Exhibition at The Source features an exciting collection of Irish works of art

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Exhibition at The Source features an exciting collection of Irish works of art

'30 Years, Artists, Places' - this exciting exhibition is a collection of artworks owned by local authorities across Ireland and marks thirty years since the first local authority arts officer was appointed in Ireland.

The works speak of places, people and home which reflects upon local authority arts development as just that, of a place and of a people, of rural and urban Ireland, of home in a changing island where we are bold with new ideas, but rooted in our past.

Renowned artists such as Tony O'Malley, Alice Maher, Robert Ballagh, John Kindness, Norah McGuiness, Sean McSweeney, Sean Lynch and John Shinnors feature alongside emerging artists such as Cora Cummins, Cleary Connolly, Lisa Fingleton, Jenny Brady, Vanessa Lopez and David Stephenson and many others.

The Source Arts Centre Gallery in Thurles will host the '30 Years, Artists, Places' exhibition from Thursday, June 9th to Wednesday, July 13th - opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am to 5pm & Saturdays 2pm-5pm). The official opening will take place on Thursday, June 9th (7.30pm) and will feature artist Alice Maher.

For all bookings and enquiries please call the box office on 0504 90204 (Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 2-5pm) or book online at thesourceartscentre.ie.

Brendan Balfe - Sorry, We’re Off The Air

'Brendan Balfe - Sorry, We’re Off The Air' will feature at The Source Arts Centre in Thurles on Friday, June 3rd at 8pm.

How did Terry Wogan inaugurate young announcers? Why did the newsreader fall off the chair? What caused Larry Gogan to collapse in giggles?

Irish radio wasn’t as serious as it sounded. Behind the solemn sound of serious programmes, there was some hilarity and laughter. In his new one-man show Brendan Balfe recalls some of the personalities and eccentrics who became household names in Ireland. Brendan not only tells hilarious stories, but also plays some actual clips from programmes, as well as the unintended mistakes or bloopers that every broadcaster is prone to.

During his fifty years in broadcasting Brendan has worked with all the greats and his memories and anecdotes add colour to the history of Irish broadcasting. His tales of Gay Byrne, Mike Murphy, Maurice O’Doherty, Dermot Morgan and many others steer just this side of the libel laws.

He also tells of meeting such diverse personalities as Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg and Jimi Hendrix. Renowned for his comedy and documentary programmes Brendan Balfe has also been a scriptwriter, producer, author, performer and television associate as well as winner of three international awards for radio comedy. His accounts of broadcasting legends - and their foibles - add up to a fascinating and ‘historically funny’ experience.

'Brendan Balfe - Sorry, We’re Off The Air' will feature at The Source Arts Centre in Thurles on Friday, June 3rd at 8pm.

For all bookings and enquiries please call the box office on 0504 90204 (Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 2-5pm) or book online at thesourceartscentre.ie.

‘Road to the Rising’

Tipperary County Museum presents the ‘Road to the Rising’ exhibition which will run until January 2017.

In response to the 100th anniversary commemorations of the 1916 Rising the Tipperary County Museum has created an interactive exhibition which outlines important dates in Irish history leading up to the Easter Rising. A timeline of events and stories will assist visitors to identify and relate with the men of Tipperary and Ireland, who trained and were prepared to fight for Ireland’s freedom. Views of the recreated GPO facade, for example, and the barricade in the centre of the gallery will immediately create a sense of expectation within the exhibition.

Meanwhile a specially-commissioned film will immerse visitors in the sounds of gunfire, the fire of destruction accompanied by a selection of strong images.

Important artefacts include: an original Proclamation, Irish Citizen Army & Irish Volunteer hats, pins and belts, Kathleen Clarke’s prison craft and material from local men like Frank Drohan’s colt revolver. An additional sensory and 1916 training room encourages community groups, schools and families to enjoy printing techniques, target practice, uniform assembly, proclamation readings and a ‘selfie booth’ to record your experience.

Opening times for the Tipperary County Museum in Mick Delahunty Square, Clonmel are: Tuesday to Saturday (10am to 4.45pm). Closed Mondays and Bank holidays.

For details please call the museum on 0761 06 5252 or email museum@tipperarycoco.ie. Alternatively you can visit tipperarycoco.ie/museum/1916.