Thursday, November 17, 2011

Banouge Notes 17.11.2011

Many young Men of Twenty”
Action takes place in the backroom of a village public house somewhere in Southern Ireland in the 1960's

Act 1 – Morning
Act 2 – Scene 1 Evening 1 year later
Scene 2 Following Evening
Act 3 Morning Week Later

John B Keane really understood what deprevation and immigration meant to our ancestors.
In his play “Many young men of twenty” he has a woman bidding farewell to her sons who are about to emigrate to England to find work. John B Keane was an observant man there are a lot of powerful messages in all his plays and in this play we well observe how immigration had such a huge affect on families in the 60's.
Peg Finnerty, ---------------------- Helen Dore
Danger Mulally,------Phil McAuliffe
Maurice Brown-------Joe Biggane
Seelie Hannigan-----------Sheila Clifford
Tom Hannigan-------------Harry Twomey
Maynan--------------------Breda Gavan
Daheen Timineen Din------------------Willie Donegan
Kevin ----------------------Fiachra Liston
Dinny -----------------------Mike Meade
Kitty Curley------------------------- Veronica Callinan
Dot ----------------------Helena Twomey
J.J. Houlihan-----------------------Tom Storan
Johnny ----------------------------Kevin Chawke
Mikey-------------------James Dore
Mary -----------------------Aisling Scully
Box Player--------------------- Kieran Larkin

Set Construction Danny and Theresa Costello,
Denis Gavan, Muirne Liston, Jim Dore
Lighting--------------Mary B Ryan
Sound--------------- Theresa Costello.
Costume Consultant----------------Breda Gavan
Sound Equipment---------------------Fiachra Liston
Produced and Directed by: Mary Liston

We aim to continue the progress that has been made of the past year in developing a full sized playing field of which we can all be proud to cater for our youth for generations to come. The life blood of rural Ireland is the club, the field and the clubhouse.

We would like to express our sincere appreciation to all who have supported our fundraisers in the past and for the work that was completed this year in the planning, reseeding, stone picking, rolling, fencing.

Thank you to all those who gave their time, labour and machinery in carrying out the ground works over in our field in Rosstemple. It looks like a soft green carpet because of all the dedication that went into it.

“Many young men of Twenty” by John B Keane
Well preparations are well under way over in the hall for this years hilarious comedy play “ Many Young Men of Twenty” by John B Keane. It will be staged in Banogue Hall at 8pm for eight nights on November 18th,19th,20th, 23rd,24th,25th,26th,27th at 8pm in aid of Banogue G.A.A field development fund.

Athlacca are very well represented in this play as Phil McAuliffe returns to the stage once again and is taking on a very challenging role that he is well on the road to mastering. The other representitive from the parish of Athlacca is Helen Dore formally Helen Buckley and there will be great excitement in Croom Hospital when she takes to the stage. Im sure they will all come down and support her in taking on this fantastic challenge. Finally Mike “the Bishop” Meade is also returning to the stage as he had such a great experience last year. We would love to see mikes team mates coming up and witnessing his talents off the pitch and on the stage.

There was some serious movements going on over the past few days getting the set painted and put together. All the props have been sourced locally from various households in the parish so it will be exciting to see how it all comes together. The cast are under strict instructions to have their lines off for rehersals as time is pushing on so we can well imagine they are all saying their lines over in their heads as d-day pushes closer.

This play is being produced by Mary Liston who produced last years play “Moll” and two other John B Keane greats in Granagh a few years ago “Sive” and “The Field”.Her reputation preceeds her and we are once again looking forward to eight wonderful nights of entertainment over in the hall. Parking is provided and there will be volunteers there every night to aid all drivers and instruct them where to go. There is tea, coffee, cakes and sadwiches available to the audience after the show and this is always a great time to meet and greet members of the cast following their performance.
This play promises to be a real joy to watch and a very important story is being told so be sure and come along and give us your support. Don't get caught out like last year, the advice is to come early and get a good seat as the hall will be well heated.

