DRAMA groups from Corofin and Schull, Co. Cork, emerged the winners of the open and confined categories at the North Cork Drama Festival in Charleville, which ended on last Saturday night.
Adjudicator Donal Courtney awarded the festival's premier trophy the Brian McMahon to the Co. Galway group for their presentation of 'By the Bog of Cats' by Marina Carr in the open section of the festival.
The group also won the awards for best producer (John Clancy) and best set, lighting and sound and the group's Maura Clancy won the best actress award for her interpretation of the role of Hester Swaine.
Ballyduff Drama Group from Co. Waterford was in second place with 'Dancing at Lughnasa' by Brian Friel and Haulbowline Theatre Group from Cobh was in third place with their production of 'Not Now Darling' by Ray Cooney and John Cahpman.
In the confined section Schull Drama Group's production of 'God of Carnage' by Yasmina Reza won the Golden Vale Cup with DADS Dunmore's 'War' in second place and Moyne Drama Group's performance of 'Sive' in third place and they also won the award for best set and presentation.
The festival's Ms Mary Gough thanked the adjudicator for his diligence and attention to detail in his adjudications and the audiences who came to the festival each night. She appealed to people to urge their children to support dramatic presentations in order to keep the live stage shows going.
Ms Gough also paid tribute to the late Bridget Walker, who was a long serving member of the festival who passed away in the week prior to the this year's event.