An Triail

written by Mairead Ni Ghrada

directed by Aisling Reardon


An Triail by Mairead Ni Ghrada is a play set in 1960s Ireland. It tells the story of Maire Ni Chathasaigh and her efforts to be accepted into a Traditional Irish society, which shuns her, even in her time of need. An Triail is a story filled with hate, discrimination and prejudice but also hard work, determination, love and compassion. It calls into question controversial issues that are applicable in 1960s Ireland and also Contemporary Ireland. It is the well-known play from the Irish Leaving Cert Higher Level Syllabus.  Please note: the play is presented in English.

Writer – Mairead Ni Ghrada, was an Irish playwright born in County Clare. Mairead was a children’s radio complier and broadcaster for 2RN( later Radio Éireann) whilst also writing stage and radio plays. Her play Michael went on to win an Abbey Theatre award in 1933 and An Triail has featured in the Leaving Cert high level Irish syllabus for years.

Director – Aisling Reardon is a 2nd year Drama and Theatre with Music Student. She has taken part in several Dramat productions in an acting capacity and having represented UCC in ISDA last year with the nominated original writing piece Monica. This is Aisling’s debut to the role of director.

Cast – We have a cast of 12, all UCC students from various different courses playing various different characters. They are hard-working talented individuals and should not be missed in action.




  • COMPANY: Dramat
  • NAME OF SHOW: An Triail
  • WRITER: Mairead Ni Ghrada
  • VENUE: Granary Theatre
  • DATE / TIME: Wed 2 - Sat 5 March at 8pm
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