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Local Band ‘Seskin Lane’ To Play Electric Picnic

seskin_laneA local thurles band, Seskin Lane, are to play Electric Picnic on Friday 4th September 2015 on the Salty Dog stage @ 7:00 pm.

More details are available on the Electric Picnic website here: http://www.electricpicnic.ie/line-up/artist/seskin-lane

Seskin Lane was founded in 2010 by Eoin Ryan Anthony. Seskin Lane’s debut album “Tasty Rainbow Rain” was released in 2011 and was followed by the release of their second album: “The History Of Things To Come”, in 2014.

Seskin Lane are growing in popularity and can often be heard in Thurles venues and other venues throughout the country. They’re latest single I Never Forget A Face is doing particularly well on iTunes at the moment.

The band consists of: Eoin Ryan Anthony; (Lead Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard, Banjo & Harmonica), Cian Cronin; (Drums & Percussion), Paudie Ryan; (Bass Guitar) & Niall O’ Shaughnessy; (Guitar & Vocals).

 

Thurles – St Mary’s Graveyard Project Update

A project undertaken to reclaim / transform the old late 13th century St. Mary’s graveyard, begun last November (2014) here in Thurles, is progressing very satisfactory. The former part dump and weed infested “Gods Acre” is now 50% complete thanks to Tús operatives, Thurles Municipal District Council and the many local people who have undertaken to support this project.

With three car trailer loads of broken dishes, plastic and glass bottles, bicycle and electrical parts etc now removed, some interesting pieces of old Thurles history were also uncovered. These located surface artefacts included two badly decomposed 19th and 20th century hand guns, some interesting old bottles, a few 19th and 20th century coins and a hand-made, open fire, wire, fish griddle (Great Famine Period); this latter now fully restored by the ingenuity of Littleton resident Mr Michael Bannon.

The part proceeds of a local crime were also uncovered; hidden under a large stone, taking on the form of a 14 year old stolen purse, containing various credit type cards.  (In all cases the appropriate authorities were notified.)

Click HERE to view progress to date in High Definition.

Thurles – Undertaking A Visitor Attraction Project For Themselves

Of course the spring crop of Cherry blossom, Blue Bells, Three Cornered Leeks, Snowdrops and Lent Lilies have all departed for yet another year. So too now fading are the summer crop of Solomon Seal, Lily of the Valley, Primroses, Yellow Loosestrife and Lungworth. However the Common Poppy, Chinese Black Mondo Grass, White Foxgloves, Fleece Flower, Buddleia Bushes, Elephant Ears, African daisy, Marigolds and Feverfew all continue to grant late summer /autumn colour to this most historic of Tipperary graveyards.

The first gravelled footpath, one of four planned to guide visitors around this historic oasis, is also in place, joining the existing Thurles Memorial Garden.

To date this project has cost a minuscule €800.00 in financial funding for the massive work undertaken and a huge ‘Thank You’ must now go to all the volunteer supporters / advisor’s to this project and in particular to the Tús operatives and Thurles Municipal District Council (Administrator Michael Ryan).  A ‘Thank You’ also to Aileen O’Sullivan and family (U.S.A.) who handsomely contributed to the purchase of garden furniture, yet to be installed later this year in this area, (More details will appear regarding this installation later).

Of course if there are any Politicians out there who feel that funding should /can be made available to support / progress this ongoing project more speedily, perhaps they could let us know.

How can you the people of this community further assist in this new project?
(1) Do you have any “Overcrowded Perennials” in your garden drastically in need of thinning? Remember overcrowded perennials often have fewer and smaller flowers than their well-spaced and divided counterparts.

(2) Do you have relatives buried in St Mary’s Graveyard? Perhaps, finance permitting of course, you would like to take this opportunity to have the headstone cleaned, lettering repainted or a grave kerb added, replaced or repaired. Unable to undertake this work yourself, then talk to James Slattery, Tel 0504 – 22219, who specialises in dealing with ancient limestone headstones.

(3) Are you feeling generous? Why not make a small financial contribution to this worthwhile Thurles history / environmental conservation project. Your donation and full details of how your money was spent will be publicly acknowledged here on Thurles.Info in future regular news updates.

Note: Extreme care has been taken to ensure that this historic burial ground is respected in full, firstly, with regards to the rights of the living family members of those deceased, and secondly, in regard to the rules already put in place by the Heritage Council with regard to the Guidance for the Care, Conservation and Recording of Historic Graveyards.

44th International Miss Macra Festival – Friday July 31st 2015

Miss Eibhlis Maher (International Miss Macra festival PRO), reports:-

This year (2015) celebrates the 44th anniversary of the International Miss Macra Festival. The festival is run annually by the Clonoulty/Rossmore Macra na Feirme club; held over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights of the annual August Bank Holiday weekend.

Click HERE to view Video in High Definition

(Video Music: Courtesy Richard and Linda Thompson – “I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight”.)

Once again this year’s festival will see young ladies travelling from all over Ireland and beyond and all converging on Co. Tipperary to compete for the honour of being crowned International Miss Macra 2015 (succeeding the much admired, 2014 winner Miss Bríd Cooney.).

History of the Miss Macra Festival

With regards to the history of this most prestigious of events, the International Miss Macra Festival is one real example of a ‘personality competition’. This festival was originally founded by Mr Paddy Heffernan, Mr Tom Horan and Mr Michael Slattery back in 1972 and has grown from strength to strength every year since conception.

