Silverbridge salutes its Ulster Scór na nÓg champs

March 23, 2010

by Brónagh Murphy

A special night of celebration was held in Silverbridge GFC on Friday to recognise and honour the club’s Scór na nÓg Ulster champions.

During the evening, Gaeltacht scholarships were also presented to 29 young recipients who will attend courses in Donegal this summer.

Jarlath Burns assumed the role of ‘Fear a’ Tí’ for the night’s proceedings and began by welcoming everyone to the event, particularly the visiting representatives from County, Ulster and National Scór committees – Moira Graham, National Scór Secretary; Miceál Greenan and Fergus Magee, Ulster Scór Chairman and Secretary respectively; Tom Daly, former President of the Ulster Council and Maureen Lappin, Chairperson of Armagh County Scór.

Jarlath described it as a great honour for Silverbridge club to welcome these distinguished guests, a number of whom had travelled from as far away as Donegal.

He paid tribute to those actively involved in Scór and several club members were singled out for special mention, including Peter Murphy, Brian and Karen Murphy and Bernie Muckian for their continued efforts to promote Scór within the club.  Congratulations were also extended to club member Peter Carragher, All-Ireland medal winner with Armagh Minors and recently selected as this year’s captain of the squad.

Maire Graham and Fergus Magee were then called upon to present the Gaeltacht scholarships.

Following this, Miceál Greenan made the presentations to the club’s young Ulster champions.  In Céilí Dancing: Sean Garvey, Ryan McKeown, Shea Bradley, Peter Reel and (front) Eileen Muckian, Aisling Muckian, Caoimhine Grant; Aisling Muckian for Solo Singing; Michael Muckian for Recitation and the Quiz team Lorcan Burns, Peter and Eimear Reel.

Awards were also presented to Paul Hearty, Conor McCrave, Fionnán Burns, Colman Burns and Katie McBride in recognition of their success in the quiz, instrumental music and recitation categories at county level.

Mr Greenan paid tribute to the fantastic achievement reached by these young competitors and said it is a great honour for a small, rural club to enjoy such amazing success in this national competition, winning Ulster titles in four separate disciplines.

Recognition awards were also presented to Bernie Muckian, Eamonn Malley, Pat Casey, Kieran Murphy and Tony Hearty for their exceptional service to Silverbridge Club and, in particular, to the Scór.  These awards were presented by former Ulster Council President, Tom Daly.

Mr Daly expressed his delight to be in Silverbridge club on such an important evening and paid tribute to the club’s outstanding contribution to Irish culture and language.  He said he had never before witnessed a club supporting Gaeltacht scholarships on such a scale and said it was a fantastic reflection of the importance of maintaining cultural tradition within the club.

On behalf of Silverbridge Harps, Chairperson Ann Connolly presented each of the visiting guests with a token gift of appreciation.

Following performances by the Ulster champions, the evening drew to a close with a traditional seisiún featuring young musicians from the area.

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