Success for Down GAA at anniversary Scór

Success for Down GAA at anniversary Scór

27 February 2019

DOWN GAA did the 50th anniversary of Scór proud at the weekend.

The format and competitions may have changed and evolved over the years, but the enthusiasm for the preservation of Irish cultural heritage has certainly not waned.

On Friday night the crowd in St Michael’s Hall, Finnis, for the East Down finals may have been small, but they were treated to high class entertainment in the solo singing, recitation, ballad group and leíruí statise (stage presentation) categories with the winner and runner-up in each going through to the county finals.

At the South Down finals in Mayobridge Community Centre on Saturday night the packed house was treated to an extraordinary bill of fare reminiscent of days gone by.

The adjudicators in both divisional finals had very tough jobs on their hands and it is unfortunate that some competitors had to miss out on the opportunity to compete in the county finals, which take place in St Patrick’s College, Scarva Banbridge, this Friday at 7.30pm.

Those taking part will be as follows: 

Ceili dancing — Cumann Pheadar Naofa Football, Cumann Pheadar Naofa Hurling, Mayobridge, Clann na Banna and Clonduff.

Solo singing — Holly McKay (Dromara), Seamus Gartland (Dundrum), Vivienne Murphy (Clonduff) and Eimear Magee (Mayobridge).

Recitation — Sharlene Neeson (Darragh Cross), Kathleen Lucas (Dromara), Clare McCartan (Atticall) and Donna Feeney (Glasdrumman).

Ballad Group – Dundrum, Bryansford, Mayobridge and Cumann Pheadar Naofa

Leíruí Statise —Darragh Cross, Drumaness, Atticall and Rostrevor.

Instrumental music — Clonduff, Cumann Pheadar Naofa and Mayobridge.

Set dancing — Clonduff, Cumann Pheadar Naofa Football and Cumann Pheadar Naofa Hurling.

With almost a full complement of competitors in each discipline taking part in the County Finals anticipation is already running at fever pitch.

Down GAA Scor Committee wishes to clubs for hosting the competitions and everyone who contributed towards ensuring that they ran successfully.

St Patrick’c College, Banbridge, will also be the venue for an Ulster semi-final on Sunday, March 10.

The county table quiz will take place in Burren on Friday, March 15, starting at 8pm. It only takes a maximum of four people to enter a team and it is hoped that clubs who were unable to field competitors in the ‘stage-based’ competitions will enter a team. The winners goes directly through to the All-Ireland finals in Castlebar on Saturday, April 13.