Connacht G.A.A. ensures the West is well and truly awake!

The G.A.A. dressing rooms, pitches, walkways and training grounds around the country maybe desolate, however, it’s cultural wing, Scór, is busier than ever. From Manorhamilton in North Leitrim down to beautiful Kinvara in South Galway, and from Achill on the Atlantic coast to Tarmonbarry on the Roscommon/Longford border, there’s barely a club in the mighty West left untouched by GAA Scór activities. How fitting so are the words of Thomas Davies’ rousing ballad ‘The West’s Awake’, to celebrate Scór participation in Connacht during these unprecedented times and represent the province in Virtual Scór.

This memorable rendition of a song synonymous with wonderful sporting days for western teams, features over 30 musicians and singers from 14 clubs across the province. With all local and county rivalries put aside, these performers have contributed their time and expertise for this special collaboration in a spirit of goodwill and pride befitting our country’s response to the challenging times we are living through. A great surprise to many was the inclusion of G.A.A. legends Jimmy Murray (Roscommon), Joe McDonagh (Galway) and of course, who many would regard as the original voice of Gaelic games, Dublin’s, Mícheál Ó hEithir.

The project was co-ordinated by Tom Murray, Rúnaí of Coiste Scór Chonnacht, who put the call out to Connacht Scór officials and delegates from each county to liaise with people at local level. Seán Ó Murchú, Cathaoirleach, Coiste Scór Chonnacht, has praised the efforts of all involved saying “it’s so heartening to see the great calibre of talent in the west making such a united contribution to ‘Virtual Scór’”. These sentiments were echoed by Gerry McGovern, Uachtarán, Comhairle Chonnacht, who remarked “all in Connacht G.A.A. can be immensely proud of this initiative”.

Ensuring that the final product was successfully brought together, the expertise and experience of Gareth McGreevy from Saul GAA in Co. Down was brought on board. Gareth has been responsible for some excellent ‘Virtual Scór’ collaborations over the past few weeks which have seen singers and musicians from all over Ireland record versions of the ‘May the Road Rise to Meet You’ and Dana’s ‘All Kinds of Everything’. Connacht Scór is indebted to Gareth for lending his time and professionalism to his fellow Gaels in the west.

‘Virtual Scór’ has been a source of tremendous entertainment, distraction and fun over the past two months. The absence of our native field sports and club activities has left an indelible void in the lives of many and presented an obstacle to the natural expression of our Irishness offered through Cumann Luthchleas Gael. ‘Virtual Scór’ has hugely helped to counteract this void for many Gaels all over the country and beyond, and so Connacht Scór would like to dedicate this song to the men behind the movement, Aodán Ó Braonáin, Chairman of the National Scór Committee, and Rúnaí, Jamie Ó Tuama (Páirc an Chrócaigh), for their tireless work and efforts in keeping Scór to the fore in this novel way.

 

 

Singers and musicians involved in the production are:

Cian and Caoimhe Kearns (Owenmore Gaels GAA, Sligo), Niamh Farrell (St. Mary’s GAA, Sligo), Damien McGuinness and Deirdre Kilgannon (St. Farnon’s GAA, Sligo), Carmel Costelloe (Menlough/Skehana GAA, Galway), Ellen Keane, Emily and Emmet Greaney (Abbeyknockmoy GAA, Galway), Siobhán Breathnach (Kilconly GAA, Galway), Paula Kiernan (Carrigallen GAA, Leitrim), Fionnuala Maxwell (Annaduff GAA, Leitrim), Laura Crossan and Eleanor Smith (St. Mary’s Kiltoghert GAA, Leitrim), Sarah Keane (Elphin GAA, Roscommon), Fiachra Guihen, Elizabeth Earley and Rachel Noone (St. Ronan’s GAA, Roscommon), Mary Murray, Claire and Anne Marie Murray, Lisa and Tom Murray, Louise Fallon, Ciara Dempsey, Áine O’Connor Flynn, Padraig and Gordon O’Connor, Donncha and Alastair Beegan (St. Dominics GAA, Roscommon, Ann Forry and Fiona Connaghan (CLG Acla/Achill GAA, Mayo), Joanne McAndrew (Kilfian GAA, Mayo).

