First annual Creativity Awards celebrate Dundalk amateur stage actors in The Malt House

An award was presented in honour of the late Mary Cosgrove

Tia Clarke


Tia Clarke


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Gabrielle Tuomey winner of the Mary Cosgrove Perpetual Award for Creativity on Dundalk Amateur stage receiving it from Brian and David Cosgrove at the awards night in the Malt House

The first annual Creativity Awards for the amateur stage took place in The Malt House last Thursday.

Gabrielle Tuomey was the recipient of the first Mary Cosgrove Perpetual Award for Creativity on Dundalk Amateur stage.

Alvaro Lucchesi and Harry Lee at the Creativity Mary Cosgrove Awards night in the Malt House

The piece, named The Final Bow, was named in honour of the late Mary Cosgrove.

It was designed by local sculptor Sandra Bell, who created the Rhythm and Rhyme sculpture on Earl Street in 2002.

Gabrielle was presented with the award by Mary's husband Brian and her son David.

The award will be on permanent display in Dundalk Credit Union for the next year featuring an image of winner Gabrielle on one side and an image of Mary Cosgrove on the other.

Six local groups attended the awards ceremony: Castleplayers, Dolmen, Theatre Workshop, The Cúchulainn players, S.O.N.G. and Haggle Rock.

There were four educators on the night: Alvaro Lucchesi, Paul Hayes, Irene Barr and Aisling Murphy. Ita Laverty was the MC on the night.

Organiser Brendan Rooney, of the Táin Players, told The Dundalk Democrat: “There was a great turnout on the night and we were delighted to have members of Mary's family there.”

For a full spread of pictures from the Creativity Awards see next week's Dundalk Democrat, in shops on Tuesday, January 23.