Under the auspices of the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland


Planning is well underway for the 2024 RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival, under the stewardship of Festival Director, Regina Bushell and the Festival Committee. The festival, which is held under the auspices of the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland, celebrated a number of significant anniversaries in recent years and this year is no different as it marks the 20th year of partnership between RTÉ and the All Ireland Drama Festival.

The dates for the RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival have been set from Thursday, May 2nd to Friday, May 10th. The festival will conclude with a grand Gala Awards night on Saturday, May 11th. Another key date for the finalists, is for the draw for the nights when the plays will be performed. This is scheduled for Sunday, April 14th. Our Fringe Festival opens with two anchor events, the Athlone Film Festival on 27 April followed by our Schools Playwright Award Ceremony on 29 April.


We couldn’t do all of this without the fantastic support of local businesses in funding this long running national event which draws groups and supporters from all parts of Ireland.

As one of our proud sponsors, we will endeavour to promote your business and to show how much we value your sponsorship.

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We currently have a limited number of volunteer vacancies to fill and we welcome new members to join us for what will be an exciting programme of events. If you love the theatre and are local to Athlone, see if there’s a role that interests you. We welcome people of all ages with a range of skills and experience.

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See the ADCI league table of qualifying groups.

Get your ticket from the Dean Crowe Theatre in Athlone to see the plays competing for the prestigious RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival Award.

Page updated on 14/4/2024.

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The RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival has been exciting audiences for over 70 years.

In 2004 RTÉ stepped on board with the festival getting major prominence thanks to the facilities provided by the national broadcaster. RTÉ continues to work closely with the local committee offering professional expertise with marketing and universal branding. The Festival features prominently on RTÉ media platforms including Radio, Television and online.

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