The production was launched at 8pm on Friday evening on Connacht G.A.A.’s Facebook page. In less than 20 hours it has over 21,000 views from right across the world.

In the words of Thomas Davies “but hark a voice like thunder spake, the West’s Awake, the West’s Awake!”

 

Tá súil agam go bhfuil sibh uilig go maith.
As you may hopefully know from your Coiste Scór in the county, Connacht Scór will be lauching a “virtual video” of the West’s Awake this evening on the Connacht G.A.A. Facebook page at 8pm. It consists of Scór musicians and singers from the five counties in Connacht. You may have seen something similar on the County Down website in the last few days.
For now, I would appreciate a “like” and “share” or a possible tweet. Once it is goes live tonight, I’d be delighted if it was shared with a press release I’ll forward to you later this evening. If you require artwork for your Facebook page or Twitter account, drop me a text at the number below and I’ll forward immediately.
Míle buíochas as bhur dtacaíochta le Scór mar O.C.P. !
Ar aghaidh linn le chéile!

Tomás Ó Muirí

Runaí, Coiste Scór Chonnacht

Teachtaireacht ó Chathaoirleach Choiste Náisiúnta Scór, Aodán Ó Braonáin

By Jamie O Tuama


Ag an am seo den bhliain ba cheart go mbeadh ‘fáiltiú’ á scríobh agam roimh mhuintir Scór chuig Babhtaí Ceannais Scór Sinsir na hÉireann san INEC i gCill Airne. Is mór an trua nach féidir linn dul ar aghaidh leis na comórtaisí, go háirithe dóibh siúd atá tar éis Craobh an Chondae a bhuachaint. Caithimid cloí le comhairle an Rialtais agus, sa deireadh thiar thall, caithfidh muid tús áite a thabhairt do shláinte agus fholláine an phobail.

The cancellation of our Scór Sinsir All-Ireland Finals due to be held in the INEC Killarney is a grave disappointment to all involved in GAA Scór. For those who have trained hard, won a county title and hoped for All-Ireland glory it is especially difficult. However, the health and safety of our communities and especially our senior citizens, many of whom are among our most loyal supporters, must take precedence.

As we have no indication as to how long the present restrictions will apply it is difficult to plan for the future. Coiste Náisiúnta Scór will be guided by advice from the Ard-Stiurthóir in any decision to resume live competition. It is our current intention to complete the current Scór Sinsir competition before commencing the 2021 renewal.

While our live Scór competitions are in hibernation there is a vibrant and varied Scór programme of activity being run online. “Vitual Scór” affords the opportunity to perform in a multiple of disciplines on Facebook, (GAA Scór Oifigiúl) and the range of performance and creativity on display has been outstanding. County and provincial Scór committees are actively promoting performance and celebrating past performers on social media. A diary of upcoming events can be found on “GAA Scór Oifigiúil” on Facebook.

Many of our Scór participants and followers are involved in the war on Covid 19 as frontline workers in healthcare, social-care, policing and voluntary work across the island of Ireland. Our thoughts, prayers and gratitude are with you all.

Fan sa bhaile, fan sábháilte ach leanaigí ar aghaidh ag canadh, ag casadh ceoil, ag damhsa agus insint scéalta.

Aodán Ó Braonáin (Cathaoirleach, Coiste Náisiúnta Scór)

Sceideal ‘Virtual Scór’ @GAAScór Oifigiúil

25 Aibreán Ceol Clainne’ day on Virtual Scór – 2+ musicians from the same family needed to participate

25 Aibreán Online Tráth na gCeist on Scór Chonnacht’s FB page at 9.00

26 Aibreán ‘GAAgaeilge’ Day on Virtual Scór – amhráin, dánta, aithrisí agus scéalta i nGaeilge amháin

30 Aibreán Craobh Scór na nÓg 2020 on Facebook

2 Bealtaine County Day’ – songs in which counties are mentioned for Virtual Scór

3 Bealtaine ‘Rince Timpeall an Tí’ – dances with 2+ participants from families for Virtual Scór

6 Bealtaine TG4 Highlights from Scór Finals in 2019

Tá súil agam go bhfuil sibh uilig go maith agus go bhfuil sibh ag coinneail slán sábháilte san am éiginnte seo. Níl anseo ach ríomhphost gairid le sibh a chur ar an eolas maidir le cúpla togra atá ar bun againn faoi láthair.

