An incredible night for Leitrim in the Connacht Scór Finals in St Mary’s Hall Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday. Leitrim topped the pollsof titles on the night by winning five of the eight events.
This brings Leitrim’s Connacht titles to 110 in Scór since it started in 1970. Leitrim also retained the Cormac Mac Giolla Cup which was won in recognition of our success, the cup has never been outside of Leitrim since it was introduced to the competition, it was presented to Rúnai Maura Mulvey by Ailbhe McGill.
St Mary’s were first to the stage in Rince Foirne and won the Figure Dance on home ground, beating the eight ladies from Kilglass. This is the club’s second trip in a row to the All-Ireland, having won it for the first time in 2012 and they will be hoping to go the extra mile and bring the title back to Leitrim.
Aisling Maxwell from Ballinamore gave a fabulous performance in solo singing but Norrie Kane of Abbeyknockmoy took the title back to Galway. Drumkeerin represented Leitrim in Instrumental Music, they gave a flawless foot tapping performance but unfortunately St Farnan’s of Sligo were announced the winners.
Brendan Brennan from Sean O’Heslin’s club went down a treat in Recitation giving all in the crowd a very entertaining piece and clinched his Connacht medal on his fabulous performance.
An unfortunate loss for the St Mary’s Ballad group who gave yet another outstanding All-Ireland standard performance, but yet were pipped to the post by our Roscommon neighbours. Having made it to the All Ireland on two separate occasions in the last five years, disbelief was felt among the Leitrim supporters when the adjudicators results were read out and it was not to be for this exceptional group.
It wasn’t the night either for our 2012 All-Iireland champs Bornacoola in the Question Time as the final marks were totted up, Clann na nGael of Roscommon were the quiz winners.
The fantastic and witty Seán O’Heslin’s won the Novelty Act. Having last won the All-Ireland in 2009 they will be hoping for success again in Derry.
Leona Reynolds from Aughnasheelin competed in Rince Sean Nos, a very well executed performance, mixing the traditional old style steps with some very nice quirky modern clicks and lifts and successfully won the title.
Set Dancing was won by the fabulous young Fenagh team, a fine performance and worthy winners.
Tickets for the All Ireland: Tickets for the All Ireland Finals in the Venue, Derry on Saturday, April 27, must be ordered in advance. For the competing clubs, tickets must be ordered through your clubs Scór officer by Friday, April 12. For people outside those clubs they can be ordered directly through County Scór Rúnaí, Maura Mulvey on 087-6486967 or contact your Scór officer asap. Clubs are also asked to make sure that anyone who orders tickets pays for them with the order, as tickets are non-refundable and the clubs must pay for all tickets when ordered. Tickets are priced at €20.