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Fundraiser For Upgrade Of Loughtagalla Park, Thurles.

Ms Breada Ryan, Community Development Worker, North Tipperary Development Company, Reports.

“As I stated in my report yesterday on Thurles.Info; the main purpose of the Loughtagalla project is to develop people and child friendly facilities, taking into consideration all age groups, but in particular children and young people, some with intellectual, sensory, and special needs, and all who regularly visit the area, as well as the social needs of the older generation.

GoFundMe Page.

To this end, a GoFundMe page has now been set up in recent hours.

The organisers and community would greatly appreciate the support of Thurles, for this Fundraiser for the upgrade of Loughtagalla Park, and invite you to make a donation, however small, and ask you to ‘spread the word’ amongst friends of Thurles Town, both at home and abroad.

I thank you most sincerely for your support.”

Signed: Breada Ryan, (Community Development Worker, Thurles.)

Donations: To donate to this very worthy project and follow closely its continued progress, please click HERE.


Death Of Much Loved Folk Singer-Songwriter Nanci Griffith.

Seguin, Texas born 1994 Grammy Award winning folk singer, guitarist songwriter Nanci Griffith has sadly passed away at the age of 68.

Her career spanned a variety of musical genres, predominantly country, folk, and what she herself termed “folkabilly.”

A statement from her management company today confirmed her death, with no cause being provided.

Griffith worked closely with many top folk singers, such as the great John Prine, Don McLean, Jimmy Buffett, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Webb, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris and the very best of Irish performers including Mary Black, Dolores Keane, Maura O’Connell and The Chieftains.

Possibly Nanci was best known here in Ireland for her recording of “From A Distance”, which would later become a well-known Bette Midler hit.

Griffith’s high school boyfriend, John, died in a motorcycle accident after taking her to the senior prom, and subsequently inspired many of her songs.

[“There’s A Light Beyond These Woods (Mary Margaret)”]

Have you met my new boy friend, Margaret?
His name is John, and he rides my bus to school,
And he holds my hand.
He’s fourteen, he’s my older man.
But we’ll still be the best of friends,
The three of us, Margaret, John, and I.

[Lone Star State Of Mind]

“But here I am in Denver
Sippin’ the California wine
And I’ve got all night to remember you
I’m in a lone star state of mind”

Nanci was later married to singer-songwriter Eric Taylor from 1976 to 1982. In the early 1990s, she became engaged to singer-songwriter Tom Kimmel, but the couple never married.

In ár gcroíthe go deo.


Trailer For Tipperary Film ‘The Last Duel’ Now Released

The first trailer for the new historical drama movie, ‘The Last Duel’, which was partially shot in Cahir Castle, Cahir, Co. Tipperary, (also in Dublin, Meath, Wicklow and Kilkenny), has now been released.

‘The Last Duel’ is expected to open here in Irish cinemas (fingers crossed due to our Covid-19 pandemic) on October 15th next, 2021.

Based on the book by Eric Jager and directed by Ridley Scott of ‘The Martian’, ‘Black Hawk Down’, and ‘Gladiator’ fame; the film stars performing included Matt Damon as ‘Jean de Carrouges’, Adam Driver as ‘Jacques Le Gris’, Jodie Comer as ‘Marguerite’, and Ben Affleck as ‘King Charles VI’.

Same tells a story of sexual violence, betrayal and vengeance, set against the brutality of 14th century France.

It is also stated to be based on actual real events centred around France’s last sanctioned duel, which took place between Jean de Carrouges and Jacques Le Gris, previously two friends, and later turned bitter rivals.

Carrouges was a respected knight, known for his bravery and skill on the battlefield, while Le Gris was a Norman squire, whose intelligence and eloquence made him one of the most admired nobles at court.

Co. Tipperary remains a favourite location for the film industry with just 10 of the many films todate, made here, immediately coming to mind including:-

The Green Knight (2021). Director: David Lowery.
Excalibur (1981). Director: John Boorman.
Barry Lyndon (1975). Director: Stanley Kubrick.
Barbarian Queen II: The Empress Strikes Back (1990 Video). Director: Joe Finley.
The Quiet Hour (2014). Director: Stéphanie Joalland.
Garage (2007). Director: Lenny Abrahamson.
Stella Days. Director: Thaddeus O’Sullivan.
Trampoline (2014). Director: Thomas Ryan
Eviction, Director: Tom Waller
Territorial Behavior, Director: Peter Bergin.


Free Creative Events For Youth With Cruinniú Na nÓg.

Next Saturday, June 12th, is Cruinniú na nÓg, a national day of free creativity for children and young people under 18 years of age.
Ireland is the only country in the world to host such a day and since its inception in 2018, Cruinniú na nÓg has grown from strength to strength.

This year, in light of Covid-19 restrictions, the majority of events are online. All events are free and span all aspects of the creative arts, including music, drama, science, cooking and crafts.

From the comfort of their own home, children and young people can get dancing as part of the Céilí in the Kitchen initiative or create the world record for the largest online orchestra with the Royal Irish Academy (no formal training or instruments needed).

The Garageland Project will give young bands the opportunity to showcase their talents on a dedicated Garageland Youth TV channel. Tipperary’s own Nenagh Children’s Film Festival are even inviting children and young people to learn some of the latest stop-motion animation techniques.

Among the hundreds of events organised by creative groups nationwide, there is sure to be something for everyone.
For more information on Cruinniú na nÓg click HERE or search for events by age and location by clicking HERE.


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.”