Bhí babhta ceannais Uladh Scór na nÓg ina ócáid mhór siamsaíochta arís Dé Sathairn seo caite, 17 Eanáir, i dTeach na dTrí Mhíle, Co. Mhuineacháin. B’iad Ard Mhacha agus Doire an dá chontae ba rathiúla ar an oíche.
The 2015 Ulster final of Gaelic Life Scór na nÓg passed off successfully at Threemilehouse on Saturday evening, 17 January, with its usual concoction of culture, celebrations and commiserations.
Performers from Ard Mhacha and Doire came home with the most garlands. The troupes of An Gleann and Glenullin came top of the adjudicators’ polls in Céilí and Set Dancing respectively to make for a Derry dancing double. The Watty Graham’s outfit trumped a Whitecross team that was on course for a fourth consecutive title, and in the process brought a fifth Ulster Céilí title back to Maghera.
Moya Strain (An Mullach Bán) claimed the Solo Singing title with a fine rendition of ‘The Hills of South Armagh’. The second Armagh honours of the evening went to Cullyhanna in the Léiriú section for a presentation based on the Great Famine; thus one Naomh Pádraig club saw off the time-travel odyssey from its namesake, An Eaglais, and regained the provincial title previously won in 2013.
In similar fashion, Gaoth Dobhair, singing entirely trí Ghaeilge, reclaimed the Ballad Group title that had been theirs in 2013. In the Instrumental Section, however, the Dún na nGall champions could not stop a Drumhowan combination that is now well on the way towards a third consecutive national title for the club. In the other category, young Oisín McAnenna kept the Recitation honours in An Cabhán with his story of ‘The Master, and secured only the second-ever provincial Scór na nÓg title for Drumlane.
The successful acts will progress to the All-Ireland final in the Citywest Hotel on St Valentine’s Day, Saturday 14 February.
Go n-éirí leo uilig!
RINCE FOIRNE: An Gleann (Doire)
AMHRÁNAÍOCHT AONAIR: Moya Strain (An Mullach Bán)
AITHRISEOIREACHT: Oisín McAnenna (Droim Leathan)
CEOL UIRLISE: Droim Thamhain
LÉIRIÚ: Coilleach Eanach
GRÚPA BAILÉID: Gaoth Dobhair
RINCE SEIT: Gleann an Iolair
A selection of photos from the night can be viewed on the Ulster GAA Facebook page.