Saturday will be a big day for the Leitrim Scór fraternity with five clubs heading for the All Ireland Finals in Killarney. This is the highest representation Leitrim has had in a Senior All Ireland Scór Finals since 1984.

All five clubs are no strangers to Scór All Irelands and in fact all five have been involved in those same events over the past few years. Fenagh in Nuachleas and Glencar/Manorhamilton in Rince Foirne have been successful already at the highest level but Dromahair in Ceol Uirlise, Bornacoola in Tráth na gCeist and Sinead Egan from Aughnasheelin in Amhránaíocht have been in the finals before but didn’t succeed at that level.

It will be a great occasion for Leitrim folk with big numbers traveling and it will be a surprise if Leitrim do not come back with more All Irelands to their credit.



23-Apr-07 by S O S

Every three years the National Coiste Scór holds a congress at which motions for the betterment of Scór are discussed. This year a national congress will be held in July.

Leitrim Coiste Scór invites clubs to submit any motions which they think should be forwarded to the Scór Congress. Motions should be submitted by club secretaries to the Co Scór Rúnaí, Maire Mulvey before Friday 27 April. There will then be a County Scór meeting on 8 May to discuss any motions received.

InÓgeneral any proposals that would help to promote or develop Scór on a national basis would be welcome.



17-Apr-07 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

Five Connacht Titles for Leitrim in Scór

Leitrim’s dominance in Scór came to the fore once again when Leitrim won an amazing five Connacht titles out of the eight competitions at the finals in Ballinamore on Saturday night last.

Rince Foirne

Glencar/Manorhamilton won the Rince Foirne Connacht title for the fifteenth time since 1983. They are undoubtedly the Figure Dance specialists in Connacht and this was also their fifth year in a row to win in Connacht. They will now be hoping to win a third All Ireland title in Killarney. Unfortunately the number of entries was at its lowest ever in Connacht as only Leitrim and Roscommon competed but that would not have stopped Glencar/Manorhamilton in any case.


There was a full line up of all Connacht counties in the Solo Singing and Aughnasheelin’s Sinéad Egan did extremely well to win this title. Last year Sinéad was a member of the Aughnasheelin Ballad Group that won the All Ireland and she will keep the club’s interest alive in this year’s finals. Sinéad was previously in the All Ireland Finals in Solo Singing in 2000 and she will be hoping to go that final step this year.

Ceol Uirlise

Dromahair’s instrumental music group of Stephen McInerney, Noel McMahon, Sean Conlan, Brid Donaghue and Ann Conlan reached the All Ireland Finals two years ago and now they are back in the final again when they won ahead of Roscommon and Sligo

Trath na gCeist

There was stiff competition in the Question Time with all counties taking part including former All Ireland winners Clann na nGael. Bornacoola scored 52 out of a possible 60 and were well clear of everyone else. This will be Bornacoola’s third time in the All Ireland Final in Question Time and Aidan Dockery, Liam Rabitte and Fergal MacGiolla will be hoping it will be third time lucky.


Well the Novelty Act is certainly Leitrim’s specialty and Fenagh have kept that tradition strong. They were worthy winners on Saturday and they will be hoping to repeat their win of two years ago in Killarney. Their actors this year are: T P McLoughlin, Eileen, Martin, Betty, and Kevin Doonan, Séamus Mollaghan, Shane O’Rourke and Maureen McLoughlin.

Leitrim’s competitors in Recitation, Ballad Group and Rince Seit were also very much in the running but just didn’t make it. Now it is on to Killarney on 28 April and Leitrim will have a huge contingent going with representation in five events from five different clubs. This is Leitrim’s best representation ever in an All Ireland Scór Sinsear finals apart from the memorable year of 1984 when Leitrim won no less than seven of the eight events.



02-Apr-07 by S O S

Manorhamilton has become the choice venue for Leitrim Scór Finals and it was another great occasion on Saturday last with a full house and great entertainment for the audience. Five clubs shared the list of winners with Glencar/Manorhamilton, Aughnasheelin, Bornacoola getting two each and Dromahair and St Caillin’s one each.

