Coiste Scór Connacht and Sligo IT host this weekends All Ireland Senior Scór Final.  Kathy Butler of St Mary’s was chosen by the National Committee to take on the coveted role of Bean an Ti on stage. An honour for the Carrick lady and for the St Marys club. Laura Crossan having previously had the honour of the same role at Scór na nog in Belfast’s Waterfront Theatre in February of last year.

Aughnasheelin represents Leitrim & Connacht in Ballad Group. Brendan, Cait & Sile having sung with the group who won the All-Ireland title back in 2006, the club will be hoping to add to their medal count this Saturday. Bornacoola Quiz team are the Leitrim county winners taking part in the 32 county All-Ireland Table Quiz. They also have previous All-Ireland medals, having last won in Killarney in 2012 when the quiz competition took place in the old stage format.

Quiz starts at 11am sharp in the ballroom of the Clayton Hotel Sligo. Entry to this competition is free of charge. The main stage competition starts at 3pm in the Institute of Technology Sligo’s Knocknarea Arena. There is a limited number of tickets through the box office available on the day, Tickets are priced at €20.


Coiste Náisiúnta scór are delighted to announce the final will be broadcast live on TG4 YouTube.


An hour long highlight programme will air on TG4 April 27th at 8pm

Wishing Kathy & the Leitrim Competitors the very best of luck, Liatroim Abú.

Scór na mBunscoileanna – The Scór na mBunscoileanna took place in Cloone Community Hall last Friday 9th of March. Eleven schools took part and a staggering 254 children. The standards of performances were an absolute credit to the schools, parents and teachers, the children really promoted the culture and talent of the schools. Some very strong and youthful contenders to possibly go forward to Scór na nÓg next Autumn. Question Time was a tough competition with teams with top marks right to the end on both nights. Many thanks and credit to our Bean an Ti, Friday night was compered by St Marys Laura Crossan who kept the busy evening ticking over at a steady pace. Medals in each event were presented for first, second & third places. Very strong performances and big numbers in Solo Singing & Recitation, to which the judges also gave joint places unable to decide between some performances.
The Cormac Mac Giolla shield for the best school overall was won by Annaduff National School.

Tráth na gCeist
1.       St. Caillin’s Fenagh A & Annaduff A
2.       Gaelscoil Liatroma A/ Drumcong B/ St. Joseph’s Aughavas A

Rince Fóirne – Figure Dance
1.       Aughavas
2.       St. Manachan’s B
3.       Gaelscoil Liatroma

Amhránaíocht Aonair – Solo Singing
1.       St. Manachan’s Mohill
2.       Annaduff N.S.
3.       Gaelscoil Liatroma A & St. Joseph’s N.S., Leitrim Village A

Aithriseoireacht/Scéalaíocht – Recitation
1.       Annaduff N.S. B
2.       Scoil Muire
3.       St. Manachan’s Mohill B & Scoil Clann Naofa Ballinamore

Rince Seit – Set Dance
1.       Annaduff B
2.       Annaduff A

Léiriú Stáitse – Stage Play
1.       St. Manachan’s Mohill
2.       Scoil Muire, Carrick

Ceol Uirlise – Instrumental Music
1.       St. Joseph’s N.S., Leitrim Village
2.       St. Hugh’s N.S., Dowra
3.       Gaelscoil Liatroma

Ballad Group
1.       Annaduff N.S. B
2.       Gaelscoil Liatroma B
3.       Gaelscoil Liatroma A & St. Manachan’s Mohill

School of the Year – Annaduff N.S.

The County Final took place last Saturday, March 10th in the Mayflower, Drumshanbo. Carrigallen’s Aoife Ni Mhaille hosted the Senior table quiz final & Bean an Tí for the evening’s stage competition was St Mary’s Laura Crossan. Though disheartening not to have an entry for all 7, It was strong and very entertaining competition. Leitrim has a tradition at all Ireland level from past years for being strong in Figure, Leiriu and Music, disappointing to see no club entry for any of these on Saturday night. However, it was fantastic to have some familiar faces returning to Scór Liatroma aris. Maith sibh go Leir. The quiz was held in the full table quiz format prior to the stage competition. Bornacoola emerged the winners after a tight 10 rounds were complete. Bornacoola are now our Leitrim team for the 32 county All-Ireland final. It will be held on April 14th in the Clayton Hotel Sligo at 11am.

