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Scór

Scór is a GAA competition that combines all the colour and rivalry of Gaelic Games with the social/fun element of Ireland's traditional past-times. The competition was established by the GAA in 1969 with the aim of promoting Ireland's traditional pastimes and culture while offering club members the chance to meet up, have fun and represent their club during the winter months while Football and Hurling had ceased.

There are eight events/disciplines in Scór that cover all aspects of Irish culture:  Figure/Céilí Dancing, Solo Singing, Ballad Group, Recitation/Scéalaíocht, Léiriú Stáitse/Stage Presentation, Instrumental Music, Set Dancing and Table Quiz. The competition is divided into two age levels, Scór na nÓg, for young people under 17 and Scór Sinsir, for those over 17.

Just like the All-Ireland Football and Hurling Championships, clubs taking part in Scór first run off competitions among the club’s own members with the winners going forward to the County Final. The winners go on to the Provincial final and finally on to the All-Ireland Final.

It is interesting to note the All Ireland Scór champions are presented with their medals by the President of the GAA.   Winners are All-Ireland champions in their own right in the same way as All-Ireland Senior Football or Hurling Final winners!

Dates for 2016:
Scór Finals

Scór na nÓg Kildare Final
- 20ú nó 28ú Samhain 2016 - Allenwood
Scór na nÓg Leinster Semi-Final - 4ú Nollaig 2016 - Allenwood
Scór na nÓg Leinster Final - 18ú Nollaig 2016 - Ballymore, Co. na hIarmhí
 
Dates for 2017:
Scór All-Ireland Finals

Scór na nÓg - 11ú Feabhra, 2017 - The Waterfront Theatre, Béal Feirste.
Scór Sinsir - 6ú Bealtaine, 2017 -  The Waterfront Theatre, Béal Feirste.


Milltown & Scór:
Milltown first participated in Scór in the 80's. Over a 12 - 15 year period the club took part in every category in both Scór Sinsear and Scór na nÓg. A huge effort was put in by the late, great, Paddy Hanlon, Betty Field, Mary Byrne and many many more, with success at county and indeed provincial level being the reward.
Amongst our successful Set Dancers were Lily & Christy Downey, Kathleen Garret, Betty burke, John O Dwyer, Breda O Reilly, Connie Cullen, Kathleen & Billy Mulpeter and Johnny Cox.
The Garrets, Philip and Kathleen, along with Catherine Walsh brought honour to the club with success in Recitation. But perhaps the greatest success was in the Novelty Act, reaching the All Ireland Final on no less than 2 separate occasions.

A Seed is Sown
For quite a number of years after those heady days, Milltown did not take part in Scór. However, in 2013 a revival began. For the first time in over a decade, Milltown were represented in Scór Sinsear (Noel Dunne's quiz team and Paul Delahunty in Solo Singing). Although no medals made their way back to the Inn that night, a seed had been sown.

2014
The following year our representation was even stronger, with participation in a number of disciplines:
Pat Donoghue represented Milltown in Recitation/Story Telling.
Pat also took part as the poor, bet down husband, in our Novelty Act (written by Mary Byrne). His long suffering wife was played by Eileen Kearney, with Noel Dunne, Caoimhe Byrne playing their next door neighbours. John O Dwyer is playing “the Mother in Law”, in a performance that has attracted whispers of a possible Golden Globe! :)
Noel Dunne also, once again, lead our Quiz Team.
Pat Donoghue was unlucky to miss out to the eventual All Ireland champion in the Recitation, and Noel Dunne's quiz team were a commendable 2nd to the all conquering Allenwood team. However, a county title was brought back to the village when our Novelty Act won top spot. The prize was a spot, representing Kildare, in the Leinster Semi-Final in
Oulart The Ballagh (Co. Wexford).
Our Novelty Act put in a great performance in Wexford to see them through to Milltown's first Leinster Final in many years. There was great excitement on the road to Ballymore in Westmeath for the final.
Despite another great performance from our Léiriú (Novelty Act) group, we were unfortunately beaten into second place. Despite the disappointment there was a feeling that Milltown were back....and we'd only get stronger!

