The Moat Club Update - 8th February 2012

First of all, a piece of sad news. (The rest of the update is included below, rather than clogging up people’s mails with a separate mail).

Bereavement Notice

The death has taken place of Kathleen Sheridan (Barbara’s mother) who sadly passed away this morning. May she rest in peace.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:
Reposing at home in Mariaville from this evening – prayers this evening at 7.30pm.
Removal Thursday to arrive at Church (Sallins Rd) at 6.30pm.
Funeral mass at 10:00 Friday, followed by burial in St Corban’s Cemetery.


· Eilish and Paul are looking for a plain red or purple piece of carpet measuring 11ft x 11ft or bigger for the set of Eden. Ideally you will not be looking for it back! Please ring Eilish (087 9174360) or Paul (087 6312075).

· Congratulations to the cast and directors for a very successful performance of the free excerpt in Kavanagh’s last week, which was really well received.

· Reminder that the set build takes place this coming weekend – if you can help out, please give Eilish or Paul a shout.

Charades Night

There may have been a smallish turnout for the charades night last week, but it was really well received and everyone who came had a great time! Keep an eye out as this one may return in the near future….

Launch Night – 15th February

Your invite to the launch night next week is attached. Please feel free to bring along friends and family – it is usually a really good night.

Members’ Meeting – 7th February

A big thank you to Michael Broe and Hugh Gallagher from the Finance Committee for the presentation last night, and for all the hard work of their team over the past few months in stabilising and improving the club finances. Also a thank you to all the members who attended the meeting.

Easter 1917

The cast has now been finalised for the Easter play and rehearsals begin this week. I will be looking for a number of stage crew, and a build team as usual. We are hoping to get as big a team as possible so we can get the build done quickly, as if this happens we may be able to give up part of the official get-in period to allow the holding of an Easter Fair in the auditorium, so if you can help with the build/set up/get in, you would be helping out both the show and fair in one go! Please let me know if you are able to assist.

The Moat Club Update - 20th February 2012


The cast and crew have worked hard in rehearsals, the set looks fantastic, the excerpt at the launch night was really well received (including by author Eugene O’Brien) and tomorrow night ‘Eden’ opens at the Moat. Best wishes to all involved. You should definitely get along to see the production, and if you are around Saturday night, don’t forget the wrap party for the show takes place in Kavanagh’s where finger food will be served.

Artistic Programme - Launch

As announced at the Launch Night last Wednesday, the October play for the Moat Club will be ‘Calendar Girls’ directed by Anne Mekitarian. Further details in due course, and if the response from the audience at the launch is anything to go by, this one will be huge! (Although to paraphrase Anne, “the male parts are all….small.”)

Notice from Treasurer Re: Claiming Expenses

Members are reminded that all claims to the treasurer must be made with a completed claim form which is available in the Moat box office. All forms must include original receipts/invoices before payment can be made.

Also I would request that any member making a purchase from Goulding’s would ensure that they write the name of the show or reason for the purchase on docket before they sign it. Anyone purchasing from stationery store on account please provide your name on the docket.

Finally I apologise to anyone who is waiting for a payment at the moment. I will issue a cheque as soon as I am able.

Any queries I can be contacted on 0872192657 or

Launch Night

Our launch night last Wednesday (15th) went very well with a fine turnout from patrons, supporters and members. A number of town councillors also attended, including the Mayor of Naas, Willie Callaghan. The Mayor was very impressed with the evening and even got in touch with us afterwards to thank us. A big thank you to everyone to played their part in the evening, from organising the event, to decorating the theatre, serving drinks, meeting and greeting councillors and guests, the various directors of the 2012 plays, the Eden cast and crew, the staff of the theatre and all else who made the night a success.

Bunker Tidy

Barry Goodwin and Padraig Broe are now in charge of the bunkers in the theatre. They are planning a tidy up of it on Sunday morning to coincide with the tidy up after Eden. Paul and Eilish are planning on having this tidy up at 10.30 which shouldn't take long. We would then like to start into the bunker tidy. Of course this can't happen without lots of help from members. So we appeal to people to come down on Sunday morning to give a hand so we can get this done as quick as possible.

Carnival - Request for an Organising Committee

Following last year's incredibly successful carnival, the time has come to begin planning this year's event. Last year, the organising committee evolved out of a number of finance committee members, Kathleen Smith and Mary Power Cooney. This year we'd like, through the main Moat Club Committee, to request volunteers for a Carnival Organising Committee, to ensure that the organising workload is shared, but also to bring on new ideas and ways of organising.

The purpose of the commitee would be as follows:
Meet once per month between now and July
Agree actions at each meeting
Issue communications to the club members in the run up to the Carnival (one month to go, 2 weeks to go etc).
Organise rotas of volunteers (stalls, collectors etc)
Coordinate with the Artistic Director to make sure that all the artistic activities of the weekend are backed up with the appropriate fundraising activity
Could those people who would be prepared to give time to this organising committee please respond back to this email. An Organising Committee will be formed at the next main Moat Club Committee meeting in early March from the list of volunteers and will begin working with Kathleen and the Carnival Artistic Director.

The Moat Club Update - 28th February 2012


On behalf of the club and committee, a massive thank you goes out to all who made Eden such a success: Paul and Eilish, Brendan and Sarah, and all who worked so hard behind the scenes, in the tech box, backstage, the build, FOH and so on. The show was fantastically well received and people travelled from well outside the local area to see the show. The after show party was also a great success, as loads of club members, friends and family did our level best to fill Kavanagh’s Tapas Bar to the rafters (see attached photo) into the wee small hours.

Thanks also to those who were down on Sunday morning for the bunker tidy under Barry and Padraig’s supervision.

Macbeth - Second Age

As many of you will know, Lianne O'Shea has been working as Assistant Director on Second Age Theatre Company's production of Macbeth, currently touring Ireland. Lianne has been able to get a special rate for Moat Club members of €10 per ticket (normal price €22) to the performance on this Friday, 2nd March at the Helix, Dublin (8pm). If interested, you need to contact Lianne (087-9541253) before Thursday lunctime.

Guys and Dolls

Our friends at Naas Musical Society are presenting “Guys and Dolls” at the Moat next week (4th-10th) and features a number of current, past (and maybe future?) Moat Club members and supporters among their ranks. Best of luck to them, and club members interested in seeing the show should get their tickets from the Moat Box Office.

Easter Craft Fair

In case any members are interested in taking a stall at the Fair, please see Padraic’s note below. You might also consider passing on to interested friends, family and colleagues. As with the Christmas Fair, a number of volunteers will be needed in the lead up to, and over, the weekend of the fair, so if you can help with this, you might also get in touch with Padraic or myself.

Hi all,
Following on from our very successful Christmas craft and food fair we have decided to hold an Easter fair .It will be over the Easter weekend Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th April. We have chosen this weekend as the Naas Town Easter parade will be on the Sunday and this generally brings very large numbers of people onto the streets of Naas and we hope to benefit from the occasion. The days will run from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm on the Saturday and 10.00 am to 5.00 pm on the Sunday.
The cost for the two days is only €50 and a 6ft table will be provided. Places are limited to 25 so it will be on a first come first serve basis.
If interested in booking a space you can contact me on 0871460467 or by email