AIMS awards

  • Ballinrobe, Castlebar and Claremorris Musical Societies are among eight musical societies in the Western region who have been nominated for AIMS awards this year.

    Ballinrobe Musical Society were nominated for two awards following their production of "The Pirates of Penzance", with Eoin Mullins nominated for the Best Male Singer award, and Sean Costello Senior nominated for the Unsung Hero Award.

    Deirdre Lee of the Claremorris Musical Society has been nominated for Best Musical Director.

    And 11-year old Rachel Gallagher of Castlebar Musical Society was nominated for Best Female Vocal for playing the lead role in "Annie".

    There are also nominations for Boyle Musical Society, the Marian Choral Society in Tuam, Claregalway Musical Society, Twin Productions, Galway University Musical Society and the Sligo Fun Company.

    The AIMS nominations were announced last night online.

    The awards night, which usually takes place in June in Killarney, has been postponed until 18th September, and it's not yet clear whether the actual event will go ahead, or be replaced by a virtual event.

    Five societies in the Western region - including Castlerea - had to cancel their productions this year due to Covid-19.


  • Ballinrobe and Castlerea Musical Societies have both been nominated for two AIMS awards for 2019.

    The Association of Irish Musical Society award winners will be announced at a gala banquet in the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney on Saturday 15th June.

    Ballinrobe Musical Society has been nominated for the Best Comedian and Best Comedienne awards - for Niall Conway as The Baron and Angela Staunton as The Baroness in their production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang earlier this year.

    Castlerea Musical Society - who staged Jesus Christ Superstar - have also been nominated for two AIMS awards - with Shane Farrell nominated shortlisted for Best Musical Director, while the society has also been nominated for the Spirit of AIMS award for the scene in the show where Jesus is begged to heal the sick.

    A number of other musical societies in Galway and Sligo have also been nominated for awards.


  • Five Musical societies in the West have been nominated in this year’s AIMS awards – the annual awards of the Association of Irish Musical Societies.

    Ballinrobe Musical Society has been nominated for Best Technical award for their production of My Fair Lady – this covers lighting, sets and sound

    Castlerea Musical Society, who staged Titanic the Musical last month, was nominated for Best House Management,

    Niall Heaney from Castlerea, who directed Titanic in his hometown, has also been nominated for Best Director for Ragtime the Musical, staged by Bravo Theatre Group in Loughrea,

    Bravo was also nominated for Best Musical Director for Shane Farrell, Best Female Singer for Sarah Corcoran and Best Chorus,

    Lucia Evans of Twin Productions, Galway was nominated for Best Comedienne for her role in Sister Act,

    And Boyle Musical Society was nominated for Best Visual Award – which incorporates costumes, props, hair and make-up – following their production of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

    The AIMS winners will be announced on Sat 16th June in Killarney.