Ballad group 'scór' final spot

Published 07/01/2014 | 05:32

Fingallian's ballad group are through to the Leinster final of the Scór na nOg competition.
Fingallian's ballad group are through to the Leinster final of the Scór na nOg competition.

FINGALLIANS GAA are celebrating this week as their Ballad Group has made it through to the Leinster final of Scór na nÓg.

This is the first time in the club's history that a group or individual has gone as far as the Leinster final in the talent competition.

The Ballad Group, consisting of Emily Madden, Paul McLoughlin, Louise Madden, Amy Herbert and Anna Williams beat off stiff competition from other groups from Wicklow, Meath, Wexford and Louth.

The group sang 'Star of the County Down' and 'Red is the Rose' and impressed the judges with their singing as a group and their guitar playing.

O'Dwyer's GAA in Balbriggan won the Set Dancing section at the Leinster semi-final and will go to represent Dublin, along with the Fingallians Ballad Group, in the Leinster final which will be held at Erin's Isle GAA clubhouse in Finglas on Saturday, January 18th.

'We are absolutely delighted to have a group represent us in the Leinster final of the competition,' said Liam Ó Culbaird, Cultural Officer at Fingallian's GAA.

'The group get on well together and were in top form on the night.'

He said the club would like to thank the Ballad Group's voice coaches, Esther Williams and Lucia Guerrini.

'This is the furthest the club has gone in the competition and we hope they will go on to further success in January,' he added.

This is the second year the club has entered the Scór na nÓg competition where young people under the age of 17 display their cultural and musical talents and may go on to have success in the All-Ireland finals.

The competition, which has been running nationwide since the 1960s, is a GAA competition which combines all the colour and rivalry of Gaelic Games with the social and fun element of Ireland's traditional past-times.

'The cultural competition was set up with the aim of promoting Ireland's traditional past-times and culture while offering members the chance to meet up, have fun and represent their club during the winter months while football and hurling has ceased,' said Liam.

'We hope we will have further success and hope that we can get more and more youngsters involved over the next few years,' he added.

Nicola Donnelly

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