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Wednesday 3 September 2014

Senior citizens enjoy a trip to the theatre

Published 02/10/2012 | 17:00

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LINKS BETWEEN two Malahide organisations who have their roots firmly in the community and local residents continue to strengthen with senior citizens enjoying a day to the theatre recently.

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Following the success of a trip to Croke Park earlier this year, organised by St Sylvester's GAA Club as part of the GAA social initiative venture, a trip to the theatre was organised. Guests were ferried by coach, sponsored by Malahide Credit Union, to see Dublin's most famous play The Plough and the Stars, by Sean O'Casey and produced by the Abbey Theatre on Saturday September 15th 2012. Due to ongoing renovations, the play is showing at The O'Reilly Theatre, Great Denmark Street, beside Belvedere College. Refreshments were served back in the club after the trip to the theatre, along with some entertainment. The Plough and the Stars is all about the responses of ordinary Dubs to the happenings surrounding the rising of 1916. It was somewhat controversial when it was first produced in 1926 but the passage of time has shown it to be a fairly accurate account of how different people react to different things in different circumstances. Malahide Credit Union Manager Vivienne Keavey said: ' We were delighted to support this wonderful initiative originally established and implemented through the efforts of former President Mary McAleese and her husband Martin who noticed in particular an absence of older men at various community events and occasions. 'As a stalwart community organisation, we believe it is vital to ensure that these initiatives are bolstered and promoted in order to provide much needed outlets and services to those who may not otherwise have access to them. By all accounts, it was a fantastic day for all concerned.' Brendan Bannigan, St Sylvesters GAA Club added: ' St Sylvester's GAA Club was delighted to receive the support of Malahide Credit Union for our latest venture. ' This spirit of cross community support is at the heart of the GAA Social Initiative and it makes these outings more affordable and attracts greater involvement.'

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