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Niamh and Whitecross enjoy Scór success

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Niamh and Whitecross enjoy Scór success thumbnailNiamh McDowell of Glassdrumman, representing Down and Ulster, competing in the in the Scór na nÓg final 2017 at Waterfront Hotel in Belfast, Antrim

IT might not have been the best weekend on the pitch for Armagh and Down, but both counties were celebrating GAA success of a different kind at the weekend.

Glasdrumman's Niamh McDowell won the solo singing section of the Scór na nÓg at the All-Ireland finals, held in the Waterfront Hall in Belfast on Saturday.

Niamh, a year 9 pupil at St Louis Grammar School in Kilkeel, won the title for her rendition of 'John Condon', about a young boy from Waterford who died aged 14 while fighting in the First World War.

Meanwhile Whitecross' Ceili dancers were the pick of the bunch in their final. In a facebook post the club said the girls had "done yourselves and your club proud," adding that they had made history.

Tony Bannon, who is Glasdrumman's PRO, said that Niamh's performance "will live long in the memories of  those present to witness it not just from Glasdrumman and the Mourne area but from all four corners of this island.

"We, as club, could not have asked any more from Niamh in terms of her commitment, rehearsal and song delivery.

"She was coming home to us as a Champion irrespective of the results on the day. She'd already written her own unique chapter in our club's history."

There was a warm welcome for Niamh when she got back to Glasdrumman, according to Tony. "After a brief detour to show her trophy to Granny McDowell, Niamh enetered the hall to a very warm and welcoming ovation from all present.

"One of the first on hand to greet her was our Scór veteran Art McCartan, who took great pride in all her achievements.

"Niamh took to the stage and thanked all who've supported her throughout Scór na nÓg 2017.

"She thanked her parents, her mentors Joanne, Donna and Tony as well her fellow Scór teammates Peter, Aoife, Dana and Cara from the instrumental group as well as Ciara, Aoife, Clodagh and Tara from the ballad group and to all from the club and county who encouraged her during the competitions. [She] gave a special mention to Dan McCartan for opening the school for us to rehearse in."

There was hard luck for other finalists from the area. Mayobridge's ballad group missed out, as did the Cullyhanna léiriú team while Ballyholland and Silverbridge lost in the quiz.

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