K.M.S. crowned All Ireland Champions

It would seem that Kilkenny can now boast a new All-Ireland title. At its annual national awards held in Killarney last weekend, the Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS), Kilkenny Musical Society were the proud recipient of four awards. These awards were adjudicated against all other societies in the country and represent a phenomenal achievement for this local group of performers.

The society was awarded Best Technical which encompasses lighting, set design and sound. Gerry Taylor, John O'Donohue and Star Systems were those responsible for the winning of this highly sought after accolade. Long time stalwart of the society, Mr Billy Holmes, was awarded the Unsung Hero Award, a prize bestowed upon an individual who has made an often unseen but vitally important contribution to a society's success.

Michael Hayes - thanks to his astounding portrayal of the big fella himself -walked away with the award for Best Actor. Michael, who has previously been nominated twice in the Best Singer category, proved his all round excellence as a performer by taking the actor gong. And perhaps the most coveted award of the night - Best Overall Show – went to Kilkenny Musical Society's production of Michael Collins - A Musical Drama. Amid rapturous applause and emotional scenes from cast, chorus and production team, KMS chairman Seamus Reade accepted the cup on the society's behalf.

It was the perfect finale to what has been a fantastically successful year for the society. The members of Kilkenny Musical Society would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Kilkenny and beyond for their support in attending concerts, fundraisers and of course their award-winning musical this year and hope that this support will continue in a future which looks as bright and shining as the stars that the society can proudly call its members and performers