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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.


Thurles Ursuline Student Wins Special Merit Award In 68th Texaco Children’s Art Competition.

A Thurles student, studying at the Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles, Co. Tipperary has been included in the top prizes in this year’s 68th Texaco Children’s Art Competition.

Ms Holly Keane, aged 14 years, is the winner of a ‘Special Merit Award’, while being acknowledged for displaying a high level of skill and creativity for her work; latter a coloured pencil portrait entitled ‘Jack!’.

‘Jack’Artist Holly Keane

Close to some 20,000 artworks were received for this year’s competition, with Final Adjudicator, Professor Gary Graville supported in the judging process by a group of preliminary judges; same including Dr. Denise Ferran (artist, art historian and former president of the Royal Ulster Academy); Mr Eoin Butler (Artist and lecturer); Seán Kissane (Curator) and Ms Marie Connole (A previous Texaco Children’s Art Competition winner).

The top 126 artworks of this year’s competition are currently being showcased at Belfast’s Royal Ulster Academy of Arts until June 30th next, with the display open from Tuesday to Thursday each week, from 9:00am-5:00pm each day.

For those visiting the exhibition, admission is free.


Thurles Shopping Centre’s €250 Eco Art Competition.

Ecological – the set of relationships existing between individual animal, plants, or single-celled life forms and their environment.

Thurles Shopping Centre are rightly proud of their new Eco-Friendly renovations surrounding their shopping centre complex.
They strive to be even more eco friendly for 2022 and are looking for your help.

To celebrate, Thurles Shopping Centre are running an Art Competition for children aged 12 years and under.

Competition: What To Do.

First pick up an entry form leaflet from Thurles Shopping Centre.
The competition itself is to design a wall mural to fit in with a theme for Thurles Shopping Centre, based on “Wildlife”.
Do remember on completion of your chosen design; fill out your Name, Age, Address and Parent Contact Phone Number.
Next, place your entry form into the Box provided in the central Mall area within the Shopping centre; easily located in the area between the Eason bookshop & An Post offices.


Winner will receive a €250 voucher for Thurles Shopping Centre.
Plus, the winning Artwork will be enlarged and painted on the wall at the River Walk entrance at Thurles Shopping centre.


Holycross Village Market, Begins A New Trading Year.

Dust off that Easter Bonnet, it’s market time again at Holycross, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Holycross market Thurles, Co. Tipperary look forward to meeting all their many old customers and hopefully indeed some new consumers, once again next Saturday April 16th, in the village from 1:00pm to 3:00pm for the beginning of yet another trading year.

The market will run, bi weekly, from April 16th until December 10th, with lots of interesting events along the way.
The market welcomes new traders throughout the year, while anchoring it’s personality and stability with a core group of valued old friends.

Come visit a very special Easter market this week, with an Easter raffle and Egg Hunt; come and join us, grab a coffee and a tasty bake, listen to the music, take a seat and chat with friends.

Note: As part of our new initiative to network with local businesses, Holycross Village Market are delighted to have Park 63 @Parkers Restaurant on board this week. Parker’s have put forward a voucher, which will be raffled at the market on next Saturday, April 16th, between 1:00 & 3:00pm.


37th Co. Tipperary Drama Festival Under Way In Holycross.

Author, Poet and Press Correspondent Mr Tom Ryan Reports.

There was palpable excitement in the air last Friday night, when the celebrated actress of stage screen and television, Adjudicator, Ms. Anna Walker [Association of Drama Adjudicators], officially opened the 37th annual County Tipperary Open Drama Festival, which was last held two years ago in pre-Covid times.

Ms. Anna Walker

This festival “rooted in the community” of Holycross/Ballycahill, has been a feature of life in the picturesque village, alongside of the 800 years old Cistercian Abbey, for nigh on 40 years and for almost all that time Mr. Donal Duggan has been its very effective Festival Director.

However, there was added an unexpected drama off stage this year, when the Tuesday before the Festival, the Mullingar Drama Group, who were to stage “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, next Thursday (March 24th), had sadly to withdraw from the festival, due to circumstances outside their control, (believed to be Covid related).

