Armagh will be well-represented at the Ulster Scór na nÓg final, which is due to be held on Saturday evening at 5pm in Galbally. Armagh has a great tradition in the Scór na nÓg final and our talented young people have excelled themselves again this year with five clubs sending six acts to take part in the seven competitions at Saturday’s provincial final.
The Whitecross céilí dancing team are in familiar territory when they return to represent Ard Mhacha after a one year gap. Last year’s Armagh champions Silverbridge went on to win the Ulster title and the All-Ireland title and Whitecross will be hoping to regain their Ulster crown and hope to go on to claim that elusive All-Ireland title.
Crossmaglen Rangers are no strangers to Ulster finals on the football team, but they may not be as familiar with the Ulster Scór final. Armagh’s representative Piaras Ó Lorcáin, goes in to Saturday evening’s provincial decider having come through an extremely competitive Armagh solo singing competition. Piaras has performed on the big stage before at All-Ireland fleadhanna and even staving off the competition from the best sean-nós singers from the Gaeltachtaí to claim the All-Ireland sean-nós title at Oireachtas na Samhna.
Amy O’Hanlon from Dromintee has proudly represented her club on the county stage for a number of years and made the breakthrough at this year’s county final. As well as competing in the recitation section of Saturday’s provincial decider, Amy will also be joined by her clubmates on stage as Dromintee will also compete in the set dancing competition. Dromintee is one of the strongest represented clubs on the Scór scene in Armagh and the two Ulster finalists is testament to the work that the club puts into the promotion of our culture, alongside our games.
Armagh will also be represented by Carrickcruppen in the ballad group section of the Ulster final. In recent years, Carrickcruppen has wowed audiences at Armagh Scór na nÓg finals, and indeed at Scór Sinsear finals, with their beautiful renditions and choice of songs in the ballad group section. A club with a proud tradition in the Armagh, Ulster and All-Ireland Scór stages, the young people of Carrickcruppen are sure to gain more followers on Saturday night.
Our final representatives on Saturday evening will be our reigning All-Ireland champions in the Léiriú competition. The young men and women of Cullyhanna possess all the attributes necessary to continue their proud tradition and their energy and dynamism on stage, and the obvious enjoyment in their performances, reflects everything that is good about Scór and about our culture.
Guíonn CLG Ard Mhacha gach rath ar na h-iomaitheoirí ón Chrois Bhán, ó Raonaithe na Croise, ó Dhromainn Tí, ó Charraig Chrupáin agus ó Choilleach Eanach agus ar na meantóirí uilig. Beidh Craobh Uladh de Scór na nÓg ar siúl ar an Satharn beag se oar 5pm ar an Ghallbhuaille. Má éiríonn le club ar bith as Ard Mhacha, beidh siad ag dul suas go Béal Feirste ar 11 Feabhra, le bheith páirteach i gCraobh na hÉireann in éineacht le Béal Átha an Airgid atá ann cheana féin. Armagh GAA would like to wish all six acts the very best of luck in Saturday’s provincial final in Galbally. Silverbridge quiz team have already qualifyied to represent the county in the All-Ireland Scór na nÓg final, which is due to take place at the Waterfront in Béal Feirste on 11 February.