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Last Chance for Season Tickets

Season Ticket

With the 2013 festival kicking off this Friday night, there’s still time to snap up a 10-night season ticket for the great-value price of €75.

To book, contact Vaughan Shoes, The Square, Claremorris 094 9371089

John O’Mahony to Open 2013 Festival

John O'Mahony
John O'Mahony

John O’Mahony TD is a native of Magheraboy, Kilmovee, Co. Mayo. He is married to Gerardine and they have five daughters. John taught as a secondary school teacher in St. Nathys College. He served Mayo and Connaught G.A.A. as an administrator, referee, player and team manager. Winner of 2 All-Ireland medals as a Mayo player.

Winner of 6 All-Ireland titles and 15 Connaught titles as Team Manager with Mayo, Galway, Leitrim, St.Nathys and St. Bridgets. John is a Vice Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications.


An Taoiseach Enda Kenny had hoped to attend, diary permitting, the opening of the Drama Festival.

Regrettably due to Government Business related to the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, he will not be in a position to attend. He wishes the Festival the best of luck.

Ballyduff Claim the Blue Riband Trophy for 2012

Ballyduff Win Blue Riband
Ballyduff Win Blue Riband
Photo: © Michael Donnelly

The 42nd Claremorris Drama Festival ran from March 9th to 19th, 2012 with Ballyduff Drama Group and Sliabh Aughty taking first place in the Open and Confined competitions respectively.

The festival was a great success the full results for 2012 are now up on ourResults page.

The Adjudicator for the 2012 festival was Paula Dempsey from Offaly. Click here for more details on Paula.

Michael Carey to Open 2012 Drama Festival

Michael Carey
Michael Carey

The 2012 festival official opening will be performed by playwright Michael Carey. Michael’s play “Thy Will be Done” is being performed on the opening night by Sliabh Aughty drama group.

The now retired Principal of Headford NS has been involved in all aspects of amateur drama in Headford over the past 35 years. After 15 very successful years on the amateur drama circuit with Headford Drama Group he led the group further afield in 1991 performing plays in Hungary, France and six very successful summer tours to the United States playing in New York, New Jersey, Atlantic City, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago. A great buzz he admits but bloody awful hard work!

During this period he also turned his hand to writing. Craddock’s Well (1996) has proved very popular with amateur groups even in the USA. Thy Will be Done (1999) is his most successful play having won all the major awards at the Dundalk International Festival in 2001 and features regularly on the amateur drama festival circuit. He has also written a couple of other plays but admits that they need re-writing…..sometime!

We are delighted to have Michael to perform the official opening of our 42nd Festival.

Joan Kitching Opened 41st Drama Festival

Joan Kitching
Joan Kitching
Photo: © Michael Donnelly

The 2011 festival official opening was performed by Joan Kitching.

Joan spent her formative years in Claremorris. Shortly after joining Claremorris Players, Joan became one of the leading female actors on the Festival Circuit, winning many awards. She has given many memorable performances on the stage of Claremorris Town Hall.

She was a member of the Claremorris All Ireland winning Production of “The Black Stranger” and of Charlestown’s “Buried Child”. Both wins brought with them, a weeks performance in the Peacock. Joan regards P.V O’Brien, Ray Leonard and Paddy Henry as mentors extraordinaire who taught stagecraft, whilst directing with genius. Joan’s Favourite roles were Bridie in “The Black Stranger”, Halie in “Buried Child”, Maria in “Lend Me a Tenor” and Maggie in “Big Maggie”.

Joan is Founder member of Clann Machua Street Theatre Company, Kiltimagh Town Hall Theatre and Mephisto Theatre Galway. Joan served as chairperson of the Mayo Galway branch of the ADL and also served on the national executive. She holds a Masters Degree in Drama and Theatre Studies NUIG.

We are delighted to have Joan to perform the official opening of our 41st Festival.