 

Seo chugaibh nasc chuig iris nua Ghaeilge Chumann Lúthchleas Gael. Bheinn buíoch díbh dá mbeadh sibh in ann an nasc seo a scaipeadh ar bhaill Bhord an Chontae agus bheadh sé iontach dá mbeadh an tOifigeach Caidrimh Poiblí sásta scéal a chur amach faoi ar mheain shóisialta an Chontae!

 

Leagan Gaeilge

https://www.gaa.ie/news/cuaille-iris-ghaeilge-clg-ar-fail-anois/

 

Leagan Béarla

https://www.gaa.ie/news/gaa-s-irish-language-online-magazine-cuaille-out-now/

 

Chomh maith leis sin, tá ‘Virtual Scór’ ar siúl ar leathanach FB GAA Scór Oifigiúil idir an lá inniu agus an Domhnach seo chugainn. Bheinn buíoch ach an scéal a scaipeadh faoi. Tá nasc chuig an ócáid seo le fáil anseo: https://www.gaa.ie/news/virtual-scor-resumes-virtual-scor-ar-ais-aris/?fbclid=IwAR1VJrp0GDxZYbzs2zkMiAxdQZIocW6OdslsNuTmyj-u2qJTxdV497aMJ48

 

Coinnigí slán sábhailte agus beannachtaí na Cásca oraibh!

 

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I hope you are all keeping safe and well during this uncertain period. I am writing to you to draw your attention to two initiatives we are undertaking at present.

 

The following is a link to our new online Irish language magazine. I would be very grateful if you could forward this link to the members of the county Board and to your PRO in particular to see if he/she would be happy do publicise it on the county’s social media platforms.

 

Leagan Gaeilge

https://www.gaa.ie/news/cuaille-iris-ghaeilge-clg-ar-fail-anois/

 

Leagan Béarla

https://www.gaa.ie/news/gaa-s-irish-language-online-magazine-cuaille-out-now/

 

Also, ‘Virtual Scór’ will be taking place from today until Sunday on our GAA Scór Oifigiúil FB page. I would be grateful if you could spread the word. All details can be found at the following link: https://www.gaa.ie/news/virtual-scor-resumes-virtual-scor-ar-ais-aris/?fbclid=IwAR1VJrp0GDxZYbzs2zkMiAxdQZIocW6OdslsNuTmyj-u2qJTxdV497aMJ48

 

Stay sound and safe and have a happy Easter!

 

Beirigí bua,

 

Jamie

 

 

 

Jamie Ó Tuama

Oifigeach Forbartha Gaeilge

An Rannóg Chumarsáide

 

Guthán / Phone : +353 (0)1 819 2941 / 087 9505695
CLG, Páirc an Chrócaigh, Baile Átha Cliath 3 / GAA, Croke Park, Dublin 3

The County Finals took place last Saturday, March 6th in Mohill. Fionnuala Maxwell, Annaduff once again did an excellent job hosting as Bean an Tí for the evening’s entertainment.

Well done to all 8 clubs who took part. It was a lovely evening of music, song & dance. It was great to see some familiar faces returning to Scór Liatroma aris. Maith sibh go Leir. The quiz was held in the new format prior to the stage competition with the top 3 teams going head to head on stage later in the evening. In Leitrim’s case we had a tie, bringing 4 teams to the final round.  After a nail biting final of 6 rounds, with the Bors and St Marys going point to point to the bitter end. Bornacoola emerged the winners and represent Leitrim at the Connacht Provincial final. Medals were presented to the winners by the newly elected Chairperson of Leitrim County Board Chairman, Enda Stenson. The club of the year was selected by the Cavan judging panel. Claire Crossan accepted the Cormac MacGiolla Shield for Club na Bliana on behalf of Laura Crossan (cultural officer St Marys). It was proudly presented to Claire by Ailbhe McGill, Bornacoola.

