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Video – 1983 – The Bar Comedy – Waterford Glass Tops

Featuring a legendary line up here is a hilarious vintage comedy scene from the Waterford Glass 1983 Tops production.

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Video – Heading For The Future – 1990 Waterford Crystal Tops

Here is the opening to the Waterford Crystal Tops of 1990 – Heading for the Future. Produced by Denny Corcoran.

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1973 – Tops Local Final Programme – Waterford Glass vs Teachers

Here is a vintage Tops of the Town programme from the local final of 1973 where Waterford Crystal with “Cheaper by the Dozen and a Half’ took on the Teachers with ‘Here Today – Gone Tonight’. Click below for a browse. 1973 – Tops Local Final Programme – Waterford Glass Vs Teachers

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1979 – Tops of The Town National Quarter Final Programme – Waterford Glass vs Ford (Cork)

Back to the day when Waterford Glass took on Henry Ford Ltd from Cork in the national quarter finals of the Tops. Click below to browse the Show Programme. 1979 – National Quarter Finals – Waterford Glass Vs Ford – Show Programme

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Video – 1980 Banks & Finance – Des Manahan and the Guitar Band

Here is a great little scene from the 1980 Tops of The Town Banks & Finance show featuring the legendary Des Manahan on guitar with a host of performers singing and playing with him.

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1992 Tops – Tramore vs Port And Docks – Show Programme

Here is the show programme from the 1992 Tops – Tramore vs the Port And Docks 1992 – Tramore vs Port And Docks – Show Programme

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1981 – Tops Adjudication Sheets – Waterford Crystal.

These documents are always popular – handwritten adjudication from the 1981 tops – Waterford Crystal. Click below for a read. 1981 – Tops Adjudication – Waterford Crystal

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1990 Tops Local Rounds Programme – Nokia vs Waterford Crystal

Here is the Tops Of The Town Local Rounds programme from 1990. Click below to have a read 1990 – Tops Of The Town Local Rounds Show Programme

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1994 Tops Of The Town – National Final Programme

Here is the 1994 National Final Programme from the last time that Waterford won the national Tops title. It was of course Waterford Crystal vs Woodville. Click below for a read! 1994 – Tops Of The Town – National Final Programme

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Video – 1990 Waterford Crystal Tops – Dance Scene

From the 1990 Tops here is Waterford Crystals Dance scene. This was recorded at the national quarter final stage.

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1989 – Tops National Quarter Final Programme – Tramore vs Clara

Here’s another one of those classic Tops programmes. This time it’s from 1989 and the national quarter finals in Dundalk where Tramore travelled to compete with Clara on the night. It was the end of Tramore’s adventure that year. 1989 – National Quarter Finals – Tramore vs Clara

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Video – Skid Row / American Dream from Tramore Tops 1993

Here is the show stopping Skid Row / American Dream from the 1993 Tramore Tops produced by Bryan Flynn. This one is fronted by Liam Butler.

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John Player Tops Quarter Finals 1990 – Show Programme

Here is the show programme from the 1990 Tops Quarter Finals that took place in the Theatre Royal in Waterford featuring ‘A Scoop for NTV’ from Nokia. 1990 – National Quarter Finals – Nokia

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Video – Nokia Comedy – 1986

A great comedy scene from the 1986 Nokia tops featuring John Corcoran, Denny Corcoran, Ann McGrath and Boola Power.

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Video – John Hayes as Tommy Cooper – Port & Docks 1992

Have a look at the brilliant John Hayes nailing a brilliant impersonation of Tommy Cooper from the 1992 Port & Docks show.

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Video – Tell Me It’s Not True – Ray Ban Tops 1993

From the Ray Ban Tops in 1993 here is ‘Tell me Its Not True’ featuring a fine chorus!

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Video – Nokia Tops Finale – 1989

Another one from the Nokia 1989 show from our recent stream – this time it’s the finale.

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Video – 1989 Tramore Tops Finale

Here is the finale from the 1989 Tramore Tops of the Town entry that we showed recently on our stream.

