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DLI sends all its members the very best of wishes for 2021.  When we were sending out the first newsletter of 2020, who could have guessed what lay ahead? After the year that we have all endured, there is hope for better things in 2021, in the wider world, and in our own drama community. Let's look forward to that! The DLI Office in Dundrum remains closed for now, but keep in touch with us:
089 2356672
The DLI/ADCI Playwriting Award Ceremony was posted on the DLI and the ADCI Facebook pages on Thurs 17th December 2020. You can still see the Award Ceremony on our Facebook page
or you can watch it on the new Drama League of Ireland YouTube Channel. 

Congratulations to winner Irene Kelleher with her play A Safe Passage. Irene has been awarded a week's residency in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Co Monaghan. 
Runners up were Frank Houlihan with The Centipede, and Peter Trant with Champions
Fellini's Dalmation by Niall Hunter
In The Pale Moonlight by Diarmuid McGuinness
Isolation by Catherine McKiernan
Whistling Against The Wind by Sarah McKenna Dunne
Locked In by Freda Donoghue
Thanks to the adjudicating panel: Walker Ewart (Chairperson), Anne Mekitarian (DLI) and Trish Keane (ADCI), to Jim Culleton (Fishamble Theatre Company) for opening the Award Ceremony, to Aidan Reidy for representing ADCI, to Ollie Kenny for coordinating the video presentation, to Peadar Kenny for doing tech support and bringing it all together and to John Lennon and Conor O’Connell for their help with the YouTube Channel. 
Walker has kindly given feedback on all 58 plays and has been working with many of the playwrights to help them edit their plays and bring them to performance ready level. There are plans in the pipeline ... we will let you know about them in due course! Playwrights who are interested in having DLI act as their agent can contact Valerie on for details of what’s involved. 
Centre Stage Radio Interview
Jack Gilligan invited Joanne Keane, Chairperson of the Drama League of Ireland and award-winning playwright (most recently of the DLI/ADCI competition!) and actress, Irene Kelleher, as his guests on Centre Stage, the Arts Programme on 103.2 Dublin City FM at 7.30pm Tue evening 12th Jan. If you missed it on the radio you can catch it on the Podcast.
PS Jack has invited Joanne back for a more extensive interview about DLI at end February/March, so stay tuned!!
On Saturday, January 9th, Enniscorthy awoke to the terrible news that we had lost one of our favourite sons.  Joseph Doyle, or Joe, as he was commonly known, was truly a pillar of the community. A friend to all, Joe was a very popular figure on the Enniscorthy scene. His love of music would have seen him DJ at many a function over the years, but it was his love of drama which took centre stage in Joe’s free time over the past decade.
A founder member with Enniscorthy Drama Group, Joe starred in our very first production The Tinker’s Wedding by JM Synge as the priest. He was involved in every production in some capacity up until his sudden death, whether that be on stage, backstage, front of house or props master - no job was too big or too small for our Joe. A massively proud moment for Joe was getting to perform in John B Keane’s pub in Listowel with his beloved drama group. His untimely death has left a massive hole in all our hearts that will never be filled.
Anne Marie Whelan
Enniscorthy DG
Tom Hanley, Festival Director, wrote in November 2020:  
Clare Drama Festival, in association with Scariff Bay Community Radio, are hosting an inaugural Radio Play Festival during March/April 2021.
We see it as an opportunity for groups and festivals to do something innovative in the current climate.  
Scariff Bay Community Radio is licensed by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland , and broadcasts live on 88.3FM and 92.7FM to East Clare at the weekends and is available worldwide on the TuneIn radio app. It is also one of over 30 Community radio stations in Ireland who are members of CRAOL All these stations are volunteer led and not-for-profit community organisations.
A Radio Play Festival such as ours in conjunction with drama festivals, drama groups and local community radio stations, will promote the amateur drama movement in Ireland. The plays will be adjudicated by Paul Brennan, ADA.   
All details, including competition rules, from Tom:
087 6841549
January 2021 update from Tom:
Many thanks for all the entries received to date.  We appreciate that some of you have difficulties in getting copies of scripts (post Christmas & post Brexit delays).
Also, some people are waiting for weeks for a response from Rights Agencies.
We have decided to extend the initial application date for two weeks to facilitate these delays.
  So, Friday 26 February will be the closing date for receipt of all recordings.
  • We are planning to broadcast accepted entries on Saturday and Sunday nights between 6 March and 4 April 2021.
  • Make sure that you have the author’s/agent’s permission to make an audio recording of the play.  
  • Make sure that you have permission for Scariff Bay Community Radio to broadcast the recording of the play between 6 March and 4 April 2021.
All enquiries

ADCI & Sillan Players' Paddy Farrelly continues his popular series of Facebook conversations on Thursdays at 8pm.
First up was Walker Ewart on 7 January, and this week,14 January, Paddy chats to Breda Hayes of Ballycogley Players.
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