Rince Foirne

Bornacoola, St Mary’s and Glencar/Manorhamilton were the contenders and the old reliables, Glencar/Manorhamilton, won again with Ciara Flynn, Amanda Sweeney, Nicole O’Hara, Louise Loughlin, Emmet McMorrow, Michael J Rooney, Aidan McLoughlin and Shane Connaire doing the dancing.

Amhranaíocht Aonair

Dromahair, Sean O’Heslins, Leitrim Gaels and Aughnasheelin were represented in Solo Singing and Aughnasheelin’s Sinéad Egan won the Leitrim title for the fourth time in recent years.

Ceol Uirlise

There were three groups in the music, Aughnasheelin Dromahair and Bornacoola. Dromahair’s group of Sean Conlan, Stephen McInerney, Ann Conlan, Brid Donaghue and Noel McMahon repeated their success of two years ago.


There were new faces in this competition with Bornacoola, Aughawillan, St Osnatts and Glencar/Manorhamilton involved and a new winner with Louise Staunton winning for Bornacoola. Thus Bornacoola retained the title won last year by Aidan Dockery.

Bailéad Ghrúpa

After their victory in the All Ireland Finals in Killarney last year, Aughnasheelin had just there of last year’s group on stage: Brendan Sammon, Sinéad Egan and Síle McNulty. This year they were joined by Fiona and Shane McNulty and they won again ahead of Bornacoola, St Mary’s and Glencar/Manorhamilton.

Trath na gCeist

One has to back as far as 1989 to find any club other than Bornacoola and Sean O’Heslins winning the Question Time. Since O’Heslins faded off the scene Bornacoola are now the strongest in the question time and they won well ahead of St Caillin’s, Glencar/Manorhamilton and St Mary’s. Bornacoola’s team was: Aidan Dockery, Liam Rabbitt and Fergal MacGiolla


This was probably the most exciting competition of the night with four very original and well constructed acts from Aughnasheelin, St Caillins, Bornacoola and Dromahair. Fenagh, with their All Ireland experience from two years ago to boost them were worthy winners again. Their actors were: T P McLoughlin, Betty Doonan, Séamus Mollaghan, Shane O’Rourke, Kevin Doonan, Martin Doonan, Eileen Doonan and Maureen McLoughlin.

Rince Seit

There was good entertainment here also with Bornacoola, last years winners, Glencar/Manorhamilton, Aughnasheelin and St Caillins involved. The winners were Glencar/Manorhamilton.

Club of the Year

The award went again to Bornacoola, as they were the only club to enter in all eight competitions at the semi final stage. The award was presented by Gerry McGovern, Cathaoirleach of the Co Board to Martina Hackett, Bornacoola’s Scór Officer. The whole night was under the excellent control of Fear a Tí; Sean Mac Suibhne.

Connacht Finals

The Connacht Finals are in Ballinamore Community Centre on Saturday next starting promptly at 6.00pm. There will undoubtedly be a full house in Ballinamore so supporters are advised to be there early.



25-Mar-07 by S O S

The two Leitrim Senior Scór semi finals were held at the weekend in Bornacoola on Friday and on Saturday in Drumreilly. Bornacoola was packed on Friday night and there was a great line-up in all events. The Saturday night was a bit slacker in Drumreilly when a number of clubs had to bow out for one reason or another.

Overall, 13 clubs took part which is an increase of two on last year. Kiltubrid, St Osnatts and Melvin Gaels were back taking part this year.

