One of the delightful highlights of the Bru Boru Seisun Summer Show, currently running Tuesdays to Saturdays in Bru Boru Centre in Cashel, is a stirring rendition of the Tipperary ‘anthem,’”Slievenamon“, by All-Irelands–winning ballad singer, Nora Butler Swan of Nenagh and fellow leading recording artiste, Tadhg Maher of Roscrea.
Were these two wonderful ballad singers to sing in Croke Park before the Boys in Blue And Gold take the field against old rivals, Kilkenny, in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-final on Sunday, I have no doubt it would, as one musician remarked, “fire them up” something wonderful. Mind you, I think we are well prepared and about to exact sweet revenge against the “Cats” for last year’s All-Ireland defeat. Possibly with four to seven points to spare. If we do our almighty best - and nothing less than our almighty best will be accepted or sufficient for the task. And that goes for our supporters, too! Oh, colour me beautiful in blue and gold.
Incidentally, Bru Boru Administrator, Ronan O’Brien is brother of Tipp hurler, Conor O’ Brien. He said: “The Americans are still coming and the Rock is still doing well and we are glad with the way things are going. We had some great nights here and we hope to have more before the Summer is over here. We have Brendan Bowyer coming on the 26th of August. We have more than enough to keep us going during the Winter as well when the tourists might not be around. We have concerts from outside groups and Comhaltas groups. We provide facilities for local acts and not so local acts, genealogy suites, a crafts shop and our cultural exhibition. Comhaltas have established a great network of centres throughout the country and we consider ourselves to the forefront of that. Bru Boru is one of eight Regional Centres but there are over 16 centres, between outreach centres and regional centres”, said Ronan.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.