This coming November Cashel Choral & Dramatic Society will celebrate the 80th anniversary of its founding.
A recent trawl through the archives threw up an interesting little snippet from 1936, year one of the fledgling society. Cashel Choral & Dramatic Society - A Tribute. “It was my privilege to be present last Sunday night in the City Hall, Cashel, when the Cashel Choral Society produced with marked success Gilbert and Sullivan’s sparkling opera, ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ and the uppermost thought in my mind was: what a wonderful amount of historic ability lies dormant in our Irish youth. It only requires development and certainly our Cashel friends have shown us what can be done under an able director.
Would that there was in every district in Ireland a John Rodgers to blaze the trail. I always expect great things from my life-long friend and colleague Sean Rodgers, but the fruits of his labours as shown last Sunday night, exceeded even my wildest expectations. It was a wonderful success and I was proud of the old city where I first saw the light of day. Such wonderful harmony in the singing, such magnificent deportment in the many actors and in the training of the producer. Cashel has ever been the home of brilliant dramatists. In the olden days, Mr James Phelan, Mr. Alexander Spain did each more than one man’s part to develop that talent. In more modern times, Mrs. Costello and our old favourite Mr. Bernard Cantwell, rivalled even our Abbey Players.