Thurles TV Presenter Fiona O’Sullivan
Irish TV will broadcast a special live All-Ireland Hurling Final TV show entitled ‘Dream For Liam’ from here in mid Tipperary tomorrow night, (Wednesday).
Presenters will be the head of Irish TV Pierce O’Reilly assisted by the very lovely Fiona O’ Sullivan. Fiona, you will be aware, presents the very popular programme ‘County Matters’ for Co Tipperary and Co Waterford every week. (Same can be viewed on SKY 191, online at www.irishtv.ie or on Freesat 400.)
Fiona has been travelling around the county this week meeting the players and the Tipperary supporters and informs us she is looking forward to tomorrows live broadcast and the whole build up to the match, which she is lucky enough to have a ticket to attend.
As already stated, tomorrow night’s live show will be broadcast on SKY 191, online at www.irishtv.ie and on Freesat 400 from 8.00pm to 10.00pm tomorrow night September 3rd; from the Horse & Jockey Hotel.
The Irish TV outdoor broadcast unit will be in position together with the crew from Thurles AV Star Systems, latter who have been busy this week shooting the colours of flags, banners and headbands in schools and streets around Tipperary and editing these same clips for Wednesday’s broadcast.
Note: A further half hour programme will be dedicated to the Tipperary match on Saturday night on ‘County Matters’ here from Tipperary at 8.30pm.
Tomorrow night’s live show will include insightful and engaging interviews from both camps, expert analysis from top GAA pundits and all the excitement and atmosphere in the built up to the ‘Big Match.’
The ‘Dream For Liam’ live TV show from the Horse and Jockey Hotel will look at the close links and fierce rivalry between Tipperary and Kilkenny ahead of one of the most eagerly awaited All-Ireland hurling finals in years. The show will also include some great music from both Tipperary and Kilkenny while the pundits look at the key battles in the big match and the strengths and weaknesses of both panels.
Tipperary and Kilkenny GAA stalwarts will also take centre stage during the live TV show with former Tipp manager Declan Ryan and former player Joe Hayes among the panellists. They will be joined on the couch by Kilkenny Celtic Cross holders John Power, Michael Walsh and Michael Kavanagh – just a few of the top stars set to feature.
“We have followed the progress of both these counties from the very beginning of the year and we wanted to do something special to mark this historic final. Our live shows ahead of the All-Ireland last year attracted a phenomenal audience and we are confident that it will be similar this year,” commented Irish TV head of programming Malachi Cush.
Entertainment on the night will be provided by the ‘crème de la crème’ of musical acts from both counties with the highly regarded folk group ‘The Kilkenny’s’ set to rock the house. Tipperary will also be well represented in the musical stages by ‘Louise Morrissey’ and traditional music sensations ‘Ceol Trad’ who are set to have the audience and team dancing all the way to Croke Park.
If that wasn’t enough, the legendry duo of ‘Foster and Allen’ are also in this fantastic line up. Mick Foster has strong links with Tipperary hurling. His great grandfather played on the Tipperary winning team in the first All Ireland in 1888 against Galway in Birr. His cousin Matt Hassett captained the 1961 winning All Ireland Tipperary team.
Note: Yes audience tickets are limited for this event, but you can still apply by calling Irish TV on Tel; 098 56582.
It is also interesting to note that AV Star Systems here in Thurles have produced 13 weekly programmes for Irish TV for counties Waterford and Tipperary and are always looking for information and stories for their show. From a business advertising point of view programmes have a very high rating of over 900,000 on SKY every week.
It’s great to see Johnny B & The Boogie Men are back again with a fantastic new song and video for the Tipperary Hurling Team in 2014. The song is called “This Could be Our Year” and you can check out the YouTube video below right now;
Great work once again lads, we love it. Make sure to like this video and share with all your friends on Facebook, etc as this song and video deserves to be played a lot. You can also check out Johnny B & The Boogie Men’s website at www.johnnyb.ie and on Facebook here.
We’re all looking forward to the All-Ireland Hurling Final this coming Sunday, September 7th for the epic battle against Kilkenny.
It’s going to be a great match! C’mon Tipp!!!
Celebrating Ireland’s International Best Selling Historical Crime Mystery Series.
The 5th three-day gathering of international enthusiasts of the best-selling historical crime series “The Sister Fidelma Mysteries,” by Peter Tremayne will be held in The Cashel Palace Hotel, Cashel, Co Tipperary from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th September 2014.
The series, which has been published in some 18 languages to date, is set in 7th century Ireland, whose sleuthing heroine is Fidelma, sister of King Colgú of Munster. With her companion, a Saxon, Brother Eadulf, she is an advocate of the Brehon Laws of old Ireland. There are now 25 books in this series.
The event will be extra special as it will coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the first ever Sister Fidelma novel entitled “Absolution by Murder” published in 1994.
