Scór Liatroma celebrated 40 years of Scór in style on Friday night last in Ballinamore. It was a memorable occasion as many of the famous names and famous acts from 40 years of Scór took the stage to sing the song, or perform the act, which brought them Scór fame over the period of forty years.
The night started with an Aughnasheelin Figure dance group from 1979, many of whom havnt danced in some time, but they managed it flying. Glencar/ Manorhamilton had some of the teams that won them two All Ireland titles in Rince Foirne
Singers and reciters
What a wonderful array of solo singers we had: Mai Malone, Brid Megahy, Éamon Daly, Sinéad Egan, Elaine Duignan, Deirdre McCabe and Aisling Maxwell. All were former All Ireland finalists and in most cases we heard the songs they originally sang in All Ireland Finals while representing Leitrim. In Recitation we had Lorna Heslin, Brian Reilly, and two All Ireland winners: Aidan Dockery and Tom Fitzgerald. The latter was the first ever Leitrim representative to win an All Ireland when he took the Aithriseoireacht title in 1971, the second year of Scór. .
The great Aughnasheelin Ballad Group that brought the All Ireland to Leitrim in 2006 was on stage. Thirty-two years earlier in 1974, Charlie McGettigan and Éamon Daly were part of a Ballad group that represented Allen Gaels and Charlie and Éamon sang "Only our Rivers run free" again on Friday night. The Bornacoola group of the early 1980s and the St Marys Group that got to last years All Ireland Final also took part.
Robbie and Tom Morrow from Carrigallen won the All Ireland in Scór na nÓg in 1989 in Ceol Uirlise and it was a pleasure to listen to them again. Theresa Smullen came from Galway to take part and played some delightful music accompanied by John McCartin. The Dromahair group which reached All Ireland finals two years ago were also there.
Sean OHeslins revived the Novelty Act, "The refugees" which won the All Ireland in 2001 and Fenagh and Drumkeerin also took part.
The famous Bornacoola Set which reached the All Ireland five years in a row performed again, well not quite all of them, but enough to bring back memories. Great memories were also awakened with a showing of a video of the famous Aughnasheelin Set form the 1970s, as they appeared on the Trom agus Éadrom programme on RTE.
It was a wonderful occasion, compered by Fear a Tí Tomás Ó Moráin, himself a performer on many a Scór stage. Scór Liatroma is indebted to all of the participants who came to perform and many of whom travelled long distances. Thanks also to SeánÓgreene who put together the Aughnasheelin Set video. Míle buíochas. For anyone who missed this memorable occasion, videos or DVDs can be obtained form Seán Duignan at 071 9620260
07-Apr-09 by Sean o Suiilleabhan