The amateur dramatic scene is as strong as ever as evidenced by groups like the Barrymore Players who are flat out these nights fine tuning their production of 'Rumors' – a 3 act play by Neil Simon that ticks all the boxes regarding, script, plot, characters and entertainment value. 

Based in Castlelyons, the Barrymore Players are steeped in history and while possessing plenty of experienced actors, they are extremely fortunate to have attracted so much young blood in the last few years, examples of which are, Isabel Fenton and Ellen Quirke.

Ellen is in the director's chair, while Isabel is overseeing production.

Aided by a talented cast, in addition to a team of prompters, set designers, handy men and tea makers, they are, by all accounts, mastering 'Rumors' which opens in Castlelyons Community Centre on Saturday, 4th February with additional shows on Sunday, 5th February; Saturday, 11th February and Sunday, 12th February.

Tickets are competitively priced at €10 each.


CAPTIONS: TENSION: A tense moment between Ken (Jim Sheehan) and Glen (Alan O'Regan) in a scene from the Barrymore Players production of 'Rumors'. (John Ahern)

ALL STAR CAST: The cast of 'Rumors' by Neil Simon which opens in Castlelyons Community Centre on Saturday 4th February, seated, l-r: Jim Sheehan (Ken), Ann Ahern (Claire) and Emmet Cronin (Lenny). Back, l-r: Tom Carroll (police officer), Jenny Flaherty (Chriss), Grainne Barry (Cassie), Alan O'Regan (Glen), Brian O'Donovan (police officer) and Fiona O'Brien (Cookie). Missing from photo is Denis Crowley (Ernie). (John Ahern)

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John Ahern
John Ahern is a native of Araglin and has been associated with The Avondhu since 1997. A great lover of sport, John is particularly interested in GAA and is often called upon to don the referee’s jersey. He has a keen interest in local issues and current affairs and his knowledge of the general locale sees him in much demand for Avondhu assignments.