The following are the qualifiers for the Finals in Manorhamilton on Saturday week 24 March:

Rince Foirne: Glencar/Manorhamilton, Bornacoola, St Mary’s

Amhranaíocht: Aughnasheelin, Sean O’Heslin’s, Dromahair, Leitrim Gaels

Ceol: Aughnasheelin, Dromahair, Bornacoola

Aithriseoireacht: Glencar/Manorhamilton, Bornacoola, Aughawillan, St Osnatt’s

Bailéad Ghrúpa: Aughnasheelin, Bornacoola, St Mary’s, Glencar/Manorhamilton

Trath na gCeist: Bornacoola, Fenagh, Glencar/Manorhamilton, St Mary’s

Nuachleas: Aughnasheelin, Fenagh, Bornacoola, Dromahair

Rince Seit: Bornacoola, Glencar/Manorhamilton, Aughnasheelin, Fenagh



12-Mar-07 by Sean O S

There were a large number of applicants for the Leitrim Co Board GAA Gaeltacht Scholarships and a very high standard among the youngsters who attended for interview. There were 14 scholarships in all, and four of these were for people who participated in Scór na nÓg last year.

Buíochas do na buachaillí agus na cailíní go léir a chuir isteach ar na Scolaireachta­ agus comhghairdeas do na buaiteoirí.

Seo iad na daoine a fuair Scolaireachta­ don bhliain seo:

[b]Scolaireachta­ do dhaoine a ghlac páirt i Scór[/b]

Niamh Ní Mháille, Príomh Sráid, Carraig Álainn (€200)
Rodger Baker Kenny, Cill Srianáin, Cora Droma Rúisc (€100)
Cian Mac an Bháird, Corduff, Aughamore, Cora Droma Rúisc (€100)
Eoin McHugh, Killaneen, Béal an Átha Móir (€100)

[b]Scolaireachta­ Eile[/b]

Colm Ó Buacháin, Glencarraig, Cora Droma Rúisc (€250)
Pól Ó Cuirrín, Hartley, Cora Droma Rúisc (€250)
Ciara Nic Uidhir, Lavareen, Achadh Easa (€100)
Máire Ní Raghallaigh, Tulaigh, Béal an Átha Móir (€100)
Alison Nic Eoin, Liscloonadea, Maothail (€100)
Ciarán Mac an Crosáin, Lisconnor, Kilclare (€100)
Giolláin Ní Laodáin, Baile Dubh, Béal an Átha Móir (€100)
Rhona McSharry, Lorgan Bhúi, Cluainín (€100)
Máire Ní Phoniard, Príomh Sráid, Cluainín (€100)
Colm Ó Raghallaigh, Tulaigh, Béal an Átha Móir (€100)



10-Mar-07 by Sean O Suilleabhain

[b]Seachtain na Gaeilge – Tráth na Gceist[/b]

Bhí Tráth na gceisteanna do Sheachtain na Gaeilge ar siúil i Smyth’s Siopa Tae, Béal an Átha Móir ar an Aoine seo caite. The winners were Bornacoola and Fenagh St Caillin’s were in second place. Both teams now go forward to the Connacht Finals in Ballyhanus on Thursday next.

[b]Scór Sinsear[/b]

The two semi-finals of Scór Sinsear Liatroma take place on next weekend. On Friday night Bornacoola is the venue and on Saturday night Drumreilly is the venue. Starting times on both nights is 8.00 sharp.



04-Mar-07 by Sean O Suilleabhain

The two Leitrim entries were unsuccessful at the All Ireland Finals in Athlone on Saturday. Both Aisling Maxwell from Sean O Heslins in the Solo singing and St. Marys in the Ballad Group were considered to be in the final reckoning both neither were lucky enough to be called at the end of the day.

The full list of winners were:

Rince Foirne : Carrigaline, Co Cork

Amhránaíocht : Mullingar Shamrocks, Westmeath

Ceol : Boherbue : Cork

Aithriseoireacht : Mayobridge, Down

Bailíad Ghrúpa : Killyclogher. Tyrone

Trath na gCeist : Beaufort, Kerry

Nuachleas: Carnew Emmets, Wicklow

Rince Seit: Kilcummin, Kerry



18-Feb-07 by Sean O Suilleabhain

Leitrim won two titles at the Connacht Scór na nÓg Finals in Claremorris on Saturday evening.

St Mary?s from Carrick on Shannon won the Ballad Group and Aisling Maxwell from the Ballinamore Se?n O?Heslins club won the Solo Singing. Congratulations to both clubs.

