South Wicklow Drama Festival

In association with Kilrush Drama Group

About Us

The SWDF Festival committee under the chairmanship of Eamonn Doran is delighted to be hosting the 2018 All Ireland Finals (Confined) from the 13th to the 21st of April, 2018.

South Wicklow Drama Festival was founded in 2004 and  held its first Festival in St. Brigid's Hall, Carnew from the 13th to the 20th of March, 2005. This first Festival was opened by Carnew born, Loughlin Deegan, (Playwright/Artistic Director of The Lir, National Acadamy of Dramatic Art, Trinity College).

The Festival has awakened and re-kindled an interest and love of theatre in the area.  Over the years the Festival has hosted a wide variety of plays, performed by talented Drama Groups from all over the country. The Festival has enjoyed many packed houses and there is no doubt that Theatre is Alive and Well in Carnew. Many of both the Open and Confined  groups who participated in the South Wicklow Drama Festival went on to win in their category in the All Ireland Finals.  The most recent was Bridge Drama Group with their production of Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon who won the Open All Ireland Drama Final in Athlone, 2016

The South Wicklow Drama Festival is affiliated to The Drama Council of Ireland.

Committee 2011

committee 2011

Front row l - r: Eamonn Doran (Vice- Chairman); Mary Doran (P.R.O.); Michael Kelly (Treasurer); Hannah Doyle (Secretary); Brendan Doyle (Chairman); Goodwin Furlong (President).
Back row l - r: Ger Byrne; Kevin McEvoy (Asst Secretary); Lorna Doran (Asst PRO) Anne Sheridan; Mary Doyle; Tommy Kavanagh (Safety Officer); Jacinta Kavanagh; Mick Byrne; Cathy Tighe; Ivan Jordan (Safety Officer) and Lar Duffy.



Committee 2010


committee 2010

Front row l - r: Tommy Kavanagh; Mary Doran - P.R.O.; Eamonn Doran - Vice Chairman; Brendan Doyle - Chairman; Hannah O'Sullivan - Secretary; Mick Byrne - President; P.J. Arthur.
Back row l - r: Cathy Tighe; Ger Byrne - Treasurer; Mick Kelly; Ivan Jordon; Lorna Doran - Asst. P.R.O.; Kevin McEvoy - Asst. Secretary;Anne Sheridan; Jacinta Kavanagh; Goodwin Furlong.
Missing from photo: Mary Doyle and Lar Duffy

Members of the 2007 committee pictured with Anne Kent, actress who opened the 2007 festival

2007 festival

Front row l - r: Cathy Tighe, Hannah O'Sullivan, Brendan Doyle, Anne Kent, David Donohoe
Back row l - r: Kevin McEvoy, Mick Byrne, Ger Byrne, Ivan Jordan, Tommy & Jacinta Kavanagh, Anne Sheridan, Lar Duffy, Mary & Eamonn Doran, P.J. Arthur.

Photography for this website by Eamonn Doran & Lorna Doran
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