THE Leinster Scór Sinsear Finals were hosted by Ballymore, Co Westmeath on Easter Sunday and two of the five Offaly acts participating captured coveted provincial titles.
The Clara Ballad Group, comprising of John Scanlon, Paul Scanlon, Maura Eivers, Aisling Cornally, and Collette Rabbitte, won favour with the judges following their excellent rendition of ‘Raglan Road’ and ‘Donegal Danny’.
Of course this talented Clara group are very experienced Scór performers and in 2012 they were crowned All-Ireland champions at the INEC Killarney and they’ll be striving to retain their title in Derry on Saturday, April 27th next.
Joining the Clara Ballad Group in Derry will be Ballycumber’s Tony Coolihan. Tony was successful on Sunday in Recitation/Scéalaioch with his lively performance of ‘Mary Ann Magee’ going down a treat with the large attendance.
Offaly also had representatives in three other disciplines.
Birr, represented by Eimear Teehan, Sarah Teehan, Amy Ryan, Lynn Kirwan, Derval Scully, Aisling Sammon, Lisa Guidera and Bronwyn Sheils, narrowly lost out in Figure/Céilí Dancing.
The Ferbane Question Time team of Christy Higgins, Liam Maher and Tommy Mullery relinquished their Leinster Scór title after a highly competitive and exciting event.
While Shamrocks carried Offaly’s hopes in Set Dancing and unfortunately they were unsuccessful. Dancing were Alan Looby, Michael McConigley, Cormac McConigley, Garrett Delaney, Karen Monahan, Elaine Monahan, Lorna Grennan-Gunne and Eithne Delaney.
Offaly GAA Chairperson Padraig Boland congratulated all the ‘Faithful County’ participants on their fine performances at the Leinster Scór Sinsear Finals and he wished the Clara Ballad Group and Ballycumber’s Tony Coolihan every success at the All-Ireland Finals in Derry on Saturday, April 27th.