Annual Drama Summer School, Gormanston

says Thank You.


Eamonn and Freda O’Donoghue, founders and directors of Stageworks Annual Drama Summer School, at Gormanston College, have now decided after many years of running the event that it is now time to pursue hobbies and interests which have been side lined for many years. Therefore the era of Stageworks Annual Drama Summer School has concluded.

Eamonn has returned to college at N.U.I.G. He is now nearing the completion of his PhD research in Drama and Theatre studies.

Freda has returned to her music and painting and both she and Eamonn are enjoying life with their four grandchildren.

We take this opportunity to thank the many people who were involved with us since 1994, The Franciscan Community, the excellent tutors, the hundreds of participants and not forgetting the wonderful help and support from our loyal team who contributed so much to make it all happen, Eamonn Bradley, Geoffrey Miller, Noreen Mac Sweeney and  Michael Dunbar.

We also remember the late Imelda McLearnan and the late Sean Leahy who were such valuable members of the team.

Finally, we would like to thank Cormac O’Donoghue and Shane Farrell for their contribution in recent years. It was very much appreciated.

It would be remiss of us not to remember and acknowledge the visionary founder, the late Rev. Fr. P.V.O’Brien.  It was Fr. P.V. that first gave Eamonn his love for drama in St. Jarlaths College, Tuam as his English teacher and Eamonn is happy that he did his utmost to nurture and sustain that vision.


Eamonn & Freda O’Donoghue, May 2022.