Results of the 67th Ballyshannon Drama Society, March 17th 2019

The 67thBallyshannon Drama Festival Awards

March 17th, 2019

THE PATSY CROAL BLUE RIBAND (Sponsored by Celtic Weave): Prosperous Dramatic Society, ‘An Enemy of the People’


  • FIRST PLACE (Maureen Gallagher Award): Prosperous Dramatic Society, ‘An Enemy of the People’
  • SECOND PLACE (C. J. King Award): Ballyshannon Drama Society, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’
  • THIRD PLACE (Jim Flynn Award): Corn Mill Theatre, ‘On Broken Wings’

BEST PRODUCER (John Stephens Cup): T. J. Duggan, Prosperous Dramatic Society, ‘An Enemy of the People’

BEST ACTOR (H.J. Travers Award): Robert Massey, Dr. Stockman,‘An Enemy of the People’, Prosperous Dramatic Society

BEST ACTRESS (Eoin Carney Award): Rachel O’Connor, Lady Bracknell,‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, Ballyshannon Drama Society


  • FIRST PLACE (Commercial Hotel Cup): Mullingar Theatre Lab, ‘The Lonesome West’
  • SECOND (Catherine Breslin Award): Clann Machua, ‘The Loves of Cass Maguire’
  • THIRD: Cloonacool Players, ‘I Do Not Like Thee Doctor Fell’

BEST PRODUCER (Hugh & Mary Daly Cup): Dan E. Hyland, ‘The Lonesome West’, Mullingar Theatre Lab

BEST ACTRESS (Kathleen Fagan Award): Ita Mallee as Cass, ‘The Loves of Cass Maguire’, Clann Machua

BEST ACTOR (Paddy Mc Loone Award): Dennis Ross as Roger, in ‘I Do Not Like Thee Doctor Fell’

BILLY MYLES AUDIENCE AWARD: Ballyshannon Drama Society, ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’

BEST SET (Mary Monaghan Award): Trish Keane, Ballyshannon Drama Society – ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’

BEST STAGE MANAGER (Maureen Kane Award): Carl Duggan, Ballyshannon Drama Society – ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’

LIGHTING (Margaret Mc Ginley Award): Philip Mc Intyre & Neville Patterson, Corn Mill Theatre Group


1) Liam’s entry in ‘Sive’, Newtownstewart

2) Costumes & Music in ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’

3) Soundscape in ‘On Broken Wings’, Corn Mill Theatre Group


First Place in Enniskillen, Trish Keane wins Best Supporting Actress

Earnest Ballyshannon'19 (9)‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ won First Place in Enniskillen! We also took home the Blue Riband for Best Overall Presentation, and Trish Keane won the Best Supporting Actress award as Miss Prism!! Congratulations everyone! It was fantastic to hear the news just after a brilliant show in the Abbey Centre with a full house.

Closing Night at the Drama Festival, 7.30pm: Prosperous present ‘Enemy of the People’

Tonight, Prosperous Drama return to Ballyshannon to present Ibsen’s ‘Enemy of the People’ on the closing night of the drama festival. Please note the earlier start time of 7.30pm. The awards ceremony will begin approximately half an hour after the play ends.

Power. Money. Morality. In a tight knit community, a shocking discovery comes to light and threatens the lifeblood of the town. Truth and honour are pitched against wild ambition and corruption in Ibsen’s emotional maelstrom. An ‘Enemy of the People’, adapted by Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

SOLD OUT!!! Tonight at the Drama Festival: Ballyshannon Drama Society present ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’


Tonight at the drama festival we welcome Ballyshannon Drama Society back to the Abbey Arts Centre stage with their production of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde.

Oscar Wilde’s wildly entertaining comedy sparkles with dazzling wordplay and hilariously unlikely situations. This “trivial comedy for serious people” features two carefree bachelors, Jack and Algernon, each with a carefully hidden double life. But when Algernon discovers that Jack has been posing as a man named Ernest to escape to the city, he promptly travels to Jack’s country estate to pose as the fictional figure himself! Silliness ensues with whimsical ingénues, jealous fiancées, indomitable dowagers, and the most famous handbag in theatre history. The Ballyshannon Drama Society’s ingenious production of this timeless classic offers the unmissable opportunity to see what the London Telegraph calls “the most perfect comedy in the English language.”


Tonight at the Drama Festival: Mullingar Theatre Lab present ‘The Lonesome West’

Tonight at the drama festival, Mullingar Theatre Lab present ‘The Lonesome West’ by Martin Mc Donagh.

Set in Leenane, County Galway, ‘The Lonesome West’ is a dark comedy, and part of McDonagh’s Connemara Trilogy, in which we find the forever battling brothers Coleman (Alan Conroy) and Valene (Steve Ennis) drinking and fighting their way through life after the shooting of their father. Fr Welsh (T. J. McCann) is the hapless drunk priest trying to save their souls whilst trying to dodge the advances of local beauty Girleen (Dawn Flynn).