Tenor Michael Molumby
Many of us as parents, somewhere along the line to date, have experienced the stress and upheaval brought about by having had a sick child in hospital and for those of us lucky enough not to have experienced this ordeal, let’s give thanks to our God, whoever we conceive Him to be.
Keeping this thought to the fore, do take note that a fabulous repertoire of songs have been put together for a special concert in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital, which will be hosted by local well known and loved tenor Mr Michael Molumby on Saturday evening next, November 30th in that wonderful welcoming venue, the Horse and Jockey, near Thurles.
Michael, together with a few very professional and talented guest performers, namely; Susan Corcoran, Cathy Keane and Valerie O’Hanlon, have all been working very hard behind the scenes in the last number of weeks, under the musical direction of Mary Rose McNally, to provide a varied and expansive selection of vocal entertainment for you, in what is expected to be a packed venue on the evening.
All proceeds from this event will go to Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children as part of their “Fix Crumlin,” appeal.
Michael, ably assisted by his wife Maria are both hoping to make this event a bumper evening, with top class entertainment being provided. There will be a ‘vocal something,’ to suit everyone’s taste, with selections from popular Irish ballads, medleys, solos, a section from the musicals, some up-tempo popular numbers and of course to round the evening off, that essential festive sing-a-long of Christmas medleys.
Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be George Willoughby. (Latter, I hasten to add, has sworn, under Oath , not to sing, so the large expected turnout should not be seriously affected.)
This gala event will kick off at 8:00pm and anyone wishing to purchase tickets may do so through the Horse and Jockey Hotel at Tel: 0504 44192 or through the organisers.
Tickets cost just €15, so do get along to this event for a guaranteed great night out and in doing so you will put your shoulder behind a truly worthy cause.
Be warned: Remaining tickets, for what promises to be a truly memorable event, are getting as scarce as ‘Hen’s Teeth,’ so take my advice and ensure that you have secured seating for this once-off incredible celebration of music & song.
Remember Venue & Date:- Saturday evening next, November 30th 2013 in the Horse and Jockey.
Have you ever heard of Befana the Christmas witch?
Well Italy’s traditional Christmas celebration includes tales of a witch known as La Befana who arrives on her broomstick during the night of January 5th in search of the Christ Child and fills kids’ stockings with sweets for all the good children and places lumps of coal in the stockings of the bad ones. (Children take special note.)
Have you ever heard of Nisse the mischievous elf that plays tricks on people during Christmas time?
Well during Christmas in Denmark, the mischievous Danish elf, Nisse, plays pranks on people. Nisse lives in old farmhouses and wears gray woollen clothes, a red bonnet, stockings and white clogs. Nisse generally helps people on the farm and is very good with children, but is known to plays jokes during the Christmas season, especially if families don’t leave a bowl of rice pudding out for him.
So why am I telling you all about this when you can hear it from real story tellers?
On Saturday December 21st Simone Schuemmelfeder and Michael Phelan from Story Gate will entertain us all with Christmas tales from around the world. In a very special day of storytelling organised by the local Library, situated here in Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co Tipperary, Ann Marie Brophy informs me that you can find out much more about this favourite time of the year and how Christmas is being celebrated in various other countries.
There will be a special session held for under eight year olds at 11.30 a.m. and another session held for the over eight year olds, at 2.30 p.m.
Note: This is a free event and each session will last about one hour, with Milk and Cookies being served.
But please Mum and Dad do contact Thurles Library on Tel: 0504-29720 to sign up for a place, (Well Ann Marie wants to make sure she doesn’t run short on those very necessary Milk & Cookies,) at what promises to be a very heart-warming, informative festive event!
“How often have I loitered o’er thy green, Where humble happiness endeared each scene.
How often have I paused on every charm, The sheltered cot, the cultivated farm,
The never-failing brook, the busy mill, The decent church that topt the neighbouring hill,
The hawthorn bush, with seats beneath the shade, For talking age and whispering lovers made!”
“The Deserted Village” – By Oliver Goldsmith.
That world famous black-and-white photograph, featuring men having a lunch break atop a Skyscraper, (today known as the General Electric (GE) Building) taken by Charles Clyde Ebbets, during construction of part of the Rockefeller Center in New York City in 1932, has just been superseded. This time however showing workers in the village of Drombane, Thurles Co Tipperary, during a 10:00am official tea break, courtesy of an idea by Drombane village native and Thurles resident, Mr Paddy Gleeson. (Latter named pictured here, wearing a white vest.)
Picture: Left – Right: Dog ‘Rusty‘; Mr Phil Lowry; Mr Michael O’Sullivan; Mr John Ryan (P); Mr Paddy Gleeson; Mr Thomas Ryan (P) and Mr Brien Phelan. (Photo G.Willoughby.)
