History

Recent History

In 2003, for the first time in almost sixty years, we took to the Festival circuit with John B Keane’s “The Year of the Hiker” and were successful in winning the Confined Section at the Claremorris Drama Festival. John McIntyre won the Best Actor’s Award playing the part of the “Hiker” and the winning Director’s Award went to the group’s director Tom Towey.

2004: The Country Boy by John Murphy.  We received nominations, great praise, and very worthwhile experience.

2006: One Acts Variety Nights.  In the Shadow of the Glen, The Last Tango in Ballygilooley, and The Stuttering Lover were performed in Cloonacool.

2007:  We presented “Moll” by John B Keane and were successful in winning the Confined section of Ballinamore Drama Festival plus many individual awards.  Tom Towey – Best Director, Mary Kathleen Johnston – Best Actress as “Moll” and Ray Walsh – Best Actor as Fr Loran.  Tom also won best moment in theatre in Roscommon festival as Ulick. The group received nominations in every other Festival attended in production, acting, set, sound, and lighting. We received third placing in Roscommon and Western Drama Festivals

2008:  We presented “Big Maggie” by John B Keane and were successful in winning the Confined section of the Western Drama Festival in Tubbercurry. Geraldine Lundy – Best Actress as Big Maggie, Fiona Brennan – Best support Actress – Tom Towey – Best Director
Kiltyclogher:  Third – Geraldine Lundy – Best Actress, Peadar Conway – Best Actor
Cavan:  Fourth Place – Group presented with a piece of Cavan crystal for attending – broke all records with a full house – the biggest audience in the last twelve years
Roscommon:  Third place – Peadar Conway – adjudicators award
Glenamaddy:  Third place – loads of nominations & piece of crystal for attending!

November 2008 we performed for the first time in the One Act Drama Festival circuit with “The Shadow of the Glen”. Cavan:  Second – Jimmy Gildea – Best Actor.  Carrigallen:  Sean Walsh – Best Actor.  Manorhamilton: Second – Pat Mc Carrick – Best Actor

2009:  SIVE by John B Keane.  Rush-Fingal:  Second.  Denis Ross (Adjudicators Award)
City of Derry:  Denis Ross (Adjudicators Award).  Western: Eileen Kirrane & Sean Johnston Props (Set Décor).  Enniskillen: Second.  Denis Ross (Best support Actor).  Geraldine Lundy (Best Actress).  Claremorris: Sean Johnston Gerry Gallagher Benny Henry (Best Lighting).  – John McIntyre & Geraldine Lundy (Best Support Actors).  Denis Ross & Peadar Conway (Adjudicators Award).  Shercock: Third.

2009:  The Land of Heart’s Desire by W B Yeats.  Eadaoin McCarrick won two awards for her performance as the fairy child and for best newcomer – Dunmore & Tubbercurry.

2010:  The Wake in the West written by playwright Michael Joe Ginnelly from Bunnahowna, Mulranny, Westport, Co Mayo (6 shows to packed houses)

2010:  Last Tango in Cloonacool by David Tristam. First place in Tubbercurry. Dennis Ross Best Actor.  Pat McCarrick Best Producer. First place in Carrigallen.  Qualified for the All Ireland One-Act Finals in Dundrum, Dublin. Received 3rd place in the All Ireland. Dennis Ross received a nomination for Best Actor.

2011:  Philadelphia Here I Come by Brian Friel – Festivals Western, Ballinamore, Cavan, Claremorris, and Lislea, Co Down. Dennis Ross received a special Adjudicators Award in Lislea. John McIntyre Best Actor in Western. Mary Kathleen Johnston Best Support Actress in Western. Padraic Neary Scholarship to Gormanstown in Cavan. Mary Kathleen Johnston Best Support Actress in Ballinamore. Play came second in Tubbercurry and Ballinamore

2011:  “George” by Derek Hickman – Maudebawn, Mullagh, Tubbercurry, and Carrigallen One Act Festivals. First confined in Carrigallen. Most entertaining play of the festival Carrigallen..  Second in Maudebawn.  Third in Tubbercurry.

2012:   “The Maiden Aunt” by Jimmy Keary.  (5 performances in Cloonacool & Tubbercurry to packed houses)

2012:   ‘Birthright’ written by T.C. Murray – Kiltimagh, Manorhamilton, Dunmore, Carrigallen, & Tubbercurry One Act Festivals.  Kiltimagh Festival: First place. Best Producer: Peadar Conway.  Best Actress: Mary Kathleen Johnston.  Best Actor: Martin McIntyre.  Manorhamilton Festival: Third place.  Finished in 9th position on the league Table with 14 points (5 plays go through to the All Ireland)

Troubled Bachelors  by A J Stanley

Director: Sean Walsh

Cast

Peter Carmody ……………….. John McIntyre

Jack Whelan ……………….. … Dennis Ross

Tom Kirby ………………… … .. Pat McCarrick

Mary Swan ………………… … .Geraldine Lundy

Daisy Walsh ………………… ..Brid Calvey

Molly Dwyer ……………….. . ..Anne Marie O Neill

Joseph P Scanlon …………… Michael Rochford

Cornelius Flavin ……………….Ray Walsh

Miss Ryan ……………….. . … .Karen McKim

Bartholomew Flanagan ………Peadar Conway

Young Casey ………………… .David McIntyre

Production Crew

Manager ……………….. Sean Calvey

Continuity …………….. Sinead Davitt

Lighting  ……………………Sean Johnston  Benny Henry

Sound ………………………Owen Ross

Stage Props ……………..Eileen Kirrane  Agnes Durcan

Brief Synopsis of the Play
The play is set in rural Ireland in the 1940’s and is based on three bachelors who are threatened with the loss of their Council cottages to larger families unless they themselves get married within three months.

The audience are assured tears of laughter as the ‘troubled batchelors’ try to grasp the seriousness of a letter from the local Urban Council and then consider the pro’s and con’s of married life.