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Ulster Scor Sinsear Semi-Final - 2011
5th March 2011
St.Mary's Rasharkin at Ulster Scor Sinsear Semi Final 2011

Ulster Scor Sinsear semi final took place on Saturday 5th March in the impressive Abbey Grammar School Newry. This semi final was contested by the County Champions of Antrim, Derry and Down in the eight categories Rince Foirne (Ceili Dancing), Amhranaiocht Aonair (Solo Singing), Ceol Uirlise (Instrumental Music), Aithrisroreacht / Scealaoicht (Recitation / Storytelling), Bailead Ghrupa (Ballad Group Singing), Nuachleas (Novelty Act), Rince Seit (Set Dancing) and Trath na gCeisteanna (Question Time)

The winners from tonight would go forward to the Ulster final on 12th March back in Abbey Grammar School. St.Mary's Rasharkin had participants in two categories having collected the county titles in Glenravel three weeks previous.

Our Ceili Dancers were the first act on stage; they set the high standard for the evening with a great display. Watty Grahams Glen was next up with a flawless performance good enough to give them the green light. Well done to our dancers Marian, Emma, Anita, Breige, Claire, Brenna, Paula and Michaela for all their efforts. Thanks go to Seamus McNicholl for his work with the girls.

Therese Tunney was flying the Rasharkin flag in the next section - Solo Singing, for the second time in two years at Ulster semi final stage. Therese accompanied by her brother Patrick put in a brilliant performance, but unfortunately Kerrie Kennedy from Glenn County Down got the nod from the adjudicators.

The quality of all the performances was extremely high with every section hotly contested, this is a credit to all the clubs represented. It was a very entertaining evening of Irish cultural, song and dance. Down Cultural Officer Ryan Ó Dúill was the compere for the evening; Micael Greenan spoke at the end to acknowledge the high standard and thank everyone for their participation.

Both of our acts deserve recognition; they represented themselves, St.Mary's and Antrim with distinction. With the experience gathered from this, I have no doubt Rasharkin will return next year hopefully competing for further honours.

Thanks go to all our helped and promoted our competitors in the County Final and the Ulster Semi Final. A special mention of thanks must go to our supporters who travelled in good numbers.
Results are as follows: 
 Rince Foirne (Ceili Dancing):  Watty Grahams Glen (Co. Derry) 
 Amhranaiocht Aonair (Solo Singing):  Kerrie Kennedy Glenn (Co. Down) 
 Ceol Uirlise (Instrumental Music):  Darragh Cross (Co. Down) 
 Aithrisroreacht / Scealaoicht (Recitation / Storytelling):  Gareth Mc Greevy St.Patrick's Saul (Co. Down) 
 Bailead Ghrupa (Ballad Group Singing):  St.Patrick's Saul (Co. Down) 
 Nuachleas (Novelty Act):  St.Bronagh's Rostrevor (Co. Down) 
 Rince Seit (Set Dancing):  Clonduff GAC (Co. Down) 
 Trath na gCeisteanna (Question Time):  Bredagh GAC (Co. Down)