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Hold My Hand.

Hold My Hand.

Lyrics: M. Coleman
Singer: Liverpool native; English comedian; music hall entertainer; singer, and actor, the late, great Sir Kenneth Arthur Dodd. OBE. (1927 – 2018)

Hold My Hand.

Hello world of yesterday,
We’re looking out to find a way,
For the children.
With a happy song and a happy face,
We can make this world a better place,
For the children.
If all the nations join and sing,
The bells around the world will ring,
For the children.
And what we have we’d like to share,
And show you all that the children care,
For the children.
And when beaming out around the world,
To every other boy and girl
We’re holding hands and reaching out for all of you.
Hold my hand, hold it tight,
Hold my hand if you’re yellow, black or white,
Children of the world unite,
Keep the candle burning bright,
Hold my hand if your yellow, black or white.
Over the oceans nationwide,
You can always reach to the other side,
For the children.
We can send our love, we can send some smiles,
Send love and peace a thousand miles,
For the children.
We shall leave a guiding light,
And sing along into the night,
For the children.
What a wonderful place this world would stay,
If we all held hands each and every day,
Like the children.
And when singing out around the world,
To every other boy and girl,
We’re holding hands and reaching out for all of you.
Hold my hand, hold it tight,
Hold my hand if you’re yellow, black or white,
Children of the world unite,
See the candle burning bright,
Hold my hand if your yellow, black or white.
Hold my hand, hold it tight,
Hold my hand if you’re yellow, black or white,
Children of the world unite,
See your candle burning bright,
Hold my hand if your yellow, black or white.
Hold my hand if your yellow, black or white.



A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.

Lyrics: American musician and Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan, originally written as a poem, in response to the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 22nd – November 20th, 1962, which saw confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union. This confrontation quickly escalated into an international crisis, when American deployments of missiles in Italy and Turkey were matched by Soviet deployments of similar ballistic missiles in Cuba.
The song is characterized by symbolist imagery, which communicates suffering, pollution, and warfare, latter once again being threatened within our time living on this earth.

Vocals: American singer, songwriter, musician, and activist Joan Chandos Baez.

A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.

Oh, where have you been, my blue eyed son?
Oh, where have you been, my darling young one?
I’ve stumbled on the side of twelve misty mountains.
I’ve walked and I’ve crawled on six crooked highways.
I’ve stepped in the middle of seven sad forests.
I’ve been out in front of a dozen dead oceans.
I’ve been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard,
And it’s hard, and it’s hard, it’s hard, and it’s hard,
It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.
Oh, what did you see, my blue eyed son?
Oh, what did you see, my darling young one?
I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around it.
I saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on it.
I saw a black branch with blood that kept drippin’.
I saw a room full of men with their hammers a bleedin’.
I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken.
I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children,
And it’s hard, and it’s hard, it’s hard, it’s hard,
It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.
And what did you hear, my blue eyed son?
And what did you hear, my darling young one?
I heard the sound of a thunder, is it roared out a warnin’.
I heard the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world.
I heard one hundred drummers whose hands were a blazin’.
I heard ten thousand whisperin’ and nobody listenin’.
I heard one person starve, I heard many people laughin’.
I heard the song of a poet who died in the gutter.
I heard the sound of a clown who cried in the alley,
And it’s hard, and it’s hard, it’s hard, it’s hard,
It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.
And who did you meet, my blue eyed son?
Oh, who did you meet, my darling young one?
I met a young child beside a dead pony.
I met a white man who walked a black dog.
I met a young woman whose body was burning.
I met a young girl, she gave me a rainbow.
I met one man who was wounded in love.
I met another man who was wounded with hatred,
And it’s hard, it’s hard, it’s hard, it’s hard,
It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.
Oh, what’ll you do now, my blue eyed son?
Oh, what’ll you do now, my darling young one?
Well, I’m a goin’ back out ‘fore the rain starts a fallin’.
Well, I’ll walk to the depths of the deepest black,
Where the people are many and their hands are all empty.
Where the pellets of poison are flooding their waters.
Where the home in the valley meets the damp dirty prison.
Where the executioner’s face is always well hidden.
Where hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten.
Where black is the color, and none is the number.
And I’ll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it,
And reflect from the mountain so all souls can see it,
And I’ll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin’.
But I’ll know my song well before I start singin’,
And it’s hard, it’s hard, it’s hard, it’s hard,
It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.



Thurles, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 17th 2023.

Possibly, the largest turnout ever of spectators who came to view this year’s Thurles St. Patrick’s Days Parade; latter held yesterday, March 17th, 2023.

Ireland is renowned for its enduring tradition, its culture and heritage, which traverses across all borders, inviting those across the world to come together annually on Friday, March 17th and collectively share, participate, celebrate, laugh and where possible perform.


Lá Fhéile Pádraig – St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Thurles 2023.

