COISTE SCÓR CHIARRAÍ
The Glenbeigh/Glencar Sports Hall was the magnificent setting today, Sunday 15th, for an outstanding County Final of Coiste Scór Na nÓg featuring 21 clubs from around the County.
Former Assistant Secretary of the County Board from Ballymacelligott, Fionnán Fitzgerald was an excellent Fear an Tí and added to the days enjoyment keeping everything running smoothly and efficiently during the huge programme of events.
These young people were full of anticipation of how they would perform on the day and 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 leaving the adjudicators with a very difficult task in deciding who the County Champions were going to be.
Proceedings got under way with the Quiz and here it was a ding dong struggle that needed a tie breaker with Spa and Tralee Parnells but at the end of the day the honours went to former All Ireland winners from Spa; (Emer O Keeffe, Donal Hickey, Seán Hickey, Ian Coffey) who got 52 out of 60 correct answers prior to the tie break. Ballymacelligott came in 3rd place.
Next up were the Figure Dancers where Dromid Pearses just edged out Laune Rangers into second place.
Six Solo Singers took part in this discpline but at the end of proceedings it was Dr. Crokes;( Liam Randals) and Cumann Caide Ban Chorca Dhuibhne (Caoimhe Ní Chíobháin) to the forefront with the former to go forward.
In the Recitation category Fintan O Sullivan, Reenard got the judges verdict with Eabha Healy, Glenflesk in second place.
Just leading up to the interval we had the Ballad Groups with 4 in all competing and with entertainment to the full East Kerry's Glenflesk took first place over St. Pats, Blennerville.
In the Novelty competition Reenard came up trumps with Tralee/St. Brendans a close second.
Instrumental Music at its best with 6 clubs competiting; certainly it must be difficult for the judges but their final decision was that first went to Finuge, North Kerry Football who got the nod over their neighbours from North Kerry Hurling Board, Crotta who tied with Kilcummin, East Kerry for second place.
In the final discpline of the evening it was the nifty footwork of the Set Dancers from Spa; 2017 All Ireland Champions who edged out Dromid Pearses.
Prior to the presentation of medals, Óifigeach Cultúra, Christy Kileen welcomed and thanked everybody for making the day a special occasion and heaped special praise on the the competitors who performed so brilliantly on the day and stated that everybody who took part were winners.
The Chairman went on to say that it's not all about winning as participation is the prime objective.
The parents and tutors, who are doing trojan work, came in for special mention also as did the venue.
All the winners will now go through the Munster Finals which will take place in the Éire Óg GAA Pavilion, Ovens, County Cork on Sunday January 5th, 1-30pm.
Both All Ireland Finals of Scór Na nÓg, (Saturday February,1st, 2020) and Scór Sinsear, (Saturday April 25th, 2020) will this year be taking place in the I.N.E.C. Killarney
1. Spa East Kerry Board
2. Tralee Parnells, Tralee/St. Brendans
1. Dromid Pearses, South Kerry Board
2. Laune Rangers, Mid Kerry Board
1. Liam Randals, Dr. Crokes, East Kerry Board.
2. Caoimhe Ní Chíobháin, Caide Ban Chorcha Dhuibhne
1. Fintan O Sullivan, Reenard, South Kerry Board
2. Éabha Healy, Glenflesk, East Kerry Board
1. Glenflesk, East Kerry Board
2. St. Pats, Blennerville, Tralee/St. Brendans Board
1. Reenard, South Kerry Board
2. Na Gaeil, Tralee/St. Brendans Board
1. Finuge, North Kerry Football Board
2. Crotta O'Neills, North Kerry Hurling Board
1. Spa, East Kerry Board
2. Dromid Pearses, South Kerry Board
OVERALL CLUB Reenard, South Kerry Board.