Scór finals ‘amazing and spectacular’
The finals of the Scór na nÓg which were held in Derry for the first time on Saturday have been described as “amazing and spectacular” by the Derry GAA chairperson.
More than two thousand people attended the competition, which celebrates traditional music, dancing and storytelling, at The Venue at Ebrington on Saturday.
The Mayor of Derry Councillor Kevin Campbell and the Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure, Carál Ní Chuilín, were among the crowds who attended the event.
It was the first time the GAA organised competition was held in the city and the first time it was held north of the border.
Colr. Campbell said it was a great occasion for the city. “It was an absolutely fantastic event and the talent from all the competitors was spectacular with all of the music, singing, dancing and recitation.
“It is the first time this event has been held in the North and the GAA brought it to Derry for our City of Culture programme. It is part of the association’s input into the year of events which will also see the GAA congress being held in the city in the spring and a host of other events, including the Feile Peil na nÓg event in the summer.
“Saturday marked the start of what is set to be a very exciting programme of GAA events as part of our celebrations,” he said.
The chairman of Derry GAA, John Keenan, said the Scór finals were a great success.
“It’s been an amazing and spectacular weekend. We’ve had countless messages of goodwill and thanks from all our visitors who have been delighted with the hospitality of the event and city in general.
“We were fortunate to have the use of an excellent ‘Venue’ and I’d like to thank all associated with the Culture Committee for that and for all their support in helping us showcase one aspect of the GAA to the city and the nation,” he said.
Mr Keenan also thanked everyone who helped organise Saturday’s competition.
“Special word also goes to our own organising committee. Hundreds, if not thousands, of hours went into the preparation for Scór na nÓg and I’d like to warmly congratulate the Scor committee and all the stewards and Celtic Park management team.
“The voluntary nature of our association is one of the things which differentiates us and makes the GAA special,” he added.
The chairperson also said the Scór na nÓg finals form part of the GAA’s contribution to the City of Culture celebrations.
“Saturday’s event sets the bar very high indeed in terms of the rest of our events planned for 2013.
“However, it also provides a terrific platform on which to build for the rest of the year,” he said.
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