A Blooming Good Day

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Thanks to the wonderful organisation of Maura Flannery and the love of literature of the faithful, Saturday's celebrations for Bloomsday were something that Enniscorthy should be proud of. Well done Maura! Maura prepares for her reading of The Dead.                             Katherine Mahon, Tony McClean and Josie Flood                            at the Bloomsday reading on Saturday in Holohan's.                 Mickey Murphy at the Bloomsday celebrations on Saturday.     ‘The Finest Place in the World’ honours Joyce    Bloomsday was like no other Bloomsday in Enniscorthy this year.  For the first time in many a year, a few faithful and eccentric fans of James Joyce met upstairs  in Holohan’s, or The Cotton Tree as it would have been in Joyce’s era, for an evening of readings and songs befitting the day that was in it. Joyce called Enniscorthy…
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Bloomsday Readings

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Enniscorthy is about to take its rightful place this Bloomsday June 16th. Joyce mentions our historic town in the Ithaca section of his monumental work, Ulysses, but unfortunately he says it’s in Co. Wicklow:  “…..the book was the property of Michael Gallagher, dated this 10th day of May 1822 and requesting the person who should find it, if the book should be lost or go astray, to restore it to Michael Gallagher, carpenter, Dufery Gate, Enniscorthy, county Wicklow, the finest place in the world.”   Next Saturday, Enniscorthy Athenaeum Limited is putting the record straight by hosting a reading from various works  of Joyce in Holohan’s pub, Slaney Place, from 9.00p.m. It’s a free event, so come along and hear excerpts from Ulysses, Portrait of the Artist, The Dead and…
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BOOKS & ART, SILK & SILVER SALE – LAST 3 DAYS

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Anne McClean's pop-up shop in the Market Square, Enniscorthy, is open until this Sunday evening after a fortnight of fundraising for Childline and the Athenaeum. Like last year, Anne has been selling second hand books and old pictures and well as new works of art.  However, this year she added a new string to her bow with a continuation of her Silk and Silver event on 18th May.  For sale in the shop is beautiful sterling silver and costume jewellery and the finest silk scarves. Come in and see what's there before it's gone.  Open all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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Hyacinths and Biscuits Poetry Reading: A resounding success

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    Hyacinths & Biscuits An evening of poetry with Nessa O’Mahony Margaret Galvin    Tom Mooney Patrick & Aisling Williams John O’Connor   Paddy Kehoe On Saturday 2nd June 2012 at 8p.m. In the National 1798 Centre, Enniscorthy This reading was kindly supported by                                                                       Part of Enniscorthy’s Strawberry Festival  A RAY of the most exquisite sunshine brightened up a miserable wet and windy evening on the Saturday of the Strawberry Festival.  While others endured the elements at outdoor venues and events in the town, Enniscorthy Athenaeum Limited, in association with Poetry Ireland, hosted a poetry reading in the town’s impressive National 1798 Centre. Safe from the wind and rain, the 50 or so patrons enjoyed wine and strawberries, tea and coffee while listening to the offerings of seven poets and one…
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EGM ELECTION RESULTS

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At an Extraordinary General Meeting, convened by a majority of Directors of Enniscorthy Athenaeum Limited, in the Athenaeum, Castle Street, Enniscorthy, on Friday 30th March 2012,  the following Directors were elected as officers of the Company for the coming year: Chairperson - Tony McClean Vice Chairperson - Brendan Redmond Secretary - Helen Ashdown Joint Treasurers - Josie Flood and Eileen Redmond Public Relations Officer - Helen Ashdown [caption id="attachment_132" align="aligncenter" width="584" caption="At the EGM on 30th March -(L-R) Helen Ashdown - secretary; Paddy Whelan - Independent Chairperson; Eileen Redmond - Joint Treasurer; Josie Flood - Joint Treasurer: Tony McClean - Chairperson; Brendan Redmond - Vice Chairperson; Maura Flannery; Paddy Byrne; Ursula Clarke Everett."][/caption]
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St. Patrick’s Day Success

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  ENNISCORTHY ATHENÆUM 1892 – 2012 CELEBRATING 120 YEARS   Did you ever wonder what Santa does for the other 363 days of the year (that’s when he’s not delivering presents or playing his accordion on Rafter St.)?  Or did you ever wonder where retired Echo employees go when they retire and close their reporters’ pads? Well ponder no longer!  The mystery was solved on St. Patrick’s Day, outside the Castle Night Club, when he appeared as his alter ego St. Patrick.  The accordion-playing maestro was the star attraction at the Enniscorthy Athenaeum Ltd St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in the Castle Nite Club.  He enticed the crowds in where they enjoyed the fantastic music provided by The Duffry Stompers and guests, and could also browse through Anne McClean’s second hand…
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AGM Report

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At the Enniscorthy Athenaeum Limited (formerly Athenaeum Restoration Fund) AGM in Bellefield Complex on Thursday 19th January another successful year was recounted for those in attendance. After the minutes of the last AGM were read, outgoing Treasurer Dervla Tierney gave a comprehensive account of the financial situation within the fund. A healthy balance of €52,000 was recorded for the end of the financial year, September 2011, which has increased further in the four months since then. Outgoing secretary Bridie Morrissey followed with a list of events in which the committee had participated over the last twelve months. In what was another very successful year, perhaps the most successful, the committee held a Table Quiz and participated in the St. Patrick’s Day parade, for which they won a prize; participated in…
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Coffee Morning Thanks

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Thanks to everyone who came along on Saturday to share an enjoyable get together - it was great to see you all.  FESTIVE FEAST: by MARIA NOLAN Mince Pies and other mouth-watering munchies were the order of the day at the Athenaeum Restoration Fund Christmas Coffee Morning held in Bellefield GAA Complex on Saturday 26th Nov. Our most sincere thanks to all who came along to support and enjoy the warming coffee and conversation that have become part and parcels of our regular get togethers.Young and old alike partook of the delicious edibles with local politician John Browne being among the first to sample the wonderful spread produced by Committee members Bridie Morrissey , Dervla Tierney, Maria Nolan , Winnie Connolly, Josie Flood and Eileen Redmond. Thank you also to…
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Operetta Thanks

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SINCEREST  THANKS How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world. ~William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice, The Committee of the Athenaeum Restoration Fund would like to express our gratitude to a number of people who helped make the Operetta a roaring success this year.  Firstly, we would like to say a very special thank you to Thérèse Canavan for her inestimable help with the production of this year’s show – not to mention the last two years as well. She is beyond compare and a true professional – and she sings too. It doesn’t get any better than that.         Second for mention in dispatches from the trenches, is Eithne Corrigan, who took on the whole show and never…
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