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Tipperary’s Molly Sterling To Represent Ireland

Tipperary’s Molly Sterling will represent Ireland at the 60th Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria this year, 2015.

 

The final vote lay in the hands of the general public and it was down to a two-horse race last night as 16 year old Tipperary Musician and Songstress Molly Sterling edged out runner-up performer Kat Mahon latter singing ‘Anybody Got a Shoulder,’  by four points (Total of 104 points), on RTE 1’s ‘The Late Late Show.’

Molly’s song “Playing With Numbers”  was co-written with Greg French and rendered live last night on TV with the passion and feeling of a professional performer twice her age.

Entertainer Panti Bliss, one of the four commenting RTE panel members which also included Phil Coulter, Linda Martin and Mairead Farrell, insisted “This is the song for me,”  even before the voting had commenced.

Molly – Tipperary loves you – “Go Girl”.

Tipperary’s Molly Sterling A Eurovision Contestant

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.

The Voice of Ireland – Thurles Following Jo Petit

Well known in Thurles circles, the very talented vocalist Jo Petit made his first successful appearance on the RTÉ-1 programme The Voice of Ireland last Sunday night. Starting with the blind auditions Jo got safely through to join the team of judge Kian Egan, latter former member of boy band ‘Westlife’.

To watch Video in HD click HERE

Above video was undertaken here live in Thurles at HQ Nightclub, now known as The Watermill, Slievenamon Rd, Thurles, as part of an effort to promote music and tourism in Thurles and Co Tipperary by Hidden Tipperary.

The ‘Voice of Ireland’ judges this year in their spinning red chairs are; Rachel Stevens formally a member of ‘S Club 7′,  Kian Egan former member of boy band ‘Westlife’,  Bressie (Niall Breslin) latter Irish musician, former Westmeath Gaelic footballer / Leinster Rugby player and Thurles born Una Foden (Una Healy) a member of ‘The Saturdays’ all girl band since 2008.

Of African descent, the talented jazz, swing and pop performer Jo Petit came to live here in Ireland from Mauritius in 2006 and has been attracting audiences ever since with his voice, which ranges from Sam Cooke to Stevie Wonder.

“Judge Kian Egan you may not yet be fully aware of the real talent you has managed to acquire here, so do tutor him well, as all Thurles will be watching with more than just a certain pride.”

Irish Water – Song “Five Feet High & Risin” Updated

I thought I would bring you a touch of pure nostalgia this lovely Sunday morning; a sentimentality glimpse, if you will, of the  past, which will typify some period in your life, thus returning you to a place of hopefully happy personal associations, a time before Irish Water flooded your lives, if you’ll pardon the simile.

Having listened, I thought to myself, maybe it’s time to refresh this old ballad and bring it more into line with the more modern yet difficult economic climate of today’s Ireland. Let me know if you like it and if any of you have a verse or two to add, to ‘jig it up a bit,’  if you will, sure send me a comment.

“Five Feet High & Risin.” Lyrics Updated – (or “The F.G. / Labour Coalition’s Lament 2014.”)

How high’s the water, Enda?
He said “Two feet high and risin.”
How high’s the water, Joan?
She said, “Two feet high and risin.”

We won’t make it next election when the people vote.
Pee Hogan’s rigid policies just didn’t float.
Our reign is over, watch ‘Independents’ gloat.
Two feet high and risin.

How high’s the water, Enda?
He said “Two feet high and risin.”
How high’s the water, Joan?
She said, “Two feet high and risin.”

Hey, come look through the window pane
Thurles right2water are protesting again.
Hope they catch pneumonia from the pissin rain,
Three feet high and risin.

How high’s the water, Enda?
He said “Three feet high and risin”
How high’s the water, Joan?
She said, “Three feet high and risin.

Well our jobs are gone, thanks to those protesting b‘s.
We’re stuck in Irish water up past our knees.
Best to grab our pensions and shoot the breeze.
Four feet high and risin.

