Gla­dys gets sur­prise on 87th birth­day

Bray People - - Socialscene -

GLA­DYS SHEE­HAN got a pleas­ant sur­prise last Thurs­day evening, when her friends in the Square One The­atre group threw a party in the Strand Ho­tel to cel­e­brate her 87th birth­day.

The glam­ourous Gla­dys, who is a much-loved and re­spected mem­ber of the com­mu­nity, never got so many com­pli­ments in her life, she said. ‘I have a swelled head now!’ she re­marked glee­fully.

It was the Cuala Road woman who di­rected Square One’s first three pro­duc­tions - On Trial, Saibh and Tolka Row. The group has been thriv­ing ever since, and has re­tained close ties with its in­au­gu­ral di­rec­tor.

They pre­sented the birth­day girl with a beau­ti­ful bou­quet of roses, and all of the tal­ented guests per­formed a party piece. Gla­dys her­self charmed her au­di­ence with an ex­tract from ‘Moll,’ a funny ser­mon all about the dan­gers of close danc­ing and bad thoughts!

Af­ter ap­pear­ing on stage and screen for over four decades, Gla­dys still teaches drama to chil­dren in a pur­pose-built stu­dio in her back gar­den, and loves her work as much to­day as she ever did. ‘I love ev­ery minute of it,’ said the char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally en­er­getic and pos­i­tive woman, who said she is as fond of the teenagers as the lit­tle ones.

As well as teach­ing, she has starred along­side ac­tors from Pierce Bros­nan and Gabriel Byrne to Richard Bur­ton and Sean Con­nery, and has stolen the show in pro­grammes on tele­vi­sion such as clas­sic Glen­roe.

Gla­dys Shee­han.

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