Sunday, December 04, 2022

Surprise presentation to Nessa Dunlea

Just before curtain up on last evening's final performance of 'For Better, For Worse', longtime Kilcullen Drama Group stalwart John Martin made a surprise presentation to Nessa Dunlea, in appreciation of her work with the group over many decades, writes Brian Byrne.
John gave a brief look-back over Nessa's contributions, from her first acting role in 'The Man from Clare' through her more recent performances in 'Lovers', 'Losers' and 'Les Mis'. "She has played many parts, including what she calls her 'giving out' roles," he recalled. ("Don't put me in a love scene, anyway!" Nessa interjected, to laughter.) "In particular, her performance in the one-act play 'The Workhouse Ward', where she was joined by Bernard Berney and Liam Walker, resulted in an All-Ireland winning production for Kilcullen."
Noting that Nessa has also worked diligently in behind the scenes contributions to the group, he emphasised that she was responsible for developing a close relationship between the Drama Group and the Town Hall Committee, 'to the benefit of both parties'. He made particular mention of the special expertise she had developed in selling raffle tickets at Town Hall Theatre events — "and you will all experience this during the interval".
"We owe a debt of gratitude to Pat Dunlea for creating this theatre and heritage centre, and we commend Nessa for her continuation of it. Her positive personality, her empathy with people, and her sense of humour mark her as a valuable asset to any community organisation."
He said the presentation represents the recognition by the Drama Group of Nessa's interest in, and active contribution to the dramatic in Kilcullen affairs over many, many years.

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Elle León playing album launch concert in Kilcullen

Kilcullen local and singer songwriter Elle León is coming home from Barcelona with her band for an album launch concert here on 17 December, writes Brian Byrne.
She says it is the first trip abroad as a band, and the Elle León, The Musical concert in the Town Hall will bring her back to one of the very first stages she has sang on. "It's the first time most of the lads in the band will be in Ireland ... it will be a very special show," she says.
Tickets for the event, which will have a 7pm start, are available at €20 in The Spout, Mc Ternans and Berney's Chemists. They will also be available on the door.
Elle last performed in Kilcullen as a solo support act to the Red Hot Music Club appearance by Brian Kennedy in Fallons in October. Her own performance of vibrant melodies with playful, imaginative lyrics was described as 'magical'. She also opened the Concert for Hope fundraiser for Maintain Hope organised by Roy Thompson in Kilcullen back in 2015.

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Saturday, December 03, 2022

Some time later ...

The Diary came back to the Christmas Market later and things were really hectic ...
(Earlier photos in previous post.)


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Kilcullen Christmas Market in full swing

Well, the weather is right, Santa's Grotto is warming up, and there's a really great atmosphere at the Community Centre for the Kilcullen Christmas Market, writes Brian Byrne.
Coffee on the hob at the Hatch and tasty treats as well, and ice cream from Kellys wagon, which is just the thing in the sunshine.
Get along there. Open till 4pm. Plenty to see, neighbours to meet, strangers to make friends with. It's Kilcullen and Christmas season is officially open.

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