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Thurles Cathedral Set To Welcome “The Priests”

The parishioners and priests of Thurles, together with the wonderful Cathedral of the Assumption, here in Cathedral Street, is fully set to welcome “The Priests” to the town on tomorrow evening, Friday 27th 2019.

A very limited number of tickets still remain available to hear and enjoy this world acclaimed classical musical group, made up of three Roman Catholic priests, latter from the Diocese of Down and Connor.

This unique opportunity to sit and enjoy “The Priests” live, in a building which enjoys some of best acoustic properties available; will see all proceeds from this concert, going to the Cathedral’s urgent fundraising initiative, which now requires the replacement of the roof area, of this most beautiful of ecclesiastical edifices.

This welcome world-famous singing trio is made up of Fr. Eugene O’Hagan and his brother Fr. Martin O’Hagan, both from the village of Claudy, Co. Londonderry, whilst the third member, Fr. David Delargy, hails from Ballymena, Co. Antrim.

All three have been singing together since they were boarders back in the in the 1970’s, studying as students in Co. Antrim. Having come to the attention of Sony Records, the group became an overnight success, having signed a £1m record contract deal in 2008.

Same resulted in their debut album, entitled “The Priests”, an album which spent 13 weeks at number one. They again renewed their recording contract with Sony Music; recording, in 2016, an album entitled “Alleluia”, which was released in November 2018. By the end of that November, the original supply in the US had completely sold out.

The group continue to tour successfully in Europe, Canada and the U.S.A.

The few remaining tickets available for this concert can be purchased from the Thurles Parish Office, Tel: 0504 22229. Car parking will be available in MIC (St. Patrick’s College grounds) and at the rear of The Munster Hotel, both close by and opposite the Cathedral building.

Note: Doors will open at 7.00 p.m. with concert starting sharp at 8.00 p.m.

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Thurles Lions Club – Classical Concert

Because of the currently prevailing stormy weather, it has been decided that tonight’s much anticipated Lion’s Club Classical Concert; latter part of an exciting Vintage & Classic Car Show this weekend, and which tonight was planned for the open air, will now be held indoors.

Note: the venue will remain exactly the same, Mary Immaculate College (Formerly St. Patrick’s College), Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Performing tonight will be Derek Ryan, with Ryan Morgan and friends, for a light classical evening of music and song.

Thurles Lion’s Club organisers promise that in spite of this minor change they will still have truly amazing entertainment, so please do come and enjoy the evening.

The show begins at 8.30 sharp – see you there.

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Ireland Looses Another Great Talent – Danny Doyle

Widely acclaimed as one of Ireland’s best Folk Singers; Dublin-born balladeer Mr Danny Doyle has sadly passed away at the age of 79 years.

In the video hereunder; Mr Doyle sings about his home town Dublin at an Irish festival in St. Paul the state capital of Minnesota, USA back in 2000. [Song written by Pete St. John, Dublin.]

Mr Doyle left school at the age of fourteen, before starting work, doing odd jobs in Dublin’s Pike Theatre. It was here that he began to pick up, countryside ballads from the numerous travelling performers of the day.

Back the 1960’s and 1970’s, his strong, powerful voice was regarded as being amongst the top five of Irish vocal public performers. Probably best known for his 1967 Number One hit “Whiskey on a Sunday”; many of his songs were a regular feature in the Irish charts; recording three No.1 singles and some 25 albums.

He appeared in many major concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, New York City; the Royal Albert Hall, London and in 2010 he came out of retirement to appear in the yearly ethnic ‘Milwaukee Irish Fest’, at Henry Maier Festival Park, Lake Michigan, USA, latter held every third weekend in August.

Like so many other Irish performers, Mr Doyle relocated to the USA in 1983.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Sinéad O’Connor To Perform At Féile 19

The magnificent voice of the very beautiful Ms Sinéad O’Connor is to feature here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary, at ‘Féile 19’; reportedly Ms O’Connor’s only festival show of this summer.

This resurrected music event has changed its name from its 2018 “Féile Classical” to; in 2019, “Féile 19” some 30 years after the original Féile became Ireland’s first multi-day music festival.

“Féile 19” begins September 20th – 22nd 2019.

