One more for the road?

The Irish College in Downings will host a very creative and unique Macra na Feirme event tonight, to bring issues affecting rural communities to light in a creative way.

The Irish College in Downings will host a very creative and unique Macra na Feirme event tonight, to bring issues affecting rural communities to light in a creative way.

The North Donegal Macra club are performing a special pre-view of their one-act drama ‘One more for the road ?’ this evening at 8pm in the Irish College, Downings. The drama has been written by the cast themselves, with the assistance of producer Siobhan Murray.

The Macra club aim to use the drama to highlight issues affecting local farming and rural communities such as rural isolation, unemployment, emigration, addictions, depression, loneliness, and the lack of activities/facilities for rural youth.

Grace O’Donnell (played by Cecelia Sheridan) is a young qualified architect who has been forced to return home and work on the family farm due to the lack of employment opportunities in her field.

She lives with her controlling mother (Michelle Doherty) who bombards her with tasks every morning so she doesn’t have time to think and her caring wise old granny (Siobhan Coyle) who depends on her for assistance.

Her two best friends (Vikki Parke and Donna Gallagher) are in similar situations, trapped by their own circumstances as well as the recent economic downturn and they also rely on her for support.

With a majority of young people in the area emigrating in hope of finding better lives for themselves, will any of these girls have the courage to make the necessary changes and be ‘One more for the Road?’

The North Donegal Macra Club were delighted to hear the news that Donegal Macra County Executive selected their drama to represent Donegal Macra in the Macra Na Feirme Northwest Regional Drama Finals in Roscommon this weekend (March 31st).

Club PRO, Donna Gallagher (Milford) said: “This is a great honour for the club. ‘One More For the Road?’ was written by ourselves as a way of highlighting issues that affect ourselves and other rural young people.

“I suppose the drama was then selected to go forward the Regional Finals because of its unique edge; no other club in Donegal has written their own play and of course we also have the fantastic actors in our cast. We are all honoured to be representing our county this weekend”.

It is expected to be a very creative night for the members of North Donegal Macra na Feirme Group and for the local farming and rural communities in the area. For further information contact Michelle Doherty on 087 936 2536.