Five Connacht Titles for Leitrim in Scór
Leitrim’s dominance in Scór came to the fore once again when Leitrim won an amazing five Connacht titles out of the eight competitions at the finals in Ballinamore on Saturday night last.
Glencar/Manorhamilton won the Rince Foirne Connacht title for the fifteenth time since 1983. They are undoubtedly the Figure Dance specialists in Connacht and this was also their fifth year in a row to win in Connacht. They will now be hoping to win a third All Ireland title in Killarney. Unfortunately the number of entries was at its lowest ever in Connacht as only Leitrim and Roscommon competed but that would not have stopped Glencar/Manorhamilton in any case.
There was a full line up of all Connacht counties in the Solo Singing and Aughnasheelin’s Sinéad Egan did extremely well to win this title. Last year Sinéad was a member of the Aughnasheelin Ballad Group that won the All Ireland and she will keep the club’s interest alive in this year’s finals. Sinéad was previously in the All Ireland Finals in Solo Singing in 2000 and she will be hoping to go that final step this year.
Dromahair’s instrumental music group of Stephen McInerney, Noel McMahon, Sean Conlan, Brid Donaghue and Ann Conlan reached the All Ireland Finals two years ago and now they are back in the final again when they won ahead of Roscommon and Sligo
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There was stiff competition in the Question Time with all counties taking part including former All Ireland winners Clann na nGael. Bornacoola scored 52 out of a possible 60 and were well clear of everyone else. This will be Bornacoola’s third time in the All Ireland Final in Question Time and Aidan Dockery, Liam Rabitte and Fergal MacGiolla will be hoping it will be third time lucky.
Well the Novelty Act is certainly Leitrim’s specialty and Fenagh have kept that tradition strong. They were worthy winners on Saturday and they will be hoping to repeat their win of two years ago in Killarney. Their actors this year are: T P McLoughlin, Eileen, Martin, Betty, and Kevin Doonan, Séamus Mollaghan, Shane O’Rourke and Maureen McLoughlin.
Leitrim’s competitors in Recitation, Ballad Group and Rince Seit were also very much in the running but just didn’t make it. Now it is on to Killarney on 28 April and Leitrim will have a huge contingent going with representation in five events from five different clubs. This is Leitrim’s best representation ever in an All Ireland Scór Sinsear finals apart from the memorable year of 1984 when Leitrim won no less than seven of the eight events.
02-Apr-07 by S O S