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Video – Paint Your Wagon – Tramore Tops 1989

For today it’s back to 1989 again and it’s the ‘Paint Your Wagon’ scene from the 1989 Tramore Tops .

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The Ballroom Of Romance Full Scene – St. Pauls 1989 TOPS

Huge interest in seeing this one again as it seemed half of Lisduggan was in it.. here is the full ‘Ballroom Of Romance’ scene including the dancing at the start. Taken from the St. Pauls Tops 1989.

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Video – Big Time / Both Reached For The Gun – Nokia Tops 1989

A very popular item from our recent stream was this scene from Nokias 1989 Tops show featuring ‘Big Time’ , ‘I Won’t Send Roses’ and ‘We Both Reached For The Gun’. Enjoy 8 minutes of nostalgia!

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Video – Raytex Finale – 1983

Here is the final to the 1983 Raytex Tops of the Town show. Conducted by Patsy Sheridan the scene starts with him singing ‘In The Navy’ from the pit and goes on to feature Paddy Galvin as a soloist.

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Video – Is You Is – Ray Ban Tops – 1993

Here is the gorgeous 5 part harmony group from the 1993 Ray Ban Tops with the classic ‘Is You Is’.

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Video – Waterford Crystal Tops Opening 1994

More Tops goodies today – the brilliant opening from the 1994 Waterford Crystal Tops show fronted by Raymond Collins.

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Video – Big Deal from Waterford Glass 1987 Tops

Another classic Tops scene – this time the ‘Big Deal’ dance from the 1987 Tops from the Gaiety Theatre.

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Video – 42nd Street – St. Pauls Tops 1989

Here is another classic from the 1989 St. Pauls Tops – the 42nd street scene.

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Video – The Java Jive – Clover Tops 1984

Here is the Java Jive quartet from the 1984 Clover Meats Tops show.

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The Ballroom Of Romance – 1989 St. Pauls Tops

Time for a bit of comedy today… it’s ‘The Ballroom Of Romance’ from the 1989 St. Pauls Tops show. A lot of St. Pauls on display this week!

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Video – Blood Brothers Scene from 1993 Ray Ban Tops.

Fronted by Hazel Kelly (Tebay) here is the Blood Brothers scene from the 1993 Ray Ban Tops, produced by Michael Grant – also featuring Damien Squell Walshe, Paul Greene and Brenda Giles.

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Videos – St. Pauls Viking Opening – 1989

Here is the opening scene from the St. Pauls Tops , 1989 – the Viking Scene.

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Videos – St. Pauls Tops Finale 1989

Here is the finale to the St. Pauls Tops Of The Town 1989 show. It features Brian ‘Mod’ Kennedy on lead vocals.

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Videos – Skid Row – Ray Ban 1992 Tops

Here is Skid Row from Ray Bans 1992 show featuring the ‘Voice of Waterford’ himself the late great Billy McCarthy.

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Videos – Irish Scene – 1990 Waterford Crystal Tops

Here is the Irish scene from the 1990 Waterford Crystal Tops fronted by Liam Molumby.

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Videos – Ray Ban Opening – Tops 1993

Here is the opening to the Ray Ban Tops show from 1993 that made it to the national quarter finals in Wexford.

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Video – 1987 Tops – Nokia Les Miserables Scene

Here is the Nokia version of ‘Les Miserables’ from the John Player Tops competition, 1987.

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‘You Are The Light’ from Waterford Crystal Tops 1990

Here is the finale from the Waterford Crystal Tops 1990 – ‘You Are The Light’ from Metropolis. This version is recorded in Athlone and not the Theatre Royal.

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1979 – Handwritten ‘Tops’ Adjudicators Report

These old handwritten reports are priceless. Here is the report from the 1979 Waterford Glass Show – handwritten by Michael Twomey. Click below to have a read. 1979 – Tops Handwritten Adjudication Report

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1989 National Tops Quarter Finals – Tramore vs Clara – Programme

Here is the programme from the 1989 Tops show when Tramore travelled to Dundalk for the national quarter finals. Click below to have a read. 1989 – National Tops Quarter Final – Tramore vs Clara

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Video – 1989 – Tramore Tops Opening

From the opening of the 1989 Tramore Tops Of The Town Show.