Leitrim County Medals were presented to the winners by Chairperson of Leitrim Coiste Scór Chairperson Claire Crossan.  Brid Sullivan from Ballinamore accepted the Cormac MacGiolla Shield for Club na Bliana, proudly presented by Ailbhe McGill, Bornacoola.
The Leitrim representatives will go onto compete for a Connacht title in St Johns Hall Lecarrow, Co Roscommon on bank holiday Monday 19th March at 4pm. Leitrim will be hoping for winners to take part in the All-Ireland final to be held at 3pm also on April 14th in the Knoacknarea Arena IT Sligo.

Rince Foirne – No Competitors
Solo Singing – Maureen Kron, Glencar/Manorhamilton
Recitation – Aidan Dockery, Bornacoola
Ballad Group – Aughnasheelan
Léiriú – No Competitors
Instrumental Music: No Competitors
Set Dance – Aughnasheelin

Club of the year 2018 – Sean O’Heslin’s Ballinamore

As a result of further overnight snow in some areas and frosty conditions, it has been decided to postpone Scór Sinsir until next Saturday, March 10th. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

As a partial thaw has set in and the majority of county primary and secondary roads are clearing well of snow this afternoon, the Leitrim Scór Committee will make a firm decision tomorrow morning regarding the Scór Sinsir Finals which are scheduled to go ahead in Drumshanbo tomorrow evening. If any area is further affected by overnight snow please inform Scór Rúnaí Claire Crossan at 0876472547 asap tomorrow morning. As is stands the event is still on tomorrow evening.

The All-Ireland Scór na nÓg Finals took place last Saturday 17th February in the Knocknarea Arena, Sligo. A sold out packed venue, showing the enthusiasm for clubs nationwide to support the talented young people from across the country.

In Question Time, Leitrim were represented on Saturday morning in the ballroom of the Clayton Hotel by Ballinamore Sean O’Heslin’s. Tough questions put to the teams this year and was eventually won by Cornafean of Cavan. Leitrim boys did very well coming in 11th place, the top spot once again of the Connacht teams. This year’s Quizmaster was John Devaney from County Down GAA Board.
Leitrim was honoured to have 3 more acts representing Connacht on the stage for the live stream in the Arena. All of the competitors have trained hard over the past few weeks and were anxious to do their very best, particularly knowing the world may be watching. St Mary’s dancers were first act on stage in Sligo and they were honoured to be opening the show. Their performance of the Cross Reel was excellent but just not enough to bring the title back to Leitrim. Mohill’s Amelia Pajak was the last of the 4 solo singers to perform. She gave a beautiful rendition of Siúil a Rún, but the title went to Cork.

Last up for Leitrim was three times Connacht champions St Marys ballad group. Their performance was highly anticipated by the audience. Despite their best efforts it was not enough to secure the All-Ireland title. Despite no wins last Saturday all of our competitors did Leitrim and Connacht extremely proud.
The one and only medal to go to Connacht went to Katie Heneghan of St Aidan’s Roscommon. This is the young ladies 2nd win in this competition, having previously won the  Recitation cup in 2016.

TG4 were also in Sligo to record the day’s proceedings. Broadcasting the event live on YouTube for the very first time in the history of Scór. It was a huge draw for people unable to travel or secure tickets for the sold-out event. A one-hour highlights programme will be shown on TG4 at a further date and details will be circulated as soon as it is confirmed. Meanwhile, the live stream shown on Saturday last is available online.

All Ireland Scór na nÓg Champions 2018

Tráth na gCeisteanna Boird: Cornafean, Cavan. Rince Foirne – Killeavy, Armagh. Amhránaíocht Aonair – Maggie Moynihan, Cullen club, Cork. Aithriseoireacht- Katie Heneghan, St Aidan’s, Roscommon. Bailéad Ghrúpa – Carberry Rangers, Cork. Léiriú- The Downs, Westmeath. Ceol Uirlise – Borris/Kilcotten, Laois. Rince Seit – Spa, Kerry.

Senior Scór is going straight to the County Final once again. It will be held in the Mayflower Drumshanbo on the 3rd of March with the county title winners going forward to the Connaught final in on Monday 19th of March at 4pm. The Leitrim final will start with quiz at approx. 6pm, followed by the main stage, approx. 7.30pm. Entries for the Leitrim final to be submitted by return of email by Monday 26th February.

