The eyes of all true music lovers will be focused on the ‘Late Late Show’ come Friday night next, February 27th, when five acts will take to the RTE1 studio stage to decide who will represent Ireland in this year’s 60th edition Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Vienna, Austria, following on from Conchita Wurst’s victory in the 2014.
But here in Tipperary eyes will be especially focused on an emerging and exciting talented musician; 16-year-old secondary school student, Molly Sterling from Puckane, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. Molly is a self-taught musician and despite her tender years is already an accomplished singer /songwriter and to use the words of a well known Tipperary politician, “bright, intelligent and is not bad looking either”. (Yip, no politically correctness is ever tolerated here in Co Tipperary, so Dublin media get used to it.)
Currently a student attending Saint Andrew’s College; the lyrics of Molly’s competing song “Playing With Numbers”, which she co-wrote with Greg French, discusses the risks people take every day in their respective loves, lives and other experiences and will be part of her upcoming new album which is well in the making.
With a pure belief in her lyrics, Molly admits that she reaches real true happiness only when channeling her feelings and emotions through her voice and those black and white ivory keys; latter an essential part of her dusty piano, cornered here in her Tipperary home.
Molly is likely to face some tough opposition via fellow contestants Nikki Kavanagh, Kat Mohan, Alex Saint and Erika Selin, but the lyrics of her song convey meaning beyond her years, her music is addictive, haunting and emotional and with a voice reminiscent of Sarah McLachlan, win or lose on Friday next, Molly’s future in the Irish and indeed the world’s music industry is most certainly guaranteed.
Well known in Thurles circles, the very talented vocalist Jo Petit made his first successful appearance on the RTÉ-1 programme “The Voice of Ireland“ last Sunday night. Starting with the blind auditions Jo got safely through to join the team of judge Kian Egan, latter former member of boy band ‘Westlife’.
The ‘Voice of Ireland’ judges this year in their spinning red chairs are; Rachel Stevens formally a member of ‘S Club 7′, Kian Egan former member of boy band ‘Westlife’, Bressie (Niall Breslin) latter Irish musician, former Westmeath Gaelic footballer / Leinster Rugby player and Thurles born Una Foden (Una Healy) a member of ‘The Saturdays’ all girl band since 2008.
Of African descent, the talented jazz, swing and pop performer Jo Petit came to live here in Ireland from Mauritius in 2006 and has been attracting audiences ever since with his voice, which ranges from Sam Cooke to Stevie Wonder.
“Judge Kian Egan you may not yet be fully aware of the real talent you has managed to acquire here, so do tutor him well, as all Thurles will be watching with more than just a certain pride.”
A 26 year old man, who was injured while kayaking yesterday with a group of friends in the Clare Glens area near Newport in Tipperary, has been treated in Limerick University Hospital for non-life threatening injuries, following a rescue operation which lasted some three and a half hours.
The rescue efforts were supported by the South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association (S.E.M.R.A), the Coast Guard Helicopter service from Waterford, together with the Newport Fire Service, the Killaloe Coast Guard, HSE Ambulance Staff and members of the Gardaí.
It is understood that the man ran into difficulties in a very inaccessible area, while attempting to traverse the river Clare. Latter river flows through a naturally occurring dense wooded area which is situated on both sides by a red sandstone gorge, known to visitors as the Clare Glens and which in turn displays numerous natural waterfalls, rock pools and rapids.
This extremely picturesque location has become a very popular visitor attraction for walkers, due to its sheer natural beauty and its offer of some wonderful photographic opportunities.
Mr Jimmy Barry, Deputy PRO for the Clonmel based S.E.M.R.A. stated that rescuers needed all the resources they could access to get the man and his friends to safety. Having assessing the overall situation it had been decided to lower a stretcher and mountain rescue volunteers to the casualty site.
This operation was the first call out for the S.E.M.R.A team in 2015, the last being on St Stephen’s Day 2014.
As one year comes to an end and another is about to begin, we here at Thurles.Info would like to wish each & everyone, both at home and abroad, a very happy, peaceful and successful new year in 2015.
For those of you far from home this year, we thought we should bring you something recorded just this month from the wonderful atmospheric candlelit ecumenical Carol Service conducted by the Rev Ian Coulter, (Acting Rector of St Mary’s Church, Thurles) and Rev Fr. Thomas Dunne,(Representing the Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles) at St Mary’s Church here in Thurles.
(This short video, you will note, also attempts to remember and recreate part of the one hundred year old Christmas Day Truce of 1914, with lead singer, Mr J.J. Cullinane, very careful to ensure no harm came to a true original and rare WW1 tunic, temporally allowed to be worn for the first time 100 years later, for this special event.)
A very special Happy New Year to all our Thurles community leaders and performers who attended at this ‘Carols by Candlelight’ event; namely “Cephas,” (Band featuring Noreen, Edward (Ned) and John J. Cullinane), Ms Geraldine Delaney (Musical Director), Mr Michael Molumby (Tenor), Mr Seamus Hanafin (Tipperary Co Councillor), Mr Pat Corbett, Ms Joan Pollard Carew (Local published Poet), Mr Brian Corbett, Mr John Butler (Thurles Chamber / Bookworm), Mrs Lila Stanley (St Mary’s Church Restoration ), Miss Rachael Willoughby, Mr Christopher J. Verling, (Rep. An Garda Síochána) and some 150 Thurles residents who packed themselves tightly into the tiny church space, for this year’s event.
A very happy, peaceful and successful new year to you all in 2015.
“Carols by Candlelight,” the now long established ecumenical service of Christmas Carols by candlelight, returns to St Mary’s Church, Thurles, Co Tipperary this year, on Sunday next December 14th at 8.00pm sharp.
As special guests this year the St Mary’s Church of Ireland community welcome back singers and former Rock Band members “Cephas,” (Featuring Noreen, Edward (Ned) and John J. Cullinane), together with Thurles Town’s much loved tenor Mr Michael Molumby and Miss Rachel Willoughby; all under the superb musical direction of well known accomplished organist Ms Geraldine Delaney.
Of course the original idea of Carols by Candlelight first originated in south-eastern Australia, sometime in the 19th century, and was popularised in Melbourne in 1937. The tradition has since spread around the world and involves people gathering to sing carols by candlelight, accompanied usually by a band. Indeed one of the earliest forms of Carols by Candlelight began when Cornish Miners in Moonta, South Australia gathered on Christmas Eve to sing carols, lit with candles stuck to the brims of their safety helmets.
Amongst those taking part at this year’s event in Thurles will be community leaders; Mr Seamus Hanafin(Tipperary Co Councillor), Ms Joan Pollard Carew(Local published Poet), Mr John O’Shaughnessy(President Thurles Chamber), Mrs Lila Stanley(St Mary’s Church Restoration member) and Christopher J. Verling, (Rep. An Garda Síochána).
This years seated ecumenical service will be conducted by the Rev Ian Coulter, presently acting Rector of St Mary’s Church Thurles and Rev Fr Thomas Dunne, Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles. All are invited to attend.
Note: Elderly persons are advised to attend this Christmas event early, thus ensuring seated accommodation.
The usual cup of Tea and a Biscuit or two will be provided after this Christmas event, thus enabling all those attending to “halt awhile” and chat.
Admission is free; however a charity collection will be taken up during the service.