Scór hopes for Rebels
A key North and Mid Cork involvement whets the appetite for an eagerly awaited All Ireland Scór na nÓg Finals in Castlebar this Saturday.
Hopefuls from Boherbue, Clyda Rovers, Aghabullogue and Courcey Rovers take to the stage of the TF Theatre in search of ultimate honours in the hotly competitive national finals.
Promoting the cultural wing of the GAA, the diverse programme of music, song, dance to novelty act draws participants from all four provinces. Cork seek accolades in a five strong interest on an impressive representation carrying the rebel county colours that bid to repeat some outstanding successes from recent years.
Doubly represented Boherbue stormed home impressive winners in the Munster Final at figure dancing. They will seek to continue their victory march and retain All Ireland honours with a team of Claire Ahern, Ruth Cremin, Katie O'Sullivan, Ide Marie Herlihy, Lena Sheehan, Cliodhna Ducey, Lisa O'Keeffe and Beatrice Casey performing the eight-hand reel.
And Boherbue make their All Ireland final debut in the Ballad Group with a quintet of Kate O'Gorman, Marie O'Gorman, Megan Kiely, Marguerite Hickey and Grace Leader.
Courcey Rovers' Clodagh O'Donovan looks forward to participating in the Solo Singing with her interpretation of 'There were Roses'.
Clyda Rovers delivered a scintillating display of tunes in the Instrumental music category to capture county and provincial honours for the second consecutive year. Their-foot tapping presentation of jigs and reels delivered by the O'Hanlon group and Conor Daly has won the admiration of attendances enroute as they seek out national honours for the first time.
Elsewhere, Aghabullogue carry Cork hopes in the new Table Quiz with a team of Paul Ring, Aodan Healy, Tom Long and Niall Barry Murphy.
Cork teams are renowned for their pursuits in Scór na nÓg, the county credited with 30 All Ireland titles under their belt. Boherbue can boast of seven titles, Millstreet on four, Mallow possess three, Carrigaline and Donoughmore hold two apiece and there is one each to Doneraile, Redmonds, Cobh, Ballyphehane, Castletownroche, Clondrohid, Freemount, Ilen Óg, Tadhg McCarthaighs, Ballyclogh, Lisgoold and Buttevant.
Fingers are crossed the tally may rise substantially on Saturday, Cork pinning their hopes on Boherbue, Courcey Rovers, Clyda Rovers and Aghabullogue to deliver the honours in Castlebar.