South Wicklow Drama Festival

In association with Kilrush Drama Group

South Wicklow Drama Festival will host the All Ireland (Confined) Drama Finals in 2018

South Wicklow Drama Festival are delighted to announce that for the first time in its history, The All Ireland Drama Festival under the auspices of the ADCI  will be held in County Wicklow.  The venue for the Festival will be St. Brigid’s Hall, Carnew  and the Festival will run from  the 13th to the 21st of April, 2018.

An exciting and busy time lies ahead for the South Wicklow Drama Festival committee in planning possibly one of the most exciting events to take place in the County for many years.  It heralds a real opportunity for Carnew and  the County to showcase everything that is good in the area

This exciting opportunity  has been met with great approval by the committee, business people, community groups and many theatre lovers in the area.

 The Adjudicator for the 2018 All Ireland will be Tom Byrne GIDA.  A native of Celbridge, Co. Kildare, Tom had over thirty years involvement with amateur drama. He is best known for his work with Bradan Playes, Leixlip of which he was founder and artistic director.  He is a much sought after Director and the committee look forward to working with him in 2018.


 The All Ireland Finals (Confined) rotate from Province to Province and this is the first time that a venue in County Wicklow will have the privilege of hosting the Finals.  This event will bring some of the best amateur productions from across the country to Carnew, all competing for the much coveted “Clare Galway” All Ireland Trophy.   This award was last in the area when it was  won by Kilrush Drama Group with their production of Billy Roche’s Poor Beast in the Rain in 2015.



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