 

 

Leitrim winners: 

Question Time; Bornacoola

Rince Foirne:  Mohill

Solo Singing:  Sinéad Egan, Aughnasheelan

Recitation:  Aidan Dockery, Bornacoola

Ballad Group: St Marys, Kiltoghert

Nuachleas: No competitor’s

Instrumental Music: St Marys Kiltoghert

Set Dancing:  Fenagh St Cailins

Senior Scór County Final will be held in the Canon Donohue Hall, Mohill on Friday 6th of March. The County title winners from this round will go forward to the Connaught final on Saturday 21st March. The All-Ireland final takes place in the INEC Killarney on April 25th.

The Leitrim final will start with quiz at 6.30pm, followed by the main stage, approx. 7.30pm.

There is a great interest and nice buzz around this adult year’s competition with many clubs reviving items that they had previously entered adopting the new rules changes to suit. And lots of hopeful interest from clubs who have been dormant for some time.

The categories and order of competitions for the county final are – Figure Dancing. Solo Singing, Recitiation, Ballad group, Nuachleas, Instrumental Music and Set dancing. The top 3 teams from the quiz will compete in the final round of the quiz on stage in the 2nd half of the night, directly after the break. Questions for these rounds are individual but are written answers only. And final marks will be given after the rounds are completed.

Competitors must be over 17 effective January 1st 2020 to compete. With only one exception – one person underage in figure and set dancing only.

If you require any further information to help direct your clubs involvement, please contact Claire@ 0876472547 or email irishculturalofficer.leitrim@gaa.ie. The Scor rulebook is available at gaa.ie, here on the Leitrim GAA website (also under Scór menu in Activities section) & the Scor Liatroma facebook page.

Entries for the Leitrim final to be submitted by return of email irishculturalofficer.leitrim@gaa.ie by Monday 2nd March.

Connacht Finals of Scór na nÓg Finals are taking place this Saturday 11th of January. The quiz takes place at 1pm in Claremorris GAA clubhouse and the stage venue is the Town Hall Claremorris starting at 2.30pm sharp. There are no advance tickets, admission is payable on the door on the day. All of our Leitrim winners will be competing for a place in the All-Ireland final to be held in the INEC Killarney on February 1st. Wishing all of our Leitrim teams and all involved the very best of luck.

Rince Foirne: St Mary’s Kiltoghert

Amhranaíocht Aonair: Caoimhe Mooney, Annaduff

Aithriseoireacht: Michael Connorton, St Mary’s Kiltoghert

Bailéad Ghrúpa: Annaduff

Nuachleas: Mohill

Ceol Uirlise: Kiltubrid

Rince Seit: Annaduff

Tráth na gCeist: Carrigallen Read more

The County Final took place last Sunday, December 15th in the Mayflower, Drumshanbo. Fionnuala Maxwell hosted the final as Bean an Tí for the stage competition. With entries in all seven categories, it was strong and very entertaining competition. It was fantastic to have some dormant clubs returning to Scór Liatroma aris. Maith sibh go Leir. The quiz was held in the full table quiz format prior to the stage competition. Annaduff, Fenagh St Caillian’s and Carrigallen going head to head for the final 3 rounds of individual questions on stage. Tight to the bitter end, Carrigallan emerged the winners after the rounds were completed. The Leitrim champions now have to battle it out at the Connacht round for a place in the top 3 to qualify for the All-Ireland final.

Leitrim County Medals were presented to the winners by Chairperson of Leitrim Coiste Scór Chairperson Claire Crossan. Club of the year was decided by our judging panel. Annaduff was chosen by the 3 adjudicators. Fionnuala Maxwell accepted the Cormac MacGiolla Shield for Club na Bliana as the clubs Cultural officer which was proudly presented by Ailbhe McGill, Bornacoola. The Leitrim representatives will go onto compete for a Connacht title in The Town Hall Claremorris, Mayo on Saturday 11th January at 2.30pm. The quiz will be held on the same day prior to the stage competition in Claremorris GAA grounds, with a time to be confirmed. Leitrim will be hoping for winners to take part in the All-Ireland final to be held on February 1st in the INEC Killarney.

