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Thurles Teenager Wows ‘Ireland’s Got Talent’ Judges

Fourteen-year-old Thurles teenager, Miss Iveta Tumasonyte not surprisingly wowed not only her audience, but more importantly the judges last night, with her rendition of Lady Gaga’s ‘I’ll Never Love Again’, from the 2018 American musical romantic film drama “A Star Is Born”, latter produced and directed by Bradley Cooper.

A truly surprised and visibly shocked Miss Tumasonyte will now go straight into the live shows having been, most deservedly, awarded a “Golden Buzzer”, by American TV personality on ‘Ireland’s Got Talent’, judge Ms Michelle Visage.

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Thurles Musical Society To Stage “Michael Collins”.

Keith O’Dwyer-Greene (Michael Collins), Marie Therese Kirby (Kitty Kiernan) and John Hayes (Harry Boland) – three of the leads in the show which has been described as “The Irish Les Mis”

PRO & Vice Chairman for Thurles Musical Society, Mr Noel Dundon, reports:-

Award winning Thurles Musical Society is delighted to be staging the Musical Drama “Michael Collins”, by arrangement with the Michael Collins Production Trust.

The show will run in The Premier Hall, Thurles from Tuesday March 26th through to Saturday March 30th inclusive, with the curtain rising each night at 8:00pm.

This truly fantastic show; described by Director Oliver Hurley as “the Irish Les Mis”, was penned by the late Bryan Flynn with musical arrangements and orchestration by David Wray, and additional vocal arrangements and original musical direction by David Hayes.

It has already been staged to great acclaim this season by Coolmine Musical Society and Oyster Lane Musical Society, and Thurles will now seek to follow in their footsteps and bring this magnificent piece of theatre to a highly expectant audiences.

Thurles and Tipperary, of course, has many connections with the real life Michael Collins and the War of Independence. Indeed, Sologheadbeg in south west Tipperary is generally accepted to have been the location for the firing the first shots of the War of Independence one centenary ago this year, and though Collins was in the United Kingdom, breaking Eamon de Valera out of jail at that time, he was to include the likes of Dan Breen, Sean Treacy and Sean Hogan as members in his hit teams; latter known as flying columns, around the country later.

Loyalties Run Deep Across Political Divides

No matter where this show is staged, there will be many local angles to it. Indeed, within the cast of Thurles Musical Society there are many links to the Michael Collins story and loyalties run deep across both sides of the political divide with currently tremendous banter and commentary within the company as pro-Collins people end up in the anti-camp, and vice-versa as a result of the bass, tenor, alto, soprano divide. Surely Bryan Flynn never anticipated such a scenario as he consigned his thoughts to paper when writing this show. Or, maybe he did?

Front Line Cast

In any event Thurles Musical Society members are really enjoying their project and with a top-class front line, which includes Keith O’Dwyer Greene as Michael Collins, Cathal O’Donoghue as Eamon de Valera, Marie Therese Kirby as Kitty Kiernan, John Hayes as Harry Boland, Peter Donnelly as Joe Emmet, Frank Tuohy, Damian Sweeney, Nina Scott and Linda Ryan as the Abbey Theatre Players, Deirdre Hayes as Mother Ireland, and Jonathan Gleeson as Cathal Brugha, not to mention many more household names playing other roles; the audience is really in for a treat.

Mary Rose McNally is at the helm as Musical Director/ Conductor while Michelle O’Connell, Tommy Sweeney, Rita Dempsey and of course Oliver Hurley complete the production team.

This musical has attracted a company of more than fifty for Thurles, and the committee and those on stage are looking forward to welcoming all those who wish to come along to enjoy what is promised to be a top class production.

Booking Office

The Ticket Booking Office is now open for this major Thurles production at Bookworm, Liberty Square, (On the junction of Liberty Square and Parnell Street in the town). Tickets can also be booked on the Thurles Society Telephone at 085 2868726.

If you do only one thing this year to cast you mind back to the time of Collins and the War of Independence, attend this show. Expect to experience a truly theatrical tour-de-force.

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Phoenix Productions Go “Back to Broadway”

“I’ve heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led to those who help us most to grow
If we let them and we help them in return.”

