Caroline Spollen wins Rotary Strictly Stand Up


Tullamore and District Rotary Club held their annual fundraiser Strictly Stand Up in Hugh Lynch's Bar on Friday last.

Mentor to the comedians and master of ceremonies on the night was Karl Spain.

The Limerick comedian delivered a number of comic interludes, deriving great laughter from his interactions with a psychotherapist and a Superintendent seated in the front row, to name but a few.

First of the brave volunteers to take the mic was local election candidate Pat Daly followed closely by teacher John Lydon who demanded an explanation note from three people arriving late into the gig!

Caroline Spollen of the Junction in Axis Business Park was next up with recruiter/coffin maker David Gleeson and then a hilarious performance by Terry Fahy mimicking Leo Varadkar, Michael D. Higgins and a certain Limerick comedian before the interval.

Tom Doyle kicked off the second half and recalled tales of his time in the Middle East and his story about an employee named Angelus was far from holy!

Aidan Dunne from Colton Motors spoke about how getting older affects the body and was relieved at the end and he was followed by Ciaran Lynch who brought a large Tullamore Rugby Club following with him to the delight of Karl Spain.

Brendan Wynne rounded off the evening with a roof raising set discussing cowboy boots and sticky carpets.

The votes were counted, and club President Ronan Berry announced, to her shock, Caroline Spollen as the 2019 winner.

The Rotary Club wish to thank the nine participants who devoted so much time to our comedy night. Without them it would not be such a success.

Credit is also due to Karl Spain for being such an outstanding mentor and performer. A big thank you too to all our sponsors on the night, to Emmet Lynch and to all the people who attended and bought extra votes for their favourite comedians.

The comedy night will return in Spring 2020 and the scouts are already beginning to search for next years' participants. All monies raised will go towards the numerous projects that the club are involved in. For more information visit our Facebook page or email

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