Online registration is now open. You may pay in Euro or dollars. Full registration is €160 or US$225. This fee covers the opening reception on Friday evening, a registration pack, three days of talks, an outing to Coolmore Stud Farm to accompany a talk on the horse breeds in Fidelma’s day, tea/coffee breaks and of course the Saturday evening gala dinner with Peter Tremayne and guests.
Day registration is also available, which will include the three lectures and tea/coffee break at €30 per day and €40 if a visit to Coolmore Stud Farm is also to be included.
Please Note: There is limited availability to Coolmore Stud Farm for day registration.
Féile Fidelma 2014 Community Programme of Events
Friday, September 12th 2014
From 18.00-19.00: Registration at The Cashel Palace Hotel.
19.00: Reception by the Mayor of Cashel.
19.30 Official Opening of Féile Fidelma Weekend 2014.
20.00 An Evening with Peter Tremayne.
This will be followed by an informal session in the Cellar Bar.
Saturday, September 13th 2014
09.30: The Sister Fidelma Novels: Professor Edward Rielly, Maine, U.S.A..
10.30: Coffee Break.
11.00: What was in Sr. Fidelma’s Liber Hymnorum?: Dr. Ann Buckley, T.C.D..
12.00: Horses in Fidelma’s Day: Mr. Noel Mullins, equestrian expert.
14.30: Visit Coolmore Stud Farm, the centre of bloodstock breeding in Ireland.
19.30: Gala Dinner in The Cashel Palace Hotel featuring Caroline Lennon (The Voice of Fidelma) who will read passages from the Sr. Fidelma Series.
Click here to download the Gala Dinner Menu
Sunday, September 14th 2014
09.30: Food in Fidelma’s time: Regina Sexton, U.C.C..
10.30: Coffee Break.
11.00: The Eóghanacht: Professor Pádraig Ó Riain, U.C.C..
12.00: David Robert Wooten, founder of the International Society.
13.00: Conclusion of Féile Fidelma Weekend 2014.
Professor Edward Rielly from Maine, USA, who was co-editor, with David Robert Wooten, of the academic study “The Sister Fidelma Mysteries”: The Historical Novels of Peter Tremayne (2012). Rielly is Professor of English at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine in the U.S.A.
Professor Pádraig Ó Riain is Ireland’s leading scholastic expert of the Fidelma’s period. Ó Riain is an Irish Celticist and prominent hagiologist focusing on Irish hagiography, martyrdom, mythology, onomastics and codicology. He has spent much of his academic life at the University College Cork, where he became a lecturer in 1964 and was professor of Old and Middle Irish. He has been a member of the Royal Irish Academy since 1989, president of the Irish Texts Society since 1992, Parnell Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge, since 2002 and more recently, a member of the ‘Place Names Commission of Ireland,’ (Irish: An Coimisiún Logainmneacha).
Dr Ann Buckley is a leading expert on liturgical music in Fidelma’s time. Buckley holds a B.Mus., M.A. (National University of Ireland), doctoral (University of Amsterdam) and a Ph.D. (University of Cambridge) and is a research associate at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Trinity College, Dublin.
Regina Sexton from University College Cork, who is a food historian, food writer, broadcaster and cook. Sexton has been researching and publishing in the area of Irish food and culinary history since 1993. Her research interests include food and identity, food and tradition and food in the Irish country house. She has published widely at academic and popular levels and is a leading expert on food in Fidelma’s time.
Noel Mullins is an equestrian expert. Mullins has not only authored two books about the origin of horses in Ireland, countless articles in equestrian journals, but he is also an expert advising and appearing in many films and television shows on the subject. In 2005, for example, he played a huntsman in the remake of ‘Lassie’ with Peter O’Toole.
David Robert Wooten is the founder of The International Sister Fidelma Society, its director and editor of its thrice yearly journal The Brehon. Wooten will be introducing and chairing the first evening with the author, Peter Tremayne. He will also be winding up the event on Sunday with his usual look at the state of Fidelma’s World. He will be reflecting on the Society’s thirteen years of existence (it was founded in 2001 and The Brehon was launched in February, 2002). And, of course, he will be examining the Féile Fidelma past and present and future.
Caroline Lennon is the actress acclaimed as the ever popular ‘Voice of Fidelma,’ and who reads the Sister Fidelma Audio Books published by Soundings, Isis Publishing Ltd.
So please do note your calendar to experience this truly most enjoyable of annual events.
Book Your Tickets: http://www.cashelartsfest.com/content/Buy-Tickets.html
Date: Friday 12th until Sunday 14th September
Venue: Cashel Palace Hotel, Cashel, Co. Tipperary
The wedding took place in brilliant sunshine yesterday of the very lovely Miss Jackie Harris, daughter of Mrs Eileen and Mr Liam Harris, Horse & Jockey, Thurles; to Mr Stephen O’Reilly, latter son of Mrs Colleen and Mr Frank O’Reilly, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth.
