Brushing up on their painting in Castleconnell

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

CASTLECONNELL Drama Group will be applauded on stage after their shows but some of the clapping should be reserved for the volunteers who painted it.

CASTLECONNELL Drama Group will be applauded on stage after their shows but some of the clapping should be reserved for the volunteers who painted it.

Ten children and adults gave up a Saturday to paint the balcony and stage areas in Castleconnell Parish Hall. It is part of a wider project by Castleconnell Development Association to develop the hall.

Following the painting, state of the art lighting and sound equipment will be installed in time for Castleconnell Drama Groups production of Don’t tell the wife starting on February 2.

“We’re working hand in glove with the drama group to make sure everything will be ready in time,” said Castleconnell Development Association chairman, John MacNamara.

“It wasn’t an enormous amount of work to be done on Saturday but with 10 people we cut through it in two and a half hours. There were a few from the committee and it was great to see the children involved,” he added.

And especially because the equipment at a cost of €10,000 can be used by children and teenagers.

“We want to encourage youth drama and teenagers to go in to the hall to practice. If they have a band we don’t care if it is punk or rap as long as they are up on stage with the microphone and speakers and developing a talent,” said Mr MacNamara.

They are looking at developing Toastmasters, a poetry night, story telling etc.

“Once you’ve got the venue and the equipment you are really only limited by your imagination,” said Mr MacNamara.

The Castleconnell man says there is great community spirit in the village, as shown by the painters, and by the donations.

“The development association had some money so we are putting that in and we have a number of people making personal contributions. We’ve also done a little bit of fundraising and we have a churchgate collection coming up,” said Mr MacNamara.

The next part of the project is to open a heritage centre in the hall and put on an exhibition of old photographs. They also plan to scan all parish records. To get involved, contact 086 0397711.