Carnew hosts 15th Drama Festival launch

By Dan Walsh

The 15th annual South Wicklow Drama Festival takes place in St. Brigid’s Hall, Carnew, from Sunday to Saturday, March20-26th and the festival was launched in Jim Byrne’s Lounge, Carnew, last Thursday night by Philip Howlin from Camross, who is a member of the Drama League of Ireland Committee.

Philip was a longstanding member of Rathnure Pantomime & Musical Society, both acting and behind scenes and in 2012 took part in the very successful Camross Passion Play and being a man of many talents has since then has been involved with all aspects of drama with Camross Drama Group, including acting, directing, lighting, sound, set building and promotional work. 

Philip Howlin, who performed the official launch with the Perpetual Trophy at the launch of the 15th annual South Wicklow Drama Festival in Jim Byrne’s Lounge, Carnew, last Thursday night. Also in picture is Kevin McEvoy (Secretary), Mandie O’Keeffe and Eamonn Doran (Chairperson). Pic by Eamonn Doran.

A frequent visitor to St. Brigid’s Hall for the festivals over the years, Philip said he was honoured to be asked to launch the 2022 festival. He commended to committee for the welcome audiences always receive when they attend the festival plays and for always going out of their way to put them first.

Philip had another exciting duty he carried out at the launch. In his travels he has come across a Perpetual Trophy (Cup) which was found in a house in Dublin. The Cup is inscribed Feile Carn Nua in an old Irish lettering, and underneath is inscribed Corn Taylor-Keith. 

Chairman Eamonn Doran gave an overview of the plays coming up in the Festival and thanked Sponsors and Patrons for their continued support of the Festival.

Thanks was expressed to Jim Byrne for hosting the launch, and to Jim and Mary Doyle for providing the refreshments.

At the launch of the 15th annual South Wicklow Drama Festival held in Jim Byrne’s Lounge, Carnew, were (left to right); Kevin McEvoy (Secretary), unknown, Mary Doran (PRO), Jim Byrne (proprietor) and Raymond Brennan. Pic; Eamonn Doran.

Line up of Plays for Festival:

Sunday 20th March: Coolgreany Amateur Dramatic Society – The Odd Couple by Neil Simon

Monday 21st March: Ballycogley Players – The Beacon by Nancy Harris 

Tuesday 22nd March: Kilmuckdridge Dramp Group – The Playboy of the Western World by John Millington Synge

Wednesday 23rd March: Bunclody /Kilmyshal –The Good Father by Christine O’Reilly

Thursday 24th March: Camross Drama Group – The Kings of the Kilburn Highroad by Jimmy Murphy

Friday 25th March: Prosperous Dramatic Society – God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza

Saturday 26th March: Saturday 26th March – Class by Kilrush Drama Group

Patron Tickets for the Festival are available from any of the Festival Committee, from Mark Kennedy in Hall’s Shop, Main Street, Carnew; Carnew Training & Development Centre and from Candy’s, Carnew. Purchasing a patron ticket enables you to see the seven plays listed for just €35.

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