NENAGH Choral Society honoured its former president, Gerry Slevin, last weekend during the run of its current production, The Sound of Music, when it donated the Gerry Slevin Perpetual Trophy to New Ross Musical Festival through the late Mr Slevin’s family.
Lily Slevin, wife of Gerry, and his daughter Niamh accepted the trophy from current choral society president Ger McCarthy, which they then donated to Michael Lavery, president of AIMS, the Association of Irish Musical Societies.
Mr Slevin, former editor of the Nenagh Guardian, was a long time member of Nenagh Choral Society and took many starring roles in its productions of the years. He died in 2011.
Mr McCarthy told the crowded Nenagh CBS Hall, where this year’s musical is being staged, that it was a “special occasion” to make the presentation and to “honour one of our great past members”. He revealed that the trophy will be presented at the New Ross Musical Festival because “it had a special place in Gerry’s heart”.
He pointed out that Mr Slevin had receive d one of AIMS’s top honours in 2010 when he was conferred with an Unsung Hero award, and had a long association of over 40 years at local and national level with the association.
At national level, Mr Slevin was editor of the association’s magazine, Showtime, and was twice president of AIMS, from 1996 to 1998. “He had a dignified approach to his role as chair and visited every society, encouraging new talent onstage and in the production side,” said Mr McCarthy, who took over his role as president of Nenagh Choral Society from Mr Slevin.
Mr Lavery, who travelled to Nenagh from Belfast with his wife, Alice, for the presentation, said: “I think of Gerry and people like him who put such time and effort into AIMS. The perpetual trophy will enshrine Gerry’s name forever in the association.” Mr Lavery also recalled that Mr Slevin had met his wife, Lily, during a stage production.
Meanwhile, Nenagh Choral Society’s production of The Sound of Music continues at Nenagh CBS Hall, until this Saturday, with curtain up at 8pm. Tickets from DK Travel or 086-3122725