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Tops 1974 – National Final – ACEC vs Cork Examiner Programme

Here is the programme from the national final of Tops in 1974, the year of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. There’s a nice bit of reading in it as well as the details on the show. Click below to have a browse. 1974 – National Final Tops Programme – ACEC vs Cork Examiner

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Videos – Sit Down You’re Rocking The Boat – Waterford Glass 1986

Here is the ‘Trial’ scene from the 1986 Glass show featuring ‘Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat’ fronted by Gary Power.

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Video – Waterford Tops Memories Slideshow

Here is the slideshow from our June Bank Holiday weekend Stream – I’ve had a lot of requests to see this one again.

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Video – Finale from the Nokia John Player Tops 1987 Show

This from the final of the 1987 Nokia ‘Tops’ show produced by Denny Corcoran featuring Enda Jackman and John Corcoran.

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Videos – Hans Christian Andersen – 1980 Banks & Finance Tops

This is the centrepiece scene from the 1980’s Banks & Finance Tops show that reached the national final in the Gaiety Theatre. Des Manahan leads the charge.

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Videos – Tramore Tops 1993 – Opening / Fantasy Street

Here is the spectacular opening from Bryan Flynns 1993 Tramore Tops show fronted by Keith Dunphy – Fantasy Street.

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Videos – Port and Docks Tops 1992 – The Dockendales

This from the 1992 Port and Docks Tops of the Town show – The Dockendales!

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Videos – Ray Ban Tops 1993 – Finale

Here is the brilliant finale to the Ray Ban ‘For Your Eyes Only’ 1993 Tops entry.

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1993 / 1994 Photos from John Player Tops

Some photos from a different angle of the 1993 and 1994 John Player Tops entry from Tramore and Waterford Crystal. All taken from an audience perspective. Thanks to Jane Kennedy (Fraher) for these! Click on the link below to view 1993 / 1994 Photos from John Player Tops

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1974 – National Semi Final Tops Programme – ACEC vs Cork Examiner

Back 46 years to 1974 and the National Semi Final of the Tops of the Town competition – the ACEC were on the way to another national title with ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ as the main scene. The link is below for the 1974 programme. 1974 – Tops Of The Town National Semi Final Programme

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1981 – Tops Letter Sent to Qualifying Groups

Did you ever wonder what the letter looked like telling groups details of what comes next when they got through the Tops preliminary rounds? Wonder no more – have a click below. This is 1981 and the letter to Waterford Crystal (Group leader Dando Kelly) 1981 – Tops Letter Sent to Qualifying Groups

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WTA 145 – Tramore Tops 1993 – An Election Parody

Timely at the moment considering what’s coming up next weekend! Join Nicky Cummins and Sean O’Kelly for a couple of minutes to see what was topical 27 years ago. The lads are hilarious as ever!

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1970 – Adjudicators report on Tops Of The Town First Rounds

Way way back to almost 50 years ago today and Des Keogh was the national Tops adjudicator. I have come across a number of these adjudications – and they are always interesting. This is a countrywide report. In the course of it he discusses the ACEC show, singling out the Ballyhassey Group, the Groucho Marx section and Martin Flynn for …

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WTA139 – Backstage At The 1990 Nokia Tops

Happy Bank Holiday Weekend! Heres another one of the lovely vintage videos taken backstage and around the Theatre during the John Player Tops. I’m not 100% on it’s origin, but there’s loads of familiar young faces in there. Have a look!

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Video – 1981 Waterford Glass Tops – Xanadu Scene

Way back to our first video from 1981 today and the central ‘Xanadu’ scene from the 1981 Glass tops. It was a long 10 minute pivotal scene in the middle of the production.

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1976 – ACEC Audio From the Tops Of The Town National Final

Here’s a blast from the past – 43 years ago the final of the Tops of The Top Final was won for the third time by the ACEC. No video exists (to our knowledge) but here is the audio. Have a listen – it will bring back some good memories for sure.

