The finals of Laois Scór na nÓg took place on Friday the 17th of November in St Fintan’s Hall Mountrath. A total of ten clubs took part on the night with a great mix of music and talent.
First up was Rince Fóirne (Céilí Dancing); Mountrath GAA had a very talented four hand set performing which was greatly appreciated by the audience. In the Amhránaíocht Aonair (Solo Singing) section, five clubs participated with a beautiful mix of old, new & traditional singing.
Next up was the Bailéad Ghrúpa (Ballad Group) where Kyle GAA performed two songs much to the audience's delight. After that, there was a hotly contested Ceol Uirlise (Instrumental Music) section, with six clubs taking part, all blessed with a wonderful array of musical talent ranging from the very young to the more mature teenagers!
After the break came the Tráth na gCeisteanna (Table Quiz), where eight clubs participated. This section came down to a tie-breaker as Mountmellick and Portlaoise could not be separated. After the extra round, one point separated first and second. A special word of mention to Tadgh Dalton on the Portlaoise table quiz team who celebrated his ninth birthday on the night!
Adjudicator for the night was Ms Attracta Brady, who complimented all the participants, and gave some wonderful constructive points to those going forward. MC for the night was Mr Míchael Martin (also doubling up as quizmaster), who ensured everything ran smoothly and all participants were at their ease. Scór chairperson Mr. Jody Conway thanked everyone on the night, paying special mention to the competitors and wishing them all the best in the ongoing Leinster semi-final.
He also paid special mention to Mountrath GAA for hosting the finals, to their hard-working committee and in particular to Monica & Peter Middleton, who ensured all ran smoothly in the background. He also thanked Tommy Ferns for providing the amplification on the night.
The winning team in each event (bar Table Quiz) now go on to compete in the semi-finals for Leinster in Birr, Co Offaly on December 9th at 2.30pm, whilst the Leinster Final will take place in mid-January. The winners were as follows - Mountrath GAA (Figure Dancing); Emer Murphy, Mountrath GAA (Solo Singing); Kyle GAA (Ballad Group); Borris-Kilcotton GAA (Instrumental Music). The very best of luck to all going forward.
The winning Table quiz team automatically go straight through to the All-Ireland in Sligo. Laois will this year be represented by one of the youngest table quiz teams we have ever had in Portlaoise GAA, comprising of D.J White, Abi White, Tadgh Dalton (the birthday boy) and Aoibheann Dalton. Once again, the very best of luck to them in Sligo.
Best of Luck
The committee of Laois Scór would like to wish their outgoing chairperson Jody Conway the very best of luck, as his term of five years as Irish Cultural Officer sadly is coming to an end. Jody has been truly inspirational in his post and has overseen a mini revival in Scór in Laois in his time.
He can be very proud of his achievements which included amongst others overseeing two All-Ireland winning performances for Laois clubs and an All-Ireland final appearance for another just last year. He has always been approachable and fair in his dealings with all things related to Scór and we wish him the very best for the future. Go raibh míle maith agat, Jody.