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'The Sheare Street Social Club' - A great success!

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An extended standing ovation clearly marked Jim Cullinane’s play ‘The Sheare Street Social Club’ a thundering success! Jim was gutted that he was unable to attend the play due to prior commitments which could not be cancelled, otherwise he would have flown over for the play. He certainly need not have worried because under the directorship of Deirdre Collender, her class of actors brought Jim’s characters to life on stage. The audience stood as one to applaud this wonderful and skilfully directed production. The introduction of John Foley’s filming at Alice O’Connor’s bar in Abbeyside and at Merrys on Main Street certainly added an extra dimension to the overall production. Many remarks were also passed on Donal Power’s two new songs which he composed and sang. These were filmed by John Foley and skilfully stitched into his filming at O’Connor’s Bar and Merrys. Deirdre’s invitation to Donal to compose for the production was accepted without question. She did not need to twist his arm. People said later that the songs should be recorded and that the play should be taken to New York!  Dirk Baumann's lighting and sound added the appropriate atmosphere. The play was sold out and sadly, on the night, some people had to be turned away.
It was wonderful to note that the proprietor of O’Connor’s Bar, Alice Marie attended with her nephew Brian.  Also present were the extended Cullinane family who were certainly pleased with the production. Waterford County Museum/Gallowshill Group would like through this medium to thank the following people: Jim Cullinane for offering his wonderful play to raise much needed funds. Thanks also to Brian and Alice Marie O'Connor for welcoming the film crew and cast over Christmas, and also to Emilene Stafford of Merrys for the use of Upstairs in Merrys 1868 for filming. To Joe Kelly of Kellys Pharmacy, Abbeyside and Michael Drummy in David Walsh Office and School Supplies for handling the ticket sales.  Thanks to Pat Morrissey for his musical expertise and to John Collender for set transportation and leading the prayers...  The ladies from the Drama Circle - Charlie O'Donoghue, Áine Maire ni Aodha, Muireann nic Caba, Marlene Kirby, Padraigín ni Chadla,  Orla Glascott and Gina McGrath and  the ladies  of the Gallowshill Community Archaeology Group.  Staff of Waterford County Museum for front of house and all administration duties.  The Dungarvan Leader and Dungarvan Observer for the advertising and promotion.  Sean Organ of WLR for promotion. To Deirdre Collender who worked tirelessly to bring this special production to the stage in such a short period of time.  Thanks for the kindness of the actors who gave their valuable  and skillfil time to the play. The very talented John Foley who has been an oustanding friend to the Gallowshill Group from day one, and to his sidekick Rían O’Donoghue. To our lighting and Sound  expert,  Dirk Baumann.  Last but not least, Eddie Cantwell for all his untiring work in promotion on social media and in the local papers, and also for taking a leap of faith in this new format of fundraising.
A message was read by the MC for the evening, Charlie O Donoghue from Jim Cullinane: ‘To all the wonderful people who were inspired and worked so hard to bring this play into fruition, I cannot thank you enough. I hope it’s a wonderful night and enjoyed by all. I’ll mention one name, Eddie, who was instrumental in bringing this project along. He’s a force of nature. I know there are others, Deirdre, John, Donal, the cast who I hope to meet some day (a pint up at Alice’s?) and all the others involved. May it be a night to remember’.
We would publicly like to thank to our raffle sponsors; Eugene Tobin and SGC Cinema, The Old Bank, The Shamrock Restaurant,  Noark’s Restaurant, Shaws Department Store, Garvey’s Supermarket, The Wine Buff, 4th Waterford Abbeyside Scouts, Glanbia and  Currans Hardware .    

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