One Connacht title for Leitrim in this year’s Connacht Scór na nÓg Finals last Sunday in Castlebar. It broke the last two year’s sorrows of no win when Grace O’Reilly of Ballinamore won the recitation title to rapturous cheer from the Leitrim supporters.
Our Mohill girls gave a great performance of the High Caul Cap but the eight ladies from St Dominic’s in Roscommon danced through to the All-Irelands. In Solo Singing Roisin Mannin of Mountbellew Menlough won the title seeing off Leitrim’s Paula Kiernan of Carrigallen.
In instrumental music, Castlebar Mitchells won the first Mayo title of the evening winning over a St Mary’s team who performed a very quirky but traditional reel and jig. Recitation was a very entertaining competition won by the fabulous Grace O’Reilly from Sean O’Heslin’s club, a very well deserved win for the young lady.
St Mary’s Ballad Group sang their songs beautifully to an enraptured audience but Mayo’s Aughamore were announced as the winners Very disappointing defeat for the Bornacoola Question time as they finished just behind St Farnan’s of Sligo for a second year despite having led their way through the first few rounds.
Novelty Act winners were Padraig Pearse of Roscommon, hard luck to the Aughnasheelin team who gave a fantastic performance.
Set Dance results was the shocker of the night when Aughamore of Mayo won leaving Fenagh and Abbeyknockmoy out, credit must go to the young Fenagh team who thoroughly held their own and every bit as good as the teenage teams that danced against them.
Leitrim’s standard of participation was as high as ever this year and no doubt Leitrim Juniors will be back with a bang again in 2014. Credit must go to Kathy Butler as Leitrim Bean an Ti for the evening, her command of the stage and the audience was truly professional and she still managed to have time for an encouraging word to the participants as they entered the stage, go raibh maith agat Cait.
The All-Ireland Finals will be held in “The Venue”, in Derry on Saturday February 23. Please note it is a ticket only event, tickets are priced at €20 and are non-refundable. They can be ordered through your club officer or Maura Mulvey at 087-6486967, all orders must be placed by Monday February 4. Wishing Grace and all of the Connacht winners the best of luck.