Corn Mill Theatre’s Seamus O’Rourke wins award at All Ireland Drama Festival

SEAMUS O’Rourke from the Corn Mill Theatre Group, Carrigallen won the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the All Ireland Drama Festival in Athlone at the weekend.

SEAMUS O’Rourke from the Corn Mill Theatre Group, Carrigallen won the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the All Ireland Drama Festival in Athlone at the weekend.

SEAMUS O’Rourke from the Corn Mill Theatre Group, Carrigallen won the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the All Ireland Drama Festival in Athlone at the weekend.

By Fiona Heavey

Seamus who played Pato Dooley in “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” by Martin McDonagh believes he is the first person to get an All Ireland Award for this character.

The Corn Mill Group were praised for their fine acting skills when they took to the stage, the first performance of the festival on April 29. The group, including actor Maura Farrelly appeared on RTE’s Six One News last Thursday night, May 5.

Directed by Killian McGuinness the Corn Mill’s production of ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ received huge admiration locally and around the drama circuit this year. The group have competed on the festival circuit since 1970 and have four All Ireland Drama Titles as well as countless awards from the festival.

Seamus O’Rourke won best actor for his large role as John in Shining City last year, but scooped best actor in supporting role this time around.

A thrilled Seamus O’Rourke told the Leitrim Observer his win was “unexpected” but “delightful.” Seamus said his character Pato Dooley was never recognised like this before. He said he struggled with the character from early on in the year but got it right after a long journey with him.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.