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 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 Scó 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

2016 may be the Centenary year of the Easter rising but it is now also the year St Marys rose to new heights in Scór. The Carrick club incredibly outdid all expectations taking 4 Connacht titles back to Naomh Muire, Leitrim, in St Johns hall Lecarrow on Saturday last.

An amazing achievement for the club winning Figure Dance, Recitation, Instrumental music and Ballad group. It was surely history in the making for Laura Crossan winning the recitation competition, taking her Connacht 2016 medal total to 4 as multi talented lady was also part of the 3 winning Naomh Muire group events.

Leitrim also retained the Cormac MacGilla cup which was won in recognition of Leitrim success, the cup has never been outside of Leitrim since it was introduced to the competition, it was presented to Cathaoirleach Coiste Scór Liatroma Claire Crossan.

St Marys were first to the stage in Rince Foirne and won the Figure Dance, seeing off St Aiden’s of Roscommon. This is the clubs 4th qualifier to the All-Ireland, having won it for the first time in 2012 and they will be hoping to go the extra mile and bring the title back to Leitrim.

Paula Kiernan from CarrigallenÓgave a fabulous self-penned performance in solo singing but Norrie Kane of Abbeyknockmoy took the title back to Galway.

St Marys represented Leitrim in Instrumental Music; they gave a flawless foot tapping performance, a first win for the club in music at Connacht.

Laura Crossan also from St Mary’s club went down a treat in Recitation delivering to all in the crowd with a very entertaining piece and clinched her first Connacht Recitation medal. St Mary’s last win in recitation was in 1979 when Tom Fitzgerald won the All- Ireland for the club. The renewal of that Connacht title in this competition was a long time in the waiting for the Marys.

A fabulous win for St Marys Ballad group who gave yet another outstanding performance. Having made it to the All-Ireland on 3 separate occasions in past years, elation was felt among the Leitrim supporters for this exceptional group. It really will be a St Marys year with this group also making their fourth All-Ireland debut. 

The fantastic and witty Cloone were unfortunate not to take the Leiriu. Fantastic stage presentationÓgiven to roars of the audiences laughter but dismay among the Leitrim’s suporters when Elphin were awarded the title.

Mary Mostyn competed for St Marys in Rince Sean-Os, a very well executed performance, the execution of her traditional old style steps with some very nice movements, a fabulously uplifting competition to watch as Mary delivered with such passion and poise. The winner was Roscommon.

Set Dancing was represented by the fabulous young Fenagh team, a fine performance but unfortunately not the winners. The clubs dancers will be feeling dissapointment not to be joing their question time team representing the county in Killarney. Cloones Gerry McGovernÓgave a few words on the night in his role as Cathaoirleach Coiste Scór Connachta.


 Connacht 2016 Winners

Rince FoirneSt Marys, Leitrim

Solo Singing: Norrie Quinn, Abbeyknockmoy, Galway

RecitationLaura Crossan St Marys, Leitrim

Instrumental MusicSt Marys Leitrim

Sean-OsKilbride Roscommon

Ballad GroupSt Marys, Leitrim

Set DanceAbbeyknockmoy Galway


Tickets for the All Ireland

Tickets for the All Ireland Finals in the INEC Killarney on Saturday 2nd April must be ordered in advance. Unfortunately as we go to press, the ticket sales had closed on Monday 14th March. However if anyone would like to enquire for tickets please contact 087/6472547. We will do our best to secure if we can as there will be no box office on the day of the final. Tickets are priced at €20.



13-Mar-16 by Claire Crossan – PRO – Scor

The 2 nights of Scór na mBunscoileanna took place in the Mayflower Drumshanbo on Thursday 3rd and in Cloone Community hall Friday 4th of March. 21 schools took part over both nights. 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 near equal marks right to the end on both nights.

Many thanks and credit to our Bean agus Fear an Tis, Thursday night was compared by Leitrim NS, Siobhan McElgunn and Friday was hosted by Cloones Seamus and Enda Tiernan.

The best performance on each night in each event got medals in first and second place, and even went to a tie also in a few places.  

The Cormac Mac Giolla shield for the best school overall was won by Annaduff National School.

Leitrim Scór na mBunscoileanna winners:

Rince Foirne:  Thurs – Gaelscoil Liatroma, Fri – St Patricks NS Drumshanbo 

Amhranaíocht: Thurs – Eleanor Mc Dermott St Joseph’s NS, Fri – Caoimhe Mooney, Annaduff NS

Ceol: Thurs – Carrigallen A, Fri- Annaduff NS 

Recitation: Thurs – Michael Connorton, Scoil Muire NS Carrick, Fri – Tommy Taylor, Annaduff NS

Trath na gCeist: Thurs – Kiltubrid, Fri – St Manachans Mohill B & Ballinamore NS A, 

Nuachleas: Thurs – Aughawillan NS & Drumlea NS, Fri – St Patricks NS Drumshanbo

Bailéad Ghrúpa: Thurs – Leitrim NS B, Fri – Annaduff NS

Rince sean Nós: Thurs – Catherine Curran, Leitrim NS, Fri – Eoin Reynolds Aughnasheelan NS

Rince Seit: No set Thursday, Fri – Aughnasheelan




08-Mar-16 by Claire Crossan – PRO – Scor

There was fantastic standard of entertainment at the Leitrim Scór Final in Cloone Community centre. 11 of the countys clubs took part and the volume of entries showed huge efforts were made by the clubs who took part. The performances were certainly top class and highly entertaining.

St Marys swept the boards with the Mayo judges taking home 5 titles. Laura Crossan from the club was incredibly a winner 4 times on Saturday night, a fine achievement for the talented lady from Carrick.

