Tipperary’s Molly Sterling Bound For 60th Eurovision Song Contest

Tipperary’s Molly Sterling will represent Ireland at the 60th Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria, this year, 2015.

Thanks to the musical and vocal talents of Molly Sterling, latter a 16-year-old secondary school student from Puckane in Nenagh – Co. Tipperary may not remain ‘Hidden’ thankfully for much longer.

The final vote lay in the hands of the general public and it was down to a two-horse race last night, as 16 year old Tipperary Musician and Songstress Molly Sterling edged out runner-up performer Kat Mahon, latter singing ‘Anybody Got a Shoulder,’ by four points (Total of 104 points), on RTE 1’s ‘The Late Late Show.’

Molly’s song “Playing With Numbers” was co-written with Greg French and rendered live last night on TV with the passion and feeling of a professional performer twice her age.

Entertainer Panti Bliss, one of the four commenting RTE panel members, which also included Phil Coulter, Linda Martin and Mairead Farrell, insisted “This is the song for me,” even before the voting had commenced.

Make no mistake the eyes of all true music lovers here in Tipperary and indeed nationally, will now be thoroughly focused with pride on Molly’s assured progress into the future.

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Replicas Of Archaeological Artefacts Exhibition

LibraryExecutive Librarian M/s Ann Marie Brophy Reports;

Thurles Library, The Source Complex, Cathedral Street Thurles is proud to present an exhibition of ‘Replicas of Archaeological Artefacts’.

The exhibition will open on Tuesday 10th February at 7.00 p.m. and will be launched by Mattie McGrath TD. All are welcome to attend.

This exhibition will run until Tuesday 10th March, during normal Thurles Library opening hours. [e.g. Monday: 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. / 2.00 p.m. – 5.30 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday: 10.00 a.m. – 8.30 p.m. Friday: 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. Saturday: 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. / 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.]

Created by Mr Edward Moten-Letsome, the exhibition features objects in stone, wood, leather, copper and silver; from Early Man through to Egyptian, Greek, Inca, Aztec, Olmec and Viking periods. Edward has also crafted agricultural items from our own Irish heritage.

Edward was originally born at Tullaskeagh, Roscrea but moved to the picturesque Gaeltacht village of Newcastle in 2006. He is a self-taught sculptor and artist. Edward says, “It was during one of my many walks on Bothar na nGall, latter situated in the South Tipperary mountains, that I was inspired to create these artefacts.”

Edward uses the artefacts on display to illustrate his 40 minute talk, which covers the evolution of Early Man and his progress up to the Viking period. Edward hopes that the people who visit this free exhibition will derive as much pleasure from it as he has from sculpting the objects.

If you are interested in bringing a group to this exhibition please contact Thurles Library on Tel: (0504) 29720.

This exhibition should be of particular interest to schools and other educational groups and offers all visiting students and their teachers an ideal opportunity to also visit other interesting primary resource centres, which are within easy distance of this immediate area, e.g. St Mary’s Famine & War Museum Tel: (0504) 21133; Lár na Páirce GAA Museum Tel: (0504) 22702; Cormackstown Heritage Centre Tel: 085-7131584 and the Cabragh Wetlands Trust Tel: Tel: (0504) 43879.

Note: In the case of all of the above named venues, booking in advance is essential to ensure a qualified tour guide is present during your visit.

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Barack Obama Researcher Stephen Neill Moves To New Pastures

S-NeillChurch of Ireland Rector, Canon Stephen Neill, the man who confirmed US President Barack Obama’s ancestral roots with Moneygall, has decided to pull up and relocate his own roots.

The 45 year old has announced he is leaving his Cloughjordan and the Borrisokane Group of parishes to become Rector of Celbridge and Straffan with Newcastle–Lyons. His Service of Institution as Incumbent of the latter parishes will take place on Thursday, February 12th, 2015 next at 8.00pm in Christ Church, Celbridge, Co Kildare.

Canon Neill has ministered to Cloughjordan residents for the past seventeen years and as part of his move, he now relinquishes his Church of Ireland “Canon” status; laughingly admitting “I will be getting €50 less a month in salary, so I’m not going for the money.”

In explaining his desire to uproot, Canon Neill explains that he now seeks new challenges and fears becoming “too comfortable,” latter which has caused “an itch that needs to be scratched.”

Canon Neill admits that leaving the Cloughjordan and Borrisokane Group of parishes won’t be easy for himself, or for his wife Nicola and their teenage son Aaron. He feels a sense of guilt and regret walking away, after such a long time, having secured strong bonds of proven loyalty and tested friendships with those within his community; all of whom have stood together with him, through thick and thin.

The Dublin born Canon, who is also Precentor of the joint chapter of St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick and St Flannan’s Cathedral, Killaloe, made headlines around the world after his research led to the confirmation that US President Barack Obama’s great-great-grandfather Joseph Kearney had been baptised in the parish of Moneygall. Indeed his personal contribution, within the wider midland regions of Ireland to encourage tourism alone, has been outstanding.

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Canon Neill himself is a very keen reader, blogger and writer, contributing opinion pieces on his website and on local and national newspapers. Previously Curate Assistant in Monkstown, Dublin and in Limerick City Parish, he is a committed ecumenist, believing that the future of our Churches is in gaining closer bonds between all Christians of all traditions, while at the same time discovering where God is at work outside the walls of churches.

