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.
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.
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.
LIT 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.
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.
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.
The eyes of all true music lovers will be focused on the ‘Late Late Show’ come Friday night next, February 27th, when five acts will take to the RTE1 studio stage to decide who will represent Ireland in this year’s 60th edition Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Vienna, Austria, following on from Conchita Wurst’s victory in the 2014.
But here in Tipperary eyes will be especially focused on an emerging and exciting talented musician; 16-year-old secondary school student, Molly Sterling from Puckane, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. Molly is a self-taught musician and despite her tender years is already an accomplished singer /songwriter and to use the words of a well known Tipperary politician, “bright, intelligent and is not bad looking either”. (Yip, no politically correctness is ever tolerated here in Co Tipperary, so Dublin media get used to it.)
Currently a student attending Saint Andrew’s College; the lyrics of Molly’s competing song “Playing With Numbers”, which she co-wrote with Greg French, discusses the risks people take every day in their respective loves, lives and other experiences and will be part of her upcoming new album which is well in the making.
With a pure belief in her lyrics, Molly admits that she reaches real true happiness only when channeling her feelings and emotions through her voice and those black and white ivory keys; latter an essential part of her dusty piano, cornered here in her Tipperary home.
Molly is likely to face some tough opposition via fellow contestants Nikki Kavanagh, Kat Mohan, Alex Saint and Erika Selin, but the lyrics of her song convey meaning beyond her years, her music is addictive, haunting and emotional and with a voice reminiscent of Sarah McLachlan, win or lose on Friday next, Molly’s future in the Irish and indeed the world’s music industry is most certainly guaranteed.