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Holycross Country Music Festival Sun July 16th 2017

The Holycross Country Music Festival will take place next Sunday July 16th 2017, when Holycross, Thurles, Co. Tipperary will, for the sixth year in succession, once again will play host to one of Ireland’s biggest country music festivals.

This major event will take to the stage at Holycross GAA pitch, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, providing a Dance Floor area; Picnic Area, Bar Facilities, Food Service, Seating Area, together with Free Car Parking.

Artists appearing on stage include Country and Western performers; – Nathan Carter; – Michael English; – Derek Ryan; – The Conquerors Band, together with lovelies Cliona Hagan; –  Louise Morrissey; and the Queen of Country herself –  Philomena Begley.

Gates to the venue will open at 12.00 noon, and tickets are reasonably priced at just €20.00 for the six hour concert, which begins at 1.00pm until 7.00pm.

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46th Intl. Miss Macra Festival Aug Bank Holiday Thurles

International Miss Macra Secretary Ms Edel Ni Riain reports.

“Clonoulty-Rossmore Macra na Feirme are once again delighted to confirm that this year’s International Miss Macra Festival will take place over the 2017 August Bank Holiday weekend, from Friday August 4th to Sunday August 6th, inclusive, here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

This will be the Festival’s 46th year and is an exceptional representation of what just one farming organisation can achieve through hard work, determination and the full support of its local community.

This year will once again see young ladies travelling from all over Ireland and abroad, in the hope of following in the footsteps of last year’s winner, Miss Sinead Guiney from Avondhu Macra Club, Co. Cork, crowned last year ‘International Miss Macra 2016.

The festival will kick off on Friday night, August 4th, with a charity night in Coffey’s of Stouke, Rossmore, Cashel, Co. Tipperary.

On Saturday night August 5th, you can join us for our Cabaret in The Dome, Semple Stadium, Thurles, while on Sunday night, August 6th, our annual Banquet takes place in the Four Star, Anner Hotel, Thurles, followed by the crowning of the winning 2017 International Miss Macra winner.

Looking forward to welcoming you all.”

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Borrisoleigh Festival July 1st and 2nd 2017

This weekend will see the return of the annual Borrisoleigh Festival with a packed programme of events including live music on the village Square on Saturday night and all day on Sunday.

The festival will be officially opened by the new village Mayor, Mr Paddy Dolan, followed by All Ireland Scor Sinsear winner Katie Shanahan and friends.

The 80’s Rock band ‘Sleeze n Cheeze’ will then take to the stage and have the whole town rocking to some of the greatest rock anthems known to man. The Tipperary Rose, Ms Sheila Ryan will be interviewed during the interval.

The inaugural International Wheelbarrow Extravaganza takes place on Sunday. This unique event provides a great opportunity for individuals, businesses and community groups to put their creativity on display. Prizes will be awarded in five categories, Best Floral Display, Best Homemade Wheelbarrow, Best Use of Recycled Materials, Best Use of Technology and Best Artistic Creation.

For the more active, local walking group, the Bush and Briar Ramblers, have organised a walk. Registration for this walk is at 9am in the Community Centre beside the Church. Bring boots!

Boots of a different kind will be required for the Line Dancing later on. This will be followed by the popular Platform/Social Dancing with Pat Costello. Live music continues all night with Dufrane, The Mangled Badgers and the always popular Ebony.
There will be a Food Fair and BBQ in the Square from 2pm and the kids will be kept busy with bouncy castles, a pet party and a kiddies disco.

Borrisoleigh Festival 2017 Programme of Events

Saturday July 1st
Official Opening of the Festival by Lord Mayor Paddy Dolan – 8.30pm.
Music with 2017 All Ireland Scór Sinsear Winner Katie Shanahan & Friends – 8.35pm.
Live Music with 80’s band ‘Sleeze n Cheeze’ – 9.30pm.
Interview with Tipperary Rose, Sheila Ryan, Toomevara, followed by Sleeze n Cheese – 10.30pm.

