Coláiste Muire Celebrates Olivier Success

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Pat Kinevane returned to his Alma Mater last Saturday night to perform his Olivier Award winning one man play “Silent” to an audience of more than 100.

Pat was delighted to be asked back to Coláiste Muire as part of our 40th Anniversary celebrations, and also as an opportunity to support local suicide awareness organisation Breaking the Silence. It was a breathtaking performance that took the audience on a rollercoaster of emotions. Winning on Olivier Award is for a stage actor what an Oscar is to movie stars and the reasons for Pat’s incredible success where cleary visible to all. The performance was appreciated with an extended standing ovation and before leaving the stage Pat spoke fondly of his time in Coláiste Muire, paying tribute to the late Claire Cullinane who was a huge encouragement and friend to Pat in his youth. He also spoke about the importance of young people following their dreams regardless of obstacles and setbacks.

Proceeds from the event came to €1,400 and will be donated to Breaking the Silence, a percentage of which will also be donated to the crisis counselling service in the family resource centre.
Pat also insisted that the school should hold on to his Award for a number of weeks so that “Sir Laurence” can visit classes! What an honour!

We would like to thank Dan Noonan for donating the use of sound and lighting,

Katie McGroarty for designing posters for the event, Pat’s sound and lighting technician, Ger Blanch, for volunteering his time and the following past-pupils for donating raffle prizes; Kevin Cullinane (Cork Airport), Aaron Mansworth (Philip Hotels), Aoife Madine (Fota Island Resort).
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