‘Late Late Show’ in Tipp - an air of celebration and pride

There was an air of celebration and pride from the guests and the audience at the Premier Late Late Show that took place at the Excel, Simon Ryan theatre last Saturday.

There was an air of celebration and pride from the guests and the audience at the Premier Late Late Show that took place at the Excel, Simon Ryan theatre last Saturday.

Hosted Tipp FM’s Fran Curry, in a format similar to RTE’s Late Late Show, a line-up of Tipperary’s finest sports stars politicians and entrepreneurs were interviewed on stage.

Celebrities from the world of sport included Tommy Kinane, former leading National Hunt jockey and his son Michael, former flat racing jockey horse racing and jockey Charlie Swan and rugby legends Denis Leamy, Alan Quinlan, and Camogie star Una O’Dywer all took to the stage to talk about what Tipperary meant to them.

“Obviously being from Tipperary I’ve had a huge amount of support over the years,” said Alan Quinlan. “Not just from Tipperary Town but from surrounding areas as well but it was nice to come back and support the Excel that is a fantastic facility and I think we need to support it more.”

Former Mountjoy Prison Governor John Lonegan thought the gathering of people was a fantastic idea to bring the focus back to Tipp Town. “I believe it has struggled a lot over the last number of years with decreasing employment numbers and this gathering event brings people back and people love to identify with their home area. It increases awareness of identity, sense of belonging, spirit is all related to where you come from.”

Dance and music performances by the Excel Dance Residency, Tenor Thomas Grogan from Cashel and Marji Maxwell and the Tipperary Gospel choir kept the audience entertained.

Former Tipperary football manager and a fellow Galtee Rovers man, Seamus McCarthy was delighted to be interviewed. “This is a great celebration of the people of Tipperary and we’re all proud to be from Tipperary.” said Seamus McCarthy,former Tipp football manager.