Thurles Lions Club’s Annual Vintage/Classic Car Show 2016

Lions2 Pictures: (1) Lions Club Poster, (2) Car actually used by Kitty Kiernan & Michael Collins, (3) Lions Club Vintage Car Emblem to be presented to all vintage cars on display.

A 1916 Ford Model T, once belonging to Larry Kiernan, brother of Kitty Kiernan and used often by both Kitty and Michael Collins, will be just one of the star viewing attractions at the forthcoming Thurles Lion’s Club Vintage & Classic Car Show on May 8th 2016 next here in Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

One of the principal founders of our Irish State independence and later Chairman of the Irish Provisional Government, Michael Collins was first introduced to the ‘bubbly and cheerful’ Kiernan sisters and their family, by his cousin Gearóid O’Sullivan. Gearóid was already courting Kitty’s sister Maud. Kitty, latter the fiancée of Michael Collins, planned to marry in Dublin on November 22nd 1922, in a double ceremony, to include her sister Maud and Gearóid O’Sullivan. The death of Collins four months earlier sadly however would result in only one wedding taking place, with Kitty attending same, dressed in black.

As already stated, the 1916 Ford Model T belonged to Kitty’s brother Larry and has just recently been restored. Back in 1916, it was then a new car – just of the assembly line, when it first arrived in Granard, Co. Longford, with Larry having it registered then as a hackney vehicle. Larry, trading as L.D. Kiernan, was a successful businessman in Granard, owning the Greville Arms Hotel, a shop and a licensed premises, latter which he inherited from his parents Bridget and Peter Kiernan, following both their deaths in 1908, within a couple of months of each other.

In 1916, the car drove two volunteers to Dublin including Paul Cusack, a relative of Larry Kiernan’s wife and later often collected Michael Collins from Ballywillan Railway Station, situated on the Dublin to Cavan railway line, when he visited Granard to see Kitty.

Over 35 years ago the vehicle was discovered in a field, in the Mullinlaghata/Cloncivid area of Co. Longford; in very poor condition, however, with the help of a local vintage enthusiast, the wreck was brought back to a garage in Granard and since then has been slowly and carefully restored to its original glory.

Thurles Lion’s Club Vintage, Classic Car Show
This vehicle will be just one of the many items on view at the Thurles Lions Club’s Annual Vintage/Classic Car Show and family day, to be held in Thurles Greyhound Stadium on Sunday May 8th 2016 beginning at 12:00 noon5:00pm.

Amongst the other attractions will be; a Dog Show; an Artisan Food Fare; Craft Stalls; a Bouncy Castle; Auto-Jumblers; Face Painting; an Obstacle Course; a Fortune Teller and a 1916 Exhibition of rarely seen artefacts, latter not just relating to that troubled period in our Irish history, but to a broader world history of that particular era, one hundred years ago.

With children under 12 years FREE and admission to adults only costing €5, this well organised event is expected to attract a large crowd of visitors to Thurles on Sunday, May 8th next.

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It’s National Pilgrim Paths Week In Co. Tipperary

National Pilgrim Paths Week – March 22nd to March 29th, 2016.

Over the coming Easter 2016 period, thousands of Irish residents and foreign visitors are expected to retrace ancestral heritage as they take to Ireland’s ancient pilgrim paths to celebrate the inaugural National Pilgrim Paths Week. This Easter Festival will see a nationwide series of pilgrim walks taking place on Ireland’s medieval penitential trails. Knowledgeable local guides will lead each event, outline the story of the route and explain how medieval penitents coped with their arduous and often dangerous journeys.

Pilgrim-launch Pictured above, taken at the launch of Pilgrim Paths Week, shows (L – R): John G O’Dwyer (Thurles), Chairman of Pilgrim Paths Ireland; Diarmaid Conden, Knockmealdown Active; Isabel Cambie, Manager South Tipperary Development Company; Mark Rylands, Knockmealdown Active; Beatrice Kelly, Heritage Council and John Egan ( Drom & Inch), Secretary of Pilgrim Paths Ireland.

Speaking at the launch of the new festival, Chairman of Pilgrim Paths Ireland, Mr John G O’Dwyer stated; “National Pilgrim Paths Week was created to raise awareness and use of Ireland’s historic pilgrim routes. The event is targeted, not only at those who enjoy exploring Ireland’s ancient tracks, but also the growing number of people seeking to escape from the daily grind of life and take some time out to reflect and enjoy the outdoors.

The medieval pilgrimage was originally a journey combining prayer and sacrifice – with an element of physical discomfort – by which the pilgrim could become closer to God. In recent times, there has been a renewed interest in following the footsteps of pilgrims past and over the last number of years we in Pilgrim Paths Ireland have worked to develop these routes for the enjoyment of walkers and pilgrims alike.”

Upcoming Events In Tipperary
St. Declan’s Way: In Co Tipperary two pilgrim walks are planned for Holy Saturday, March 26th. Knockmealdown Active will retrace the footsteps of St. Declan over the scenic Knockmealdown Mountains on the border of Tipperary and Waterford. St. Declan’s Way is an ancient pilgrimage route linking the 5th century monastery of St. Declan in Ardmore, County Waterford with Cashel in County Tipperary. This event commences from Mount Melleray Abbey at 11:00am. For further information contact Kevin O’Donnell on Mobile (086) 354 1700.

