Charities Benefit From Extra Performances


                                                      By: Rose Mannion.

Three Charities will benefit from Rathcabbin Players decision to stage the very popular Ray Cooney comedy “Run For Your Wife” in Birr Theatre on Saturday 7th. and Sunday 8th. February. When it was first announced that one extra night that of February 7th. would go ahead the bookings came in fast and Birr Theatre sold out the show in four days. Indeed such was the demand for ticket’s that the Players agreed to stage a second night which is Sunday night February 8th. To book for this performance call Birr Theatre on (057) 9122911.

“Croi” the Irish heart charity which is funded entirely by voluntary contributions are running a fundraising Colorado Cowboy Challenge and local man Gerry Brady will be travelling on this challenge which will take him as far as the Rocky Mountains of Colorado in May. Gerry is hoping to raise as much money as possible for this charity. Both his son Keith and daughter Sarah have both acted with Rathcabbin Players and this year Sarah was helping out on lights.

The second charity to benefit is the Mid West Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association. This charity is very close to the hearts of Rathcabbin Players vice chairman Dessie Clancy and his wife Olivia. Their 2 year old daughter Nadine was born with Spina Bifida and they sing the praises of this charity who provide much needed care for Nadine as well as equipment. Dessie says that “one in every thousand babies in Ireland are born with Spina Bifida and in the Midlands Tipperary have the highest number of cases with five children born last year with this condition”. Because this charity is relying on voluntary contributions every cent is of the greatest importance to them.

One of Rathcabbin Players longest serving thespian is Hubert Hogan and his brother Fr. Colm is presently in Ecuador and regularly keeps us all informed on happenings through his reports sent back to the local papers. He visited home last year and many fundraising ventures were undertaken to aid him with his establishment of a new parish which includes the construction of a new church and convent. In recent weeks Bishop Willie Walsh along with the parish priest from Birr Fr. Tony Cahir accompanied by Fr. Tony Casey who is on missionary work in Peru visited Fr. Colm and his new parish. You can keep up to date with happenings there as Fr. Colm will be giving us all an update after Easter and indeed throughout the year and with thanks to the local papers it’s great to see at first hand the wonderful work Fr. Colm has undertaken.

Rathcabbin Players have indeed been fortunate to pick such a popular comedy in “Run For Your Wife” as it has proved to be a huge crowd puller to the local hall and now Birr Theatre and it gives great entertainment and value for a most enjoyable night out. The Players are delighted with the response from the public and in return for such support they are equally delighted to be in a position to be able to give something back to three charities with such strong local connections. Great credit to its producer Jared Madden who hails from Banagher and who brought out the best in each and every character. Jared is a young man with a great future ahead of him as a producer and we should be hearing a lot more from him in the future.

If you haven’t been to see this very funny and entertaining play then do so now to Birr Theatre for the Sunday night February 8th. performance at (057) 9122911.