Saint Patrick’s Day, for the few who are as yet unaware, is a religious and cultural holiday held annually on March 17th, the traditional death date of St. Patrick, latter Ireland’s foremost patron saint.

Using the theme “The Past, Present and Future”, the Thurles and District St. Patricks Day Parade, 2023, took place today, March 17th, in warm Spring sunshine [14° C].
The Thurles St. Patrick’s Day festival links with the many other villages, towns and cities around Ireland, in assisting to highlight our global culture; same a culture that unites us through our distinctive music, traditions, storytelling, sport and nature.

Today’s event saw, possibly, the largest turnout of spectators, many of whom were from foreign countries, and many togged out displaying festive green and gold.

Picture: One patriotic young lady, just returned from the hairdressers; about to get dressed up for today’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.

The parade began sharp at 2.15pm, with Liberty Square closed off from traffic at the Slievenamon Road junction from 2:00pm, and with diversions in place preventing no entry unto the eastern side of Liberty Square.

The ‘Reviewing Stand’, this year for the first time was positioned outside McMahon’s Shoe Emporium and Heyday Coffee House on Liberty Square’s north side (Sunny Side).

A huge ‘Thank You‘ to Mr Johnny Kenehan (Chairperson St. Patrick’s Day Committee) and his organising committee members.

A big ‘Thank You’, also, to the many parade sponsors, which included: The People of Upperchurch/Drombane; Borrisoleigh; Moyne and Thurles, Grace Fashions, O’Dwyer Transport, Anner Hotel, Vale Oil Co., Sklep Polski Jelonek, Flynns Childrenswear, Tim Looby Accountants, Q Mobile, Golden Nails, Inga Mikelsone, Jennings Opticians, The Tipperary Star, Thomas Murphy & Sons Machinery Ltd, Kam Bo Chinese Restaurant, Thurles Information (Website), Thurles Golf Club, Margaret Skehan, Martin Shanahan Tyres, William F. Gleeson Solicitor, Stakelums Hardware, Dinans Timber, The Thurles Order of Malta, Moran’s Menswear, Ryans Cleaning, Seamus Hanafin Furniture, Michael’s Jewellers, Supermacs, Thurles Shopping Centre and BC IT, to name but a few.

A video of today’s event will be published tomorrow, here on Thurles.Info, so do tune in.


‘Made In Dagenham’ – All Set For Stage In Premier Hall, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Cast of Thurles Musical Society 2023

Thurles Musical Society (TMS) is all set to stage the hit show ‘Made in Dagenham’, which opens in the Premier Hall, Thurles on Tuesday evening next, March 28th, and runs until Saturday April 1st.

Three years after it had been originally billed, this brilliant show, (latter centred around a strike in the Ford factory in Dagenham in Essex, London, dramatizing the Ford sewing machinists strike of 1968, and aimed at obtaining equal pay for women), is all set for the stage, with Director Oliver Hurley having collaborated with Musical Director Mary Rose McNally and Dance Captain Siobhan King, to bring this stunning piece of theatre to life.

TMS had originally planned to stage this show in 2020, but Covid 19 put paid to their plans. Thankfully the majority of the cast and chorus has returned for this run, with a number of notable additions as well. In fact, almost a cast of sixty will don costume for the show, bookings for which can be made through Gr8events.ie or at Bookworm, Thurles from Thursday March 23rd – Saturday 25th, between 11:00am-2:00pm.

There is huge interest in this production locally and it is anticipated that many regular show goers will travel from distance to enjoy what is still, a relatively new show. Patrons are encouraged to book tickets early, so as to secure the seat you wish to have.

Among the main role players are Fiona Delaney (Rita), John Hayes (Eddie)(John is also joined on stage by his children Éanna and Fiadh)Brendan Bailey (Harold Wilson), Linda Ryan (Barbara Castle), Barry Derby (Monty), Frank Tuohy (Tooley), Peter Donnelly (Barry), Therese Murphy (Sandra), Mary Callanan (Beryl), Denise King (Claire), Siobhan King (Cass), Nina Scott (Connie), John Butler (Mr Hopkins), Cole Flanagan (Cortina Man) and Deirdre Hayes (Lisa). There are also roles for Geraint Fyler, Peter Stockborough, Finbarr Shelly and Gerard O’Hagan – it is indeed a big cast.

The set and stage are in the final throes of preparation by Anthony Kirby (Stage Manager), Rita Dempsey (Stage Director) and their teams, while the orchestra members under the guidance of Mary Rose McNally are also fine tuning their work.

In total, there will be well over 100 people involved in this production– a real community event and Thurles Musical Society is most appreciative of all the support received so far. Anyone wishing to submit subscriptions or patronage would be very welcome to do so – simply place your sub into an envelope and address to Thurles Musical Society, Hickey’s Pharmacy, Liberty Square, Thurles.

So make sure to get along to the Premier Hall next week and witness a great piece of local theatre right on your doorstep.

[Prepared to be entertained, but please note the show does contain some strong language.]