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Sir John Gorman       Scott Marshall

Ballymoney prides itself on hosting the oldest Drama Festival in Ireland.

The curtain first went up on Ballymoney Drama Festival in February 1934 and, apart from a break necessitated by World War II, actors and supporting teams have competed on the Town Hall stage ever since, watched by informed and appreciative audiences and adjudicators.

In 1949 The Ballymoney Festival Committee instigated meetings with other Provincial groups, which led to the formation of the Association of Ulster Drama Festivals and their organisation of the Finals Festival in Belfast.

This year Ballymoney presents its 78th season of plays in Ballymoney Town Hall. There will be seven plays performed by some of the best and best-known amateur companies in the Province.