Comedy nights to add to the festive cheer in Ahane

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

Cooking up a storm: Shane O'Brien, Brian O'Meara, Claire Hickey and Matt Byrnes get in character for their upcoming variety shows in Ahane
WRITING good comedy sketches is no laughing matter but Castleconnell man Matt Byrnes has come up with a number of sketches that will have the audience rolling in the aisles this Christmas.

WRITING good comedy sketches is no laughing matter but Castleconnell man Matt Byrnes has come up with a number of sketches that will have the audience rolling in the aisles this Christmas.

Matt and fellow cast members are putting on three variety shows in Ahane GAA clubhouse on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, December 27, 28 and 29 at 8.30pm.

Matt, a well-known face in the local drama scene, promises three nights full of laughter and fun.

“I hope so anyway! You are always taking a chance when writing comedic pieces as you could fall flat on your face but hopefully the crowd will enjoy them,” said Matt.

Tickets on the door are €10 and all the funds will go to the three primary schools in the parish - Ahane, Lisnagry and Castleconnell - to spend on equipment.

Matt takes his inspiration from real life. For example, who hasn’t been served a bad meal or hired a handy man who turned out to be not very handy?

“The Kitchen is a sketch where the chef, played by Clare Hickey, gets very hot under the collar when workmen - Brian O’Meara and Shane O’Brien - invade her kitchen.

“The chef is supported in her battle by her trusty helper played by Margaret Hickey,” said Matt.

Dr Phil is a sketch based on the American TV show host of the same name.

A mother, Geraldine Harrahill, and her son on stage, Michael Kennedy, don’t see eye to eye in the performance.

“The Unhandy Man is a sketch about a wealthy lady portrayed by Carol Condon. She hires a handy man played by myself to build a wall so the garden is looking immaculate for an upcoming Confirmation. However, her choice of work man is a big mistake!” smiles Matt.

An agony aunt will try and solve all of life’s problems while President Michael D Higgins will be back in time from China to grace the stage.

All in all a fun community night is guaranteed.

“We want to give people a laugh for the night. We’ve yet to fail.

“This is our sixth or seventh production and we’ve always left the audience in knots of laughter,” said Matt, who along with the rest of the characters has been rehearsing twice a week for the last month.

“I’m very fortunate with the actors taking part. They are all local and are a great bunch. They all rowed in behind me when I gave them the scripts,” said Matt, who adds that the nights will also feature talented local musicians.

The shows will be an opportunity to meet up with friends too that you may not have seen from one year to the next as many return home for Christmas, says Matt.

“If we can put a smile on people’s face and raise some money for the three schools then I will be delighted,” said Matt,

Move over Pat Shortt you may have a rival for being the funniest man in Castleconnell!