As Carnew Musical Society prepares to stage its 50th production later this year, the Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS) recently honoured a local stalwart of the Association.
Joe O'Loughlin, who served as the national president of AIMS from 1980 to 1982, was presented with a silver pin by Rob Donnelly, chairperson of the South East Region of AIMS, to acknowledge his valuable contribution to the Association.
Joe is an honorary life member of Carnew Musical Society, and he was also given a presentation by the chairperson Lorna Doran, who said that Joe has always been a fantastic ambassador for Carnew, and she thanked him for his hard work, loyalty, and dedication to the Society.
The Society used the occasion of an annual reunion in Hogan's Lodge, Carnew, to honour Joe. The members looked back on a very successful run of its production 'Me and My Girl' and they are now preparing for their 50th production which will be staged in November. The society will celebrate its half century in 2017.
Lorna said that there have been a number of members who made a huge contribution to the life of the Society and she said that Joe O'Loughlin ranks highly in this distinguished list.
Joe joined the Society in 1968 and has been a committed member ever since, serving on the committee for 27 years and acting as chairperson for many of the early years of the Society.