Public engage with Excel on long term future of Tipp Town cultural facility

An open meeting was held recently at the Tipperary Excel Arts Centre. This was a follow up from the public meeting hosted by the Board of Directors in November 2012 that invited public opinion on the centre, its programme of events and services and the Simon Ryan Theatre.

An open meeting was held recently at the Tipperary Excel Arts Centre. This was a follow up from the public meeting hosted by the Board of Directors in November 2012 that invited public opinion on the centre, its programme of events and services and the Simon Ryan Theatre.

The following board directors were in attendance, Anthony Flynn, who chaired the meeting, Elaine Fitzpatrick, Paul Kingston, Kerry Ryan and Liam White. Mary Sarsfield, general manager was also present.

Kerry Ryan (daughter of Simon Ryan) was pleased with the meeting’s outcome. “The board is delighted to announce that a very productive open meeting took place at Tipperary Excel Arts Centre, with the board and management engaging directly with the community.

“Numerous people very generously volunteered their time to promote and support the centre.

“The board acknowledged the continuing support and commitment shown by South Tipperary Co. Co. to the centre.”

The board is delighted to announce that top PR expert June Molony will champion all future marketing/ public relations for the centre.

This is the first of many positive initiatives being planned for the Tipperary Excel Arts Centre and the board and management said it was great to witness people being so passionate about the centre, offering their time and skills to support and promote this fantastic facility in Tipperary Town.

The Supporters of Tipperary Excel will meet in mid February at the centre to draw up plans and objectives for the coming year.

If anybody would like to be part of the Supporters of Tipperary Excel, from active participation to sideline support, simply call the centre and log your interest with Mary Sarsfield.

The board is very much committed to the Tipperary Excel Arts Centre and all the artistic disciplines its supports and nurtures including the Simon Ryan Theatre, Art Gallery, Cinema Club Dance Studio and the Tipperary Family History Research facility.

The recently formed Friends of the Simon Ryan Theatre is a supporters group spearheaded by Kerry Ryan, daughter of the late Simon Ryan and June Molony.

Both are very passionate about Irish theatre and the performing arts and have exciting plans for the promotion of the Simon Ryan Theatre regionally and nationally.

Commenting on this latest initiative, Kerry Ryan expressed her commitment to the theatre and indeed the Tipperary Excel centre “The people of Tipperary Town should be proud to have such a fine facility as this in the heart of the town and I feel the centre can only benefit from stronger community involvement and participation.

“We are so lucky that a person of June’s capability has agreed to handle all the marketing and public relations for the centre.

“This type of talent would be beyond the centre’s marketing budget so I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of myself, fellow board members and General Manager Mary Sarsfield to publicly thank June Molony,” said Ms Ryan.

“We have many new ideas and plans up ourselves for the promotion of the Simon Ryan Theatre and the Tipperary Arts Centre. One being to secure a cultural ambassador for the theatre during the year of the Gathering 2013, naturally we are looking to secure a Tipperary person.“

Another project being developed is forging a link between the Simon Ryan Theatre and the Lir, (National Academy for Dramatic Art). Located in Dublin, the Lir was developed by the partnership of the Cathal Ryan Trust and Trinity College Dublin and opened its doors to the first students in September 2011.

It is formally associated with the world-renowned Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. (RADA).

“I’m very excited about this project as its sort of a ‘home coming of sorts’ as it was late father Simon Ryan who introduced my cousin Cathal Ryan to drama,” said Ms Ryan.

“We are hoping to have the Lir deliver a series of workshops at the theatre in April.

“My ultimate goal would to have the Simon Ryan Theatre as a designated Munster audition hub for the Lir when they are holding auditions for first year students.”

Ms Ryan also acknowledged the recent achievement by Annmarie Ryan and Loic L’Herron at The French Quarter Café, located in the Tipperary Excel Arts Centre on receiving the Bridgestone Award, first recipient in Tipperary Town (in the restaurant/café category) of a Bridgestone/Irish Food Guide.

The board and management would welcome enquiries from any associations, organisations, groups or clubs who may consider the Tipperary Excel Arts Centre as a possible venue or space for events or productions they are involved.

Both Anthony Flynn and Paul Kingston conveyed the point to the meeting that the centre has a major role to play - in the day-to-day life of Tipperary Town and its many bordering villages and parishes and they encouraged active engagement by the community with the centre.