Roscommon town’s Anthony Keigher AKA XNTHONY was celebrating last Saturday night as he was named as the ‘Entertainer of the Year’ at the 8th annual GALAS Awards ceremony in the Mansion House, Dublin.
The GALAS were set up by GCN and the National LGBT Federation (NXF) to honour LGBT+ people and organisations for their contributions to Irish society.
A total of 18 awards were handed out this year and Anthony told the Roscommon People he was delighted to be one of the recipients.
“It’s a total honour to have been nominated by the public for Entertainer of the Year.
“The process works so that the public can put forward someone that they feel fits the bill. To even be nominated was an honour, and I certainly did not expect to win!”
Anthony was taken aback by the announcement and while he hadn’t prepared a speech, he spoke from the heart about his native county.
“Having not prepared a speech I decided to speak about my home town, and the challenges the county faces. Roscommon can get a bad rap from the rest of the country, which I believe is undeserved. I’m hoping to work more closely with Roscommon and venues in the county in the next year to develop a fun, accessible way for the population to address this imbalance a rebrand Roscommon!”