“I’m alone now but I’m free” declares Big Maggie Polpin defiantly at the end of John B Keane’s sometimes hilarious depiction of a 1960’s matriarch in rural Ireland. She thus becomes one of the great female literary characters. The current production of the play, as directed by Garry Hynes for Druid, is running at The Gaiety Theatre.
A group of twenty fifth years, some of whom are studying the play for their Leaving Certificate, were privileged to attend the play on Wednesday last. It is one thing to interact with the play in the classroom but it is quite another experience to see it as it is meant to be – live on stage. The students could see for themselves the magic of the theatre in the way the actors brought the story to life, right in front of their eyes. Big Maggie Polpin may be stubborn on paper but in the flesh she is a powerful force; not to be reckoned with. While Aisling O’ Sullivan impressed as the chief protagonist the biggest cheer of the day was reserved for former Boyzone and Coronation Street star Keith Duffy, who wonderfully portrays the character of the always charming Teddy Heelin.
For some students it was their first visit to The Gaiety, a venue synonymous with the Irish arts and literary scene and is Dublin’s longest established theatre. There could be no better introduction to the theatre than to experience one of John B Keane’s plays at The Gaiety. These two elements combined left a clear sense of what it is to be part of our world renowned literary tradition. Such is the nature of a visit to this theatre it fostered a feeling of connection between the English classroom and our cultural heritage. A wonderful day was had by all.
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A little bit of history was made in Johnstown last Thursday when our school won its first match at ‘C’ division. With more and more students with sporting interests choosing to study with us, our success in sport is increasing. St Aloysios with a strong tradition of sporting success were always going to be tough opposition and until the last ten minutes it was nip and tuck. The management were forced to make changes from their previous outing due to injuries to Luke Gregory, Ben Finnerty and Michael Staunton. Darren O’ Sullivan filled in between the sticks and performed admirably and Adam Donnelly made his return to football. In fact it would be Donnelly who would be finish the day top scorer. It was a Roscommon tactic to target him at every chance and his ability to field high ball proved invaluable. Mid way through the 1st half he had already grabbed a hat-trick as St Aloysios struggled to cope with his strength. Our midfield of Kyle Kelly and Jack Cronin were outstanding throughout linking defence and attack. In defence Aaron O’Toole, playing in an unfamiliar role of wing back was outstanding and was ably assisted in the half back line by Callum Coughlan and Mark Dwyer. The Full back line after the concession of an early goal dominated thereafter with Tom Warde, Ciaran Corcoran and Keelen Murray holding their men scoreless.
Daire Finneran led the attack very well and set up numerous scoring chances. Leon Doyle, Josh Stratford and Mikey Lohan combined well from start to finish and show great promise for the future. On the day however, man of the match must go to Darragh Kiernan who was a target for our kickouts, never stopped running and weighed in with some excellent scores.
Roscommon Community College’s Junior Volleyball team were out last week for their first Volleyball competition ever, in the first round of the competition. The games were best of three, with each game being played to 25. The girls faced two teams from Strokestown (Strokestown A and Strokestown B) and the Convent of Mercy, Roscommon. Throughout the games the girls showed great determination and belief with their superb serving and outstanding return shots. While things may not have always gone their way, they kept trying and in the end they have made it through to the Shield Finals which will be held after mid-term. Well done to all players involved and a special mention must be given to Lauryn Flaherty who unfortunately couldn’t play in the competition due to injury. The very best of luck in the next round girls, you did brilliant!!
Players:Shannon Carter, Tara Hegarty, Laura Leonard, Ana Loureno, Gabriela Papuga, Andriena Carvolho, Chloe Fallon, Sophia Ivanenko, Nicole Neary, Roksana Ptak, Ellen Thomas, Macie Collins, Maebh Hickey and Rachel Tarmey.
Last Tuesday, our TY, 5th and 6th year students of French attended an Irish Film Institute screening of ‘Bande de filles’/ ‘Girlhood’ in the Roscommon Arts Centre.
The film is a potent coming-of-age story that focuses on a group of black girls living in the banlieues/suburbs of Paris. At the centre is Marieme who has troubles at home, limited job prospects and is intimidated by the boys in her neighbourhood. Things change when she is drawn to an uncompromising and wilful teenage girl gang who eventually take her seriously. The themes of friendship, identity, choices and being young in Paris are evident in the film.
The film ends in suspense, as we don’t find out what exactly lies in store for Marieme. Despite this fact, our students thoroughly enjoyed the film.
Thanks to Ms. Shanley, Ms. Dwyer and Ms. Farrell for organising this event.
The cast and crew of our recent production of ‘Hairspray’ enjoyed a trip to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on Saturday 23rd January. Staff and students alike could be heard singing along to all the old hits including ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’, ‘Rag Doll’ and ‘Walk Like a Man’. The audience were completely captivated from beginning to the end of the show and were enthralled by the talent on display.
Sincere thanks to all who helped to organise such a fabulous day out. It has certainly given everyone the musical bug again and given us a lot to think about for our next musical.