Doire Trasna’s Eva Cassidy - the city’s sole representative at last weekend’s Scór na nÓg County final in Glenullin, made her own little piece of history by claiming a superb first place in the Amhráníocht Aonair (Solo Singing) category.
The talented 14-year-old qualified for the Derry final after victory in her semi-final in Drumsurn and will now go forward to represent her county in Sunday’s Ulster semi-finals which stake place in Swatragh (3pm).
Eva, who also represents Trasna in Ladies football, was the youngest competitor in her category but sang a beautiful rendition of ‘She moved through the fair’ to wow the Judges and take home the Niamh McGlinchey Cup as the first Scor winner from the Waterside club.
“We are trying to get as much support out from the city to cheer Eva on in the Ulster semi-finals as she isnt just representing Na Piarsaigh Doire Trasna but indeed all of Derry,” said Pearses Cultutral Officer, Diarmuid Mac Giollacholaim
“As a club and community we are very proud of Eva and we thank her mother Róisín and Granny Phyllis for all their support and encouragement as there is a lot of work and preparation that goes into making a county Champion!”
Eva’s success marks the first step in the club’s continued efforts to grow the cultural side of the GAa within the city.
“Sometimes people forget that the GAA isn’t just about hurling, football and camógie but about promoting our proud, indigenous language, music and dance,” explained Mr Mac Giollacholaim.
“Scor is a very prestigious competition in which you have the opportunity to represent your county in the All Ireland series, much the same way as the football, hurling and camogie competitions.
“It is an incredibly high standard and there’s a lot of prestige attached to winning a title.
“Trying to build a Scór tradition within a club can be difficult but as cultual officer I have tried to push things in this direction. In 2014, we made our own bit of history when we entered a traditional instrumental group and Eva into the solo singing for the first time, incidentally Scór na nÓg (Youth) 17 years and under and Scór Sinsir (senior 18 years and over).
“We also entered two acts into the senior Scór that year and this is the third year in a row we have had continuity in the Scór competitions. With Scór Senior in February, I’m already trrying to put a few acts together to keep that tradition running within Doire Trasna. We are currently getting our own pitch and club rooms built and I would love to see the club being a hub of Irish culture within the Top of the Hill community.”