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Sunday 21 September 2014

Husband and wife make a little musical history

Published 16/06/2014 | 02:30

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Oliver Hurley with his 'Best Director' prize and wife Geraldine Heaslip with her 'Best Ensemble' gong at the AIMS awards in Killarney. Photo: Don MacMonagle
Oliver Hurley with his 'Best Director' prize and wife Geraldine Heaslip with her 'Best Ensemble' gong at the AIMS awards in Killarney. Photo: Don MacMonagle

A HUSBAND and wife team have entered the musical society history books by becoming the first couple from different groups to win Ireland's equivalent of the musical 'Oscars'.

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Oliver Hurley was declared 'Best Director' for Killarney Musical Society's production of 'Jesus Christ Superstar' in this year's Association of Irish Musicals (AIMS) awards.

His wife, Geraldine Heaslip, won the 'Best Ensemble' gong with Tralee Musical Society's 'Whistle Down the Wind', where she was chorus mistress.

More than 1,100 people attended the glittering awards ceremony in Killarney's INEC at the weekend.

Kilkenny Musical Society won the coveted 'Best Overall Show' in the Gilbert section for their production of Bryan Flynn's hit show, 'Michael Collins, A Musical Drama' with Michael Hayes taking top honours as 'Best Actor' for his portrayal of Collins.

In a fitting tribute to Flynn, who passed away in May at the age of 45, members of the Kilkenny, Tralee and Teachers' Musical Societies performed a number from 'Michael Collins, A Musical Drama', earning a standing ovation.

Irish Independent

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