Cork clubs ditch boots for hec­tic Scór na nÓg sea­son

The Corkman - - SPORT -

WITH the on the field ac­tion about to be com­pleted, Cork

GAA un­der­age clubs are turn­ing their at­ten­tions to off the field ac­tiv­ity.

The GAA’s flag­ship cul­tural ac­tiv­ity Scór reaches a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in 2019 on reach­ing its 50th an­niver­sary. Scór is a cel­e­bra­tion of Ir­ish cul­ture and from the early days, Scór has played a hugely im­por­tant role on con­sol­i­dat­ing in pro­mot­ing/pre­serv­ing our Ir­ish iden­tity cul­ture and and her­itage.

Scór holds a spe­cial af­fil­i­a­tion with Cork, all those years ago, the late Derry Gowen from Fer­moy saw the fore­sight to pro­vide an out­let to the young and not so young to en­gage in a di­verse range of cul­tural re­lated ac­tiv­ity. A new Scór sea­son is un­der­way, Cork Chair­man Tony McAul­liffe high­lighted the im­por­tance of Cork GAA clubs work­ing for the preser­va­tion of a dis­tinct her­itage in a chang­ing so­ci­ety. “The GAA is about games but its also about peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties, noth­ing il­lus­trates this bet­ter than Scór and the role it can play at en­sur­ing a GAA club is in­clu­sive and ca­pa­ble of of­fer­ing some­thing for ev­ery­body and at all ages,” he said. “Over the past five decades, Cork has played a prom­i­nent part in the pro­mo­tion of Scór. To­day Scór is more rel­e­vant than ever be­fore as a fa­cil­ity to proudly dis­play a unique Ir­ish cul­ture through na­tive song, sto­ry­telling, dance and mu­sic,” said the Lis­mire club­man. have Through Cork per­fected in­di­vid­u­als prac­tice their tunes, and and com­pe­ti­tion, groups songs, recita­tions and dance in homes and halls be­fore pro­vid­ing di­verse en­ter­tain­ment in di­vi­sional, county, Mun­ster and All Ire­land Fi­nals. There are eight dis­ci­plines in Scór to choose cov­er­ing all as­pects of Ir­ish cul­ture: Fig­ure/Céilí Danc­ing, Solo Singing, Bal­lad Group, Recita­tion/Scéalaíocht, Léiriú Stáitse/Stage Pre­sen­ta­tion, In­stru­men­tal Mu­sic, Set Danc­ing and Ta­ble Quiz. The com­pe­ti­tion is di­vided into two age lev­els, Scór na nÓg, for young peo­ple un­der 17 years and Scór Sin­sir, for those over 17. Just like the club Foot­ball and Hurling Cham­pi­onships, clubs par­tic­i­pat­ing in Scór sam­ple com­pe­ti­tions at di­vi­sional level, the win­ners go for­ward to a County Fi­nal, the tri­umphant teams progress to a pro­vin­cial fi­nal and onto an All-Ire­land Fi­nal. In­for­ma­tion and dates for di­vi­sional fi­nals are avail­able from club and di­vi­sional cul­tural of­fi­cers. Dates and venues for di­vi­sional and county fi­nals in Scór na nÓg are:

Duhallow: Edel Quinn Hall, Kan­turk, Fri­day, Novem­ber 16, 7.30pm

Muskerry: Aghab­ul­logue GAA Hall, Coach­ford, Satur­day, Novem­ber 17, 7.30pm

Avondhú: Castle­town­roche Hall, Fri­day, Novem­ber 23, 7.30pm

County Fi­nal: Fri­day, De­cem­ber 28 The AGM of Cork County Scór takes place in Pairc Uí Rinn on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 22 com­menc­ing at 8pm.

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