Anna Walker To Adjudicate Co. Tipperary Open Drama Festival At Holycross, Thurles.

Ms Anna Walker

The prestigious County Tipperary Open Drama Festival returns to St Michael’s Community Theatre, in Holycross, Thurles again, after a lapse of two years, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Tipperary Open Drama Festival this year will run from Friday, March 18th, to Saturday, March 26th, starting nightly at 8:30pm, [except for the final night when it begins at 8:00pm, when awards will be presented].

It is also a return to centre stage for Mr Donal Duggan, who is Holycross Festival Director once again, for this prestigious festival, which has for decades attracted Ireland’s top drama Groups, staging first class plays by some of the theatre world’s most popular authors.

Having adjudicated across the length and breadth of Ireland, and having supported and nurtured a host of travelling players, Ms Anna Walker has agreed to adjudicate at this year’s Co. Tipperary Open Drama Festival, to the delight of the organisers.
Ms Walker, has performed on stage, screen and television, having first trod the boards as an amateur actress with The Olivian Players, in Dublin, where she won a host of best acting awards.

Plays & Players.

Friday, March 18th, (Open), “The Beacon”, by Nancy Harris, (Ballycogley Players).

Saturday, March 19th, (Open), “The Door on the Left”, by Killian McGuinness, (Carrigallen D. G.).

Sunday, March 20th (Open), “Conversations on a Homecoming”, by Tom Murphy, (Kilmeen D. G.).

Monday, March 21st (Confined), “Little Gem”, by Elaine Murphy, (Kilrush D. G.).

Tuesday, March 22nd, (Open) “The Beauty Queen of Leenane”, by Martin McDonagh, (Brideview D. G.).

Wednesday, March 23rd, (Confined) “Quite Moment”, by Mick Finn, (Kilworth D. S.).

Thursday, March 24th, (Confined), “One flew over the Cuckoo’s nest”, by Dale Wassermann, (Mullingar D. G.).

Friday, March 25th (Open) “Brighton”, by Jim Nolan, (Skibbereen T. S.).

Saturday, March 26th, (Confined), “The Kings of Kilburn High Road”, by Jimmy Murphy (Camross D. G.)

Admission: €15 euro. Season Ticket: €70 euro. Concession: €12 euro.
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Today Covid-19 Cases Reach 2,193 On Irish Mainland

The Department of Health here in the Republic of Ireland has confirmed a further 1,163 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours.

The number of people in our hospitals now stands at 297, which is an increase of 11 since yesterday. Of these patients, 61 are being treated in hospital intensive care units; up a further 2 since yesterday.

Co. Tipperary now has the fourth highest vaccination rate of all 26 Irish counties, according to HSE data. The HSE further states that the amount of people over 18 years within Co. Tipperary, who has received at least one dose of vaccine, averages 97.3 % of the current population.

In Northern Ireland their Department of Health has confirmed a further 1,030 cases of coronavirus over the past 24 hours, down from 1,165 yesterday.

There were 373 patients with Covid-19 in northern hospitals on Friday, compared to 383 yesterday. The number of patients with Covid-19 in hospital intensive care units remains at 31 today.

Vaccination continues to offer the best protection against the most severe effects of COVID-19, including hospitalisation and death.


Stay At Home Festive Fun For All Family Members

Wednesday January 6th traditionally marks the end of Christmas, with decorations gradually coming down in the days that follow.
With just a few days of festive fun left and with everyone asked to stay home and stay safe, here are some last minute ideas for “Stay at Home Christmas Fun”.

View also HERE for more fun or play the video hereunder

Emoji Christmas Guessing Games

Emojis are a language all of their own and one language all teenagers are fluent in, so why not put their Emoji knowledge to the test with an Emoji Christmas Guessing Game. Say what you see and guess the Christmas Song For great emoji Christmas guessing games visit the following links, to be found HEREHEREHERE.

Tune In For More Fun Tomorrow


Covid-19 Update: Wed. 27th May 2020 – 17 Deaths – 73 New Cases

The total number of Covid-19 virus cases confirmed here in Co. Tipperary; as of midnight on Monday, May 25th last, remains at 528, with 0 recorded new case, within a 24-hour period.

The Department of Health has confirmed this evening that a further 17 persons have sadly passed away from the virus here in the Republic of Ireland, over the past 24 hours. These latest figures leave the total number of deaths caused by this pandemic currently at 1,631.

This evening, it has also been confirmed that an additional 73 new cases of coronavirus have been identified, bringing the total since conception to 24,803.

It is understood that the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan has informed government ministers today that the public advice on social distancing should remain at two metres.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that people stay at least one metre apart and ideally two metres from one another, in order to help limit further transmission of the virus.

Please Do Continue To Remain Safe.


Get Kids Computer Coding With FREE Online Course

With Schools out, are you and your children climbing the walls with boredom because of isolation? Check hereunder for a possible solution.

Computer coding is the process of using a programming language to get a computer to create your own interactive stories, games, and animations.

As part of the New Mathematics Curriculum for Irish primary schools; primary pupils, from Junior Infants to 6th Class, will be expected to learn the foundations of computer coding:

Scratch(Visit ) is a programming language developed by MIT and designed for children ages 8 to 16 years. As already stated ‘Scratch’ enables children to use a programming language to code and create stories, games and animations. As children create with Scratch, they very quickly learn to think creatively, work collaboratively and reason systematically.

With schools closed until March 29th and possibly much longer, are generously offering their coding course free to pupils from 1st to 6th class. Simply visit

Coding has many benefits for children. It enables them to problem-solve, design, create, collaborate, think, review and sequence. Most of all, it enables them to understand how the technology that surrounds them actually works.

For children under 6 years, the ScratchJr App has been designed and is available for free to download on android and iOS devices. To get started using ScratchJr take a look at this ScratchJr introductory video at