The Mayor of Derry councillor Kevin Campbell has said the finals of the Scór na nÓg competition which will be held in the city tomorrow will be a “wonderful occasion” for the city.
Up to 2,000 people are expected to attend the all-Ireland competition, organised by the GAA as part of its contribution to the City of Culture celebrations, at The Venue at Ebrington.
The Scór finals will involve music, singing, dancing, recitation and novelty acts.
Speaking ahead of the competition, the mayor said; “This is a wonderful occasion for the city which is set to welcome 2000 spectators to watch competitors taking part in various disciplines over the course of the day.
“As the competition involves the four provinces of Ireland, the city is set to welcome an influx of visitors over the weekend,” he said.
The city’s First Citizen also said the Scór finals mark the beginning of the GAA City of Culture events.
“This is the first of a number of GAA events that are set to take place in the City with the World GAA Congress taking place here next month and the All Ireland Senior Scór finals taking place at The Venue in April.
“I would like to extend a warm welcome to all visiting competitors and hope that you have an enjoyable stay with us here in our City of Culture,” he said.
The winners of the competitions will have their medals presented by GAA president Liam O’Neill, just like the winners of the senior intercounty football and hurling finals.
Culture Company Chief Executive, Shona McCarthy said: “It’s fantastic that Scór na nÓg is taking place at the new venue in Ebrington. To have the most talented young performers from every corner of Ireland displaying their abilities here in the city is a great way to initiate the GAA’s participation in City of Culture celebrations.”
There are eight events/disciplines in Scór that cover all aspects of Irish culture: Figure/Céilí Dancing, Solo Singing, Instrumental Music, Recitation/Scéalaíocht, Ballad Group, Novelty Act, Question Time and Set Dancing. The competition is divided into two age levels, Scór Na nÓg, for young people under 17 and Scór Sinsear, for those over 17.