Máire on song

Irish Examiner - County - - Front Page - John Tar­rant

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.

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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,

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De­lighted Mun­ster Scór na nÓg cham­pi­ons Kil­shan­nig Ceol Urlise rep­re­sented by Dar­ragh O’Shea, Eoin Turner, Sheila Ka­vanagh, Aoife Turner and Mark O’Shea.

Pic­ture: John Tar­rant

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.

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