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WTA 136 – The Finale From The Tramore Tops 1993

The brilliant family from the 1993 Tops of the Town Tramore show that reached the televised final in the Gaeity Theatre. Using songs from the Pyjama game to a Chorus Line it was a show stopper. Enjoy.

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Videos – 1984 Clover Meats Opening.

Featuring the legendary Ritchie Collins leading the troops is the 1984 Clover Tops opening which started with “No Business Like Show Business’.

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1992 Tops Press Photos

Loads of familiar faces here from Ray Ban, Tramore and Port and Docks. Have a look and see how many young faces you recognise! There’s quite a few! Originally from the News & Star. 1992 – Tops Press Photos

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Video – Little Shop Of Horrors from Ray Ban Tops 1992

Todays video comes from the Ray Ban Tops show of 1992 and its an extract from Little Shop Of Horrors featuring Skid Row (led by Billy McCarthy), Little Shop Of Horrors and Mean Green Mother from Outer Space.

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Showtime – Season 2 Ep 1 – John Player Tops Special Podcast

To round off the weekend 25th Anniversary here is a special episode I put together with the help of Bill Stafford, Paul Browne, Karen Hearne, Ben Hennessy, Richie Hayes and Seneiva Magill , with thanks to David Flynn for a special appearance. Enjoy!

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WTA 126 – The Irish Scene from the 1994 John Player Tops

Continuing our Tops Anniversary weekend – here is the Irish Scene from the John Player Tops national award winning show from 1994.

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WTA 125 – Garth & Dolly

Some more comedy from the 1994 Tops of the Town national winning show. This time from Davy Sutton and Nicky Cummins as Garth Brooks and Dolly Parton.

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WTA 124 – The Flintstones Comedy – Tops 1994

A huge part of any Tops show was the comedy team. Here is the ‘Flintstones’ sketch from the 1994 national award-winning show. Enjoy!

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RTE GUIDE FROM 1994 – TOPS FEATURE

For the weekend that was in it back in 1994 the RTE Guide ran a feature for ‘Tops’. Here it is to peruse. 1994 – Tops Feature – RTE Guide

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WTA 123 – Ray Ban Finale 1992

Another Tops clip – this time from Ray Ban again – 1992. The Finale of the show started with a Blues Brothers ‘Gimme some lovin’ lead by Terry ‘Scol‘ Grant and led into ‘Blow Gabriel Blow’ led by Hazel Tebay. Another classic scene.

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WTA 122 – Ray Ban Tops 1992 – Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

A throwback today and a first appearance from the Ray Ban 1992 Tops of the Town show – featuring ‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’ scene. Produced by Pat McEvoy

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WTA 121 – CHAPLIN 1994

Today is the fifth anniversary of the passing of our dear friend and inspiration Bryan Flynn. Here is the video of the Tops Of The Town final 1994 Chaplin scene. No further description is necessary. #genius https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Z-ZCABFTNI&feature=youtu.be

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WTA 113 – Tramore Tops 1992 Opening

This is the opening from the Tramore Tops 1992 production produced by the late great Bryan Flynn. This show got to the national quarter finals. The opening featuring songs from Company and Godspell was fronted by Carrie Crowley and Keith Dunphy.

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1985 Tops Magazine

I love these old Tops Magazines – this one from 1985. The other 2 in the archive are here and here. As usual, there are loads of photos from around the country as well as Waterford and interesting articles including a Waterford section. Enjoy! 1985 – Tops Magazine

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1986 – Tops National Quarter Finals Programme. Waterford Glass vs ESB

In 1986 Waterford Glass reached the televised final of the Tops only to finish as runners-up. Here is the show programme from the quarter-final performance in Limerick vs the ESB group. 1986 – National Quarter Finals – Waterford Glass vs ESB – Show Programme

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WTA 104 – Waterford Glass Tops Opening 1983

Featuring such songs as ‘Kisses of Fire Burning Burning’ and ‘Come on Baby Light My Fire’ – it’s easy to see the common theme in the opening to this particular ‘Glass’ show. The video quality isn’t great, but you can still sense the energy from the stage and make out some familiar faces! Enjoy.