Rev Ruth Gill, latter who is already familiar with the Cloughjordan & Borrisokane Group of parishes will now serve as interim Priest-In-Charge for the time being.

In a recent Blog Canon Neill wrote:-

“As I write these notes I am conscious that there is still an occasion to come when I will have a chance to say a formal farewell to you my friends in this group of parishes. But for those of you who may not be able to be present may I thank you on behalf of myself, Nicola & Aaron, for the warmth and generosity you have shown us since our arrival in August 1998. It has been a privilege to be your rector and fellow companion on the journey of life. We will always consider this place very special and it is you the parishioners who have made our time here a happy one. We leave with good memories and not a little sadness. May God bless each and every one of you as you have blessed us.”

Moneygall Development Association made a presentation last Monday night in Ollie’s Bar to acknowledge Canon Neill’s contribution to their community; described him as being selfless and having strengthened bonds between faiths which will remain a lasting legacy. Using President Obama’s quote, “We did not come to fear the future. We came here to shape it” the association whole heartedly agreed that Canon Neill’s presence in their community had definitely shaped a brighter future for the area.

North Tipperary’s loss is most definitely a gain for the Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough and so we wish Canon Stephen every success in his new journey and in the words of the old Irish Toast; “May you have warm words on a cool evening, a full moon on a dark night, and a smooth road all the way to your door.”

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Ó Meachair (Meagher, Maher) – The Story Of A Clan

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Author Gabrielle Ní Mheachair

Over a twenty-two year period, Gabrielle Ní Mheachair has researched and recently published a detailed history of the Maher/Meagher/ O’Meachair Clan, thus providing for the very first time a well researched history of the Clan. Same publication now provides a valuable asset to any library and more importantly a convenient research tool for any person wishing to research the Maher Clan.

Ó Meachair -The Story of a Clan” is the most thorough history of the Maher/Meagher Clan possibly ever written. Appreciate the role your Maher/Meagher ancestors played in all the major events of Irish history from the coming of the Celts to National Independence in 1922.

This book is not only a history of the Maher/Meagher Clan but also a simple history of Ireland written for an audience versed or unversed in Irish History.

Gabrielle Ní Mheachair – The Author

Author Gabrielle Ní Mheachair spent the first twenty years of her life residing on a rural farm just outside Templemore, Co. Tipperary, here in Ireland. After four years of teaching in Co. Donegal, she travelled to the United States on an adventure that has kept her resident there ever since.

A renowned historian, folklorist and genealogist, Gabrielle is also the author of several children’s books in the Irish language, together with three genealogical works and is a former columnist for the Mid West Irish Focus, Jefferson City, Missouri; latter which focuses primarily on Irish-Americans in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Arkansas and Oklahoma. She lectures and writes for various genealogical organizations and historical journals throughout the United States and currently resides with her husband and three children in Saint Louis, Missouri. The Tipp FM, Arts and Entertainment Award, was awarded to Gabrielle in 2009, for her valuable contribution to the arts through her various writings.

Irish authors, like Gabrielle, spent years of their lives researching history at tremendous personal expense. They invest thousands of Euros into the travel, research, and self-publication of their works for the benefit of future generations, knowing they can never ever recoup their expenditure. As a result, they rely on the help of our historical societies to promote their work, not for profit, but for educational value and for posterity.

This book is a ‘must have,’ for anyone who bears the Maher/Meagher name.

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“Carols By Candlelight” St Mary’s Church Thurles Tipperary Dec 14th

Carols by Candlelight 2014

“Carols by Candlelight,” the now long established ecumenical service of Christmas Carols by candlelight, returns to St Mary’s Church, Thurles, Co Tipperary this year, on Sunday next December 14th at 8.00pm sharp.

As special guests this year the St Mary’s Church of Ireland community welcome back singers and former Rock Band members “Cephas,” (Featuring Noreen, Edward (Ned) and John J. Cullinane), together with Thurles Town’s much loved tenor Mr Michael Molumby and Miss Rachel Willoughby; all under the superb musical direction of well known accomplished organist Ms Geraldine Delaney.

Of course the original idea of Carols by Candlelight first originated in south-eastern Australia, sometime in the 19th century, and was popularised in Melbourne in 1937. The tradition has since spread around the world and involves people gathering to sing carols by candlelight, accompanied usually by a band. Indeed one of the earliest forms of Carols by Candlelight began when Cornish Miners in Moonta, South Australia gathered on Christmas Eve to sing carols, lit with candles stuck to the brims of their safety helmets.

Amongst those taking part at this year’s event in Thurles will be community leaders; Mr Seamus Hanafin (Tipperary Co Councillor), Ms Joan Pollard Carew (Local published Poet), Mr John O’Shaughnessy (President Thurles Chamber), Mrs Lila Stanley (St Mary’s Church Restoration member) and Christopher J. Verling, (Rep. An Garda Síochána).

This years seated ecumenical service will be conducted by the Rev Ian Coulter, presently acting Rector of St Mary’s Church Thurles and Rev Fr Thomas Dunne, Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles. All are invited to attend.

Note: Elderly persons are advised to attend this Christmas event early, thus ensuring seated accommodation.

The usual cup of Tea and a Biscuit or two will be provided after this Christmas event, thus enabling all those attending to “halt awhile” and chat.

Admission is free; however a charity collection will be taken up during the service.

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