The Western Drama Festival committee wishes to acknowledge and thank the entire Killoran family for their outstanding service and support of our festival for many years. Sadly, they have now retired, and we no longer have Killoran's Traditional Bar and Restaurant available to us.
Anne was our booking officer for several years and enthusiastically promoted the festival. She had an extraordinary love for it. This was especially evident in the way she attended to those who called in to book tickets. While patrons may have called to book for a few nights they often left with a season ticket such was Anne's persuasive powers.
The meals which Anne, her family and staff served up to the visiting groups were regarded by many of them as by far the best of any festival. Her desserts are legendary. In addition, she was on hand to provide 'stage props' from Killoran's extensive selection to any group in need.
Tommy Junior was the barman who had a warm welcome for the groups, visitors, and patrons to the famous festival club. The club was recognised among the groups throughout the country as the best, and some of them came not only to compete in the festival but also to stay overnight, enjoy and participate in the festival club. So many thoroughly enjoyable nights of singing, storytelling, recitations, music and general craic were had there.
Margaret, who sadly passed to her eternal reward in November 2021, looked forward enthusiastically to drama week and the festival club too. She loved to entertain all by playing the bodhran and joining in the fun.
Tommy Senior was always on hand to help in the bar, with the booking, and catering. Yes, it was very much a family business, and our festival will sorely miss their enthusiasm, friendship, and the care and attention they gave to our visiting groups.
We wish them all the very best in their retirement and they are very much in our thoughts.