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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!

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 success of our U17 club-mates, 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!



November of 2017 saw Milltown once again take part in Scór na nÓg. This year, however, we had participants in 7 out of the 8 competitions on the night - a feat that resulted in a special mention from the stage and a round of applause from the large crowd in Allenwood. While pipped on the nights by Maynooth for Club of the Year, we brought home 3 county titles and a lot of great memories. All in all, 28 kids from Milltown took part. An incredible feat that will be hard to top next year. On the night, our Recitation, Ballad Group and Léiriú were crowned champions.

The participants were:

Well done all. And a buíochas mór to parents and mentors:
Quiz - Ronan Byrne
Léiriú and Recitation - Breda McHale
Dancing - Terence Martin
Ballad group - Mary Keenan
Trad group - Mairéad Carroll
We'd have been nowhere without ye. And a special mention to Roisin Malone for helping with just about everything.
Ní neart go cur le chéile


The participants were:
Quiz: Fiachra Malone, Cormac Byrne, Peter Hamilton, Hugh Hamilton, Conor Sheerin, Danny O Sullivan, Henry O Sullivan, Joe Dunne
Léiriú: Fiachra Malone, Ross McHale, Emma Shannon, Tia Donovan, Joe Dunne, Tom Stapleton, Patrick Keogh, Niamh Murphy
Recitation: Francesca Smyth
Solo Singing: Mia Cullen, Anna O Connor, Róise Carroll
Céilí Dancing: Emma Shannon, Michelle Curran, Áine Sheerin, Sarah Curran, Claire Sweeney, Conor Sheerin, Aoife Buckley, Ciara Buckley
Ballad Group: Lily Crawford, Mia Carroll, Thomas Hickey, Erika Long
Trad Group: Tia Donovan, Lily Crawford, Róise Carroll, Aoife Shannon, Michelle Curran

In the Leinster Semi Final in Oulart, just a week before Santy was to visit Milltown, our Léiriú were successful in reaching the Leinster final. Our recitation and Ballad group performed brilliantly on the day, but the competition was fierce.
The Leinster Final was held in the beautiful Wexford Opera House, a truly stunning venue. What a treat for our young performers to tread the boards in a professional theater! Being one of just two acts to get this far from Kildare shows how fierce the competition was, and what an achievement it was to get to the final. Our Léiriú act saved their best performance for the big stage, and while it wasn't enough to take home the crown on the day, we all left with some fantastic memories!
A record number of participants, 3 county titles and 1 act through to a Leinster final....we've had worse years :)

2018
2018 started with Scór Sinsear, and a continuation of strong participation from Milltown. We had participants in Solo Singing (Paul Delahunty), Recitation (Noel Shannon), Quiz Time and 2 Léiriús. Paul & Noel were unlucky to be beaten into 2nd place in their respective disciplines. While one Milltown team beat the other Milltown team in an epic Léiriú duel to claim the crown. However, the moment of the night has to go to our Quiz Team, who beat the all conquering Allenwood team by the smallest of margins. Allenwood were ahead by 2 points going into the final round, and all seemed lost. However, with a finish worthy of Hollywood, Milltown pipped them at the post to win by 1. It meant that our quiz team went straight to an All Ireland final for the first time in many a long year. A huge achievement.
Our success in the Léiriú along with our two 2nd places meant Milltown also won Club of the Year for the 2nd year running.

Our Léiriú, led by script writer Anne Field, made it safely through the Leinster Semis to the Leinster Final in the beautiful Helix, Dublin. Unfortunately, they came up just short in the end, but absolutely did club and county proud. We look forward to seeing what Ann cooks up for next year. If it's half as funny as 2018, it'll be a riot!

In the All Ireland Final (yes, you read that correctly!!), our Quiz Team didn't have luck on their side, finishing just inside the top half of the table. A very solid performance though, with the winning team missing only 2 or 3 questions in the whole quiz the standard was sky high. What an achievement to get to an All Ireland though.

All in all, not a bad showing.