Kilcommon Pilgrim Loop: On Kilcommon Pilgrim Loop the event will commence at 12:30 pm from Kilcommon Community Hall, with registration and a ‘Welcome Lecture’ by Fr. Dan Woods, P.P., (Kilcommon Parish), on the spiritual heritage of the walking route and the surrounding landscape. Further details available here by telephoning (062) 78103.

To find out more about these two events and the other nationwide series of walks for National Pilgrim Paths Week, go to website

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New Play By ‘Upland Players’, Upperchurch, Tipperary

A new comedy stage play, “When Are You Going Back”, will get it’s first public showing in Upperchurch next weekend, with performances on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th at 8.00 pm each night. The play was written by American Gerry Britt, whose ancestors came from Drombane, and will be performed by the local ‘Upland Players’.


Cast and crew of the comedy “When Are You Going Back” which will be staged next weekend in Upperchurch. Back Row: (L. to R.) Jim Ryan, Willie Shanahan, Joanne Ryan, Paddy Bourke, Eileen Ryan, Joe O’Dwyer, Paraic Fahey. Middle Row: Teresa Corbett, Jodie Kennedy, Sinead O’Dwyer. Front Row: Billy Clancy, Mary Harrington.

The story describes the adventures of a naive American tourist who arrives in Upperchurch to trace his roots. The main local centre of activity, Fogarty’s pub, is run by two sisters. The husband of one of them is somewhat under pressure running the business and things get very difficult following visits from the ‘Tax Man’ and a ‘Smoking Inspector’ who are both trying to close the pub. The American is unwittingly caught up in the crisis. An array of local characters and customers with locally familiar traits contribute to the whole confusion.

While the play is primarily a comedy it is interesting to see the whole local pub culture and aspects of rural life through the eyes of a visitor. The problems facing country pubs at present are also adequately demonstrated.

Production Crew
Directors – Mary Harrington and Kae Ryan (The Mill); Producer – Mairead Clancy; Set Design – Joe Clancy and P.J. Harrington; Lights – Jack Looby and Thomas Fogarty.

Bobby Ryan (the American tourist)Jim Ryan (Glown); Brian Maher (the local man)Billy Clancy; Paul Shanahan (horse trainer)Ged Kelleher; Nora (his girlfriend)Jodie Kennedy; Seanie Fogarty (the publican)Willie Shanahan; Maureen (his wife)Joanne Ryan; Kathleen Shanahan (her sister)Teresa Hyland Corbett; Eamon Kenny (Revenue Sheriff )Joe O’Dwyer; Joan Clancy (the smoking inspector)Eileen Ryan, (Glown); Paudie Dooley (local genealogist)Richard Ryan, (Ballyboy); Peg (his wife)Nonie Clancy; Second American tourist – Gerry Britt; Pub customers – Pakie Purcell, Brian Harty, Nora Ryan, Sinead O’Dwyer, Paddy Bourke, together with local musicians.

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Thurles Set To Be ‘1st Enterprise Town’ In Tipperary

Tipperary senior hurling centre-forward Noel McGrath to start ‘Fun Family Walk’ in aid of Suir Haven from St.Patrick’s College during the ‘Thurles Enterprise Town’ event on Sat 12th March 2016.

Registrations continue to pour in to Bank of Ireland this week for the ‘Thurles Enterprise Town‘ initiative which runs in St Patrick’s College on Friday & Saturday, 11th & 12th of March with Schools, Colleges, Clubs, Organisations and Societies joining together with businesses of all kinds, to help make the event one of the biggest in the country.

Facilitated by Bank of Ireland, Liberty Square; Thurles will be the 1st Enterprise Town in Co. Tipperary and plans are now well advanced to ensure that the venue will be jam-packed with entrants and visitors of all ages, as well as some high profile guest speakers, debaters and interviewers.


Tipperary Senior Hurler Noel McGrath

The event kicks off on Friday evening 11th March at 4:00pm with the Schools and Colleges of the town having a major input alongside numerous Business enterprises. Young and old will mix and mingle throughout the college – a centre of education for centuries – and the hope is that businesses will learn from each other and derive inspiration from the interaction.

It will be a unique opportunity to showcase the many businesses, industries, commercial entities, agri, food, motor, and many more sectors. A celebrity ‘Key Speaker’ will attend the event and there will also be a panel of successful Tipperary Business people, details of which will be announced next week.

The event on Saturday 12th will be built around a whole series of activities starting with a ‘Fun Family Walk’ from St Patrick’s College at 10:00am. Tipperary senior hurler Noel McGrath has kindly agreed to be involved and will blow the starting whistle for the scheduled walk to kick start the day ahead. All can register for this walk on Sat morning (€10 per family) and full proceeds will go to Suir Haven. The ‘Official Opening’ will take place at 11:00am sharp allowing those attending to enjoy the many stands featuring Agri Businesses, Clubs/Organisations, Kiddy Activities and multiple opportunities for everyone involved to network, sell, recruit etc. And yes, it is all free of charge.

