Tommy Headlines Terryglass Festival

The 13th Terryglass Arts Festival was opened this Wednesday night by the Junior Minister for Public Transport, Alan Kelly.

The 13th Terryglass Arts Festival was opened this Wednesday night by the Junior Minister for Public Transport, Alan Kelly.

The opening in Terryglass Village Hall was followed by a unique dance performance by former Lord of the Dance star Bernadette Flynn and Damien O’Kane, along with a selection of songs by U15 Feis Ceoil All-Ireland Traditional Singing winner for 2010 Roisin Heenan.

The festival, which runs until Sunday, contains its usual mix of workshops, concerts and street entertainment, and this year’s gala concert in Terryglass Church will feature multi-platinum winning singer, Tommy Fleming.

Tommy is recognised as “the Voice of Ireland”, and is one of Ireland’s top entertainers. He has a universal fan base and appeals to all ages, so early booking for his concert this Friday night is advisable.

Other events include comedian Aindrias de Staic in the unique Pop-up Playhouse in Terryglass Square. Aindrias is just back from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and from Terryglass he heads over to the Edinburgh festival. De Staic’s act is a combination of quick wit, gifted storytelling and a fierce musical talent.

The Art of Food and Wine will be the theme of a talk on Thursday at 6pm in the Derg Inn by well known artisan food promoter and consultant Peter Ward of Country Choice in Nenagh. The evening wil also include wine and cheese tasting.

The outdoor entertainment on the festival’s closing day, Sunday, August 21, will see a free performance of Highly Strung by The Drawing Room Opera Company, at the Village Green.

The day will be packed with family fun, including a performance of The Gruffalo & Friends, the Sunflower Show with Littlebigtop, and plenty of face painting and outdoor activities.

Among the exhibitions at this year’s event is Visual Harmonies, which has been curated by the arts festival committee, and features the work of Josephine Geaney, Judy Hamilton, Joyce Soden and Margaret O’Brien.

Also among the exhibitions is the rush work of local artist Gerardine Wisdom.

Tipperary animator David Quin’s award winning internet series, cutbacks, will run in Paddy’s Bar for the duration of the festival. The witty and entertaining series started in September 2009 and is updated twice weekly.

There are plenty of workshops for children and adults on throughout the festival, and they include breadmaking, making masks, making necklaces, whistle making and ceramics.

For more details on Terryglass Arts Festival and to book tickets or places at workshops, see or call 087-2181663.