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The official launch of the 2018 Drama Festival was held in Jim Pete's Pub on Friday night. Many thanks to Danny Buckley for officially launching the Festival and to all the people who attehded on the night.


The official opening of the Drama Festival took place with Josie O'Cualain (Ros Na Run) being the special invited guest to open the Festival.

Gallery of photos taken by Mary Brady



A native of Sligo Town, Bobby has been involved in drama for the last 50 years with Coolera Dramatic Society. He has acted, produced and directed in numerous productions of plays and pantomimes with the group.

He is an award winning director on the Drama Festival Circuit, taking part for the last 30 years since 1988. His production of "Who's Life is it Anyway" by Brian Clarke, won the All-Ireland Confined Drama festival in Glenamaddy in 1993. Since then he has directed several plays in the Open Drama Fesival and qualified for Athlone on numerous occasions. The play "Duet for One" by Tom Kempinski came a close second in 2000.

Bobby is probably best know for playing the role of the "Baddie" in the annual pantomime in Sligo. Last year was the 40th anniversary of Coolera Dramatic Society's Panto and Bobby has directed over half of them.

He is also the only member of the society that has performed consecutively on stage for the last 40 years, which is no mean feat. 



On the 29th December 2015 our former President and friend Margaret Keaveny died suddenly. Margaret's love of drama and untiring work in the promotion of drama throughout the years with Glenamaddy Drama Festival, Glenamaddy Players and the A.D.C.I was an inspiration to many. Representing everything that was good about the Drama Fraternity Margaret will be greatly missed.


Welcome to the Glenamaddy Theatre Festival's website. We would like to thank you for your loyal support down through the years and welcome you to the current Drama Season. This years Glenamaddy Drama Festival is proud to hold it's 58th Anniversary.

Congratulations to everyone involved in the 2018 festival which was a huge success. The Festival Committee would like to thank everyone who made this such a great festival. To the people on the Committee who worked hard before and during the festival, to our sponsors without whom the festival would not be possible, to our adjudicator Padraic McIntyre, to the groups who participated in our festival and brought such a high standard to the festival and finally to our audiences who again came out in 2018 and supported the festival. We hope that you enjoyed the 10 nights of excellent shows.

Festival Line Up - 2019


Friday March 22nd

The Knocks Drama Group, Co. Fermanagh (Confined)

“The Quare Land” by John Mc Manus

Saturday March 23rd

Glenamaddy Players (Confined)

“Rabbit Hole” by David Lindsay-Abaire

Sunday March 24th

Skibbereen Theatre Society, Co. Cork (Confined)

“The Beauty Queen of Leenane” by Martin McDonagh

Monday March 25th

Corofin Dramatic Society, Co. Clare (Open)

“Life Sucks” by Aaron Posner

Tuesday March 26th

Doonbeg Drama Group, Co. Clare (Open)

“Fool for Love” by Sam Shepard

Wednesday March 27th

Cloonacool Players, Co. Sligo (Confined)

“I Do Not Like Thee Dr. Fell” by Bernard Farrell

Thursday March 28th

Compántas Lir, Claregalway (Open)

“Same Old Moon” by Geraldine Aron

Friday March 29th

Kilmeen Drama Group, Co. Cork (Open)

“The Lieutenant of Inishmore” by Martin McDonagh

Saturday March 30th

Nenagh Players, Co. Tipperary (Open)

“What Happened to Bridgie Cleary” by Tom Mac Intyre



Many of you will be familiar with Irene on the Drama Circuit as she adjudicates at One Act and Full Length Festivals. She particularly likes meeting the hard working groups to discuss the fruits of their labour with attention to detail & the driving force of their drama.  Her experience in acting, directing, Stage Management, Costume & Set Design affords her a balanced perspective of productions.


Irene has been facilitating and designing courses for over twenty years in the areas of Acting, Directing, Ensemble work as well as Drama Therapy, Expressive Arts Process Drama & Integrated Arts. She enjoys working with groups in education as well as performance where the introduction of new concepts, active learning & skill enhancement are all part of the bigger picture whereby participants are given a sense of ownership of their craft and authenticity.  She draws from many practises and influences when exploring subject matter, utilising a broad, multi-disciplinary approach. She is guest tutor at Stageworks Summer School this year with her course Exploring the essence of performance; Purpose & Pulse in the new venue of Athlone IT.


She has worked in the Drama Department of  Mary Immaculate College and currently works with Hibernia  College  in the area of Arts & Literacy.  She delivers courses with Education Centres, Baboró International Children’s Festival, Earthfest, Earthsong, One World Centre ,Youth Groups, Play Therapists,  Drama Groups etc.  Other areas of her work are running Harmonic Singing workshop, choreography & teaching in a Primary School.