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Tomorrow Sat. Oct. 30th Three Hours of Pumpkin Festivities At Holycross Market.

Muppet Monster.

It is “Ready, Set, Go” for Halloween Festivities at Holycross Market, here in Holycross, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, tomorrow, with their extra special “Holycross Pumpkin Fest” taking place.

A host of spooky and other spectacular events will take off, promising to entertain young and old and guaranteeing the very best in family fun.

Market organisers will be seeking those skilled conker fighters to participate in the “Tipperary Conker Championship” which will result in a trophy and prizes for both the winner and runner-up.

Don’t forget Ruadhán Gormally, that incredibly talented Galway born puppet maker, who was recently featured on the Ryan Tubridy Show, will be here in Holycross Market tomorrow, to entertain and delight with a collection of his best puppets.

A “Muppet Monster” style Puppet will also be raffled off as part of the afternoon’s much anticipated festivities.

As stated, the market will be extending their opening time by one hour, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, with lots of extra music, tricks, treats and other shenanigans, for children and adults, in honour of this truly Irish tradition.

Meanwhile; the market organisers of this Holycross Market Pumpkin Fest, want to keep the family fun rolling out over the full Halloween holiday, with other ‘spooktacular’ Halloween activities after their market closes.

Create Your Own Halloween Puppet from Paper

After Ruadhán Gormally’s puppet display, you’ll be inspired to make your own puppets. To make these easy Halloween hand puppets, all you need is paper, glue, scissors and some ‘crafty’ creativity.

Make Some Halloween Garlands.

Street area’s and stalls at the Holycross Market will be decorated for Halloween. Why not have a go at making your own Halloween decorations? Many of us will remember making these paper garlands as children. Why not put a Halloween spin on this oldest of paper crafts. No skill required, just some folding and cutting with a scissors. Just click HERE.

Learn to Draw a Favourite Halloween Monster.

You are sure to see lots of creepy costumes at the Holycross Halloween Market. When you get home, why not learn to draw a few. As always, Art for Kids Hub offers hundreds of free tutorials on how to draw our favourite Halloween characters. With lessons for all ages and abilities it’s no wonder this channel has over 5 million subscribers. Click HERE.

Bake Some Halloween Buns with Mum.

Once you have eaten all the delicious cakes you bought at Holycross Market, try out some of these delicious Halloween bakes, courtesy of Oldlum’s by clicking HERE.

Play Some Halloween Games.

Still feeling competitive after the Holycross Conker Championship? Here are five other Halloween games that will provide lots of fun for young and old.
Halloween Charades click HERE.
Pin the Spider on the Web click HERE.
Wrap the Mummy click HERE. (Persuade Mum to buy a few extra toilet roll)
Halloween Relay Race click HERE.
Guess the Gross Food click HERE.

See you all tomorrow at Holycross Market Pumpkin Fest. It’s the place to be.


Tipperary Winners In 67th Texaco Children’s Art Competition

Paying tribute to the winners, not least those in younger age groups and special needs categories, Mr James Twohig, (Director of Ireland Operations for Valero Energy (Ireland) Limited), congratulated all the young
artists who, he said, “continue to demonstrate their skills and ability in the incredible prize-winning entries we see this and every year.”

Celebrating an unbroken 67 year history, the Texaco Children’s Art Competition was conducted, this year, in the face of school Covid-19 closures and other limitations applying over the past 12 months, which required amendments to the announcement of winners; the presentation of prizes; and other activities which are traditionally held in April and May each year.

Not surprisingly therefore, Mr. Twohig should praise not just the
artists, but also their parents and teachers for what he calls “their enthusiasm and continued interest in the Competition, as a platform on which they can showcase their imagination, exercise their creativity and display their very exceptional talents.”

Past winners whose early interest in art and the arts may well have been encouraged by their participation in the Texaco Children’s Art Competition include artists Graham Knuttel, Robert Ballagh, Bernadette Madden, Dorothy Cross, fashion designer Paul Costelloe, and artist and former broadcaster Thelma Mansfield.

