The students of Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair captured three All-Ireland titles at An Féile Náisiúnta Scoildrámaíochta in Mullingar this week, as well as taking the prize for the best actor of the festival.
Forty-four plays were staged over the six-day festival from every corner of Ireland. The prizes will be presented at a ceremony in Croke Park on May 17th.
Twenty-one second-year students in the pobalscoil performed, “In Aimsir an Mháirtínigh”, a play based on the Land War in Gaoth Dobhair in the 1880s. The play won first place in the Junior Certificate section.
“In Aimsir” tells the story of eviction and oppression, and the efforts of Canon James McFadden to improve the lives of the people.
The adjudicator praised the performances of the actors who played the leading roles, particularly Sorcha Ní Dhúcháin, Dónal Mac Grianna, Owen Ó Fearraigh, Cathal Ó Cuireáin, Seosamh Ó Baoill and Seaghan Ó Fearraigh. The play was produced by Pól Mac Cumhaill.
Pobalscoil Transition-Year students took the All-Ireland title for their production of WB Yeats’ classic, “Caitlín Ní hUallacháin”. Set in Ireland in 1798 as the Irish await help from the French to end English rule in Ireland, the play concentrates on a family in Mayo as they prepare for their son’s wedding.
But instead of marrying his beloved, the young man succumbs to the poetic utterings of the old woman, Caitlín Ní hUallacháin, and goes off to fight for his country.
The adjudicator, Paddy Flood, praised every aspect of the production and the ensemble acting of the cast. The producer was Tomás Mac Giolla Bhríghde.
The third Pobalscoil prize went to Jack Ó Gallchóir of Mín an Iolair, who received the Best Actor of the Festival award for his tremendous acting of Feilimí in the comedy “Arís”.
Jack has achieved the unique distinction of three acting awards in a row, at Féile Ghaoth Dobhair, Féile Uladh and now the Féile Náisiúnta. “Arís” was produced by Pádraigín Ní Ghallchóir.