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Monday 3 August 2015

Helena grabs an All-Ireland award for Best Actress

Published 20/05/2014 | 05:40

SHE first tread the boards as a schoolgirl with the Phoenix Players.

Tubbercurry native Helena Keenan-Stout has just scooped the Best Actress award at the RTE All-Ireland Drama Festival.

She did so for her portrayal of Martha in Edward Albee's classic, 'Who's Afraid Of Virginia Wolf' with the Bradan Players Drama Group, Leixlip.

Helena said: "I was absolutely delighted to win Best Actress.

"I have very fond memories of my time on stage in Tubbercurry.

"I began with the Phoenix Players when I was a student at the Marist Convent in the 1980's.

"I was with them at the All-Ireland in 1984."

Helena was also thrilled when the Bradan Players scooped a total of 8 awards at this year's Western Drama Festival.

She said:

"I took a total of 9 Best Actress awards on the Festival circuit this year and that was amazing."

Helena is the daughter of Thomas and Maureen Keenan, Ballyara, Tubbercurry.

She lives in Celbridge.

Helena was delighted that Tubbercurry man Brendan McGowan, the Chairman of the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland, was on hand to present her with her award in Athlone.

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