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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 2017:
Scór na nÓg

Kildare Final: 3rd December 2017 - Allenwood GAA
Leinster S-Final: 10th December 2017 - Oulart GAA (Wexford)
Leinster Final: 14th January 2018 - The Opera House, Wexford

Scór Sinsear
Kildare Final: TBC
Leinster S-Final: 3rd/4th March 2018
Leinster Final: 10th/11th March 2018


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, led 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.

November saw County Final time in Scór na nÓg. Those who travelled to Allenwood tonight were treated to a wonderful display of the amazing talent in our little community. We came away with 2 county titles in the Léiriú (Novelty Act) and Recitation (Cliodhna Malone), but all of our participants were winners on the night, bringing pride and honour to their club and family. Well done to all!!!!
Special mention to our Ballad Group, who have to have been one of the youngest ever to have taken part in Scór na nÓg.

Participants:
Solo Singing: Anna O Connor

Recitation: Cliodhna Malone & Francesca Smyth

Léiriú (Novelty Act): Cliodhna and Fiachra Malone, Emma Shannon, Tom Stapleton, Oisín Hickey, JP Dignam, Ross McHale

Ballad group: Betty and Anniemae Dunne, Francesa and Isabella Smyth and Ella Brown

Question Time: Joe Dunne, Oisín Hickey, Cliodhna and Fiachra Malone


Cliodhna went on to qualify for the Leinster final in recitation. Our first time in a Scór na nÓg Leinster final for many many years. Although beaten on the day, she put in a very moving performance, with one audience member remarking that she had brought a tear to her eye.


2017
Looking at the talent and succes of our U17 clubmates, the pressure was on for Senior Scór to keep up the good work. And they duly delivered. In the county final in
Allenwood, Milltown won Solo Singing, Recitation and Novelty Act, and we were in 2nd place in the Quiz. As a result, we won Club of the Year for the first time

The participants were:
Solo Singing: Jenny Doyle
Recitation: Kathleen Garrett
Novelty Act: Mick Hanlon, Eileen Tiernan, Elaine Breslin, Mary O Reilly, Noel Dunne, Paul Delahunty and Mary Byrne
Quiz: Noel Dunne, Ronan Byrne, Ber Dunne and Mark O Connor


In the Leinster semi final (also in Allenwood), 2 of our acts (Recitation and Léiriú) made it to the Leinster final. Jenny Doyle was extremely unlucky to lose out in the Solo Singing in what was a very tight competition. Still though....2 acts in a Leinster final!!! Progress!


On 2nd April, we all went to Ballymore, Westmeath (Again!!!!!) for the Leinster final full of high hopes. On the day, while audience members said we were absolutely in there with a shout in both competitions, the judges (while scoring both acts very highly) went for acts from Longford and Westmeath instead. While disappointing, it was once again a year of progress. And we do have that Club of the Year trophy to keep us company over the next 10 months!


Baile an Mhuilinn Abú
Scór Sinsear 2017 - Quiz Team: Mark O Connor, Noel Dunne, Ronan Byrne and Ber Dunne
Solo Singer, Scór Sinsear 2017: Jenny Doyle


Scór na nÓg, 2016 - Milltown Participants
Scór na nÓg Recitation, 2016: Francesca Smyth
Scór na nÓg Solo Singer, 2016: Anna O Connor

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













Club of the Year, Scór Sinsear 2017
Recitation, Scór Sinsear 2017: Kathleen Garrett
Scór na nÓg Ballad Group, 2016

Scór na nÓg Recitation, 2016: Cliodhna Malone

Scór na nÓg Léiriú, 2016

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