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No Garth Brooks Concerts This Summer

The Dance.  

And now I’m glad I didn’t know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I’d have had to miss the dance.


Disappointment for Tipperary’s Garth Brooks fans tonight with news that the Country Singer has confirmed in a statement that he will not now play any concerts at Croke Park this summer.

Ticket refunds will go ahead for the 400,000 fully paid up fans from 9.00am on Thursday next, July 17th, through Ticketmaster.

In an announcement from Aiken Promotions the promoters state; ” Aiken Promotions regret to announce that despite pursuing all possible solutions, the 5 concert Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event at Croke Park are cancelled.  No concerts will now take place.”

Aiken Promotions also confirmed this evening that it had pursued “all possible solutions,”  in their attempt to get the concerts back on track.

Mr Brooks said his heart was broken and he was crushed over the failure to stage the five events. He further stated; “To say I am crushed is an understatement, all I can see is my mother’s face and I hear her voice. She always said things happen for a reason, as hard as I try, I cannot see the light on this one.”

Mr Brooks had been scheduled to play five concerts at Croke Park on consecutive nights at the end of this month, starting on Friday 25th, however, licences were only granted for three of the shows and Mr Brooks refused to go ahead on that basis.

Someone else has suggested that Hotels who refuse to now refund pre-paid accommodation, clients at a loss should contact the St Vincent de Paul (Phone: 01- 4542181) supplying full details and offer this paid accommodation to some of Dublin’s homeless families or individuals living on the street; well it would give these forgotten individuals an idea of how highly paid politicians live; for one or two nights at least.

Minister Alan Kelly Intervenes In Croke Park Concert Issue


Minister Alan Kelly

Tipperary’s new Labour Deputy Leader and Environment and Local Government Minister Mr Alan Kelly, is understood to be intervening in the Garth Brooks debacle, in an attempt to broker a new deal that would allow all five concerts to continue at Croke Park.

A new small glimmer of hope emerges that those negotiating the five concerts may now find a common bargaining chip, has come about since it emerged that almost 40% of submissions, sent by local residents, latter objecting to the July Garth Brooks’ Croke Park concerts, are in fact bogus. To this end a criminal investigation in Dublin’s north inner city is now under way.

Some 380 objections to the five planned concerts forwarded to Dublin City Council while it sat to consider the concert licence issue, had become central to the local authority’s eventual decision to allow only three concerts to proceed.

Detective Gardaí are understood have called to at least a third of the 380 householders who allegedly lodged complaints against the concerts, to discovered that at least 35%c of same had no knowledge of any planning objections being sent forward in their names.  Fraudsters behind some lodged complaints stooped so low as to use the identities of people with intellectual disabilities, in their efforts to have the July concerts cancelled.

A statement regarding this ongoing saga is expected to emerge during the coming week.

Seskin Lane Release New Single

StrawberryMedicineLocal band Seskin Lane have just released a new single called “Strawberry Medicine” and it is now available on iTunes.

This newly recorded upbeat rock/pop song is a perfect summer song and should do well. Rumours are there is going to be a full album released very soon.

Check out the “Strawberry Medicine” single on iTunes now;

Also, if you want to keep up-to-date with the band you can check out Seskin Lane’s facebook page.

Thurles Musical Society To Stage ‘Sister Act’

Thurles Musical Society will stage the Republic of Ireland première of ‘Sister Act’ The Musical in The Premier Hall, Thurles from Tuesday March 25thSaturday 29th in association with the Anner Hotel.

For those travelling to this magnificent musical extravaganza and staying overnight, note the Anner Hotel is located on the outskirts of Thurles town here in Co. Tipperary and is a 96 bedroomed hotel situated on its own private grounds with beautifully landscaped gardens, offering all guests full complimentary use of their Leisure Centre during their stay.


Thurles Musical Society – The Cast Of ‘Sister Act’ The Musical 2014.  ( Photo G.Willoughby)

This truly fantastically up-beat show with its all-singing, all-dancing repertoire is eagerly awaited in the Premier County and following on from the wonderfully successful Titanic last year, T.M.S. are hoping to wow audiences in a different manner with Sister Act.

Award winning and renowned Director Tony Finnegan is back at the helm with the Society, while Choreographer Debbie Kiernan also renews acquaintances with the Thurles Company, who have the local extremely talented Mary Rose McNally as Musical Director/Conductor.

The show follows the same story line as the hit film which featured Whoopi Goldberg and taking up the leading role will be the very experienced Linda Ryan as Deloris van Cartier. There are other prominent roles for well known Maria McElgunn as Mother Superior, Cathal O’Donoghue as Monsignor O’Hara, Cathy Keane as Sister Mary Robert, Barry Derby, Jonathan Gleeson, Olwyn Grogan, Nina Scott, Ber Ryan, Mary Callanan, Michelle O’Connell, Fiona Delaney, John Butler, Peter Donnelly, Brendan Bailey and many more.

The cast and chorus have been working hard to ensure that they are ready for the opening night, latter a charity night for Thurles Rotary Club’s “Thurles Care Group” charity. Proceeds on the night will go towards the Care Group and Thurles Musical Society is thrilled to be associated with such a worthwhile cause, considering the magnificent work undertaken in the community by the Group.

Tickets for the show are available as usual at Hickey’s Pharmacy, Liberty Square, Thurles from March 18th or at the door on the night. The Booking Office Tel No: 0504- 21423.

Don’t miss your chance to see a truly great show. We promise this really will be a great weeks entertainment.

Sister Act Opening Night Proceeds To Benefit Thurles Care Group


Mrs Evelyn Nevin

Local Thurles Town Councillor and current President of Thurles Rotary Club, Mrs Evelyn Nevin, is urging people to support the opening night of Thurles Musical Society, the proceeds of which this year are in aid of ‘Thurles Care Group.’

Thurles Rotary Club are currently selling tickets at €18 for the Gala opening night of ‘Sister Act,’ which takes place one month from today, on March 25th, here in the Premier Hall, Thurles.

Councillor Nevin stated today; “Rotary Club were thrilled to secure this opening night fund-raiser in aid Thurles Care Group, latter which is a sub group of Thurles Parish Renewal and does brilliant work with people who are isolated or alone in our local community.”

Councillor Nevin continued “At present they are engaged with a wide number of people, across older age groups in Thurles Town. They regularly visit these people at home and provide company, support and a social outlet. They are responsible for organising a number of fun day trips every year as well as providing bingo in the nursing homes on alternate Wednesday. At present Thurles Care Group have over 30 volunteers including 4 husband and wife teams. They liaise and work with other community groups such as the Order of Malta and singing groups. We would like to thank Thurles Musical Society for affording us this opportunity and I would urge everyone to come along for what promises to be the Societies most  fantastic show yet staged.”

Tickets: Same are currently available from Evelyn Nevin at Tel: 087 9774725 or from Gleeson Auctioneers, Cathedral Street, Thurles.

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