Rossmore Drama Results

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Posted on: 7th April, 2014

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

Denis O’Sullivan from Kilmeen Drama Group receiving his Best Supporting Actor Award from Bernie Shinnick

On St Patrick’s night the lights were dimmed on the very successful 53rd West Cork Drama Festival. On the final night, Conna Dramatic Society presented a tense and gripping production of Ira Levin’s ‘Deathtrap’, stepping in for the Holycross/Ballycahill group, which had to withdraw due to illness. The adjudicator Patrick Sutton kept his cards to chest during the week, not disclosing any clear preference for the plays he saw. At the awards ceremony on the final night, he complimented the high standard of the 11 plays he saw, as well as the festival committee for such a successful organisation of the festival.

Ballyduff Drama Group who had regaled the audience on Wednesday night with their moving production of Sam Shepard’s ‘Curse of the Starving Class’ were awarded first place in the Open Section of the West Cork Drama Festival. As well as winning the Best Set award, their director Ger Canning ALSO won the award for Best Producer. The Moat Club who presented Sebastien Barry’s ‘The Steward of Christendom’ took second place, as well as the Best Lighting award, while the local Kilmeen group took third place with their production of Enda Walsh’s ‘The Walworth Farce’. Denis O’Sullivan from the Kilmeen group, who played a versatile ‘Sean’, won the Best Supporting Actor award in the Open section, while the Best Supporting Actress award was given to Aoife Walsh from the Ballyduff group who played the young daughter ‘Emma’. Padraig Broe who played Thomas Dunne in The Moat Club’s production of ‘The Steward of Christendom’ won Best Actor while Valerie O’Leary from the Ballyduff group won the Best Actress award for her portrayal of the mother ‘Ella’.

In the Confined Section , first place went to the Doonbeg Drama Group who presented Billy Roche’s ‘The Cavalcaders’, second place went to Skibbereen Theatre Society with their production of Nancy Harris’s ‘No Romance’ and third place was awarded to Schull Drama Group with their production of Sam Shepard’s ‘Buried Child’. Mary O’Driscoll from the Skibbereen Theatre Society won Best Supporting Actress in the Confined Section for her role as ‘Laura’ in ‘No Romance’. The Doonbeg Drama Group, with their production of ‘The Cavalcaders’, scooped many of the other awards in this section and no doubt left Rossmore with many good memories. Mark May was awarded Best Supporting Actor for his role as the joyful ‘Josie’, Charles Killeen was awarded Best Actor for his role as the enigmatic ‘Jerry’, Anne Marie Doyle won Best Actress for her depiction of ‘Nuala’ and their director Mary J Egan won Best Producer in this section.

The Best Sound award went to the Nenagh Players who presented Bruce Graham’s ‘The Outgoing Tide’ and lulled us with tranquil sounds of the sea and birds in the sky.

While the Festival has reached closure, as the old saying goes, ‘the show still goes on’ with musical concerts including Louise Morrissey and friends on March 30 and  further dramatic productions from the local Kilmeen drama group  (see www.rossmoretheatre.com for updates).

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Submarines, American Sailors, and the Underwater War in Irish Waters, 1917-1918
by Dr John Borgonovo in The Parish Centre, Clonakilty
on Thursday Oct 26 2017 at 8.30 pm

In 1917, unrestricted submarine warfare by German U-boats brought the United States into WWI and created a crisis in Britain. To defeat the submarine menace, an American naval fleet was dispatched to County Cork, bringing about 10,000 sailors with it. This talk will explain the circumstances of this extraordinary event, and how Cork residents dealt with their unexpected American guests.

Dr John Borgonovo is a lecturer in the School of History at UCC. His publications include Spies, Informers, and the 'Anti-Sinn Féin' Society: The Intelligence War in Cork City, 1920-1921; The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918; Exercising a close vigilance over their daughters: Cork women, American sailors, and Catholic vigilantes, 1917-18; Something in the Nature of a Massacre: The Bandon Valley Killings Revisited (with Andy Bielenberg). His latest publication (with co-authors John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil and Mike Murphy) is the highly acclaimed and magnificient Atlas of the Irish Revolution. In July of this year, he organised a very successful conference on Winning the Western Approaches - Unrestricted Submarine Warfare and the US Navy in Ireland 1917-1918.
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11th October, 2017  ·  

Apple Juicing Day in Clonakilty next Sunday Sept 30th. All welcome to bring their apples from 2-6pm to the Clonakilty Community Garden (on entrance road to Clonakilty Lodge).

Building on the success of its inaugural 2016 event, local voluntary environmental organisation Sustainable Clonakilty invites people to bring along their apples and press them to extract their own juice to take home, using the group's Apple Press.

Volunteers will be at hand to assist in the procedure. Bring along your apples washed; clean containers to freeze your juice (milk/juice bottles or cartons, plastic bottles with caps); clean, sterilised glass bottles to pasteurise with swing caps or suitable for 26 mm diameter metal cap.

A limited number of new 3 litres juice bags that are suitable for freezing and pasteurising, can be purchased for a nominal fee on the day also.

This is a free community event and donations will be welcome to cover costs.

For further information, please contact Xavier at xavierdubuisson@gmail.com or text at 086/0476124.
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