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Plans Revealed For St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2016

The Thurles St. Patrick’s Day Committee launched plans recently for the Thurles parade, which will take place on March 17th in Liberty Square at 4:00pm. We understand that in attendance at the launch were the main sponsor of this annual event Mr Michael Carew (Michael’s Jewellers), Westgate, Thurles; together with Mr John Tarpey (Manager Thurles Supermacs). An appeal also was issued for more voluntary stewards to participate on the day and same have been asked to contact the Chief Steward Mr Pat Carey at Tel: 0872797757, confirming their availability.

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This year’s parade, which starts from LIDL carpark in Abbey Road Thurles at 3.45pm, will feature musical entertainment in two areas; Liberty Square, starting at 2:00pm and provided by provided by the ‘Jim O’ The Mills Traditional Irish Group’; while in the new Thurles Town Park Bandstand the Thurles Silver Band will give further renditions of well known Irish musical favourites.

Parade Entries
Places in this year’s parade are still available for those wishing to enter and same will remain open up until the final day of the event. The Committee are also requesting that all Parade Entrants have clearly visible identification displayed, thus indicating their group to reviewers and onlookers alike. It is advised that a short written account of each participating groups activities be provided to committee members on the reviewing stand, prior to the start of this event.

A special prize of a 1ft high, Bronze Statue of Michael Collins in uniform, will be on offer to the ‘Best 1916 Commemorative Float’; same kindly donated by Michael’s Jewellers, Westgate, Thurles.

Reptile Zoo
A reptile zoo will also be on display on the east side of Liberty Square again this year and visitors will be permitted to “get up close and personal” with at least some of the unusual tetrapod animals, expected to be on display.

Other attractions are understood to include a Climbing Wall; an exhibition of Vintage Vehicles and a Miniature Train for use by children and accompanying adults.

Best Dressed Shop Window
Thurles St. Patrick’s Day Committee are inviting all shops to take part in the ‘Best Dressed Shop Window Display’ for 2016, which will incorporate added prizes for the ‘Best Dressed Window Runner-Up’; ‘Best Dressed Window”; ‘Best Traditional Window; and ‘Best Traditional Window Runner-Up’. The winners of the Best Dressed Windows will be announced on the 17th March at the parade, together with the winners of all the best entries in the 2016 parade.  Note: This year awards ceremony to be held in The Source on the 21st March at 7.30pm for the winners in all of the categories.

Thurles St.Patrick’s Day Committee would like to thank and gratefully acknowledge the continued support of their sponsors, without whose help they would be unable to stage St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2016.

So do join in the celebrations and help make St. Patrick’s Day 2016, here in Thurles, a special occasion to remember.

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‘Tipperary Echoes of 1916’ – Extra Performance Announced

Horse and Jockey Hotel – Tipperary Echoes of  the 1916 Rising’

Since announcing their show ‘Tipperary Echoes of 1916′ on Thurles.Info on March 6th last, tickets for this much anticipated event have sold out faster than a U2 Concert in Croke Park.

Originally planned as simply a one night performance, such was the interest shown in this musical event that the company have now been invited to undertake a second extra performance which will take place on Saturday March 19th at 8.00 p.m. In order not to disappoint patrons the Horse and Jockey Singers will now present ‘Tipperary Echoes of 1916’ on stage at the Derrynaflan Theatre, in the Horse and Jockey Hotel on both Friday and Saturday 18th and 19th March.

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Enjoying the rehearsals for ‘Tipperary Echoes of 1916’ at the Horse and Jockey Hotel are: – Liam O’Neill, Mary Egan, Flan Quigney, Peggy Morris and John Gorman.

This event is a Tipperary commemoration of the historic events of Easter 1916, remembered in music, verse, song and story. The content of the show is compiled by Kilkenny historian, Jim Maher and features many of the songs of the period including:- A Nation Once Again, A Soldier’s Song, Banna Strand, Grace, Tri-Coloured Ribbon, James Connolly, etc. The poems of William Butler Yeats get notable inclusion as does the poetry of 1916 ‘Proclamation Signatories’ – Pádraig Pearse, Thomas MacDonagh and Joseph Mary Plunkett.

Extra Attraction on both Show Nights  (Friday and Saturday 18th & 19th March).
An extra commemoration attraction for patrons holding tickets on each night, will be a chance to view a small but rare collection of actual artefacts connecting Co. Tipperary’s history with the 1916 – 1922 period. Same will go on show at 7.00 pm, just one hour prior to patrons taking their seats for the main event, latter as already stated which begins sharp at 8.00pm. So do arrive early on both nights for a truly enjoyable 1916 experience.

