THE Briery Gap All-Ireland Transition Year Drama Festival in association with Cork County VEC and Macroom Town Council, which was introduced to schools in 2001, has proved to be an outstanding success for the past ten years.
As a result, the entries have increased from 18 in 2001 to 46 in 2009 and have maintained its numbers for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
The preliminary rounds were held at a second venue in 2002 (Mullingar Arts Centre), in 2003 a third centre was introduced at St John's Arts Centre, Listowel, Co Kerry, and in 2004 a fourth venue was added in Galway. In 2005 Waterford and Dublin were added to the list and 2009 we were happy to announce that we had extended the festival to the whole island of Ireland. These rounds are now in progress and the Grand Finals will be held at Briery Gap on Saturday, March 2.
We introduced a new festival for second-level schools in 2011. All-Ireland 15-minute Light Entertainment Festival in association with Macroom Town Council and also Cork County VEC, is open to all second level school students. Performance may include a variety of Music, Song, Dance, Choral, Instrumental, Comedy or extract from a musical. There has been an excellent response to this new venture and the finals will take place on Friday, March 2, at the Briery Gap, Macroom, followed by presentation of prizes.
There will be one programme covering both events. Please note this programme will be given to all students from all over Ireland who will be attending and participating in both All-Ireland finals.