Doonbeg has a long tradition of drama going back to the early 1960’s when there were three groups in the parish, Bealaha, Clohanes and Doonbeg.
After 1962 plays were performed intermittently until the present group was revitalized in 1981 by Murt McInerney and Mary J. Egan.
In the 1980’s the group concentrated on presenting productions locally, at the West Clare Drama Festival and occasionally venturing as far as Scarriff!
In 1990 the decision was made to enter the ‘Cauldron’ of the festival circuit and we were lucky to be accepted at three festivals – Doonbeg, Loughrea and Claremorris. Much to our astonishment and delight we qualified for the All Ireland Finals in Gorey, Co. Wexford with “The Field” by John B. Keane. What an adventure that was and what a weekend was had by all. Cue more delight as we were actually placed 3rd. Since then the Doonbeg Drama Group have reached the All Ireland on nine occasions with productions such as “Canaries”, “ God’s Gentry”, “Many Young Men of Twenty”, “Attaboy Mr. Synge”, “The Honeyspike” and “The Weir”. Our most successful have been “Many Young Men of Twenty” which was placed 2nd in the 2006 All Ireland and was produced by the legendary Murt McInerney, a veteran of drama in Doonbeg. In 2012, Mary J. Egan took up the mantle of producer and Doonbeg were again placed 2nd with “The Weir” by Conor McPherson at the All Ireland Finals in Shercock, beaten by one mark.
This year, 2014, our production for the festival circuit is “The Cavalcaders” by Billy Roche with a cast of six – Charlie Killeen, Ken Blowers, Mark May, John Keane, Maura Gleeson and Anne Marie Doyle and is directed by Mary J. Egan.
Any group cannot exist without the ‘backstage crew’ and we are fortunate to have a great crew i.e. Paddy O’Grady, Pat Ahearne, Daithí O’Brien, John Igoe, Cissie McMahon, Siobhán Behan, Peter Clarke, Bernie Capon, James Griffin, Kevin Hayes, Maeve Howard and Michael Gallagher.
In 2013 two one act plays were performed by the group: In July we had “The Tinker’s Wedding” and in November “Uncle Pat” and these were warmly received by our audiences.
New members are always welcome so don’t be shy, just ask!! Our aim is to continue to promote live drama in the community. Help us to do so by joining Doonbeg Drama Group.
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A list of all plays performed by Doonbeg Drama Group
|Year||Qualified for All Ireland Confined Finals||Play|
|2009||*||The Honey Spike|
|2008||The Factory Girls|
|2007||Attaboy Mr Synge|
|2006||*||Many Young Men of Twenty|
|2005||Red Roses and Petrol|
|2004||The Playboy of the Western World|
|2002||Happy Birthday Dear Alice|
|2001||All Soul's Night (Foot & Mouth)|
|1996||The Highest House on the Mountain|
|1995||*||Many Young Men of Twenty|
|1994||The Patrick Pearse Motel|
|1993||The Country Boy|
|1992||The Year of the Hiker|
|1987||Thy Dear Father|
|1985||The Importance of Being Earnest|
|1984||Many Young Men of Twenty|
|1983||The Year of the Hiker|
|1980 / 81||The Field|