ThE OVER the water area is extremely proud of its adopted son, Pat Whelan of Castlebridge, who last weekend bagged the prestigious 'Best Director' award in his debut at the RTE All-Ireland drama festival in Athlone.
Pat (pictured right), a native of Campile, but long-time resident in Castlebridge, has been acting and directing with Bridge Drama since its formation over ten years ago.
He was in the cast when the group won the confined All-Ireland title in 2009, and has since directed two plays on the open drama circuit, 'Blithe Spirit' in 2010 and 'Portia Coughlan' last year.
Having won four festivals on the circuit this year, Bridge Drama made their first ever open All-Ireland appearance at the Mecca for all amateur drama enthusiasts, The Dean Crowe Theatre in Athlone, where they were very well received.
Pat received his award at a glittering ceremony in the Radisson Athlone, in the company of cast, crew and long-suffering wife and drama-widow Catherine.
The celebrations went on long into the night, as the Castlebridge contingent proved themselves as well able to party as any of the groups from around the country who were present!