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David Scott To Adjudicate At Holycross Drama Festival

Australian Native, Mr David Scott will adjudicate this year at the County Tipperary Open Drama Festival in St. Michael’s Community Centre, Holycross, Thurles.

Local press correspondent Mr Tom Ryan now reports:

Pictured (L to R) Mr Donal Duggan (Festival Director) and Tipperary Ind. TD Mr M.Lowry

Holycross/Ballycahill Drama Group and Nenagh Drama Group will be the County Tipperary representatives this year in the prestigious Co. Tipperary Open Drama Festival, to be held in St. Michael’s Community Centre, Holycross, from March 22nd to March 30th when participating groups will bid for the “Tipperary Star” Cup in the Confined Section and the “TippFM Trophy” in the Open category.

Popular Festival Director, once again this year, is Mr Donal Duggan who together with a dedicated committee have been working diligently to maintain the proud traditional status of the “Abbeysiders” in this great festival featuring the country’s top drama groups staging some of the world’s finest drama.

Meet the Adjudicator, Mr David Scott
Mr David Scott is an Australian born actor, writer, director and acting teacher. He has worked extensively as a professional actor in both Australia and Ireland on television, stage and film, appearing in such programs as “All Saints”, “Water Rats” and “Home and Away” in Australia; “The Clinic”, “Fair City”, “Damage”, “The Tudors”, “Game of Thrones” and “The Vikings”, since his arrival here in Ireland in 2004.

He is Director of the ‘Actor’s Wednesday Workshop’ and the ‘Actor’s Friday Studio’, highly regarded part-time programmes for both developing and advanced actors. He is Director of ‘The Applied Art of Acting’, latter an intensive, single-technique three-month full-time programme for actors of exceptional ability.

Mr Scott has taught extensively in The Gaiety School of Acting, The Irish Film Academy and in many theatre companies, drama groups, schools and organisations here in Ireland, in Australia and other countries. He has also written three textbooks on acting technique, “The Beautiful Stage”, “The Art of Acting” and “The Possible Someone”.

Mr Scott is also Artistic Director of ‘Company D Theatre’, a Dublin based theatre company, focused on promoting new work, new actors and theatre artists. Company D has produced many critically acclaimed shows since its foundation in 2006, twelve of which David has written, and is one of the most highly regarded independent theatre outfits in Ireland.

He has taught actors advanced techniques since his early twenties, constantly developing his own cutting-edge approaches and exchanging with great teachers, directors and theatre and film artists. His constantly evolving work is highly valued by actors and practitioners of both theatre and film around the world

The Plays and Players who will perform in St. Michael’s Community Centre, Holycross

Friday, March 22nd, (Confined) ‘Eclipsed’, by Patricia Burke Brogan (Tinahealy D.G.)

Saturday, March 23rd, (Open) ‘The Lieutenant of Inishmore’, by Martin McDonagh (Kilmeen D.G.)

Sunday, March 24th, (Open) ‘What Happened Bridgie Cleary’, by Tom McIntyre (Nenagh D.G.)

Monday, March 25th, (Open) ‘The Steward of Christendom’, by Sebastian Barry (Kilrush D.G.)

Tuesday, March 26th, (Open) ‘Philadelphia Here I Come’, by Brian Friel (Brideview D.G.)

Wednesday, March 27th, (Confined) ‘The Honey Spike’, by Bryan McMahon (Tarbert D.G.)

Thursday, March 28th, (Confined) ‘Unforgiven’, by John McDwyer (Kilworth D.S.)

Friday, March 29th, (Confined) ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’, by Martin McDonagh (Holycross/Ballycahill D.G.)

Saturday, March 30th, (Confined) ‘The Righteous are Bold’, by Frank Carney (Kilmuckridge D.G.).

To all this years performers; may we use the obscure idiom, so often used in theatre circles to wish performers “good luck,” – “Break a leg” guys.

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Charity Speed Dating – Restart Your Heart

“I love it when strangers smile at me and I smile back, and we have that nice stranger smiling moment.”

“If there’s no love in the world,… let’s make some.”

“So, things are not good on ‘the romantic front’ presently, I hear you say?”  Well, fear not, all is not totally lost; as Mr Gerard Fogarty (Deputy Officer in charge – Order of Malta Ireland Ambulance Corps, Thurles),  now reports.

Allow us to Restart Your Heart”, with our charity speed-dating event in Hickey’s Bar, Cathedral Street, Thurles on Friday, February 15th.

Get that ‘loving feeling’ with kick-off at 7.30pm.

Note: Spread the “St. Valentine’s Weekend Cheer” by inviting all of your single friends. Register online to restartomac@gmail.com to ensure your place.

Let Friday night next, take you into those early hours with an exciting live music line-up, from local talent’s Niall O’Shaughnessy, Barry MacLoughlin, JP Dempsey, Philly Purcell and Eddie MacCormac.

Music will start at 9.30pm.

Admission for dating and music €15. Admission for music only €10.

Total proceeds will go to Order of Malta Ireland Ambulance Corps Thurles, whose volunteers provide patient transport, first aid courses, and first-aid for events all across Mid-Tipperary.

Of course this event raises the inevitable, important, question, “If love is blind, why are gifts of lingerie so popular on St. Valentine’s day?”

