Good Friday Night Passion Play Endorsed by Huge Attendance

Monsignor Dan O’Riordan addressing the attendance at the Good Friday night Passion Play surrounded by cast members drawn from the locality. ©Photograph: John Reidy

A huge attendance from this and neighbouring parishes provided Monsignor Dan O’Riordan, director, Jerome Stack, the Castleisland Parish Choir and the actors with the kind of endorsement their well rehearsed efforts deserved.

The Passion and Death of Christ was staged around the altar area of the Church of Saints Stephen and John with an 8pm start on Good Friday night.

Dance of Life Costumes

The scene at the Church of Saints Stephen and John in Castleisland during the Good Friday night Passion Play. ©Photograph: John Reidy

The narrations were done by Jack Shanahan, Frances Moynihan and Mark O’Donoghue and the actors were costumed in spares from the huge store of the Dance of Life, the Story of Salvation which was presented by 1,000 singers, dancers and actors from the diocese of Kerry in the Green Glens arena in Millstreet in late November and early December 2000.

They were borrowed from the Tralee based, St. John the Baptist Liturgy Drama Group.

Friday Night’s Success

It was this group which laid the foundation for Friday night’s success as they came out to Castleisland on Good Friday 2015 with their Passion Play at the invitation of ‘Fr. Dan.’

They did so under the pressure of then having to tackle two shows in one day with choirs and costumes and the moving and erecting of props.

With attendance reactions like: ‘Emotional’ ‘Inspirational’ and ‘Uplifting’ – Good Friday night was an outstanding success for Castleisland and its neighbouring parishes and the seanfhocal, ‘Ní neart go cur le chéile’ comes to mind here again.

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