Adjudicator: Jim Wolsencroft

Jim Wolstencroft

Jim’s lifelong interest and involvement with theatre began under the expert tutelage of the late and legendary Mary O’Malley, founder of the Belfast Lyric Theatre. All actors and directors associated with this iconic theatre, particularly in its earliest Derryvolgie Avenue location, were schooled in the inspirational disciplines of classical and modern theatre serving their much appreciated and artistically defining apprenticeships in Shakespeare, 0’Casey, Synge, Chekhov, Ibsen, Dostoevsky and, of course, the canon of Yeats plays for which Mary O’Malley had an abiding love.This extensive repertoire, with its purposeful mixture of dramatic styles, injected a passion for theatre into the artistic bloodstreams of all those fortunate enough to have enjoyed the experience.

That passion has informed Jim’s continued involvement in theatre throughout his university days and into his professional working life. A first Honours historian and alumni of the U.S. Federal Executive Institute and the Salzburg Seminar, Jim had a long career in the UK Senior Civil Service, working mainly in London, and in Washington, Brussels and Belfast on a range of political, legislative, and economic issues. This enabled him to see both the best of professional theatre in London, and to pursue an active involvement with a number of amateur drama groups including Holywood Players, Bangor Drama Group, Theatre 3, and, more recently, with the Web Theatre in Newtownards.

On stage Jim has won the Best Actor award at the Dundalk International Festival (C.S. Lewis in Williamson’s Shadowlands; and twice won the A.U.D.F. Best Actor at the Lyric (Lopakhin in Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard; and Thomas More in Bolt’s Man For All Seasons). In addition Jim has won many Festival awards for a wide range and variety of roles including works by Friel (Boyle in Philadelphia Here I Come; Jack in Give Me Your Answer Do); Arthur Miller (Danforth in The Crucible; Henry in The Last Yankee); Schaeffer (Venticellil in Amadeus); Harold Pinter (Gus in The Dumb Waiter); Jennifer Johnson (Max in Andante un Pocco Mosso; Tony in The Invisible Man) – the latter winning the overall U.K. One Act Award for Holywood Players.

Jim has also directed and devised a number of plays for various drama groups, which has enabled him to pursue a personal interest in the First World War period. In addition to playing Old Pyper in the iconic Frank McGuinness play Observe The Sons Of Ulster Marching To The Somme, an overall A.U.D.F. award winner for Bangor Drama Group, he has directed R.C.Sherrifs Journeys End for the Web Theatre and both devised and directed And In The Morning a requiem of remembrance honouring the war time sacrifices of Irish and British soldiers through song, music, poetry and drama. Both these productions had casts drawn from a number of drama clubs and performance groups reflecting Jim’s conviction that there is much to be gained from artistic collaboration and complementarity between different groups and disciplines.

Following qualification as a G.O.D.A. adjudicator Jim was invited to serve an appropriate time on the G.O.D.A. Council which is responsible for maintaining the highest standards of adjudication throughout the U.K. In this role Jim found that his active involvement in the administration of amateur a drama groups – an often undervalued priority in the amateur movement – was of considerable benefit. For a number of years Jim has been adjudicating widely in the U.K. and Ireland on both the A.D.C.I. and A.U.D.F. circuits, covering both Full Length and One Act, including festivals such as Scarrif, Rossmore, Glenamaddy, Ballyduff, Ballyshannon, Claregalway, Cavan, Strabane, Newtownstewart, Newtownabbey, Ballymoney and Bangor, and always finds the experience invigorating. In particular he enjoys the continuing theatrical education which comes from contact with many immensely talented groups, well informed and knowledgeable audiences, and extremely hard working and dedicated committees. lt is often forgotten that an adjudicator has to address, simultaneously, a number of distinct client interests – none of them homogeneous in their dramatic preferences – including performers, audiences and festival committees, and it is this rewarding challenge which gives the work its excitement and fulfilment.

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North Leitrim is a hidden treasure and must be explored by all visitor to the North West of Ireland. The list of accommodations on this website is compiled from properties from Leitrim, Cavan and nearby Fermanagh. They show a wealth of choice and well worth a visit all year around. We have compiled it for your information purposes only.

Kiltyclogher Holiday Centre
Co Leitrim

Kiltyclogher Holiday Centre is owned by our local community and located on site at the Summer School.
Here at the Kiltyclogher Holiday Centre, we have a range of different accommodation options.
There are three self-catering apartments which can sleep two adults and two children. There is a single one bed self-catering apartment. There is also a six bed mixed dormitory. The centre can also be used for concerts, conferences, meetings and other events. There is a well equipped function room, as well as onsite catering facilities.

