Cork clubs ditch boots for hectic Scór na nÓg season
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.