The Roscommon GAA Scór na nÓg Finals were held in the Dean Crowe Theatre, Athlone this afternoon (Sunday) and Clubs competed across seven disciplines for the right to be County Champion.
The young Figure Dancing team from St. Brigids were the surprise winners as they knocked St. Dominics off the podium. St. Dominics have been knocking on the door at the All-Ireland Finals for the last few years and were eager to return this year to try to win the crown. However, this year will not be the year.
They had further disappointment in the Set Dancing when the title went to Elphin. Elphin are no strangers to Set Dancing and have won County titles previously.
Aoife McLoughlin from Kilbride completed a hat trick by winning her third county title in a row in Solo Singing. It was “Beauty” versus “Beast” in that competition as she had to compete against her former “co-star” Conor McCormack of St Dominics; Recently Aoife played the role of Beauty and Conor played the Beast in the Convent of Mercy’s recent production of “Beauty & the Beast”.
Kilbride’s Instrumental Music Group also won their second County Final in a row.
St Dominics’ Patrick Mullooly was a popular winner in Recitation. His piece “The Paper Boy” tells of the time of a young paper boy during Easter 1916. Patrick won the All Ireland in 2015 and will be hoping to add another title to his CV. St Dominics also had wins in the Leiriu and the Ballad Group.
As a neutral on the day, it is lovely to sit back and enjoy the talents of our young people in Roscommon. Some of the competitors have competed for years and this will be their final year. For others, it has been their first year at a County Final and it can be daunting. The winners are all delighted with their successes but for those, who do not move forward, it is bitterly disappointing. However, Scor na nOg is an opportunity for communities to come together to showcase the extremely gifted young people we have in our county.
The Roscommon GAA Scór Committee wish our County Champions the best of luck in the Connacht Finals.