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07 Aug 2022

Cilloe Yew Players to stage new play in Ennybegs Community Centre

Cilloe Yew Players to stage new play in Ennybegs Community Centre

Mickey Kenny, Colm Hughes, John Fitzsimons, Paul McCarthy, Carmel Kennedy & Pat Doherty, Nicole Rowley, Mary Mahon, Tommy Mollaghan, Mairead Moorhead, Joanne Dunne and Julie Murphy.

The Cilloe Yew Tree Players are currently preparing for their next great performance, 'Wake in the West', which will be staged in Ennybegs Community Centre, Killoe on March 2, 3 and 4, starting at 8.30pm nightly.

The plot centres on the wake of Tom Healy, a man known to be 'fond of a drop'.

Tom's controversial last request threatens to humiliate his family and make them the laughing stock of the small fishing village in which they live.

Not exactly an avid church-goer, Tom's dying wish flies in the face of traditional religious ceremony in 1970s Ireland.

The priest and doctor need to be consulted as does Tom's son Martin who returns from New York for the funeral, eagerly awaited by Joan, a neighbour who has held a candle for Martin since his departure to the states.

When conniving neighbour Rose calls to pay her respects, the mayhem really begins and her antics set in motion a sequence of hilarious events.

Barney is Tom's life-long friend and drinking buddy who volunteers to carry out Tom's last wishes, but is the village drunk the best man to carry out the job?

Margaret is Barney's long suffering wife who has to cope with the trauma of witnessing Rose's carry-on.

Mickey Kenny returns as director following the success of The Belfry in 2017 and has expertly guided his cast over the past months.

The part of Tom Healy is played by Tommy Mollaghan. Mairead Moorehead plays Tom's daughter who has dedicated her later years to caring for her awkward father in the absence of any support from her brother.

John Fitzsimmons plays the part of Tom's son Martin, the returned 'yank' with the 'twang.

Joanne Dunne takes on the role of Joan, the lovelorn neighbour to the Healys.

The doctor entrusted with Tom's last wishes is played by Ollie Keogh.

Barney the 'village drunk' is played by Colm Hughes with Mary Mahon in the role of Margaret, the other half of the antagonistic couple.

The conniving neighbour Rose is played by Carmel Kennedy. Paul McCarthy plays the role of the local priest Fr Cassidy who attempts to bring an air of calm to the chaotic atmosphere.

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, February 20. To book your tickets call 087 291 1994. Booking is essential.

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