The original photograph was taken on September 20th, 1932 on the 69th floor of the RCA Building and depicts eleven men eating lunch, while seated on a girder with their feet dangling some 840 feet above the New York City streets. Like our photo above, the 1932 photo was also prearranged; staged by the Rockefeller Center in New York City to promote its then latest skyscraper, appearing in the Sunday photo supplement of the New York Herald Tribune on October 2nd 1932.
Our 2013 picture here shown above is also to highlight latest developments in the picturesque rural village of Drombane, which itself is currently undergoing an upgrade under a village enhancement scheme’ initiative, currently being undertaken by Drombane Village Group, a committee under the Chairmanship of Mr Con Harrington and Treasurer Martin Donoghue, and funded mainly by North Tipperary Leader Group. Works currently nearing completion include a river board-walk and seating, river railings, a water wheel, tree planting and quite pedestrian walk way areas.
Having had the privilege of viewing current agreed plans for the village, I have to agree with Mr Gleeson’s predictions; “Future expected tourists and natives returning to this small rural village will have difficulty in recognising it and may even now decide to remain and attempt to re-grow their earlier roots, reversing the prophesy of Oliver Goldsmith, Quote; ‘Trade’s proud empire hastes to swift decay, as ocean sweeps the labour’d mole away’.”
So if you are out and about on the road from Thurles to Upperchurch, over the coming days, do take a short detour and examine the magnificent work currently being undertaken in rural picturesque Drombane village.
Surely, with apologies to Oliver Goldsmith; “Contented toil, and hospitable care, and kind connubial tenderness, are HERE.“
Seven men, charged last night with serious aggravated burglary at a home in Co Tipperary, committed this week, have appeared at a special sitting of Cashel District Court today.
The seven men, some of which were already on bail for other serious offences, including possession of a firearm and assaulting a Garda, have now been named as Patrick Joyce, aged 21, from Beaumont Hall, Beaumont Woods, Dublin 9; John Joyce, aged 19, from Lentisk Lawn, Donaghmede, Dublin; Michael McDonagh, aged 22, from Tara Lawns, Belcamp Lane, Coolock, Dublin 5; Thomas Flynn, aged19, Moatview Avenue, Coolock, Dublin 5; Donal O’Hara, aged 21, from Glin Park, Coolock, Dublin 5; Dean Byrne, aged 21, from Cabra Park, Dublin 7; and Patrick Gately, aged 26, from Primrose Grove, Darndale, Dublin.
Gardaí had yesterday applied to the District Court in Cashel for permission to detain the men for a third 24-hour period, allowing for their detention for the full 72 hours available to Gardaí under present legislation.
Following their arrest early on Thursday morning last, about €1,300 in cash, together with jewellery taken from the house and two shotguns had been found in their possession. Gardaí investigations now believe that this gang left their base in Coolock, north Dublin, driving a Saab and a V W Passat, around midnight on Wednesday last. The Saab vehicle appears to have broken down near Urlingford, on the Tipperary/Kilkenny border, forcing the gang members to cram into the Passat.
When they eventually reached the home of Mr Mark and Mrs Emma Corcoran, at Burnchurch, near Killenaule, they tried to break open the front door using crowbars. Failing in this attempt they then broke the front living room double glazed window and on entering, then threatened and assaulted the couple using shotguns before then tying them up, ransacking the house and stealing cash and the other property.
The gang were arrested within six hours of this attack and charged last night with aggravated burglary. They will now appear in court again on November 28th next, having been refused bail.
Please welcome the newest descendant to arrive with a proud pedigree direct from her ancient roots in Loughmore, Thurles, Co Tipperary.
Baby Mia Rose Hayes arrived on Sunday last, November 17th, 2013 at 8:53am.
Her dad Brenden and his lovely wife and new mum Heather, from San Jose the third-largest city in California, could not be more proud of their healthy, little seven pound bundle of joy.
Thanks to incessant searching by her Grandfather, Patrick, newly arrived Miss Mia Rose Hayes can, in the years to come, happily explore her Loughmore, Co Tipperary lineage, going back for the last eight generations, way back to the January 23rd, 1811. For it was then that Pierce Hayes of the townsland of Glogherailymore married Margaret Maher of Killanigan.
Brendan’s dad Patrick, a daily reader of Thurles.Info and shown here above in our picture, (top right), is a regular visitor to Thurles and Loughmore and indeed his son Brendan and several other family members have also made the journey to Thurles and Loughmore, all renewing acquaintances and visiting the old ‘stamping ground’ of their ancestors.
“Céad míle fáilte romhat, (Irish Translation: “One Hundred Thousand Welcomes to you.”) Mia Rose and congratulations to Brenden, Heather and of course we are not forgetting Patrick, now a very justly proud grandpa for the very first time.”