The Source is delighted to host Declan Sinnott on June 21st

With a career spanning over forty years Declan Sinnott has played guitar and produced music for Irish folk luminaries such as Christy Moore, Mary Black, and John Spillane to name but a few.

With a career spanning over forty years Declan Sinnott has played guitar and produced music for Irish folk luminaries such as Christy Moore, Mary Black, and John Spillane to name but a few.

He was a founding member of Horslips and Moving Hearts - two of the most influential trad/electric bands in Ireland and spent thirteen years guiding Mary Black’s career, producing the majority of her music.

Since the year 2000 Declan has been guitarist and producer to Christy Moore who was recently named as Ireland’s greatest living musician in RTÉ’s ‘People of the Year Awards’.

It may seem unusual for a 61-year-old to be releasing his debut album or for him to be offered an unsolicited record deal, but this is a very special album and one that doesn’t follow any generic patterns.

Gradually over the last five years Declan has found his voice and grown into the idea of stepping up to the mark in his own right.

He contends that his album I Love The Noise It Makes could not have been made before now. As much as anything this title describes Declan’s passion for what he does.

The Source is delighted to welcome back Declan who happens to be headlining the Westport Festival this year with Christy Moore.

The people of Thurles and beyond don’t need to travel far to catch this Irish music legend right on their doorstep. Friday, June 21st is National Music Day and what better way to celebrate and wrap up the day’s festivities.

At lunchtime pop down for a free performance from the Thurles Cathedral Choir on the boardwalk, entertainment commences around 1.15pm. See you there!

Declan Sinnott plays The Source Arts Centre on Friday, June 21st at 8pm. Tickets are priced at E15.

Bookings can be made by calling 0504 90204 or online at

The Source Arts Centre is delighted to present the paintings and studio of Thurles artist PJ O’Connell.

The exhibition, while not a retrospective, consists of paintings painted over a thirty-year period as well as new work.

At the centre of this show is an art studio where visitors can see O’Connell at work on a daily basis. You are encouraged to visit the studio and experience the artistic process in motion. O’Connell will be available to chat about his work processes, his influences or any art related topic.

PJ O’Connell - Solo with Studio - Tuesday, June 4th to to Tuesday, July 2nd in the The Source Arts Centre gallery (10am to 5pm). A free public lecture will be held by PJ in The Source gallery on Wednesday, June 12th at 6.30pm.

All welcome.

The Source Youth Arts Project presents in conjunction with Tipperary Regional Youth Service Sher’ Before the First Night. Have you heard of Aladdin and his Magic Lamp, The Voyages of Sinbad, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves?  Of course you have!

These stories from the Arabian Nights are told for one thousand and one nights by a young woman called Sheherazade in a bid to stop her head being cut off by a jealous king!

Building on the success of The Source’s eight previous Summer Youth Programmes The Source team are back again with another exciting project bringing together young people from Thurles and the surrounding area. 

Working with professional theatre makers, writers and designers, you will build a working theatre set, get involved in costume design and lighting to create a live contemporary performance event for family and friends based on these fabulously magical stories. 

This is a rare opportunity to work with some of the best community arts workers in the country for one week only - don’t miss it!

There is a core group of young people (11-17 years of age) engaged with The Source Arts Centre and TRYS who have developed a set of skills over the last two Summer Youth Outreach Projects in design, paper animation and performance.

Whilst each year new young people join the group, this reservoir of talent and experience lends itself to exploring new themes and skillsets each year.

The Summer Outreach Project takes place from Monday, July 8th to Saturday, July 13th (10am-5pm), is suitable for those aged 11-17 and is priced at E80.

A show, which your family and friends can attend, will take place on Saturday at 7pm. Registration and a one-day workshop takes place on Wednesday, June 26th (11am-4pm). Places are limited so please book in advance. Make your booking by calling 0504 90204 or by visiting

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