By Noel Dundon
Rock ‘n Roll will return to the Cathedral Town this summer with the announcement of a one day Revive event in Thurles Racecourse, as part of the Thurles Arts and Music Festival in August.
The ten day festival will have, as one of it’s highlights, a day long extravaganza in the Racecourse on Saturday August 6th with Mundy headlining the billing which also includes names such as Whipping Boy, Ryan Sheridan, Bi Polar Empire, Royseven, Ham Sandwich, Jester and many more to be announced. A full production and event management team have been appointed by the committee to run the Revive Music Festival which will be seen as similar to the great Feile events of the 90’s. The idea to resurrect a music spectacular in Thurles is the brainchild of Cllr Jim Ryan who has received the full backing of the committee from the moment he brought the idea forward.
The Thurles Arts and Music Festival will run from August 5-14th and has taken on board the arts and music elements of the very successful Halloween Arts Festival. After much consultation, the organising committee spearheaded by Councillors Jim Ryan and David Doran, decided to fill the local summer festival void by establishing the Thurles Arts and Music Festival. The Halloween Festival will continue as usual but with more of an emphasis on the Halloween theme.
“This will be a very exciting time in and around Thurles and we are getting a lot of positive feedback. We hope that the summer festival will help put Thurles on the map and will bring tourists to the town for what will be a fantastic ten days. We hope to make this an annual event and the aim is that it will be a big boost to the local economy as well,” said committee Chairman, Cllr Jim Ryan.
Apart from the big event in Thurles Racecourse, the committee also has a range of activities organised over the course of the festival including poetry readings, lunchtime classical music recitals,family shows, art exhibitions, childrens workshops, comedy and drama sketches, Battle of the Bands and much more. Saturday 13th will be a big day with a pedestrianised area to be given over to street entertainment, BMX stunt shows, break dancers, trackless trains, bunjee trampolines, bouncy castles, outdoor ice rink and a whole range of other activities which will keep all the family entertained.
“This is a new departure for us coming off the back of the success of the Halloween Festival. The same committee is in place and we have been working very hard trying to get all the elements together for what we see as being a major event for Thurles this summer. It will be a very positive event and we hope that it will help to revive community spirit in the area. There will be substantial costs involved in running the festival and we will be seeking sponsorship as well as volunteers to help run events,” said Cllr David Doran, Secretary of the committee.
The committee, which has the support of Shannon Development and Failte Ireland, is also hoping to have an air display show on August 14th in Thurles Racecourse, but this is dependant on securing permits and licenses for the event - negotiations are still ongoing in this regard. Applications have also been submitted to North Tipperary Leader Partnership for funding.
Extensive consultations with clubs, organisations, local groups and residents have taken place by way of preparation for the festival with the commitee, also comprising Pat Dunican, Ellen Martin, Pat Carey, TJ Shelly, Charles Martin and PJ Shelly, working very hard at the present time in conjunction with Mark O’Dwyer who has been invaluable in terms of advice and expertise in relation to the music element of Revive.