By John Tarrant
CARBERY Rangers were the toast of the Scór Sinsear county finals after a dominant performance in Millstreet last weekend.
No strangers to success on the field, Rangers’ colours are equally adapt on the stage, their relentless drive and polish earned a quartet of county accolades in the cultural orientated programme.
The Duhallow venue hosted the 48th decider, compered by county Scór chairman Tony McAulliffe, with plenty to entertain those in attendance. While Carbery Rangers landed the majority of the categories, Meelin, Iveleary and Youghal also enjoyed good outings.
Rangers got off to a surperb start, emerging best in the figure dancing on performing the Morris Reel. Things got even better then for the West Cork club as Con O’Callaghan romped to an impressive recitation win with a powerful piece titled The Bishop’s Sermon.
Tracey Cronin (Iveleary) followed up on past form to grab the spoils at solo singing with a splendid rendition of ‘The Ballad of John Williams’ and Youghal won the instrumental music with a selection of jigs and reels.
Carbery Rangers hit the high notes in the ballad group section, putting together excellent harmonies of ‘Lovely Derry’ and ‘Níl an Lá’. For good measure, another victory followed in the léiriú production with their interpretation of ‘England’s Motorways’.
Duhallow relied on Meelin to record a win, to the fore in the set-dancing category with the Sliabh Luachra discipline. The day ended with Carbery Rangers collecting the best senior club award, the trophy accepted by Liam Hodnett.
Cork Scór secretary Margaret Whelan and assistant treasurer Pádraig Ó Ceallachair presented the prizes to the winners and runners-up, with the victors going forward to represent Cork in the Munster final in Cappamore, Co. Limerick on Saturday, April 4th.
Figure-dancing: Carbery Rangers (Breda Hurley, Margaret Hodnett, Una Cullinane, Geraldine O’Mahony, Cathy O’Mahony, Norma O’Shea, Clare O’Sullivan, Kay Duffy); Solo-singing: 1. Tracey Cronin(Iveleary), 2 . Donal Mac an Bhaird (Glanmire); Recitation: 1. Con O’Callaghan(Carbery Rangers), 2. John O’Sullivan (St Johns);
Ballad Group: 1. Carbery Rangers (Seán O’Regan, Claire O’Regan, Sinead O’Regan, Ciara O’Gorman, Danny Collins), 2. Cullen (Sheila Nagle, Elizabeth O’Sullivan, Breda Walsh, Marie O’Sullivan). Léiriú: 1. Carbery Rangers (Liam Hodnett, James Lawlor, Con O’Callaghan, Brian O’Sullivan, Mary Jo O’Gorman, Eileen McSweeney, Margaret Hodnett, Breda Hurley), 2. Meelin ( Berni Collins, Anne Marie Lehane, Deirdre Sheehan, Denis Sheehan, Serina O’Callaghan).
Instrumental music: 1. Youghal (Dónal Ó Riain, Deirdre Ní Cheallaigh, Séamus Ó Conchúir, Liam Ó hEalaithe), 2. Meelin (Breeda Curtin, Marie Forrest, Ted McCarthy, Denis Lehane, Neilus Lehane).
Set-dancing: 1 Meelin (Connie O’Sullivan, Jeremiah Roche, Ted Linehan, Jim McMahon, Deirdre Sheehan, Ann Marie Lehane, Catherine Mc Carthy, Joanne McMahon).