A Memorial Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving will be held on Wednesday 10th June 2009 at 5.00pm in the College Chapel at Trinity College Dublin.
As attendance at the Chapel Service is by invitation only to accommodate to the fullest extent the relatives and many friends (including all classmates) and colleagues of the girls, all other attendees are requested to attend at the Public Theatre where there will be a live video link directly to the Chapel Service.
Trinity Provost Dr John Hegarty stated:
“The College community is deeply saddened by the loss of our graduates, Aisling Butler, Jane Deasy and Eithne Walls, in the Air France tragedy. The loss of such young, vibrant and promising women at the outset of their careers in medicine and in such tragic circumstances has stunned us all. Our thoughts are with the families and their former classmates at this difficult time. All are most welcome to join the College in remembering and celebrating Aisling, Jane and Eithne at the Memorial Service in the Public Theatre tomorrow.”
Books of Condolences which are currently located in the Enquiries Office will be outside the Public Theatre for the Memorial Service, should those in attendance wish to sign them.
Last evening over 1,000 mourners prayed at an emotional memorial service for the recovery of the remains of the three Irish doctors who died when the plane they were travelling on crashed into the Atlantic Ocean last week. An hour before the service began, mourners began arriving filling the church to capacity 15 minutes before the mass started. The family and friends of Dr Aisling Butler cried openly and embraced each other during a heartrending mass which was celebrated in Aishling’s Parish Church in Roscrea, Co Tipperary.
In his homily,local parish priest Fr Tom Corbett described Dr Aisling Butler as “a lovely daughter, gifted woman, great human being and fun-loving friend whose sudden and mysterious death had brought anguish, grief and desolation to her family“.
Referring poignantly to the continuing search for bodies in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil, he stated to mourners that “it is our fervent wish that we will bury Aisling here in this church”.
Fr. Corbett further stated:-
“The three young doctors, carers of the living and lovers of life, were friends on the journey of life and lived for each other, but now by a distant accident had died, together, leaving us all greatly deprived of their great skills”.
Its new, its innovative, its “Dinner Theatre” and its coming to Mitchell House Restaurant, Mitchell Street, Thurles, Co.Tipperary, for the first time, on Friday 26th June next.
The first of what we hope will be a series of Dinner Theatre, followed by late night dancing, will feature none other than Ireland’s number one swing diva Ellen McElroy accompanied by well known Musical Directer, Arranger, and Composer David Wray.
No stranger to R.T.E, TV3 and B.B.C viewers, the very beautiful Ellen McElroy has been on stage since the age of nine. She received her training at the Bull Alley School of Performance and continued her theatre studies under Audrey Behan. She also trained under Dr Veronica Dunne at The Royal Irish Academy of Music and under David Wray at the Leinster School of Music. Her most recent performances include Fay Apple – Anyone Can Whistle, Mary Magdalene – Jesus Christ Superstar, Maria – West Side Story, Mabel – Pirates of Penzance and as Ellie in Showboat. Her favourite roles to date have been as Phantom in The Rocky Horror Show (Olympia Theatre), Louisa in The Sound of Music (Olympia Theatre), Giulietta in Aspects of Love (Olympia Theatre & Cork Opera House), Pitti-Sing in the Hot Mikado (Olympia Theatre), Marta in Kiss of the Spider Woman (Theatre Royal Waterford), Linda Porter in Red Hot and Cole (National Concert Hall), Madelene Astarte in The New Lesbian Vampires of Sodom (Andrews Lane). She also starred in the critically acclaimed Side by Side by Sondheim staged at the Everyman Palace Theatre in Cork. Ellen also played Vikki Nichols in the recent smash hit comedy The Full Monty staged in the Olympia Theatre and the show also had a national tour. Ellen also played Ruth in Jim Molloy’s Pirates of Penzance staged at The Helix. Ellen just starred the smash hit show Michael Collins staged at the Olympia Theatre and The Cork Opera House and is returning to both venues in July and August with the same show.
Ellen is one of the “Irish Divas” and has toured extensively throughout America for the past couple of years. As a member of Musical Theatre Ireland she has featured in such productions as “The Great American Songwriters Series”, “The Glorious MGM Musicals”, “Cole Porter Songbook”, “Simply Sondheim” and the national tour of “New York Songbook (Way off Broadway)”. Earlier this year she completed a smash hit tour with her old friend Kevin Hough in ‘Songbirds’ – The Golden Age of Swing, Jazz and Blues, selling out Nationwide.
Ellen made her London debut in The Cuchulainn Cycle at Riverside Studios. She also completed a successful world tour on board the QE2 performing with the Concordia Theatre Company. Ellen is a regular performer at The National Concert Hall with Kevin Hough’s Theatre Nights. For the last five years she has been a star singer at The Everyman Palace in Cork in Sunday Night at the Palace series. Live TV work includes The Late Late Show, Live at Three, Echo Island, Jo-Maxi and a series of Open House with Kevin Hough. She is also a regular singer on the popular R.T.E. radio programme Theatre Nights and the live recording of Simply Sondheim for the BBC.
