Athy's Carol Walsh wins 'Funny Women' writing award

Major comedy award

Athy's Carol Walsh wins 'Funny Women' writing award

Carol Walsh, left, with fellow winners Harriet Braine and Carolyn Goodyear.

An Athy woman has won a prestigious comedy award in the UK.

Carol Walsh, a daughter of Colm and Caroline Walsh, was one of this year’s winners of the ‘Funny Women’ awards. The awards have been seen as a major spingboard for female comics since they were launched in 2003.

Ms Walsh won the writing award — there’s also awards for Stage and comedy shorts.

The winners were announced last Wednesday in London. Ms Walsh admitted that at the awards ceremony she was more concerned about her travel arrangements to get there (ferry and train) and hadn’t even written a speech.

When her name was called, she was presented with a large bouquet of flowers.

“I thanked people and said I was looking forward to seeing the work of the others in the room, and how happy I was to be called a ‘funny woman and not a funny chick’,” she said.

“And then me and my best friend went off to McDonalds.”

Until recently Ms Walsh wrote on Fair City for some years which, she says, was a good learning experience. “You learned to take criticism, to work hard and to deliver to deadlines, and that’s never a bag thing to know!” Recently she’s left Fair City to concentrate more on her own work, including an animated film and a children’s book.

She won the £2,000 prize for three sample scenes from a script called Savages. She said she believed the award would make getting an agent easier.

Carol is the second Kildare woman to win a major UK comedy award in recent years. She is following in the footsteps of Kildare Town's Aisling Bea who won the ‘So You Think You’re Funny' award at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festval.

She admits to being a “comedy nerd” and credits her parents with introducing her to great comedy as a child like Monty Python and Fr Ted. “My father read Spike Milligan to me when I was young,” she recalled.

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