullivan’ playing from 8.45 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. and ‘Loraine & The Conquerors’ playing from 10.45 p.m. to 1.00 a.m. Doors will open at 8.15 p.m. and admission will cease from 12.00 midnight. Seating will be provided in the balcony area for 170 and seating provided downstairs for over 300. An enjoyable night out for everyone is guaranteed and, if you are unable to take part in the dancing, feel free to just sit back and enjoy some truly great music.

Over the past 51 years The Premier Ballroom here in Thurles has provided the community 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 International Miss Macra parade and dance. The dance floor itself is still considered to be one of the very best in the country.

The Premier Ballroom celebrated the 50th Anniversary of its official opening on Sunday the 18th of May 2014 with an anniversary dance in the ballroom. ‘Mike Denver & his Band’ were the main attraction and the supporting band was ‘Finbarr Dennehy’.  Over 500 people attended this very enjoyable night. Later that same year ‘Nathan Carter’ and his band played to a packed Prmier Hall dance floor.

Please do come along on Saturday the 29th of August and enjoy a great night out.

NOTE: For further information please contact Mobile: 087-9732837.

“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.

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