2017 Scór Sinsir County Finals
The County Finals took place last Saturday, March 11th in the Mayflower, Drumshanbo. Navan O Mahonys Kathy Butler did an excellent job hosting the Senior table quiz final & Bean an Tí for the evenings entertainment.
The Leitrim county finalists took to the stage to present their best-polished performance to the judges from Cavan & Westmeath. Well done to all 10 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 full table quiz format prior to the stage competition. Bornacoola emerged the winners after the 10 rounds were complete. They now represent Leitrim at the 32 county All-Ireland final. It will be held on May 6th in the Waterfront in Belfast alongside the Stage competition.
Medals were presented to the winners by Chairperson of Leitrim County Board Chairman Terence O Boyle.  Eilis McGourty from Glenfarne accepted the Cormac MacGiolla Shield for Club na Bliana on behalf of Assumpta Clancy (cultural officer Glenfarne). It was proudly presented to Eilis by Ailbhe McGill, Bornacoola .
Leitrim winners: 
Rince Foirne:  Glencar-Manorhamilton
Solo Singing:  Aisling Maxwell, Sean OHeslins
Recitation:  Aidan Dockery, Bornacoola
Ballad Group: St Marys, Carrick
Léiriú:  No Competitors
Instrumental Music: St Marys Carrick
Set Dancing:  Glencar – Manorhamilton
Rince Sean nOs – No Competitors
Scór na mBunscoileanna
Scór na mBunscoileanna dates are set for Friday 31st March in Cloone Community Centre & Saturday April 1st in the Mayflower Drumshanbo.
Both nights starting at 6pm. Reminder to schools to submit entries by march 20th, indicating which night your school is taking part.
For clubs, It would be encouraged that Schools Scór be promoted 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.



14-Mar-17 by Claire Crossan – Oifigeach Cultura agus Teanga

Scór Sinsir Liatroma
The County Scór Finals take place this Saturday 11th March in the Mayflower Drumshanbo at 8pm. The table quiz will be held prior to the stage competition at 6.30pm.  All Entries to be submitted to irishculturalofficer.leitrim@gaa.ie  by this Friday March 10th please. Our Leitrim winners will represent their county on Saturday March 25th in the Connacht final which will be held in Tubbercurry. The Leitrim Quiz winners will qualify straight to the All-Ireland final on May 6th in Belfast. Best of Luck to all the clubs taking part.
Categories as follows: Question Time (4 persons per team-leitrim winners qualifying directly to the All-Ireland Table Quiz). Figure Dancing, Recitation, Solo Singing, Instrumental Music, Ballad Group, Leiriu, Set Dancing, Rince Sean Nos.
Scór na mBunscoileanna
Scór na mBunscoileanna dates are set for Friday 31st March in Cloone Community Centre & Saturday April 1st in the Mayflower Drumshanbo. Both nights starting at 6pm.
It would be encouraged that Schools Scór be promoted 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.




07-Mar-17 by Claire Crossan – Oifigeach Cultura agus Teanga

All -Ireland Scór na nÓg 2017
No joy for Leitrim participants at this years All-Ireland. The new Question time quiz took place separately than the main event early on Saturday morning in The Waterfront Theatre, Belfast. Leitrim were represented by Fenagh Naomh Cailins. The 4 young men held up very well maintaining top 5 for the first half of the quiz. After the final round 10 with just 8 points between Leitrims position and the top of the leader board, they finished up in joint 8th place, and 13th as an overall on the final Scór board. It was a very tough and tricky set of questions set by Cork All-Star Valarie Mulcahy. The second and third places fended up tied and went to an additional round. The two teams then still tied had to go to sudden death to determine the places between Westmeath and Limerick. Fine and proud result for Fenagh.
St Marys Ballad group represented Connacht. The 5 Carrick-on-Shannon ladies sang beautifully but lost out to Moate, All-Whites from Westmeath. Fabulous singing from, the girls,  and no doubt they will be back again next year.
Laura Crossan, St Marys had one of the hardest job of the days hosting proceedings from the stage as the Bean an Ti. Nonetheless, An honourable job she took on, conducting with ease, assuring competitors side stage before announcing them on to perform, a situation she herself has been in many times. Her delight at receiving a presentation from Antoin Mac Gabhann, Cathaoirleach of the National Scór Committee. An-math Laura, fabulous job done, representing club, county & province.
Despite no All-Ireland titles, a fine days entertainment was provided and each act and group truly earned their place in the final. Sincere thanks to all who travelled to Belfast, the support from the crowd certainly added to the atmosphere and eased the competitors nerves.
All-Ireland winners:
Rince Foirne:   Whitecross, Armagh
Solo Singing: Niamh Mc Dowall, Glassdrumman, Down
Recitation:  Emily Shaw,Westmeath
Ballad Group:  Moate All-Whites, Westmeath
Léiriú: St Dominics, Roscommon
Instrumental Music:  St Patricks DonnÓghmore, Tyrone
Set Dancing:  Spá, Kerry
Tráth na gCeisteanna Boird:
1st Place: Donegal,
2nd Place: Westmeath,
3rd place: Limerick

