The Independent North Tipperary Dail Deputy, Michael Lowry, took centre stage last Friday night in his native Holycross, when he officially opened the 31st annual County Tipperary Open Drama Festival in a packed Holy cross Community Centre, where the adjudicator was Biddy White Lennon, who once starred as “Maggie” in the hit RTE soap, “The Riordans”.
Mr Lowry, who received a warm reception from the audience in the packed theatre in his home village, sponsored the local awards-winning Holycross / Ballycahill Drama Group production of the comedy,
“The God Of Carnage” by French playwright, Yasmina Reza, which opened the festival which continues nightly until Saturday, March 23rd.
Mr Lowry has supported the festival for many years and is a popular figure with audiences. The attendance at the opening night also included his son, Councillor Micheal Lowry, members of drama groups from various parts of County Tipperary, the “Rose of Thurles”, Ms Emma Moore, Littleton, Jim Ryan, MCC. and Fr. Tom Breen, PP, Festival Committee President.
Mr Lowry lauded the organising committee on its work for the festival over 31 years and in particular Festival Director, Donal Duggan, who has been in that role for all that time. He also noted the loyal support over many years for the Festival by Thurles Drama Group members, Dan and Brid Gallagher.
The Holycross/Ballycahill group got the Festival off to “a great start“ according to the adjudicator, Ms White Lennon, who has been to Holycross before, as Michael Lowry pointed out. Groups are bidding for the “Tipperary Star” Cup in the Confined Section and the Tipp FM Trophy in the Open Category.
Plays and Players for the rest of the Week
Wed. March 20th, “Not Now, Darling”, by Ray Cooney (Haulbowline Theatre Group); Thur, March 21st, “Sive” by John B Keane, (Moyne D.G); Fri, March 22nd , “All My Sons” , by Arthur Miller (Thurles Drama Group); Sat March 23rd, “The Goat Or Who Is Sylvia?” by Edward Albee (Prosperous Dramatic Society). The final adjudication and presentation of awards will take place on final night.