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Side splitting comedy back on Scartaglen stage

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Hilarious one liners and colourful characters will keep the audience on their toes as 'Its The Real McCoy' returns to the stage.

After two years of uncertainty and not knowing what the future may bring, those behind the show are absolutely thrilled to be able to return with the hilarious Tommy Marren comedy.

'It's The Real McCoy' began last night (Thursday) and continues tonight (Friday 25), tomorrow (Saturday 26) and Sunday 27, at 8pm nightly in the Heritage Centre Scartaglen.

And it's a production not to be missed, according to Nora Walsh from Sliabh Luachra Drama Group.

"In February 2020 we had a run of 12 sellout shows with 'It's The Real McCoy' delighting many an audience. We were extremely fortunate to have just finished before COVID hit and have such fantastic success. We had full houses every night and everyone loved the feelgood vibe this play brings."

She added that last year they were all very disappointed not to be able to hold their annual production.

"So when restrictions eased in January, we regrouped and decided that this hilarious comedy was the feelgood play everyone would need at the moment and especially after the last two years.

It is fantastic to be able to return, and people have really missed the live drama and the entertainment value it brings."

'Its The Real McCoy' is set in rural Ireland in 1964 and tells a story of two dramatic days in the life of Madge Molloy who has lived over four decades of her life wondering why her husband of only four months vanished without a trace. New curate, Fr Micheal McCoy, arrives to the parish and is about to throw a light on the reasons why her husband Tom left and what unfolds is a series of events that will have everyone in tears of laughter. Its endless hilarious one liners and colourful characters will take the audience on a rollercoaster of comedy that you won't want to exit!

"It is play that will be thoroughly enjoyed by a wide audience of both young and old!"

The cast are Madge Molloy - Moira Hughes, Maura Molloy - Mary Fleming, Martin Daly - Danny O'Leary, Nora O'Hora - Lorraine Salmon, Cora O'Hora - Ciara Kerin, Fr Michael McCoy - John Walsh, Tom Molloy - Tim Dineen, Producer - Geraldine Pigott/Nora Walsh, Set Design - Declan O'Connell, David Fleming and Danny O'Leary.

Early booking on 087 1860360 is advisable. Adults €10 and concessions €8.

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Last chance to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising draw

By Sean Moriarty There is just less than one week left to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising raffle. The ‘Cairde Spa’ draw takes place on Thursday night (February 2) the Spa’s […]

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By Sean Moriarty

There is just less than one week left to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising raffle.

The ‘Cairde Spa’ draw takes place on Thursday night (February 2) the Spa’s clubhouse at 7pm.

Funds raised will go towards the upgrade and development works planned over the next few years.

Guest of honour on the night is national GAA president Larry McCarthy and the Sam Maguire Cup will make an appearance too.

“Apart from ongoing and essential maintenance work, the club has a number of development projects in the pipeline. The money is being raised towards improving our grounds to provide top class facilities that can be used year-round, including car parking, perimeter fencing for pitches, ladies and juveniles dressing rooms, outdoor skills wall, player dug outs for senior and juvenile pitches, safety enhancements and lighting on the walking track, landscaping, scoreboard, viewing gallery to the sports hall, alignment of entrance to the grounds and a remembrance garden,” said Michael Cronin, Club Chairman.

“We are calling on everyone to get behind the fundraiser. Our vision is to provide top class grounds and facilities where everyone is welcome to use and participate fully in our activities, games and culture. In order to achieve this vision, we are setting out exciting new developments and investments in our facilities – and we need your support.”

There are 10 prizes up for grabs: 1st Prize: €15,000, 2nd Prize: €3,000, 3rd Prize: €2,000, 4th Prize: €1,000, 5th Prize: Two nights dinner and B&B at the Killarney Park Hotel, 6th Prize: €500 Voucher for Killarney Carpets & Furniture, 7th Prize: €300 Voucher for O’Sullivan’s Cycles, 8th Prize: €250 Voucher for Killarney Oils, 9th Prize: €150 Voucher for Killarney Hardware and 10th Prize: A signed Kerry jersey.

Tickets are €100 each and can be collected/returned at the clubhouse this Saturday (10.30am-12noon), Monday (7-8pm) or Wednesday (7-8pm), and tickets are also available online on spagaa.com.

Any queries contact Andy (087 2236754), Michael (085 8213027), Assumpta (087 6779292) or Deirdre (085 1216359) or any Club Officers.

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Marian Players excited to get back on stage

By Michelle Crean With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on […]

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By Michelle Crean

With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on stage this weekend.

It’s been two years since they staged a show due to COVID but the Marian Players Rathmore are rearing to go tomorrow night (Saturday) with their hilarious show ‘Dame Annie Goes West’.

A medley of comedy and colour, combined with music and dance, locals from both sides of the border have been working together to make it a great production.

“We’re very excited, we can’t wait! It’s great to be back,” Mary Hickey told the Killarney Advertiser.

“They [the cast] got together in October and they’re at it since.”

Val Moynihan is the “genius behind it”, she added, and it’s produced by her son Brian Hickey, and co-written with Eilish Coakley.

She said that they have loads working in the background also doing the stage curtains, lighting and making costumes amongst other tasks.

“It’s a pantomime without the pantomime in the background! It’s a whole community effort both sides of the border.”

Evening shows start at 7.30pm tomorrow (Saturday) and again Sunday (January 29) at 3pm.

Mid-week shows continue on Wednesday next (February 1) at 7.30pm, Thursday (February 2) at 7.30pm and also Saturday (February 4) at 7.30pm and Sunday (February 5) at 3pm.

The booking office (085 2031730) will be open every day from 2pm to 6pm to reserve seats and collect tickets and is located adjacent to the community centre, next to Christy’s Take Away.

Seats may be reserved over the phone too and paid for using a bank card. All proceeds are going to Kerry Parents & Friends Association.

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