How high’s the water, Enda?
He said “Four feet high and risin”
How high’s the water, Joan?
She said, “Four feet high and risin.

The R498 is gone, north of our Thurles town.
Vehicles can’t pass till the water goes down.
“Greenway” Kelly’s searchin for higher ground.
Five feet high and risin.

Well, it’s five feet high and risin.

Look at it this way, when you’re sitting on your behind all day, with no job prospects, writing poetry helps you to pass the time.

Special All-Ireland Hurling Final TV Show Live From Tipperary

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Thurles TV Presenter Fiona O’Sullivan

Irish TV will broadcast a special live All-Ireland Hurling Final TV show entitled ‘Dream For Liam’ from here in mid Tipperary tomorrow night, (Wednesday).

Presenters will be the head of Irish TV Pierce O’Reilly assisted by the very lovely Fiona O’ Sullivan. Fiona, you will be aware, presents the very popular programme ‘County Matters’  for Co Tipperary and Co Waterford every week. (Same can be viewed on SKY 191, online at www.irishtv.ie or on Freesat 400.)

Fiona has been travelling around the county this week meeting the players and the Tipperary supporters and informs us she is looking forward to tomorrows live broadcast and the whole build up to the match, which she is lucky enough to have a ticket to attend.

As already stated, tomorrow night’s live show will be broadcast on SKY 191, online at www.irishtv.ie and on Freesat 400 from 8.00pm to 10.00pm tomorrow night September 3rd; from the Horse & Jockey Hotel.

The Irish TV outdoor broadcast unit will be in position together with the crew from Thurles AV Star Systems, latter who have been busy this week shooting the colours of flags, banners and headbands in schools and streets around Tipperary and editing these same clips for Wednesday’s broadcast.

Note:  A further half hour programme will be dedicated to the Tipperary match on Saturday night on ‘County Matters’ here from Tipperary at 8.30pm.

Tomorrow night’s live show will include insightful and engaging interviews from both camps, expert analysis from top GAA pundits and all the excitement and atmosphere in the built up to the ‘Big Match.’

The ‘Dream For Liam’ live TV show from the Horse and Jockey Hotel will look at the close links and fierce rivalry between Tipperary and Kilkenny ahead of one of the most eagerly awaited All-Ireland hurling finals in years. The show will also include some great music from both Tipperary and Kilkenny while the pundits look at the key battles in the big match and the strengths and weaknesses of both panels.

Tipperary and Kilkenny GAA stalwarts will also take centre stage during the live TV show with former Tipp manager Declan Ryan and former player Joe Hayes among the panellists. They will be joined on the couch by Kilkenny Celtic Cross holders John Power, Michael Walsh and Michael Kavanagh – just a few of the top stars set to feature.
“We have followed the progress of both these counties from the very beginning of the year and we wanted to do something special to mark this historic final. Our live shows ahead of the All-Ireland last year attracted a phenomenal audience and we are confident that it will be similar this year,” commented Irish TV head of programming Malachi Cush.

Entertainment on the night will be provided by the ‘crème de la crème’ of musical acts from both counties with the highly regarded folk group ‘The Kilkenny’s’ set to rock the house. Tipperary will also be well represented in the musical stages by ‘Louise Morrissey’ and traditional music sensations ‘Ceol Trad’ who are set to have the audience and team dancing all the way to Croke Park.

If that wasn’t enough, the legendry duo of ‘Foster and Allen’ are also in this fantastic line up. Mick Foster has strong links with Tipperary hurling. His great grandfather played on the Tipperary winning team in the first All Ireland in 1888 against Galway in Birr. His cousin Matt Hassett captained the 1961 winning All Ireland Tipperary team.

Note: Yes audience tickets are limited for this event, but you can still apply by calling Irish TV on Tel; 098 56582.

It is also interesting to note that AV Star Systems here in Thurles have produced 13 weekly programmes for Irish TV for counties Waterford and Tipperary and are always looking for information and stories for their show. From a business advertising point of view programmes have a very high rating of over 900,000 on SKY every week.

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