TAKING centre stage at the recent meeting of Killarney Municipal District was a proposal to attract professional actors to perform in the town.

Kerry County Council was urged into enter into discussions with theatre groups such as The Abbey Players and Druid Performing Arts Company with a view to securing them for periods of summer season residency for Áras Phádraig. “During the 1960s The Abbey Players performed a variety of plays in Killarney for some weeks of the summer,” said Councillor Michael Gleeson, who proposed the motion. “I also recall Mícheál MacLiammmóir performing one of his one-man shows in the town hall ballroom.”

As Kerry County Council progresses the re-development of Áras Phádraig it is important that it would showcase not just local artists and groups but that the very best of national talent would also grace its stage, noted Cllr Gleeson.

The area manager agreed that the motion was timely and appropriate and that such eminent performers would further enhance Killarney for locals and for its thousands of visitors.

The motion was unanimously agreed and Cllr Gleeson promised to keep the matter on the agenda of future meetings. “It would be wonderful to have professional theatre for four or five weeks during the summer,” he told Killarney Advertiser.