Mar 072016

Clogheen Drama Group – March 11th & 12th 2016

This year’s play by Clogheen Drama Group is the much acclaimed “The Highest House on the Mountain” by John B. Keane, directed by John Hayes. This is a play about the timeless battle between the forces of tradition and change. Widower Mikey’s two sons return from England to the family farm, but for very different reasons. Connie is in desperate financial trouble and fled overnight without having time to pack a suitcase. Patrick has had a grim life on the streets in London, and like his new wife Julie, harbours dark secrets. Mikey’s brother Sonny and Connie’s lover Sheila also hide secrets. Once the veil of secrecy is stripped away, nothing will ever be the same again.

The Highest House on the Mountain played before packed houses on its release and was critically acclaimed. The Irish Times described it as Keane’s best play. It is therefore surprising that it has been rarely presented in recent times as it richly deserves to be enjoyed by modern audiences. This is a wonderful opportunity to savour one of Ireland’s greatest playwrights hidden gems. Here is a play which combines all the tragic power associated with ‘The Field’, without losing the unique comic appeal found in such Keane gems as ‘Big Maggie’.

The Highest House on the Mountain

The play will run on March 11th and 12th in St Paul’s Community Centre, Clogheen. Starting at 8.15 each night. Tickets available at English’s Fruit and Veg Shop Clogheen, or ring 052 746 5951 or P.J. English on  087 798 4929.

Mar 162015

Portia Coughlan Cast

Clogheen Drama Group – Portia Coughlan – March 27th & 28th 2015

This years production by Clogheen Drama Group is the shockingly dark and surprisingly humorous Portia Coughlan, written by Marina Carr and directed by Liam Wall.

The play will take place in St. Pauls Community Centre Clogheen on Friday March 27th and Saturday March 28th at 8.15 pm each night.

Tickets are available at the fruit and veg shop from Margaret and P.J. English 052 746 5951 or 087 798 4929 and Kathleen Noonan on 086 2001974.

Mar 132014

Clogheen Drama Group – Dancing at Lugnasa – March 27th to 29th

Rehearsals and preparation are well under way for the 2014 production by Clogheen Drama Group, which is Brien Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa.

The Play will take place in St. Paul’s Community Centre on Thursday 27th, Friday 28th and Saturday 29th of March, starting at 8.15 each evening.

Tickets are on sale at €10 each and can be purchased at English’s Fruit & Veg Shop on Lower Main Street or from Kathleen Noonan in Parson’s Green.

The group will give a donation from takings over the three nights to the Clogheen Hospice Suite Construction Fund.

All are welcome to what promises to be a great production, directed by Liam Wall and performed by local talent.

The group thanks everyone for their continued support and, with your attendance, would like to make it a very successful fourth year.

Dancing at Lughnasa

Jan 142013

John B. Keane’s Sharon’s Grave Rehearsals 

Rehearsals for the Clogheen Drama Group’s 2013 production of John B Keane’s play Sharon’s Grave are in full swing. The cast is rehearsing twice weekly under the expert guidance of director Liam Wall. While the play has obviously been cast at this stage, there are still a number of important backstage posts that need to be filled. If you would like to help out, why not drop into St. Paul’s Community Centre any Monday or Thursday evening, you will be welcomed to the fold.

Mar 302012

Extra Showing of ‘Big Maggie’ on Sunday April 1st

This Friday and Saturday nights March 30 and 31 at 8.15 pm will see the staging of the Clogheen Drama group’s second production, Big Maggie written by John B. Keane, at St. Paul’s Community Hall in Clogheen. Tickets for Saturday night are sold out, but there is some availability for Friday night. They are available from any member of the group, or from P.J. and Margaret English at the Fruit & Veg shop, Lower Main Street, Clogheen or phone 087 798 4929.

An extra Fundraising night has been added, in aid of the Elizabeth and David Fund, on Sunday April 1st. Tickets will be available from the fund committee and P.J. and Margaret English.

Elizabeth and David are two young members of our community that are currently undergoing treatment for leukaemia. It is a worthy cause so those who have not already booked tickets to see the play are urged to come along for a wonderful night’s entertainment.

Mar 132012

John B. Keane's Big Maggie in Clogheen

Big Maggie in Clogheen – March 30th & 31st

The Clogheen Drama Group will present John B. Keane’s famous play, Big Maggie, at St. Paul’s Community Centre, Clogheen on Friday March 30th and Saturday March 31st. Start time is 8.15.

Get your tickets from English’s Fruit & Veg shop, Lower Main Street, Clogheen or call 087 798 4929.

Jan 112012

Clogheen Drama Group to Perform John B. Keane’s ‘Big Maggie’

Following on from last years brilliant production of the Year of the Hiker, readings for this year’s proposed production of Big Maggie by Kerry playwright John B. Keane took place last week.

Anyone wishing to help out in any way, such as setting the stage, painting, securing props, backroom team, etc. please come along on this Thursday, January 12th 2012, to St. Paul’s Community Centre at 8pm.

The Drama Group would like to wish Fred and Miriam Halley bon voyage as they travelled to Australia recently. They were both very active in last years production.

Jun 172011
Cast of The Year of the Hiker in Clogheen 2011

John Noonan, Alan McGrath, Hannah Sheehy, John Hayes, Lynn O'Brien, Patricia Hickey, Ger Flynn

Congratulations to all involved in the wonderful production of John B. Keane’s ‘Year of the Hiker’ by the Clogheen Drama Group in St Paul’s Community Centre Clogheen on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th March 2011.

It was an excellent evening’s entertainment and all involved should be very proud of their achievement.

If anybody has photos or video from either of the two shows please do pass them on to and we’ll put some of them up in the Gallery section of the site.