On April 8th 1976 Tommy Fitzgerald died suddenly on the stage of the Theatre Royal during a Tops of the Town performance. The tribute below appeared in the programme that followed on the next performance […]
Here is the pre-historic scene from the 1994 Waterford Crystal Tops show….
Here is the earliest Tops of the Town Rules Booklet I can get my hands on. Have a browse below.
Here is the Western Comedy from the 1993 Ray Ban Tops entry.
Featuring the late great Eddie Wymberry here is a scene from the Banks & Finance Tops of the Town production that reached the national final. It was broadcast on RTE Television – the ultimate reward […]
Another classic Tops programme – this one from 1963 and it’s the turn of Snowcream vs Waterford Grocers and Drapers. Click below for a look.
Featuring a legendary line up here is a hilarious vintage comedy scene from the Waterford Glass 1983 Tops production.
Another vintage programme for the archive – this time the local rounds and the 1963 competition. This is ACEC vs Sack & Bag. Click below to have a browse.
Here is some classic comedy from the 1989 Tramore Tops with some legends on display including Denny Corcoran and Nicky Cummins !
Another programme from 1963 – this time Clover Meats vs Waterford Glass. Click on the image below to view.
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.
Here is the opening to the Waterford Crystal Tops of 1990 – Heading for the Future. Produced by Denny Corcoran.
Some classic Tops Comedy from 1992. The Romeo and Juliet Comedy scene from the 1992 Port and Docks Tops show.
More from the Port and Docks 1992 Tops show – this time the previously unseen (on this page) Finale. [AdScene-A]
Here is the opening from the 1992 Port and Docks Tops of the Town show fronted by the wonderful Greta Rochford.
Another video from the 1992 Port & Docks Tops of the Town show – this time it’s Cavatina featuring a Hazel Farrell on flute.
Here is a hilarious comedy scene from the 1994 national Tops final.
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.
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 […]
These documents are always popular – handwritten adjudication from the 1981 tops – Waterford Crystal. Click below for a read. 1981 – Tops Adjudication – Waterford Crystal
From the 1990 Tops here is Waterford Crystals Dance scene. This was recorded at the national quarter final stage.
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.
A show programme today from the 1980 Local Rounds – Waterford Shopping Centre vs Waterford Glass. 1980 Local Rounds – Waterford SC Vs Waterford Glass
A great comedy scene from the 1986 Nokia tops featuring John Corcoran, Denny Corcoran, Ann McGrath and Boola Power.
Have a look at the brilliant John Hayes nailing a brilliant impersonation of Tommy Cooper from the 1992 Port & Docks show.
From the Ray Ban Tops in 1993 here is ‘Tell me Its Not True’ featuring a fine chorus!
Another one from the Nokia 1989 show from our recent stream – this time it’s the finale.
Here is the finale from the 1989 Tramore Tops of the Town entry that we showed recently on our stream.
For today it’s back to 1989 again and it’s the ‘Paint Your Wagon’ scene from the 1989 Tramore Tops .
Here is the gorgeous 5 part harmony group from the 1993 Ray Ban Tops with the classic ‘Is You Is’.
More Tops goodies today – the brilliant opening from the 1994 Waterford Crystal Tops show fronted by Raymond Collins.
Another classic Tops scene – this time the ‘Big Deal’ dance from the 1987 Tops from the Gaiety Theatre.
Here is another classic from the 1989 St. Pauls Tops – the 42nd street scene.
Here is the Java Jive quartet from the 1984 Clover Meats Tops show.
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!
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.
Here is the opening scene from the St. Pauls Tops , 1989 – the Viking Scene.
Here is the finale to the St. Pauls Tops Of The Town 1989 show. It features Brian ‘Mod’ Kennedy on lead vocals.
Here is Skid Row from Ray Bans 1992 show featuring the ‘Voice of Waterford’ himself the late great Billy McCarthy.
Here is the Irish scene from the 1990 Waterford Crystal Tops fronted by Liam Molumby.
Here is the opening to the Ray Ban Tops show from 1993 that made it to the national quarter finals in Wexford.
Here is the Nokia version of ‘Les Miserables’ from the John Player Tops competition, 1987.
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.
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
Another classic Tops programme – this time from 1982 and Raytex produced by Patsy Sheridan vs Clover produced by Michael Grant. Click below to browse. 1982 – Tops Local Rounds – Raytex vs Clover
From the opening of the 1989 Tramore Tops Of The Town Show.
Here is the ‘Trial’ scene from the 1986 Glass show featuring ‘Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat’ fronted by Gary Power.
Here is the slideshow from our June Bank Holiday weekend Stream – I’ve had a lot of requests to see this one again.
This from the final of the 1987 Nokia ‘Tops’ show produced by Denny Corcoran featuring Enda Jackman and John Corcoran.
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.
Here is the spectacular opening from Bryan Flynns 1993 Tramore Tops show fronted by Keith Dunphy – Fantasy Street.
This from the 1992 Port and Docks Tops of the Town show – The Dockendales!
Here is the brilliant finale to the Ray Ban ‘For Your Eyes Only’ 1993 Tops entry.
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 […]
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 […]
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!
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 […]
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.
Featuring the legendary Ritchie Collins leading the troops is the 1984 Clover Tops opening which started with “No Business Like Show Business’.
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 […]
Continuing our Tops Anniversary weekend – here is the Irish Scene from the John Player Tops national award winning show from 1994.
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.
A huge part of any Tops show was the comedy team. Here is the ‘Flintstones’ sketch from the 1994 national award-winning show. Enjoy!
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
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
Here is the video of the Tops Of The Town final 1994 Chaplin scene. No further description is necessary. #genius
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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 […]
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 […]
Some more Tops nostalgia here – the opening to the 1982 Waterford Glass Show.
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
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 […]