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1978 – ACEC Tops Celebration Show

In the 1970’s the ACEC dominated Tops both locally and nationally. 1978 saw the company present a 2 hour special show in the Theatre Royal to celebrate this success. Here is the show programme and on it’s pages is a who’s who of Waterford Tops in the ’70’s. 1977 – ACEC Celebration Show – Show Programme

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WTA 099 – The Opening – John Player Tops 1987 Waterford Glass

Today it’s back to the classic 1987 televised final and the opening from the Waterford Glass show which featured heavily ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’. Some familiar faces and names in this video. Enjoy

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Video – The Dr. Dolittle Scene from Nokia Tops 1990

This scene features the legendary Gary Power as Dr. Dolittle from the 1990’s Nokia Tops of the Town entry, produced by Michael Grant. It also has some familiar faces popping up along the way including Davy Sutton on his Ostrich! Enjoy.

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1981 Tops Handwritten Adjudication sheets – Waterford Glass, National Quarter Finals

To add to our collection of handwritten original adjudications we have this Waterford Glass one from the 1981 national quarter finals. Have a read to see what the adjudicator rated this production which did not progress beyond this point! 1981 – National Quarter Finals Handwritten adjudication

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WTA 086 – Waterford Glass Tops Opening 1982

Some more Tops nostalgia here – the opening to the 1982 Waterford Glass Show.

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1978 – Tops Local Rounds, Slieverue v Waterford Crystal

Back 40 years to 1978 today and a programme from the first local rounds of the Tops Competition that year. It’s the turn of Slieverue and Waterford Crystal. 1978 – Tops Local Rounds – Slieverue v Waterford Crystal

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WTA 080 – The Silent Mikes – Nokia Tops 1987

From the ‘Tip Tops’ series live from the Gaiety stage here is the ‘Silent Mikes’ comedy mime routine from the 1987 Nokia production. Spearheaded by the legendary Eddie Cody the Silent Mikes had a cult following back in the late 80’s / early 90’s.

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1989 – Tops Of The Town Local Round Programme

Normally all 4 shows in a year wouldn’t be put into the one programme- but 1989 was an exception to the rule. Have a browse of St. Paul’s, Tramore, Nokia and Clashmore and their cast and crews. 1989 – Local Rounds Programme

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Video – Lady In Red Scene from Nokia Tops 1987

More than one or two legends in this one – taken from the RTE Tip Tops Programme in 1987 which was filmed live on the Gaiety Stage. Enjoy as it starts with Denny Corcoran and Anne McGrath and goes into a mad musical ensemble …..

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WTA 075 – 1986 Waterford Crystal Opening – Gaiety Final

The opening of the 1986 John Player Tops National Final. Waterford Crystal – produced by Michael Grant.

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1990 – Tops of the Town Semi Final Programme – Nokia in Wexford

Here is the 1990 programme from Wexford when Nokia reached the national semi final stage 1990 – National Quarter Finals – Nokia – Programme

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1980 Tops Local Rounds – Waterford Shopping Centre Vs Waterford Glass Programme

A show programme today from the 1980 Local Rounds – Waterford Shopping Centre vs Waterford Glass. 1980 Local Rounds – Waterford SC Vs Waterford Glass

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WTA 071 – Nokia Finale 1990 – We’re In The Money

Today it’s back to 1990 and Nokia’s ‘We’re In The Money’ finale from their 1990 Tops show directed by Michael Grant.

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1979 – Tops Local Rounds – Banks and Finance vs St. Pauls Variety Group – Show Programme

Here is the show programme from the 1979 Tops local competition – this time it’s Banks and Finance Vs St. Pauls . Have a browse. 1979 – Tops Of The Town Local – Banks and Finance vs St. Pauls

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WTA 065 – Ain’t It Good – 1992 Tramore Tops

Another classic video from 1992 and the Tramore Tops entry that reached the national quarter finals. Featuring ‘Ain’t it Good’ – from Children of Eden.

