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A word from the DLI Chair

21st May 2020

Dear DLI Members and Friends

I hope you and your families and friends are keeping well. Every community has been hit with the loss of loved ones, and not only by Covid-19. Condolences to Rush Dramatic Society, and the friends and family of Peadar Clerkin, on his recent loss. I’d like to offer sincere condolences to all who have been bereaved and to express sympathy to those of you who have been badly affected by the current conditions in the country.

Even though theatres are staying dark for now it is great to see the links, within the fabulous drama community we have, beginning again, albeit in new ways, to keep within the constraints of ‘staying apart and staying home’ as much as possible. Zoom is the new buzz word! There are Zoom meetings, Zoom quizzes and even Zoom rehearsals going on. Members of the DLI Board met recently on Zoom with Senator Malcolm Byrne, the DLI nominee to Seanad Éireann. When the new Government is formed and the Seanad sits, Malcolm has pledged that he will be a strong advocate for amateur drama. DLI will liaise with the other bodies involved in amateur drama, including ADCI and ADA, to see what can be done to further the cause and who can help.

It was so disappointing to have to cancel DLI Summer School but unfortunately there was no other option. We plan to be back again next year, better than ever! The next big question we face is how plays can be put on while observing social distancing. It’s a tough one and top of the agenda for the upcoming ADCI/DLI 6 & 6 Joint Committee meeting!

We know there are lots of good stories out there. Thanks to all of you who responded with short anecdotes to the hook ‘What’s Your Story?’ Keep them coming to Willie O’Brien

It’s not the same as live performances but there’s a lot of theatre available for viewing online now. My favourite of the assortment I have seen is Andrew Scott‘s mesmerising 30 min monologue in ‘Sea Wall’ by Simon Stephens, access now extended until 25th May on If you hear of interesting online performances it would be great if you could pass on the information so it can be shared, to Valerie on for inclusion in the eZine (which will go out every fortnight), Elaine: by PM or on for posting on the DLI Facebook page. Emma Jane will post any useful links she gets on the thread ‘What’s On Virtually ...’ on the DLI website homepage. The stories selected will feature on the thread ‘Here Are Your Stories’.

It is planned to have a ‘Spotlight’ on a different DLI Member Drama Group in each issue of the eZine. To put your group in the ‘Spotlight’ email me on I’d love to hear from you.

Wishing you all the very best for a safe transition through the Phases.

Warm regards

Joanne Keane. DLI Chairperson

Editor Christine O'Brien ( has decided to postpone the issuing of the popular DLI Magazine until the autumn of 2020.

In keeping with Government Covid 19 guidelines, the DLI Office in the Mill Theatre is closed until further notice. Our Administrator, Valerie McGuile, is working from home, and you can contact her:

Valerie 10am - 3pm Monday - Thursday 089 2356672