Scór na mBunscoileanna dates have been set for 9th & 10th of March – Venues are Cloone & Drumshanbo Mayflower. Both nights at 6pm. It is hoped that Schools Scór be encouraged and receive any assistance needed by the county clubs for participation as this is where the talent and love of the music song & dance is nurtured. It is a fantastic outlet & will help identify new people in your community that may not necessarily be involved in field games but may like to join the club and get involved in the area. Full details have been issued to the schools and to clubs.

The All-Ireland Scór na nÓg final will be held this weekend, Saturday 17th February in the Knocknarea Arena, IT Sligo. The competition starts at 3pm sharp. Please note this is a ticket only event. If you have not pre-booked tickets please check with club Scór officers for availability before travelling to the finals. Leitrim is honoured to have 18 young people from the county compete in this year’s final. A phenomenal amount of talent and a great achievement for our small county.

St Mary’s figure dance team are heading to the competition for their first National final in this junior competition. Full of fresh enthusiasm -wishing the young ladies the very best on Saturday.

Another first for the talented Amelia Pajak from Mohill. Amelia represents Leitrim & Connacht in solo singing, a beautiful sweet voice that is sure to see her do very well. Her all Ireland appearance mirrors the St Marys dancers – both having won their first Connacht’s this year and both making an All-Ireland debut this weekend.

Ballad group representatives also from St Marys but are no strangers to the All-Ireland Scór. Saturday will be the group’s 3rd consecutive year to compete at all Ireland.

Ballinamore Sean O’Heslin’s club represents Leitrim in the table quiz. The four boys will be hoping for a good result on Saturday having seen off 9 other clubs in a tight Leitrim final and going on to win the Connacht round of the competition.

This event will be held at the adjacent Clayton Hotel at 11am. Entry to the quiz is free of charge.

Wishing all of the competitors the very best of luck

Figure Dance – St Mary’s

Solo Singing- Amelia Pajak, Mohill

Ballad Group- St Mary’s

Quiz Team – Ballinamore Sean OHeslins

Senior Scór is going straight to the County Final once again. It will be held in the Mayflower Drumshanbo on the 3rd of March with the county title winners going forward to the Connaught final in on Monday 19th of March at 4pm. The Leitrim final will start with quiz at approximately 6pm, followed by the main stage, approx. 7.30pm. Entries for the Leitrim final to be submitted by a return of email by Monday 26th February.

Scór Sinsir – Scór Sinsir will take place on Saturday, March 3rd. The Leitrim quiz will take place first at 6pm with the stage competition following at approx. 7.30pm.  Categories as follows:

Figure Dancing
Solo Singing
Instrumental Music
Ballad Group
Question Time (4 persons per team-Leitrim winners qualifying directly to the All-Ireland Table Quiz)
Set Dancing

Any enquiries or any help that can be provided to help your club participate in any way please contact your club’s cultural officer or email
Connacht Scór final takes place on bank holiday Monday at 4pm in Lecarrow, Roscommon (Provisional Venue- to be confirmed), followed by the All -Ireland in the IT Sligo on April 14th.

Scór na mBunscoileanna – Dates have been decided for 9th & 10th of March. Venues are Cloone & Drumshanbo Mayflower. It would be hoped that Schools Scór is encouraged by the clubs for participation as this is where the talent and love of the music song & dance are nurtured. It is a fantastic outlet & will help identify new people in your community that may not necessarily be involved in field games but may like to join the club and get involved in your local area. All details have been issued to schools around the county

A fabulous night for Leitrim taking Four Connacht titles in this year’s Connacht Scór na nÓg. The finals were held last Saturday in Claremorris. The newly introduced Connacht round of the quiz was held as the first event of the day in Claremorris clubhouse. Ballinamore Sean O’Heslins faced the four other Connacht county teams for a provincial round with the Leitrim team winning by a point.  All 5 county teams will participate in the 32 county All- Ireland quiz on February 17th in the Clayton Hotel Sligo at 11am. Entrance to the quiz is free of charge.

The first Leitrim competitors to take to the main stage were the young ladies of St Marys Carrick on Shannon in the Figure dancing. The girls gave a great lively and polished performance, winning them Leitrim’s second title of the day. A first win in figure for St Marys in Scog na nÓg in many years  & a fine achievement for this team in what was a tight competition seeing off Mayo & Roscommon who had both previously taken part in All-Irelands.

In Solo Singing, Amelia Pajak of Mohill won the Connacht title. Her first appearance at Connacht level and a daunting one for the young lady as she was the first competitor to sing. Nerves didn’t play a part on the day for her as she gave a beautiful solo.