2015
2015 saw Milltown build further on its success of 2014. This year, we had 4 acts (& 13 participants) taking part in the county final in Allenwood:
Recitation: Pat Donohoe
Solo Singing: Eoghan O Toole
Léiriú (Dramatic Production): Noel Dunne, Omar Dunne, Ronan O Shea, James Whelan, Ronan Byrne, Mary Byrne, Eileen Kearney, John O Dwyer, Paul Delahunty & Pat Donohoe
Quiz Team: Anthony Dunne, Ronan Byrne, Mick Hanlon, Noel Dunne
Pat Donoghue was again unlucky to come up against the eventual Leinster champion in the Recitation, and our quiz team were the only team to come near the annually strong Allenwood team. Eoghan O Tool gave a great rendition of Black Is The Colour, but with 8 participants in his category, the competition was fierce. However, our Léiriú act, once again, brought back county honours to the little village, with a very strong act portraying the final hours in the life of James Connolly. A Leinster Semi Final in Birr awaited - a hurdle which our Léiriú act easily jumped. Once again, we were off to Ballymore (Westmeath).
In what proved to be a controversial decision, Milltown were pipped at the post by the eventual All Ireland winners. A disappointment for sure, but if you're disappointed to be beaten by All Ireland champions, then you must be doing something right.

Autumn of 2015 saw another great leap forward. For the first time in quite a number of years, Milltown fielded competitors in Scór na nÓg. This was a huge step forward for Scór in Milltown, as without young people coming through, Scór Sinsear would be hard to keep going. It's true what they say, "Mol an Óige agus tiocfaidh sí".
Our quiz team put in a great performance and can be proud of their 2nd place finish. Well done Peter McHale, Oisín Heffernan, Ciara McDermot and Tom Hamilton.
Anna O Connor gave a beautiful rendition of Isle of Hope. It was amazing to hear such control, power and grace come from someone so young. A real talent!! Well done Anna. You did us proud!
Next up was Cliodhna Malone performing Yeats` Easter 1916. The delivery was perfect and, she deservedly took home the title!
Multi talented Cliodhna also took part in our ballad group along with Lisa Byrne, Aimee O Neill Ellen McCormack and Emmeline Hughes. With fantastic harmonies and beautiful song choice, the girls brought home the club's 2nd county title of the night.
It was a great night for our little club. Back in Scór na nÓg and 2 county titles to boot. Although our county champions didn't take home the Leinster title, it was a great end to 2015, and gave the club plenty to build on.

2016
2016 saw Milltown solidify some of the progress built in the previous years. Kate O Neill
gave a beautiful rendition of Ride On. Despite a great performance and some excellent feedback from the judges Kate was unlucky to get pipped on the night.
Our quiz team (Mary Byrne, Ronan Byrne, Mick Hanlon and captain Noel Dunne) came in a valiant second behind the all conquering Allenwood team.
We had a bit more success in the Léiriú competition where we took home the title for the 3rd year running. Well done to the team Mick Hanlon, Pat Donohoe, Mary O Reilly, Maire Hanlon, Mary Byrne, Caoimhe Byrne and Paul Delahunty.
While we didn't increase the number of disciplines we took part in, it was refreshing to see some new faces taking part.
Our Léiriú went on to win the Leinster Semi Final in Allenwood and once again made the trip to Ballymore in Westmeath for the Leinster Final. Once again, however, the Westmeath representatives took home the title.

At the time of writing (October 2016), preparations are well underway for this years Scór na nÓg, with the Kildare final planned for late November. It's already looking positive that we will increase the number of participants and acts going forward. While winning county, provincial and All Ireland titles is fantastic, the real mark of progress is seeing our young people taking part, showing off their many skills and talents, gaining new friends and confidence in their own abilities, and bringing fresh new life to Milltown GAA club. Long may it continue.....

Baile an Mhuilinn Abú

Scór na nÓg Kildare Ballad Group Champions 2015:
Lisa Byrne, Aimee O Neill, Ellen McCormack, Emmeline Hughes & Cliodhna Malone


Scór Sinsear Quiz Team 2016:
Mary Byrne, Ronan Byrne, Mick Hanlon and captain Noel Dunne

Scór Sinsear Solo Singer 2016:
Kate O Neill


Scór na nÓg Kildare Recitation Champion 2015:
Cliodhna Malone

Scór Sinsear Kildare Léiriú Champions 2016:
Mick Hanlon, Pat Donohoe, Mary O Reilly, Maire Hanlon, Mary Byrne, Caoimhe Byrne and Paul Delahunty