Future projects include another nationwide tour with Songbirds with RTE’s Kevin Hough. She is currently on tour with the Three Tenors as guest Soprano. Ellen will also be touring with her new Burt Bacharach show and also her brand new big band extravaganza “The Music of 007″.
Here is what the critics had to say regarding her most recent performances:-
“Irresistable, with a sparkling personality” – The Boston Globe
“Induced me in an inchoate wish to ask if she sang requests” - Irish Times
“Excellent performance” – Irish Times
“Ellen Mc Elroy has the range and confidence to move from soubrette to torch singer with effortless precision.” – Irish Times
“Ellen’s voice is above the weight of the music but she has the vocal and theatrical intelligence to reveal the quality of the music while making it her own.” – Irish Times
“Ellen Mc Elroy’s voice is amazing. What a talent” - Evening Echo
No stranger to Thurles David Wray’s depth of musical knowledge across a wide range of genres has assured his success as a Musical Director, Arranger, and Producer in Dublin and London for nearly 20 years. He is currently the Musical Director with the exciting new 5-male vocal group from Ireland, Druid, and he has been arranging and directing the 3 Irish Tenors since its formation in 1999. With these 2 groups, he has recorded 3 albums and performed extensively throughout Ireland, Europe, North America, and Asia. In addition to his work with these projects, he is currently the Musical Director for Dublin’s Opera in the Open as well as a select group of independent artists, including singers Nyle Wolfe, Danna Davis, Ciarán Nagle, Naoise Stuart-Kelly, and violinist Tara Novak.
David trained in the U.K. at Lancaster University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. Before relocating to Dublin in 1991, he worked as the assistant to the director of London’s English Bach Festival, appearing in productions at the Royal Festival Hall, Covent Garden, Wigmore Hall, the Barbican Centre, and across Europe. During that time, David also established and directed the Baroque ensemble “Musica Stravagante,” with whom he performed extensively and recorded on Italy’s RAI, worked with the Wexford Festival Opera and Opera Ireland, and performed as the continuo player for many high profile opera festivals, including the Festivale d’Peralada Barcelona.
In 1998, David founded Musical Theatre Ireland. Through this company, he has produced, directed, and arranged or composed numerous productions, including: “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” “Songs for a New World,” “A New York Songbook,” “Noel and Gertie,” “And the World Goes Round,” and “Red, Hot and Cole.” David’s additional work as a musical director and arranger includes “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “The Hot Mikado” at the Olympia Theatre, and “Side by Side by Sondheim” for the Temple Bar Music Centre.
Outside of the musical theatre realm, David’s creative voice can be clearly heard in the albums and shows of the artists he has worked with and developed, particularly Ellen McElroy, Danna Davis and Nyle Wolfe.
As a composer, David has written “Just Bodies” for the Irish Modern Dance Theatre, co-written “Ovid’s Transformation” for Belfast’s Rainbow Factory of Youth Action Northern Ireland, and recently was commissioned to co-write with tenor Ciarán Nagle the piece “Amergin,” which is featured in both the live performances and the recently-released album by Druid, “Come Follow Me.”
What more can I tell you folks, except, if you enjoy good food and good music get out your best frock, brush down the jacket and be there for what promises to be a very, very special evening.
Make a Note:-
Venue:- Mitchell House Restaurant, Mitchel Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
Bookings:- Tel No: 0504-90776 or email: email@example.com
Date:- Friday 26th June 2009.
A special memorial Mass will take place in Roscrea, Co.Tipperary at 8pm next Tuesday for Dr Aisling Butler. Dr Butler is one of three young medical doctors now feared dead after an Air France jet crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris with 228 people on board. Her grieving family, friends and colleagues will be joined by a deeply shocked local community at the ceremony .
Parish Priest Fr Tom Corbett said the thoughts of everyone were with the Butler family.
Aisling’s parents, John and Evelyn and her sister Lorna, have received hundreds of messages of support at their home over the last few days.
John Butler is a well-known businessman in Tipperary through his management of Adare International Transport. A family solicitor stated the Butler family were still attempting to come to terms with this tragedy.
Staff at Aisling’s former school, the Ursuline Secondary School in Thurles, were said to be in shock when they heard of what happened.
The principal, Sr Berchmans Whelan, said all 135 students who completed their leaving certificate in the Tipperary school alongside Aisling in 2001 would be invited to a special Mass to commemorate her life.
A date for this school memorial Mass will be finalised as soon as the Leaving and Junior Certificate exams at the school draw to a close.
Trinity College, Dublin said it would will also hold a service for Aisling and her two comrades, all who graduated from the college after studying medicine. But college authorities said they were waiting until an appropriate time for the families before releasing further details.
