by East Down Scór PRO Gareth
The Ulster Semi Final of
Scór na NÓg took place on Friday
evening in Swatragh, Co. Derry with the Down
Scór competitiors making a long journey.
The East Down teams of Loughinisland Quiz Team,
Saul Ballad Group, Castlewellan Instrumental
Group and Castlewellan Recitation all travelled
together on one bus to show their support for
each other. What a night it was going to be
for East Down and Down as a whole.
After an eventful journey with some practicing
en route the groups arrived in Derry and got
settled down with the first competition being
that of Rince Foirne. Warrenpoint represented
Down and danced a beautiful 'Lannigan's Ball'
but were pipped to the post by Derry's Watty
Graham's Team dancing ' The Three Tunes'. The
next respective competition proved Down were
definately in the running with a very strong
Solo Singing competition with Anna Gonzalez
(Warrenpoint) singing 'The Month of January'
but the adjudicator's felt Niamh McGlinchey
from the Lavey Club, Co. Derry should go through
to the Ulster Final. The next competition was
Instrumental music and Castlewellan shone beating
off some stiff competition! They had the audience's
feet tapping from the word go and were complimented
with applause and cheers galore!
The Recitation competition was next with Down's
Representative being Kirsty McAleese from Castlewellan
reciting, ' Three Grains of Corn'. She performed
very emotively and there was utter silence when
she was doing so. In what was a very close competition
Kirsty just missed the chance of performing
at the Ulster Final by one placing. She represented
the Red and Black very well and no doubt will
grace the stage again next year.
The next competition before the break was the
Ballad Group section and first up was the Lavey
team from Derry who performed 'Spanish Lady'
and 'Carrick-a-rede'. A young Antrim group followed
and sang very well. The Down Representatives
were Saul and performed a beautiful rendition
of the famine song, 'Remember those that had
to fly away' along with 'The Heron'. When the
results were announced Saul claimed the honors
and have claimed that place in the Ulster Final.
The Novelty act and Set Dancing
sections had two acts in them both from Down
and Derry with Down coming first in each competition.
Rostrevor won the Novelty act with their tale
of Boulavogue which was well executed and beat
the Derry act which talked about the GPA and
the latest controversy there. Warrenpoint set
dancers also claimed honors in the Set Dancing
with their energetic set.
The last competition was the Question time,
with what could be described as a very difficult
quiz with the top notch Loughinisland team from
Co. Down coming to the fore! Well done lads!!
It is a credit to Co. Down that each of the
clubs represented at the Ulster Semi Final each
won one of their competitions.
The East Down Scór Board
would like to wish Saul Ballad Group, Castlewellan
Instrumental Group and Loughinisland Quiz team
the best of luck in the Ulster final along with
Rostrevor's Novelty Act and Warrenpoint's Set
The Ulster Final will take place in Galbally,
Co. Tyrone on Saturday 19th January starting
at 7.30pm. The very best of luck to all of Down's