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Ballycomoyle boys are the pride of Westmeath

Story by Tom Kelly

Thursday, 23rd February, 2012 9:30am

Ballycomoyle boys are the pride of Westmeath

Celebrating the Ballycomoyle win in Scór, (from left) John Murphy, Alice and Siobhan Murphy, Laura Fagan, Aoife Farrelly, Michael Fagan, Sean Coyle, Liz Fagan, Anne Kennedy, Caoimhe, Sean and Ann Dermody, Sarah Fagan, Annemarie Kennedy, Angela Sullivan, Ena Murphy, Saoirse, Cliodhna and Ushna

Last Saturday in the Royal Theatre, Castlebar, Peter McKenna, Andrew Leahy and Killian Daly entered the annals of Scór history when they won for themselves. their club, county and province theelusive Celtic cross when they were crowned All-Ireland Scór na nÓg champions for 2012 in the highly competitive Tráth na gCeist or Question Time discipline.

This indeed was a day that Peter, Andrew or Killian will never forget, nor their families, friends clubs members or the large Scór following from the Lake County as they did us all proud and we unreservedly salute them.

The Ballycomoyle trio has now made this title number four in this discipline for Westmeath, and every Westmeath person - whether they are interested in the GAA or Scór for that matter - are now singing their praises.

For the first time in the history of Scór na nÓg competitions there were five clubs competing, two from the province of Ulster.

The clubs that Ballycomoyle had to compete against were from Monaghan, Tyrone, Cork and Sligo and the question master was Sean Coll from Cavan and it has to be recorded that the questions were as tough as ever were asked at this level. Indeed we have heard easier questions at senior All-Ireland finals but that didn't bother Peter, Andrew or Killian who seemed to enjoy them and the answers flowed out of them.

At the end of the first half Ballycomoyle had secured forty points and at this stage of the contest the large Westmeath Scór following could smell victory.

How would the three lads fare with the team questions? Not to worry; Peter, Andrew and Killian delivered a clean sheet and created their own piece of Scór history by winning Ballycomoyle's first All-Ireland Scór title.

Ballycomoyle Scór

For the people from Ballycomoyle who got Scór off the ground just a short few years ago, people such as Doreen Farrelly and Catherine Daly, a piece of last Saturday belongs to you. You were the ones with the vision who started it all and you can and should take great pride from this great achievement.

Gallant St Joseph's

We can't or won't forget our second act which was competing in Castlebar last weekend, St Joseph's club who it has to be said represented their club, county and province with dignity and can hold their heads up high.

Thomas Moran, Thomas Pettit, Thomas McCormack, Francis Digan, Aisling McCormack, Ellen Pettit, Clodagh Elliffe and Arlene Moran were drawn first on the clár and from the moment they arrived on the stage they gave a flawless display and got a tremendous response from the packed theatre. They gave one hundred percent and no one can ask for more than that.

While they didn't win that much sought after All-Ireland, what they did win was hundreds of admirers and friends. We know that we haven't seen the last of this very talented group of dancers.

We in Westmeath Scór would like to congratulate and thank them for being such great ambassadors for Scór and Westmeath.


We would like to congratulate two St Joseph's Scór stalwarts; firstly Debbie Reynolds who is a member of the St Josephs ballad group in Saturday's finals. Debbie was the trainer and tutor of the successful Ferbane ballad group that won the All-Ireland last weekend. Well done Debbie.

Also congratulations and good wishes to Evelyn McCormack the trainer and tutor of the St Joseph's set dancing group last Saturday. Evelyn herself is a very talented dancer.

Apart from dancing, Evelyn has another passion in life and that is tug o' war. Evelyn flew out to Scotland last Tuesday to compete in a tug o' war competition. We congratulate her and wish her every success.

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