Wicklow People (West Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By MYLES BUCHANAN

VAL­LEY­MOUNT was a hive of ac­tiv­ity over the week­end as the vil­lage held a three day Art and Her­itage Fes­ti­val.

The fes­ti­val opened on Fri­day with the Val­ley­mount The­atre Com­pany’s pro­duc­tion of ‘A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream’, the clas­sic Shake­speare com­edy fit­tingly staged on Mid­sum­mer eve, Fri­day, June 21.

The well-re­ceived pro­duc­tion in front of a full house took place in Val­ley­mount Hall, with au­di­ence mem­bers not only mar­vel­ling at the per­for­mances, but also the won­der­ful cos­tumes, stage, light­ing and make-up.

The Val­ley­mount The­atre Com­pany were re­cently formed by Ged Doyle, Liz Gard­ner and Mark Wright, who hope to cre­ate an on­go­ing drama group and art cen­tre as part of the many ac­tiv­i­ties now be­ing cre­ated in the area.

From Satur­day, Val­ley­mount Hall also hosted a her­itage ex­hi­bi­tion on the his­tory of the parish, which con­tin­ued into Sun­day.

On Sun­day, Bishop Ea­mon Walsh of­fi­cially opened and blessed the memo­rial gar­den, erected in mem­ory of all the fam­i­lies from the parish who were moved from the val­ley to make way for Poulaphouc­a Lake.

A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream pre­sented by Val­ley­mount The­atre Com­pany in Val­ley­mount Hall.

Catherine Boyle as Fran­cis Flute and Aoife Blyle as Th­e­seus The Ard Ri and High King of Tara.

Mark Wright, Pro­duc­tion Man­ager and El­iz­a­beth Gard­ner, Di­rec­tor.

Kayleigh Bealin do­ing the make up on Evan White who played Robin Good­fel­low, bet­ter known as Puck.

Mag­gie Con­way Hal­li­gan as Her­mia, Tom Bealin as Oberon and Sarah Walsh as He­lena.

Mag­gie Con­way Hal­li­gan as Her­mia, daugh­ter of Egeus.

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