The Horse and Jockey Singers & Musicians
The Horse and Jockey Singers, who come mostly from the mid Tipperary area, have been together now for some years and are under the music direction of Patrick Conlon. Included among the musicians performing will be: John Gorman, Liam O’Neill, John Harnett and the Uilleann piper Michael Cooney.
On the opening night, Muriel McAuley and her husband Dermot will be guests at the show. Muriel is grand-daughter of Thomas MacDonagh, one of the signatories of the 1916 Proclamation, who was executed at Kilmainham Gaol, following the Rising.

As tickets for the opening night on Friday 18th, have now been sold out, tickets for Saturday 19th March, costing €15, are now again available from the Horse & Jockey Hotel reception or from Connie O’Keeffe, Tel: 087 6667988.

Please do book early to avoid disappointment and remember patrons may wear period costume should they so desire.

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Tipperary – Echoes of 1916

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Shown Above: A rare image believed to include Sean Hogan (Right), a native of Stockaun, Greenane, north of Tipperary town, and the Officer Commanding (O/C) the 2nd Tipperary Flying Column, which became active during the Irish War of Independence in January 1921. An usher in Dáil Éireann for many years, Sean died, in poor circumstances, aged sixty-seven on Christmas Eve 1968 in Dublin. He was buried with full military honours in the family grave at St. Michael’s Cemetery, in Tipperary town.

A Tipperary Commemoration of Easter 1916

The “Horse and Jockey Singers” will present “Tipperary Echoes of 1916″ on stage at the Derrynaflan Theatre, Horse and Jockey Hotel on Friday, 18th March. This event is a Tipperary commemoration of the historic events of Easter 1916, remembered in music, verse, song and story.

The content of the show is compiled by Kilkenny historian, Jim Maher and will feature many of the songs of the period including:- ‘A Nation Once Again’, ‘A Soldier’s Song’, ‘Banna Strand’, ‘Grace’, ‘Tri-Coloured Ribbon’, ‘James Connelly’, to name but a few.

The poetry of William Butler Yeats also gets notable inclusion as does the poetry of 1916 Proclamation signatories; Pádraig Pearse, Thomas MacDonagh and Joseph Mary Plunkett.

The “Horse and Jockey Singers”, who come mostly from the mid Tipperary area, have been together now for some years and are under the music direction of Patrick Conlon. Included among the many musicians performing at this event will be; John Gorman, Liam O’Neill, John Harnett and Uilleann Piper Michael Cooney.

Muriel McAuley and her husband Dermot will be guests at the show. Muriel is grand-daughter of Thomas MacDonagh, (Latter born in Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary), one of the signatories of the 1916 Proclamation, who was executed at Kilmainham Gaol, following the Rising.

Early booking at the hotel is encouraged (Tickets €15, Tel: 0504-44192) and patrons may wear period costume, should they wish.

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Thurles Musical Society Will Stage ‘Evita’

Evita-PosterMulti award winning Thurles Musical Society (TMS) will stage the well known and popular hit musical Evita’ in The Premier Hall, here in Thurles from Tuesday March 15thSaturday March 19th inclusive.

A sixty strong cast has been in rehearsals since early in January, under the watchful eye of Director David Hennessy, Musical Director Mary Rose McNally, Choreographer Debbie Kieran, and Dance Captain Michelle O’Connell.  All cast members are set for the stage with great excitement abounding in advance of the opening night, which will be a benefit night for the Thurles Presentation Secondary School’s current Astro Turf project.

Musical Composers & Principle Cast Membership
This hit musical ‘Evita’ was composed and written by the renowned duo, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice and audiences will recognize instantly the hit songs such as ‘Don’t Cry for me Argentina’, ‘Another Suitcase in Another Hall’ and ‘Where Do We Go From Here’ and many more.

‘Evita’ tells the story of Eva Duarte, an ambitious young girl from a modest background, who hypnotized the nation of Argentina in the 1930s/40s. Seen by some as a hugely inspirational lady and for others, a woman to be feared and despised; she worked tirelessly against the rich and middle classes, attempting to destroy them. Eva was much famed throughout the world for her beauty and style. This reputation was matched only by this infamous woman’s pettiness and her endless lust for power. Through carefully planned relationships and a disregard for the opinions of others, she quickly rose in social ranks to become Argentina’s ‘First Lady’. This story translates easily to a powerful retelling, through beautiful music and truly gripping drama on stage.

