The East Cork Scór na bPaistí Final was held in Watergrasshill on Sunday afternoon last (17th February).  Dungourney featured in a number of different competitions.  Lucy Flynn was first to perform in the solo singing competition with a beautiful rendition of “Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears”.  The competition had an extremely high standard and Lucy was very unlucky not to feature in the prize giving.  Next to perform for Dungourney were Brendan Loughnane and Aoibhe Corby in the solo music competition.  Brendan played a polka ‘’Maggie in the Woods” and Aoibhe played a jig “Banished Misfortune”.  Aoibhe was awarded second prize, both gave a great account of themselves and Imokilly Comhaltas would be very proud of their performances. 

Next up were the ballad group which consisted of Lucy Flynn, Eimear McGrath, Cara Padden and Amy O’Reilly.  All four girls are very strong, talented individual singers and they sang their two songs beautifully – “Caledonia” and “Níl na Lá” – again unlucky not to get placed.  This was followed by the play which boasted great performances from a number of the 6th Class pupils – Eimear McGrath, Amy O’Reilly, Adam Horgan, Matt Sweetnam, Maire Loughnane, Lucy Flynn, Lauren Davidson, Cara Padden and Una Fitzgerald.  The play was excellent – well written incorporating good acting, singing, humour and general entertainment.  It was no surprise that it got first prize and the group are now participating in the County semi-final in Ovens on Fri 1st March. 

The next competition that Dungourney featured in was the polka set. The team was made up of three sets of sisters – the Flynn’s (Lucy & Rachel), the O’Donovan’s (Lauryn & Evie), the Corby’s (Aoibhe & Chloe), Eimear McGrath and Darcy Voronins.  They danced two parts of the Sliabh Luachra set.  The girls gave a great account of themselves, as always, and were delighted to get first prize and make it through to the County semi-final.  The last competition of the night was the Quiz where Dungourney were represented by Aislinn McGrath, Eamonn Barry and Michael Falvey.  The team did very well in the four mark rounds but unfortunately missed a few of the six mark questions which prevented them from featuring in the prize giving – at least all the studying and information learned will not be wasted in quizzes and exams to come.

Well done to all those going on to represent East Cork in the County competition and best of luck, you’ll do the parish proud!  A great night’s entertainment is promised for any of you who can make it to Ovens on Fri 1st March to support the two teams going forward – the play group and polka set dancers.  Go n-éirí an t-ádh leo!

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