Canadian Astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield, whose beautiful 26 year old daughter, Kristin, presently attends Trinity College, Dublin, has bid farewell to the International Space Station, by making a cover version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity & posting numerous photographs, taken from space, of Ireland, as his successful five-month mission comes to an end.
Commander Hadfield, NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn and Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko boarded their Soyuz capsule and undocked from the station at 7:08 p.m. for a planned landing on the Central Asian steppes of Kazakhstan at 10:31 p.m.
We wish you a safe landing & welcome home Commander.
The St. Patrick’s Day festival weekend is in full swing here in Thurles, with many events taking place in the Cathedral town. With our major colourful parade taking place on Bank Holiday Monday March 18th, many of you will be wondering where the best entertainment and ‘craic’ is to be found on this St. Paddy’s day, March 17th.
Look no further than The Arch Bar, (Pat Hayes) Liberty Square, here in the centre of town, where a marathon 12 hour Traditional Irish Music Session is taking place, beginning at 12.30pm until 12.30am. Amongst the many artists who will be dropping in over this 12 hour session is top recording artist Nora Fogarty. Here is a song from her album, “One Star Awake” called Caledonia.
To play the song, please click the play button on the right hand side below.
This song is for Katie & company in Australia, Maureen, Eileen, Patrick & family (Loughmore connection) in the USA and all the many other ex-pats who are regular daily readers of Thurles.Info and to whom we wish a very special Happy St. Patrick’s day.
The event is being hosted in aid of North Tipperary Hospice/Suir Haven, the Thurles Cancer community based counselling support centre, located on Clongour Road, (Tel: 0504 21197) here in the town. Admission to this marathon Traditional Irish Music session is totally free, but if you would like to drop your loose change into the collection boxes strategically placed around the venue, your donation, however small, will be greatly appreciated.
Do remember this latter counselling support centre, whether one is living with cancer or affected by it, including family, carers and friends, offers emotional support, practical help and information in a safe, positive and confidential environment, free of charge.
If you are a Musician, a Performer or a Singer and you would like to showcase your particular talent why not celebrate St.Patrick by giving a performance of your particular God given talent, at what promises to be a major community event.
Eamon O’Dwyer of TippFM Radio‘s weekly popular specialist programme “Down Your Way,” will be calling in during the event, to chat and record some live music, by those performing.
To all readers & contributors to Thurles Information – A Very Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all.
Opera d’Arte – With Special Guests Phoenix Productions.
Experience all the passions of Opera in one spectacular production.
Opera d’Arte comes to the Source Arts Centre Thurles for one night only, following standing ovations at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, UCH Limerick and Cork Opera House last year.
Opera d’Arte presents a diverse programme of musical masterpieces including selections from La Traviata, Carmen, Cosi Fan Tutte, Die Fledermaus, La bohème, Turandot and The Barber of Seville.
The Production Features A Stellar Line Up Of Some Of Ireland’s Favourite Singers:-
Sandra Oman, Soprano (Opera Ireland, Co-Opera, Opera Holland Park).
Deirdre Masterson, Mezzo-Soprano (Opera Ireland, Wexford Festival Opera, Lyric Opera), Eugene Ginty, Tenor, (Opera Ireland, ENO, Scottish Opera).
Owen Gilhooly, Baritone (Opera Ireland, OTC, Royal Opera House).
Musical Director, David Wray is well known to audiences here in Thurles through his work with Phoenix Productions. For this performance, members of Phoenix Productions will join the principal cast to sing some of the great opera choruses. This is the perfect evening out for both opera buff and opera novice alike!
Date: Saturday 9th March 8.00pm. Tickets: €24 / €22 Concession.
Why not make a night of it and come early to enjoy a meal or bar bites at The Source Café from 7.00pm? Ring Matt Tel: 0504-58858 for more details. The Source Bar will be open from 7.00pm.
Fancy five minutes of fame on The Source Arts Centre’s stage?
Following on from its success in 2011, “Open Mic Night” is back at the Source Arts Centre here in Thurles. Once again their doors are open and the stage is yours. From young to old, they extend a warm invitation for you to showcase your talent, whether it is music, poetry, song, dance or comedy.
So if you have a band seeking stardom this could be your opportunity, or if you are in a dance troop that needs a stage, then come on down and show your talent.
The Source has some 20 performance slots on the night, each of 5 minutes duration. The winning act will get to perform at The Source Family Fun Day this summer.
To enter all you have to do is collect an entry form from the Box Office or download a form online and return same completed forms before the deadline, Friday March 1st, 2013. Please do include your name, address, email address, phone number and age.
Note: There is a non refundable fee of €5 per each entry.
The show will take place on Saturday March 16th at 8.00pm sharp and tickets to see this performances are just €5.
Why not make a night of it and come early to enjoy a meal, a tipple or bar bites at The Source Café from 7.00pm? Ring Sheena on Tel: 0504-58858 for more details.
For bookings and to download an application form, simply click HERE or telephone the Box Office on Tel: 0504 90204.
Supported on the night by Adela and the Meanits, together with local band Seskin Lane, the launch on Friday last of Autonomous i’s debut album “Attack the Mattress,” from the offset had all the hallmarks of a gig where seating space would be at a premium.
True to expectations, it was standing room only at The Source Theatre Thurles, when Autonomous i came onstage, thus contradicting the adage that “A prophet is not acceptable in his own country.” This five man outfit, consisting of Frah Butler (Guitar and Vocals), Daragh Kennedy (Guitar and Vocals), Jamie Kelly (Bass and Vocals), Eddie Dwan (Violin, Synth), and Adrian Creany (Drums) are Thurles born & reared and as Eddie Dwan stated to me before the gig, whatever we get up too, our local support base will be the first to be informed.
Described as ‘funk inspired indie rock,’ ‘quirky social commentary set to music‘ and ‘a break from the downbeat,’ “Attack The Mattress,” is a cracking great fresh debut album, and is now available from Heartbeat City Thurles and iTunes.
Expect to hear a lot more about this band, in the not too distant future.