Up to 800 throng to Battle of the Musicals as Hairspray scoop first prize

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Up to 800 throng to Battle of the Musicals as Hairspray scoop first prize thumbnailThe captain of the winning group Hairspray, Miriam O'Callaghan, receiving the trophy from the chairman of the organising committee, Tom Martin, at last Sunday's Battle of the Musicals

THERE was standing room only in the Tullamore Court Hotel last Sunday evening for the much anticipated ''Battle of the Musicals,'' held as a fundraiser for the Sportslink development.

Competition was fierce as groups comprising members of Tullamore Musical Society both past and present in collaboration with Tullamore Camogie Club, Tullamore Ladies Football club, the GAA and other sporting organisations vied with one another to win the competition.

There were eight groups taking part each performing songs and dances from shows such as Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You, Saturday Night Fever, Back to the 80's, Hairspray, Grease, Mowtown and The Commitments,

In the end it was the talented group Hairspray under the tutelage of Jay Origan and Captain Miriam O'Callaghan, who took the honours.

A tight routine with the added bonus of Tom Furlong, Tom Digan, and Daire Foley who were disrobed towards the end of the piece meant the group caught the judge's eyes with a memorable performance.

Second was Back To The 80's, featuring Chairman of Tullamore Municipal District Councillor Declan Harvey.

Cllr Harvey said he really enjoyed the event, ''It was an honour to be involved,'' he said. Third was The Commitments. The winners received a voucher for their chosen charity.

Funds from the event go towards Tullamore Sports LInk and Chairman, Cllr Tommy McKeigue was delighted with how the night went.

''There was a huge crowd, up to 800 was there some had to sit in the corridor and watch it on a big screen as there was only seating for 630 in the ballroom. It was the best social community function in a long time,'' said Cllr McKeigue.

Cllr McKeigue believes over €40,000 was raised on the night. '' Of course we will have expenses out of that,'' he said.

The Fine Gael Councillor thanked all the sponsors for their generosity. He said the money will go towards two playing pitches, a goalpost, ball stopper, fence and will complete Phase 1 of the Sports Link project.

He paid tribute to Tom Martin who organised the event. '' The organising committee met every day last week. It was a day and a night job,'' concluded Cllr McKeigue.


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