AIMS 2011 – Two out of three ain’t bad!

Come The Dawn proved to be another successful show for the Society.

Following the adjudication process it was to everyone’s delight to learn that the Come The Dawn was to be nominated for three awards.  They were Best Technical (Lighting, Sets and Sound), which we had won in 2010 for the Pirate Queen, Spirit of AIMS/Adjudicators Special Award that was an honour to be nominated in for the second time since 2008.  The final category that we were in was Best Overall Show.  This was to be our third year in a row being included in this category having taken home the trophy the year previously.

As June 18th came around a strong Ballinrobe contingent made the annual pilgrimage to the INEC in Killarney to witness another AIMS ceremony and all of the madness and mayhem that that incurs.

With everyone dressed in their finery, Tommie McGovern took to the stage to line out for the Best Technical Award.  It was with great delight that we witnessed him moment’s later, punch the air in victory and happy in the knowledge that the trophy was on it’s way back to Robeen for another year!

Next to line out for the Society was Celine Finnerty in the Spirit of AIMS/Adjudicators Special Award category.  This nomination was cited “For reaching far into its own community and also reaching across the border to attain a greater understanding of the issues there through their choice of this show”. This was the highest compliment that the Association of Irish Musical Societies could pay not only to our Society but to our very supportive community who row in behind us every year and without which we could not continue to produce these shows.  It was with great pride that the Ballinrobe Musical Society’s name was called out and Celine went forward to receive this prestigious award.

The final award of the night is always Best Overall Show and Edel O’Neill had the arduous task to wait until nearly midnight to take to the stage.  It was heartening to see that out of the five shows up for this award two were Irish stories.  We knew we were in a tough group especially as Tralee had had such an amazing show in Michael Collins and we felt it was richly deserved when they named as winners of this award.  It was a thrill to be nominated with Leixlip, Portlaoise, Newbridge and Tralee in this category.

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