Flaming hell....what a neck!

By fintan Lambe

Fire eater, Dhammika Ranaweera in action during the Sinhala and Tamil new year celebrations in Gorey Civic Square.
Fire eater, Dhammika Ranaweera in action during the Sinhala and Tamil new year celebrations in Gorey Civic Square.

A TRADITIONAL fire dance was one of many highlights as the South East Sri Lankan Irish Association celebrated the Sinhala and Tamil New Year last Wednesday at Gorey Civic Square.

Members of the local Sri Lankan community were welcomed to the civic offices by Wexford County Council chairman Malcolm Byrne and vice chairman of the Gorey Municipal District Joe Sullivan.

The event began with a traditional procession and ceremony during which children placed garlands around the dignitaries' necks. This was followed by a formal candle lighting ceremony, the raising of the Sri Lankan and Irish flags, and the playing of the national anthems.

The spectators were then treated to four traditional dances from visiting Sri Lankan dancers from the UK, as well as some Irish dancing.

'It was a lovely day, and a colourful, social event,' said Librarian Hazel Percival.

The library is hosting a two-week exhibition on Sri Lanka, and also hosted a curry cookery demonstration yesterday, Monday.

Wexford People

Read More

Kilmuckridge Drama Festival 

7 KILMUCKRIDGE DRAMA FESTIVAL: This runs in KMH each evening at 8pm from February 24 until March 4. In total nine plays will be staged throughout the festival including a number of local productions. The hosts, Kilmuckridge Drama Group, will open the festival with their production of The Shadow of a Gunman by Sean O'Casey. Kilrush Drama Group will perform on Monday night and will perform Hedda Gabler by Mark O'Rowe while on Tuesday night the Ballycogley Players will stage their performance of Billy Roche's play, Lay Me Down Softly. Bridge Drama...

Hello Johnny comes to the Athenaeum 

7 HELLO JOHNNY: This new show by Wexford Studio Theatre takes place at the Athenaeum in Enniscorthy on Saturday night at 8pm. A close and personal look at the mental health industry Hello Johnny is a one man performance which deals with the topic of mental illness. The show asks pertinent questions concerning the motivation and substantial profits of the major drug companies. The content of the show is an ideal starting point for important discussions on the subject of mental health. Following the show there will be a discussion on a wide range of...