Commendations to the Cloone club for their gallant efforts hosting the competition night. A true example of club effort both in their hospitality and participation. 

Congratulations to all of the clubs on winning their respective categories in the final last Saturday night.

Rince Foirne: St Marys
Amhranaíocht Aonair: Paula Kiernan, Carrigallen
Aithriseoireacht: Laura Crossan, St Marys
Ceol Uirlise: St Marys
Nuachleas: Cloone
Bailéad Ghrúpa: St Marys
Rince Seit: Fenagh
Rince Sean Os : Mary Mostyn, St Marys
Trath na gCeist: Fenagh

The Cormac MacGiolla shield Club of the Year award was won By Club Cloone

The Leitrim representatives will take the stage in the Connacht Finals in St Johns hall, Lecarrow, Co Roscommon on Saturday 12th March starting at 5.00pm. The very best of luck to all our Leitrim competitors at Connacht.

Scór na mBunscoileanna takes place on the 3rd and 4th of March. With rounds in the Mayflower Drumshanbo on the Thursday night and Clone Community Hall on Friday night. Both evenings start at 6.00 sharp.

*Schools are reminded that all groups are to perform in their school uniforms and not in costumes. 

The best performance on each night in each event will receive medals and the award for the best overall school over the two nights will receive the Cormac MacGiolla Shield.



15-Feb-16 by Claire Crossan – PRO – Scor

The All-Ireland Scór na nÓg Finals took­ place last Saturday 30th January in the­ INEC Killarney. St Marys Kiltoghert re­presented Connacht, the first to the sta­ge in the very tough Ballad group compet­ition. The 5 Carrick girls gave a thorou­ghly fabulous performance and sang their­ hearts out but lost out to Ulsters Tyr­one.
In Question Time, Leitrim was represent­ed earlier in the day by Fenagh, St Cail­lains . Tough but fair questions put to ­the teams this year by quizmaster Seamus­ Curley and at round 10- Kerry took the ­title once again. With the new procedure­s for the quiz since 2014, it is now a t­able quiz style competition with all 32 ­counties qualifying to take part, the to­p 3 teams received medals.
Connach­through home two titles, one in recitation & Aughamore of Mayo for Set Danc­ing, a repeat win on last years title.
2016 brought a new judging forum to the­ All-Ireland finals. Competitions were j­udged by one single judge for each compe­tition on Saturday. The implementation b­y the National Scór committee was met wi­th mixed reactions from the countys acr­oss the country in Killarney. While eac­h Judge was selected and elected to the ­judging panel as proficient and qualifie­d /specialised in their given category, ­it will take some time to settle into fo­r the audience and countys alike. 
Irish TV were also in Citywest to recor­d the days proceedings. A special docum­entary series from All-Ireland GAA Scór ­na nÓg and Scór Sinsir Finals will be br­oadcast bringing our cultural highlights­ to a global audience. The first of the ­three Scór na nÓg series will air on IRI­SH TV on Sky191, Freesat 400, all free t­o air boxes or Eircoms eVision 191 and ­online at­ on Sunday February 28th at 8.30pm.­
All Ireland Scór na nÓg Champions 2016­
Rince Foirne – Silverbridge Harps, Arma­gh Amhránaíocht Aonair – GavinÓgribbon, ­Mayobridge, Down Aithriseoireacht/Scéala­íocht – Katie HenÓghan, St Aidans, Rosc­ommon Ceol Uirlise – Sliabh gCua, Waterf­ord Léiriú Stairiúill – St Patricks, Arm­agh Bailéad Ghrúpa – Naomh Padraig, Tyro­ne Rince Seit – Aughamore, Mayo
Tráth na gCeisteanna Boird: ­
Céad Áit – Spá, Ciarraí­
Tarna Áit – Cornafean, Cavan­
Triú – Aughabullogue, Cork  




03-Feb-16 by Claire Crossan – PRO – Scor

Scór Sinsir will take place on Saturday 13th February at 6pm in Cloone Community centre.
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
Sean Nos
Any enquiries or any help that can be provided to help your club participate in any way please contact your clubs Cultural officer or email
or please do not hesitate to contact Claire @ 087-6472547
Connacht Scór final takes place on Saturday 27th February in Tubbercurry Sligo, followed by the All -Ireland in the INEC Killarney on April 2nd 2016.
Schools Scór is pushed back to the 3rd & 4th of march, as senior Scór takes precident as the official compeition, it was not possible to hold it in Jan/Feb as in previous years as easter holidays are falling quite early this year.
It would be encouraged that Schools Scór be encouraged by the clubs for partipation as this is where the talent and love of the music song & dance is nurtured. It is a fantasitic outlet & will help identify new people in your community that may not nessessarily be involved in field games but may like to join the club and get involved in the area. 
Last year there was high numbers of entries so while trying not to deter the childrens enthiusiam to take part, compeitions were reduced from 11 to 9 as it wasnt possible to identify 2 available friday nights, and want to avoid a late school night.
Entries to be a max of 2 per competition per school
Figure Dancing
Solo Singing
Instrumental Music – 1 tune
Ballad Group – 1 song
Question Time – 3 per team
Leiriu – max time 5 mins
Set Dancing
Sean Nos – max 40 bars



24-Jan-16 by Claire Crossan – PRO – Scor

The All Ireland final of Scór na nÓg is being held this Saturday 30th January at 3pm in the INEC Killarney. 

Leitrim is represented by the St Marys Ballad Group and Fenagh St Caillains in the Question time.
A fine achievement for the clubs to represent their county and province at a prestigious event.  
Tickets will be available on the door for anyone who wishes to travel to support. 
Wishing Carrick and Fenagh the very best of luck. Leitrim Abú.



24-Jan-16 by Claire Crossan – PRO – Scor