High drama at civic reception
After entertaining people for half a century, it was high time that the organisers of the Wexford drama festival took a bow.
So the Borough Council took the initiative and brought the current committee to the national heritage park in Ferrycarrig to bestow the highest honour at their disposal, a civic reception.
The councillors led by Mayor George Lawlor - himself no stranger to the stage - were joined by members of the many drama groups around Wexford who look forward to participating in the festival every spring. They applauded those responsible for the annual feast of drama has been packing the Dún Mhuire since the year 1963.
The event had its origins in the days when Lent was taken very seriously indeed. With dancing frowned upon during the period of self-denial, the festival was initiated as an alternative fundraising activity in the parish hall.
It was noted that the annual highlight of the theatrical year is presented by a committee of just five people, all of them women - Mairead Sinnott, Claire Larkin, Aoife Byrne, Breda Hayes and Rachel Murphy. Chairwoman Aoife told the reception that they were open to recruit men. She also urged everyone to turn out in force next March 6-14 when the Dún Mhuire will once more be alive with plays.
'It is important to come out and support your local drama festival, to ensure that it is still going for the next 50 years!' she declared. The attendance at the reception in the Heritage Park included award winning director Pat Whelan from Bridge Players, just one of the representatives of the Wexford amateur drama scene which is rated among the strongest in Ireland.