"Many young Men of twenty" is considered by many to be one of Keanes finest, it is a hilarious and sometimes heart-wrenching commentary of our country in the dark days of economic hardship nearly five decades ago. The play deals with emigration and the lack of jobs at home that force people to leave their native Ireland for England.

The play is presented by a talented and experienced cast and produced by Mary Liston, this production will both entertain with its classic John B Keane humour and explore the damage that depressed economic conditions have on rural Ireland.
so come along and enjoy a great night out.
tickets €10 children €5

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Banogue Notes 8th Feb 2011

Banogue Chicago Jazz

The annual musical event of Banogue parish will open its doors on this Saturday the 12th of February. Over sixty participants are going through their musical lines and practising their musical instruments for to stage the musical ‘Chicago Jazz’ in the community centre, Banogue. Mike Larkin is the producer and all involved have been rehearsing over the past three months. Major preparations have been made for the designing and construction of backdrop scenes, special lighting has been put in place and the sound equipment has been tested. The entire musical cast will be raising the roof on this weekend of the 12th and the 13th of February. Doors open at 8pm. The musical will be retained on the following weekend the 18th 19th and 20th of February.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

President Visit

Tuesday last was a special day in the life of the parish of Banogue when President Mary McAleese officially opened the Tots and Teens crèche. The President arrived approximately 2.30 p.m. and remained for over forty minutes meeting and talking to the management and the large congregation who came to see our President. A commemorative plaque was unveiled by the President and Fr. Joe Kennedy P.P. performed the blessing of the building. The day started with a large congregation of parents and parishioners who congregated from 1.30 p.m. where they were invited to refreshments in the community hall. It was a great honour for the parish of Banogue and its great to see small parishes and small communities where their work is recognised. Too often in commercial and political life small groups and enterprises are not recognised. On Tuesday last the management and staff of the crèche at Banogue was recognised for the role it played in the parish and districts. The day will be remembered for many years to come and wish the growth and development of the Tots and Teens crèche at Banogue.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

President of Ireland Mary McAleese will officially open Tots to Teens / Banouge Community Creche Ltd on Tuesday 27th October 2009

President of Ireland Mary McAleese will officially open Tots to Teens / Banouge Community Creche Ltd on Tuesday 27th October 2009. The President will arrive at 2.30pm and will depart the facility at 3.15pm approx.

To facilitate this there will not be a normal creche service on this day. However we would ask that all children who normally attend on Tuesdays afternoons would come to Creche from 1.20-3.30pm to showcase the facility and how the service operates. To ensure the safety of the children it is unfortunate that any children who arrive after 2.00pm cannot be accepted as there will be guests around the area.

It would be greatly appreciated if parents could donate either refreshments or services on this day. Anyone wishing to contribute to this momentous occasion should inform the Crech Manager.

An invitation will follow for all the families availiong of the services of the Creche. Refreshments will be served in the hall from 1.30pm and again after the official opening. Banouge Community Creche wish to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but hope all families will appreciate that this is a unique event.

Contact Details:
Amanda Jordan, Creche Manager

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Banogue Notes April5th

All Ireland Final
The pinnacle of the Scór Sinsear calander is the All Ireland Final. This is truly an auspicious occasion when the cream of talented people from all four provinces, come together in competition. It is a wonderful evening’s entertainment for anyone attending as the standard in all competitions is exceptional. The INEC is a huge venue attached to the Gleneagle hotel so a wide variety of services are available there. For teams competing, it can be a bit daunting, as the stage is huge, the RTE cameras are there, and you are being watched by two or three thousand people. Highlights will be shown on RTE later on in the year.
We are delighted and proud of our Ballad Group who will be representing Banogue GAA on this historic occasion. It is a tremendous honour for any club to be represented on All Ireland Scór final day; indeed the All Ireland Scór Champions are presented with the same medal you get if you win Sam Maguire or Liam McCarthy and will be presented to you by the President of the GAA.
But a team would’nt have much fun if it had’nt support. We are very fortunate to have the best supporters in the country, who are great to celebrate. We have filled a bus on the last two outings, and the demand for All Ireland tickets has been marvellous, 57 booked. Some are travelling by car but we will need a bigger bus. For anybody who has’nt booked tickets, there will be some available at the door, so think about it!!!. There will be seats free on the bus and we’d love to fill it. The 2009 All Ireland Scór Sinsear starts in the INEC Killarney at 3pm on April 18th. Bus will be leaving Banogue Cross at 12 noon. A great occasion like this does’nt happen too often in the life of a small parish, so you’re support would be welcome.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Banouge Notes 2nd April 2009

