Operetta Thanks

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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 so much as flinched at the barrage of sheet music.  She is patience personified, an accomplished accompanist and a pleasure to work with – we hope she will work with us again…………please……?

Our thanks would not be complete without mention of the architect of our Operetta and Dinner by Candlelight concept – our own Maura Flannery.   Having toiled tirelessly for the previous two years in bringing the cream of musical talent to Enniscorthy for our contribution to the Wexford Festival Opera, this year she continued to build on that success in a consultative capacity. Her advice, help and experience are truly priceless.

Thank you, Maura.

We would also like to thank:

All our artists and musicians: To Róisín, Benny, Ted, Clodagh, Stephanie, Teresa, Jennifer, Anne Marie and Olwen, the cast of Enniscorthy Musical Society and The Duffry Stompers –   Go raibh míle maith agaibh.

Alan Maher – Our Master of Ceremonies

Jim Maher and The Riverside Park Hotel Management and Staff

Thomas Byrne for sound and lighting

Martin Kirwan for the set

Pat Donohoe for piano hire

Mary Hudson Ryan of  Glamour Boutique

Anne McClean, Carrigabruse

Tom Mooney, Sean Whelan, John Walsh, Ray Mahon, Conor Breen and all at The Echo.

David Medcalf , Pat O’Connor and Ger Hore – The Guardian

Frank Corcoran – Slaney News

H.Murphy & Co. Ltd, Mill Park Road

Bizzy Fingers, Hairdressing Salon, Abbey Centre

Coppen’s Pharmacy, Abbey Centre

FBD Insurance

Pettitt’s Supermarket, The Duffry

Caulfield’s SuperValu,  Mill Park Road

Wexford Opera Fringe Festival committee

Wexford Chamber of Commerce

Joe Hogan, Hogan Print

Noel Murphy,  Palace Signs

Finally, we salute the patrons who attended the Operetta, and all our other endeavours throughout the last three years, and have supported us without fail.  It is this continued advocacy that has given us the encouragement and sustenance to continue in our quest to have the Athenaeum re-opened.