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Issue 1199 – 35th Awards night of Lislea Drama Festival – Lislea Dramatic Players win Premier Award!

March 14, 2016

Festival Chairperson John Campbell opened the awards by introducing the platform party which comprised Anne McCarry, Turlough O’Hanlon, Vincent Martin, Briege O’Neill, Kathryn McParland as Chairperson of Lislea Community Association, Pat Johnston representing Aidan Strain Electrical Engineering who is the main sponsor of this year’s festival, Joe Murphy, Festival President; Martin Maguire, Festival Adjudicator and Anne Garvey, Festival Secretary.

He described this year’s festival as being “marvellous” with seven nights of wonderful drama showcasing “high standards and professionalism”. He said that it was wonderful that such a small townland in south Armagh could attract groups from the four provinces of Ireland and is testament to the welcoming experience that all groups receive from the audience. The key aim of the festival was not about competition but the comradeship between groups from around the country coming together and sharing their love of drama. On behalf of the festival committee he conveyed his gratitude towards the local sponsors and this year’s main sponsor Aidan Strain Electrical Supplies who made the festival possible and how much the warm reception the audience gave the visiting plays ensured that the festival goes from strength to strength each year. He also recognised that the success of the festival is also a product of the hard work of the Festival Committee members and local people who work voluntarily night after night. He said that it is the work that goes on behind the scenes that makes the festival such a success. He finally showed his appreciation to Mr. Martin Maguire ADA whose professional adjudications contributed immensely to the success of the festival.

Festival Chairperson John Campbell opened the awards by introducing the platform party which comprised Anne McCarry, Turlough O’Hanlon, Vincent Martin, Briege O’Neill, Kathryn McParland as Chairperson of Lislea Community Association, Pat Johnston representing Aidan Strain Electrical Engineering who is the main sponsor of this year’s festival, Joe Murphy, Festival President; Martin Maguire, Festival Adjudicator and Anne Garvey, Festival Secretary. He described this year’s festival as being “marvellous” with seven nights of wonderful drama showcasing “high standards and professionalism”. He said that it was wonderful that such a small townland in south Armagh could attract groups from the four provinces of Ireland and is testament to the welcoming experience that all groups receive from the audience. The key aim of the festival was not about competition but the comradeship between groups from around the country coming together and sharing their love of drama. On behalf of the festival committee he conveyed his gratitude towards the local sponsors and this year’s main sponsor Aidan Strain Electrical Supplies who made the festival possible and how much the warm reception the audience gave the visiting plays ensured that the festival goes from strength to strength each year. He also recognised that the success of the festival is also a product of the hard work of the Festival Committee members and local people who work voluntarily night after night. He said that it is the work that goes on behind the scenes that makes the festival such a success. He finally showed his appreciation to Mr. Martin Maguire ADA whose professional adjudications contributed immensely to the success of the festival.

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