Galway theatre An Taibhdhearc celebrates 50 years creating Irish language drama and music productions.

Founded in 1928, Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe opened with a production ‘Diarmuid and Gráinne’, written by Mícheál Mac Liammóir with the cast including Mac Liammóir as Diarmuid and Hilton Edwards as Fionn.

Marking fifty years, a reception took place at the theatre with guests including President Patrick Hillery, actress Siobhán McKenna, and Bishop of Galway Dr Eamonn Casey. There was also a performance of Diarmuid and Gráinne.

Despite the buzz around the current celebrations, there are some issues that theatre continues to face on a regular basis.  

One of these is the criticism that An Taibhdhearc simply doesn't have enough original material in its programme.  Artistic director Seán Stafford says their door is always open to new ideas,

Má chuireann aon duine bundráma maith fiúntach chughainn, támid thar a bheith sá dráma a léiriú anseo.

And director Risteárd Ó Broin, who has been with An Taibhdhearc for 26 years, has grown tired of the lack of support from the state for the national Irish language theatre, 

Ceapaim fhéin gur imríodh cineál cos ar bolg ar an Taibhdhearc le tamall fada anois.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 16 October 1978. The reporter is Liam Ó Muirthile.