Scór Sinsear ----- Munster Champions-----Congratulations

An exciting buzz surrounded Cappaquin’s community hall on the staging of the 40th Munster Scór Final last Saturday night. GAA clubs from across the province performed diverse fields of music, song and dance thus preserving Irish Culture and facilitating groups and individuals to maintain an interest in a wide section of stage pursuits. Banogue representing Limerick, were competing in the Ballad Group section, fifth competition of the night, having qualified from the semi-final in Ballybunion two weeks ago. The standard in all competitions at Munster final level is extremely high. Limerick had qualified in five of the eight competitions.

On the night our Group gave their best performance to date, and were against groups from Clare, Cork and last years champions Waterford. Donned smartly in the club and county colour, green, they obviously were enjoying it and their singing, music and harmonies were delightful. So nearly two hours later, tension was electric when results were announced, Figure Dancing 2nd Limerick, Solo Singing 2nd Limerick, Ballad Group 2nd Waterford, we waited 1st Banogue and we went “Wild”. Five Munster Medals came to Banogue on the 40th anniversary of Scór and we remember all those from the parish who took part in Scór since it started in 1969 and all the enjoyment they had in it. Between the hugs and the cheers, tears and elation, it was nearly five minutes before they were able to go on stage to accept their medals and the Croabh na Mumhan Cup.

We congratulate Veronica Callinan, Fiachra Liston, Patricia Noonan, Sarah Bagnell and sub Muirne Liston on a wonderful and historic achievement. Muirne, was standing in for Ciara Costello who was in Moscow for the weekend with a group playing traditional Irish music there. But Muirne is no stranger to scór as she won a Munster medal in the Solo Singing section of Scór na nÓg in1994. As far as we know the only other person from the parish to win a Munster medal in Scór Sinsear was the late Peter Dunworth. We now go on to the All Ireland Final in the INEC, Killarney on April 18th and are Limerick’s sole representatives.

The songs they sang were Phil Coulter’s “Gold and Silver Days” and “P it stands for Paddy” which has another parish connection as it is on “Líadan’s” first album. They sang an a cappella version of this love song and we learned from it and added the bodhrán. Líadan is Deirdre Chawke’s all girl traditional folk touring group, and it’s interesting that “Líadan” are launching their second album “Casadh an Taoide” (Turning the Tide) in Limerick the same night as the All Ireland, April 18th. Is it a sigh of good luck?

As usual we had a fantastic crowd of supporters to cheer us on. The bus was full and some travelled by car and we sincerely thank everybody for their good wishes and friendship and their cooperation. As Irish people around the world celebrated the winning of the Triple Crown and Grand Slam, we travelled with our “Munster Champions” to Walsh’s most hospitable establishment in Kildorrery, where we were generously looked after. We were in time to see Bernard Dunne win the world boxing title. The cup was filled and we sang and danced till the early hours and the craic was mighty.

It’s a long road from humble beginnings last November when the search for songs and talented singer’s began. It was Leonardo de Vinci who said “All good things come to mortals at the price of effort”. How right he was, certainly all the group and a few more, put in plenty effort and no stone was left unturned to try different ideas at rehearsals, all aiming at perfection. As we have progressed in the competition the level of team spirit has been growing steadily and like Declan Kidney’s Irish Rugby team a positive attitude has developed. And how it has paid off! Its brilliant to be associated with it. What a day and night to remember all over the country?

. Our final journey will be to Killarney to the All Ireland. Tickets and Bus seats will be scarce so you are advised to buy seats early. Usual starting time at the All Ireland Scór is 4pm.So book the day off. Full payment only, secures both.

Banogue scor ballad group

Banogue scor ballad group who will be taking part in all Ireland scor final in Killarney