Cappagh drama group
Cappagh drama group was formed in 1917 under the chairmanship of Fr O’Shea, pp. The cast included Bridget Kennedy, Mary Duggan, Kathleen Hennessy, Margaret Burns, Molly Kennedy, Bridget Fitzgerald, Bridget Dore, Tom Barry, Tom Murphy, Moss Hennessy, Patrick Barry, Dave Kennedy, Patrick Kennedy, Brid Barry, Martin Hennessy, Gaile Buckley, Paddy O’Grady and Michael Cahill. Play they staged included The Patriot Priest, Paid in his own coin, The Down Express, O La Se Me and The Workhouse Ward.
The stage was carried from place to place by Dan Buckley in his horse and cart. The stage managers were Pat Fitzgerald and Mick Duggan. The group disbanded around 1925. It was revived for a short period in the early 1940s and among the plays that they staged was The days of the Black and Tans.
In 1961 the drama group was again revived and they enjoyed instant success. The cast included Eugene O’Sullivan, Peg Hennessy, Mary O’Grady, Patrick kennedy, Mick O’Sullivan, Kitty Boyce, Sean Stokes, Tom Murphy, Moss Hennessy, Mary O’Shaughnessy, Con Quinn, Paddy Cregan, Mary Healy, Nellie O’Grady, Josie Doab, Tom Barry, Mrs Tom Barry and Maggie O’Grady. Among their many productions were Professor Tim, Paul Twining, The New Gassoon and Mrs Mulligan’s Millions.
Below is a video of ‘The Clinic’ performed by the drama group. The cast was Mossie Hennessy, Paddy Barry, Mai and Ger Bourke and Mary Noonan