Seven Saffrons on Colleges Camogie All Star team
Emily Falloon from St Louise’s Belfast was a dual All-star last year and has doubled up in camogie after being part of the all-conquering Antrim minor side that claimed the Ulster and All-Ireland B titles earlier this year. In total no fewer than seven of that successful Saffron outfit have made the Schools’ select including Áine Devlin and Amy Boyle from St Louis Ballymena and four players from Ulster schools’ senior champions Cross & Passion Ballycastle who are favourites to retain their schools’ crown.
Ballycaslte club players Maeve Kelly, Bronagh McKeague and Catherine McShane are joined in the team by Loughgiel under-age sensation Roisin McCormick, who entered the recent Ulster senior club final against Slaughtneil as a substitute and almost swung the decision in favour of the Shamrocks.
Derry, traditionally very strong at schools’ level, have managed to get four players in the frame – Clare Mulholland from St Mary’s Magherafelt, Emma Wilson from across the town in St Pius X, Dara McGuckin from St Patrick’s Maghera and Roisin Gallagher from St Mary’s Clady, the youngest player in the selection
On Sunday Gallagher scored 1-5 to help Clady win the Junior Medallion Shield final against Sacred Heart Newry, who have Ciara Cowan on the All-star team.
Two years ago the county of Cavan gained their first All-star camogie award in Phillipa Waters. Two more followed last year and again this season there are two players included, Niamh Keenaghan who helped Loreto Cavan to the Senior Medallion Shield final at the start of 2017, beating St Claire’s Ballyjamesduff in the final, for whom Shanise Fitzsimons takes back an All-star award.
Fresh from her Player of the Match award for helping Eglish retain their Ulster Intermediate club title, St Catherine’s Armagh student Leeanne Donnelly has collected her second Ulster Schools’ camogie All-star award The St Catherine’s Armagh student was in excellent form in the provincial club final at the end of last month, shooting 1-2 in a 1-14 to 2-9 win over Clonduff.
Here sister Ciara, who scored 0-8 in that same club final, actually coaches her younger sister in St Catherine’s and she will be pleased that two other members of the school senior team, Katie Convie and Catherine Muldoon, have also made the combined school selection.
In total there are five players picking up their second camogie All-star with two of those from Down. When Anne-Marie Smyth won her first award two seasons ago, the Ballygalget girl was at school in St Columba’s Portaferry, but she has since moved to Assumption Ballynahinch.
The other Down player was a dual All-star last season in football and camogie. Sorcha McCartan is the daughter of former Mourne All-Ireland football medallist Gregory McCartan and a student in St Louis Kilkeel.
Clare Mulholland from St Mary’s Magherafelt made it two camogie awards in succession when she made the top fifteen.
Aine Devlin Amy Boyle Bronagh McKeague Catherine McShane
Emily Falloon Maeve Kelly Róisin McCormick
Below Bob Murray on behalf of Casement Social Club presents Aontroim hero Anto Finnegan with honorary Social Club membership #BuildCasement
The 2017 Scór na nÓg final was without a doubt the best County Scór Final that Antrim has seen in many years. The standard in every category was so high and the young people performed to such a high standard. It was fantastic to be able to welcome clubs who haven’t competed in Scór in a long time such as Carey Faughs and Ruairí Óg, who both managed to clinch a County title .
The day began with a minute silence to remember a beautiful young lady, Nicole Fegan from Mayobridge Scór who tragically passed away the day before. We then had the National Anthem sung by Meabh from St Brigid’s. Fionnuala Mc Ateer did a fantastic job as Bean an tí, introducing everything bilingually and making sure that everything moved smoothly and on time .
First up was Ceili Dancing/Rince Foirne, with Aghagallon’s performance of The Cross Reel clinching the County title. Amhránaíocht Aonair was next up, with an amazing array of talent from all over Antrim. Méabh Mc Neill was victorious and became County champion for the second time with her performance of Cumha an Oileáin. Aithriseoireacht and Scéalaíocht is always a popular competition with the audience and our young performers didn’t disappoint with fantastic performances but Mary Kate Bonnes won her 4th County Recitation title with a flawless performance. The standard in the Ballad Group section was extremely high and we heard some beautiful arrangements of songs like The Wests Awake from St Brigid’s, Dúlaman from Carey Faughs, Trasna na dTonnta from Tír na nÓg and Blaney Roses from Ruairí Óg. It was Aghagallon who came out on top with their performances of The Green Glens of Antrim and Carrick-a-rede. The Léiriú Stáitse section was first up after the interval with Aghagallon’s funny sketch about a mischievous leprechaun winning the County title. This was followed by some fantastic instrumental performances from Dunloy, Sarsfields, Michael Davitts, Ruairí Óg and Carey Faughs. Carey Faughs won the County title with a great performance. Rince Seit was very enjoyable as we saw a great group of dancers from Cushendall win the County title with their performance of The Connemara Set.
County Chairman Collie Donnelly presented the medals to the young County Champions and thanked everyone for their hard work and dedication to Scór.
A huge thanks must go to St Brigid’s who hosted the final. Nothing was too much trouble and everything was organised so well. Thanks so much to Tracy Galvin, St Brigid’s Cultural Officer for all of her hard work and support, not only today but always.
Finally a massive well done to all of the young people who were absolutely amazing today. I think it’s safe to say that culture and Scór in Antrim is safe in the hands of a brilliantly talented next generation of young Gaels. Of course they couldn’t perform at this standard without the support of their parents and mentors. Go raibh maith agaibh. Thank you all very much for your continued support in all things Scór. It’s definitely an exciting time to be involved in Scór in Antrim. Mol an Óige !
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