In the very beginning after approaching Macra National Headquarters, the founding members received little enthusiastic support for their idea, however they were determined to succeed and decided to organise the competition ‘of their own bat’. Major success followed and by 1987, for the twenty-fifth anniversary there were thirty-two contestants, one from every county in Ireland. Also during the 1980’s the festival began to attract participation from rural youth and agricultural organisations abroad, such as the 4H clubs in America, the Scottish Young Farmers and many more.

The International Miss Macra competition is unique, due mainly to the fact that it is organised solely by a local Macra Club and not via any County Executive. The Miss Macra festival has a huge community base also, with the contestants staying with host families from around the locality for the duration of the festival period. The pinnacle point of the festival is that it is, perhaps, the best example within Macra of what a local club can achieve, demonstrating strong dedication and team-like commitment.

The local community play an important part in this festival, with many households taking on the role of a host family for each of the contestants, year after year. The tradition of the contestants staying with host families is very strong and contestants are adopted into the very heart of each host family’s home for the full duration of the festival, where a warm welcome is guaranteed. The host families are a very important part of this community based festival and Clonoulty/Rossmore Macra na Feirme club are very grateful each year for this support, generosity, commitment and loyalty.

International Miss Macra Festival Venue – Dundrum House Hotel, Tipperary

The luxurious Dundrum House Hotel (latter winner of a certificate of excellence in 2012) has once again been chosen as the prominent venue for this year’s festival. Described as an oasis in the Golden Vale; Dundrum House Hotel boasts the perfect setting for those seeking relaxation and fun. The historic, picturesque building was originally constructed in the early eighteenth century by the O’Dwyers of Kilnamanagh, as the centrepiece of their vast estate.

Continue reading 44th International Miss Macra Festival – Friday July 31st 2015

Rocky Horror Picture Show Comes To The Source Thurles

It is regarded worldwide as delightfully ‘Whacky’, ‘A Cult Rock & Roll Phenomenon’, ‘Weird and Wonderful’.  I refer of course to “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” which will take place at The Source Theatre, Cathedral Street, Thurles on Saturday June 13th, starting at 9:00pm sharp.

In 1975 The Rocky Horror Picture Show began as a British-American musical comedy horror film, with direction by Jim Sharman and starring, amongst others, Meat Loaf as ‘Eddie’, Susan Sarandon as ‘Janet Weiss’ and Tim Curry as ‘Dr. Frank-N-Furter’.

The film quickly gained major notoriety when audiences began participating with the show at the Waverly Theatre in New York City in 1976.  Audience members soon began returning frequently to cinemas, talking back to the screen and began dressing as the films numerous characters, thus spawning a multitude of similar performance groups, right across the USA and UK.

With this in mind, ticket-goers attending here at The Source are also requested to dress in their own mad costumes, together with dancing shoes and yes, rice, for throwing, will be supplied by The Source Theatre here in Thurles for this the ‘whackiest’ yet of enjoyable Tipperary theatre events.

Note: This show is being organised to support the upcoming ‘Source Summer Youth Programme’ and Tickets at €10 can be obtained from The Source Box-office, by calling in direct or by Telephoning 0504 – 90204.

Thurles Bridge And Town Park Well Advanced

The new Thurles pedestrian foot bridge which now spans the river Suir from the east bank of St Patrick’s college to the west bank, joining Emmet Street (The Watery Mall) and Thomond Road, close to the “Swinging Gates”, became a reality last Friday.

Background
In March 2013 the former Thurles Town Council (Comhairle Baile Ceanntar Dhurlas) had announced the welcome news that it had at last negotiated the purchase of eight acres of land from St Patrick’s College for the provision of a new Thurles Town Park and foot bridge.

With this land purchased; which partially bounds the east bank of the river Suir, backing onto the more recently constructed Thurles Civic & Leisure Centre, Thurles Town Councils administrators produced a preliminary design via some excellent planning work undertaken by Malachy Walsh & Partners, latter whose proposals were later placed on public display. Following the usual tendering procedures, a large multi-disciplined group SIAC Construction were chosen for overseeing the construction of this new park and now connecting new foot bridge.

To view sideshow video hereunder in ‘High Definition’ please CLICK HERE

Some fifty to sixty interested locals delayed their lunch breaks to watch ‘east join west’ across the river Suir on Friday and for those with environmental worries, most of our local wildlife also turned up for a ‘gawk’, before moving on, unperturbed by all activities as our video above demonstrates.

The debate as to what now to call our new park and bridge continues. Those of you who take the time to read ‘Recent Comments,’ here on Thurles Information will note the many suggestions already put forward; e.g. ‘Fr James Meehan Park,’ Wilbert Houben Park,’ ‘Lady Thurles Park,’ ‘Harry Gleeson Park,’ ‘Queen Elizabeth 11 Park,’ and ‘Thurles Town Park.’

Some politically minded individuals, latter who continue to tow a lot of undiscovered and disappeared corpses behind them, believe both Park and Bridge should be named after signatories of the 1916 Proclamation. Others however believe Dublin already have stolen enough from Co Tipperary, to enhance its already burgeoning local economy.

Have you, our valued readers, any further suggestions as to possible names for this amenity and who would you like to officially open this very welcome and exciting new Thurles amenity, paid for by a 25% hike in local Commercial Rates?

Remember President Michael D. Higgins has already, so far, refused at least two invitations to visit Thurles, so he won’t be interested. With a General Elections on the way, local Tipperary Government politicians, e.g. Alan Kelly (A.K.47),  Noel Coonan (ISIS defender) and Tom Hayes (The Farmers Friend), certainly won’t want this job, due to their embarrassment in failing to even create one single job in Co. Tipperary in the last four years.

With this ‘Official Opening,’ due to possibly take place this autumn, (2015), we need to have some plan of action formulated.

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