An Seisiún Mór Festival, in aid of Our Lady’s Children Hospital Crumlin, took place in Templemore on the long week end in May. The Festival commenced on Friday night in the Arms Hotel with an Irish Night of music song and dance. On Saturday at 2pm “TWISTED” a 5km obstacle fun run took place in the Town Park. This was an occasion not likely to be forgotten in the near future. People turned out in their hundreds to take part in this amazing event. The park proved an ideal venue for “Twisted” offering lots of other activities such as boat rides on its beautiful lake. After an adventurous afternoon in the park the Town Square was set alive later that night with music and song. Sean Mongey and friends entertained the onlookers with Traditional Irish Music. At 8pm The “Revits” Roscrea, performed and rocked the Square. Taking us into the late hours of the night was “Manna South Original”…. a legendary local band comprising Fran Denny, Dermot Kelly and our very own Lord Mayor Michael Ryan. The sound of “Manna South” echoed through the skies and out to surrounding parishes, the atmosphere was truly amazing. The festival mania continued into the late hours of the morning in all the Pubs in Templemore, which hosted music for all to enjoy.
On Sunday morning Ray’s Ramble took to the beautiful Devil’s Bit to savor the beauty of the mountain and An Seisiún Mór Bike Ride set off on a 25 and 65km ride. Both events raising funds for Crumlin Children’s Hospital. At 2pm the Square was once again set ablaze with the “An Seisiún Mór” Music Festival. Musicians singers dancers came together to entertain the thousands on the square. The Seisiún was led by Theresa Larkin, Theresa Larkin School Of Music, Roscrea. Master Of Ceremonies was our very own Johnny Looby, Tipp FM, who added greatly to the occasion with his occasional blast of Match commentary and wit. The square was a bee hive of activity with craft stalls, food stalls and entertainment for the kids. Music continued in all the Pubs Sunday Night,
On Monday our town park was once again busy with the “Pitch and Putt Scratch Final”. There was traditional Irish music by the lake. Our Fishing Club provided boat rides on the lake and there was Pony and Trap Rides through the park. All in all an action packed week end in Templemore.
Templemore proved an ideal town for a Festival with its Wide Main Street (Square) and Beautiful Town Park (One of Ireland’s greatest hidden secret). The festival was a resounding success for the town of Templemore and Crumlin Children’s Hospital.
Such an occasion cannot take place without the support and generosity of the local community. We would like to thank all who gave up their time to help make this festival a successful and memorable one. The support from the businesses in Templemore was once again exemplary despite recessionary times. Our thanks to Eurospar Templemore for all the food provided on the day, to Lidl Templemore for providing beverages and restaurant. To Templetuohy Foods, Tipperary Water, Joe Hammersley’s Butchers, Brennans Bread, Philip Ryan. Thanks to Donal Dwyer, Seamus Butler and Matt Stapleton, Centenary Co.Op for all their support. To Abbey Furniture for their huge commitment to the Festival over the years. Thanks to Michael Cussen, Staging Enterprise Ireland for his continued hard work and commitment to the festival. Thanks to Lisa Lewis, Serina Cooper Brady and friends, Billy Jackson and his mouse, Tommy Adlum (who broke the Guinness Book of Records, wood turning for 25 hours), Brian Shanahan, Martin Cosgrove, Martin Grey, Brian Ormond, Pat Phelan Ryan’s Waste Disposal, Theresa Fennell, An Garda Siochana, Tom McGrath Town Clerk, Alex Cummins and the Town Council. To Brian Larkin, Hibernia Evros, for his generous on-going sponsorship. To Dr Joe Hennessy and Dr. Paul O Carroll. Our thanks to Sean Mongey and friends for their music support. To The “Rivets” and to “Manna South Original” for their music. To all the clubs and organizations in Templemore, the O.N.E., the Fishing Club, the Pitch and Putt Club, the Athletic Club, the GAA club, The Mart committee. To Ray Creeney and Eoin Wollahan for “Rays Ramble”. To Paul Walsh for Bike Ride. To the Templetuohy Ram Rods and other Bikers for Bike Easter Egg/Easter Card Ride to Crumlin. To all the Schools, Teachers and Children who raised funds for Crumlin through our “Design An Easter Card” initiative for a Crumlin Child.
A special thanks to our Core Group Musicians, Theresa Larkin, Donacha O Sullivan, Joe Tormey, Brendan Ryan, Cliodhna Donnelan, Eddie Golden, Sean Bourke, Pat Barton, Declan Carroll, Brendan Collins, Liam O Neill, Pat Fahy and PJ Daly. These musicians are truly the finest in Ireland and when the Seisiún began, it could only have been described as an explosion of music. Thanks to all our young musicians, singers and dancers who took part from across the parishes. To Seamus O Rourke, Theresa and friends, world champion dancers, who travelled to be with us and grace our stage with their talents. Our thanks to our families and friends who offered huge support.
Finally our thanks to Johnny Looby, M.C. who captured the hearts and minds of his audience with his compassion for Crumlin Children’s Hospital, his wit and talent. -(Friends Of Crumlin Templemore - Festival Organisers; Aidan and Catherine Burke, Audrey Butler Lloyd, Theresa Larkin, Theresa Larkin School of Music and Mary Frances Kennedy.)