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Dungarvan Observer 19th Jan. 1918   

Concert at Ballymacart

On New Year’s Night a very enjoyable and successful entertainment in aid of the deserving poor of the locality was given in the Ballymacart School by the pupils of the evening classes aided by friends.  It took the form of a grand instrumental and vocal concert, and the large audience evidenced their appreciation in a very marked manner by their early attendance and by the enthusiasm they showed throughout.

Miss Eileen Mansfield (Piano); and Mr. James Mansfield (Violin) delighted the audience with their different directions at the intervals during the performance.  The concert opened with a chorus song, “Cailin Deas Cruidre na mbo” by the members of the evening school. The committee were fortunate in securing the services of that popular comedian, Mr. Ed. Kiely, for the occasion.   Though Mr. Kiely had retired from the stage, yet being in the neighbourhood on business, the object of the concert appealed to him and he consented to lean a hand… Mr. E Curran, Kilossera, was equally happy in his songs and dances, and was loudly applauded… Miss H. Lacey also danced a hornpipe and a double jig and showed excellent training. 

The play “Uncle Pat” – was the event of the evening, and kept the audience in unbroken attention and delight. Dramatic personae: - Uncle Pat ( Mr. D. Conway), Norah (Mr. Ml. Foley), Norah’s husband (Mr. James Hourigan), Kitty (Mr. Ml. Power), Willie Phelan engaged to Kitty ( Mr. Mattie Walsh), Miss Glynn( Mr. W. Ryan) and Bob O’ Connor ( Mr. P. Hourigan)… hopes are entertained of further histrionic exhibition in the future.  The four-hand reel was danced by the messers Chas Mansfield, Ml. Mansfield, Frank Murphy and Michael Byrne, in a very graceful style.  Mr. D. Conway in his humorous recitation” Terry Mulligan’s Banshee”, showed rare powers of elocution while Mr. Wm. Ahearnes “Incident of 98” made a great impression.  Mr. William Walsh was delightfully captivating in his song “In Fair Westmeath”.

The entertainment came to a termination with the chorus- “A Nation Once Again”.  Mr. Mce. Lacey, Mount Mellary, proved a capable stage manager.

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