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Scór na nÓg County Final 2019
The County Finals of Scór na nÓg were held in Galbally Community Centre on Sunday last, 24th November at 3.00 pm to a packed and enthusiastic audience.
All the competitors, turned out magnificently, displaying their club colours, showing off the superb talents of all the young performers in our clubs. Twenty-one of our clubs were represented at the finals.
The venue offered an auditorium with first class seating facilities, an excellent stage and well-proportioned changing facilities and practice areas for competitors. There was a great buzz about the hall, as is fairly normal for this type of event. The children and young people were full of anticipation of how they would perform on the day. The audience were not disappointed as the finals produced first class entertainment from start to finish. Each and every one of the eight competitions was of the highest quality. It left the adjudicators with a very difficult task in deciding who the county champions were going to be. The County Champions of the weekend’s finals will be performing in Banbridge, Co Down in the Ulster Semi-Finals of this competition on Saturday, 14th December to see who will be going on to represent Tír Eoghain at an Ulster final which is to be on Saturday 4th January 2020. The end prize from the Ulster Final will be an appearance at the All Ireland Finals in the INEC, Killarney on Saturday 1st February 2020. Following yesterday’s finals it’s congratulations to all the young people who participated in the events.
The finals have grown at a fast pace in recent times. This year’s finals had thirty-nine clubs involved from the early rounds in St Joseph’s College, Coalisland, St Patrick’s Hall, Fintona, and Sacred Heart College, Omagh, in mid October, to the semi-finals, in early November, in St Patrick’s College, Dungannon and Dún Uladh Centre at Killyclogher. There was a increased number of clubs, from last year, participating in the Ceol Uirlise section while there was a big increase in the number of clubs taking part in Rince Foirne and Ballad Groups. There were increases in the number of clubs taking part in other competitions as well and this made for greater levels of skill and ability. It is worthy of note that the eight County titles were spread across a seven differing clubs across the county.
Thanks to all those who participated in this year’s Scór na nÓg competitions and to the many clubs who generously gave their premises, time and efforts in the efficient running of these competitions.
Our extended thanks goes to the very many other people who helped with the general preparations for Scór within the club scenes – from mentors, parents and the hugely unsung contributions of grandparents and ‘taxi’ drivers who helped keep the great enthusiasm alive and healthy.
The County Champions for 2019 are as follows
Rince Foirne An Ómagh, Noamh Éanna
Amhránaíocht Aonair Cara Rose Brogan, An Caisleán Glas, Naomh Padraig
Aithriseoireacht Anna Ní Fhearáin, Naomh Maolmhadhóg
Ceol Uirlise An Ómagh, Noamh Éanna
Bailéad Ghrúpa Aireagal Chiaráin
Nuachleas Cabhán a’Chaorthainn, An Phluincadaigh
Rince Seit An Charraig Mhór, Naomh Colmcille
Tráth na gCeist Trí Leac, Naomh Mhic Artáin
Ceol Uirlise – An Ómaigh, N Éanna
Bailéad Ghrúpa – Aireagal Chiarain
Rince Foirne – An Ómaigh, N Éanna
Cara Rose Brogan,
Amhránaíocht Aonair, An Caisleán Glas
Anna Ní Fhearáin
Aithriseoireacht, Éadan na dTorc, N Maolmhadhóg
Nuachleas – Cabhán a’Chaorthainn
Rince Seit – An Charraig Mhór, N Colmcille
Tráth na gCeist – Trí Leac, N Mhic Artáin
A number of new documents relating to Scór are available for download
As we begin the celebration of the Jubilee of the introduction of the Scór movement in Tír Eoghain this will present to the clubs of Tír Eoghain the opportunity to prepare in a very practical way for these great celebrations. Clubs are being asked to involve as many of their young people in the various aspects of the Scór programme from dance, singing, music, drama and general knowledge in the quiz section. Given the vast range of natural abilities evident in each and every club area this should not present any problems the culture officers in our clubs. Clubs are asked to provide competitors in at least two of the disciplines.
The Culture Committee in the county will provide help to any club who have the desire to come into the Scór scene, who have not taken part for many years to the seasoned annual participating clubs in the county. Last year we had an amazing forty-one clubs taking part at Scór na nÓg level and our target remains at having all of our fifty-five clubs taking part in the Jubilee year. This will also include the adult members of the clubs and these should also bear in mind that competition in Scór Sinsear will begin shortly after the new year and clubs could now begin to draw together plans for participating in the senior section. While Scór na nÓg participation levels are higher the adults should now begin to devise plans as to how they can increase their levels on interest in the Scór ideal. With this said we should bear in mind that Tír Eoghain clubs are the leading county in Ireland in terms of All Ireland titles won. The key to this level of success is continual participation in competition.
This year also sees a review of the entire Scór rules and administration. Some significant changes have been made as listed below –
It is also an opportunity for members in clubs who do not make a contribution to the sporting end of their clubs to become involved and enjoy the beauty of preserving our cultural heritage.
The semi-finals of this year’s Scór na nÓg will be held on the 8th and 10th November. Confirmed venues for the semi-finals will be made known as soon as possible. It has become clear, in recent years, that a second night on a stage will always show a massive improvement in performances. This will present a great opportunity for competitors to prepare themselves for a county final which is then due to take place on Sunday 24th November in St Ciaran’s College, Ballygawley.
The Ulster semi-finals will then follow 8th and 14th December with the Ulster Final being held on Saturday 4th January 2019 and the All Ireland Finals will be held in the INEC, Killarney on Saturday 1st March 2020.