Rostrevor will have strong representation at the Down Scór Final in Banbridge on Sunday evening (7th February), as Michael McNally in Recitation and the Léiriú both qualified from the South Down Final in Mayobridge at the weekend. Michael’s “The Present” made it through at the expense of some stiff competition and he will join Glenn’s Declan McConaghy in the county decider with East Down’s two qualifying finalists joining them in the line up.

In Léiriú, the Reds have been extremely impressive in the junior competitions with two Ulster Final appearances in three years. Hopefully, the newly-crowned South Down champions can reclaim the county honours that were last claimed in the Senior event in 2011, as Rostrevor return to the Drama section at Scór Sinsear for the first time in five seasons. “Rising from the Ashes” is performed by Kathleen, Michael and Kieran McNally, Eamonn and Deirdre McClorey, Fionnuala Rice, Matthew McGrath and Moya Murphy.

Rostrevor were also awarded with an additional piece of silverware with the annual Moya McCormack South Down “Spirit of Scór” award being presented to the club at the end of the night. Well done to both our senior and junior competitors on this recognition.

Congratulations and best wishes to both the Léiriú and Michael McNally (Recitation) and they will be on stage at Banbridge Parish Centre on Sunday night with the competitions starting at 7pm.

By Kieran McNally

Returning to Silverbridge for yet another Ulster Scór na nÓg final, Rostrevor’s run in this year’s competition came to a conclusion in the close-run Léiriú. The young Reds took to the stage first and performed their piece to a high standard once more with the Cavan champions from Gowna, Cullyhanna of Armagh and Donegal’s Gaoth Dobhair also putting on top shows for the large audience.

In the end, the young cast didn’t receive the full backing of the three judges with only Monaghan’s representative placing ‘Rising from the Ashes’ in first place. That wasn’t enough in the end with Cullyhanna retaining the title. Despite this, the huge effort put in by all involved deserves huge credit and a tenth Ulster final appearance in fifteen years is testament to the work of those that have provided such success over that period of time.

Congratulations to Eileen, Owen and Christina Rice, Emmett, Oisin and Caoimhe McClorey, Michael Murphy and Aidan Mackin on a very good campaign over the last couple of months. Furthermore, the guidance of Kathleen McNally; in her twentieth season, along with Fionnuala Rice and Deirdre McClorey in helping the group and attending events and preparing the act voluntarily shows the commitment of our members to all aspects of our association.

28/11/2015 – Léiriú comes out on top in Ulster Semi Final
By Kieran McNally

Rostrevor emerged victorious from the second Ulster Scór na nÓg Semi Final; overcoming tough competition from Slaughtneil Emmetts (Derry), Eglish (Tyrone) and Gaoth Dobhair (Donegal) to claim first place in Galbally. The Donegal champions from Gweedore also progressed in second place, but an excellent performance of ‘Rising from the Ashes’ secured an impressive victory for the young act.

Continued success in the drama section of the Scór programme really places the club at the forefront on the provincial stage and optimism will be high for a potential tilt at a third Ulster title in a fortnight’s time. Christina, Owen and Eileen Rice, Emmett, Caoimhe and Oisin McClorey, Michael Murphy and Aidan Mackin represented the club with distinction and should be rightfully proud of their achievements in helping the club reaching an outstanding tenth Ulster Final in fifteen years.

The Ulster Final will be held in Silverbridge on Saturday 12th December on what is sure to be an action packed day for the club!

22/11/2015 – County Glory for Léiriú

Another fantastic achievement for the Rostrevor club arrived at Banbridge Parish Centre with the young Scór team bringing him the Down title in Léiriú yet again. In what proved to be a close run final, ‘Rising from the Ashes’ was to claim first place ahead of Bryansford, Mayobridge and Teconnaught to emphasise our place at the top table of drama in the county and indeed; province. Emmett, Oisin and Caoimhe McClorey, Eileen, Christina and Owen Rice, Michael Murphy and Aidan Mackin have been performing so well and it is great to see their hard work; along with that of their mentors Kathleen McNally, Fionnuala Rice and Deirdre McClorey, paying dividends once more.

The young act will be in action in the second of the Ulster Scór na nÓg Semi Finals (Down, Tyrone, Derry and Donegal) this coming Saturday night in Galbally.

By Kieran McNally

It was another successful night for our Scór na nÓg members, as yet another Rostrevor victory was secured in Sunday’s South Down Final at St. Mark’s High School. “Rising from the Ashes” came out on top ahead of Mayobridge’s act with both moving through to the County Final in a fortnight’s time at Banbridge Parish Centre.

The young cast put in another fine performance with their recollection of some of the pivotal moments culminating in the 1916 rising providing much entertainment for the large attendance. Christina, Eileen and Owen Rice, Caoimhe, Oisin and Emmett McClorey, Michael Murphy and Aidan Mackin are representing the club in this year’s competition; under the guidance of Kathleen McNally, Fionnuala Rice and Deirdre McClorey.

As noted; the Down County Final will be held on Sunday 22nd November in Banbridge Parish Centre with the time to be confirmed.

By Kieran McNally

The commencement of the Scór na nÓg has seen our youngest members take to the stage again in the search of honours. Rostrevor were represented in three competitions in the opening rounds of this year’s competition with the Léiriú progressing to the South Down final. Maisie Tinnelly and Caoimhe McClorey were both narrowly eliminated in the Solo Singing and Recitation respectively, with Caoimhe reaching the qualifier round before losing out in a close competition.

However, there was more joy for the Léiriú, as the quest for another county and provincial title in the recently revamped Drama competition begins. Having claimed Ulster titles in the prior Novelty Act in 2004 and 2012, the young Reds have quite a bit of history behind them at this level with twelve Down titles since the turn of the millennium; and fifteen in all, leaving the club as the most successful by far in the acting discipline in Down. The young cast moved into the South Down final with a very interesting play about the events surrounding the Easter Rising of 1916. Indeed, the club are perennial the most prolific Ulster Final participant in the province in this competition and the hope is that an eleventh final in 20 years will be achieved in the coming weeks before Christmas. This young and talented group of children performing with such enthusiasm and quality have every chance of achieving that goal.

Christina, Eileen and Owen Rice, Emmett, Oisin and Caoimhe McClorey, Michael Murphy and Aidan Mackin are the cast for this year’s Léiriu; under the continued guidance of Kathleen McNally along with Fionnuala Rice and Deirdre McClorey. The South Down Final will be held in St. Mark’s High School in Warrenpoint on Sunday 8th November @ 4pm.

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