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Christmas Coffee Morning In Thurles Library

Librarian Ms Suzanne Brosnan, Thurles Library Service, latter situated in Cathedral Street, Thurles, now reports:-

“The management and staff of Thurles Library would like to extend a warm invitation to all members / users of Thurles Library, to attend their annual ‘Christmas Coffee Morning’.  This year, this most enjoyable of events, will take place in the Library, on Wednesday, 19th December 2018,  from 11.00am.

Children from Scoil Ailbhe will join us from 11.30am, to provide some wonderful Christmas carolling.

We hope you can join us here for a coffee, a mince pie and share, as always,  in some wonderful Christmas atmosphere!

We would also like to take this opportunity to wish all of our readers a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year”.

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Thurles Born Kerry Condon One Women On The Verge

The very lovely Thurles actress, Ms Kerry Condon, will be appearing on RTÉ2 this month; on Thursday, October 11th, at 10.30pm to be precise, in the highly anticipated TV comedy dubbed “Women on the Verge”.

Talented Actress Ms Kerry Condon.

“Women on the Verge” is set in Dublin, and tells the comical tale of three career-driven friends all in their 30’s, each at various stages of their chosen careers. Their friends and colleagues appear to be ever increasingly in full and total control of their daily lives, while these 3 aforementioned friends seem to be moving in quite the opposite direction. These same three friends referred, are played by Ms Kerry Condon (35); Ms Eileen Walsh(41) and Ms Nina Sosanya (48).

The blue eyed, Ms Condon stars as ‘Laura’, an investigative journalist who is at serious risk of ruining her career, following a ‘sleepover’ with none other than her boss. Ms Walsh, stars in the character of ‘Alison’, latter who is back with her old ex-boyfriend Martin yet again, trying for a baby, following her series of disastrous previous one-night stands, while Ms Sosanya, staring as Laura’s (Kerry Condon) friend ‘Katie’, persuades her to go for a series of psychotherapy sessions with a psychologist played by Ms Sharon Horgan.

The very talented and unassuming Miss Condon first shot to fame in “Angela’s Ashes” in 1999, following it up with a string of films including “Rat”; “How Harry Became a Tree”; “Ned Kelly”; “Intermission”; “The Halo Effect”; “Unleashed”; “The Last Station”; “The Runway”; “This Must Be the Place”; “The Shore”“Dom Hemingway”; “Gold”; “Avengers: Age of Ultron”; “Captain America: Civil War”“Spider-Man”: “Homecoming”; “Breaking Bad”; “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri”; “Avengers: Infinity War”; “Bad Samaritan”  and finally “Dreamland”, latter, an upcoming American drama thriller completed and set for full release sometime next year.

Ms Condon, since 1999 has also appeared in numerous TV series including:-  “Ballykissangel”; “Born and Bred”; “Rome”; “Anatomy of Hope”; “Five Days”; “Luck” “The Walking Dead”; “Believe”; 12 episodes being presently broadcast in Series 4 of “Better Call Saul” and “Brace for Impact”.

Ms Condon first developed her love for stage, as a schoolgirl in the late 1980’s performing here for local audiences in the Premier Hall Thurles, in the Thurles  John Player “Tops of the Town” performances; latter a cigarette-sponsored talent show, that surely rivalled nationally, today’s X Factor. Having honed her considerable talents both locally and nationally; today she performs, on an equal footing, rubbing shoulders alongside Hollywood greats like Colin Farrell, Tom Hanks, Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, Nick Nolte, Dustin Hoffman, to name but a few.

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Case Against Tipperary Hotel Settled Out Of Court

A High Court case which was expected to resume today, being heard by Mr Justice Kevin Cross, has been informed that the case had been settled out of court.  The settlement agreed has not been disclosed.

The case involved the throwing of a wedding bouquet in the Aherlow House Hotel, Aherlow, Co. Tipperary, some 6 years ago. A 53-year-old childcare worker, Ms Ann White, with an address at Highfield Grove, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, had sued the extremely popular wedding venue after she had allegedly slipped on rose petals lost from a bridal bouquet, which had been thrown two hours earlier by the then bride, during her wedding reception.

The bride flinging the bouquet over her head to all the single ladies is a sign of good fortune, only for the one who catches it.  Hundreds of years ago, it was thought to be very good luck to touch the bride. This often caused discomfort and an invasion of privacy to the bride.  In order therefore to deter guests, brides then began the practise of tossing their bouquet to distract people before making a break for it with her husband, to their bridal chamber. The groom would later open the door and toss out her garter, once the couple was inside.

People just wanted pieces of the bride’s accessories because she was married. So female guests were naturally thrilled to grab the flowers, and male guests her garter, since both items were believed to bring romantic luck for the future to those who gained their possession.

Ms White informed the High Court that at around 12.30am in the early morning the bride had thrown her bouquet of pink roses to an over enthusiastic crowd of some 20 single ladies. Ms White stated that while she was dancing later, she slid on one of the rose petals lost from this bouquet; leading to her falling on her back and hitting her head and arm on the floor. She claimed that hotel staff had failed to gather up and remove these petals at this 2012 wedding reception, thus creating this incident on the dance floor.

The Aherlow House Hotel had fully accepted the accident had taken place on their premises, but contested Ms White’s claim, stating that her ongoing pain was in fact due to an already pre-existing condition.

Ms White claimed she had been unable to work again due to an ongoing pain in her wrist.

Wedding Venues are, in future, likely to look closely at this century’s old tradition, with a view to a total ban on this practise taking place on the dance floor, into the future.

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