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Coronavirus, Explained

A new series ‘Coronavirus, Explained’ has just begun, today Sunday April 26th, 2020; featured on Netflix, and must now be made essential viewing for everyone on our planet.

The first short episode in the series, explains how the coronavirus become a global pandemic in the first place, changing life as we know it today; and pointing out the necessity and importance for social distancing.

Interviewed medical experts and data made available in this first episode in the series provides a clear, informative overview of COVID-19 and what we know and continue to learn about this virus to-date.

When messed with ‘Mother Nature’ becomes the ultimate bioterrorist

The series narrated by J. K. Simmons, also explores various topics around the subject, while discussing the efforts to halt it.

This excellent American made, limited series, documentary is produced by Vox, which brought us ‘The Mind, Explained’ and ‘Sex, Explained’, is a spin-off of the television series ‘Explained’.

To locate on Netflix; type Coronavirus, Explained into the provided Search Panel, and dare we state, where possible, get your teenage family members to watch.

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Dónal Ó Céilleachair To Visit Cabragh Wetlands

“The Camino Voyage”; a film, described by the Dingle Film Festival as “Enchanting, Inspiring and ultimately very deeply moving”, will be shown in its entirety to an assembled audience at Cabragh Wetlands on Thursday next, March 28th, at 7.30pm.

A large crowd is expected to be in attendance with an opportunity to meet film directer Mr Dónal Ó Céilleachair, latter who will answer questions regarding all aspects of the making of this unhurried, epic and soulful film.

This truly heart warming, spirited documentary film tells the true story of a Writer, two Musicians, an Artist and a Stonemason, who embark on an inspiring, yet dangerous 2,500 km (some 1554 miles), journeying by sea, in a traditional boat (a currach / naomhóg) that they built themselves; rowing all the way from Ireland to Northern Spain.

Four men; poet Danny Sheehy, artist Liam Holden, musician Brendan Begley and stonemason Breandán Moriarty, set out on this journey, in three yearly stages, beginning in 2014. Musician and Academy Award winner Glen Hansard replaced Breandán Moriarty on the final leg, introducing new acquaintances to Irish song and merriment.

The very real dangers that attend such voyages were confirmed when last year, poet Danny Sheehy died when the currach / naomhóg capsized off the coast of Portugal; the film now remaining as his memorial.

Released to selected Cinemas across Ireland for just 9 weeks, this film has won numerous awards; including two “Audience Awards” from the Dingle International Film Festival and the Luxembourg British & Irish Film Season, and two “Documentary Awards” from Irish Screen America Film Festival NYC and An tOireachtas Media Awards, 2018.

Thurles resident Mr Michael Walsh [Latter who undertook the same journey on foot in 2013] and his son Ben, are both acquainted with the boats crew members and the film makers, and both confirm that this event is a major coup for Cabragh Wetlands. They are encouraging as many people as possible to attend on Thursday night. Note: A suggested contribution for this major event is just €5, with full proceeds donated, going directly to the Cabragh Wetland Development Trust.

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Thurles Born Kerry Condon One Women On The Verge

The very lovely Thurles actress, Ms Kerry Condon, will be appearing on RTÉ2 this month; on Thursday, October 11th, at 10.30pm to be precise, in the highly anticipated TV comedy dubbed “Women on the Verge”.

Talented Actress Ms Kerry Condon.

“Women on the Verge” is set in Dublin, and tells the comical tale of three career-driven friends all in their 30’s, each at various stages of their chosen careers. Their friends and colleagues appear to be ever increasingly in full and total control of their daily lives, while these 3 aforementioned friends seem to be moving in quite the opposite direction. These same three friends referred, are played by Ms Kerry Condon (35); Ms Eileen Walsh(41) and Ms Nina Sosanya (48).

The blue eyed, Ms Condon stars as ‘Laura’, an investigative journalist who is at serious risk of ruining her career, following a ‘sleepover’ with none other than her boss. Ms Walsh, stars in the character of ‘Alison’, latter who is back with her old ex-boyfriend Martin yet again, trying for a baby, following her series of disastrous previous one-night stands, while Ms Sosanya, staring as Laura’s (Kerry Condon) friend ‘Katie’, persuades her to go for a series of psychotherapy sessions with a psychologist played by Ms Sharon Horgan.