Senior Scór :

The senior members are just at the starting block of their Scór journey with the County Final being held  March 11th.  Further details and notification has been issued to all club Secretaries for follow up with Cultural Officers.

Connacht Senior Scór – 25th March, Tubbercurry, Sligo (note change of date &venue)

Senior All-Ireland Scór  – May 6th, waterfront hall, Belfast





14-Feb-17 by Claire Crossan – Oifigeach Cultura agus Teanga

2017 Scór na nÓg All-Ireland Finals

The All-Ireland Scór na nÓg Finals takes place this  Saturday 11th February in The Waterfront Theatre Belfast.

St Marys Ballad group and Fenagh Question Time will be hoping to bring the prestigious All-Ireland medals and glory back to Leitrim. Laura Crossan, St Marys has also been selected by the National Committee to host the days proceedings as the Bean an Ti.   An honourable job to take on representing club, county & province. No stranger to the stage, she took part in a historic 4 items at last years Scór Sinsir final in Killarney.  Wishing Laura the very best of luck hosting the final and to the Carrick girls and Fenagh men in their participation on Saturday. Go n-eiri an t-adh Libh.

Senior Scór :  The senior members are just at the starting block of their Scór journey with the County Final being held March 11th. Further details and notification has issued to all club Secretaries for follow up with Cultural Officers.

Connacht Senior Scór – 25th March, Tubbercurry, Sligo (note change of date & venue) Senior All-Ireland Scór – May 6th, waterfront hall, Belfast

08-Feb-17 by Claire Crossan – Oifigeach Cultura agus Teanga

Connacht Scór na nÓg 2017

One Connacht title for Leitrim in this years Connacht Scór na nÓg Finals last Saturday in Claremorris. St Marys took home the only title in the Ballad Group. They join Fenagh, Naomh Caillins (Question time) in the All-Ireland final in Belfast on February 11th.

The first Leitrim competitors to take to the stage were the young ladies of Glencar/ Manorhamilton in the Figure dancing. The girls gave a great performance, using all the stage for the Cross Reel. But it was Louisbourgh Mayo who danced through to the All-Irelands.

In Solo Singing Ava Fitzpatrick, Claremorris, Mayo won the Connacht title seeing off Leitrims Katie Conefrey of Fenagh, who sang a beautiful rendition of the Shores of Lough Bran.

Recitation was a very entertaining competition, with Patrick Mullooly of St Dominics Roscommon, defending his All-Ireland 2016 win and St Marys Michael Connorton tight to his heels, the title went to the brilliant Eilish Mc Dermott from the Davitts club in Mayo.  High credit to the young Michael Connorton of St Marys on a fantastic performance. He gave a great deliverance and poise on the stage, telling his witty story.

A fabulous win for St Marys Ballad Group, gave yet another outstanding performance.  With 5 strong performance’s given by Connacht counties, elation for Leitrim winning their first and only title of the night. The Carrick ballad group having made it to the All-Ireland last year are thrilled to be representing Connacht & Leitrim once again.

