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Sunday 26 May 2019

Long-standing Carnew Musical Society member feted

A delighted Phil O'Loughlin said she was 'just stunned' at winning the award for Unsung Hero at the Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS) Awards ceremony in Killarney at the weekend.There were celebrations and jubilations among the members of Carnew Musical Society, as the news came through that Phil, one of their most loved and long standing members, was declared the o

Unsung hero Phil wins AIMS award

A delighted Phil O'Loughlin said she was 'just stunned' at winning the award for Unsung Hero at the Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS) Awards ceremony in Killarney at the weekend.

There were celebrations and jubilations among the members of Carnew Musical Society, as the news came through that Phil, one of their most loved and long standing members, was declared the overall winner of the Mary Kelly Unsung Hero Award on Saturday night.

Phil and her husband Joe have been stalwarts of the Society over the years. She was one of its founder members in 1967, and is still giving her help and advice whenever needed. Now 69, her artistic talents in make-up, wardrobe and hairstyles are still called upon by the Society.

'We are all very proud of her and are delighted that she has been acknowledged by AIMS at the national awards,' said a spokesperson for the Society.

'I couldn't believe it,' said Phil. 'When my name was called out, I was stuck to the chair'. She was presented with her award by Moira Nolan, President of AIMS.

'My own group was jubilant,' added Phil. 'I was delighted to win it for them'. She paid tribute to the late Mary Kelly after whom the award was named. 'Mary was minutes secretary of AIMS and was one of those invisible people who got all the work done,' she said.

Phil and her husband Joe met at Gorey Musical Society during a production of the Mikado, and were married two years later. When she moved to Carnew, she got a choir going with her local ICA group. 'The first song we learned was 'Keep Right on to the End of the Road,' said Phil. 'And that's that I'm doing. Though I've retired about ten times, I'm still going strong'.

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