Corn Mill Sweeps the Boards!
The room erupted with shouts of joy and jubilation when the adjudicator Dr Russell Boyce announced that the Corn Mill Theatre Company, Carrigallen, Co Leitrim were the overall winners of the Perpetual Trophy of RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival 2014 for their performance of the Devil’s Céilí, written by Philip Doherty and Kevin McGahern and directed by Ronan Ward. Congratulations to Ronan Ward on winning the Best Director Award; to Eugene Finnegan on winning the Best Stage Management Award having previously won three All Ireland Best Set Awards, he excelled himself yet again by winning this award; and the Abbey Theatre Award which consists of three night’s performances in the Peacock Theatre, Dublin. The three nights are Thursday 22, Friday 23 and Saturday 24 May with a matinee at 2:30pm on Saturday. This was the opening award of the night and was a fantastic surprise to us all at the Corn Mill Theatre. Theatre has come full circle to see father and son Gus and Ronan Ward on stage accepting the award on behalf of the group. What a wonderful achievement! They won the Most Entertaining Group Award at the Festival Club as well. They were also nominated for Best Stage Setting; Best Stage Lighting; and Gus Ward & Killian McGuinness for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. All the hard work and long hours of reading and rehearsals which began way back on October 2013 have now been proven worthwhile. All Irelands are difficult to win in any discipline but the Corn Mill Theatre Group by their sheer dedication, commitment and putting their hearts and souls into it, along with Ronan’s directional skills achieved it. Between cast and a well experienced backstage crew there were thirty-one people involved in this production, some well seasoned actors but also some very new to the stage. The celebrations began and continued into the wee hours of the night back in Carrigallen. As they made their way home by bus and cars they were greeted and cheered along by a crowd around the blazing bonfire at Kenny’s piers which had been stoked by Paddy O’Rourke and kept alive since the announcement of their win was made in Athlone. There was a welcoming home party for the Group on Sunday evening. Amateur dramatics tradition is still alive and thriving in the Carrigallen area. This is the third occasion which the group has won the All-Ireland Open Drama Finals in Athlone, in 1998 with Belfry by Billy Roche and in 2005 with Stolen Child by Yvonne Quinn and Bairbre Ni Chaoimh. Congratulations and well done to all involved! If you have not seen this award winning production or you would like to see it again then come along to the Corn Mill Theatre on Thursday 15, Friday 16 and Saturday 17 May. Bookings on 04943 39612 between 10:00am and 4:00pm or firstname.lastname@example.org. Doors open at 8:00pm and show starts at 8:30pm.
Due to the Corn Mill Theatre winning the All Ireland Drama and performing the play again, the Jack L’s concert has been cancelled for the Corn Mill Theatre on Friday, 16 May but will rescheduled for a later date.
G.F.C. Lotto The draw was held on Saturday, 10 May 2014 and the numbers drawn on the night were 6, 9, 10, and 22. There was no Jackpot winner and the four winners of €50 each were Nora Masterson, Jim Kiernan, Lucy Ann McDermott and Gretta O’Neill. Next week’s draw will be held on 17 May and the Jackpot will be €11,700. Those in charge on the night will be Teresa Donohoe, Barry Dolan and Conor O’Neill.
Thank you to everyone who supported the Tea Dance on Sunday, 4 May 2014 in the Kilbrackan Arms Hotel. A total of €975 was raised for Cavan Hospital’s Oncology Unit. All monies are going directly to the ward. Well done to Kitty and Christy Coyne for organising it and a big thank you to Paul Corrigan and Donal Cadden for the music and venue and to Jackie Maguire for the hamper. Next the mini marathon!! There are sponsorship cards available for the Mini Marathon in Carrigallen Post Office, Centra and Keiths in Arva. Thank you for your support.