Dromintee dancers host fundraisers ahead of national Scór final appearance
April 20, 2010
In almost every aspect of the GAA, whether it be football, handball or rounders, the ultimate goal is All-Ireland honours – and this Saturday eight céilí dancers from Dromintee GAC will have the opportunity to achieve that particular accolade for their club when they head to Killarney.
The group, four boys and four girls, have embarked on a journey which has already secured county and provincial honours at Scór Sinsear, and, with more than 100 supporters in tow, they will be hoping to take that final step to secure an honour never achieved by the south Armagh club in Scór.
While the group undoubtedly has talent and experience when it comes to rince fóirne, the journey would not have come this far without the numerous hours, too many to count, spent rehearsing the steps for their ‘Trip to the Cottage’ routine. Indeed, the first session took place way back in November, and practices have been a frequent occurrence since.
Unsurprisingly, excitement has gripped the whole parish. A fundraising céilí and quiz at the weekend was whole-heartedly supported by the local community and it will be a case of planes, trains and automobiles this weekend as the convoy heads to the Kingdom.
One of the dancers, Ciara McCoy, spoke of the anticipation building amongst the eight competitors.
“The butterflies are already here,” she said.
“To represent the province, the county and, most importantly, the club in an All-Ireland final is something else. We just aimed to give it our best shot at the start of the year and, fortunately, the judges thought we were good enough for us to come this far.
“We are very lucky to have great support from everyone in Dromintee and surrounding areas. The dancers are extremely grateful to everyone who has worked tirelessly to help us earn a place in the All-Ireland.
“We know we’ll be up against some brilliant dancers and we’re just going to enjoy it. It’s such an achievement to get this far and, knowing Dromintee people, there will be plenty of craic down in Kerry regardless of the result,” she added.
The hard work in the Dromintee parish is paying dividends, the standard and participation has continually risen and the fact that the club now has a dedicated Scór committee speaks volumes of the interest in the Scór discipline both at senior and junior level.
The club’s dedication has not gone unnoticed either with Dromintee picking up the Club of the Year award in this campaign.
The eight dancers hoping to make history are Paula-Ann Toner, Edel Garvey, Danielle Lynch, Ciara McCoy, Tony Fearon, Miceal Fearon, Turlough O’Neill and Seamus Fearon.
Win or lose they all know they have already done the club proud.
Philip McGovern, the Armagh County Secretary of Scór, congratulated the Dromintee dancers on their success to date.
“It is wonderful that Armagh is continuing to be represented at the National Final of Scór, this time by the Dromintee club in Rince Foirne,” he said.
“Armagh, as a county, has never won Rince Foirne in Scór Sinsear, despite a strong tradition of dancing in the county. It is wonderful to see Dromintee reaching the final in Rince Foirne in Scór Sinsear for the first time, as they have been great ambassadors for Armagh in this competition in the past, having participated in the Scór na nÓg Final of 1995 in the same competition.
“On behalf of Coiste Scór Ard Mhacha, I would like to wish them the very best in Killarney this coming Saturday where I’m sure the dancers will represent their club, county and province with distinction.”