In the valley of the River Maine, Castle Island, only six miles from Kerry International Airport (Farranfore).This busy shopping town has become to establish itself as a major Drama Center.
Like all Kerry Towns, entertainment is very much to the front in Castleisland with the town really coming to life during its two annual festivals. The first of these festivals is "The Kerry Drama Festival" which is held annually during March.
Every March the town of Castleisland becomes a Mecca to a host of Drama Groups from the entire Munster region.
Held at the Ivy Leaf Arts Centre, the festival is becoming one of the top events in the Drama calendar. The festival incorporates over a week-long programme of plays.
Plays originally written by well know writers are celebrated during the Kerry Drama Festival.
On the final night prizes and accolades are awarded to participating drama groups.
The Ivyleaf Arts Centre is located in a converted 12th century church. Services ceased there in the 1960s, and it was taken over by the local drama group and open as an arts centre in 1982.
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