Good timing for Newbridge Champber members at bank guarantee play

Moira and Brendan Allen with Jacqueline Kelly at the Newbridge Chamber reception ahead of the performance of 'Guaranteed!'
It was a fortunate case of being in the right place at the right time for members of Newbridge Chamber last week.

It was a fortunate case of being in the right place at the right time for members of Newbridge Chamber last week.

As controversy swirled across the nation about the contents of the Anglo tapes, members of the Chamber gathered at the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge for a performance of ‘Guaranteed’.

The play by journalist Colin Murphy is a reconstruction of the events leading up the the night of September 29, 2008, that momentous night when the government guaranteed Ireland’s banks.

By a twist of good fortune for Newbridge people interested in the revelations, it had been scheduled to take to the stage at the Riverbank the very night the controversy broke. The play was performed by Fishamble, the New Play Company, and followed by a discussion with the author plus guests journalist Sarah Carey and economist Brian Lucey.

“Talk about timing!” said Breda McHale of Newbridge Chamber, who added that the performance and the post-show discussions were enjoyed by the Chamber members and their guests, as well as members of the general public. The Newbridge Chamber members also attended a wine and nibbles reception at Le Bistro on George’s street ahead of the show.

Members Natalie Collins, Fiona McLoughlin and Con Mcnamara were also interviewed by RTE 1 on the night about their opinions on the play and the the Anglo tapes. The Newbridge Chamber members also featured on Morning Ireland the following morning.

“Great to hear local voices on national radio!” added Breda.

- Laura Coates