Ballinrobe Musical Society

Ballinrobe Musical Society's first performance was in 1944 when they produced Gilbert and Sullivan's 'Mikado'. Other musical productions during the 1940s were:

  • 1944 – Back To Our Roots

  • 1945 – The Pirates of Penzance

  • 1946 – Gondoliers

  • 1948 – Desert Song

After a 26 year break the society returned to the stage in 1974 with a performance of Gilbert and Sullivans' 'The Pirates of Penzance'. Since then, they have performed to such exceedingly high standards that they are now one of the leading, award winning societies in the Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS). Each year in Ballinrobe the Musical Society have brought many of the world's leading musicals to life in their own inimatible way, earning rave reviews at local and national level.

The Pirate Queen

In February 2010 Ballinrobe Musical Society brought the world amateur premiere of 'The Pirate Queen' from Broadway to Ballinrobe. The show which tells the story of Mayo's own Granuaile (Grace O'Malley), is the brainchild of Riverdance creators John McColgan and Moya Doherty, who both travelled to Ballinrobe to see the wonderful presentation of the show given by the very talented musical society.

Past Musicals

2000s

  • 2011 (Awards won: Spirit of aims, Best technical): Come The Dawn

  • 2010 – The Pirate Queen – best overall show

  • 2009 – Celebrations as Ballinrobe win two awards for Chess

  • 2008 – Titanic & Honour for Ballinrobe as Titanic wins three awards

  • 2007 – Three generations do the Mikado

  • 2006 – When Show Boat docked in Ballinrobe to popular acclaim

  • 2005 – A Magical Year for Ballinrobe Musical Society

  • 2004 – Anything Goes

  • 2003 – Fiddler on the Roof

  • 2002 – Me and My Girl

  • 2001 – Gondoliers

  • 2000 – Carousel

1990s

  • 1999 – Oklahoma

  • 1998 – The Pirates of Penzance

  • 1997 – The Merry Widow

  • 1996 – Guys’n’Dolls

  • 1995 – Jesus Christ Superstar

  • 1994 – West Side Story

  • 1993 – My Fair Lady

  • 1992 – Calamity Jane

  • 1990 – Mikado, The Godfather

1980s

  • 1989 – HMS Pinafore

  • 1988 – Desert Song

  • 1987 – South Pacific

  • 1986 – Annie Get Your Gun

  • 1985 – The Pirates of Penzance

  • 1984 – Show Boat

  • 1983 – Oklahoma

  • 1982 – Brigadoon

  • 1981 – Iolanthe

  • 1980 – Rose Marie

1970s

  • 1979 – The Student Prince

  • 1978 – Gondoliers

  • 1977 – The Merry Widow

  • 1976 – The Mikado

  • 1975 – Revue

  • 1974 – The Pirates of Penzance