Established in 1962 to foster, encourage and acknowledge the efforts of amateur drama groups in rural Ireland, the West Clare Drama Festival in Doonbeg continues to grow from strength to strength to becoming the 10 night festival it is today.

Full length plays by Irish and international writers are performed by amateur groups from all around the country, as well as local groups, who are seeking nomination to the Open and Confined All-Ireland Finals.

The West Clare Drama Festival has become a constant feature of the social and festival calendar of the locality with strong audience attendance each night.

For more information call Nóilin Hayes at 087 8075662

Festival Committee 1962

General Committee
Rev. Patrick Taaffe, C.C., Micheál Aghas, Jack Downes, Joe Hurley, Murt McInerney, Tom O’Gorman
Martin Cotter, Paddy Morrissey, Bernie Frawley, Sean Hayes, Desmond Hayes, Siney Behan, Paddy Fitzmartin
Marie Conway, Betty Killeen, Carmel Greene, Mary Collins,
Michael Igoe, Sean Corry, Mick Doyle, Jimmy Dillon
Murt McInerney, Johnny Igoe, Senan Griffin
Ladies Committee
Cissie McMahon, Bernadette Hurley, Nancy Boland, Betty Morrissey, Bernie O’Gorman

Current Committee 


Very Rev. J Haugh

Vice President:

Cissie McMahon


Rita McInerney

Vice Chairperson:

John Keane

Festival Director & Treasurer:

Murt McInerney


Nóilín Hayes

Assistant Secretary:

Mary Margaret Buckley

Patrons Secretary:

Helen Cunningham

Assistant Treasurer / P.R.O.

Johnny Igoe

Programme Editor:

Michael Carrick