The very talented and unassuming Miss Condon first shot to fame in “Angela’s Ashes” in 1999, following it up with a string of films including “Rat”; “How Harry Became a Tree”; “Ned Kelly”; “Intermission”; “The Halo Effect”; “Unleashed”; “The Last Station”; “The Runway”; “This Must Be the Place”; “The Shore”“Dom Hemingway”; “Gold”; “Avengers: Age of Ultron”; “Captain America: Civil War”“Spider-Man”: “Homecoming”; “Breaking Bad”; “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri”; “Avengers: Infinity War”; “Bad Samaritan”  and finally “Dreamland”, latter, an upcoming American drama thriller completed and set for full release sometime next year.

Ms Condon, since 1999 has also appeared in numerous TV series including:-  “Ballykissangel”; “Born and Bred”; “Rome”; “Anatomy of Hope”; “Five Days”; “Luck” “The Walking Dead”; “Believe”; 12 episodes being presently broadcast in Series 4 of “Better Call Saul” and “Brace for Impact”.

Ms Condon first developed her love for stage, as a schoolgirl in the late 1980’s performing here for local audiences in the Premier Hall Thurles, in the Thurles  John Player “Tops of the Town” performances; latter a cigarette-sponsored talent show, that surely rivalled nationally, today’s X Factor. Having honed her considerable talents both locally and nationally; today she performs, on an equal footing, rubbing shoulders alongside Hollywood greats like Colin Farrell, Tom Hanks, Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, Nick Nolte, Dustin Hoffman, to name but a few.Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

Irish Broadcaster George Hook Visits Thurles

George-Hook

Well known and popular Irish broadcaster, journalist and rugby union pundit Mr George Hook visited Thurles yesterday.

During his visit to StakeFest at Stakelums Home & Hardware premises on Racecourse Retail Park, Thurles, the former coach of London Irish, Connacht and the United States National Team of the 1987 Rugby World Cup era met up with members and supporters of Thurles Rugby Club.

(L-R pictured here above) are Colin O’Shaughnessy, Mary Telford, Larry Moloney, George Hook, Eddie Smyth, Shane Moloney, Barry Cagney, Christina Telford.Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail

New Tipperary Film Premier – “The Minnitts of Anabeg”

MinnittsA new Tipperary film “The Minnitts of Anabeg,” will receive its very first screening at the Nenagh Arts Centre, North Tipperary, this coming Wednesday night, December 18th, beginning at 7.30pm sharp.

(Click on image left for larger image of poster.)

This excellent film production was made on a micro budget and filmed around Nenagh and Thurles, here in Co Tipperary, using localised and very talented actors from amateur drama groups representing Nenagh Players and our own much enjoyed award winning Thurles Drama Group.

The film “The Minnitts of Anabeg,” tells the true factual story of the Minnitt family and the generations who lived in Anabeg house near Nenagh, from the 1600’s to the early 1900’s.   The Film focuses in particular on one Joshua Minnitt, latter a prominent landowner living around the period of the Great Famine era (1845 -1849) and his assistance in helping the local impoverished community through that tragic, black period in our Irish history.

While managing to greatly assist and save a community, Joshua Minnitt failed however to save his own family.  His only son against his wishes married a local Catholic girl resulting in the former being disinherited.

The film’s factual storyline however is not just a tale dominated by religious bigotry, but also an account of a family torn apart by politics and power.

The soundtrack for this low budget film was written by Roscrea music composer Thersa Larkin, while the original Anabeg House building was used as the film’s main location. Other scenes were filmed at locations in Thurles, at St Mary’s Famine Museum and at Nenagh Convent, latter which still has a laundry room from the days of the old workhouse regime.

Tickets: Tickets for this very first screening of a Tipperary based production cost just €8.00 and will give the audience a chance to meet many of the talented actors, musicians, technical people and producers involved, many who will be in attendance.

This is a must see event for lovers of real romance, drama, history and in particular Tipperary history. So if you are tired of looking at the same old Dublin produced rubbish, currently sold and eluded to as ‘celebrity entertainment,’ by our various Irish TV channels presently, get out there and see real Tipperary talent perform on screen.

DVD: A limited edition DVD will also be available to purchase on the night.Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail