THE Kilmeen Drama Group were crowned All Ireland Drama Champions for the second year in a row at a gala awards ceremony in Athlone’s RadissonBlu Hotel last Saturday, May 12th as the curtain came down on the 60th RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival.

Tim Coffey, who directed the group’s production of The Weir by Conor McPherson also picked up the award for Best Director.

It is the group’s third win in their 16 appearances at the finals that they first entered in 1980.

Steeped in theatrical tradition, this victory comes fast on the heels of their one-act victory in Ennis last December with Disco Pigs by Enda Walsh which they performed in Athlone as a fringe event during the week.