[ Lyrics extract from the song “For Good” – by composer Stephen Schwartz.]

M/s Miriam Callanan [Denis Kinane Motors (Honda Centre)] Reports:-

For many years here in Thurles, the youth musical theatre group, best known as ‘Phoenix Productions’ have been bringing annually to the stage, performances par excellence.

On this coming St. Patrick’s weekend 2019; in Scoil Ailbhe, for two nights only, beginning Friday March 15th and ending on Saturday March 16th, Phoenix Productions will give two performances, beginning sharp at 8.00pm on both nights.

“Back to Broadway”

Tickets for this show, entitled “Back to Broadway” will cost €10 for children and €12 for adults.

As the years have progressed, many of these same young Thurles performers have carried on their immense passion for music theatre and are regularly invited to join other renowned musical theatre groups and societies; household names in entertainment, from both around this country and indeed abroad, because of their undoubted talent and intimate knowledge of stage craft.

So, do come along and give them your support and encouragement, thus ensuring that such talent is continued on into the future, here in Thurles.

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Seachtain na Gaeilge – Irish Music, Song & Dance At Thurles Library

Senior Library Assistant at Thurles Library; situated in Cathedral Street, Thurles, Ms Suzanne Brosnan reports:-

“Join us in Thurles Library during Seachtain na Gaeilge (English – “Irish language week”), for a ‘Coffee Morning’ on Wednesday, March 13th, at 11.00am and enjoy a great Irish Music, Song and Dance performance from the pupils of our local Gaelscoil Bhríde, Durlas Éile.  Mr Jimmy Duggan will be ‘Fear an Tí’, (‘Man Of the House’ ) or Director for the session.

Looking forward to meeting you all. Everyone welcome”.

“Ag tnúth go mór bualadh libh. Beidh fáilte romhaibh.” (Irish to English translation –  “Looking forward to meeting you. You are all welcome.” )

Note: Seachtain na Gaeilge [English – “Irish language week” ], is a non-profit organisation here in Ireland, which promotes use of the Irish language during a two-week festival held at the beginning of March every year, just before Saint Patrick’s Day, latter which is celebrated annually on March 17th.Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

Exciting Thurles Library Events Happening During February 2019

Parents Take Note:  Exciting Thurles Library Events Happening During February 2019 – Ms Suzanne Brosnan (Thurles Library) Reports:-

Healthy Ireland
As part of Healthy Ireland, Thurles Library branch will host two mindfulness workshops for children on Saturday 2nd of February. These workshops will be facilitated by Tipperary Mindfulness practitioner Máire Shanahan. Mindfulness awareness exercises help children and young people to develop concentration, self-awareness and improve resilience. The first workshop will take place from 2.00pm-3.00pm and is suitable for children aged between 9-12 years. The second session will begin at 3.30pm-4.30pm and is suitable for teens 13 years plus.

Our second Healthy Ireland event will take place on Saturday 16th February. Alexsandra Mitura will host a Zumba taster class for children in Thurles Library from 2.30pm-3.30pm. Zumba is an aerobic fitness programme, featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance and performed to Latin American dance music.

Tipperary Young Readers Awards (TYRA’s) Presentation
Over 250 students completed our TYRAs (Tipperary Young Readers Awards) and will receive their awards on Saturday 16th February from 10.30am-12.30pm.

Book Clinic
The Book Clinic will be in the library from 10.30-1pm and 2-3.30pm. If you are a reader and looking for the next series to delve into or need a prescription for an exciting new read? Then pop along to Thurles Library and meet the CBI book clinic doctors. They will be ready to offer you advice and get a new personalized list of books to suit your reading tastes to take away! The Book Clinic is free of charge and a great way to discover new authors!

Animal Magic
Animal Magic will be in Thurles Library on Saturday 16th February from 10.30-12.30pm. Pop in and meet Rosie Campbell and her animal friends. When you are finished learning all about animals why not turn your hand at some science experiments. Anyone4Science will host a drop-in workshop with Angela McGlynn form 10.30am-12.30pm.

Note Please: All the events are free to attend and bookings are only essential for the Mindfulness and Zumba workshops.

Contact:  For further information please contact Tel No. 0761-06-6131 for any further details on any of the excellent events listed here above.Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail