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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.

Nuns To Go On The Run In Thurles For Sister Act

Thurles Musical Societies Mr Noel Dundon Reports;

Normally at this time of the year the only run Thurles Musical Society would be worried about would be the five night run for their annual show. However, in 2014 expect events to be somewhat different – a fun different that is. Besides this expected and aforementioned hectic five night run of this year’s show, which this year features the Republic of Ireland Premiere of “Sister Act” the Musical,” the Thurles Society is also embarking upon a Fun Run and Walk on Sunday February 23rd, starting at 12:30pm at the Anner Hotel and finishing .. .. well in plenty of time for the Society’s opening night we anticipate.

Yeah, ‘Nuns on the Run,’ as this fun run and walk is being headlined, is a brand new departure for Thurles Musical Society and there will be a slight twist to the norms associated with such events. Fancy dress is a real option, possibility and probability and in all likelihood there will be a few ‘Habits’ donned to help bring a little bit of flair to this event.

The run will pass the Presentation Convent and the Cathedral of the Assumption en-route and anyone who feels like they need divine inspiration can feel free to drop in.  (It won’t pass St Patrick’s Cemetery although a few individuals could well be headed there after this event.)

While guarantees of good weather can never be guaranteed, Thurles Musical Society can promise great fun and craic on the day. And for all those budding Usain Bolts type athletes out there, an open invitation is being extended to don the Lycra, throw on the runners and come along to join the fun.

No ‘Habit’ do I hear you say? Rubbish, become a Dominican Nun for the event by cutting a hole in an old white sheet.

Now, as for the show itself, huge progress is being made these weeks with everyone working really hard. There is a great buzz about at rehearsals and the cast and chorus are really enjoying the preparations. Rehearsals are running at the moment between the Anner Hotel and The Premier Hall, and Thurles Musical Society wish to thank, most sincerely, both these venues for their assistance and usual courtesy.

Note: Patronage, advertising and sponsorship is being sought at the present time, so anyone wishing to help out in this department would be welcomed with open arms.

Thurles Fans Queued Early For Garth Brooks Tickets

Enthusiastic Thurles fans of the American country music singer/songwriter Garth Brooks, queued all night at Thurles Shopping Centre, in the hope of acquiring those much prized tickets for his three Croke Park gigs this summer.

On January 20th, of this year, at a press conference in Croke Park, Dublin, details of two concerts for July 2014 were released. The singer flew into Dublin to make the announcement in person and that he would be returning in July 2014. These shows, two special performances before his worldwide tour  due to start later this year, are called The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event. Subsequently, a third date has now been added with 240,000 tickets sold out within 90 minutes after going on sale.

Our video hereunder is dedicated to all those Tipperary fans that due to unemployment and emigration, won’t be around to share in these gigs.

In excess of 10,000 people queued for days around the country at Ticketmaster outlets, marking the first time that an artist has sold out three dates at Croke Park in one just day. Aiken Promotions confirm that in 52 years of their staging business, this is the fastest selling concert they have ever been involved in.

Thurles was no exception, with star struck fans staying up all night to be guaranteed a ticket for this major music event beginning on Friday July 25th of this summer.

Some tout tickets for these concerts have already been put up for sale on auction site eBay at four times their original price.  The website Done Deal state it is removing adverts on its site for all Garth Brooks tickets being sold over their true face value.

Amongst Brooks numerous music awards are 1 Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song, 2 Grammy Awards out of 14 nominations, 5 World Music Awards, 8 Academy of Country Music Awards and 7 American Music Awards including “Artist of the ’90s” which he won in 2000.

Thurles CBS Present “Our House” The Music Of Madness

Maura O’Dwyer Thurles CBS reports;

Thurles Christian Brothers School (CBS) are well under-way with rehearsals for their upcoming school musical.

Our House” is an exciting and modern musical, based on the music of ‘Madness,’ one of the most prominent bands of the late 1970′s and early 1980′s. The story follows Joe Casey in a touching tale of love, heartbreak and hilarious comedy set in London’s Camden Town in the mid nineteen eighties.

Welcome to the House of Fun

As stated , ‘Madness’ were a hugely popular band in the eighties and this musical includes their much loved chart topping hits such as ‘Baggy Trousers,’ ‘The Wings of a Dove,’ and ‘House of Fun.’

This show is guaranteed to be exciting, lively, highly entertaining and one of the funniest to be featured here in Thurles for many years.

Dates of Show: Thursday 12th, Friday 13th and Saturday 14th December. Venue: Premier Hall Thurles

Tickets are selling fast, so do take a trip down memory lane by calling the CBS Ticket box office on Tel: 0504- 20729.

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