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Play for Watergate

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Local Play for Watergate in Kilkenny

Friday night last was hardly the most auspicious time or season to launch a new untried play as the post Christmas malaise still lingers in the air and people are reluctant to get up and go out to be entertained.

Even the weather had turned turk with floods not too far away and frost in the air. But we had left out the tow principal bulwarks, the excellence of the play and the undoubted ability of the cast. In the end opening night overcame a small house with a fine play and a superb cast.


Willie Egan’s third full length play takes a jaundiced look at the world of banking and the sub world of banking families. Set in the era of a flourishing Celtic Tiger the playwright put the career of retiring bank manager Ed Darby played by Kevin Keating has been a bank man all his life. He has been prudent and careful. Ed’s two children, son Joseph and daughter Mary have been successfully placed in the safe banking fraternity but their ethos is much different to Ed’s. The roles are played to the limit by Padraig Collins and Paula Drohan- O Sullivan.

Early in the play one would hardly associate rebellion with the sanctimonious Anne Darby, wife of Ed, who has groomed Ed through the social scene of banking in an Irish town.


Marina Boyd projects a stage persona far different to her own, the sure sign of veteran of the stage. Her “wayward” half brother Pakie is played by Paddy Hickey. Paddy provides the light relief in contrast to the ever so solid Darby’s.

“Chancer” or Ray is played by Louis Keating. Undercurrents bubble under the surface until the arrival of the oldest son Paul, banished from the family for 15 years and now his arrival will blow Darby’s Castle apart. We could expect no less from Eugene O Meara.


The play and the Anner Players move to the greater stage of the Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny, next Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm. If you didn’t catch a performance in Mullinahone then you should certainly journey to the Watergate. At this stage we would have to say that Willie and the augmented Anner Players have pulled off the three in a row following in the successful footsteps of “The Winter of ‘69” and “Dreams, Schemes and Miracles”.


Back From Kenya

Recent events from troubled Kenya illustrate how immediate modern telecommunication makes ever far away events. During the week we were in contact with the Irish group who reached the South Pole. Before that we were brought up to date with the tumult and bloodshed in Kenya.

In the days leading up to Christmas, Johanna Sheehan of Ballydavid had a visit from her grandson Niall Sheehan, Borris, Co. Carlow. Niall is currently a student of planning in Edinburgh. He is also a promising long distance runner. Niall told his grandmother that he was off to a high altitude training camp in Kenya on St Stephen’s morning as part of a group of ex-Limerick University runners.


At the time Kenya was one of the most peaceful countries in Africa, shortly after Niall and his friends had settled into the training camp things began to flare up in Kenya. At the bottom of the mountain on which the training camp is sited is the city of Eldoret, where a church was burned with hundreds of people inside. It became necessary to evacuate the Irish runners. The lads got a bus down from the mountain to Eldoret airport, which was escorted by armed troops. They then got a flight from Nairobi to London. Niall and his friends are now back in Ireland.



The first draw of 2008 in the local lotto took place on January 7th. Three people shared the match 3 prize of €150, Morgan and Nicole Scott, Judy Croke and Josephine Nye. Next draw is on January 21st, when the jackpot could reach €4,850.


Compost Making

Some people may have resolved to do more to recycle rubbish in 2008. One of the ways is to manufacture compost which can be used and re-used in gardens and planting. Tipperary South Riding County Council has issued compost charts which give tips in the making of compost at home. There are special bins available from the Council which may be used to make compos.



Most local people will be aware that Joe O Gorman is a great man to entertain with music, especially those who attend the Tuesday club and also pay visits to the local nursing homes.

Joe would like to acknowledge the help that he gets in this entertaining from local man John Willie Smyth and Cloneen man Jimmy Roche. To all three and to others who help them out from time to time – thank you lads!



The adjourned GAA AGM took place last Friday night and was well attended. For his first meeting chairman John Croke allowed plenty of debate on all aspects of the club and decided to defer selection of managers for senior teams to the February meeting.

However, because of the early start of the under 21 championships Sean O Meara was appointed to take charge of the under 21 hurling and football teams for the coming year.


Training for the under 21’s will start at 8pm next Friday night. A meeting of the under 21’s panel will follow training.

John Vaughan was presented with a lamp to mark his 80th birthday and has taken up his appointment as Co Board delegate for another year.

Tommy O Sullivan is the club register for the coming year. Adult players €50, adult players with full use of gym €100. Students with student card and minors €25. Public member €30 & OAP’s €15.


Sports Hall & GYM

For the last couple of years Sean Walzer has made a huge effort to get the gym up and running. He has created a wonderful facility that is now being enjoyed by many people in the parish. Sean in now taking a break from his role and now has handed the role over to Jackie Bolger. For all new members and existing members wishing to renew their membership and receive a key to a second lock on the front door please contact Jackie on 086 8341843 or 53182. Single membership is €120 and €170 for couples.


There is a meeting on January 19th at 8pm in the sports hall.

Any body with ideas please attend.




Tipp Hurling and Football

Niall Curran is wished well for the coming year with Tipperary senior football team. We also send our best wishes to Eoin Kelly and Paul Curran as they start their campaign under new manager Liam Sheehy.


Parish News

First Holy Communion will be in St Michael’s church on May 17th. Meeting of the care group of parents is tomorrow (Thursday) in the sacristy at 7.30pm. Best wishes on their recent wedding to Liam O Brien, Briarsfield and Catriona Moloney, Ballina. Members of the boards of management of our three primary schools are invited to the 11.30am Mass on January 26th.



The committee of the local Mullinahone playgroup would like to thank all those who supported their recent fund raising raffle. A special thank you to all who sponsored prizes so generously and all who bought tickets. Funds raised will be used to continue to run an excellent pre-school facility for our children.


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