Sunday July 2nd
Walk: Bush and Briar Walk – 9.00am. (Registration at 9.00am in Community Centre (beside the Church). Moderate walk 3-3.5 hours, boots essential.)
International Wheelbarrow Extravaganza – 12.00pm – 6.30pm.
‘Ned Kelly Orchestra’ – 1.00pm -2.00pm.
Line Dancing – 2.00pm-4.00pm.
Platform / Social Dancing with Pat Costello – 4.00pm – 5.30pm.
Dufrane‘ – 5.30pm – 6.30pm.
Mangled Badgers‘ – 6.30pm – 8.00pm.
Ebony‘ – 8.00pm til late.

Sunday Children’s Entertainment

Bouncy Castles etc. – 2.00pm – 6.00pm.
Pet Party – 2.30pm – 4.30pm.
Disco (Primary school kids) – 6pm – 7pm.
BBQ & Food Fair from 2.00pm

This festival weekend will be a magnificent start to this Summer season, so see you there!

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Saturday June 24th – A Purr…Fect Afternoon Guaranteed

“Join us for a guaranteed purr…fect afternoon of fun, chat, music, and a cuppa,” writes Thurles Rotary Club member Mrs Evelyn Nevin.

Evelyn would like to invite you to come along and support Phoneix Productions at a Cats Tea Party in Bookworm on Saturday June 24th from 2.00pm 5.00pm. (Do please note your calendar).

“Thurles Rotary club has a long standing friendship with Phoneix Productions and its Founder Member/Producer Mr Gerard O’Brien,” states Evelyn, “And to this end we felt the need to support this very worthy charity, which provides such great opportunities to our local young people, through creative expression both in song, dance and stage craft.”

It is the worst kept secret in Thurles that plans are well under way for Phoneix Production’s next musical extravaganza. Yes, Deo volente (God being willing), ‘Cats’ ; composed by the great Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, and based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot, will be staged here in Thurles next August.  This of course can not happen without an enormous amount of effort, time, support and, it goes without saying, financial assistance. Theatre lovers will remember, based on past productions, that Phoneix Productions does nothing by half measures, so expect prodigious thespianism.

Evelyn continues, “We at Rotary Thurles recognise the need for patronage of this worthwhile organisation and to this end wish to support our talented local young people by coming up with what we believe is a novel idea,  “A Cats Tea Party”.

Mr John Butler proprietor of Bookworm book shop, on the corner of Liberty Square, has kindly allowed us the use of his premises for the afternoon of June 24th from 2.00 – 5.00pm, with all money raised going directly to Phoneix.

So do please join us for a ‘cuppa’, a chat and we will have special guests providing entertain for you during the afternoon. Your support would be greatly appreciated for this worthy cause and donations of buns and cakes would also be welcomed”.

For further info why not contact Evelyn on Mobile 087 9774725 and pledge your support.

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Home Of Shane MacGowan On Sale In Tipperary

Fairytale of New York
“They’ve got cars big as bars, they’ve got rivers of gold,
But the wind goes right through you, it’s no place for the old.”
Poetic extract from the song Fairytale of New York  by the Pogues.

A house at Garryard East, Silvermines, Nenagh, in Co Tipperary, the oft-time home of Irish-British musician and singer Shane MacGowan and his family, has just been offered for sale.

The sale follows earlier this year the tragic death of Shane’s mother, Mrs Therese MacGowan, in a car accident.

Best known as a song writer and the lead singer of the Celtic punk band the Pogues; Shane together with his father Maurice; his mother Therese, and Siobhan his sister, moved to the Silvermines back in 1988, after living at an address in the UK, near London, for some 30 years, and where Siobhan and Shane were both born and raised.

It was from this Silvermines address in the 1990’s, that Shane started writing most of what would become his second full-length album entitled ‘Crock Of Gold,’ and other songs like ‘Lonesome Highway’.

Shane was also a member of the Nipple Erectors and the Popes, as well as producing his own solo material and working in collaborations with leading artists such as the late English singer and songwriter Kirsty MacColl prior to her death in 2000; English musician, singer, actor and songwriter Joe Strummer who died in 2002;  Nick Cave (Australian musician, singer-songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and occasional film actor);  Steve Earle (American rock, country and folk singer-songwriter, record producer, author and actor), and Sinéad O’Connor (Irish singer-songwriter).

Asking price for this Silvermines property is €229,500, through selling agents Sherry FitzGerald Talbot,  Tel: (067) 31496.

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