PHOTOS: Curtain Falls On ‘Strong Coffee’ At The Ballymac Bar

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Mary Higgins (who also acted in the play), Carmel Patton, Joan Hill and Judith Dillane at the final performance of ‘Strong Coffee’ by the Hy-Breasal Players at The Ballymac Bar on Friday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

THE curtain fell for the last time on the Hy-Breasal Players performance of ‘Strong Coffee’ on Friday night, bringing six sell-out nights at The Ballymac Bar to a close.

Demand for tickets was at a premium and the performances were sold out a week before the cast took to the stage for the first one on October 13.

‘Strong Coffee’ consists of seven short plays set in a cafe, about 15 minutes each in duration, all written by Frank Houlihan.

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The cast included Frank himself with John Patton, Mary Higgins, Siobhan Keane, George Lowe, Ewan Morris, John Fraher, Judy Costello, Sorcha Uí Shuilleabhain, Raphael Crowley, Fiona Griffin, Emer O’Daly, Gillian Wharton-Slattery, Kay Dowling, Eleanor Sugrue, Rhona Johnston and John Creagh.

Frank said they all thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

“It was fantastic really. We’ve had full houses — while socially distant — great demand for tickets and we’ve had to turn people away,” said Frank. “We’ve loved it, we’re having a complete ball and it gives great excitement and purpose to the day. It’s been very well received too. With seven plays there’s plenty variety, so if they didn’t like one they’ll like the one after it!”

Frank expressed his gratitude to The Ballymac Bar and the Creagh family for all their support in staging the plays.

It’s not the end of ‘Strong Coffee’ though. They’ll do it all again next month when they take the show on the road to Halla Le Chéile An Leith-Triúigh in Brandon on November 13 while they’re back in town at Madden’s Cafe on Milk Market Lane on November 27. For tickets and updates, check out their Facebook page here.  Scroll down for photos…

John Patton, Frank Houlihan and George Lowe before curtain-up on the final night of ‘Strong Coffee’ by the Hy-Breasal Players at The Ballymac Bar on Friday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

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John Paul Morris and Marie Morris at the final performance of ‘Strong Coffee’ by the Hy-Breasal Players at The Ballymac Bar on Friday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

Noel and Majella Keenan at the final performance of ‘Strong Coffee’ by the Hy-Breasal Players at The Ballymac Bar on Friday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Marie Ní Dheargáin and Pat Duffy at the final performance of ‘Strong Coffee’ by the Hy-Breasal Players at The Ballymac Bar on Friday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

Mary Fitzgerald and Angela Fitzgerald at the final performance of ‘Strong Coffee’ by the Hy-Breasal Players at The Ballymac Bar on Friday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Sorcha Uí Shuilleabháin, Eimear Ní Shuilleabháin and Colm Ó Suilleabháin at the final performance of ‘Strong Coffee’ by the Hy-Breasal Players at The Ballymac Bar on Friday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

Anne McEllistrim and Eileen Diggin with Frank Houlihan before the final performance of ‘Strong Coffee’ by the Hy-Breasal Players at The Ballymac Bar on Friday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Ailbhe Keogan and Caoimhe Keogan at the final performance of ‘Strong Coffee’ by the Hy-Breasal Players at The Ballymac Bar on Friday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

Tony Houlihan and Sandra Tabares at the final performance of ‘Strong Coffee’ by the Hy-Breasal Players at The Ballymac Bar on Friday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Michelle Wall Houlihan, Colette Houlihan, Rebekah Wall and Ash Maguire at the final performance of ‘Strong Coffee’ by the Hy-Breasal Players at The Ballymac Bar on Friday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

Margaret O’Connor and Tadhg Condon at the final performance of ‘Strong Coffee’ by the Hy-Breasal Players at The Ballymac Bar on Friday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Tom and Geraldine Cantillon at the final performance of ‘Strong Coffee’ by the Hy-Breasal Players at The Ballymac Bar on Friday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

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