Meanwhile the search for the Air France jet and its passengers continues roughly 400 miles (640 kilometers) northeast of the Fernando de Noronha islands off Brazil’s northern coast.
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The School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin will present this week, a public lecture by Jonathan Tarbox, PdD and entitled “Is Recovery From Authism Possible?”
Dr. Jonathan Tarbox is currently the Director of Research and Development at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders. Dr. Tarbox has worked in a variety of positions in the field of behavior analysis, including basic research, applied research, and practical work; with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, of all ages, and their families and care providers.
He has worked for and in public school districts, private schools, sheltered workshops, group homes, developmental centers, behavioral consultation agencies, hospitals, and community-based recreational programs; in direct service provision, supervision, consultation, and program development and director roles.
His early career involved positions at both the New England Center for Children and the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Tarbox is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and he received his PhD in Behavior Analysis from the University of Nevada, Reno, under the mentorship of Dr. Linda J. Parrot Hayes.
Throughout his career in autism and behavior analysis, Dr. Tarbox has been actively engaged in research in applied behavior analysis and has published research articles in peer-reviewed journals as well book chapters in behavioral psychology texts.
Dr. Tarbox’s current research interests include recovery from autism and teaching complex language and cognition to children with autism.
The overarching consensus within the medical community is that there is no cure for autism. More than 20 years of research on applied behavior analytic treatment for autism has consistently demonstrated that a significant proportion of children make dramatic gains via behavioral intervention, including achieving a level of functioning indistinguishable from typically developing children of the same age.
In this lecture, Dr Tarbox will propose a position on defining recovery from autism. He will describe a provisional definition of recovery and review relevant scientific research. The concept of recovery from autism is complicated and controversial and this presentation will deal sensitively with these issues. Dr Tarbox will describe the results of both scientific research and common clinical observations from more than 20 years of practice in the behavior analytic community.
Residents from County Tipperary and elsewhere interested in attending this worthwhile lecture should note:
Date: Tuesday 9 June 2009
Time: 7:00 pm -8:30 pm (registration 6.30-7.00)
Location: Trinity College Dublin Hamilton Building, MacNeil Hall (1st floor) (Located at the rear of campus. Enter at Westland Row or Pearse St. gates
Admissions & Registration: (Registration will happen at the door from 6.30-7.00)
Admission – €15.00 (Note: No charge to Trinity staff and students.)
The President of Ireland Mrs Mary McAleese has paid a special tribute to horse trainer Dr Michael Vincent O’Brien who, sadly, died yesterday.
President McAleese said:
“As one of the most successful horse trainers in the industry, he played a key role in the establishment of Ireland as a centre of racing excellence”.
Dr O’Brien returned from his wife’s family home in Perth, Western Australia, just last week due to ill-health and died yesterday at his home in Straffan,County Kildare. Dr O’Brien was the owner of the Ballydoyle yard and the Coolmore stud, situated in the richest farmland in Europe, near Fethard, Cashel, Co. Tipperary and enjoyed over 75 major victories in a career that spanned more than 50 years in horse racing.
The current incumbent of Ballydoyle, Mr Aidan O’Brien said:
“It is with the greatest sadness that I learned of the passing of Dr Vincent O’Brien today. As for so many people in racing, he was my hero growing up. For my wife Anne Marie and myself to come to Ballydoyle, to the training facility he established, was an extraordinary privilege. Dr O’Brien was tireless in improving the yards and gallops and we enjoy today the benefits of his half-century of hard work and dedication”.
The 92 year old Dr O’Brien was born in Churchtown, Co Cork in 1917. He was voted, in 2003, as the greatest National Hunt Trainer of the 20th century, and was later voted the greatest Flat Trainer of the 20th century. In a pole to find the greatest figure in the history of horse racing hosted by the Racing Post newspaper, Vincent O’Brien came first with 28% of the total vote, with his long-time stable jockey Lester Piggott placed second out of a pool of 100 contenders who had been carefully selected by a panel of racing experts.
Vincent O’Brien married author and photographer Jacqueline Wittenoom, from Perth, Australia, in 1951 and had five children. Daughters Elizabeth (widow of Kevin McClory), Susan (wife of John Magnier) and Jane (wife of Philip Myerscough); and sons Charles and David who followed in their father’s footsteps as trainers, as did Vincent’s grandson David Myerscough. Grandsons J P Magnier and M V Magnier have ridden with success as amateur jockeys.
Dr O’Brien and his wife Jacqueline latterly spent half of each year in her home town of Perth, Australia and the remainder of the year in Straffan,Co. Kildare , here in Ireland
Dr Vincent O’Brien’s funeral will take place at St Conleth’s Church in Newbridge at noon on Thursday next, followed by a private cremation. (Family flowers only)
The O’Brien family would be very grateful for donations, in lieu of flowers, to be made to The Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Funeral arrangements will be by Fanagans Funeral Directors 54 Aungiers Street, Dublin 2, Dublin.