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Is now the time for Féile to come back to Thurles?

Every summer, some of the best musicians from around the world descend on Ireland. We queue up for Electric Picnic, Longitude, Indiependence, a host of gigs in Marlay Park or Phoenix Park. What did we do before going to these festivals?  For many, the music mecca of the 90’s was Thurles for the Féile.

Michael Lowry, TD for the then Tipperary North, was instrumental in bringing the festival to Thurles. His popularity and drive made this inconceivable fantasy a reality. Thurles didn’t play host to some medicore student bands, some of the best bands of the day made their way to Thurles. From Hothouse Flowers, Van MorrisonTracy Chapman, Meat Loaf, Happy Mondays, The Pogues, Primal Scream, INXS, The Prodigy, Rage Against The Machine to name just a few. With a numbers hitting 40,000, Féile was the original Irish festival.

Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the last time the Féile was held in Thurles. Looking at some of the images below from Twitter, is it time we call on our politicians, and perhaps Michael Lowry again, to make this a reality yet again.

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About Paddy Ryan

Paddy is your run of the mill, mild mannered lad from Tipperary. His love for sport and competing has brought him to Vienna and Padova as well as many other places to take part in marathons. Paddy loves writing about local politics and current affairs as well as claiming to be a sports guru. Paddy set up the Tipperary Times to bring fresh relevant information to the people of Tipperary and those who have left the green pastures of the Premier County but still want to know whats happening at home.

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