This Saturday, February 14, sees the national ScÃ³r na nÃ“g finals take place at the Citwest Hotel in Dublin, and County Longford is in contention to pick up medals in two categories.
Rachel Lyons of St Patrickâ€™s GAA Club, Ardagh, will compete in the storytelling category after her excellent performance at the Leinster finals on January 10, while Cnoc Mhuire student Nathan Brady will represent Colmcille GAA Club in the solo singing section, after he claimed first prize in last monthâ€™s provincial event.
Both Rachel and Nathan have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to perform in the finals, and speaking last month, the Chairperson of Longford ScÃ³r, Pauline Flood, said the local branch is hopeful the two competitors can pick up some silverware at the event.
â€œWe have high hopes for them,â€ she admitted. â€œNathan has won many fleadhs, has appeared on ScÃ³r Encore on TV, and has appeared on Miriam Oâ€™Callaghanâ€™s show. Heâ€™s from a very musical family.
â€œRachel is also from a musical background, and in addition to storytelling, she sings and plays guitar and bodhran.â€