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The annual Claregalway Festival of Drama will commence on this Thursday night, March 16th and will continue for nine nights.

Claregalway Community Centre is turned into a tiered theatre style hall for the duration of the activity and it has become one of the best run festivals in the country.  The festival club after the shows have also become hugely popule and this year the widening of the road and the new traffic lights at the entrance from the main road will make the journey to the Community Centre much safer.  The festival will commence with DADS Dunmore Amateur Drama Festival and their production of the ‘The Odd Couple’ by Neil Simon.

On Friday, March 17th Dalkey Players present ‘Dead Man’s Cell Phone’ by Sarah Rhul and on Saturday Doonbeg Drama Group present ‘The Night Alive’ by Conor McPherson.

On Sunday, Glenamaddy Players will present ‘The Bog of Cats’ by Marina Carr and on Monday Corofin Players will present the highly acclaimed Martin McDonagh play ‘The Cripple of Inishmann’.

On Tuesday, March 21st Ennis Players will present ‘The Colleen Bawn’ by Dion Boucicault and on Wednesday, Phoenix Players present ‘The Third Policeman’ by Flann O’Brien.

On Thursday, 23rd March local Claregalway groups – Carnmore Drama group and last year’s All-Ireland Confined winners Compantas Lir – will present ‘The Birds’ by Conor McPherson and on Friday March 24th Claregalway Festival of Drama wil condlude when Corn Mill Theatre present the popular Brian Friel production ‘Philidelphia  Here I Come’.

Claregalway Festival of Drama is a wonderful showcase of amateur drama in Ireland and is not to be missed.