Scoriocht Lannleire celebrates its
40th anniversary with lots of fun

Founder members of Scoraiocht Lann Leire at their 40th Anniversary celebrations in Dunleer. Fromo left : Hugh Conlon, Liam Reynolds, Dolly Flanagan, John Flanagan and Sean Flanagan
Scoriocht Lannleire celebrated its 40th anniversary on Saturday last with lots of colourful events.

Scoriocht Lannleire celebrated its 40th anniversary on Saturday last with lots of colourful events.

This included a photographic competition and the launch of the Wren Boys 40th commmeoration DVD.

Scoriocht hold classes in fiddle, guitar, bodhran and tin whistle and everybody works on a voluntary basis.

They believe traditional music is part of our culture and heritage and the way to keep this proud tradition alive is by handing it on to the next generation and to this aim we work to hard to try and keep the lessons available and affordable for everyone.

All classes start in September.

Every Christmas Scoriocht hold Féile an Dreoilín - The Wren competition. The children form into groups and have to perform a short sketch, music, dance and song. They must also include the Wren Poem.

The competition is based on the Wren boy groups which are still seen calling to houses on St Stephen’s Day all around the country. The children look forward to this all year and secret rehearsals are well underway.

They also have a special early visit from the Man Himself, Santa on the night. They present two very special awards: the Tommy Powderly Memorial Trophy and the Scoraiocht Plaque which one year was awarded to the parents of all the children who took park in Túras an Dreoilín The Wren on Tour. This was a very successful show held in Donegal and this would not have been possible without the parents.

They have also launched a website

This is a very safe and secure website where following consultation with the Scoraiocht committee only the official Scoraiocht I.T. consultant can upload or download items.

They have also held produced a play based on the Great Famine.

It was written by Rose Downes and was staged by the young people at the Ceili House Dunleer.

The play was called The Hungry Years and was based on the story of ten-year-old Mary O’Connor who left her home in Dingle during the famine and travelled to America aboard the Jeannie Johnson.

“I wrote the play,” said Rose, “because the children at school were asking me questions about the Famine.