Tel : (+353) (71) 9854044

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The Oak’s Bed and Breakfast
Co Leitrim.

The Oak’s Bed and Breakfast, Kiltyclogher is owned by Katherine Keaney and located on the Rossinver Road approximately a mile from Kiltyclogher village.
We are a delightful 3* Failte Ireland Approved Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast overlooking the countryside of Co. Leitrim and Co. Fermanagh. We provide Double and Twin Ensuite rooms and Family rooms, Double/Twin with bath and shower. We have a homely sitting room for guests to rest and admire the countryside. We want to ensure that both you and your children have a holiday to remember.
We pride ourselves in providing a high level of personal care and attention. A choice of delicious breakfasts is offered – either a Full Irish or Continental, Organic breakfast is also available on request. The house has wheelchair access and also a wheelchair accessible bathroom containing a bath and shower. Satellite TV, Free Wi-Fi and Tea/Coffee making facilities in each bedroom.

Tel : +353 (71) 9854445
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Booking can be made directly or through:

Wilfred and Joan Moffitt
John Joe’s Self catering
Co Cavan

John Joe’s cottage is a beautifully refurbished self catering cottage located in Thornhill, Blacklion on the border of Co Cavan and Co. Leitrim. It has 2 bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen and sitting area there is a large coloured television.. There are 2 double bedrooms with a sink in each room. The bathroom has an electric shower, we also have a down stairs bathroom.

Our holiday home is situated next door to our home and our aim is to ensure you are met with a true Irish welcome arrival. We are here to provide any assistance you may need in the unlikely event of any problem that arise. The large open plan kitchen / Dining area gives the property a real home from home feel.
We are located within 10 minutes drive from Blacklion, renowned for the talented Chief Nevan Maguire and MacNean’s Bistro. Glenfarne village is only 5 minutes away. Clancy’s supermarket, post office and restaurant are located in Glenfarne, a village that is known nationwide for the “Ballroom of Romance”.

Lough McNean and Glenfarne Wood provide ideal walking attractions. If its fishing you are after them Lough McNean is the place to visit. Lough Melvin is less than 25 minutes away. Blacklion has a public golf course.Visitors to the area can sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty of Lough McNean and your children are safe in the large enclosed fully equipped playground along the shoreline of Lough McNean. There is an adjoining exercise area for adults and young alike.

Enniskillen and Manorhamilton are less than 25 minutes drive and Sligo 40 minutes away. The Marble Arch Caves in Co Fermanagh is on your doorstep.

Phone: +353 (071) 9853355
Mobile: (087) 2395189, (087) 2531566


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Melvin Country House
Carran West
Co Fermanagh.

Purpose built Guesthouse set in a peaceful country side {B52} close to the village of Garrison with excellent views of Lough Melvin and the Leitrim Mountains. Open all year. Comfortable, spacious rooms all en-suite, large tv lounge and large dining area. Child and disabled friendly. We serve breakfast from 7-11am. and evening meal if required 6-9pm.
Renowned for a warm, friendly welcome, a high standard of service and excellent breakfast. Perfect for wedding guests with taxis from the door. Within walking distance from Lough Melvin [famous for it Gilaroo Trout].

Tel : From the Republic of Ireland (048) 68658766
Tel : From Northern Ireland and elsewhere (0044)(28)68658766
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Lough Melvin Holiday Centre
Main Street
Co Fermanagh

The centre provides a wide range of accommodation and facilities, these include: Superb 42 bed centre offering comfortable yet affordable accommodation comprising of 10 bedrooms and 1dormitory. All bed linen supplied. Situated on the shores of Lough Melvin in the charming village of Garrison. Full catering service renowned for home baking and fresh produce. Open to both residents and non-residents with full carry out service (group menus available). Caravan and camping facilities (3 star). Wide range of outdoor activities available, including; cycling, canoeing, caving, surfing, archery and fishing to name but a few.

Tel : From the Republic of Ireland (048) 68658142
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Devenish Villa Holiday Homes
Co Fermanagh

Devenish Villa Holiday Homes, is located in the heart of Garrison village; which is a border village uniquely situated on the edges of Fermanagh, Leitrim and Donegal.

Rusheen Cottage

This large, modern house is situated in quiet, peaceful surroundings backing onto the river, facing open fields and with private footbridge access to the spectacular beauty of Lough Melvin.
The house can take a big family in comfort. It has its own washing machine as well as all other modern appliances. Cosy under floor heating, where the heat is supplied from the ground outside via a geo-thermal heating system, also makes this house extremely comfortable. Outside there is ample parking, a picnic area and garden overlooking the peaceful fields with easy access to the lakeside park area by private footbridge only metres away. The house sleeps 8 – 10.
*Pets welcome!