But, in best traditions of theatre “the show must go on”, and instead the Abbeysiders; latter the host group of the festival and the All-Ireland Confined Champions of 2019, opted to stage their own production of John B Keane’s popular “Moll”, on next Thursday night (March 24th).

It was gratifying to see so many familiar festival faces, true theatre loyalists, including members of Drama Groups from Thurles and elsewhere. The attendance included David and Kate McElgunn, Jim Ryan and comedian Tim Curran (Thurles); Han Costello, (Inch); her sister Esther Duggan; Denis Carroll, (Clonoulty); Pat McGrath, (Holycross); Fintan and Frances O‘Gorman, (Athnid), and Mike and Breda Hennessy, (Tipp Mid West Radio, Tipperary Town).

The Festival committee, held their traditional raffle [in which this writer won a box of chocolates]. They also had their traditional tearooms open at the interval, as an excellent thriller, “The Beacon”, by Nancy Harris was played on stage by the Ballycogley Players.

Festival life has returning to normal in the St. Michael’s Community Hall, Holycross, Co. Tipperary and it was such a nice feeling after all the trauma of the recent years, experienced locally and nationwide.
As Mr. Donal Duggan stated, “The drama festival brings a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and will help us to move from the dark days of Covid to the healthier, brighter and longer days of Spring“.

The hospitality of Holycross, Co. Tipperary, is well known and it is great to see old friendships being renewed and new ones made, during the interval “over that cuppa”.

Mr. Duggan thanked patrons and sponsors, the local media and particularly Tipp FM.

The hard working committee, who deserve to be congratulated on their trojan efforts, comprised this year of Rev. Celsus Tierney (President), Donal Duggan (Festival Director), Tommy Lanigan (Chairman), Claire Ryan (Secretary), Maudie Bourke and Tommy Lanigan (Joint Treasurers), Geraldine O’Neill (PRO), Marty O’Neill and Ger O’Dwyer (sponsorship), Diana Lacey (Raffle), Marty O’Neill and Paddy Connolly (Technical), and Marie Spillane, Peg Ryan, Elaine O’Dwyer, Andy Slattery (Committee).
The Sub-Committee comprised of Jack Henchion, John Glasheen, Aishling Henchion, Gerry Kennedy and Derek Doherty.

Groups are competing for the “Tipperary Star” Cup in the Confined Section and the “Tipp FM Trophy” in the Open Category.

The Festival continues tonight (Tuesday, March 22nd), with “The Beauty Queen of Leenane”, by Martin McDonagh, played by Brideview Drama group.
Tomorrow (Wednesday, March 23rd) will be staged “The Quiet Moment” by Mick Finn (Kilworth DG.).
As already stated, on Thursday next (March 24th) the Holycross/Ballycahill Drama Group will stage “Moll”, [Note, which is not competing in this years Festival competition].
On Friday (March 25th), Skibbereen Theatre Society will stage “Brighton” by Jim Nolan
On the final night, Saturday, (March 26th), Camross Drama Group will conclude this festival fare with Jimmy Murphy’s much-loved “The Kings of Kilburn High Road”.

This will be followed by final adjudication and presentation of awards.

Mr Donal Duggan, who welcomed Ms Anna Walker on her first visit to Holycross, Co. Tipperary; on a poignant note said “Covid took a heavy toll on people and drama did not escape, as we lost one of our founding members, Tom Molony and also Joe and Sally O’Rourke, who were all involved with our local group for many years”.
The late Tom Molony was Chairman of the Festival, after it moved to its new home in Holycross, from Thurles in 1983 and he served on the committee for many years. He was one of the early members of the group and played parts in many plays over the years. “He will be remembered for his readily given advice, tempered with his ready wit”, continued Mr. Duggan.

He further added “I wish to thank our hardworking committee for their time and dedication to the festival which we all love”.

In thanking Tipp FM local radio, he also thanked and welcomed back the audience, “whose presence and support for live drama encourages us to keep trying to improve the festival each year“.