Thursday 18 October 2018

Community news: Charleville

Mike McGrath

The Bank of Ireland sponsored Charleville Enterprise Town 2017 was launched at the local branch of the Bank of Ireland by bank official James Sheehy and other staff members before a large gathering of people representing the business, sports and community organisations last Thursday.

Mr Sheehy said that the event will take place on Friday, November 24 next at the Charleville Park Hotel from 6pm to 9pm in a change of venue and format from their first event last year. "The exhibition is open to all businesses, sports, schools and community organisations in the town and area, and we hope to showcase what Charleville has to offer in these areas, and it is free to enter. We have changed the venue to the Charleville Park Hotel to avail of the wonderful facilities there," he said.

"We invite all local businesses, sporting and community organisations and schools who are participating in the schools enterprise programmes organised by the Cork North and West Local Enterprise Office Mallow, to participate in the event.

"We also invite the general public to view what the local businesses, the sports, community and cultural organisations have to offer at the this, free to enter event, on November 24, at which we also hope to have a prominent sports personality as our special guest," he said.

Mr Sheehy also referred to the mini-companies in schools which are now a regular part of the Transition Year school curriculum, and which play an important role in preparing young people to enter the business world, gaining them invaluable experience in sales, marketing, managing finances and in general business organisation.

He emphasised that businesses wishing to participate in the enterprise town event do not have to be Bank of Ireland Charleville customers, as it is an evening open to everybody to showcase what we have in the local community. "The aim is to give a boost to the local economy in the run up to the Christmas season," he said.

O'Connell's side wins Garda soccer blitz

Eleven teams from Charleville town and area competed in the tenth annual Charleville Garda Community Soccer Tournament which was held at the community sports centre at Limerick Road Charleville on last Saturday.

The team from the local O'Connell's Bar won the event when they defeated the Red Bog Bar team from Dromina, while the Brazilian Sharks (Daniel Goncalves) team were the winners of the Plate when they defeated Ballyhea in the play-off for this section.

Local lady Chloe O'Brien was named player of the tournament, the first female to win this accolade in the ten year history of the event. She was congratulated by the organiser of the tournament, Community Garda Nick Phelan.

He thanked his own colleagues in the Garda Station who also fielded a team, and the Flotek Engineering Company and Tim Griffin who sponsored the trophies.

Others who contributed to the day were Edmund Dick and Terence O'Sullivan of Supervalu, Luke Hudner and his team, Wellington Olivera and his team, Gary Ward and team, Brendan Lee and Elaine Kirwan of Centra/Topaz, who supplied water, and Clem Smith of John R's Bar, who provided food after the games.

The referees were Eamon Boles, Graham Touhy and Brian Fitzgibbon. Gard Phelan also extended thanks to Eddy O'Shaughnessy and all at the Charleville Community Sports Complex for their help and co-operation.

All the money raised by the tournament is being donated to Charleville Tidy Town Committee to enable them to continue with their excellent work in making Charleville a better place in which to live, work and play.

Talents of seachai Kelly brought back to life at the Schoolyard

The Theatre Makers Drama Company will present 'The Tayman, the Tomcat and Others,' the stories of the late Eamon Kelly as told by Jack Healy, at the Schoolyard Theatre, Charleville on his Saturday night, November 11.

Storyteller Eamon Kelly was a household name in Ireland in the second half of the last century. He was a Tony Award nominated actor famous and beloved, largely through the media of TV and radio as a seanachai, or storyteller.

His stage shows were also a great success throughout the country and beyond. In this role he regaled delighted audiences with tales of his childhood in Gneeveguilla in Kerry.

As his popularity grew, he became a repository for stories of all kinds with fans from all over the world sending him tales in the hope of having them included in the repertoire.

He was also a well-known "straight" actor and in 1966 he was nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of SB O'Donnell in Friel's 'Philadelphia Here I Come'.

Eamon Kelly died in 2001 and even though his stories are still beloved of storytellers throughout the country his body of work has largely died out.

Jack Healy, together with Cork City based director and playwright Ger Fitzgibbon, has put this new show together with the intention of giving some of these great stories a new lease of life in front of a 21st Century audience.

Jack Healy is a Cork City based actor and playwright. Most recently he played the part of Michael in the acclaimed production of 'Dancing at Lughnasa' at the Everyman Palace, Cork. He played Joxer in the 2016 Everyman Palace production of 'Juno and the Paycock'. He has also toured a number of other one-man-shows; The Great Hunger by Patrick Kavanagh and his own play, Shostakovich, based on the life of the Soviet composer.

Ger Fitzgibbon is former Head of Drama and Theatre Studies at UCC. His own plays include The Rock Station (premiered by Soho Theatre, London) and Sca, a modern version of Sheridan's School for Scandal. He has also directed extensively. In June, with Jack Healy he directed his own play The Bed (based on the life of Shakespeare's wife, Anne Hathaway) as part of Cork Midsummer Festival.

The tour is grant aided by Cork County Arts Office and is happening by kind permission of the Kelly family; booking at 087 1804870, curtain up 8pm.