Máire on song
The road between Cork city and the Múscraí Gaeltacht is one well travelled by singer Máire Ní Chéileachair.
With on-field action about to be completed, Cork GAA underage clubs are turning their attention to off-field activities.
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, it played a hugely important role in consolidating an Irish identity and in promoting and preserving culture and heritage.
The competition holds a special affiliation with Cork and, 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.
With a new Scór season underway, Cork chairman Tony McAulliffe highlighted the importance of local GAA clubs working for the preservation of a distinct heritage in a changing society.
“The GAA is about games but it’s also about people and communities; nothing illustrates this better than Scór and the role it can play at en- suring a GAA club is inclusive and capable of offering something for everybody and at all ages.
“Over the past five decades, Cork has played a prominent part in the promotion of Scór,” he said. “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.”
Through practice and competition, Cork individuals and groups have perfected their tunes, 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 from, 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 youngsters under 17 years and Scór Sinsir, for those over 17.
Just like the club football and hurling championships, clubs participate in Scór sample competitions at divi- sional level first; the winners go forward to a county final, the triumphant teams progress to a provincial final and on to an All-Ireland decider.
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; Carbery: Rossmore Theatre, Sunday, November 25, 2pm; Imokilly: Lisgoold Hall, Friday, December 1, 7.30pm; Carrigdhoun: Ballinhassig Hall, Saturday, December 2, 7pm. County Final: Friday, December 28.
Maggie Moynihan(Cullen) received her 2018 All Ireland Scór na nÓg Cup from former GAA President Aogán O’Fearghaill.
2018 All Ireland Scór na nÓg winners Carbery Rangers Ballad Group represented by Kate Creedon, Rachel Hodnett; Aoife McSweeney, Joan O’Donovan and Orlagh O’Gorman pictured with former GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail and Nationsl Scór Chairman Antóin Mac Gabhann,
Delighted Munster Scór na nÓg champions Kilshannig Ceol Urlise represented by Darragh O’Shea, Eoin Turner, Sheila Kavanagh, Aoife Turner and Mark O’Shea.
The Boherbue Quiz team of Anthony O’Connor, Daniel Sheehan, Megan Courtney and Tomas Sheehan took third place in the Table Quiz at the All Ireland Scór na nÓg Finals.