Carry On Regardless 2015

For five nights in a row this March, our local talent & Ballinhassig GAA All-Stars will entertain the masses with excellent song, dance and comedy in this year's Carry On Regardless which promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Carry on Regardless 2014

For five nights in a row, our local GAA allstars entertained the masses with excellent song, dance and fun in this year's "We'll Carry On Regardless".

A huge thank you to Sheila Coleman again for her great work and wonderful writing. Also, a huge thank you to Director Mary Curtain, Musical Director Rose Moore and Choreographer Phillipa Davison who had the kids giving top class performance every night. They made sure the audience were spoiled again this year by the cast with nights full of music, comedy, song and dance - with a few surprises along the way!!

Also, a big thank you to all the following people for making the show run so successfully:

Stage Manager: Kyle McCarthy

Sound: Gerry Matthews

Assistant Sound: Carrie Jeffers

Lights: Dave Hurley and Eoin O'Meara

Set Design: Kyle & Christopher McCarthy

Wardrode Mistresses: Pat Cahill, Margo McCarthy and Marie Finn

Set Builders: Denis McCarthy & John Lancaster

Front-of-House Manager: Mattie Lucey

Backstage: Brendan Keohane, Eoin McCarthy, Christopher McCarthy, Tim Lynch & Ronan Collins

Children's Co-Ordinators: Marian McCarthy

A very special thank you also to:

- Principals of local schools

- Management & Staff of BCDA

- All those who donated spot prizes for our raffle

- Theresa & Noreen Lombard and all raffle ticket sellers at intervals

Director: Mary Curtin; Producer: Sheila Coleman; Musical Director: Rose Moore; Choreographer: Phillipa Davison.

Date: 19th March to 23rd March

Venue: Marian Hall, Ballinhassig


Tonic Theatre to lift your Spirits” is how former editor of Evening Echo, playwright and author Declan Hassett has described “Carry on Regardless”.

This show was filled with promising hilarious comedy, music, song and dance. 

Since our last show the burning question was “Would our Swimmers be back?”  Indeed they were and were representing Ballinhassig in the London Olympics and were rated 22nd in the world rankings.

Madge got one hell of a surprise when Dolly took her to one of the City’s Hot Spots. 

Our local Ban Garda minus her squad car because of excessive mileage, it is now part of the Dublin fleet. 

This is just a brief synopsis of some of the Comedy was on offer on the night.

The opening Chorus contained hits from Mama Mia while the children perform dance and acrobats from “Hairspray”. 

This year we had some very talented local musicians who proved to be highly entertaining.

The show closed with a nostalgic trip to Scotland with some uplifting music that sent everybody home in high spirits.

The demand for this show was so great that a large number of people failed to get tickets.

What an outstanding success this show was.  Everyone is still talking about the entertainment value, the professionalism and the wealth of talent in the parish that was displayed to a full audience in the Marian Hall for 4 nights.  The Club are delighted to announce that there will be a show again in 2013 and we are already looking forward to this.

 The Club would sincerely like to Thank everyone involved in this outstanding social event:

-          Jim Mulcahy, Director

-          Sheila Coleman, Producer,

-          Rose Moore, Musical Director

-          All those who worked extremely hard backstage.

-          All those who designed the stage.

-          Those in charge of lighting & sound for the concerts.

-          The wardrobe ladies for all their hard work.

-          People who sold tickets and held with the car park on the night.

-          Those who have spot prizes for the raffle.

-          Anyone else who helped in anyway to make this show an outstanding success.

Finally to the cast who worked so hard to produce this memorable show.  Well Done.  The Club are very grateful and indebted for everyone’s efforts.

Well Done to everyone.

Ballinhassig GAA All Stars




The Ballinhassig G.A.A. Allstars did us proud yet again taking to the stage in the Marian Hall, Ballinhassig in a show as all the gloom, doom and the concept of recession & depression was sidelined for the show's 2 hours duration.

So popular was the comedy and nostalgic in previous years that extra performances had to be put on to satisfy demands.

The local Ban Gardai endeavoured to solve the misdemeanours in Dáil Éireann, while Justice and Peace the two statues on the Courthouse were in Dublin on a Fás Course. Also, for the first time ever, West Cork was represented in the Olympics in synchronized swimming. These along with some Razzle, Dazzle and Old Time Music Hall favourites were some of the highlights performed on the night.

The show was expertly directed by Jim Mulcahy (Alias Widow Twankey in the Everymans 2009 Christmas Pantomime Aladdin).  Jim has been treading the Theatre Boards for almost forty years.  Theatre has played a large part in Jim’s life.  He was a regular player with the Collins Musical Society and later the Cork Operatic Society.  Jim has been involved in all pantomimes over the years at the Everyman Palance playing the part of the Dame and always builds a great rapport with the audience.  Jim also featured in the book “Make em Laugh” The Golden Age of Theatre by Declan Hassett.

The producer of the show was Sheila Coleman who was also the excellent script writer.  It was through a friendship with the late Fr Paddy O’Sullivan friend and colleague of the late Fr O’Flynn of the Loft, that Sheila’s interest in theatre grew.  Both as producer and script writer Sheila has been hugely influenced by the Swans and the Summer Revels which ran in the Opera House during the 70’s and this is why she now brings to her audience a most satisfactory blend of entertainment.  She began her script writing for the John Player Tops which was a National Competition hugely popular in the 70’s.  Her comedy is based on the day to day living of ordinary folk as well as the goings on in the Political Scene.  Sheila had plenty of ammunition.  In the late 70’s, along with Fr Paddy, she was instrumental in bringing the “Swans” from their habitat in “Broad Lane” to her native Newcestown for a once off performance. Such was the demand for tickets that a balcony had to be erected.  The balcony was erected with just scaffolding and planks – no health and safety in those days.


Musical Director was Rose Moore.  Rose is a talented musician and brings her wide knowledge of music to the chorus line.


Choreographer was Elaine Lombard.  Elaine was involved with the Berrings Macra Na Feirme who through the years won many All Ireland Talent Shows.