From Clonoulty to Boorowa - book launch

From Clonoulty to Boorowa will be launched by Professor William Nolan at the Bookworm Bookshop, Liberty Square in Thurles at 7.30pm on Friday, April 12th. All are welcome.

From Clonoulty to Boorowa will be launched by Professor William Nolan at the Bookworm Bookshop, Liberty Square in Thurles at 7.30pm on Friday, April 12th. All are welcome.

Boorowa, New South Wales, became home for many Irish from Clonoulty in the early years of the 19th century. Thomas and Honorah Corcoran, the title couple in From Clonoulty to Boorowa, surrendered no fewer than seven of their descendants to the great pull of the Australian colonies.

From Clonoulty to Boorowa enters the lives of those descendants who made the journey. Their son Roger was the first to make the migration journey in 1816. Their grandchildren - Bridget, Mary, Thomas Hennessey, Honora and Mathew Hennessey - followed and a great-grandson, William, was the last in 1862.

Roger Corcoran married Mary Murphy in 1834 and they had five children. Mary and her sister Honora were transportees. Their lives and the lives of the their family in Ireland are narrated here.

New Irish Musical to

premiere in Tipperary

IN the summer of 2012 Tipperary–town-based Dreamtime Theatre, under the direction of Paul Maher, presented the summer show Graces of Lisheen at The Excel, Tipperary.

The formula of having a romantic comedy drama interspersed with singing and dance proved very popular with audiences and so this summer Dreamtime Theatre will be presenting another show along similar lines. Last year’s show had a cast of just seven; this year however there will be a bigger cast and so there is an open call for actors, singers and dancers to audition at the end of April in Tipperary town. The show will be presented over four nights (once a week) in August 2013. Rehearsals start early June. This is a great opportunity to work on a big production of a brand new comedy musical with an experienced director, choreographer, musicians and cast. It would suit college-aged young people who have a good amount of free time from mid June to the end of July (and availability for performances in August, dates yet to be confirmed). For further information contact Paul Maher at pmaher999@gmail.com or 087 4135228.

Full Arts round-up on p15 of this week’s Tipperary Star.