Recitation was a very entertaining competition, from witty tales to old fables and storytelling, each act giving a different slant on the variety of material available for this competition.  St Marys Michael Connorton represented Leitrim.  High credit to the young man on a fantastic performance. He had great deliverance and poise on the stage and received a very positive return from the audience with cheers and applause. Katie Heneghan of St Dominic’s Roscommon was the judges’ winner on the day.

A fabulous win for St Marys Ballad Group gave an outstanding performance. The Carrick girls clinching their 3rd Connacht title were thrilled to be representing Connacht & Leitrim at the All-Ireland.

St Marys also took part in Instrumental Music on Sunday. The musicians received fantastic rapture from the audience but unfortunately with stiff competition, not the judge’s choice. The Music was a highly entertaining competition; any of the 5 counties could have easily won the title. The musical arrangements they brought to the stage and the array of instruments the young people play with ease, was certainly to be admired. Achill of Mayo lifted the title in Instrumental Music.

Mohill’s second act of the day was in Leiriu. With a funny sketch about school, A great performance was given by the young team, however, the winner was St Dominic’s of Roscommon. Aughnasheelan made a comeback in this year’s Set Dance competition. Having won the Connacht title in 2016 they were giving their all hoping to secure the same success once more but the title went to Abbeyknockmoy of Galway.

Kathy Butler, St Marys had one of the toughest jobs of the days hosting proceedings from the stage as the Bean an Tí. An honourable job she took on with ease. Assuring competitors side stage, keeping all acts moving in running order, and all before announcing each club on stage to perform. Gerry McGovern, Cathaoirleach Coiste Scór Connacht made a presentation of Galway crystal to Kathy in appreciation for her role for the day. An-mathKathy, fabulous job done, representing club, county & province.

The All-Ireland Finals will be held in the Knocknarea Arena, IT Sligo on February 17th at 3pm. Please note it is a ticket only event, tickets are priced at adult: €20, u16:€10. Family pass: €60 (2adults &2 children) Tickets once ordered are non-refundable. They can be ordered through; Claire Crossan 087-6472547. Or through club scor officers.  All orders must be placed by Friday January 19th.
Wishing – St Marys, Mohill, Ballinamore Sean O’Heslin’s and all of the Connacht winners the very best of luck at the All-Ireland final.

Connacht Scór na nÓg Winners:

Rince Foirne:   St Mary’s Leitrim

Amhranaíocht Aonair:   Amelia Pajak, Mohill, Leitrim

Ceol Uirlise:  Achill, Mayo

Aithriseoireacht:   Katie Heneghan, St Aidan’s, Roscommon

Bailéad Ghrúpa:   St Mary’s, Leitrim

Leiriu: St Dominics, Roscommon

Rince Seit:   Abbeyknockmoy, Galway

Trath na gCeist: Ballinamore Sean O’Heslin’s, Leitrim

Leitrim Scór na nÓg table quiz took place last Friday night 5th of January in the Mayflower Drumshanbo. 9 clubs from around the county contested a place to represent Leitrim for the table quiz at the upcoming all- Ireland. A nail-biting finish throughout the last 4 rounds as 6 teams were within a point of each other. At the end of the tenth round, there was a 3-way tie with Annaduff, Sean O’Heslin’s and Kiltubrid all on a tie of 70 out of 80 marks. The tiebreaker round saw Sean O’Heslin’s clinch the Leitrim medal for this winning team. Danny Smyth, James Og Maguire, Dillon Beirne and Tom Prior will next weekend take part in a  Connacht round in Claremorris against the 4 other Connacht teams. A Connacht medal and title will be awarded to the winning team on the day. This, however, will not have any impact on them being reigning Leitrim champions and the 4 Ballinamore boys will go on to represent Leitrim in the IT on February 14th.

Connacht round of Scór na nÓg Finals is taking place this Sunday 14th of January. The 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 hoping for a place in the All-Ireland final to be held in Knocknarea Arena, IT Sligo on February 14th. Wishing all of our Leitrim teams and all involved the very best of luck.

Rince Foirne: St Mary’s

Amhranaíocht Aonair: Amelia Pajak, Mohill

Ceol Uirlise: St Marys

Aithriseoireacht: Michael Connorton, St Mary’s

Bailéad Ghrúpa: St Marys

Tráth na gCeist: Sean O’Heslins

Leiriú: Mohill

Rince Seit: Aughnasheelin

The Leitrim Scór na nÓg quiz will take place next Friday 5th January in the Mayflower Drumshanbo at 7pm. Club tables comprise of 4 people aged under 17 effective January 1st 2018. Club’s are welcome to enter as many teams as they wish.

