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Great News!!!

Newpoint Players, Newry walked off with all the top prizes at Dublin Amateur Drama Festival announced on Sunday evening last!!!

Sean Treanor deservedly took the Best Producer Prize.

Deirdre McAteer won the Best Actress accolade.

AND the Adjudicator’s Special Prize went to the whole Newpoint Team for their joint teamwork over music, set and costume.

Newry Journal’s heartiest congratulations go out to each and every one!

You have brought us great credit and renown.

AND your success may well lead to Athlone and the All-Ireland Title again.



Newpoint’s huge cast was a little disappointed over last Saturday night’s results from Ballymoney and Derry, although it achieved a very creditable THIRD place in both venues.

Among the honours won in Ballymoney was a Certificate for the accompanying music, a mention for Fergal White AND the award for most ambitious play.

The list of honours in Derry was much longer! Indeed the Adjudicator raved over the performance leading many to believe it had won. Then, on learning there were FIVE more performances to pick up the points necessary to reach the Ulster Finals, she commented,

‘You won’t be NEEDING a win here, then!’

Denise Hughes won the top award for best stage management: Laurie Hodgett was named Best Actor: Deirdre McAteer was Best Actress: the cast, for the killing of Beckett, won Best Moment of Theatre. The play came just third!

Never mind! The points gained will come in handy for Belfast.

Dublin’s  result will be crucial to Athlone (All-Ireland) hopes.

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