All-Ireland Scór Finals 2017
The sight of the bonfire blazing and the crowds assembled to celebrate on the approaching road to Manorhamilton last Sunday at 3pm was a very warm welcome to the team. At the victory celebration, the Leitrim dance team were greeted by club Executives Colette Fox & Hugh Mc Gurrin (Scór officer) as well as Cathaoirleach Scór Liatroma Claire Crossan and Coiste member Roisin Kennedy. A convoy of cars beeping horns and flags flying took the team, their family & friends to the market square where they performed the dance that took them to glory. A memorable occasion for Leitrim Scór & the Glencar – Manorhamilton club, their 4th title to bring home in Figure.
The other four acts through from Leitrim were not as fortunate to clinch the cup or bring home an All-Ireland medal. The table quiz took place separately than the main event early on Saturday morning in the Waterfront Belfast. Leitrim was represented by previous All-Ireland title holders Bornacoola, however, The Monaleen club from Limerick emerged the All-Ireland winners. Ferbane of Offaly came in second and St Josephs of Westmeath in third.
In Solo singing, Sean O Heslins Aisling Maxwell was first of the singers to the stage. Fabulous deliverance of the “Evelyn- Marie” by the Ballinamore lady, unfortunately not to be her day as it was won by Newport Tipperary, Katie Shanahans “Orphan girl” won the judges vote.
Recitation was a very diverse competition, each of the performers offering very different pieces. Aiden Dockerys deliverance of his self-penned James Connolly piece was passionate and has to be said put all his heart and soul into his rendition on the day but Noel Joyce of JK Brackens Tipperary took the title with his comedy piece.
St Marys representing the province in Instrumental Music delivered a fabulous and uplifting array of tunes. A very talented bunch of people, also with previous All-Ireland experience -no doubt they gave the adjudicator from a tough choice to make but the award the title to Newport Tipperary for their 3rd victory of the night.
Glencar-Manorhamilton had a long wait throughout the day as they were last to the stage in the set dance, they once again gave a fabulous performance and danced their feet off but it wasnt to be their night either as Omagh St Endas lifted the All-Ireland title in this competition.
Overall it was a fantastic weekend with the Leitrim contingent occupying quite a large number of seats in the Waterfront auditorium.
Bhí sé soiléir go raibh croí an chontae sa chultúir ghaelach agus muintir an chontae ag baint taitneamh as.
Figure Dancing – Glencar-Manorhamilton, Leitrim
Solo-Singing – Katie Shanahan, Tipperary
Recitation – Noel Joyce, JK Brackens, Tipperary
Ballad Group – Clonduff, Down
Leiriu- Gweedore, Donegal
Instrumental – Newport, Tipperary
Set Dancing – St Endas Tyrone
09-May-17 by Claire Crossan – Oifigeach Cultura agus Teanga