Best Programme hat-trick for history maker Ruth

Ruth Butler (centre, with cup), Programme Award winner at the recent Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS) Awards, pictured with members of St. Mary's Choral Society.
St. Mary’s Choral Society is celebrating making history at the Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS) Awards after winning their third successive Best Programme award.

St. Mary’s Choral Society is celebrating making history at the Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS) Awards after winning their third successive Best Programme award.

The winners of the Awards, sponsored by HB Ice Cream, were announced on Saturday night at a glittering gala ball in the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney, attended by almost 1100 members from societies all over the island of Ireland.

The society was also runner up in two further categories – Best Actor, Diarmuid Vaughan and Best Ensemble – the Murder Murder scene from the show.

This was the fourth programme win for Clonmel, having previously won the award three times, in 2006, 2011 and 2012.

Programme Editor Ruth Butler made history as the prize has never been won by the same society for three years in-a-row.

Diarmuid Vaughan, runner-up in the Best Actor category has also set a new record.

Diarmuid is the male performer who has been nominated most times in the past ten years and the only male performer in the history of the awards to have been nominated in all four performance categories – Best Comedian (2006 and 2010), Best Supporting Male (2005), Best Male Singer (2012) and Best Actor (2011 and 2013).

Chairman George Barry, who collected the Ensemble runner-up trophy on behalf of St.Mary’s, congratulated Ruth, Diarmuid and the society on their achievements.