Aghaderg/Ballyvarley progress in Scór na nÓg
18 October 2009
Aghaderg/Ballyvarley GAA club gave an excellent account of itself at the regional heat of Scor na nOg in Annaclone last Sunday. The club competed in four sections: Solo Singing, Recitation, Ballad Group and the Quiz. The standard of talent on display was impressive and a large crowd enjoyed several hours entertainment provided by young people from the clubs of the area. The Aghaderg/Ballyvarley entrants were made up of some of the younger members of the club and were competing against children right up to the age of 16. Eimear Devlin gave a hauntingly melodious rendition of the Connemara cradle song and was commended for her sweetness of tone. The ballad group made up of Síubhán Macauley, Rebecca and Laura Fletcher, Hannah Malone and Katie Canniford sang the “Sally Gardens” and the “Galway Girl”. They were judged second in the section and go forward to compete again in a knockout round ahead of the South Down Final. The Quiz team made up of Féidhlim Macauley, Michael Lennon and Michael Jordan were up against much older opposition, but thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Caoimhe Macauley took the stage in full referee's outfit for her recitation of the “Referee's Prayer”, a poem about the challenges of holding the ring in the GAA world. She was warmly received and her energetic performance won her second place and a spot in the knock-out round next Sunday night in Mayobridge. Great credit is due to Deirdre McGrath and Ciara Devlin who helped to co-ordinate the club entry and took the children for several practice sessions ahead of the competition. The night ran like clockwork and the noisy Aghaderg/Ballyvarley contingent was complimented from the stage for their vocal support.