The Corrandulla Drama Group to represent Ireland in the World Amateur Drama Festival in Monaco this September.

Tourists and locals passing through Eyre Square in Galway today were treated to an open-air performance of Lady Gregory's one-act comic play 'Spreading The News’ by the Corrandulla Drama Group.  

It was also an opportunity for the amateur drama group to rehearse in advance of their appearance on the European stage. They have been selected by the International Amateur Theatre Association to represent Ireland in this year’s World Amateur Drama Festival in Monaco in September, now in its eighth year. 

For a group that has worked so hard, this trip will be the highlight of their careers and as producer Kate Conneely tells RTÉ News  

I regard it as a marvelous honour to be representing Ireland in Monaco. 

Fr PV O’Brien who founded the group in 1980 dismisses the suggestion that the Corrandulla Drama Group has chosen what might be considered a stage Irish piece of theatre. It’s the type of play which will appeal to people from many different nationalities he says, as  

The characters are very recognisable even today, and Lady Gregory was a very faithful portrayer of what she saw around her.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 29 August 1985. The reporter is Jim Fahy.