History was made earlier this month when Camross’ Molly Donnery won the All-Ireland Scór na nÓg solo singing competition, which was ran in Castlebar on Saturday 1st March.
Molly, with a beautiful and flawless rendition of An Buachaillín Donn saw off stiff competition from the other three provincial winners who were from Mayo, Cork and Tyrone respectively. In the official programme, an Uachtarán Mr Liam O Neill commented that the scór finals are to the participants what the All Ireland football and hurling finals are to the footballers and hurlers who are lucky enough to compete in them in Croke Park in September.
This win was made all the sweeter by the fact that a Laois man, GAA President Liam O’Neill, got to present Molly with her All Ireland trophy.
Afterwards a delighted Molly was gracious in victory, commending the other participants for their performances whilst also acknowledging the great help and encouragement given to her by her parents.
Her sister Grace was understandably over the moon and couldn’t wait to let all her friends know via facebook!
Laois Scór Chairperson Jody Conway was one of the first to congratulate Molly in Castlebar and spoke of his immense pride that a Laois act had made the breakthrough in Scór na nÓg.
Tributes also came in from Laois Scór Secretary Míchael Martin, Camross Irish Cultural Officer Gerry Wallace, Liam O Neill and Laois chairman Mr Gerry Kavanagh.