Aisteoirí Ghaoth Dobhair 1931-1981 (Winner – Gradam Uí Shuilleabháin 2021)
Winner – Gradam Uí Shuilleabháin (Book of the Year) / Oireachtas na Gaeilge 2021.
The book offers a rich and comprehensive account (in Irish) of the history of Aisteoirí Ghaoth Dobhair during those years and contains a wide selection of photographs and news reports from various periods.
Aisteoirí Ghaoth Dobhair enjoyed national and international acclaim for many years as one of Ireland’s leading drama groups. They won a vast array of awards and prizes at festivals, feiseanna agus competitions and are considered to have been pivotal figures in achieving recognition for Irish language drama.
‘It was Aisteoirí Ghaoth Dobhair who first roused my love for drama,’ said Noel Ó Gallchóir, the book’s author, ‘and I know the same is true of many more people. The Aisteoirí played a key role in conserving, nurturing and enriching music and drama in Donegal. As well as that, I don’t think that any other drama group in the country did as much to further the cause of the Irish language drama movement, or achieved the same standard as the Aisteoirí during that period.’
The book details the history of the company from 1931 until 1981 and documents the plays they performed, the prizes they won, the challenges they faced and the other feats they achieved over those years. It also offers insight into life in Gaoth Dobhair in the twentieth century and gives an account of the most prominent figures involved with the Aisteoirí, including Áine Nic Giolla Bhríde, the group’s leader and linchpin for most of that period.