Breaking: Three Tipperary musical societies named in the top six in Ireland

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Frank Tuohy

Thurles Musical Society Chairman Frank Tuohy receives the award for his group.

St Mary's Choral Society, Clonmel, Carrick-on-Suir Musical Society and Thurles Musical Society are named among the cream of the musical theatrical world in Ireland.

Three Tipperary musical societies were feted in the INEC Killarney this evening at the annual AIMS Awards, with Clonmel, Carrick-on-Suir and Thurles are featuring in the top six Best Overall Shows in the country for the season.

The glittering awards banquet which had almost 1,300 in attendance was a huge affair with strong representation from across the county present to witness the spectacle which was streamed live to the world on the AIMS website.

The awards are divided into two sections - Gilbert, and Sullivan And, in the Gilbert section Carrick-on-Suir were named as second best show in the country for Into the Woods, while Thurles came close behind in third position for their production of Ragtime. Meanwhile, Grease did the trick for St Mary's Clonmel as they claimed the 2nd spot in the Sullivan section.

There were other awards too for The Premier County, with  St Mary's Choral Society Clonmel also receiving the Best Technical Award for their section, while Carrick-on-Suir did likewise in their section, thereby pleasing greatly AIMS President Seamus Power who is a member of that society.

There were a number of other Tipperary nominations also from Nenagh to Roscrea to JW Productions, while multiple award winner Cathal O'Donoghue was again successful in the Best Actor in a Supporting Role category as the Major General in Tipperary Musical Society's show.

It was also a special evening for Thurles Chairman Frank Tuohy who received the award on behalf of his society - earlier his father-in-law, Derek O'Connell, who was celebrating his 80th birthday, was runner-up in the Unsung Hero Award.

The celebrations continued well into the night and congratulations are extended to all the award winners and to the nominees.

See this weeks Tipperary Star for more on this story.