Naas speech and drama students clean up at annual competition in Dublin

Carol Gleeson School of Drama

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Naas speech and drama students clean up at annual competition in Dublin

Carol Gleeson with Aoife Lawlor

Over seventy students from Naas-based Carol Gleeson School of Drama competed in the annual, national speech and drama competition on the weekend of April 5-7, with an incredible forty one of them taking home prizes in their respective categories.

“It was an exceptional result from the students,” said Ms Gleeson.

They were participating at the Speech and Drama Teachers of Ireland annual competition.

She added: “The outcome was representative of their work and dedication over the past few months.”

The competition includes competitors from around the country including a large number of Dublin based drama schools.

Ms Gleeson said the standard gets higher every year, “making the results all the more astounding.”

She said the students “did themselves, their parents and me very proud over the weekend.”

And to top it all off, on the final evening of the competition they hold a shield, where all the winners from the weekend compete for an overall winners trophy.

Students Annabelle Segovia and Aoife Lawlor took home the Junior Drama Shield and Intermediate Poetry Shields respectively “which really was a fantastic achievement for them.”

Carol, who is from Punchestown, founded the speech and drama school in Naas almost six years ago and runs classes for students from 7 - 18 years of age in Naas GAA centre from Monday to Friday.

The winners included Annabelle Segovia, Aoife Lawlor.

The under 16 drama cup went to Jessica Sheehan, Maggie O’Boyle and Rachel Jordan while Maggie and Rachel also won silver and bronze medals.

Sarah Heneghan and Caoilinn McDonnell won solo and duologue events. Zoe and Ailbhe Fitzpatrick were winners in the poetry competition.