Butchers Cottage

Situated on the Main Street of Garrison, beside the bridge and backing onto the river, this two bedroom house sleeps 4 – 6. The local shops and entertainment are on the door step and Lough Melvin, with its beautiful lakeside park, is only steps away.

Coach House

This cosy single storey house has a large kitchen/living/dining area with antique cast iron stove (wood supplied) in the middle, with a bedroom on one side and a bedroom and bathroom on the other. All the rooms have patio doors to the back, to enjoy the river which flows behind it. The sound of the river is very peaceful, especially at night – all guests report sleeping very soundly!
Outside there is ample parking in the large courtyard. *Sleeps 4 – 5.

Phone: (0044) (048) 68658743


Peter and Pam Ferguson
Devenish Villa
Co. Fermanagh

How to find us
Once you’ve found your way to Garrison you’ll find us beside the bridge in the centre of the village. We’re between the ‘Melvin Bar’ and the bridge. Alternatively you can just ask any local for the Fergusons. Once you’ve found the house simply drive through the stone pillar gate and into the courtyard.

Clancy’s Guest House (Bed and Breakfast)
Co Leitrim

Jim, Assumpta & family welcome you to our Guest House (Bed and Breakfast) accommodation.
Our Guest House consists of 8 tastefully decorated en suite bedrooms, all with television, telephone, tea/coffee and free broadband internet access. Satellite channels available.
A two bedroom apartment is also available and this provides ideal accommodation for families.
Our facilities provide a perfect base for exploring this undiscovered part of the country and special discounts are available for groups. Our guesthouse is Failte Ireland Approved, and we have been awarded the EU Flower in recognition of our efforts to achieve a better environment.
Children’s discount is available when sharing with adults.
Our restaurant has established an excellent reputation for serving good home cooked food at very affordable prices. Our menu is varied to suit all tastes and our now famous ‘Glenfarne Fry’ is available from 7.30 am all day. The Lunch manu is served from 12 noon, until last orders at 6.30 pm.

Tel : (+353) (71) 9853116
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Castle View B&B
Co Leitrim

Castle View B&B is located outside Dromahair in Co. Leitrim within close proximity of Sligo City and the town of Manorhamilton. It overlooks Lough Gill, Parke’s Castle, Innisfree Island, Arigna Mountains, O’Rourke’s Table, Queen Maeve grave and St. Angela’s College. All rooms are en-suite, and have TV and internet access. It is an inviting, three star registered bed and breakfast. At the end of the road you will find Parke’s Castle and the Rose of Innisfree boat trip.

Your host J.J., originally from Dromahair, provides a warm welcome and a home from home atmosphere in this spacious modern home.  We can also do guided tours, including the history, of Dromahair and the surrounding area.

This beautiful family home has a selection of four en-suite rooms all comprehensively equipped with cable TV and hairdryer. There is also a separate kitchen for those wishing to cook their own food, this also contains washing and drying facilities for clothes. JJ has worked in the local area for a large number of years. He provides an extensive menu choice at breakfast time. This meal is served from 8am to 10.30am in the dining room which has splendid views of Lough Gill and Innisfree Island.

Phone: (086) 0716968

Tawnylust Lodge-Self-Catering Apartment
Nuala McNulty
Tawnylust Lodge
Co. Leitrim
Situated in the rolling green hills of Leitirm, 6km from Kiltyclogher and Manorhamilton, Tawnylust Lodge offers guests a superbly comfortable, modern apartment with the most fantastic views imaginable. Nature surrounds the accommodation and local owner/manager Nuala is a font of knowledge on the area, where to go and what to do. Guided archaeology, nature and foraging walks are on offer in the vicinity and free maps are on hand for guests who want to explore on their own.

Phone: +353 87 9172143


The Duffy Family,
County Fermanagh.

At Home in Fermanagh

“A selection of restored self-catering stone cottages each located on a working rural farm deep in the Fermanagh countryside offering discerning visitors self-catering accommodation of the highest quality.

Whether you are a couple or a group of friends or a family with children of any age, any one of these three properties will more than meet your requirements and exceed your expectations.

Irrespective of which house you choose, you will arrive to find a plate of freshly baked scones with fresh cream and homemade preserves to provide the perfect start to your sojourn.

Telephone: (028) 686 59886.
From: Republic of Ireland (048) 686 59886


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