Why not celebrate the Bealtaine 2016 festival at The Source Arts Centre in Thurles this May

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Why not celebrate the Bealtaine 2016 festival at The Source Arts Centre in Thurles this May

This year the Bealtaine Festival's celebrates its 21st birthday. And, during May, all over the country Bealtaine events will run in arts centres, theatres, libraries, galleries, community centres, local halls, care settings, cultural spaces and even out in the open air.

Indeed, The Source Arts Centre in Thurles is hosting has two free events running mid-May that are really worth marking in the diary.

'A Walk in the Woods' is a new film based on Bill Bryson’s travel book about attempting to hike the Appalachian Trail with an old friend through 2,200 miles of America's most unspoiled, spectacular and rugged countryside from Georgia to Maine.

The author Bill Bryson is played by Robert Redford. The peace and tranquillity Bryson hopes to find is anything but once he agrees to be accompanied by the only person he can find willing to join him on the trek - his long lost and former friend Katz (Nick Nolte), a down-on-his-luck serial philanderer.

This pair of hiking amateurs have a completely different definition of the word "adventure". Now they are about to find out that when you push yourself to the edge, the real fun begins.

'A Walk in the Woods' will screen in The Source on Wednesday, May 11th at 8pm. This is a free event, but booking through is essential.

Acclaimed Tipperary author Donal Ryan will read an excerpt from ‘The Long Puck’, a story set in Syria and taken from his collection of short stories ‘A Slanting of the Sun’ in The Source Arts Centre on Friday, May 13th at 8pm.

Following the resettlement of Syrian families in Thurles in March 2015 we will show the Akram Shibly documentary, ‘Waiting at the Door’ which explains the current crisis from an insiders perspective. As the war continues, all funds raised at this event will go towards supporting the education of Syrian children displaced to Lebanon and Jordan.

This is a free event. but booking is essential.

For all bookings and enquiries please call the box office on 0504 90204 or book online at


A number of events will take place in May as part of Bealtaine 2016 (Ireland's annual festival of creativity as we age). This year the festival commemorates one hundred years since the birth of modern Ireland by exploring the theme of Ireland’s Iconic First Citizens.

Highlights from Bealtaine 2016 in Tipperary include: artist Andrew Pike will open a retrospective exhibition of paintings, drawing and an animated film entitled 'Going to War over a Banana Truck' on May 14th at Damer House in Roscrea.

Another firm highlight of the festival will be the unveiling of two portraits of Tipperary-based writers Marjorie Quarton and Michael Coady, both giants of literature and champions of the arts and creativity in Tipperary. The launch of the portraits, commissioned by the Tipperary Arts Office, took place will be at The Source Arts Centre & Library in Thurles on April 28th when Marjorie and Michael both read from their works.

In addition, the Aras Mhuire Day Care Centre will present a live performance by renowned singer Nora Butler on May 24th - for bookings and more information please contact (067 33177.

For more information about Tipperary’s Bealtaine programme please visit or


The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has announces a new grant of £2,000 to JW Productions’ Youth Theatre Company in Fethard towards their 2016 staging of 'The Addams Family' in The Abymill next October.

JW Productions is an amateur theatre company which specialises in musical theatre and prioritises youth theatre.

The Youth Theatre Company’s staging of 'The Addams Family' will see group members take on full responsibility for the production including lighting, sound and choreography.

JW Productions are currently rehearsing for their upcoming show 'The Ultimate Musical Experience' which will take place in Clonacody House (€25 with a 2 course meal included) on May 5th and 6th and Sunday night, May 8th in the Mullinahone Community Centre (tickets on the door). This show will feature some of the best-loved musical theatre songs.

To book your ticket for Clonacody House please call Helen on 087 168 9167 or Holly on 087 234 5760.


The Tipperary Excel will host a interesting talk by John Lonergan and Caroline Crotty on “How To Be Happy and Content” on Tuesday, May 10th (8pm-9.30pm).

The talk will provide a road map that will help you to find happiness and contentment in your life. This talk is most suitable for people of all ages and backgrounds. John Lonergan is the ex-governor of Mountjoy Prison and a native of Bansha while Caroline Crotty is a qualified psychotherapist and counsellor and is a native of Tipperary town. Admission is priced at €5 - to book your ticket please call 062 80520.

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