National recognition for Clare drama student

National recognition for Clare drama student


Doireann Garrihy, Anna Moloney and Aoibhín Garrihy

Two students of the Clare-based Actors and Reactors School of Speech and Drama recently performed for a panel of judges in Griffith College, Dublin.

Ava Rochford and Anna Moloney were both nominated for an excellence award for their outstanding performance in drama.

Anna, who is from Miltown Malbay, has since been honoured with the Leinster School of Music and Drama Excellence Award for her outstanding performance in drama and will be presented with her prize at the Gala Concert in Griffith College, Dublin in October.

Approximately 15,000 students across the country take the Leinster School of Music and Drama exam each year and this excellence award accolade is only bestowed on four students in all of Ireland.

Actress Aoibhín Garrihy and her sister Doireann Garrihy launched their School of Speech and Drama, Actors and Reactors in Ennis in August 2013 and have since been busy developing and honing the talent in Co Clare. They have had a hugely successful year as their students took part in the famous Feile Luimni with several award winners. As well as creative drama and feiseanna the students participated in the Leinster School of Music and Drama exams in April of this year and each one received first class honours.

Speaking of the students achievements Aoibhín said “We are extremely proud of all of our students. The standard in Clare and indeed our school is very high and in a time when the importance of self confidence is becoming more and more apparent our focus is on developing crucial skills which we hope will benefit our students greatly”. !

Aoibhín is currently playing Jane Bennett in Alan Stanford’s production of Jane Austen’s famous Pride and Prejudice in the Gate Theatre Dublin and is looking forward to a new term beginning in Ennis on 27th September.

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