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An Cumann Scoildrámaíochta: Irish medium drama festivals for primary and post-primary schools

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An Cumann Scoildrámaíochta

Dates: February – March 2024

An Cumann Scoildrámaíochta, which is under the patronage of the Department of Gaeltacht and Rural Affairs, organises schools drama festivals on a countrywide basis to promote Irish medium drama in schools at both primary and post-primary level.  

The festivals are organised on a local, provincial and national basis. These festivals give young people from every part of the country the opportunity to be directly involved in all aspects of drama production. As well as being a hugely enjoyable experience, participation also helps to build self-confidence, self-esteem and an overall fluency in the Irish language. Part of the fun is the competition element with the standard rising year after year.

The programme begins with the local festivals which are usually held in February and early March each year, provincial festivals follow in March and the national festival is held in April.

There are separate competitions and divisions based on school level, the size of school, age groups, operas/musicals and for primary schools that are not Irish-medium or Gaeltacht schools.

A repository of scripts translated into Irish are available in pdf format to download from An Cumann Scoildrámaíochta website.

If you are a drama producer involved with primary or post-primary students or if you are a teacher who would like to try producing a play for the first time ever, this is your chance to take part.

Further information is available on An Cumann Scoildrámaíochta website, please see the relevant sections:
Local festivals dates & venues:
Competition categories:

If you are interested in taking part, contact the representative listed for the festival nearest you or send an e-mail to




Drama Education



School Level

Primary & Post-primary