On Monday March 30, about 60 of those involved in Passion Play ’90 gathered in the Parish Centre to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the staging of the play which brought unprecedented participation from the town and district.
It was the brainchild of Bro. Kevin Treacy, former Superior Cashel CBS who travelled from Dublin to be present on the night. All involved and indeed all who witnessed the spectacle will forever be indebted to him for his vision and courage in launching the idea.The night began with a reading of The Passion, followed by a Litany of the Passion and then a commemoration and prayers for departed colleagues, the 22 “crew members” who are sadly no longer with us. There were lots of photographs of the event on display as well as some of the original costumes and props, the crown of thorns which was made by the late Biddy Shanahan and the cross used in the crucifixion scene.
A video of the production by Eamon Grogan was also shown. Fr. Bernie Moloney on behalf of the Reunion Committee, welcomed all those present. In the words of St. Peter on another day he said, “It is good for us to be here!” he continued“Golgotha”, Cashel Passion Play ’90, was a precious experience for all of us Two months intensive rehearsal under the guidance of the late Martin Dempsey. A man of deep faith and familiar with the Gospels, he envisaged how things should be and he had the capacity to tutor, co-ordinate and direct a large cast. He did it as a labour of love. We, amateurs, responded to his professionalism. A multi-faceted and dedicated crew of 150 people combined, drawn from Cashel and surrounding parishes. Twenty five rehearsals, in eight weeks, staged on thirteen nights, witnessed by 5,000 people. Throughout those thirteen magnificent performances no one put a foot – or a word - wrong”.