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Thurles St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2019.

Pictures courtesy Stewart Willoughby

Cold weather and a late 4.00pm start, were seen as possibly the reasons for a smaller than usual number of spectators turning up to view this years St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Thurles yesterday, March 17th.

The parade followed the usual route from Abbey Road, onto Friar St, then past the reviewing stand positioned in Liberty Square, before exiting via Slievenamon Road in the town.

Road closures remained in place during the parade, with traffic not attending this annual event, diverted via other exit routes.


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.


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.


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

Artist Richard Thomas Moynan – A Forgotten Thurles Connection

Well-known Irish painter, Richard Thomas Moynan (27th April 1856-10th April 1906) was born in Dublin at No.1 Eldon Terrace, off the South Circular Road.  He was the fourth of eight children; three sons and five daughters, born to Mr Richard Moynan (Sr.) and his wife Harriet (nee Nobel and daughter of Arthur Nobel, a Church of Ireland clergyman).  The father of Richard Moynan (Jr.) held a managerial position with the fabric importers Ferrier, Pollock and Company, who had registered offices at No. 59 William Street, Dublin 2.

Richard Moynan (Jr.) initially studied medicine; however, his artistic instincts would prove to be too strong to be resisted and shortly before his final medical examinations, he decided instead to commence his training in the arts, at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art, in January 1880.

Somewhat older than his fellow students and perhaps better educated; Richard Moynan was soon winning prizes in the Taylor and Cowper competitions. [The Taylor Art Trust was formed in 1878 in response to the will of Captain George Archibald Taylor, latter who died in 1854 leaving £2,000 for the “the promotion of art and industry in Ireland”.]

In 1882 he moved on to the Royal Hibernian Academy, winning both silver and bronze medals for his talents and in the following year, 1883, achieved the Albert Scholarship for the best picture shown at the Royal Hibernian Academy by any student.  This painting entitled “The Last of the 24th at Isandula” (RHA, 1883), portrayed an imaginary episode in the Zulu wars fought in 1879 between the British Empire and the Zulu Kingdom.

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