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Fr McDyer was a great lover of drama and culture
and when plays were being drawn up for Halla Muire he was very insistent that
there should be a large stage to accommodate plays and concerts.
Fr McDyer's vision, however, proved a success as numerous plays produced locally
and by travelling groups would have been impossible to perform on a smaller
stage. Fr McDyer produced many plays in Halla Muire, commencing with a pageant
which was performed on the occasion of the opening of the Hall.
Down through the years, plays performed in Halla Muire provided hearty entertainment
for the audience as well as a feeling of satisfaction and achievement for the
actors. Rehearsing a play can be tedious work by times. Not only that, but
the commitment to be present can mean sometimes missing an important football
match on TV or an exciting epsoide of your favourite soap opera!
Neverthless, everyone is thoroughly rewarded for their sacrifices with the
resounding applause of an appreciative audience.
Cumann Drámaíocht Gleanncholmcille
This legacy is still carried on by Cumann Drámaíocht Gleanncholmcille
who perform plays in Irish and English on a regular basis. They were particularly
honoured in recent years by the presence of President Mary McAleese and her
husband, Martin, who attended performances of Irish plays held during the summer
The facilities for plays and concerts
have been greatly improved; through the work carried out by Community Employment
Plays Produced in Halla Muire
- Pageant (Irish History)
- The Upper Room (passion play)
- The Paragon
- Blithe Spirit
- Professor Tim
- Coffin Johnny
- Warning Light
- The Rising of the Moon
- They Got What They Wanted
- The Righteous are Bold
- The Lord Mayor
- Paid in his Own Coin
- Riders to the Sea
- The Year of the Hiker
- The Country Boy
- The Field
- Anyone can rob a bank
- Many Young Men of Twenty
- An Clóscríobhaí
- An Cleamhnas
- Ar Bhuile a h-ocht
- Ar Sor Ghadai
- Mó Chara Phatsaí
- An Gealltanas
- Sharon's Grave
- Tons of Money
- Bugle in the Blood
- Lá Búi Bealtain
- Sink or Slim
- Witness for the Prosecution
- I do not like thee Dr Fell
From Cumann Dramaiochta
There has been a tradition of drama in Glencolmcille going back to the forties,
and perhaps further. During the forties plays in English and in Irish also
were staged in the old hall in Currin, known locally as "the Spink".
With the arrival of Fr McDyer in 1951, drama got a new lease of life as it
was one of his big interests. He began by staging a Passion Play entitled "The
Upper Room" to raise funds for the erection of Halla Muire. That play
was staged in many venues through the county.
Afterwards one play at least is staged annually in Glencolmcille. Amongst
the productions have been "Gaslight", "The Righteous Are Bold" and
At the present time drama continues to florish in Glencolmcille, thanks to
the efforts of Gerry Gillespie who ensures that a play is staged annually.
These productions also provide entertainment during the Festival in August
of each year.
Let's hope that the tradition will continue in years to come, and that "Cumann
Dramaiochta" will continue to pack Halla Muire.