The Bride was chauffeured to her native Church of St Peter In Chains, latter situated in the picturesque hamlet of Moycarkey, near Thurles, Co. Tipperary, by Mr Michael F. Hogan, in a rare vintage 1963 Silver Cloud III, formally owned by William Waldorf Astor, 3rd Viscount Astor.
Their wedding ceremony was conducted by Rev. Fr. John Morris a relative of the Harris family, ably assisted by Rev. Fr. Lorcan Brennan and Moycarkey PP Rev. Fr. George Bourke.
Jackie Harris & Stephen O’Reilly following their wedding yesterday. (August 30th 2014)
Escorted down the aisle by her father Liam, the bride looked stunningly beautiful; wearing a striking V Neck afternoon wedding gown, with embroidered tulle overlay, lined with smooth satin, latter designed by Amy Hamilton and beautifully foiled by a two-tier chapel bridal veil.
Equally beautiful was her accompanying bridesmaid and sister, Miss Triona Harris, who wore a maxi length ‘eggplant-purple’ gown cinched at the waist with beaded embellishment.
The groom Stephen, together with Adam Meah (Best Man) both looked dashing in their dark suits, elegantly highlighted by white shirts, silver coloured waistcoats and matching ‘eggplant-purple’ and white ties.
The couple proclaimed their love for each other in front of a large gathering of family members and close friends, with music and vocals provided for the ceremony by the well-known and very popular ‘Michael John String Quartet,’ from Tipperary town.
Scripture readings were undertaken by Helen Harris and David Burns, while prayers of the faithful were read by Peadar Kehoe, Gretta Dunne, Marian MacCourt, Lorna Kollat and Michéal Lambert. The Offertory Procession of bread and wine were carried to the Alter by Mrs Eileen Harris and Mrs Colleen O’Reilly, both mothers of the bride and groom. The customary wedding day ‘Communion Reflection,’ was recited by Frank O’Reilly, father of the groom.
Following a very beautiful and relaxed ceremony, the new Mr and Mrs O’Reilly retired to that ever popular Tipperary wedding venue, Dundrum House Hotel, Dundrum, Co Tipperary, where guests were entertained to a Champagne and Wine reception, together with other light refreshments.
Following family photographs in the wonderful private gardens attached to the hotel, the newly married couple joined their guests in the venues main Banqueting Suite for dinner, latter which was followed by dancing very late into the evening; music provided by popular band ‘Bentley Boys’.
The couple have chosen Malta as their favoured honeymoon destination and to Jackie and Stephen go all our best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous long life together.
Scientists were first awakened to the theory of ‘Global Warming’ for the first time here in Ireland, following the destruction of Ballynonty Bridge, near Thurles, in August of 2008.
Well that is, with ‘Tongue in Cheek’ I might add, according to local Ballynonty poet and historian Gerry Cullen; latter who regularly records such significant district occurrences in rhyme.
In fact if you are looking for someone to write a poem about any topic, be it related to matters humorous or material required of a more serious nature, then look no further than this Ballynonty resident lyricist; Tipperary’s answer to the late great Lancashire born poet Robert Service, (1874 – 1958).
(Pictured left Gerry’s serious poetic reflection on Tipperary road traffic accidents, first published and cut in stone at the wonderful Ballynonty Garden of Remembrance back in 2012.)
Anyway back to the topic of Global Warming; hereunder recorded for future generations, the demise of the bridge in Ballynonty, with a veiled environmental warning to each and every resident of this our planet.
(From the pencil of Gerry Cullen.)
The weather is gone wallop and the seasons out of whack,
We’re heading for disaster and down a one way track,
We’ll have to face the music or wise up and be smart,
Or the bridge in Ballynonty will only be the start.
Twas like a big tsunami or the floods in New Orleans,
Or back when Noah built the ark to save the human beings,
But nothing ever read or seen has caused the jaw to drop,
Like the bridge in Ballynonty near Alice Perry’s shop.
The clouds grew dark; the deluge came; the rain was strong and fast,
The stream became a torrent and the bridge just couldn’t last.
The flood flowed down Slieveardagh’s slopes and the dark night turned to day,
And then at dawn, in turmoil, the battered road gave way.
For weeks we’ve taken detours and the moods have struck us all,
And we suffer from depression tryin’ to get to Killenaule,
The “Powers that Be” are out in force; no opening day as yet,
(A week, a month, a year or two, I wouldn’t hold my breath.)
And years into the future the people will recall,
How the curse of “Global Warming” damn nearly took us all.
Don’t prod and poke at nature; we have to stop and think,
For living life the way we do, has brought us to the brink.
Sure you never know Gerry might share some more of his poetry with us into the future. There is, I hasten to add, talks of a limited edition book of poetry shortly to be published, which is eagerly awaited by the many lovers of his localised thought-provoking verse.