This year’s Co. Tipperary winning entries, whose work can be viewed HERE are named as follows:-

Frankie Burke, aged 8, representing Killurney National School, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, with artwork entitled “Butterfly Fish”.
Ailbhe Treacy, aged 12, representing Lissenhall National School, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, with artwork entitled “Life Going On”.
Anna Chirubvu, aged 16, from Scoil Ruain, Killenaule, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, with artwork entitled “New Life In A Pandemic”.
Chloe Egan, aged 16, representing Borrisokane Community College, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, with artwork entitled “Procrastinating”.
Heather Barnett, aged 17, representing Cashel Community College, Cashel , Co. Tipperary, with artwork entitled Lost In Music.

From now until October 2nd next, Drogheda’s Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery is hosting an exhibition of the top 126 winning paintings in this year’s Competition.
Admission is free and further information is available at www.highlanes.ie.


Holycross Village Bi-Weekly Market, Tomorrow Saturday September 18th.

A reminder that the bi-weekly Holycross Village Market is taking place tomorrow, September 18th, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

Ann Lanigan Reports:
“Experience the ultimate village market in Holycross this Saturday September 18th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
Indulge in a coffee, hot food or an ice cream as you check out all the market has to offer.
Browse the lovely art and crafts stalls and savour local fresh produce including fruit, vegetables, meats and artisan bakes. Enjoy the live music and poetry while the children have their faces painted and hair braided.
We have exciting new vendors each market
day so check who is joining us this weekend.
There’s something for everyone to enjoy in the beautiful surrounds of the historic village of Holycross and there is ample parking behind the abbey with stewards on hand to help in anyway necessary.
Spread the word and looking forward to seeing you all there”

Ann Lanigan


LIT Student Is People’s Choice At Smedia Awards 2021.

President of LIT Professor Vincent Cunnane has congratulated third year LIT Creative Broadcast and Film Production student Ms Alyssa Fleming who won the People’s Choice Award at the Smedia Awards 2021, with her film “The Daily Grind“.

“Winning a National Student Media Award – or Smedia – in any year is a great achievement, but to create an award-winning film during a time when our movements were limited due to a global pandemic is particularly significant. Alyssa and her fellow students have shown great determination, creativity and resolve to create such excellent work despite the Covid-19 restrictions,” said Professor Cunnane.

“I would like to congratulate Alyssa on her success and acknowledge the work of her fellow creative broadcast student Matt Murphy, who expertly edited the winning film The Daily Grind. Credit must also go to the LIT teaching staff, who continue to teach, encourage and inspire the next generation of broadcasters and film makers.”

Ms Nora Ní Fhlathárta, Programme Leader, Creative Broadcast & Film Production congratulated the Smedia People Choice Award winner, while also paying tribute to LIT’s Laura Mannix, the first-year student of Creative Broadcast, who was nominated for the Short Animation of the Year award

“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic many students had to restructure their original film plans so as to adhere to Government health guidelines. However, all was not lost as sometimes, having to restructure allowed students to embrace formats they might never have considered. Troubleshooting is part and parcel of film making and we are so proud of all our film students who have created a diverse and unique range of film and audio projects this year,” she said.

Alyssa Fleming’s award-winning film tells the story of a stressed coffee shop owner who pushes her eccentric staff for ideas to save the business during lockdown.

Speaking following receiving her Smedia award, Alyssa said, “I’m very grateful to everyone who voted for The Daily Grind and I am also very grateful to my actors and Matt Murphy for editing the piece. Making a film during lockdown was tough, but the final product is something that I am very proud of.”


Holycross Bi-Weekly Market Huge Success On Saturday Last.

A multitude of consumers turned out to support the first local Village Market held in Holycross, Thurles, Co. Tipperary on Saturday last.

“From a needle to an anchor” can be found at Holycross Market.

This first Bi-Weekly Market was officially blessed by Rev. Fr. Celsus Tierney (Parish Priest Holycross) and officially opened by Mr Paddy Hayes (Holycross Tidy Village Association) and Mrs Ann Lanigan (Village Committee Member).

It was truly great to witness the many visitors in attendance and the skilled locals, of all ages, trading on the day.  Despite unsettled weather, most of those selling fresh produce were sold out within the first hour of trading.

A huge ‘Thank You’ must go to Fr. Tierney, Holycross parish, Holycross committee, local Tidy Village Association members, the stewards, vendors, musicians, Cormackstown Heritage Centre, Mairead Ryan and most of all to the members of public who came in search of fresh local produce and the many other attractive hand made goods.

The Village Market look forward to welcoming everyone on Saturday next May 29th; (1:00pm to 3:00pm) and every second week thereafter.