Saturday 24 March 2018

Talent showcased at Bene Merenti concert

THE PUPILS at Gorey Community School last week proved that school isn't all about studying and results, when they staged two nights of top quality entertainment at Gorey Little Theatre.

The annual Bene Merenti concerts were staged on Wednesday and Thursday for two sold out shows, and they were treated to a feast of music, drama, song and dance which is the hallmark of this annual showcase of the school's creative talents.

Michael Dwyer, sixth year student served as MC for the shows, and introduced a range of acts, from musical medleys to Irish traditional music, from rousing choirs to harmonious vocal ensembles, and from solo performance to magic and inspiring monologue.

Deputy Principal Stella Kehoe acknowledged the work of music teacher Siobhan Barden, a newcomer to the staff of Gorey Community School, who bravely embarked on organising the auditions and numerous rehearsals.

She also paid tribute to the professional expertise of producer Clodagh Cecil and the backstage managers who were co-ordinated by teachers Mary Redmond and Freda Yague.

Presentations were made to Michael Dywer who compered the show and to Ms. Redmond and Ms. Yague.

Tributes were also paid to the parents and numerous volunteers who helped make the show such a success.

The final night ended with announcement of the winners - those who contributed significantly to the musical arts during their time in the school, and the overall winners who most deserved the overall accolade - the Bene Merenti trophy. Before announcing the winners, Ms. Kehoe paid tribute to Paul Kavanagh, former teacher at Gorey CBS school, who instigated the event.

The award recipients were as follows: Contribution to magic, Niall Whitty; Contribution to magic and music, Jonathan Halnon; Contribution to Music, Enya Flynn, Sinead O Brien, Ava Hollingsworth, Eanna Crowe, Charlie Wildes, Peter Byrne, Chris Gethings, Aisling Lenihan, Shane Cushe, Caleb Dowdall, Kelsey Feeney, and Alannah McCarthy. Contribution to Public Speaking, Michael Dwyer.

The Bene Merenti winners for 2014 were: Caleb Dowdall and Chris Gethings.

DVD's of the show will be available from the school reception for €20.

Gorey Guardian