Evita February 2014

Evita at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

On Wednesday, February 12th our ARA went to Dublin to see the musical Evita.

We enjoyed it very well even though a few of the songs were difficult to follow as it was at times quite loud. However, the dance movements were beautiful to watch and the set was spectacular.

Evita is the story of Argentina's First Lady, Eva Peron (1919-52). Eva died at the age of 33. The millions of her devoted followers called her Evita. The musical opens with the funeral of Eva. The narrator, who was a brilliant singer, brings us back to Eva's earlier days and life in Buenos Aires where she became a film actress.

At a charity to help victims of an earthquake she meets and falls in love with Colonel Juan Peron who later becomes President. Eva sets up huge charities to alleviate the sufferings of the poor. Soon it becomes apparant that Eva is suffering from cancer. There is deep mourning throughout Argentina.

The musical has beautiful songs, including "Don't Cry for Me Argentina", "Oh, What a Circus", "Rainbow High" and "And the Money Kept Rolling In". We all enjoyed the show and would highly recommend it.

Bridie Loughm

2014 A.G.M.

Ballinasloe Active Retirement Annual General Meeting

There was a large attendance in Gullanes Hotel for the A.G.M.

The following people were elected,

                             COMMITTEE  2014                                                                                           

Chairperson.  Deirdre Hogan.   V/Chairperson  John Boland

Secretary  Margaret Brennan   A/secretary     Michael O'Hagan                                                        
Treasurer  Mary Slattery   A/Treasurer  Jane Treacy

I.T.   Douglas Rafter      P.R.O.  Laura Naughton

Executive Committee  2014

Catherine Croffey,  Pearl Finnegan,  Pat Kelly,  Kaye Killeen

Sr. Dorothea,  Phil Kelly,  Maura Rafter,  Laura Naughton.

Social Committee   2014

Chairman.   Ml. Walshe 

Secretary.   Maura Rafter

Treasurer.  Bridie Whelan

Chris O'Flynn,  Margaret Dolan, Jimmy Lyons, Phil Kelly.