Scór na nÓg semi-finals showcase great talent

The Roscommon Scór na nÓg Championships served up two wonderful nights of entertainment in Lecarrow and Elphin last weekend, as talented young GAA members from throughout the county took to the stage for the pride of their clubs.

  This year’s format saw the same set of adjudicators marking the competitors on both nights and then selecting the overall qualifiers after Sunday’s semi-final. The following will compete for county titles at this Sunday’s Finals in the Dean Crowe Theatre, Athlone: St. Croan’s, St. Aidan’s, St. Dominic’s A and St. Dominic’s B will contest the Figure Dancing final.

  The Solo Singing will be a showdown between Sarah Keane (Elphin), Claire Brogan (Strokestown), Aoife McLoughlin (Kilbride) and Laura Mannion (St. Aidan’s).        

  Musicians from St. Michael’s, Kilbride A, St. Croan’s and Kilbride B will vie for the Instrumental Music title while the Recitation/Storytelling title will be contested between Eoin Halpin (St. Barry’s), Muireann O’Brien (St. Croan’s), Patrick Mulloolly (St. Dominic’s) and Katie Heneghan (St. Aidan’s).

  Kilbride, St. Dominic’s A, St. Aidan’s and St. Dominic’s B will battle it out for Ballad Group honours while two teams from St. Dominic’s will compete against each other as well as Elphin and Boyle in the Question Time competition. The Léiriú Stáitse will see St. Dominic’s A, Tulsk Lord Edwards and St. Dominic’s B take to the stage and the Set Dancing final will also be a north versus south affair which will feature Kilmore, Elphin, St. Dominics A and St. Dominics B.

  Roscommon GAA wishes all of the competitors the very best of luck with their preparations over the coming days. As mentioned above the County Finals will be held in the Dean Crowe Theatre, Athlone on Sunday and will commence at 1 pm. This is an all-ticket affair and has been sold out for the past few years, so those who intend travelling are advised to book tickets as soon as possible. Tickets can be booked from the Dean Crowe Theatre’s box office on 09064 92129 or online

  Competitors and supporters are reminded that the running order for Sunday’s final, which was agreed following consultation with clubs following the second semi-final, will be different from the standard Scór running order. The Figure Dancing will be the first competition of the day and will be followed by Recitation. Set Dancing will be next on stage and will be followed by Léiriú Stáitse. After the mid-way interval the Question Time Competition will take place and that will be followed by Solo Singing, Instrumental Music and Ballad Group.

  Finally, Roscommon GAA would like to thank the Elphin and St. Dominic’s Clubs and the Community Centre Committees in Elphin and St. John’s, Lecarrow for hosting the semi-finals on Friday and Sunday respectively; Nuala Diffley and Ciara Finneran for performing the MC duties and Sound Technician Josie Creamer for his assistance on Sunday.