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Dramatic Success for the Sacred Heart School

posted Mar 2, 2015, 3:01 AM by   [ updated Mar 2, 2015, 3:08 AM ]

During the weekend just gone 3 groups from the Sacred Heart School in Westport took part in the All Ireland light entertainment and transition year drama competitions in Macroom Co. Cork on February 27th. These competitions are open to all secondary schools both in the Republic and in Northern Ireland.

Friday night saw the Light Entertainment competition. From the dozens of entries at the heats phase 8 groups were chosen for the finals last Friday. It is a major achievement that of the 8 finalists two were from the Sacred Heart School. First on stage on Friday night were the transition year ‘glee club’ who gave a wonderful rendition of mean girls which went down a storm with the audience. This performance was beautifully directed by music teacher Grainne Kenny.

The fourth act of the night was the 5th year drama group with their play with music ‘on my own’ which was very loosely based on the Irish Play ‘An triail’. There were wonderful performances from all the performers but particular mention must go to Sinead Brogan, Aoife Gibbons, Tegan Mahon and musician extraordinaire Nicole Gannon. This was a moving and beautiful performance about girls in the Magdalene laundries in the 1960s Directed by teacher Seamas Mac Eachmharcaigh.

When the 8 acts had finished there was an agonising wait while the adjudicators made their decisions during which there was an impromptu sing-along to the music of Abba. Eventually the adjudicators returned and 2 representatives from each performance went on the stage.

The director of the theatre announced the first few awards, Mean girls was announced as one of the runners up in the competition. Then the chairman of the adjudicators, actor and director Michael Twomey was called forward to announce the major awards. After 2 or 3 of these awards going to other shows it was announced that Seamas Mac Eachmharcaigh had won the best director award. Then it came to the announcement for overall winners.  Sacred heart school Westport ‘on my own’ was announced as the unanimous selection of all the adjudicators to cheers tears and great joy. All of the cast and director were then called on stage. The win was made even sweeter by the announcement that the standard this year was the best ever.



The Transition year drama competition took place in the same venue on the Saturday. Sacred Heart school Westport presented the play ‘A human write’. Fifteen plays were chosen for the final. The girls from the S.H.S gave a magnificent performance of the play. The play is about a writer and all the thoughts in her head.  The thoughts are put forward by the chorus of 8 who express these thoughts. This play also directed by Seamas Mac Eachmharcaigh was very well received by the audience.

When it came to the awards ceremony the girls were given a runners up award and the adjudicators loved the work of the chorus and their wonderful interaction with the writer (Katy Coyle) and awarded them collectively the best supporting Actor award.

All in all a wonderful dramatic success for the S.H.S