My Kildare Life interview: Celine Garvey

Moat Theatre manager

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My Kildare Life interview: Celine Garvey

Former manager of the Moat Kathleen Smith with Celine Garvey

Celine from Naas worked in Kfm from 2004-2013, and is now a familiar face in the Moat Theatre, where she the manager.

CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT YOUR FAMILY?

I grew up living off off sweets from McKiernan’s Shop and going trick or treating in St Conleth’s Place. We called everyone Mr or Mrs — even to this day. I went to primary in Ballycane, with the usual transfer to Mercy Convent, then onto St Marys. The last child to born in our house, I have two brothers and a sister who like to remind me regularly that I was the child who ‘got away with everything!’

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST KILDARE MEMORY?

One of the things I remember most about Kildare is the day I got lost in Naas!

Back in the days when there were public toilets at the side of the town hall my sister ‘accidentally’ lost me.

We have never let her forget it, as you can tell.

I do remember always going to Punchestown to watch my dad run in The Jack Garvey Millbrook Cup, and the bottle of 7Up I would have afterwards in McCormack’s.

It was always a great family event for us and it still is.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT KILDARE?

I do love how we have a very close community. Being born a creative person, I love seeing new projects being started and ideas flourishing which does happen a lot in Kildare. I also love that you can find many things to do in the county. I mean we have some great theatres including The Moat, and we are all, in general, a friendly bunch in Kildare.

WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL DAY SPENT IN KILDARE?

Tough question! Obviously I would LOVE to finish the day with a show in The Moat. But If I leave out the theatre (as some might say I am biased). I like to start a day by taking my daughter for breakfast, maybe a walk in An Tearmann in Kilcullen. A visit to Kildare Farm Foods. Dinner at me mammy’s, a coffee in Naas and a wander to feed the ducks down the canal.

This is usually when I would pop in and check on the theatre and forget what else I had planned for the day.

HOW IS BUSINESS AT THE MOAT?

We are busy! Christmas is coming and Panto is selling fast. Things are changing in the Moat as we have a new team running the venue and we are always looking to hear what our patrons want. However, we are a charity which people may forget, so come in for a show today!

We have some really unique shows on the way from comedy, drama to burlesque! I look forward to greeting our regulars and our new customers.

It’s not an easy job but I do love it.

My heart has always been in the arts, from the days of winning the Naas Credit Union competitions to performing in our school shows in St Marys and then even presenting Artyfacts on air for KFM.

I’ve always wanted to help people show their work whatever it may be, and while it can be tough to keep people happy, I guess I’m breaking a few eggs to see what will happen!