Scór is a GAA competition that combines all the colour and rivalry of Gaelic Games with the social/fun element of Ireland's traditional past-times. The competition was established by the GAA in 1969 with the aim of promoting Ireland's traditional pastimes and culture while offering club members the chance to meet up, have fun and represent their club during the winter months while Football and Hurling had ceased.

There are eight events/disciplines in Scór that cover all aspects of Irish culture: Figure/Céilí Dancing, Solo Singing, Instrumental Music, Recitation/Scéalaíocht, Ballad Group, Novelty Act, Question Time and Set Dancing. The competition is divided into two age levels, Scór Na nÓg, for young people under 17 and Scór Sinsear, for those over 17.

Just like the All-Ireland Football and Hurling Championships clubs taking part in Scór must first take part in a county championship. The winners go on to the provincial championship and then the All-Ireland Final.

It is interesting to note the All Ireland Scór champions are presented with their medals by the President of the GAA, winners are All-Ireland Champions in their own right in the same way as All-Ireland Senior Football or Hurling Final winners!

 

 

Scór na nÓg Final 2011 - (20/11/11)

 

As the euphoria of qualifying from last week’s semi-final died down, both acts and mentors got back to work with preparations for the final, to be held in St Joseph’s Parish Centre, Dunloy.

 

The club put on a bus for the final and a crowd of Lámh Dhearg members made the journey to North Antrim to cheer on the competitors.

 

As the hall began to warm up, the competitors went through their own preparations, the dancers going through a rigorous practice courtesy of Ciara! Then Fear an Tí Malachy Duffin called for everyone to take their seats and the competitive aspect of the day began.

 

First up were the dancers, who were up against experienced Scór na nÓg competitors St Mary’s Aghagallon for the title. Despite an excellent performance, we were pipped at the post and the plaudits went to St Mary’s. The girls, many of whom had just begun dancing a few months previously, were absolutely fantastic and a credit to themselves and to the club. There is much more to come from this group of dancers.

 

Natasha Miskimmin then took centre stage in arguably the most competitive of the day’s events. Once again she left the crowd in awed silence with another magnificent performance. Despite this incredible rendition, Natasha finished marginally behind the eventual winner of the competition, but can be very proud of her efforts and we are sure she will return next year with the title.

 

Our final competitor of the day was Rachael McCrudden in the Recitation. Loughgiel and Tír na nÓg provided her opposition in this section. Again she produced a very impressive performance, the judges praising her expression and body language throughout. However, Rachael was unlucky to finish just behind the eventual winner from Tír na nÓg. Rachael deserves great praise for her hard work and willingness to take on this difficult competition and again, we can aim for next year with anticipation.

 

Congratulations to all our competitors in this year’s Scór na nÓg. It is great to see the club making a resurgence in the Scór competitions and we hope to build on this success in the future.

 

The eventual winners from this year’s Scór na nÓg are listed below:

Rince Foirne (Céilí Dancing): St Mary’s, Aghagallon
Amhránaíocht Aonair (Solo Singing): Orla McAteer, Kickhams, Creggan
Ceol Uirlise (Instrumental Music): Naomh Gall, Belfast
Aithriseoireacht (Recitation): Seán Duffin, Tír na nÓg
Bailéadghrúpa (Ballad Group): Kickhams, Creggan
Nuachleas (Novelty Act): St Mary’s Aghagallon

Tráth na gCeist (Question Time): Tír na nÓg 

 

 

Scór na nÓg 2011– Semi-Final (11/11/11)

 

Following the resurgence of Scór Sinsir earlier in the year, the club took an enthusiastic approach to Scór na nÓg. As well as competing in the competition, we had the honour of hosting the semi-final. Having undertaken to host, it was all hands on deck for the fortnight leading up to the competition, with last minute preparations being juggled with rehearsals.

 

Doubling our participation from Scór Sinsir earlier in the year, we took part in four of the seven events.

 

First up were the Céilí Dancers of Eimear McGarry, Sinéad McGarry, Natasha Miskimmin, Úna McGarry, Orla McCrory, Méabh Martin, Rachael McCrudden and Dearbhla O’Reilly. For the number of weeks before the competition the girls had been working hard with their mentor Ciara McGarry who put in sterling work to get them ready on the night.

 

The work clearly paid off as the girls produced a great performance to win through to the final of the competition.

 

Our next competition was the Solo Singing, where Natasha Miskimmin had little time to gather her breath after an energetic performance with the Céilí Dancers. But gather it she did to belt out a fantastic rendition of The Gem of the Roe, which was met by rousing applause from the packed Halla Mór.

 

Natasha’s work in the run-up to the competition also stood her in good stead and she also progressed to the next round.

 

Hot on the heels of Natasha was Rachael McCrudden, who had a little more time to settle herself after dancing at the beginning of the evening before taking to the stage for the Recitation. Dressed as St Patrick and complete with staff and mitre, she wowed the crowd with St Patrick’s Birthday and duly booked her place in the final.

 

For the night’s finale, the teams filed onto the stage for the Tráth na gCeist. Our team of Sean-Paul Gibson, Patrick Mervyn and Pearse Fitzsimons, and mentored by Ciara McGarry, were immaculately dressed in white shirts and fetching red ties. We finished the first half of the quiz in a commanding position within the top three, but despite their best efforts, we finished just outside the qualification places in 4th place.

 

The running of the competition was a massive effort and the Cultural Committee would like to thank the many volunteers who lent a hand during the planning and implementation of the event. Many patrons praised us for the great welcome that they received and all the assistance that they were given throughout the evening. A few contributions to the Antrim website are included below:

Name : SPECTATOR

12 November 2011

i would like to compliment Lamh Dhearg on its excellent organisation of a very entertaining Scor na nÓg last night and many thanks for your
hospitality also.

 

Name : Una McStravick

13 November 2011

Just a short note to congratulate all involved in the organising of the Scor competition on Fri night Lamh derag club. We were so well received and looked after while we were there. Congratulations to all those who took part and well done to the sound man a job well done!! Una McStravick Aghagallon.

 

Name : Joe Mulhern

13 November 2011

Congratulations to everyone in Lamh Dhearg who was involved in the organisation of the Scor Na Nog competition on Friday night. It was exteremly well organised and was a excellent club effort. I would also like to commend Lamh Dhearg on the way they looked after the competitors and on the fantastic hospitality shown to all those present.

Joe Mulhern
Cultural Officer
St Galls GAC
 

 

 

 

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