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AIMS NATIONAL SECRETARY REPORT FOR 2020/2021


The 2020 AGM was hosted by the Western Region in the Connaught Hotel, Galway City. The AGM elected outgoing Vice President Robert Donnelly (South Eastern Region) as President for the new season and Feargal Cavanagh (Western Region) was elected as Vice-President. Seamus thanked everyone for their courtesy and friendship in his visits to societies that it was an incredible honour to serve as President of an organisation with such creativity and love of musical theatre all over the island of Ireland. In an extensive address, Seamus thanked the national executive and council for all their hard work on behalf of the organisation. He also thanked his wife and family and members of his own society in Carrick on Suir for all their support and without this he would not have been able to carry out the role.

The 2020 AGM will be held in the Northern Region following a vote of delegates.


Councillors for 2019/2020

Eastern: Frank Foley (Secretary), Kate Furlong (PRO), Máirín Heffernan (Registrar), Noeleen Kelly, Catherine Lambe, Moira Nolan (Treasurer), Brian ONeill, Fiona Shirran

Northern: Angela Cunningham, Brendan Keohane, Maureen Keohane, Olive Melville & Gary Redpath

Midland: Frances Leahy, Ultan Keena, Gerry Sweeney

South East: Jamie Collins, Colm Moules, Robert Donnelly, Catherine Walsh.

South West: Niamh Chadwick, Margaret McGee, Seamus Power, Laura Ryan, Mary Smyth.

Western: Annette Cavanagh, Feargal Cavanagh (Vice President), Mary Heaney, Niamh Kelly Smith

Co-Options: Showtimes: Brandon Cogley Insurance Scheme: Billy Holmes, Choral Festival Adm. Lizzy Heffernan, Website Admin; Martin McNelis,


The Executive (consisting of the officers and Chairperson of any region not represented by officers) met every month and continued to take on the day-to-day running of the Association and members of National Council, meeting every second month, looked to the future of the organisation.


Society Membership;

Eastern; 39 and ONE Junior societies.

Midlands; 10

Northern; 21

South East 15

South West 25

Western: 17 Total; 127 and one Junior Societies.


COVID 19 and its Implications

In retrospect no one would have imagined the impact of COVID 19 on the island and all voluntary organisations, not only those involved in the Arts. With the immediate lockdown in mid March, (and Northern Ireland following soon after) some shows had to be cancelled mid production, others scheduled around Easter and early May. This caused a lot of anxiety for societies but also caused a lot of financial stress and losses for societies. As an organisation, it led to the decision to immediately cancel both the Choral Festival in New Ross and the Youth Weekend in Thurles. The dec