Quiz – Carrigallen

Rince Foirne –St Marys Kiltoghert

Solo Singing –Caoimhe Mooney, Annaduff

Recitation – Michael Connorton St Marys Kiltoghert

Ballad Group – Annaduff

Nuachleas – Mohill

Instrumental Music: Kiltubrid

Set Dance – Annaduff

Club of the year 2020 – Annaduff

Junior Scór‏ is a county final only competition again this year. The final will be held in The Mayflower, Drumshanbo this Sunday, 15th December at 2pm.

Please note the order of Competitions per amended Rulebook 2019
Rince Foirne (Figure Dance): Amhránaíocht Aonair (Solo Singing): Aithriseoireacht/Scéalaíocht  (Recitation): Bailéad Ghrúpa (Ballad Group): Nuachleas (Novelty Act): Ceol Uirlise (Instrumental Music) :
Rince Seit (Set Dancing)

A number of small allowances and rule changes were introduced this year. Full details can be found at LeitrimGAA.ie and Scór Liatroma Facebook page.

Question Time will be held as a table quiz on Sunday also at 12.30. The top3 teams will compete in the final 2 rounds on stage. The county final winners will progress to the Connacht provincial final on January 11th in Claremorris. At this level, the top 3 provincial counties qualify for the All Ireland final in February.

Any last-minute entries please contact the County Committee via irishculturalofficer.leitrim@gaa.ie by Thursday 12th December.

Connacht Finals,Claremorris, Co Mayo,Saturday January 11th at 2.30pm. 

All –Ireland 11th February, INEC Killarney, Co Kerry

Senior scor will be held in March and April of 2020. No dates have been set for Provincial competitions, once dates are in place a Leitrim date will be released.

Coiste Scór Liatroma has announced that Scór na nÓg Liatroma 2020 Finals will take place on Sunday, December 15th. The event will commence with Tráth na gCeist at 12.30pm followed by the stage events which will commence at 2.oopm. All finals will take place in the Mayflower, Drumshanbo. Best wishes to all clubs as they prepare for the staging of the first Official GAA Competition of 2020.

A copy of Rialacha Scór 2020 can be accessed here Rialacha Scór 2019

CLG Cúige Connachta will host a preliminary round for ‘Tráth na gCeisteanna Boird – Comórtas Násiúnta’, in ‘The Centre of Excellence’ Cloonacurry, Bekan, Claremorris, Co. Mayo, on Wednesday 20 November 2019 at 19.30.
From the entrants on the night, 3 teams will be put forward to represent Connacht in the National Final, which will be hosted in Páirc an Chrócaigh on Saturday 14 December 2019. Teams are 4 members with one sub allowed to be named. This ‘Tráth na gCeist’ is completely ‘as Gaeilge’!
Any Club that wishes to put forward a team or teams, should fill out the application form attached below:
Closing date for entrants of this competition will be Saturday 16 November at 19.00.
Please also find attached below the rules for the National Competition 
Should you require any further information please don’t hesitate to contact Barra Mac Thiarnáin, barratmact@gmail.com or on 087 9882180.
 
Is mise, le meas,
 
Barra Mac Thiarnáin
CLG Chill Tiobráid, Co. Liatroma.
087 9882180
Ionadaí Chonnacht Coiste Náisiúnta na Gaeilge

Leitrim GAA in conjunction with Leitrim County Council is offering grants for attendance at Gaeltacht courses to Leitrim boys and girls as part of their promotion of an Ghaeilge. These grants are open to boys and girls living in County Leitrim.

Some of the grants are part-sponsored by Gaeltacht colleges. In the case of cash grants, when students return they can claim their grant money on the production of evidence of having successfully completed the course.

Application forms can be accessed at this link Scoláireachtaí Application forms 2020 or can be had had from the Secretary of any GAA club.

Beidh na hiarratais le fáil i ngach meanscoil sa Chontae freisin

The closing date for applications is Friday 25 October 2019.