Check to see if your local musical society won big at this year’s ‘Irish Tonys’

By Anna O'Donoghue

Thousands of Irish musical enthusiasts from all over the country made their way to Killarney over the weekend to attend the annual AIMS (Association of Irish Musical Societies) awards - or what is best described as, the Irish version of the Tony Awards.

With awards such as Best Actor, Best Chorus, Best Technical and Best Overall Show up for grabs, the stakes were high for the 130 musical societies across the country.

The winners were announced - to over 1,300 attendees and thousands more viewing online - by Today FM’s Fergal D’Arcy at a gala banquet dinner in the INEC, Gleneagle Hotel on Saturday night.

Without further ado, here are the musical societies that took home the big prizes.

*The awards are divided into two categories, Gilbert and Sullivan.

    GILBERT - BEST OVERALL SHOW - WINNER WINNER WINNER - LEGALLY BLONDE - Leixlip Musical Society

    GILBERT - BEST OVERALL SHOW - SECOND PLACE

    Kilkenny Musical Society PARADE

    GILBERT - BEST OVERALL SHOW - THIRD PLACE

    Tullamore Musical Society - SWEENEY TODD

    SULLIVAN - BEST OVERALL SHOW - WINNER WINNER WINNER - CLARA MS - CATS

    SULLIVAN - BEST OVERALL SHOW - SECOND - Twin Production - SPAMALOT

    SULLIVAN - BEST OVERALL SHOW - THIRD - Banbridge Musical Society - Little Shop

    SULLIVAN - SPIRIT OF AIMS Nicole Lamb as Maureen in Rent for Dunboyne Musical Society

    GILBERT - SPIRIT OF AIMS - Limerick Musical Society - Arbiter’s Song - Chess

    GILBERT - BEST DIRECTOR - Christine Scarry - Parade - Kilkenny Musical Society

    SULLIVAN - BEST DIRECTOR - Derek Shannon - Singin’ In The Rain - New Ross Musical Society

    SULLIVAN - BEST MUSICAL DIRECTOR - Shane Farrell - Sweeney Todd - Bravo Theatre Group, Loughrea

    GILBERT - BEST MUSICAL DIRECTOR - Dermot O’Callaghan - Sweeney Todd - @Teachers Musical Society

    GILBERT - BEST CHOREOGRAPHY - Claire Tighe - Legally Blonde - Leixlip Musical Society

    SULLIVAN - BEST CHOREOGRAPHY - Katie Duffy - In The Heights - UCD Musical Society

    SULLIVAN - BEST ENSEMBLE - South Eastern Theatre Group - Light At The End Of The Tunnel - Starlight Express

    GILBERT - BEST ENSEMBLE - “Brotherhood of Man”- How To Succeed in Business… HXT musical society

    GILBERT - BEST FEMALE SINGER - Ciara Mackey - Janet Van De Graaff - The Drowsy Chaperone - Newcastle Glees

    SULLIVAN - BEST FEMALE SINGER - Katie Creaven - Mrs Lovett - Sweeney Todd - Bravo Theatre Group, Loughrea

    SULLIVAN - BEST MALE SINGER - Robert Kelly - Marius - Les Miserables - Belfast School Of Performing Arts

    GILBERT - BEST MALE SINGER - Michael Hayes - Leo Frank - Parade - Kilkenny Musical Society

    GILBERT - BEST ACTRESS - Bronwyn Andrews - Mrs Lovett - Sweeney Todd - Teachers Musical Society

    SULLIVAN - BEST ACTRESS - Derry Keeling - Lucille Frank -Parade - UCD Musical Society

    SULLIVAN - BEST ACTOR - Chris Willetts - Cervantes/Don Quixote - Man Of La Mancha - @MuseProdShannon

    GILBERT - BEST ACTOR - Paddy McGennity - Man in Chair - The Drowsy Chaperone - Newcastle Glees

    GILBERT - BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - Irene Malone - Paulette - Legally Blonde - Carrick Musical Society

    SULLIVAN - BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - Karen McCourt - Gertrude McFuzz - Seussical - Baldoyle Musical Society

    SULLIVAN - BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - Colin Gilligan - Hugh Dorsey- Parade - UCD Musical Society

    GILBERT - BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - Eoghan Fingleton - Tobias - Sweeney Todd - Tullamore Musical Society

    SULLIVAN - BEST COMEDIENNE - Jacqueline Brunton - Elle - Legally Blonde - Leixlip Musical Society

    SULLIVAN - BEST COMEDIENNE - Caroline O’Connell - Lina Lamont - Singin’ In The Rain - @New Ross Musical Society

    SULLIVAN - BEST COMEDIAN - John Byrne - Bill Snibson Me And My Girl - Claremorris Musical Society

    GILBERT - BEST COMEDIAN - Kerry Rooney - Bill Snibson Me and My Girl - St Agnes’ Choral Society, Belfast

    GILBERT - BEST CHORUS - Tullamore Musical Society -Sweeney Todd

    SULLIVAN - BEST CHORUS - St Mary’s Musical Society, Navan - All Shook Up

    SULLIVAN - BEST STAGE MANAGEMENT - Newbridge Musical Society - Sweeney Todd - Tom Kavanagh

    GILBERT - BEST STAGE MANAGEMENT - Belfast Operatic Company - Jekyll and Hyde - Marie Cusack

    GILBERT - BEST TECHNICAL - Tralee Musical Society - Jesus Christ Superstar

    SULLIVAN - BEST TECHNICAL - Ulster Operatic Company -Ghost

    SULLIVAN - BEST VISUAL - CLARA - CATS

    GILBERT - BEST VISUAL - Wexford Light Opera Society - 9 To 5

    BEST HOUSE MANAGEMENT - GILBERT - Castlerea Musical Society Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

    BEST HOUSE MANAGEMENT - SULLIVAN - MUSE PRODUCTIONS SHANNON - MAN OF LA MANCHA

    BEST PROGRAMME WINNER BELFAST SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS - LES MIS

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