Coolgreany Drama’s One Act Festival 2018 held recently at St Mogue’s Hall, Inch was a huge success, with big crowds turning up on each of the three nights to see nine productions by groups from Counties Wexford, Wicklow and other parts of the country.
The Coolgreany festival is part of the affiliated Drama League of Ireland circuit competition, in which groups nationwide are competing at festivals around the country for places in the One Act Drama Finals to be held in Kilmuckridge over the second weekend in December.
Balally Players from Dundrum in Dublin were the winners in the Open Section of the Coolgreany Festival with their production of the Giant Killers, while Sillan Players from Co. Cavan were the winners in the Confined Section with the Long Wet Grass.
Other awards were as follows. Best Director (Open Section) – Gary Wall, Balally. Best Director (Confined Section) – Yvonne Seymour, Sillan. Best Performer (Open Section) – Seán Murphy, Balally. Best supporting performer (Open Section) – Maura Lavelle, Bridgewater Theatre Group. Best performer (Confined Section) – Eva Fidgeon, Sillan. Best Supporting Perfomer (Confined Section) – Charlene Cadden, Bailieborough Drama Group. Best Design – Sillan. Audience Award – Bailieborough for Smile Handsome. Adjudicator’s Award – Megan Morahan, Bridge Drama. Adjudicator’s Award – Liz O’Hanlon, Bailieborough.
Coolgreany Drama would like to thank the Festival Committee for planning and organising the festival and everyone who generously lent a hand to ensure everything ran smoothly each night. They would also like to thank the excellent Adjudicator, Geoff O’Keeffe, for his entertaining and informative assessments each night, and the festival’s main sponsors, Whizzy Internet.
Most of all, Coolgreany Drama would like to thank all those who turned up in such great numbers to be entertained by the nine shows. Coolgreany would not have a festival without these stalwart drama supporters.
They would also like to congratulate all the festival award winners and wish the best of luck to all the groups from around the country taking part in the all-Ireland drama circuit this month.
These groups include Coolgreany Drama itself, which began its all-Ireland circuit journey at the weekend in Letterkenny and Ballina with its production of Mr Foot, Directed by Sally Stevens and featuring Maggie Murphy and Niall Hunter.
Coolgreany’s next major production at St Mogue’s, Inch will be Juno and the Paycock, by Seán O’Casey, directed by Ned Dempsey, running from January 24 to January 27.
On next Friday night, November 8, at 9 p.m., the Local Coolgreany Vintage Club will make presentations of cheques to North Wexford Hospice and Coolgreany Tidy Towns from the proceeds of the Coolgreany Vintage Club Day which was recently held in the Coolgreany and was an outstanding success.
The group is looking forward to the results of the Keep Wexford beautiful competition on November 12, as the village was looking splendid all summer. We were delighted to achieve four extra points in the Tidy Towns competition this year. Thanks to the Fás workers and all the helpers who gave their time and helped to achieve this result.
COMMUNITY WORKER There is a vacancy for a Com- munity Worker in the village at present, working 19.5 Hrs per week. Call 0402 37129 for further information. (Office Hrs only)
Congratulations to Maureen Bushe Plattinstown, who celebrated her 80th birthday in the Coolgreany Inn on last Saturday night with family and Friends, the entertainment on the night was a real family affair with Maureen singing a number of songs, and ably assisted by the accompaniment of her family.
On Sunday it was the turn of Kathleen Nobbs, who turned on the style with family and Friends for a big Party and raffle in the Coolgreany Inn, where Kathleen requested that in lieu of presents, guests would make voluntary donations to Arklow Cancer Support Group, and a great evening and night of partying was enjoyed by all present.
Kathleen would like to thank everyone who attended and supported her request.
Congratulations to Caitlin Lawless, Cronecribbon, Inch, who celebrated her 21st birthday in the Coolgreany Inn on last Friday night with her family and a large circle of friends and guests enjoyed a great night of dancing and entertainment.
Birthday greetings to Casey Rose Kennedy Askinch Coolgreany, who celebrates her third birthday on this Wednesday, November 6. Also birthday greetings to Finn Andrew Joseph Russell, Croghan View Coolgreany, who also celebrates his third birthday also on this Wednesday. November 6.