Carnew notes November 30


Carnew Musical Society – Me and My Girl

Congratulations to the Cast and crew of Carnew Musical Society on their fantastic production of Me & My Girl which was staged in St. Brigid’s Hall Carnew last week.

Audiences took a Step back in time to the costumes and music of the 30’s, starting with a welcoming front of house team who were all in costume.  The show included outstanding performances by Ellie Condren and Bill Stafford in the lead roles, both excellently making the transition from cockney to toff, displaying wonderful singing, dancing and comedy along the way.  The show was a great success, with full houses every night and with audiences loving every minute of the show and showing their appreciation by giving a standing ovation on many of the nights.

The role of the Duchess and Sir John were both excellently portrayed by Jennifer Byrne and Jimmy Spellacy, and great comedy was added to the show by Catherine Stafford and Gary Stephens playing Lady Jacqueline and Gerard Bolingbroke.
All other roles, including family members, family solicitor, servants, ancestors, toffs and cockneys were all played to perfection with rousing chorus numbers and wonderful singing and dancing to a superb orchestra. 
Stage construction and management was a huge undertaking for the Society and congratulations to all concerned on the efficiency in which the set changing was carried out.
Amazing costumes, lighting, makeup and hair styles all added to the spectacle of the show.
Finally, well done and congratulations to the production team of Director:  Michael Dunbar, Musical Director: Lar Duffy and Choreographer: Graham Finnerty


Kilrush Drama Group – Festival Play

The members of Kilrush Drama Group are presently in rehearsals for their 2016 Festival Play, “The Far Off Hills” by Lennox Robinson. This will be the group’s first production to travel around the country in the Open All Ireland Drama Circuit, following their win last year in the All Ireland Confined Drama Festival which was held in Kilmuckridge earlier this year. The play will once again be directed by  Michael Byrne. 


The cast for the play include, Ellie Condren who plays the central character, Marian Clancy with her father Patrick Clancy being plaaed by PJ Arthur. Maurice Ruth in the role of  Oliver O’Shaughnessy, Jane Kinsella  plays Susie Tynan, while Seamus Burnell plays Dick Delany  Patrick’s other daughters,  Pet and Ducky are being played by Caitlin Clauson and Anna Dillon while Fionn Stafford takes on the role of Harold Mahony and Mary Doran plays Ellen Nolan (the servant).  This light hearted comedy set in rural Ireland in the 1930’s.



On Sunday Dec 6 the walk will be at Tara Hill (Grade C, 8-10km 2.5 hours) meeting in Tinahely at 10.00 or at Tara Hill school car park at 10.30.

On Sunday Dec 13 the walk will be at Avoca (Grade B, 10km 2.5 hours) meeting in Tinahely at 10.30.

Please ensure to wear proper walking boots, to bring adequate food & drink and to pack (or wear) rain gear.


Carnew Emmets Lotto Draw held 23rd November was not won, Numbers Drawn :   2 ; 12 ; 21 ; 28.  4 Lucky Dip Prizes €50-00 each; Christina Kinsella, Carnew. Teegan D’Arcy & Caroline Conroy, Tombreane. Aoife Kenny , C/O Central House Shillelagh. Dylan & Ryan Kenny, Tomacork. Next draw takes place in The Lodge, Carnew On Monday 7th December and the Jackpot is €2,800.

The Pride in Carnew lotto was won by Bernadette O’Connor, seller Mary Hall, some places are still available at only €2 each week contact the Centre on 0539426555.


The next bingo will take place on Sunday 13th December at 2.30pm, all welcome to come along and many thanks to everyone for their support todate.


Congratulations to Carnew Community Care on winning the top prize in the Age Friendly Community Initiative Category of the main competition in the IPB Pride of Place Awards recently, well done to all.


The Parents Association of Colaiste Bhride, Carnew, Co Wicklow (formely known as Carnew Vocational School plans to mark the 80th anniversary of the opening of the school with an exhibition tracing the growth of the school from its orgins in 1936 up to the present day. The event is planned to take place in September 2016.

The organisers are calling on past pupils, especially thise from the early years to lend photographs, publications and other memorabilia for the exhibition. Items should be carefully labelled with the lenders contact details and handed in at the reception desk at the Main School office. All items will be carefully looked after and will be returned after the event.

Further details will be published later.


A Christmas craft fair will be held on Sunday 6th December from 2pm to 6pm in The Gap Pub, Ballythomas with wonderful gift ideas, Irish grown Christmas trees, local crafters, mulled wine, Santa will visit from 4-5pm, and the TY mini companies from Colaiste Bhride, Carnew will be there with their products, all welcome to come along and support them.


Get well wishes go to John Naylor, Carnew.


Carnew Credit Union are holding their AGM on Tuesday 8th December at 8pm in their offices on the Main Street, all welcome to come along.


A good crowd attended the Carnew Emmetts AGM last week in Colaiste Bhride, the chairman thanked everyone for coming and for all their help during the year, it was very much appreciated, he congratulated the winners in various games and wished everyone well for the new year. The following were elected President Edmund Hyland and Jack Kilbride, chairman Tim Balfe, vice chair Maurice Molloy, secretary Quenton house, assistant Padraig Doyle, Treasurer Eddie Brennan, assistant Willie Collins, Irish Culture Officer James Doran, Registrar Eileen Doran, PRO Damien Osborne and Susanne O’Sullivan, Fixtures secretary Thomas Collins. committee members Thomas Kennedy, John Doyle, John Joe Myers, Mark Collins, Henry Brownrigg and Jason Molloy. 

The Strictly Come  Dancing is taking in February against Glenealy and practising is starting shortly and promises to be a great nights entertainment.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of Des Sheridan, Shillelagh Manor who died during the week, his remains were removed to Tomacork on Monday evening for 6.30pm, followed by cremation on Tuesday.

The annual Christmas baubles are on sale at €3 each or two for €5, a mass will be said for all the names on the baubles on 20th December in Askamore, all proceeds towards Askamore Childcare Centre.



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