Carnew Notebook – March 17

Congratulations  Joanne!

Heartiest congratulations to Joanne Doran, Burrow, Ballyellis (representing Colaiste Bhride, Carnew) who has come through the first  stages of the National Junk Kouture Competition to reach the Grand Final which will take place in An Bord Gais Theatre on the 2nd of May.  The first stages included voting by the National Panel of Four and also voting through Facebook.  Many thanks to all who supported Joanne by voting for her Hey Bird Design through facebook. Joanne was delighted when her name was the second name to be called out at the East Regional Finals in The Helix on Monday night last the 10th of March.   We wish her the very best of luck in the Final and who knows, we will hopefully be able to view her design on the Late Late Show. Joanne’s Design is being beautifully modelled by Roisin Dunbar from Craanford.


Kilrush Drama Group 50th Anniversary Celebrations – Note change of date

Congratulations to the group added another win to their achievements by coming first in Lislea. Congratulations also to Michael Dunbar who won Best Actor; Maurice Ruth – Best Supporting Actor;  Kevin McEvoy – Best Lighting;  Tom & Paddy Byrne and Dougie Doyle – Best Sound and Mick Byrne – Best Director. The Adjudicators Special Award went to Lar Duffy for Musical Direction and composition of music and the group also won best Set Design. This brings their wins to 2 Wins and a 2nd out of three performances with results from Wexford, Ballyduff and Gorey still to come.


As the Group look hopeful to reach the All Ireland, it was decided to postpone the  50th anniversary celebrations  to the 2ndof May in the  newly refurbished St. Bridget’s Hall., and instead of celebrations on the  1st of April in St. Brigid’s Hall, Carnew 50 years to the day from their first performance, the group will perform their 50th anniversary production of The Cavalcaders. This will be a special performance and your support on this night will be most appreciated.  The launch of the 50th Anniversary Book  will take place also now take place on the 2nd of May. This will be will include an interesting record of plays and events over the 50 years written by Mick Byrne (founder member of the group).  and also articles by a number of other people who have been involved with the group at various stages throughout the years and a wonderful selection of photographs which have been taken through the years.

Everyone who has been involved with the group in any way over the 50 years are invited to attend for the main Golden Anniversary Celebrations on the 2nd of May next.

South Wicklow Drama Festival  20th – 28th March, 2014

This year South Wicklow Drama Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The launch of the 10th Festival was held on Friday night last in The Lodge, Carnew on Friday the 28th  and performed by Michael Byrne. Michael is the Director/Founder Member of Kilrush Drama Group who are celebrating 50 years in existence this year.  Mick is also one of the founder members of the South Wicklow Drama Festival. Mick’s contribution to drama in this area is immeasurable having directed over 120 productions over the years.

Kilrush Drama Group will host the 10th South Wicklow Drama Festival in St. Brigid’s Hall Carnew from the 20th to the 28th of March next. Thanks to a hard working festival committee under the leadership of Chairman, Brendan Doyle, and loyal support from the local businesses the festival continues to run successfully. When the South Wicklow Drama Festival 2014 is complete this year, 89 productions performed by groups from all over the country will have been staged over the ten years of the Festival bringing a wealth of culture and drama to our doorstep. Testament to the quality of plays selected each year for the festival, six of the productions performed in Carnew have gone on to win the All-Ireland in their respective sections.

The Adjudicator for this year’s festival is Patrick Sutton (Director of the Gaiety School of Acting, the Natioanl Theatre School of Ireland.

It is with pleasure we announce that our 10th Anniversary Festival will be opened by Alan Corcoran from South East Radio. Alan has a long association with Drama in the County.


Patron Tickets for Festival

Admission nightly to any of the Festival plays is:  €10.00.

Patron tickets for the festival are available from any of the committee at a cost of just €35.00 which will cover all nine nights of the Festival, and Student Patron Tickets are available for only €20.00. Patron Tickets are available from Candy’s Carnew, Mrs. Kennedy, Main Street  from any of the Festival Committee, or you will have the opportunity of purchasing a Patron ticket on the opening night of the Festival.
This year’s festival promises a line-up of entertaining plays, most of which are popular audience plays. All performances commence at 8pm in the newly refurbished St. Brigid’s Hall Carnew with the exception of the last performance on Friday the 28th of March, which commences at 7.30 pm.

Line up of Plays:


Thursday 20th: Craanford Drama Group – Thy Will be Done by Michael Carey

Friday 21st: Kilmuckridge Drama Group – The Weir by Conor McPherson

Saturday 22nd: Take 5 – Little Gem by Elaine Murphy

Sunday 23rd: Thurles Drama Group- A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller

Monday 24th: Wexford Drama Group- Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz

Tuesday 25th  Bridge Drama Group – Big Maggie by John, B. Keane

Wednesday: 26th: Bunclody/Kilmyshall Drama Group – April Bright by Dermot Bolger

Thursday: 27th: Raspers Players – Animal Farm adaptation by Peter Hall

Friday 28th: Ballycogley Players – The Hen Night Epiphany by Jimmy Murphy

Daffodil Day Cuppa

Wear a daffodil, have a cuppa and show your support for  the Daffodil Day coffee morning  in The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Friday 28th March, 10 a.m. – 1p.m.  Daffodils at €3 each will be for sale throughout the morning.  All proceeds will benefit The Irish Cancer Society. Thank you for your valued support.


On Sunday March 23 the walk is Dying Cow Loop (grade C, 13km/3.5 hours approx), meeting in Tinahely Square at11.00am. On Sunday March 30 the walk is Kelly’s Lough (grade B, 14km/3.5 hours approx), meeting in Tinahely Square at 10.30am. Please ensure to wear proper walking boots, to bring adequate food & drink and to pack (or wear) rain gear. Full walking schedule is on the Tinahely Website.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the Byrne families, relatives and rineds on the sudden death of Marion Byrne, Kilcavan (nee Behan) during hte week.
To the family and relatives of Ger Doran, Sligo and formely Mill Lane, Carnew who died during the week.

Happy 50th birthday to Shem Levingstone, Kiltilahanne.
Carnew GAA lotto was not won numbers were 3,12,16,18, lucky dips were Caitlin Hughes, c/o Willie Collins. Margaret Hayden, Tomacork. Caroline Edwards, Croneyhorn. Ellen Kennedy c/o Ted. next draw was 18th March and tickets are only €2 from any player or local shop the jackpot was €3,600.

Jordan Doyle is collecting phones for local austic children in Carnew and Askamore boxes are in Carnew Post Office and McCarthy second hand furniture or phone 087 6713265 for to arrange collection.
Another collection is being made for a little local girl with austsim collection box in Candy’s Carnew or phone 0863146233 for collection.


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