Note: There are no entry fees; no enrolment fees; no hidden costs; but major promotional benefits to be gained by generating interest amongst visitors and exhibitors.

Aoife Hearne (Dietician of ‘Operation Transformation’ fame) will be on hand to deliver a presentation on ‘Nutrition’, which will be interactive and of major interest to many. It promises to be a huge event in our Cathedral Town and the organising committee, led by Bank of Ireland Branch Manager Trish Ryan, are busy putting the arrangements in place at the present time.

Sunday will also see activity with the Thurles and District Vintage Club organising a ‘Tractor Run’, as part of this ‘Thurles Enterprise Town’ week-end, with all funds going towards North Tipperary Hospice.

There will be a Vintage Craft and Food Fair in the Anner Hotel also on Sunday from 12:00-6:00pm which will be incorporated under the Enterprise Town initiative umbrella – this also promises to be a huge attraction for exhibitors and visitors and will further help to enhance the week-end programme of events greatly.

So, if you have a ‘Business’; are involved in a ‘Club’; ‘Voluntary Organisation’; if you run a ‘Small Firm’, or produce your own ‘Food’; make sure you are registered to have a stand at this event. It maybe just the move you need to take your business to the next level, or to recruit much needed new blood for your clubhouse.

Registration forms are still available from Bank of Ireland in Liberty Square. So do make sure you are a part of this unique event in St Patrick’s College – the perfect setting for space, comfort, parking, facilities and an assured welcome to all.

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Thurles Musical Society Stage ‘Evita’

Evita-PosterMulti award winning Thurles Musical Society (TMS) will stage the well known and popular hit musical Evita’ in The Premier Hall, here in Thurles from Tuesday March 15thSaturday March 19th inclusive.

A sixty strong cast has been in rehearsals since early in January, under the watchful eye of Director David Hennessy, Musical Director Mary Rose McNally, Choreographer Debbie Kieran, and Dance Captain Michelle O’Connell. All cast members are set for the stage with great excitement abounding in advance of the opening night, which will be a benefit night for the Thurles Presentation Secondary School’s current Astro Turf project.

Musical Composers & Principle Cast Membership
This hit musical ” was composed and written by the renowned duo, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice and audiences will recognize instantly the hit songs such as ‘Don’t Cry for me Argentina’, ‘Another Suitcase in Another Hall’ and ‘Where Do We Go From Here’ and many more.

‘Evita’ tells the story of Eva Duarte, an ambitious young girl from a modest background, who hypnotized the nation of Argentina in the 1930s/40s. Seen by some as a hugely inspirational lady and for others, a woman to be feared and despised; she worked tirelessly against the rich and middle classes, attempting to destroy them. Eva was much famed throughout the world for her beauty and style. This reputation was matched only by this infamous woman’s pettiness and her endless lust for power. Through carefully planned relationships and a disregard for the opinions of others, she quickly rose in social ranks to become Argentina’s ‘First Lady’. This story translates easily to a powerful retelling, through beautiful music and truly gripping drama on stage.

Ché, a character based on the revolutionary Ché Guevara, will be played by Michael McLoughlin, who returns to the stage with TMS having played the lead role in Jekyll and Hyde among many other leading parts. Barry Derby will amuse audiences in the role of ‘Magaldi’, a musician who aids fifteen-year-old Eva on her search for fame. (‘On This Night of a Thousand Stars’ is his big number).

Peron is played by the award winning Cathal O’Donoghue who won ‘Best Comedian’ in last years ‘AIMS Awards’, while the vastly experienced and equally decorated Cathy Keane will plays the lead role of Evita. The relationship between protagonist, Eva, and political leader, Juan Peron, was scandalous, questionable, dynamic and romantic – an aspect that is easily achieved by this Thurles pair, who coincidently also played opposite each other in Tipperary Musical Society’s ‘High Society’ just a few years ago.

Kate Lineen plays the part of the ‘Mistress’ while Eva’s family members are played by no strangers to successful theatre; Olwyn Grogan, Linda Ryan, Frank Tuohy, Danielle Martin and Marie Therese Kirby.

The ‘Generals’ featuring in Peron’s army are played by the well known and experienced members; John Scott, Noel Dundon, Frank Tuohy, Finbarr Shelly and Gerard O’Hagan.

As ‘Evita’ requires a chorus that represents a nation, the cast will comprise both adults and children and our magnificent kids have been working hard to ensure readiness for ‘Opening Night’. Younger members are drawn from schools from the parish and surrounding areas and are understandably very excited about ‘Evita’.

The Booking Office in Hickey’s Pharmacy, Liberty Square, Thurles opens from Tuesday March 8th right through the running of the this production. Tickets cost €20 with concessions for OAPS on Wednesday at €10. All tickets for the Tuesday evening performance also cost €20. The show commences at 8:15pm. You may of course Telephone: 085-2868726 to book your seat.

Don’t miss this chance to see a magnificent piece of International Musical Theatre performed locally here on your own doorstep.

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