Saturday night week saw history made as Kilcormac Killoughey became the first Offaly club to stage ‘A Night at the OsKars with Kevin Rowe Productions. The night was a magnificent success as 750 people packed into the Tullamore Court Hotel, which was transformed into a wonderful OsKaRs-themed theatre, replete with large golden statues, giant posters of megastars and lush red carpets. Seven films in all were shown, all starring people from the parish, many of whom had done little acting before. All belied their inexperience with each film laced with outstanding performances and great entertainment.
‘A Night at the OsKaRs‘ is the brainchild of Dubliner Kevin Rowe, hence the prominence of K and R in the title. His production company work with local community organizations involved in fundraising drives. Kevin Rowe Productions is also responsible for ‘Strictly Come Dancing ‘, ‘Lipsync Battles’ and other shows. Kilcormac Killoughey contacted Kevin in April and a plan was put in place to stage ‘The OsKaRs’.
A sub-committee was formed and in a short space of time, a tremendous amount of work has been done by them, working alongside the team from Kevin Rowe Productions to produce seven high quality films, all made over two weekends, at locations in or close to the parish. This would be a mammoth undertaking for experienced actors and film makers, never mind people who had never acted or produced before. What has followed has been nothing short of remarkable as props and locations were sought, bought, borrowed and made, lines were learned and new friends were made. Fundraising was organized by each film crew and by the time the whole project concludes, all manner of fundraising events will have been held in the seven pubs in the parish. The publicans, as well as other business people in the parish have once again, been wholesome in their assistance. The event’s commemorative programme is indicative of the widespread support the organizing committee have received from so many shops and business people locally and beyond.
‘We are also very grateful to all owners of locations used in films, to those who turned up as ‘extras’ on set, those who provided vehicles, carts, caravans, weapons, or other props, traffic managers and the local media.‘ commented fundraising chairman Paul Craven afterwards. ’Thanks to our fantastic acting coach Leona O’ Neill, our very professional film crew and Joe Troy of Midlands 103 for bringing his own unique presentation style to tonight’s show.‘
The three judges on the night Stephen Byrne, Brian Gavin and Leona O’Neill had a tough decision to select the Seven OsKars which were awarded on the night. The award for best overall film went to the producer and cast of ‘The Field’. ‘Braveheart ‘ was awarded the OsKaRs for both Best Recreation of Original Movie, Highest Grossing film while Marian Buckley took the Best Actress Award for her portrayal of Princess Isabella in the same movie. ‘Best Actor’ went to Cormac Nolan for his powerful lead in ‘Michael Collins’. Carolanne O’Malley received the ‘Best Supporting Actress‘ award for her role as Jackie in ‘The Snapper‘ while Paul Craven was a popular winner of the Best Supporting Actor award following his role as Paulsy in ‘Man about Dog’.
Kevin Rowe was delighted afterwards with the show. ’We had seven very strong films tonight ‘ said the effusive Dubliner. ‘It’s rare in these shows that every film is so strong. Every film was a winner’.
Other films on the night included the hilarious ‘Fr. Ted’ and ‘The Full Monty’ featuring five senior hurlers and the irrepressible Katie Troy as their coach.
A fantastic night which will be fondly remembered for a long time in the Kilcormac/Killoughey parish.