Recently in the Damer Court Hotel Roscrea Musical Society honoured four men, namely Christy Maher, Eddie Gilmartin, Brendan Carmody and George Roe who have given a wonderful contribution over many years. A beautiful buffet was served by the hotel at the start of the evening and was enjoyed by the recipients, their families, friends and members of the society. Chairman of the Society, Mark McLoughlin acted as MC for the evening and he introduced all recipients and presented them with a specially commissioned framed scroll making them honorary life members.
L/R: Brendan Carmody, Eddie Gilmartin, Christy Maher and George Roe
Christy Maher performed in the very first show Pirates of Penzance in 1940. It was said about Christy that he had great flair and was a real romantic!
Christy thanked all present and said he was delighted to receive the honour.
Christy Maher with the ladies of Roscrea Musical Society
Brendan Carmody with the ladies of Roscrea Musical Society
George Roe with the ladies of Roscrea Musical Society
Eddie Gilmartin with the ladies of Roscrea Musical Society
Eddie Gilmartin also performed in the first show and throughout his career he has acted in 776 performances with many societies. Eddie performed in many shows along with Jack Fitzpatrick. He lived in Dublin for many years and now resides in Tulla in Clare. He received many awards and nominations and his last performance came in 2000 when he played the part of Sir Jasper in ‘Me and my Girl’. Eddie dedicated his award to founders of the society and people involved in the early years namely Bobby O Connell, Paddy Gantly and his wife, Rev. J. Fogarty, Tadhg Ó Meachair, Gerry Gilmartin, Mary Ellen O Neill, Bride Raye, Eileen Walsh, Mai Maher, Sadie Delaney, Paddy Cunningham, Jack Fitzpatrick and Polly Franks. Eddie said ‘its very important to get the young people in, they don’t know what they are missing’
The committee of Roscrea Musical Society pictured with the four stalwarts Brendan Carmody, Eddie Gilmartin, Christy Maher and George Roe at a special celebration that took place at the Damer court Hotel, recently.
Brendan Carmody has been very involved with Roscrea Tidy towns and also Roscrea People over many years. He performed in 36 consecutive shows. He taught in Scoil Eoin and even had to threaten the MC on occasions! Brendan thanked everyone and said he gained a lot from being in the society and so did his late wife Coll.
Chairman of the Society, Mark McLoughlin presents
Christy Maher with his award
Chairman of the Society, Mark McLoughlin presents George Roe with his award
Chairman of the Society, Mark McLoughlin presents Brendan Carmody with his award
Chairman of the Society, Mark McLoughlin presents Eddie Gilmartin with his award
George Roe has been involved with the society for over 40 years and has a rich and powerful voice. He was an active committee member and his contributions were both valuable and valued. He had a great relationship, especially with the ladies! George, who is noted for being immaculately tidy said his father always taught him that he must be tidy and if you weren’t ‘you’d never get into the army!’ He said it was an honour to be on stage with the other 3 recipients and he said he often had to give the MC a push from time to time so he’d be in the right place on stage! He also mentioned the late President of the society Mr. John Cahill, who was another great stalwart.
Pat Bourke pictured congratulating the award recipients
The evening finished with a rousing rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ for Christy Maher who was 91 years of age on Christmas Eve. Many photos were taken and people reminisced on old shows and stories long into the night. It was a great evening and the society wishes all 4 recipients health and happiness for the future.
Del O'Reilly does not waste the opportunity to get some valuable tips from a former master of the stage, Christy Maher.