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Pat O'Grady's Funeral arrangements

It is with great regret and sadness that we've just heard the news that our good friend, and long time Balally Players member Pat O'Grady passed away.

O’Grady, Patrick (Pat) (Dublin and late of Kilkenny), September 20th, 2017, suddenly; he will be sadly missed by his loving family, brothers John, Eddie and Joe, sisters Angela, Kathleen and Miriam, sister-in-law Geraldine, niece Niamh, nephew Conor, nephew-in-law Brian, grandniece Aoife, relatives and many friends.

Pat was an invaluable and much loved member of Balally Players for many years during which time he took on many different roles from actor to director.

As many of you know, he put on a very brave face during his illness and fought hard against it.

He will be very much missed by all and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very sad time. 

May He Rest in Peace.

Reposing at Fanagans Funeral Home, Tallaght Village on Saturday (23rd) from 2pm until 5pm. Removal on Monday morning to St. Mary’s Priory, Tallaght Village arriving for 11am Mass and afterwards to Newlands Cross Crematorium. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to St. Luke’s Hospital, Rathgar. All enquiries to Fanagans Funeral Directors, Tallaght – 01 4516701.



Attention DLI drama groups in the Waterford, Wexford, Carlow and Kilkenny areas!  DLI is hosting a one-day workshop/information session for our members in

Saturday 21 October 2017
10am – 4pm

The workshop theme is stage management, and will be led by Anne Hurley & Tom Kavanagh from The Moat Theatre, Naas. 
Information on the many services on offer to DLI members will also be available from our DLI Regional Officers Willie O’Brien and Michael Stafford.

For more information, contact Willie O’Brien:
087 2326259
Michael Stafford:
087 2759813


One Act Festival Circuit 2017

One Act

Important Dates to remember for the 2017 One Act Festival circuit:

Groups may apply to the Secretary of the DLI/ADCI Joint Committee,
Jackie Scanlan, for a registration number if they wish to compete on the One Act Festival circuit 2017 from:
1 August 2017 

  • Particulars required at time of registration:
    Group Name
    Contact, Email & Telephone
    Section: Open or Confined
    Name of Play
    Festivals to be applied for…
  • Registration numbers and an official application form will be forwarded to all applicants after the Joint Committee meeting on Sunday
    27 August 2017
  • Groups must not apply to Festivals prior to
    1 September 2017
    All festivals will only accept applications on the official application form which will have your registration number listed.

For all One Act Festival circuit enquiries, contact:

Jackie Scanlan
Secretary DLI/ADCI Joint Committee
Email: jscanlan00@gmail.com
Tel: 087 2679577

Download Festival Listing 2017




Festival Chairman Pluincead O Fearraigh and his team are looking forward to welcoming you to the 2017 One Act Finals 1 – 3 December in An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny.    




SIVE By John B Keane

John B Keane

The amateur rights for SIVE are withdrawn from November 2017 - April 2018.  All other John B Keane titles are available for performance. 



Sam Cree

Sam CreeDLI is pleased to announce that we now hold the amateur rights to the plays of Sam Cree in the UK & Ireland. From Lisburn, Co Antrim, Sam Cree (1928- 1980) remains one of Northern Ireland’s most popular and much - performed comedy playwrights.  The scripts are now available from the DLI Library - Don’t Tell The Wife, Cupid Wore Skirts & Widows’ Paradise are just some of the full length comedy standards on offer.

Contact Valerie in the DLI Office for further details 01 2969343 dli@eircom.net


DLI Membership 2017

Group and Individual membership of The Drama League of Ireland is now due for renewal.  To renew your annual subscription with us, please send the following with your payment for two main contacts from your group:


Postal Address:

Email Address:

Phone Number:

Group Membership for 2017 is €120, while Individual Membership is €35.  We always welcome new members – contact Valerie in the office for details of the competitive insurance scheme available to DLI members, and for information on the other benefits of joining us. 

01 2969343




DLI Office Opening Hours

As of 29th February 2016, the DLI office in Dundrum is open as follows:

MONDAY 10.00 – 3.00
TUESDAY 10.00 – 3.00
WEDNESDAY 10.00 – 3.00
THURSDAY 10.00 – 3.00

Phone: 01 2969343

Michael Joe Ginnelly

The DLI now acts as agent for Michael Joe Ginnelly.  From Co Mayo, Michael Joe is the author of the ever-popular and hilarious Wake In The West, Pretend Sick and A Marriage of Connivance. His latest play, Betwixt and Between, is now also available for performance! The scripts can be borrowed from the DLI Library. 


Group Insurance

The annual premium for the scheme operated by JPC Insurances for DLI members is €390.00 for the Insurance Year 1st April 2017 - 31st March 2018.

Download DLI Scheme Details Sheet...


Amateur Licensing and Royalties

Before making a decision on choosing any play for amateur performance, please take a look at the factsheet which our DLI Royalties Officer, John Corcoran, has put together.  It covers all aspects of the important areas of amateur licensing. 

Download FAQ Rights & Licensing (.doc)...


Resource Service
Advice on selecting plays, scripts and performing rights,
Information on finding props and costumes and set pieces
Start up advice on forming a Drama group

Full details can be viewed on our member services page.



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