Abbeyknockmoy of Galway lifted the title in Instrumental Music , winning over Leitrims St Marys team. The 4 young ladies 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.

Leiriu winner was St Dominics of Roscommon & Set Dance went to Abbeyknockmoy of Galway, seeing off last years All-Ireland winners, Aughamore of Mayo. Leitrim once again had no entries in either of these competitions. Hopefully Leitrim can revive these competition entries in coming years and not let the talent seen in past success go unnoticed.

The All-Ireland Finals will be held in the Waterfront Theatre, Belfast on February 11th at 3pm. Please note it is a ticket only event, tickets are priced at €20 and are non-refundable. They can be ordered through; Claire Crossan 087-6472547. All orders must be placed by Friday January 20th.

Wishing – St Marys Ballad group, Fenagh Naomh Caillain’s Question time and all of the Connacht winners the very best of luck at the All-Ireland final.


Connacht Scór na nÓg Winners:

Rince Foirne:   Louisburgh, Mayo

Amhranaíocht Aonair:   Ava Fitzpatrick, Claremorris, Mayo

Ceol Uirlise:  Abbeyknockmoy, Galway

Aithriseoireacht:   Eilish McDermott, Davitts, Mayo

Bailéad Ghrúpa:   St Marys, Leitrim

Leiriu:St Dominics, Roscommon

Rince Seit:   Abbeyknockmoy, Galway



16-Jan-17 by Claire Crossan – Oifigeach Cultura agus Teanga

Scór News

The first ever Leitrim Scór na nÓg Table quiz took place in the Mayflower Drumshanbo on Sunday last. Taking on the All-Ireland format, 11 teams took part over 8 clubs from around the County.  It proved quite a hit with clubs that took part. With a tight finish, Fenagh St Caillains emerged the winners and will now represent Leitrim in the All-Ireland in February. Great to see clubs taking part & raising interest of Scór within clubs.

Connacht Scór na nÓg Finals are taking place this Sunday the 15th of  January, in Claremorris Co Mayo, starting at 2pm sharp. There are no advance tickets, admission is payable on the door on the day.

Our Leitrim winners will be hoping for a place in the All-Ireland final, in the Waterfront Theatre, Belfast on February 11th. Wishing all of our Leitrim teams and all involved the very best of luck.

Rince Foirne: Glencar-Manorhamilton

Amhranaíocht Aonair: Katie Conefrey, Fenagh Ceol Uirlise: St Marys

Aithriseoireacht: Michael Connorton, St Marys Bailéad Ghrúpa: St Marys

Leiriú: No Competitors

Rince  Seit: No Competitors

Dates for the Diary:

Senior County Final – 11th March.

School Scór 24th & 25th March.(Venues to be confirmed on receipt of entries).

Connacht Senior Scór – April 1st, Mayo. 

Senior All-Ireland Scór – May 6th, Belfast.



11-Jan-17 by Claire Crossan – Oifigeach Cultura agus Teanga

Scór na nÓg 2017 Finals

The County Finals of Scór na nÓg took place last Sunday December 4th in Ballinamore Community Centre. The county finalists took to the stage to give their best polished performance to an eager audience and most importantly the judges. In line with the new All-Ireland system of one single judge per competition, adjudicators from Westmeath & Sligo had the task of deciding the Leitrim finalists and had no easy tasks on the day as standard of competitors and efforts from the club left them with a lot of hard decisions to make.
Aoife OMalley from Carrigallen hosted the afternoons competition as Bean an Tí.  Although the competition ran straight to County final this year, it none the less produced a fine afternoons entertainment.

Clubs that took part, made huge efforts to enter most of the competitions, in particular Mohill and St Marys with huge turnout of competitors. It was great to see such a large crowd for the 2017 finals and to see many clubs making a comeback this year – Glencar-Manorhamilton, Dromahair and Carrigallen, fantastic to see new faces on the stage. Congratulations to all of the clubs that took part and help keep the tradition alive.

