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“Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover” ~ Warns Tipperary’s Molly O’Connell.

“Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover”, written By Stephen Hamilton, is the latest new single from that very talented Tipperary vocalist Ms Molly O’Connell.

The fast rising Co. Tipperary country singing star, began singing on stage first at the age of 6 years; winning her first Munster Final Fleadh at the tender age of 8 years and her first All-Ireland in Scór at the age of 14 years.

She has continued to wow audiences over the years, with her renditions of Country, Folk, Ballad and Traditional songs.

Molly hails from Kilcommon village, Thurles, County Tipperary and developed her passion of performing, from her now sadly deceased father Denis, who played the button accordion and sang in a well-known band, “The Mellow Tones.”

The youngest daughter of a family of five siblings; music and song were an integral part of “The O’Connell Family”, and growing up in such a musical home enabled her to become familiar with all the songs performed by the greatest and most famous of all time Country Singers.

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Boxty & Colcannon, Irish Food Associated With Halloween.

“Boxty on the griddle, Boxty in your pan, if you can’t make good Boxty, sure you’ll never get a man,” ~ Old Irish aphorism.

Boxty

Boxty; pronounced ‘bacstaí,’ was also known as ‘arán bocht tí,’, (Irish meaning ~ “poor-house bread”), or cáca bacstaí‎ (Irish meaning ~ “boxty cake,”), same a traditional Irish potato pancake dish.
The dish is mostly associated with the North West and Midlands of Ireland.

Colcannon

Colcannon; (Irish: ‘cál ceannann,’, meaning “white-headed cabbage”), is a traditional Irish dish made up of mashed potatoes mixed with cabbage or kale.
A now dying Irish Halloween tradition, was to serve colcannon with a ring, hidden in the mix; superstition declaring that whoever found it, was next to marry; or a hidden thimble, meaning you would remain a spinster for the coming year.
Other hidden prizes included small coins, such as a threepenny bit or a sixpenny bit; both indicating good fortune or you were about to come into sudden wealth.
Other items could also include a small stick indicating unhappiness in future marriage, or a small piece of rag denoting future poverty.

Suffice is to say that both dishes warranted the writing of songs in praise of the distinctive taste and delightful flavour of both Irish dishes.

Little Skillet Pot’ or ‘Colcannon’.

Written by Sean Nolan.

Well did you ever make colcannon
Made with lovely pickled cream,
With the greens & scallions mingled,
Like a pitcher in a dream.
Did you ever make a hole on top,
To hold the melting flake,
Or the creamy flavoured butter,
That our mother’s used to make.

Chorus:

Oh you did, so you did,
So did he and so did I.
And the more I think about it,
Sure the nearer I’m to cry.
Oh weren’t them the happy days,
When troubles we knew not.
And our mother made colcannon,
In the little skillet pot.

Well, did you ever take potato cake
And boxty to the school.
Tucked underneath your oxter,

With your books, your slate and rule.
And when teacher wasn’t looking,
Sure a great big bite you’d take,
Of the creamy flavoured soft and melting,
Sweet potato cake.

Repeat Chorus.

Well did you ever go a courting boys,
When the evening sun went down,
And the moon began a peeping,
From behind the Hill O’ Down.
And you wandered down the boreen,
Where the Clúrachán* was seen,
And you whispered loving praises,
To your own dear sweet cáilín*,

Repeat Chorus

End

* ‘Clúrachán’ ~ A mischievous fairy in Irish folklore.
* ‘Cáilín’ ~ girl.

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Thurles Film Stars Unite In “The Banshees of Inisherin”.

While only released officially this month, [October 21st, 2022] the film, “The Banshees of Inisherin” [Runtime: 113 minutes], is already available, two days later, here to view in Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Opening this afternoon to rave reviews; three of the film’s well known stars, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon and Pat Shortt; are no strangers to Thurles town, with the latter two named, both born and educated here in the Cathedral town.

Directed by Martin McDonagh, [“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”]; the story tells of a pair of lifelong friends, on a remote Irish island, (set on the Irish Arran Islands), who find themselves at an awkward period in their relationship, when one of them no longer wants to be friends with the other.

Pádraic (played by Colin Farrell), latter an affable and kind man living on a fictional remote island known as Inisherin, suddenly has his world seriously shaken when his former close friend Colm (latter played by Brendan Gleeson), chooses to cut off their previously enjoyed, lifelong friendship.
What begins as a minor squabble between both of these former old friends, soon sends shockwaves throughout their small close-knit community, thus causing everyone, from Pádraic’s sister Siobhán (Played by Thurles born Kerry Condon) to the local parish priest, to inquire as to the cause of Colm’s sudden active hatred.

Well worth viewing at the IMC cinemas here in the Thurles Shopping Centre.

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Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury DBE Passes Away Just Days Before Her 97th Birthday.

In a statement this evening, the family of “Murder, She Wrote” actress and singer, confirmed the news of her death, stating:

“The children of Dame Angela Lansbury are sad to announce that their mother died peacefully in her sleep at home in Los Angeles at 1:30 AM today, Tuesday, October 11, 2022, just five days shy of her 97th birthday.
She was pre-deceased in death by her husband of 53 years, Peter Shaw. A private family ceremony will be held at a date to be determined.”

London born, daughter of Irish actress Moyna Macgill and English politician Edgar Lansbury, Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury DBE (16th October 1925 – 11th October 2022) was an Irish-British and American actress and singer who played many film, theatre, and television roles. Her career, one of the longest in the entertainment industry, spanned over 80 years, much of it in the United States; her work also received much international attention. At the time of her death, she was one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema.

Amid difficulties in her personal life, the five-time Tony Award winner and 6 Golden Globe Winnermoved from California to Ireland, owning two addresses in East Cork and earlier in Conna North Co. Cork. She once stated, quote “our gardener had no idea who I was. Nobody there did. I was just Mrs. Shaw, which suited me down to the ground. I had absolute anonymity in those days, which was wonderful.”

Irish audiences possibly will know her best as the much loved, sleuth ‘Jessica Fletcher’ from the American television whodunit series “Murder, She Wrote”, which ran for 12 seasons between 1984 -1996, becoming one of the longest-running and most popular detective drama series in television history.

In ár gcroíthe go deo.

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I Would Like To See You Again – Your Night Time Listening.

I Would Like To See You Again.

Lyrics are from the pens of Charlie Craig and Larry Atwood and performed, using that smooth, soft, bass-baritone voice of the late great American singer-songwriter Mr Don Williams (May 27th, 1939 – September 8th, 2017)

I was sittin’ here thinkin’ about some old times,
Some old times, some old friends,
And suddenly it came across my mind,
I would like to see you again.
Remember how we used to walk and talk,
Walk and talk, holdin’ hands.
We said we love each other I recall,
We made a lot of future plans.
But the years have come and gone,
And a whole lot has happened since then.
But tonight your memory’s awful strong on my mind,
And I would like to see you again.
It’s funny how a feeling will come back.
It’ll come on back, make you blue,
Cause I just saw a picture in my mind,
Bout a time, of me and you.
But the years have come and gone,
And a whole lot has happened since then,
And tonight your memory’s awful strong on my mind,
And I would like to see you again.
Yes, the years have come and gone,
And a whole lot has happened since then.
But tonight your memory’s awful strong on my mind,
And I would like to see you again.

END

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