Evening entertainment in Leitrim.
Corn Mill Theatre in Letrim is where the tradition of Drama in Carrigallen goes back to the late 1800’s. The present group was founded in 1963 as The Community Players and there has been no break in activity since that time. The group has competed on the festival circuit since 1970 and has reached the All-Ireland Finals in Athlone on thirteen occasions. In 1989 the group opened their own theatre - The Corn Mill Theatre and Arts Centre. In that year the name of the group was changed to the Corn Mill Theatre Company. In 1999 major renovations took place when the foyer, new dressing rooms, rehearsal and storage areas were built.The group has won the All-Ireland Drama Finals in Athlone on two occasions - in 1998 with Belfry by Billy Roche and in 2005 with Stolen Child by Yvonne Quinn and Bairbre Ni Chaoimh.
The Dock Arts Centre in Leitrim is housed in the beautiful 19th Century former Courthouse building, overlooking the majestic river Shannon, which has been wonderfully restored into Leitrim's first integrated centre for the arts. It is a multi purpose arts centre in Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim Ireland with an extensive performing and visual arts programme and a vibrant community workshop programme. The Dock houses a 100+ seat performance space, three art galleries, artists studios, an arts education room and it is home to The Leitrim Design House.
Splodar Theatre Company, The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, Leitrim was set up by a local community group, aiming to develop the Arts in the North West, bought the former Methodist Church in Manorhamilton. The Church was in poor condition at the time and it was restored with financial assistance from the I.F.I. (International Fund for Ireland). The new Arts centre was named The Glens Centre because it is located in the heart of the North Leitrim glens. The then President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, performed the official opening in July 1995. The centre hosts a broad range of activities such as theatre, workshops in music, writing and drama as well as poetry readings. Dermot Healy is the current writer-in-residence and he has assisted greatly in the development of creative writing in the area. Writers who have read their work at the centre over the years include Louis de Paor, Cathal Ó Searcaigh and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill. Additionally popular groups Fibín and Kíla perform in the Glens regularly. And, of course, Splódar stage drama in Irish also. The centre has a recording system and groups who have recorded recently include Dervish…