The winners of the Leitrim county final winners will qualify for the All Ireland in Sligo IT on February 17th. They will also take part in a Connacht round to be held in Claremorris on January 14th. The Connacht round was introduced to provide teams with an opportunity to sit the quiz once more and a Connacht title medal will be presented to the winning team on that day also.

We ask club’s to submit team entries for the Leitrim round by Thursday 4th January by return email.

Scór na nÓg Finals – The County Finals of Scór na nÓg took place last Sunday, December 17th in Ballinamore Community Centre. The finals which were due to take place on December 10th was postponed due to icy weather conditions. While an inconvenience to clubs and participant’s during the busy festive season, it was a very enjoyable evening and the audience were entertained from start to finish  with music, song & dance. Adjudicators from Cavan & Mayo had the task of deciding the Leitrim finalists and had no easy tasks on the day as the standard of competitors and efforts from the club left them with a lot of hard decisions to make. St Mary’s Kathy Butler hosted the afternoon’s competition as Bean an Tí.
Clubs that took part, made huge efforts to enter most of the competitions,  in particular, Mohill and St Marys with a phenomenal turnout of competitors. It was great to see such a large crowd for the 2018 finals and to see many clubs making a comeback this year -Leitrim Gaels, Melvin Gaels,  Dromahair & Sean O’Heslin’s, fantastic to see new faces on the stage. Congratulations to all of the clubs that took part and help keep the tradition alive.

Mohill produced a novel Leiriu, it was lovely to have one back on Leitrim stage. A funny & comical piece that will hopefully see them do well in Connacht finals. Aughnasheelan Set dancers also made a comeback, having last participated in the 2015/16 All-Ireland, they will be hoping to put their best foot forward in Connacht to make the All-Ireland final in Sligo in February.
Medals were presented to the all the Leitrim winners by Terence Boyle, Chairperson of Leitrim County Board. The Cormac MacGiolla Shield for Club na Bliana was won by Mohill club for their huge participation. The club managed to have double entries in each discipline with the exception of set dancing. The shield was presented by Ailbhe Mc Gill to Mohill’s Roisin Kennedy.

Thanks to all the clubs and mentors for giving of their time so selflessly to aid and encourage the young people of their clubs to take part this year. It is safe to say the future of our Irish heritage and culture is safe and well in these young hands.

The Leitrim County Title Winners are as follows:

Rince Foirne: St Marys

Amhranaíocht Aonair: Amelia Pajak, Mohill

Ceol Uirlise: St Marys

Aithriseoireacht: Michael Connorton, St Marys 

Bailéad Ghrúpa: St Marys 

Leiriu – Mohill

Set Dancing – Aughnasheelan

The winners proceed to the Connacht Finals in Claremorris, Co Mayo, on Sunday 14th of January 2017 at 2.30pm. Wishing all of the clubs the very best of luck.

The launch of 2018 All-Ireland Scór took place in Sligo  IT on October 12th last. The launch event was officiated by Aogan O’Fearghail, Uachtaran Cuman Luthchleas Gael Scór and Sligo Scór Chairman Keith Henry along with county board committees. Sligo is honoured to have been chosen as the host venue for Junior and Senior Scór finals for 2018 as initially proposed Connacht Chairman & Leitrim native Gerry McGovern and supported by Coiste Scór Connacht. It is anticipated it will encourage an increase in participation across county finals in the province vying for places in both finals.  What an honour it would be to have some of our Leitrim talent representing us in our neighbouring county. As always we ask all the Leitrim clubs to make their very best efforts putting together their entries. Craic agus Ceoil being the core element of this cultural event.

The following dates have been set for Leitrim Scór Finals for 2017/18. Also included are the dates of provincial & all Ireland dates.
Further details as available will be posted on our Facebook page – Scór Liatroma, Leitrim GAA website & the Leitrim Observer.

Scór na nÓg

Leitrim County Final Sunday 10th December 2017 2pm, venue TBC

Quiz Sunday, January 8th, Venue TBC

Connacht provincial final Sunday 14th January 2.30pm Claremorris

All Ireland Final Saturday 17th February 2018 Sligo IT

Senior Scór 

Leitrim County Final 24th February 2018, venue TBC

Connacht Provincial Final March,  venue & date to be confirmed

All Ireland Final Saturday 14th April 2018 Sligo IT

Scór na mBunscoileanna

Date yet to be confirmed