The full list of winners was:

Rince Foirne: Abbeyknockmoy, Galway

Amhrana?ocht : Aisling Maxwell, Se?n O?Heslins, Leitrim

Ceol Uirlise: Ardrahan, Galway

Aithriseoireacht: St Mary?s, Sligo

Bail?ad Ghr?pa: St Mary?s, Leitrim

Trath na gCeist: Ballinameen, Roscommon

Nuachleas: Mountbellew/Moylough, Galway

Rince Seit: Abbeyknockmoy, Galway

The All Ireland Scór na nÓg Finals are in Athlone on Saturday 31 March.



21-Jan-07 by Brendan Doyle – PRO

There has been a big increase in the number of schools participating in Scór na mBunscoileanna this year. Entries are up 50% with sixteen schools about to participate. Since Scór na mBunscoileanna started two years ago it was possible to run it off in one night. However this year there will be two nights of competition and the good news is that Coiste Scór Liatroma have decided that the winners on both nights will get medals. Each night will be run independent of the other, there will be no County Final as such, but the winners of each competition on both nights will receive medals.

This year there will be a plaque for presentation to the best school overall. The plaque has been donated by the MacGiolla Family to commemorate the late Cormac MacGiolla who was the man who initiated Scór na mBunscoileanna just two years ago. Since then it has developed countrywide.

There are two new competitions this year: solo music and solo dance and these have also generated great interest. Each school is being asked to have one person with them who would help at stewarding on the night. Each night will start with Tr?th na gCeisteanna at 6.30 promptly. The other events will start with Rince Foirne at 7.00 sharp. The venues and schools taking part are as follows:

Thursday 9 November in Gortletteragh, starting promptly at 6.30 with Tr?th na gCeisteanna: Cluain?n, Achadh Easa, Maothail, Gort Leitreach, Droim M?le, Barr na Cuille, Carraig ?lainn, Gaelscoil Cora Droma R?isc, Drom?n M?r.

Friday 10 November in Ballinamore, starting promptly at 6.30 with Tr?th na gCeisteanna: Achadh Mhaoileann, Droim Liath, Achadh na Sileann, Cill Tiobraid, Droim Caorthainn, F?onach, Liatroim.

Beidh dh? o?che iontach maith ag lucht leanta Scór Liatroma.



02-Nov-06 by Sean O Suilleabhain

Preparations are now beginning for Scór na nÓg and clubs are being asked to start immediately. As before there will be two semi finals, on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 December, at venues to be arranged.

Scór na nÓg is at a wonderful high level in Leitrim with most clubs taking part. This year the Leitrim Scór committee hopes to see all of the usual clubs putting in the same great effort and hopes also to see other clubs who may not have been there last year take up the effort. It is all a most enjoyable experience and a huge boost to Irish cultural activity in each parish.

Scór na mBunscoileanna

Meanwhile schools are engaged in their preparations for Scór na mBunscoileanna which takes place in just a months time on 9 and 10 November. The closing date for entries is 20 October. Remember this year schools can also enter solo dancers and solo musicians.



17-Oct-06 by Sean O Suilleabhain

[b]Scór na mBunscoileanna[/b]

Preparations are about to begin for Scór na mBunscoileanna in Leitrim. Scór competitions for National Schools have been run very successfully in Leitrim for the past two years. The idea, which was initiated by the late Cormac MacGiolla, has now been taken up by many counties.

Competitions are run in Figure Dance, Set Dance, Solo Singing, Ballad Group, Recitation, Novelty Act, Question Time and Music and the winners in each section receive medals. All pupils attending national school are eligible to compete for their own school.

[b]New Solo Items[/b]

This year a new venture to help the smaller schools is the introduction of Solo Dance and Solo Instrumental Music to the competitions. Many schools may have one young person who can play a musical instrument or one dancer. They can now enter those solo competitions also. It is hoped that many more schools will enter this year in these and other events. The important thing is to get the maximum number of boys and girls taking part. Full details will be sent to schools shortly.

Scór na mBunscoileanna will take place on 9th and 10th November at venues to be arranged.



02-Oct-06 by Sean O Suilleabhain