COISTE SCÓR NA BPÁISTÍ CIARRAÍ 2023
Scór within the County came to a conclusion with the” Lee Strand” Sponsored County Finals of Scór na bPáistí revealed the cultural talents of participating Clubs before the presence of a bumper audience held in the Glenbeigh/Glencar GAA Sports Hall on Saturday last April 29th where nine Districts Boards took part; North Kerry Football, North Kerry Hurling, South Kerry, West Kerry, East Kerry, Mid Kerry,Tralee St. Brendan’s, Castleisland District, Kenmare District.
Without a doubt, the competition that attracts the most attention in the County presently is Scór na bPáistí; which was first introduced in 2004 and especially aimed at the promotion of Scór amongst children of national school level. The whole idea for the competition was the brainchild of the late Siobhan Cotter, R.I.P., herself a primary school teacher and Secretary of Coiste na nÓg in the County at that particular time.
The competition is similar to both Scór na nÓg and Scor Sinsear with just three extra discpline which is Sean Nós Dancing, Solo Music and Solo Dancing; so the eleven disciplines to compete in are; Figure Dancing, Solo Singing, Recitation, Ballad Group, Sean Nós Dancing, Léiriú, Instrumental Music, Set Dancing, Solo Dancing, Solo Music and Quiz.
Thankfully Siobhan’s vision has proved to be a resounding success and is going from strength to strength each year since its foundation with hundreds of national school children taking part at district level and continuing to county final level.
The variety of talent on show was exceptional from; Dance, through to Song, Music and Drama which was proceeded by the Tráth na gCeist discpline. Certainly it proved once again the popularity of this national school children’s competition giving the huge and appreciative audience with such an enjoyable evening; and those that got the nod on Saturday last were lucky as each category was hotly contested.
The days proceedings ran smoothly in the efficient presence of Fear agus Bean Ti; P J Mulvihill. Oifigeach Coiste Scór Chiarraí agus Siobhán Ní Laoire, Runaí Coiste Scór Chiarraí
Tomás Ó hÁiniféin, Oifigeach Cultura Chiarraí at the end of the competitions thanked our sponsors “Lee Strand” for their kind sponsorship of Scór na bPáistí. He went on to thank the Glenbeigh/Glencar GAA Sports Hall Committee for hosting the days activities,
Special mention went to all the days participants with great credit due to them, their parents and tutors, the adjudicators, Ger Mangan on sound and our hard-working Scór Secretary, Suzanne Ni Laoire, and everybody who helped on the day.
The day got off to an early start with the County Finals of the Tráth Na gCeist. We were honoured to have Ladies Football legend Mary Jo Curran as Quiz Master for the occasion; holder of 11 All Ireland medals, 10 All Stars along with a Hall of Fame Award. 20 teams from around the County took part and at the end of a titanic battle it was a special day for the North Kerry Club, St. Senans, who saw off both Ardfert and Laune Rangers to clinch a County Title. Laune Rangers came in second place after a play-off with Ardfert
Moving on, we had the remainder of the day’s programme with the on-stage discplines and this year on a trial run Solo Music and Solo Dancing were introduced which was well received. First up, was the Figure Dancing and it was Rathmore that scooped first place with Beaufort a close second. Next up, we had the Solo Singing and Faye O Sullivan from Reenard got the adjudicators nod while in second place it was Jack Gillispie from Laune Rangers. Moving on to the Recitation and for the second year-in-a-row Daithi O Shea from Piarsaigh na Dromoda was top of the pile and coming in at second spot was Aoibhinn Creedon from Rathmore.
The first of our two new discplines; Solo Dancing went down very well with the audience and winners for this was Grace O Sullivan from Rathmore ; Tuosist’s Isabelle Hindle was runner up. Sean Nós Dancing, introduced with the last few years, has been very popular with the audiences and this time around the honours went to Glen O Shea from Currow with Sarah Duggan from Churchill a close second.
