Granagh Players are Back
Wednesday 23rd 7.30pm, Community Centre. We began last week with Darragh and he most certainly raised our Cardio levels, with jumping jacks and Russian twists.
He maintains HIIT classes are best. HIT stands for High intensity interval training and it involves a short period of high intense exercise and short period of rest . His top 5 fitness foods are - Eggs, Brown Rice, Beetroot, Chlorella and Spirulina.. Male and female attending classes, so everyone welcome. Bring a Mat. Morning Class ?? We have some people interested in a morning class, if we get 8 - 10 people, it would go ahead. Contact Eileen Power if interested.
This coming Saturday night, 26th, St. Vincent DePaul will hold their annual Church gate collection before Mass. In Ballingarry , it will be held Friday 2nd Dec at O'Grady's Shop.
Please give a Little, it Helps a lot.
If possible give a call to the following Markets, where you can buy lots of home-made produce and gifts which would make great Christmas presents.
Kilfinny Community Centre - Saturday 3rd Dec, 6.30pm - 9pm.
Drumcollogher Respite Centre - Sunday 4th Dec, 1.00pm.
St. Josephs, Charleville. - Friday 9th Dec, 11am - 3pm.
Cuan Mhuire Garden Centre - Open Daily.
Congratulations to the local group who took part in the GAA Scór Na nÓg and won the County Final. They will be heading to the Munster Semi-finals in December.
Well done and best of Luck to Theresé Noonan, Ciara English, Grainne Lynch, Nessa Houlihan, David Bennett & Diarmuid Flynn.
BANOGUE Anniversary Show:
Hard to believe, Banogue parish group have been entertaining audiences for the past 20 years.!! This year, Director, Mike Larkin, has decided to present a medley of favourite hits from their past performances. You will hear songs from Joseph, Oklahoma, Grease, Mamma Mia, Hairspray, Annie Get Your Gun. The group will also give a first time performance of hits from that acclaimed musical ' Les Miserables '.
This year it will be for - One Weekend Only - 2nd, 3rd & 4th Dec.
Friday 4th is ticket only in aid of ' CareBright Dementia Unit ', Bruff. Tickets can be got from Patricia Short, Banogue ( 086 - 0850079).
The ladies and gents of Granagh Players have been rehearsing for the last number of weeks under the guidance of Jimmy Sheehy. This year, he has chosen Brendan Behan's play - The Hostage. Lots has been written about Behan's life and times and there is even a list of his best quotes.!
He was born into a working class family in Dublin, h
is mother took them on literary tours of the city and was very active in political circles. She was a personal friend of Michael Collins and gave him the affectionate nickname of ' the laughing Boy'. When Brendan was thirteen he wrote a lament to Collins using that title.
His father was a house painter who had been active in the War of Independence
and who read classic literature to the children at bedtime.
There was also a strong emphasis on Irish history and culture in the home, which meant he was steeped in literature and patriotic ballads from a tender age.
Behan eventually joined the IRA at 16, which led to his serving time in a borstal youth prison in the United Kingdom and was also imprisoned in Republic of Ireland. During his time in prison he studied and become a fluent Irish speaker, writing his works in both Irish and English. He was released from prison as part of a general amnesty given by the Fianna Fáil government in 1946, he married Beatrice Ffrench-Salkeld in 1955.
Behan's uncle Peadar Kearney wrote the national anthem "The Soldier's Song". His brother, Dominic Behan, was also a renowned songwriter best known for the song "The Patriot Game". Another sibling, Brian Behan, was a prominent political activist , public speaker, actor, author, and playwright. When the curtains went up on the very first performance of The Hostage in London, October 1958, the play had already been through a series of enormous shifts and changes. First appearing as An Giall ' ,Behan’s play had originally been written in Irish and performed in Dublin earlier that same year.
It had a modest reception, and despite his use of the Irish language - because "Irish is more direct than English,more bitter" - the play did not seem to offend the Dubliners that saw it.
Given the international success Behan had already enjoyed, An Giall ' in English was inevitable.
He collaborated with Joan Littlewood of the Theatre Workshop in Stratford East on a new, English language version. This second version was very different from the original, and not just in terms of the language. There were seven new characters, a host of additional musical numbers, new cultural references and the play was longer. We know Behan had a serious drinking problem, as he said himself
- " I'm a drinker with writing problems " and " The number of people who buy books in Ireland would not keep me in drink for the duration of the Sunday opening time ".
Jimmy has set himself and the cast a huge challenge with this unusual play. It offers something for everyone , laughter, tears, joy, and fear intertwine There is a controlled disorderliness about the play, full of spontaneous singing, dancing, drinking and fighting.
It will be very interesting.!!
Wed 23rd Nov: - Harvest Concert, Rathkeale House Hotel in aid of West Limk 102Fm
Oct - Nov : - ' Many Young Men of Twenty ' - Schoolyard Theatre.
23 - 26th Nov: - Cecilians present ' All Shook Up '. Lime Tree, 8pm.
Fri 7th Dec: - Castletown/B.gran GAA, Monster Bingo, Charlelville Park.
Sat 10th Dec: - Christmas Jumper Party. For 'Street Children of Haiti '. The Rock Bar
Mon 12th Dec - 45 Drive Fundraiser for Camogie Club, Community Centre.
Fri 16th Dec: - Cuppa's and CupCakes in Aid of the Simon Community 12 - 4pm