It will be a big occasion for Leitrim Scór in the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney on Saturday next when no less than four items take the stage in pursuit of All Ireland honours. Glencar/Manorhamilton, Aughnasheelin and Bornacoola are the clubs involved. All of them are no strangers to the All Ireland scene and two of them have tasted All Ireland success already.
It isn?t unusual for Leitrim to have four items in the All Ireland Finals. They had four items in last year?s finals and in fact for three years in a row, 1998, 1999 and 2000; Leitrim had four items on the stage. The outcome varied. In 1999 in the Ulster Hall in Belfast, Leitrim won no less than three All Ireland titles. On that occasionÓglencar/Manorhamilton won the Rince Foirne, Aidan Dockery from Bornacoola won the Aithriseoireacht and Carrigallen won the Nuachleas. By coincidence, two of these clubs are back in the same events: Glencar/Manorhamilton and Aidan Dockery. In 1998 and 2000, Leitrim were not so lucky as none of their four items won. Last year Fenagh won in the Nuachleas.
Glencar/Manorhamilton are always strong in Rince Foirne. As last week?s Leitrim Observer indicated in a fine article on the club?s Scór history, they have won the County title in this discipline on 21 occasions and have won in Connacht on 13 occasions. They won the All Ireland twice, in 1993 and 1999. This is their fourth year in a row in the Finals and they could do it this time. They certainly are wonderful performers and with Clair McMorrow at the helm nothing will be left undone in their quest for the honours. Their dancers are: Nicole O?Hara, Amanda Sweeney, Michelle Kelly, Ciara Flynn, Aidan McLoughlin, Michael J Rooney, Craig and Emmet McMorrow.
Bornacoola are another of Leitrim?s great Scór clubs. After a relatively quite period they were back in Scór big this year. However, it was during a period of relatively less participation that their first ever All Ireland title came when Aidan Dockery won in the Ulster Hall in Belfast in 1999 in recitation. Aidan is back again and will make a bold bid for another title. Bornacoola are also competing in the Trath na gCeist. Aidan Dockery, Marie Therese Dockery and Liam Rabbitte will take some beating. As is happens, Bornacoola were competing in these two events in 1999 when they won the Recitation but lost the Question Time.
Aughnasheelin would richly deserve an All Ireland title at this stage. They have been outstanding in Bail?ad Ghr?pa for a long number of years. Four times in the last five years they have reached the All Ireland Finals. They have been close on all those occasions and could make the break through on this occasion. Their singers are: C?it Cullen, Sin?ad Egan, S?le McNulty, Brendan and Declan Sammon.
A large number of supporters will be traveling to Killarney and we hope that All Ireland titles will be coming back to Leitrim on Sunday morning. T? seans maith go mbeidh ceann n? dh? ar a laghad.
21-Apr-06 by Sean O Suilleabhain