There were no joy for Leitrim in this years Connaught Scór na nÓg Finals last Sunday in Castlebar as for the second year in a row no titles returned to the county despite the level of entries going through from the County finals.
In Rince Foirne Glencar/Manorhamilton gave a great performance of the Cross Reel but the 8 girls from Castlebar Mitchells of Mayo danced through to the All-Irelands with St Patrick’s Day. In Solo Singing Aisling Byrne of St Dominic’s of Roscommon won the Connaught title with her rendition of “My Bonnie Labouring Boy” seeing off Megan O’Donnell of Aughnasheelin.
Instrumental Music saw Castlebar Mitchells win their second Connacht Title of the evening with their 5 piece Groupa Ceoil. Recitation was a very entertaining competition with Fintan Fitzpatrick of Aughnasheelin reciting his original script of “My Trouble with Scór” a funny little poem about how his mother wanted him to take part and his journey to the stage. It was won with a very energetic performance by Pauric Halpin of St Barry’s, Roscommon with his extract of Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes entitled “Irish Dancing Class”.
Leitrim Gaels Ballad Group sang their songs of “the Rose of Avondale and Colcannon beautifully but the win went to Roscommon and St Dominic’s singing “Carrickareed” and “the Carlow Story”. There was a very disappointing defeat for the Bornacoola Question time finishing 6 points behind the eventual winners St Farnan’s of Sligo.
Novelty Act winners were Caltra of Galway with their sketch of “an cluiche” a story that displayed all the antics of match day in Croke Park, hard luck to the young Sean O’Heslins team who came on in strides since their win at the Leitrim County finals.
Set Dance was won once again by the Abbeyknockmoy set dancers of Galway, credit must go to the young Fenagh team who thoroughly held their own on that stage every bit as good as the teenage teams that danced against them, with youth on their side they will go far.
Leitrim’s level of participation was as high as ever this year and no doubt Leitrim’s Juniors will be back with a bang again in 2013. The All-Ireland Finals will be held in the Travellers Friend in Castlebar on February 18 and all Connacht winners are wished the best of luck in the All-Ireland finals.
Focus is now turning to Scor Sinsear and preparations are underway in most clubs. The Semi-Final is now only four weeks away. It is being held in the Mayflower, Drumshanbo on Saturday, February 25 with the County Final on Saturday, March 10 in the Canon Donohue Hall in Mohill.
Connaught Scór na nÓg winners were as follows: Rince Foirne: Castlebar Mitchells, Mayo; Amhranaíocht Aonair: Aisling Byrne, St Dominic’s, Roscommon; Ceol Uirlise: Castlebar Mitchells, Mayo; Aithriseoireacht: Pauric Halpin, St Barry’s, Roscommon; Bailéad Ghrúpa: St Dominic’s, Roscommon; Trath na gCeist: St Farnan’s, Sligo; Nuachleas: Caltra, Galway and Rince Seit: Abbeyknockmoy, Galway.