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This years RTE All-Ireland Drama Finals in Athlone will see three of the Plays presented at this year’s 63rd Newry Drama Festival competing for the top prize. The Finals will take place in the Dean Crowe Theatre, Athlone from Thursday 30th April to Friday 8th May 2015 with the results will be announced and the Presentation of Awards will be held at a Gala Banquet in the Radisson Blu Hotel Athlone on Saturday 9th May 2015.   

 Ballyduff Drama Group with their play Takin over the Asylum on stage at Newry Drama Festival. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Ballyduff Drama Group with their play Takin over the Asylum on stage at Newry Drama Festival. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

This year’s Newry Festival, held in association with the Quays Shopping Centre Newry, was a huge success, presenting a feast of both new and some well-known plays.

Gerry Kinsella, Rory Kinsella and Liam Farrell from Bunclody/ Kilmyshall Drama Group, Stolen Child, the Premier Award winner, Audience Award and Best Lighting recipients. Also included front is Charlie Smyth, President, Newry Drama Festival. Back: Eileen Mooney, Hon Secretary, NDF; Brendan McGowan, Chairman, ADCI and Christine Farrelly, Hon Treasurer, NDF; Scott Marshall, Adjudicator; Maureen Grant, Publicity Officer, NDF and Gerry McNulty, Chairman, NDF. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Gerry Kinsella, Rory Kinsella and Liam Farrell from Bunclody/ Kilmyshall Drama Group, Stolen Child, the Premier Award winner, Audience Award and Best Lighting recipients. Also included front is Charlie Smyth, President, Newry Drama Festival. Back: Eileen Mooney, Hon Secretary, NDF; Brendan McGowan, Chairman, ADCI and Christine Farrelly, Hon Treasurer, NDF; Scott Marshall, Adjudicator; Maureen Grant, Publicity Officer, NDF and Gerry McNulty, Chairman, NDF. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

The Event lived up to its usual high standard, with plays and performances attracting  large audiences every night. The nine-night Festival provided experiences which will live long in the memories of the many Newry Theatre-goers.

Anne Flannery and Plunkett Ferry from Letterkenny Music and Drama Club with their trophies for their production of The 39 Steps at Newry Drama Festival. Also included front are Charlie Smyth, President, Newry Drama Festival and Brendan McGowan, Chairman, ADCI. Back: Eileen Mooney, Hon Secretary, NDF; Art Magennis, Vice Chairman; Mac Pollock, Chairman, AUDF; Scott Marshall, Adjudicator; Gerry McNulty, Chairman, NDF and Christine Farrelly, Hon Treasurer, NDF. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Anne Flannery and Plunkett Ferry from Letterkenny Music and Drama Club with their trophies for their production of The 39 Steps at Newry Drama Festival. Also included front are Charlie Smyth, President, Newry Drama Festival and Brendan McGowan, Chairman, ADCI. Back: Eileen Mooney, Hon Secretary, NDF; Art Magennis, Vice Chairman; Mac Pollock, Chairman, AUDF; Scott Marshall, Adjudicator; Gerry McNulty, Chairman, NDF and Christine Farrelly, Hon Treasurer, NDF. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

The climax came on the final night of the Festival, when “Stolen Child” performed   by  Bunclody Drama Group from Co. Wexford, won  the Premier Award. The Group got a standing ovation and also won the Audience Award.

The adjudicator, Scott Marshall, expressed delight at the extremely high standard of performances.  

Furthermore, he had found it difficult to decide about many of the awards due to the wealth of super presentations. 

He had high praise for the set designs which he said were of a very high standard.

The Plays which won their way to Athlone are: “Stolen Child” Bunclody Drama Group, “The 39 Steps” Letterkenny Music and Drama Group and “Takin’Over the Asylum”Ballyduff Drama Group Co Wexford.  

This was a terrific year for Newry Drama Festival and the planning now begins for Festival 2016

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