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To All Our Readers – Have A Happy Christmas

From all here on Thurles.Info, may we wish our readers, wherever you reside tonight, a Happy, Healthy, Peaceful, Joyous and Holy Christmas.

“Happy Christmas Everyone.”

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“Carols By Candlelight”, St. Kieran’s Church, Johnstown, Co. Kilkenny

Thurles Town Joins the Village of Johnstown for ‘Carols by Candlelight’.

“Carols by Candlelight,” an ecumenical service of Christmas Carols in the ambience of candlelight only, will take place just a 15 minutes drive from Thurles, at St. Kieran’s Church, Johnstown, Co. Kilkenny, on Saturday night next, December 10th, beginning at 8.00pm sharp.

The original idea of ‘Carols by Candlelight’ first began 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 only, 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 by candles which were stuck to the brims of their safety helmets.

Performing the vocals at this seasonal Johnstown seated event will be “Cephas,” (Featuring Noreen Ryan, Edward (Ned) and John J. Cullinane), together with Meadhbh Ryan, Maria Cullinane (Johnstown) and Rachel Willoughby (Thurles); all under the superb musical direction of Leanne O’Grady (Violin), Michael O’Grady (Violin), Killian Cullinane (Keyboards) and J.J. Cullinane (Guitar).

Little Drummer Boy“, “Immanuel“, “Silent Night“, “O Holy Night“, “Mary Did You Know?“, “I Will Lead You Home” and “The Wexford Carol” will be amongst the many beautiful and much loved Christmas Carols performed on Saturday night next, beginning at 8.00pm sharp.

Christmas scripture readings and poetry, foretelling the birth of Christ, will feature the voices of Marie Wilson, Breda Campion, Phil Browne, Mary Anne Browne (Johnstown area), Karen Willoughby and George Willoughby (Thurles). Four primary school children, namely Jane, John Paul, Sarah & Julie will also participate in this most joyous of seasonal events.

While the event itself is free to attend; following the ceremony donations will be accepted to assist in the funding and provision of a much needed ‘Defibrillator’ for the local area.

Defibrillation, as most people are aware, is a life saving treatment for life-threatening, non-perfusing cardiac dysrhythmias. Defibrillation consists of delivering a therapeutic dose of electric current (often called a counter shock) to the heart using this device, by trained individuals. This depolarizes a critical mass of the heart muscle and allows normal sinus rhythm to be re-established, thus saving life.

All, regardless of religious persuasion, are most welcome to attend this truly most enjoyable of Christmas events, conducted by Edward Cullinane.

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“Wine Into Water” Duet by Muriel O`Connor & Fran Curry

Wine Into Water
“You’ve heard a multitude of prayers on my behalf
I pray one more is not too much to ask
I’ve tried to fight this battle by myself
But it’s a war that I can’t win without Your help”

[Songwriters: Bruce Burch / T. Graham Brown / Ted Hewitt]

The wonderful song “One Day at a Time,” (written by Marijohn Wilkin and Kris Kristofferson) is much associated with the disease recognised as alcoholism, both here in Co. Tipperary and further afield.

Latter recording however may now well find itself in second place, following a new super recording of ‘Wine Into Water’ (Songwriters: Bruce Burch / T. Graham Brown / Ted Hewit), courtesy of award winning songstress, Muriel O’Connor and musical partner Fran Curry, here in the heart of Co. Tipperary.

As a classical musician and a presenter of Tipp FM’s flagship talk show ‘Tipp Today,’ Fran Curry needs little introduction to Tipperary readers, while singer, entertainer and broadcaster Muriel O’Connor is also recognised as one of Ireland’s leading vocal entertainers.

The high definition video, shown above, was aptly filmed on a public walkway close to one of Tipperary’s finest tourist attractions, namely ‘The Swiss Cottage’ located on the banks of the River Suir at Kilcommon, near the town of Cahir, in County Tipperary.

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Bob Dylan – Nobel Prize for Literature 2016

Huge congratulations to American songwriter, singer, artist, and writer Bob Dylan, who earlier today, in Stockholm, Sweden, was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Described today by the Swedish Academy as “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”, Dylan most certainly brought a form of beauty and feeling to life’s greatest tragedies and during more than six decades his poetic songs have reflected his thoughts on death, betrayal, war and heartbreak, with each deserving of being read in their own right as simply a poem.

“Visions of Johanna” – words by Bob Dylan

“Lights flicker from the opposite loft
In this room the heat pipes just cough
The country music station plays soft
But there’s nothing, really nothing to turn off
Just Louise and her lover so entwined
And these visions of Johanna that conquer my mind.”

Born Robert Allen Zimmerman in May 24th, 1941; at the age of 20 years Dylan was playing at clubs around Greenwich Village befriending many folk singers and musicians including the “The Clancy Brothers” from Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary.

“Blowin’in the Wind” (Video shown above – Words possibly more relevant today than in the 1960’s), and “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” were songs that established Dylan as the voice of his mid 20th century generation and demonstrated his unique understanding of how concerned American youth felt about issues like nuclear disarmament and the then fast growing movement for civil rights.

Dylan in his lifetime to-date has already and deservedly won many awards throughout his long career. These include: – eleven ‘Grammy Awards’, one ‘Academy Award’, one ‘Golden Globe Award’ and the ‘Polar Music Prize’, latter from Sweden’s King Carl XVI. He has been inducted into: – the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’, ‘Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame’, and ‘Songwriters Hall of Fame’. Dylan received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in May 2012, and in February 2015, he accepted the ‘MusiCares Person of the Year award’ from the National Academy of Recording Arts.

Thank you for the music.

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Huge Attendance At Thurles Garda Division Open Day

Over 600 post primary school students attended at Thurles Garda station last Wednesday for the Thurles Garda Division’s ‘Open Day for Secondary School.’

This event followed on from the extremely successful Thurles Garda Public Open Day held last September (2015).

Click HERE to view Video hereunder in High Definition.

The event organised by serving Thurles Garda Officer Annette Connolly and supported by Templemore Garda College; Officers and Management serving the Thurles Garda Division, saw officers give up one days leave to return to their workplace to inform, educate and provide a fun day for all the visiting students.

Education on ‘Drugs’; overall ‘Crime Prevention’; ‘Garda Training’; ‘Thurles Text Alert’; ‘Know Your Patch’; ‘AFIS’ (Fingerprinting), and ‘Evidezer’ (Breath Analysis); ‘Communications’ etc were the order of the day; together with information on the dangers of ‘Speed’; the use of ‘Speed Cameras’ (Garda Traffic Unit); ‘Powers of Arrest and Detention’; Equipment used by the Regional Garda Armed Response Unit and the Public Order Unit.

A huge attraction were Officers, with their horses, from the Garda Mounted Unit, together with Officers and their dogs from the Drugs Unit and Public Order Unit.

Irish TV and Radio Tipp FM were also in attendance, so expect to see and hear more on this most positive and informative of events in the weeks ahead.

Congrats to all who took part – Truly this was community education at its very best.

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