The last notes have been sung and the dust has well ant truly settled on this years Tyrone Scór na nÓg County Final which took place in Coalisland on Sunday 21st November. And what a veritable feast of talent was on display by the young singers, dancers, reciters and thespians from Tyrone as they vied for the honour of lifting a county title from what is acknowledged within the wider Scór family as being one of the hardest counties to qualify out of within Ulster. The standard of performances in each section by the young participants was incredible and those in attendance were treated to a celebration of our rich cultural heritage.
First up was the Rince Forine (Ceili Dancing) with Naomh Éanna, An Ómaigh emerging as county champions with Coill an Chlochair Naomh Mhuire runners up in a highly competitive competition. In Amhránaíocht Aonair (Solo Singing) it was the fine traditional voice of Ciara Fox hailing from Cumann Naomh Pádraig, An Caisleán Glas who lifted the honours in a keenly contested section with An Charraig Mhor’s Niamh McElduff coming in a close second.
Ceol Urlise (Instrumental Music) enthusiasts were spoiled for choice between the four groups in this section with the trio of musical maestros from Cumann Naomh Mhaelsheachlainn, Éadan na d’Torc consisting of Ronan Stewart, Ruairi Stewart and Paul Quinn emerging as the well deserved victors and the musical dynasty that is the young McKenna family from An Eochair taking second place berth on this occasion. “Dancing around my Handbag” proved to be the catalyst for success for Naomh Éanna’s, An Ómaigh Caitlin Campbell as she dutifully lifted her first county title in the Aithriseoireacht/Scéalaiocht ( Recitation) discipline and deservedly so too.
It was the Bailéad Ghrúpa section of the County Finals however which threw up the shock result of the evening with the adjudicators awarding Naomh Mhuire, Cill Íseal’s group the Tyrone title. Droim Ratha na Sarseil’s were in the runners up position. We wish them well in their quest as they go forward hoping to take an Ulster or All-Ireland title back to Tyrone
In the Nuachleas section, the Naomh Eanna, An Ómaigh young actors were squeezed into second spot behind eventual winners Naomh Pádraig, An Eaglais with a novel act by about St. Patrick returning to dear old Ireland to witness modern day Christianity in action. Tráth na gCeist was won by the superior knowledge of Cumann Uilf Ton, Cill Dreasa while the Rince Seit title was lifted by the light footed set dancing of an Carraig Mhór.
And so the die is cast in this year’s County Final and the stage is now set as we wish all our Tyrone representatives the best of luck as they go forward to represent our county in the Ulster Semi Finals in St. Mary’s High School, Belleek, Co. Fermanagh on 4th December.