The Ballad Group has proved always difficult to decide and when the adjudicators made their decision it was Ballylongford in first place with Beaufort as runners up. In Novelty Act, Na Gaeil stole the show with a top class performance while Kilcummin were not too far away coming in 2nd. The Ballydonoghue Club are renowned for their musical talents and once again they proved their worth in the Instrumental Music discpline. Abbeydorney Ladies Football were second.
Next up came new discipline number two, Solo Music, and the first winners in this was Kilcummin’s Owen Foley while Katie Joyce from Beale came in second.
In the final discpline of a great day’s entertaintment we had the Set Dancing and again very little between the competing two; however Kilcummin proved the top notchers on the day with Reenard close second.
It was a very successful day for the Killcummin and Rathmore clubs who jointly scooped the Siobhan Cotter Memorial Shield, donated by the Cotter family for the Overall Trophy in honour of the late Siobhan for the best overall club on the day.
The “Healy/Connor Perpetual Cup” went to the Club who had participated most in Scór discplines over the duration of the competitions, (Scór Sinsear, Scór na nÓg and Scór na bPáistí). This was won by Reenard.
Tomás Ó hÁiniféin, Oifigeach Cultura Chiarraí, on behalf of Coiste Scór Chiarraí and Lee Strand, presented the winners and runners-up with their medals amid great scenes of excitement.
Tráth na gCeist
1st St Senans; Michael Somers, Matthew Quilter, Donnacha Quilter, Kateyln Lyons
2nd Laune Rangers; Peter O Shea, Daithi O Sullivan, Jack Gillespie, Eugene Mulligan
3rd Ardfert; Jamie Fahy, Muireann Wiseman, Elsie Dowling, Leona Kelly
1st Rathmore; Roisin McAuliffe, grace O Sullivan, Laura Cronin, Eabhia Murphy, Danielle Buckley, Isabelle O Sullivan
2nd Beaufort; Anna Mai Hughes, Emily Allen, Elizabeth Allen, Aoibheann Reid, Laoise Riordain, Clionagh Coffey, Chloe Coffey, Lauren McEvoy, Jennifer O Rourke, Leah O Malley
1st Reenard; Faye O Sullivan
2nd Laune Rangers; Jack Gillespie
1st Piarsaigh na Dromoda; Daithí O Shea
2nd Rathmore; Aoibhinn Creeden
1st Rathmore; Grace O Sullivan
2nd Tuosist; Isabelle Hindle
1st Ballylongford; Niamh Burrows, Dianne O Neill, Katie Neville, Emily Neville, Jessica Auston
2nd Beaufort; Darragh Doyle, Benen O Rourke, Anna May Hughes, Leah O Malley, Katelyn Murphy
Sean Nós Dancing
1st Currow; Glen O Shea
2nd Churchill; Sarah Duggan
1st Na Gaeil; Clodagh Morris, Philip Doyle, Jake Barrett, Lily Barrett, Farren Ni Dhalaigh, Caoimhe Daly, Amelia O Callaghan, Danny Brick
2nd Kilcummin; Michael Jaanot, Katie Brosnan, Timmy Kelliher, Caragh O Donoghue, Ella Murphy, Dean Moynihan, Ella Kate Pigott
1st Kilcummin; Owen Foley,
2nd Beale; Katie Joyce
1st Ballydonoghue; Ruth Foley, Aoibhinn McNaMara Moore, Laura Dalton, Daisy O Donnell, Sinead Costello
2nd Abbeydorney Ladies; Tom Slattery, Bella Lawlor, Hannah Dempsey, Sarah Slattery, Molly Sexton
1st Kilcummin; Aibhe O Callaghan, Caragh O Donoghue, Dean Moynihan, Owen Foley, Ella kate Pigott, Sean Leary, Aoife Doolan, Colm Fleming, Kayleigh O Sullivan
2nd Reenard; Shauna Kelly, Michaela Kelly, Sinead O Sullivan, Kiana Santos, Ruby Lyons, Doireann Lynch, Kate O Neill, Lea Kelly.