Ché, a character based on the revolutionary Ché Guevara, will be played by Michael McLoughlin, who returns to the stage with TMS having played the lead role in Jekyll and Hyde among many other leading parts. Barry Derby will amuse audiences in the role of ‘Magaldi’, a musician who aids fifteen-year-old Eva on her search for fame. (‘On This Night of a Thousand Stars’ is his big number).

Peron is played by the award winning Cathal O’Donoghue who won ‘Best Comedian’ in last years ‘AIMS Awards’, while the vastly experienced and equally decorated Cathy Keane will plays the lead role of Evita. The relationship between protagonist, Eva, and political leader, Juan Peron, was scandalous, questionable, dynamic and romantic – an aspect that is easily achieved by this Thurles pair, who coincidently also played opposite each other in Tipperary Musical Society’s ‘High Society’ just a few years ago.

Kate Lineen plays the part of the ‘Mistress’ while Eva’s family members are played by no strangers to successful theatre; Olwyn Grogan, Linda Ryan, Frank Tuohy, Danielle Martin and Marie Therese Kirby.

The ‘Generals’ featuring in Peron’s army are played by the well known and experienced members; John Scott, Noel Dundon, Frank Tuohy, Finbarr Shelly and Gerard O’Hagan.

As ‘Evita’ requires a chorus that represents a nation, the cast will comprise both adults and children and our magnificent kids have been working hard to ensure readiness for ‘Opening Night’. Younger members are drawn from schools from the parish and surrounding areas and are understandably very excited about ‘Evita’.

The Booking Office in Hickey’s Pharmacy, Liberty Square, Thurles opens from Tuesday March 8th right through the running of the this production. Tickets cost €20 with concessions for OAPS on Wednesday at €10. All tickets for the Tuesday evening performance also cost €20. The show commences at 8:15pm.  You may of course Telephone: 085-2868726 to book your seat.

Don’t miss this chance to see a magnificent piece of International Musical Theatre performed locally here on your own doorstep.

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Nathan Carter To Headline ‘Cut Loose Country Festival’ 2016

“So rock me momma like a wagon wheel, Rock me momma any way you feel, Hey, momma rock me.
Rock me momma like the wind and the rain, Rock me momma like a south bound train, Hey, momma rock me.” – Lyrics Darius Rucker

Its official; Nathan Carter is ready and set to headline the annual ‘Cut Loose Country Festival’ in Tipperary once again this Summer. Holycross will, for the fifth year in succession, play host to one of Ireland’s biggest country music festivals’ taking place on Sunday 24th July 2016.

We also understand that others performing at this premier event will be Michael English, Declan Nerney, Robert Mizzell and our own Tipperary ‘Queen of Country,’ leading lady Louise Morrissey; all adding to the fantastic line-up for this country festival highlight of 2016.

This festival annually attracts country music fans, not just from all over the island of Ireland, but numerous other visitors travelling from America and the UK, especially for this event.

Michael Lowry T.D. and organiser of this annual festival said; “This is our fifth year running the Cut Loose Country music festival which has attracted thousands of country music fans to Holycross every year. Our objective is to ensure we provide a spectacular day of entertainment with a stellar line-up of top artists. We have continued to add new offerings each year and 2016 will be no different. This event would not be possible without the support of the local community, our many willing volunteers and an active Garda presence. The commitment and dedication of these people is what makes the ‘Cut Loose Country Festival’ stand out from so many others.”

The Nathan Carter Management Team have stated; “The Cut Loose Country Festival is a fantastic country music event and the overall set up and organisation by the local organisation is truly exceptional. We didn’t hesitate when we were invited to return and are thrilled to be headlining the event once again in 2016.

Gates open at 12:00 noon for this outdoor event and non-stop entertainment will be provided throughout the day from 1:00pm until 7:00pm. A large dance-floor will facilitate those that wish to dance at each performance and ample seating wil also be available to those who wish to attend, listen and enjoy. Concert-goers will enjoy easy access to and from the festival venue with ample parking on-site, in addition to a host of hospitality facilities that include a full alcohol licence and fast food services.

Tickets, priced at a mere €20.00 each are now available from local county Tipperary outlets e.g. Thurles – Lar na Pairc;  Cashel -Martin O’Dwyer Butchers; Clonmel – The Book Store,O’Connell Street; Roscrea – Redmond’s of Roscrea; Templemore -Templemore Jewellery’s;  Nenagh – Sportsman Dream; and in  Tipperary Town – Danny Ryan’s Music Shop.

So do mark this date in your diary or better still get your tickets early, but do come along to see some of Ireland’s premier Country Music acts and “yes why not cut loose” on  Sunday July 24th 2016.

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