No joy for Leitrim participants at this years All-Ireland. The cold shoulder was felt among all Connacht competitors as the Province were to all come home empty handed. The standard of this years finalists was as high as ever seen in previous years but Leitrim were still eagerly tipped winners amongst the hustle and rumours of the audience.
 
The new Question time quiz took place separately than the main event early on Saturday morning inÓgMIT, Castlebar. Leitrim were represented by Melvin Gaels, Cork emerged the All-Ireland winners.
St Marys Figure dancers gave a fine performance. The 8 ladies had nothing left to give when they emerged down from the stage, all the energy they possessed was left on the floor of the TF. However they were admirably beaten by Glenflesk of Kerry.
Aiden Dockery of Bornacoola gave a very moving rendition in recitation accompanied elegantly by Irene Guckian on fiddle, Sharon Walsh of Kildare with a very witty piece of drama was declared the All-Ireland champ.
St Marys took to the stage a second time in Ballad Group. A very diligent group with plenty of experience of what was expected to win this title and they certainly delivered. Dismay and disbelief when Omaghs five men swooped it up for Ulster.
Fenagh Set Dancers, despite the long wait to the end of the day put out an excellent performance. Rapturous cheers and applause for this fine young team, it was not to be their year as Kerry took their second dancing title.
Despite no All-Ireland titles, a fine days entertainment was provided and each act and group truly earned their place in the final. Sincere thanks to all who travelled to Castlebar, the support from the crowd certainly added to the atmosphere and eased the competitors nerves.
 
All-Ireland winners:
Rince Foirne: Glenflesk, Kerry
Solo Singing: Hannah Ferguson, Derry
Recitation: Sharon Walsh, Kildare
Ceol Uirlise: Mountmellick, Laois
Trath Na gCeisteanna: Cork
Léiriú: St Josephs Westmeath
Ballad Group: St Endas, Omagh Tyrone
Set Dancing: Kilcumman, Kerry

 

 

28-Apr-14 by Claire Crossan – PRO – Scor