It wasn’t Glastonbury or the Feile but a Mini Music Festival in Thurles hit the right note in style for a very good cause. The successful event was organised by the local PIN (Physical and Intellectual Needs) Group and it was held in conjunction with a motorbike poker run to raise funds for ”Suir Haven” Cancer Support Group and was enjoyed by all age groups, according to a group spokesperson, who thanked the general public for their wonderful support. The committee presented a cheque for 3,000 Euro to “Suir Haven”.
The organising committee comprised of TJ Shelly, Pat Carey, Joe Brennan and Kevin Kelly. The artistes who entertained included Eoin Ryan, Autonomous1, Ricky and Mac, Paul and Dixie Byrne and Johnny McCarthy of the Paddies band who, like the Byrne brothers, is one of the regular artistes at the popular Monks weekly session in Mitchel Street.
Also on stage was David (“Sully”) O’ Sulllivan and the Contenders.
And a real novelty act which was a huge hit was Magician Dan O’ Donoghue of Friar Street, Thurles, a highly experienced entertainer in his field and no stranger to the Munster Magicians folks
A very popular act, indeed. Simon Gleeson and Mark O ‘Dwyer provided technical help and Danielle Martin and Francis Martin kept younger folks happy with face painting and balloon modelling. Anna Ryan of The Ragg won the 200 euro Travel Voucher, sponsored by Bowe Travel
The PIN Group thanks all the bikers who took part in the motorbike poker run, particularly Shane Fogarty and Noel Shorley.
They also thank the artistes and sponsors and the following who helped: Carol Phillips, Michael Bowe Jnr., Fergal Kelly of Bowes, John Torpey and Supermacs, Stakelums Office Supplies, Thurles Gardai, Thurles Print, John Freeman, Cyril Bourke and Thurles Shopping Centre, Eileen Ryan and the Tipperary Minor Football team, George O’ Gorman, PJ Shelly.
The huge success of the festival has encouraged the organisers to hold it again next year and already plans are in place for Mini Music Festival 2013. We aint seen nothing yet!