A Night at the OsKaRs – An Appreciation

Drumhowan –  A Night at the OsKaRs

Last Saturday night the Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney was full to capacity with over 1300 guests in attendance for Drumhowan’s – A Night at theOsKaRs. After 6 months of preparation the night had finally arrived and it was time for the movies to be shown.  For those who haven’t heard about the OskaRs before 70 local actors  took to the red carpet  to watch  the films they filmed on location around Ballybay, Drumhowan and Cootehill.  Over 1300 attended to watch scenes from Fr. Ted, Shawshank Redemption, Pulp Fiction, The Snapper, Forrest Gump, Sister Act and the Field. 9  OsKaRs on the night  were  awarded on the night. Best movie was judged by the audience and 3 celebrity judges on the Night namely Owen Lennon, Grainne Mc Elwain and Michael Owen Mc Mahon.

Drumhowan GAA  would like to thank all the actors involved for the rehearsals, fundraising and acting activities over the past two months. On the night as well as the OsKaRs  the actors were rewarded with their efforts with a draw. The winner of this was Stephen Brennan who received a €1000. Eoghan Mc Tiernan and Maria Murnaghan  also were rewarded with prizes of €250 each.

 Another group who made the night a big success were the sponsors

Main – Mulligan Transport Ltd & Top Oil, Monaghan

Film – Oil for U, CAS – Chartered Accountants and Statutory Audit Firm (Stephen Connolly), Breen White, Gerry’s Prepared Veg, Quinn’s Quality Meats, Latton GFC, PJ Mc Dermott Kitchens, Conal Duffy Engineering, Noel Kilpatrick

OsKaRs – Corrigan’s Kitchen, Castleblayney, Old Coach Inn, Castleblayney ,Mc Donnell Commercials,  Martin Fox Builders, Dr Mary Flanagan, ROC Recycling Solutions Ltd, Gaffey Motor Factors, The Fiddlers, Carrickmacross, J & P Ward Hardware Ltd , Galetech Wind Farm.

Thanks also to those who contributed to ads in the programme expertly designed by Declan Savage and printed by Castle Printing. Drumhowan are also appreciative of those who contributed towards the raffle.

 After all the 7 movie casts arrived by limo, MC for the night Adrian Kennedy welcomed the audience and actors to an 8pm start.  In the first half of the show the capacity audience were shown scenes from The Snapper, Pulp Fiction. Forrest Gump and The Field.  During the interval everyone got the opportunity to vote and mingle.  In the second half Sister Act, The Shawshank Redemption and   Fr. Ted were screened. The judges then adjourned to make their decisions while the audience were given another opportunity to cast their votes.

While waiting for the decision the draw for all those who has purchased entry tickets took place. This €1000 went to Stephen Mc Kenna  from Scotstown.  Raymond Fee from Fee auctioneers auctioned 2 All Ireland Hurling and 2 All  Ireland Football  plus 2 signed jerseys from Monaghan’s victory over Dublin.   Martin Mc Elearney Club Chairperson then thanked all those involved in making the OsKaRs such a successful event – including actors, coaches sponsors, people who gave their premises for  filming locations, the 12 person organising committee, judges, Kevin Rowe Events and The Glencarn. Special mention was also given to photographers Christy Lappin and Fintan Mc Tiernan.

After waiting patiently the nine OsKaRs were then announced

Highest Grossing Individual – Micheal Farnan ( Pulp Fiction)

Highest Grossing Movie – Pulp Fiction

Best Fundraising Feeder Event – Jamie Hughes – his Quiz night

Most memorable Moment – Fr. Ted

Best Supporting Actor – Dermot Mc Dermott (Pulp Fiction)

Best Supporter Actress – Gabrielle Tuomey  (Sister Act)

Best Actress – Tomasina Mc Ginnity (The Snapper)

Best Actor – Francis G Duffy (The Field)

Best Movie – The Field

The after party audience were then entertained to former Voice of Ireland winner Brendan Mc Cahey and his band into the small hours of the morning. All in all a well organised and run event.