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New Gonzo play heads up busy weekend of ents

Story by Tom Kelly

Friday, 16th November, 2012 7:07pm

New Gonzo play heads up busy weekend of ents

New Gonzo play premieres in Belturbet on Saturday.

The Gonzo Theatre presents the world premiere of 'The Battle of Cuchulain and Ferdia' written by Philip Doherty at Donohoe's pub in Belturbet this week.

Two long lost brothers meet in a desolate public house to settle an argument over land that is threatened by a fracking company. In this radical re-interpretation of the ancient Irish myth, instead of going to battle with swords and spears, Cuchulain and Ferdia decide to take combat over a marathon drinking contest. This visceral, black comedy will satirize man's lust for battle and booze and the staggering, theatricality of an all night drinking session.

Starring Kevin McGahern, Philip Doherty and Stevie O'Brien, and with a live score courtesy of Daragh Slacke and Alan D'Arcy, 'The Battle of Cuchulain and Ferdia' is a must-see play.

They plan to tour it in pubs around the country, catch it first at Donohoe's Pub, Belturbet on Saturday, November 17, around 9.30pm. Free entry.


Where: Orchard Bar, Drumalee

When: Friday, November 16, 9pm

What: The CSPCA host a table quiz. Fun night out great prizes and finger food served. Please come and help us help abandoned and neglected animals.

Townland Teaser

Where: Gallonray House

When: Friday, November 16, 9pm

What: Inter-townland table quiz challenge. Proceeds in aid of seniors social club.

Fior Ceili

Where: Lavey Community Centre

When: Friday, November 16, 9.30pm

What: Music by Cera Moyle Ceili Band. Refreshments served. Everyone welcome.

Accordion Concert

Where: Cootehill Presbyterian Church Hall

When: Friday, November 16, 8pm

What: Bailie's Mills accordion band will perform in concert. Admission 10 euro.

SVP Concert

Where: Cabra Castle Hotel

When: Wednesday, November 21

What: In aid of Kingscourt St. Vincent de Paul, with the Farney Singers and local artists, tickets are on sale.

Community School 30th

Where: Bailieborough Community School

When: Sunday, November 18, 10.30am-5pm

What: Bailieborough Community School will celebrate its 30 Birthday of the official opening of the School on. Ecumenical Service lead by Bishop Leo O'Reilly to Bless the new Garden at 2.30pm and launch of book titled '30 Years at Bailieborough Community School' will be conducted by Colm McEvoy, CEO of Cavan VEC. All Welcome.

Science Week

Where: St. Mogue's College and Loreto College

When: Friday, November 16

What: St. Mogues College Transition Year students will welcome students from local primary schools into the science labs for some fun hands on science activities and experiments from 9am-1pm in the Bawnboy school.

'Force of Course' an inspiring and interactive science show, takes a look at force and gravity through the life of Issac Newton from 9.40am-1.30pm in Loreto College, Cavan.

Virginia History Talk

Where: Riverfront Hotel

When: Friday, November 16, 8pm

What: Virginia 400 celebrations history evening with guest speaker Professor Raymond Gillespie of Maynooth University. His presentation will be on Virginia in the early 17th century with special emphasis on Reverend George Creighton who worked so hard for the people of Virginia at this particular time - one of the greatest clergy men ever to have served in the town of Virginia.

Table Quiz

Where: Pikers Lodge, Hotel, Lough Gowna

When: Friday, November 16, 8.30pm

What: There will be lots of attractive prizes on the night and the proceeds will go to the Lough Gowna Church of Ireland Restoration Fund. Everyone welcome.

Ladies' Night

Where: The Shamrock Bar

When: Friday, November 16, 8pm

What: All proceeds go to Killeshandra Community Playgroup. Tickets €10 or pay on the door, free glass of wine and snacks. Music by Lipgloss. The first 50 people will receive a free goody bag. Come and treat yourself or start Christmas shopping early with our various stalls, bags, jewellery, makeup, perfume, candles and many other gift ideas. Clairvoyant attending.

Carrgiallen One Act Drama Festival

Where: Corn Mill Theatre

When: Friday-Sunday, November 16-18

What: The 9th annual One Act Drama Festival in the on Friday-Sunday, November 16-18, 8pm on Friday and Saturday nights and 2.30pm on Sunday. See page 39.

Hall official opening

Where: Newtowngore

When: Sunday, November 18

What: The newly extended and redorated Newtowngore Hall will be official opened. An Ecumentical Service will be held in Newtowngore Church at 3pm. Official opening of the hall and refreshments at 4pm. Everybody welcome.

Round Table Quiz

Where: Square Bar, Bailieborough

When: Friday, November 16, 9pm

What: Round Table Quiz. All welcome.

Trad play

Where: Ramor Theatre

When: Thursday and Friday, November 15 and 16, 8.30pm

What: Local drama activist Paddy Farrelly is the Director of Trad, a popular comedy that will be performed by The Millrace Theatre Club, Mullagh.

Very best of Virginia

Where: Ramor Theatre

When: Saturday, November 17, 8.30pm

What: The very best of Virginia will be on show. That night the people of Virginia will have the opportunity to see a great night of song, dance, drama and comedy when this much anticipated concert hits the stage. Entitled 'A celebration of Our Town' this show is sure to fill every seat in the Theatre. Bookings at the Ramor Theatre, Virginia.

Singing Competition

Where: Mitchell's Bar, Carrigallen

When: Saturday, November 17

What: Singing Competition in aid of The Carers Association. People can enter for fun or put themselves forward to the final in Sligo on December 8, with the chance of winning €600. It is free to enter, over 18s only. Funds will be raised by selling €2 raffle tickets on the night. Fiona Lee 087 3104 580.

Crosskeys CCE Table quiz

Where: The Den

When: Saturday, November 24, 9pm

What: €20 per table. Everyone welcome.

Trad Music

Where: MacSeains', Cornafean

When: Sunday, November 18, 7-9pm

What: Traditional Music with special guests Gerry O'Reilly and friends including Mary and James Galligan and many morel local artists. Everyone welcome.

Diamond Frolics

Where: St. Joseph's Hall

When: Runs until Sunday, November 18

What: Well done to all the cast and everyone involved in Diamond Frolics over the first weekend of this years show in Ballyjamesduff. A great mix of new and experienced cast on stage and the show is a great night's entertainment, showcasing local talent. Contact booking office open in St. Joseph's Hall daily 9.30am-5.30pm. Phone 049 8545797.

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