The All Ireland Readoiri Finals of the Pioneer Association's Talent Competition was held on the last Saturday in February (28/02/09) in the Community Centre Kingscourt, Co. Cavan. The event was attended by over eight hundred patrons which included approximately 250 competitors both adult and young people. It is a magnificent venue and has just been extended recently.
The event was hosted by the Ulster Leisure Activities Committee in cooperation with the National Leisure Committee. Even though Kingscourt is outside the area covered by the Ulster Committee we received great cooperation and help from members and people of Kingscourt to whom the Ulster Committee are very grateful.
The organising Committee are also very grateful to everybody who helped on the day. Over seventy stewards who performed various duties and were made up of members of the Association from all over the Province. The MC for the day was Brian Mc Manus from Derrylin.
The event was opened by the President of the Association Mr Shane Kitson who also made the presentations at the end of the night.
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| Figure Dancing|
Sinead Grant, Shauna Ryan, Rosemary Mc Carr, Teresa McGrath, Ciara Corbett, Ciara Gough, Catherine Ryan, Veronica McNamara.
| Junior Solo Singing|| Nathan Brady||Colmcille||Ardagh/Clonmacnoise||Leinster|
| Musical Group||Eimear Brosnan, Anna Sheehan. ||Dromin/Athlaca ||Limerick ||Munster |
| Junior Recitation||Stacey Donohue ||Legan||Longford ||Leinster |
| Senior Solo Singing|| Aishling Tunney||Westport ||Tuam||Connaught|
| Junior Musical Solo|| Aoife Cunningham||Drumavaddy||Kilmore ||Ulster |
| Junior Novelty Act|| Amy Flanagan, Caith Doyle, Enda Minogue, Ronan Minogue, Alan Kavanagh, John Kehoe, Cathal Byrne, Shauna Dunne.||Bree||Ferns ||Leinster |
| Group Disco Dancing|| Claire Quinn, Matthew Mills, Patrick Mullins, Hollie Coleman, Emily Fleming, Sorcha Connelly.||Abbeyknockmoy||Tuam ||Connaught|
|Pageant|| Caolara Mc Ateer, Brighde Mulholland, Sinead Rece, Anne Marie Mulholland, Tara Mc Ateer, Mitchel Mc Ateer, Padraig Mc Ateer. ||Rostrevor||Dromore ||Ulster |
| Senior Novelty Act||Rachel Reilly, Ciaran McGoldrick, Noel McInerney, Blahanid O'Reilly, Peter Mulligan. ||Ballymachugh||Ardagh/Clonmacnoise||Leinster |
| Senior Musical Solo||Aoife Rattigan||Knock||Tuam ||Connaught |
|Senior Recitation||Joe Hunt||Legan ||Ardagh/Clonmacnoise ||Leinster|
| Group Singing||Katie Broderick, Annie Butler, Sally Dunlea, Catherine Hoare, Laura Kennedy, Eva Wilkenson. ||Loreto/Fermoy ||Cloyne ||Munster|
| Set Dancing||Jessica Lilly, Claire Quinn, Katie Mullins, Julia McHugh, Brian Potter, Christopher Dunne, Paul Flaherty, Craig Kennedy. ||Abbeyknockmoy||Tuam |
The Organising Committee wish to thank the Readoiri Officers in the other three Provinces and everybody who helped on the day.
Michael J Keane
National Leisure Chairman/Ulster Readoiri Officer.