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1987 Waterford Crystal Vs Cork Teachers & Students National Semi – Show Programme

Back to 1987 today and a show programme from the National Tops competition where Waterford Crystal marched to the National Final. Produced by Michael Grant it featured an epic Les Miserables scene. Have a look. 1987 – Waterford Crystal Vs Cork Teachers & Students – Show Programme

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WTA 059 – The Opening From The Nokia Tops 1986

It’s time for another Tops video and we are back to 1986 and Nokia, produced by Denny Corcoran. This time Denny chose a ‘Swing’ opening with a song from A Chorusline added in for good measure.

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Players Anonymous Tramore Phone Directory – 1994

No – I’m not going to reproduce a Tramore phone directory don’t worry… but … there were some great pages at the start of the directory dedicated to Tops in Tramore and a bit of history, plus loads of photos. Well worth a look. 1994 – Players Anonymous Tramore Phone Directory

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WTA 052 – Gee Officer Krupke – Waterford Crystal 1985 Tops

Back to 1985 and Gee Officer Krupke featuring Davy Sutton and a host of legends was one of the key scenes. It’s a bit dark – but it’s great – enjoy!

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WTA 050 – You Are The Light from Waterford Crystal 1990

This is the first time the epic song ‘You Are The Light’ from the ill fated musical ‘Metropolis’ was heard in Waterford. A huge choral gospel piece, it provided the finale for the 1990 Waterford Crystal show which reached the national quarter finals in Athlone – which is where this video was shot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQNBvNejQsI&feature=youtu.be  

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WTA 048 – Tramore Tops 1993 – Musicals Scene

One of the great scenes from the Tramore Tops show that made the final in 1993 – a medley of songs from West End and Broadway musicals. Soloists are Liam Butler, Karen Steenson, Liam Molumby and Seneiva Magill. Hard to believe it’s 25 years ago now!

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1966 – Tops Local Rounds – The Builders vs Snowcream

Way back 52 years to the early days of Tops today and the show programme from the 1966 local rounds of the Builders vs Snowcream. 1966 – Tops Local Rounds – Builders vs Snowcream

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1975 Tops Programme – ACEC vs CIE – Local Rounds

1975 and the ACEC were presenting ‘The Colour Cast Show’ against CIE’s ‘Railroad to Rhythm’. Here is the show programme from that years second round meeting. 1975 – Second Round – ACEC vs CIE – Show Programme

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1980 – Waterford Glass Tops – Hand Written Adjudication Sheet

I love these old bits of memorabilia – once again a hand written adjudicators report, this time for the 1980 Waterford Glass Show. Worth having and preserving! Have a look. 1980 – Waterford Glass Tops – Adjudicators Report

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WTA 043 – Nokia 1990 Opening Tops VIDEO

Back to Tops today and a video from 1990 featuring the opening of the Nokia show and an extract from ‘Anything Goes’, produced by Michael Grant.

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WTA 039 – 1994 Tops – The Aladdin Scene

Here is the centrepiece scene from the 1994 Waterford Crystal Tops show – Aladdin – which at the time was just a brand new Disney Film. Enjoy!

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Rare Vintage ACEC Tops Photos

These are great to see – although over 40 years old you can still make out some familiar faces in these colour photos from the hey day of Tops in Waterford. See if you can spot familiar faces in there and tag them or their family! Many thanks to Joanne Walshe for giving us these from her families private collection. …

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WTA 038 – Waterford Crystal Tops 1987 – The Les Mis Scene

Another stroll down Tops memory lane today. 1987 was the year of Les Mis in Tops shows and Michael Grant’s Crystal show marched to the national final. In this clip you’ll see too many familiar faces to mention – best to just sit back and enjoy it – it’s a great bit of nostalgia.

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1986 – Tops Of The Town – National Final – Programme

Waterford Crystal got to the national final in two successive years in the 1980’s – ’86 and ’87, both produced by Michael Grant. Unfortunately neither resulted in a win for Waterford, but it was very very close! Here is the programme from the 1986 national final, courtesy of Aidan McGrath. Enjoy! 1986 – National Final Programme – Waterford Crystal

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