Boherbue and Clyda continue winning streak at Scór finals
NORTH Cork's Boherbue and Clyda Rovers reaffirmed their status as provincial kingpins to lead a Cork domination in the Munster Scór na nÓg Finals staged in the presence of a capacity attendance in Mallow Youth Centre last Sunday.
From the razor keen competition featuring the province's foremost cultural fare in music, song and dance, representatives drawn from the host county continued their positive run of successes with Boherbue, Courcey Rovers and Clyda Rovers recording four outright provincial titles to confirm the rebel county's star rating in Scór na nOg from more recent years.
Boherbue hit winning ways from the off, taking the figure dancing on performing the eight Hand Reel with a line up of Beatrice Casey, Ruth Cremin, Cliodhna Ducey, Katie O'Sullivan, Ide Marie Herlihy, Lena Sheehan, Lisa O'Keeffe and Claire Aherne.
Retaining their title, Boherbue held off Modeligo (Waterford), Spa (Kerry) and Newcastle (Tipperary).
Courcey Rovers' Clodagh O'Donovan had reason to celebrate, emerging best in the Solo Singing with her interpretation of "There were Roses"" to better the intentions of representatives drawn from Borrisoleigh (Tipperary), Tournafulla (Limerick) and Newmarket on Fergus (Clare).
Clyda Rovers kept the momentum ticking nicely, sampling joy to win the instrumental music with a selection of jigs and reels titled "The Mooncoin Jig" and "The Bucks of Aranmore" delivered by the O'Hanlon clan of Cormac, Saoirse, Donncha, and Garreth with Conor Daly also in the line up. The Mournebbey based club's all round consistency was good enough to deny Ruan (Clare), Sliabh gCua (Waterford) and Fossa (Kerry).
Boherbue completed a double, putting together excellent harmonies in the Ballad Group with their interpretation of "Johnny Gone for a soldier " and "Níl na Lá" sung by Kate O'Gorman, Marie O'Gorman, Megan Kiely, Marguerite Hickey and Grace Leader. Boher's brillance was good enough to better Eire Óg, Nenagh (Tipperary), Keel (Kerry) and Lissycasey(Clare).
Elsewhere, Boherbue set dancers and Carbery Rangers production delivered capable performances only to come up short from the overall prizes.
The triumphant winners from Boherbue, Courcey Rovers and Clyda Rovers go forward to represent Cork and Munster in the All Ireland Finals in Castlebar on Saturday, March 1.
Results from the provincial finals were:
Figure Dancing: (1) Boherbue
Solo Singing: (1) Clodagh O'Donovan (Courcey Rovers)
Instrumental Music: (1) Clyda Rovers
Recitation: (1) Alison Fitzmartin (Spa, Kerry)
Ballad Group: (1) Boherbue (Cork),
Novelty Act: (1) Borrisoleigh (Tipperary)
Set Dancing: (1) Spa (Kerry)