About Us

South Wicklow Drama Festival was founded in 2005 and held its first Festival in St. Brigid’s Hall, Carnew from the 13th – 20th March 2005. This first Festival was opened by Carnew born, Loughlin Deegan, (Playwright/Artistic Director of The Lir, National Acadamy of Dramatic Art, Trinity College).

The Festival has awakened and re-kindled an interest and love of theatre in the area. Over the years the Festival has hosted a wide variety of plays, performed by talented Drama Groups from all over the country. The Festival has enjoyed many packed houses and there is no doubt that theatre is alive and well in Carnew. Many of both the Open and Confined groups who participated in the South Wicklow Drama Festival went on to win in their section in the All Ireland Finals.

The SWDF Festival committee under the leadership of Chairman, Eamonn Doran and Secretary, Kevin McEvoy, were delighted to host the 2018 All Ireland Confined Drama Finals from the 13th – 21st April 2018.

South Wicklow Drama Festival under the Auspices of the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland (ADCI)


South Wicklow Drama Festival Committee 2024

President – PJ Arthur

Chairman – Eamonn Doran

Vice-Chair- Brendan Doyle

Secretary – Kevin McEvoy

Asst. Secretary – Lorna Doran McEvoy

Treasurer – Debbie Furlong

Asst. Treasurer – Jacqui Mulholland

PRO – Mary Doran

Social Media – Lorna Doran McEvoy

Committee: Raymond Brennan, Máire Doran, Dougie Doyle, Mary Doyle, Jacinta Kavanagh, Tommy Kavanagh, Gavin Nolan, Mandie O’Keeffe, Kieran Tyrrell

South Wicklow Drama Festival Committee 2018

Front row L-R: Tommy Kavanagh; Mick Byrne (President); Eamonn Doran (Chairman); Kevin McEvoy (Secretary); Brendan Doyle (Vice-Chairman); Jacinta Kavanagh.
Back row L-R: Mary Doran (PRO); Kieran Tyrrell; Mary Doyle; Mandie O’Keeffe; Raymond Brennan; Lorna Doran McEvoy (Asst. Secretary & Asst. PRO); Hannah Doyle; Máire Doran; Debbie Furlong (Treasurer); Gavin Nolan and Jacqui Mulholland (Asst. Treasurer).