Theatre groups among guests at President's garden party

Published 25/07/2012 | 10:23

Elaine Cronin, Courtney Grile, Hugh Doogan, Declan Mallon, Paddy Goodwin and Alan Costello from the Upstate Theatre Project with President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina at Aras an Uachtarain during the President's annual arts garden party.

HALF THE town headed for Aras an Uachtarain recently, as invitations galore to President Higgins' annual arts garden party were sent the Drogheda direction.

With the theme this year leaning towards cross border initiatives, representatives and board members of both Upstate Theatre Project and Calipo Theatre and Picture Company were special guests of President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina.

'We have a lovely day at the Aras and it it was a great honour for Calipo, and a great opportunity to celebrate the work that we do cross border,' Collete Farrell, company manager at Calipo, told the Drogheda Independent.

Six representatives of Upstate Theatre Project, who recently presented the hugely successful Ship Street project, also attended, and enjoyed a private tour of the presidential home, as well as tea and sandwiches and live music.

' Our director Declan Mallon, three board members Hugh Doogan, Paddy Goodwin and Alan Costello, and our intern from America Courtney Grile had a wonderful afternoon in Phoenix Park, and it was wonderful to be recognised for the cross border work we have done with Peace III funding,' said company administrator Elaine Cronin, who also made the trip.

Calipo has worked on Cross Border Projects since 2003, and is about to embark on a new project, Crossing the Divide. 'We had great fun and it was an honour to meet the President and his wife, as well as see the beautiful house and grounds,' says musician SJ McArdle, who is former chairman of Calipo and whose wide Andrea Durnin currently holds the position.

He was joined by his wife, Collette, Kieran Nulty and Calipo board member Nick Reilly.

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