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2023 Awards

Congratulations to Ballyduff Drama Group, who won this years Blue Riband trophy, and all the rest of this year’s winners. The awards ceremony can be viewed here:

Or on the Claremorris Townhall Facebook page:
2023 Awards

2023 Gala Opening Night

Thursday 16th March – Curtain up 8pm

Padraig Potts Guide to Walking’ By Seamus O’Rourke
Not in Competition


The 51st Festival opens with the Wonderful Seamus O’Rourke performing his own composition ‘Padraig Potts Guide to Walking’.

The play follows the life of Padraig Potts McKeirnan, who has a habit of just eating whatever is on his plate… metaphorically that is… from growing up near the tiny rural village of Drumnamee, County Leitrim in the ’70s and ’80s to falling in love with Silvia Lang, a perfect protestant girl… to marrying Mary Tague, the priests’ housekeeper, who he never really liked… to getting rid of Mary Tague and her mother, who he claims invented vinegar… and eventually to the realization that the world isn’t as big as he first thought. This is a story full of nostalgia, innocence, Olympic standard sex and Holy Water salad dressing… funny and tender.

As with all Seamus O’Rourke’s plays we expect to be highly entertained.

Entries for Fringe 2023 now sought

New, unpublished and unperformed 15-minute scripts are sought for the 2023 Claremorris Fringe Festival of Drama, which will be staged next March.

If you have a script that you would like to submit for staging during the festival, please go to

Claremorris Fringe Festival is part of the 2023 Claremorris Drama Festival.

Visit for full details.

2023 Entries

Group Registration for the 2023 Full-Length Festival Circuit

Each Group must register with the National Secretary of the ADCI prior to applying to festivals. Only the official registration form with its registered number may be used.

September 5th 2022 – Groups can commence registration by completing the Google Form.

October 14th 2022 – Secretary will release registration numbers and official application forms to groups.

October 15th 2022 – Groups can apply to festivals from this date.

Full details on the registration process and link to the form on the ADCI website here.

Entries for the Claremorris Drama Festival may be sent to from October 16th

Important Announcement

Unfortunately Glenamaddy Players are unable to compete in The Claremorris Drama and Fringe Festival on Sunday Night March 27th due to illness in the group.

The final night now in Claremorris is March 26th.

Gala Opening Night


Doors open 7pm

Reception at 7:30pm

The Gala Opening night of the festival will be a celebration of the 50th festival with a special performance of Seamus O’Rourke’s play “Victor’s Dung” – not part of the competition.

Seamus O’Rourke is an award-winning writer, director and actor from County Leitrim. He tours Ireland regularly with his own self-penned shows. Seamus has over two million hits on YouTube and Social Media with his collection of short stories, recitations and sketches.

Play Synopsis
Victor’s Dung is set in a farmyard, complete with its very own dung heap, outdoor toilet and rather poor broadband reception. It is the comic tale of Victor Maguire, a crude, vulgar, abrupt, un-PC Cavan farmer who gets a surprise one Friday morning. We are then taken on a whirlwind journey through Victor’s somewhat sad and unconventional life, meeting up with many a strange bucko along the way… Hold on to your hats… and your sweets (because there may be Cavan people in the audience)… this could get messy…

Cast: Seamus O’Rourke, Charlie McGuinness & Tommy Sharkey.