A GROUP from Limerick rolled back the years last weekend by winning the All Ireland ‘Tops of the Town’ competition in the Olympia Theatre, Dublin.
Tops Odyssey, a community based society which was formed in 2005 and was made up of a cast of 45 adults and 10 children with Des Henn at the helm as director, dramatically defeated Taghmon Tops from Wexford and Atomic Dance School from Dublin in the final last Sunday.
The much-loved variety show was resurrected this year after a long absence with Tops Odyssey prevailing in the local heat in LIT’s Millennium Theatre over Centrestage Tops and wining the chance to represent Limerick in the grand final. Centrestage were awarded a silver award and Best Chorus number for their participation.
Tops Odyssey dramatically drew with the Dublin dance school on the night, but were selected as winners by the three judges because of their musical performances and overall direction, while dancer Tara O’Halloran won Best Dancer of the competition.
Des admitted that the group’s “biggest fear was that we were going to be outnumbered, but when we got to the Olympia and when they announced Limerick there was about 400 in the audience, which was absolutely brilliant,” he explained.
“When they announced Limerick as winners, the place went absolutely ballistic,” he laughed.