With no Leiriu or Set dancing entered for Leitrim this year, Ideally we would like to see participants competing in all categories next year. Scór scriptwriting competition is underway though Croke park, this aims to provide counties with scripts for Leiriu and will help out clubs with ideas and plays to use for this competition. It is open to clubs to use these scripts and help build on ideas for Leiriu for future entries.

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 an adjudicators choice this year and was won by Naomh Muire club for their huge participation.

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: Glencar-Manorhamilton
Amhranaíocht Aonair: Katie Conefrey, Fenagh
Ceol Uirlise: St Marys

Aithriseoireacht: Michael Connorton, St Marys 
Bailéad Ghrúpa: St Marys 
The winners proceed to the Connacht Finals in Claremorris, Co Mayo, on Sunday 15th of January 2017 at 2pm. Wishing all of the clubs the very best of luck.



05-Dec-16 by Claire Crossan – Oifigeach Cultura agus Teanga

Scór na nÓg Liatroma 2017

Junior Scór‏ will now be  a county final only competition – there will be no semi-final rounds this year. 

The finals will be held in Ballinamore on Sunday 4th December at 2pm.

Please note order of Competitions per amended Rulebook 2017:
Rince Foirne (Figure Dance) : Amhránaíocht Aonair (Solo Singing) :Aithriseoireacht/Scéalaíocht  (Recitation): Bailéad Ghrúpa (Ballad Group) :Léiriú Stáitse (Stage Play): Ceol Uirlise (Instrumental Music) :
Rince Seit (Set Dancing)

Question Time will be held as a table quiz on January 8th. Details to Follow 

Any last minute entries please contact the County Committee via irishculturalofficer.leitrim@gaa.ie by Monday 29th November. Connacht Finals will be held in Claremorris, Co Mayo on Sunday  December 15th at 2pm.



22-Nov-16 by Claire Crossan – Oifigeach Cultura agus Teanga

Gaeltacht Scholarships 2017 

Leitrim Co Board GAA 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 registered and paid-up members of Leitrim GAA clubs, boys or girls.

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 production of evidence of having successfully completed the course.

Application forms can be printed from this website under Scór section on left hand side home page menu or can be had had from the Secretary of any GAA club.

Beidh na hiarratais le fail i ngach meanscoil sa Chontae freisin

The closing date for applications is Friday 11 November 2017



18-Oct-16 by Declan Bohan – PRO



Cumann Lúthchleas Gael (GAA) through its cultural branches, Coiste Náisiúnta Scór and Coiste Náisiúnta na Gaeilge is holding an open competition for newly composed original scripts, which would be available to clubs for performance in Léiriú Stáitse and Aithriseoreacht/Recitation for any performer taking part in Scór competitions.   The competition details are as follows:-

1)     Script for Léiriú Stáitse.   Léiriú Stáitse is a stage presentation with a theme based on an aspect of Irish life, culture or folklore (including GAA).   It would be a dramatic presentation in serious or comic form, of not more than 10 minutes duration, and which would be performed by groups of at least 3 and not more than 8 people.   Simple props may be used.

1st Prize – €500

2nd Prize – €300

2)     Aithriseoireacht / Scéalaíocht – Recitation / Storytelling.   This competition is for a solo performer and it takes entries in the form of recitations, monologues, poems and stories relating to Ireland (including GAA), its history, local folklore, people or places.  Each piece to be of not more than six minutes duration.

1st Prize – €500

2nd Prize – €300

The script writing competition is open to all.   Fáilteofar roimh iontrálaithe as Gaeilge agus cuirfear duais speisialta de €200 don Léiriú / Aithriseoireacht Gaeilge is fearr muna mbíonn ceann i nGaeilge sa céad nó sa dara áit.

Prizes will be presented to the winning entries by Aogán Ó Fearghail, Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, at Páirc an Chrócaigh, on a date to be announced.   All the Scripts entered will be made available to GAA Clubs in Book Form for use in Scór competitions.   Though Scripts are freely available to Clubs, this will not prevent the author from using the work in another Forum should he/she wish to do so.   The author will be acknowledged in any performance.

Entries should be sent by email to Scór@gaa.ie on or before the closing date of 11 February, 2017.  

