Memorial Mass for Kilkenny theatre community

Brendan Corcoran and Frank Marshall attended the memorial mass for deceased members of the theatre community

Photos by Pat Shortall

On Sunday September 4th, members of the theatre circle in Kilkenny gathered to remember those from their community who had died.
Welcoming all those present at St Mary’s Cathedral, Fr Richard Scriven said it was a pleasure to remember those from the theatrical world, and indeed he himself had fond memories of shows being staged in place like The Friary Hall and St Kieran’s college.
“Those hold great memories and it is very nice to see some of those performers here this evening”, commented the Saint Mary’s Cathedral administrator.
Many of the societies from the world of stage were present at the 5.30 pm mass which was celebrated by Fr Richard Scriven assisted by Fr Laurence who is visiting from Africa.
Readings on the day were read by Billy Holmes and Clare Gibbs while the Responsorial psalms were read by Ursula Egan.
Prayers of the Faithful were offered by Olivia Wall, Maria Kelly and Jim Maher.
The Communion reflection was read by Olivia Smith.
Sacred music was provided by St Mary’s organist John O’Neill.
Following the mass, the group gathered outside the church and reminisced about shows past amid much laughter.
The mass was organised by Lake Productions and a spokesperson said that it was important that we remember all those who sowed the theatrical seed and passed on the stage baton. It is envisaged that the memorial mass will now become an annual event.

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