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Mark Collins Photographic Exhibition To Open in Cashel Library.

Mark Collins, an award winning photographer and Holycross resident, will hold an exhibition of his photographs entitled; “Attention/ Intention” in Cashel Library during the month of September.

Mark is pleased to invite any interested parties to the opening night of this exhibition starting on Tuesday 13th September at 7:00pm sharp in Cashel Library.

Refreshments served. Please remember to RSVP via Tel: 062 63825 please.

Having spent 20 years working as a cinematographer in the Australian film industry; in August 2019 saw Mark returning home to the land of his birth, Ireland.
Upon his seeing what was both his past and now present with fresh eyes, Mark was inspired to photograph his surroundings.

Informed by his love of cinema, he remains driven by a longing to highlight the inherent natural beauty, form and texture, particularly in places overlooked or unnoticed.

Previously behind the lens within film and cinema; Covid-19 lockdown saw Mark return to education, whereupon he studied photography at LCFE, School of Creative Media & Visual Arts, in Co. Limerick.
His studies have reignited a passion for both his home and visual storytelling.

In this exhibition of his latest 15 Photographic works entitled; “Attention/ Intention” , he now draws from his aesthetic roots in cinema, inviting viewers to see beyond classical notions of beauty. An active focus on the decontextualising of forms, Mark welcomes audiences to look beyond the categorisations of still life, landscape etc and allow our own imaginations to adventure across the visual terrain of his works.

“The challenge is to see beyond the distraction of the conspicuous”, the observer is invited into a creative dialogue with the pictures and asked what their own impressions of the world within the art is, what kinds of characters, forms and stories inhabit these worlds?

Mark’s careful and meditative approach to the detail and materiality of subject examines a notion to look more closely at the world around us and discover beauty, in unusual or unexpected places and moments.

Opening night on Tuesday September 13th, 2022 at 7:00pm. These photographs are unique editions of 5 per piece, and will be on show at Cashel Library for the month of September.

Note: Images are available for purchase through the front desk or by emailing the artist directly at contactmarkcollins@gmail.com.


A Peregrine Falcon For Liberty Square, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Pictured above; graphic design artist Mr Dan Leo at work, creating his painting of a Peregrine falcon, which is expected to be completed shortly.
Photo courtesy G. Willoughby

Artist Dan Leo was born in London in 1984, before moving to Ireland at a young age. He admits to having always a keen interest in art; his enthusiasm growing from his consumption of 90s cartoons and having a keen interest in American sports logos and graphic design.

His style has evolved over the years, as he moves forward exploring new approaches as well as improving on existing ones.

Animals have always been something he has had respect for and as the viewers of his work can observe; same feature almost exclusively in his work.
To Dan, nature remains a never ending source of inspiration, while painting continues to give him the opportunity to travel and meet many like minds, while allowing him to work at what he loves most.

This project is one of at least two such projects to be undertaken within the Thurles area, over the coming weeks.

Readers can view more of Dan Leo’s work by logging on HERE.

Should this mural not have been a Greyhound?

Perhaps I should explain myself.

The area where this mural is being painted was once the home of publican Larry (Lawrence) Hickey, (more recently J. Griffin’s Newsagent, Liberty Square, Thurles), same building having been demolished in June 2018, to make way for a car park.

On the night of March 9th 1921, five masked and armed policemen raided the pub of Larry Hickey. He was ordered out of his upstairs bedroom, in his night attire, together with his pregnant wife, and when he reached the top of the stairs, he was tripped and thrown down the said stairs by an R.I.C. man named Jackson.

In the fall, Hickey’s neck was broken. While he was in great pain at the foot of the stairs, Sergeant Enright, who was in charge of the raiders, shot him dead, to put an end to his agony.

Larry Hickey was a well-known republican in Thurles at this time, and a detailed account of his death was given to republican James Leahy during the truce period, by Sergeant Enright himself.

Mr Larry Hickey would have collaborated with his republican next door neighbour, Mr Mixie O’Connell, latter who sent the coded telegram with the wording, “Greyhound on train”, giving the time of the departure of the train to brothers Tom and Mick Shanahan at the Coal Stores, in Knocklong, Co. Limerick, regarding the sending of the IRA prisoner Sean Hogan to Cork city, on May 13th 1919.

Lovers of factual Thurles history can read the full story HERE and HERE.

On August 22nd, 2022, exactly 100 years ago, Michael Collins (the Big Fellow or the Long Fellow), then chairman of the provisional government of the Irish Free State, was shot dead on a roadway in the county of his birth; Co. Cork.
On Sunday last, August 21st, 2022, an Taoiseach and Tánaiste rightly addressed a crowd of thousands, who had gathered at Béal na Bláth, in Co. Cork, to commemorate the centenary of his death.

In Thurles there were no commemorations over the past number of years for those Thurles men and women, who including Loughnane, Quinn, Hickey, O’Connell (Mixie), Leahy (James), Kelly, Fitzpatrick (Bridget), Ryan (Col. Gerry), McCarthy (Goorty), or indeed Mulcahy (Richard).

But then, that is what you get when you elect public representatives including two TD’s, who are mis-informed, mendacious and self-serving.

Meanwhile, the last mentions of Peregrine falcons in Tipperary was in July/August of 2013, when 3 nesting birds were deliberately shot dead in a spate of attacks in south Tipperary; and again in Nenagh, North Co. Tipperary in 2021, latter located nesting close at the top of the spire of Nenagh’s Saint Mary of the Rosary, Catholic church.


Arts BLAST Residency Programme 2022.

The Department of Education has just announced that it’s 2022 Arts-in-Education BLAST Residency Programme will enable up to 425 new Arts-in-Education residencies nationally.

The aim of the BLAST scheme is to give pupils in schools all over the country, including Co. Tipperary, the opportunity to work with a professional artist on unique projects.
The artist’s fee is €1,000 per residency, which in turn is funded by the Department of Education.

Tipperary schools can get involved by completing the application form available HERE.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 30th September 2022.

For more information please visit HERE.


“Portraits” – Debut Exhibition By Cashel Artist Mary Walsh.

Cashel Library Cordially Invites.

Ms Maura Barrett, (Cashel Library) Reports.

“Cashel Library cordially invites you, the public, to the launch of “Portraits”, latter the debut exhibition of much loved local artist Mary Walsh, on Tuesday next, August 16th, at 7:00pm.

Another exquisite talent from the Rossa Pottery stable, Mary is perhaps better known as a Tourism Guide at the Rock of Cashel.

This exhibition doesn’t disappoint. Refreshments will be served. Would love to see you there”.

Note Please: Répondez s’il vous plaît (RSVP) your intention to be present at this worthwhile event by simply contacting Tel. No: 062-63825.


Winner Of Thurles Shopping Centre Art Competition Announced.

The winner of the Thurles Shopping Centre Eco Art Competition has been announced this morning. The competition had been to design a scene for a wall mural, to fit in with a theme for Thurles Shopping Centre, based on “Wildlife”.

Huge congratulations now go to Ms Aoibhe Kojiol, aged 11 years; the outright winner of this Thurles Shopping Centre’s recent competition, first announced in mid-April of this year.

Ms Kojiol will now have her work enlarged and displayed on the entrance wall in this busy shopping complex and has already received her first prize of a €250 shopping voucher.

Thurles Shopping Centre would like to thank all of you young artists out there, for your magnificent response to the competition and are now looking forward to displaying Ms Kojiol’s art work, to further brighten up this busy, popular, market place.