Katie Bonnes wins All Ireland Scor na nOg for Recitation
On the 16th of February my family and I travelled to Castlebar in County Mayo for the Scór na nÓg All Ireland Final. It was held in the TF Royal theatre in the heart of the bustling town and was an amazing event of Irish culture, dance and music.
In my category, ‘Scéalaíocht’ or recitation, there were four competitors, one from each province, I was the first to say my piece titled ‘The child I did not know’ by Patsy O’Hagan. The pieces that followed were mainly comical, there was a boy from Tipperary in Munster who said a poem about a donkey before a boy from Roscommon in Connacht delivered his and the last act was a girl from Longford who said a poem her dad had written for her, it started out funny but then it got serious and reminiscent.
There were several categories prior to the results being called but as it approached I grew more nervous. When the Fear a’tí announced me as the winner my family and friends were hugging and congratulating me, some were crying, some were cheering but in that moment I could only feel the overwhelming wave of emotion, I was speechless, this was for two reasons; I couldn’t believe it was me that had won it and; I couldn’t have been more thankful for all the support I had.