It is the hope of both Coistí that this project will generate a good response.

Sinne le meas,                                              


Antóin Mac Gabhann                                                      Siobhán Ní Chuana,

Cathaoirleach                                                                Rúnaí,

Coiste Náisiúnta Scór                                                     Coiste Náisiúnta Scór



17-Jul-16 by Coiste Naisiunta Scor

Sheer heartbreak and disappointment for the Leitrim participants in this years All-Ireland Scór Final. The standard of this year’s finalists was as high as ever seen in previous years but Leitrim were still eagerly tipped winners amongst the hustle and rumours of the audience. The new adjudication system of a single judge per competition once again left bad feeling among provinces with some of the choices that were made.

The new Question time quiz took place separately than the main event early on Saturday morning. Leitrim were represented by Fenagh St Cailins, Offaly emerged the All-Ireland winners.

St Marys figure dance team gave an outstanding performance as they were the first of our acts to hit the stage in the INEC Killarney, the 8 ladies gave it all they had and it was very much felt that they stood a great chance of lifting the title but Spa from Kerry were declared figure dance champions.

Connacht was represented by Norrie Keane of Galway in solo singing; she gave a beautiful self-written performance on Saturday which clinched the province the only title of the night.

Laura Crossan from the St Marys club gave the audience a great laugh with her recitation piece, despite serious technical issues with sound; it didn’t deter her and well delivered as always, the title was won by Hugo Slevin from St Josephs club in Westmeath.

St Marys also representing the province in Instrumental Music delivered a fabulous and uplifting array of tunes. A very talented bunch of people, having savoured their first taste of an All-Ireland experience no doubt they gave the adjudicator from Down a tough choice to make but they went with their own province and awarded the title to Tyrone.

St Marys ballad group had a long wait throughout the day as they were last to the stage in this competition nearing the end of the evenings performances, they once againÓgave a fabulous performance and sang their hearts out but it wasnt to be their night either as once again the adjudication system came to task as the ballad judge from Ulster awarded Saul from Co Down their All Ireland title of the night.

Overall it was a fantastic weekend with the Leitrim contingent occupying their favourite “Leitrim room” organised by our no 1 supporter Ailbhe McGill in the Gleneagle on the Saturday night and the music and song went on to the small hours of the morning.


Congratulations to all involved, fine performances were delivered on stage on Saturday; each Leitrim act represented the county and their clubs to the finest degree, well done to all.  Many thanks to all who travelled the long journey to Killarney, the good luck messages received by text and calls and cards that were received, it was a sincere achievement to qualify for all-Ireland finals and in particular for St Marys to have had four acts in one competition. Laura Crossan will be exhausted from the pressure of her 4 stage performances but should be bursting with pride for her achievements and excellent deliverance throughout the day. Leitrim’s 2016 Scór achievements will go down in history and be a memorable occasion for years to come.

All Ireland Scór winners 2016

Figure Dancing – Spa, Kerry
Solo-Singing – Norrie Keane, Abbeyknockmoy, Galway
Instrumental Music – Derrytresk, Tyrone
Recitation – Hugo Slevin, St Josephs, Westmeath
Ballad Group – Saul, Co Down
Question Time – Clan na Gael, Roscommon
Leiriu – Truagh Gaels, Monaghan
Set Dancing – Bunbrosna, Westmeath

Question Time 
1st – Ferbane, Offaly
2nd – Churchill, Kerry
3rd – Cornafean, Cavan



04-Apr-16 by Claire Crossan – PRO – Scor

All-Ireland Scór Finals 2016

Today is the biggest day of the Scór Calendar with the All-Ireland Senior Finals taking place in the INEC Centre, Killarney.

Leitrim is represented in five categories and we wish the following all the best in their pursuit of honours:

Rince FoirneSt Marys, Leitrim

RecitationLaura Crossan St Marys, Leitrim

Instrumental MusicSt Marys Leitrim

Ballad GroupSt Marys, Leitrim

Tráth na gCeist: Naomh Caillian Fiodhnach



02-Apr-16 by Declan Bohan – PRO