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Sunday 21 September 2014

Operetta night hits all the right notes

David Medcalf

Published 29/10/2013 | 10:05

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Playing the Harp Hilda Browne, Gorey

A night of operetta drew a full house and a new patron to the Riverside Park hotel last week, to enjoy good food and the best of music.

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A night of operetta drew a full house and a new patron to the Riverside Park hotel last week, to enjoy good food and the best of music.

The fifth in the annual series promoted by the Athenaeum restoration campaign was an occasion to remember.

Among the guests was RTE 'Fáilte Isteach' broadcaster Donncha O Dulaing who was happy to be declared the latest patron of the restoration.

clHis name was added to a list that already includes Nicky Furlong, Colm Tóibín, Gerard Whelan, Claire Keegan, Daniel Day Lewis, Aisling Bowyer and Michael Colgan.

The entertainment proved enchanting, with Helen Ashdown and Maura Flannery taking it in turns to call up the singers.

The melodies of Thomas Moore provided a theme for the evening and performers included operetta night newcomers Niamh Murphy from Knoxtown as well as Niamh and Aisling Kavanagh from Killanne.

And there was warm appreciation of the skills of 13-year-old Hilda Browne who came from Hollyfort to give a virtuoso performance on the harp. For those with the stamina, the night ended with an opportunity to dance off the effects of the champagne and the dinner to the rhythms of the Duffry Stompers.

Gorey Guardian

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