Other acts include ‘The Stunning’, ‘EMF’, ‘The Frank and Walters’, ‘Transvision Vamp’, ‘The Fat Lady Sings’, ‘Eleanor McEvoy’, ‘Picturehouse’, ‘Mundy’, ‘Alive & Dangerous’, with Andrew Strong, Eric Bell and Bronagh Gallager performing songs from Thin Lizzy’s ‘Live & Dangerous’.

This three day music extravaganza is expected to spill over unto the streets of Thurles during daylight hours, to be entertained by visiting street performers.

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Borrisoleigh Festival Begins This Weekend

Borrisoleigh Festival July 4th to 7th 2019

The annual Borrisoleigh Festival returns again this weekend; bigger and better than ever before.
The festival is being run in tandem with “The Arty Rooster Arts Festival”, which runs for the entire week from 1st July.

Overall Winner of the 2018 Wheelbarrow Competition with her entry ‘The Dogbox’ is Kathleen Ryan (left) with her sister Margaret and mother Effie (RIP)

The growing “International Wheelbarrow Extravaganza”, promises some wonderful creations. The competition is open to everyone to submit their modified wheelbarrows to be in with a chance to win some great prizes. Your imagination is the only limiting factor in this unique competition.

The Arty Rooster‘ will feature shop-front exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations, talks and performances, including an oil painting demonstration by artist Jim Donnelly on Saturday morning and a short play written by Ciarnad Ryan. The play is based on events which took place during the War of Independence and will be performed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the function room in Finn’s Bar. Follow ‘The Arty Rooster’ on Facebook for full schedule updates.

The annual walk with the Bush and Briar Ramblers takes place on Saturday July 6th, walking part of the Beara Breifne Way from Greenane to Latteragh. Registration is at 8.30am in the Community Centre.

Award winning photographer Tom Doherty will be hosting a photo walk, giving tips on how to take great photos on a walk around Borrisoleigh starting at 11:00am in The Square. This should prove useful to anyone planning on entering the festivals Instagram Competition. Be sure to use the hashtag #BorrisFest19 when posting festival photos on Instagram to be in with a chance to win some great prizes. After the Official Opening with Lord Mayor Paddy Dolan and special guest on Saturday, there will be a Jiving Competition and Social Dancing with ‘Phil Maher’s Band’. The band ‘Ebony’ will finish off the night; from 10:00pm to 12:00 midnight.

A fire performer will be thrilling spectators throughout Saturday night with a number of performances from 8:00pm and Hot Chocolate and Wraps will be available from ‘The Hungry Horse’.

Sunday 7th July has a packed schedule from 2:00pm with the ‘Wheelbarrow Extravaganza’, live music, kid’s entertainment and lots more. The individual wheelbarrow categories are: Best Environmental; Best Miniature Garden; and Most Imaginative.

Entries open on Sunday 7th July 2.00 – 4.30 p.m. No entry fees. This year there is a new ‘Commercial’ Category. Local businesses can showcase their business in a wheelbarrow in the centre of Borrisoleigh for the duration of the Festival. €10 advance entry fee. Wheelbarrows can be displayed from 1st July – 7th July. There will be a public vote for the best overall wheelbarrow on Sunday afternoon. Votes cost €1.00 each. So, take another glance at that old wheelbarrow in the corner of the garden, and imagine what an amazing spectacle it would make with a little bit of ingenuity and TLC. And don’t forget to use #BorrisFest19 when uploading your photos to Instagram!

At 2.30pm in the Community Centre there is a Make Up Demonstration with MUA Kayley Moylan, admission is €8. Kids entertainment will feature Bouncy Castles, Disco Dome, Gladiators, Gaming Van and Hawkeye Powershot Competition. There will be a BBQ in the village square also on Sunday evening and a Hobby horse competition from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

Live music starts at 2:00pm on Sunday with DJ Matt Ryan and a host of wonderful performers throughout the day. Starting with Paudi Bourke at 4pm, Dufrane 4.30pm, The Mangled Badgers 6pm and finishing with Silver Dollar from 8pm until late.

All in all, it promises to be a terrific festival with something for everyone and all ages. Pick up a copy of the festival booklet in any local shops for full schedule of events and follow Borrisoleigh Festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for regular updates.

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