Our participants were:
Solo Singing: Paul Delahunty
Recitation: Noel Shannon
Léiriú 1: Anne Field, Julie Burke, Tom Malone, Shane Shannon, Enda Dowling, Michelle O Hara, 
Léiriú 2: Mick Hanlon, Paul Delahunty, Elaine Breslin, Noel Dunne, Mary O Reilly, Eileen Kearney, Noel Shannon
Quiz Team: Noel Dunne, Ronan Byrne, Noel Shannon, Shane Shannon


November 2018 saw the return of Scór na nÓg. Once again, the huge wealth of talent in the village was on show. Tia Donovan and Róise Carroll both sang beautifully in the Solo Sining competition. As usual, competition was fierce, but Róise took the title, winning Solo Singing for the first time (in Scór na nÓg) for Milltown. We also had 2 Céilí Dancing teams, who were superb, but were unfortunately beaten into 2nd place by Maynooth. Our Trad group played beautifully and improved greatly since last year, but once again were out of luck. Our Léiriú was pipped by an impressive piece from Ardclough. However we had more luck in the Quiz, where we had 2 teams. And, following on the example of their Senior clubmates, won the county title by pipping Allenwood.

Róise represented Kildare in the Leinster Semi Final, but was unlucky not to get through. She has immense talent for someone so young, and I've no doubt we'll see lots more of her into the future.

Participants were:
Solo Singing: Tia Donovan, Róise Carroll
Trad Group: Tia Donovan, Róise Carroll, Aoife Shannon, Michelle Curran, Emily MacRedmond
Céilí Dancing: Conor Sheerin, Áine Sheerin, Emma Shannon, Aoife Shannon, Lauren Shannon, Michelle Curran, Sarah Curran
Quiz Team 1: Thomas Hamilton, Danny O Sullivan, Peter Hamilton, Hugh Hamilton
Quiz Team 2: Cormac Byrne, Joe Dunne, Conor Sheerin, Henry O Sullivan
Léiriú: Ross McHale, Emma Shannon, Niamh Murphy, Aoife Shannon, Lauren Shannon, Betty Dunne, Erika Long

On the 16th February (2019), for the first time in many, many years, our Quiz Team 1 (Thomas, Danny, Peter and Hugh) competed for the Scór na nÓg All Ireland title in Castlebar. Competition was very strong on the day, and the lads certainly did themselves, Milltown and Kildare proud with a mid-table finish.


The Programme from the AI final can be downloaded here.

 

2 All Ireland finals in 1 year. Not too shabby :)

 

 

2019

Fresh from the success of our Scór na nÓg Quiz Team, hopes were high for some good showings in Scór Sinsear. For the first time since the early 90s, a Céilí Dancing team took to the stage in the Milltown colours and they did not disappoint. They carried the day, and the county title was brought back to the village. Dancing Paddy Hanlon would have been proud!

As well as our wonderful dancers, we also had participants in Solo Singing (Eugene Donovan and Jenny Doyle), Recitation (Mary Stewart), Quiz Time and a Léiriú. Eugene and Jenny performed brilliantly, and were both unlucky to miss out in what was a very packed field. Mary gave it sock (literally) with her rendition of Mary Anne Magee, but came in as runner up on the night. After the heroics of the previous year, all eyes were on our Quiz Team to defend their crown. However, Allenwood were out for revenge, and put in an almost flawless performance to take back the crown. However, our success in the Léiriú meant Milltown won Club of the Year for the 3rd year running.

 

Solo Singing: Eugene Donovan and Jenny Doyle

Recitation: Mary Stewart

Céilí Dancing: Sinéad Sheerin, Valerie Donovan, Breda McHale, Catherine O Connor, Peter Dunne, Rory Donohue, Liam Mulpeter & Terence Martin

Léiriú: Shane Shannon, Noel Shannon, Petronella Curran, Elaine Breslin, Tom Malone, Michelle O Hara & Paul Delahunty

Quiz: Noel Dunne, Ronan Byrne, Noel Shannon & Shane Shannon.

 

 

And so, onto the Leinster Final. In a break with tradition from the previous few years, there were no Leinster Semi Finals, so our Dancers and our Léiriú were onto the big stage in the Wexford Opera House. Our Dancers were first up, and were brilliant. There were a few emotions watching Milltown dancers on the boards in a Leinster Final. While not carrying the day, it was wonderful to see Milltown dancers back in the big time.

Then it was the turn of our Léiriú. We knew we had a good act, but having been so close so many times before we were taking nothing for granted. The roar that went up when “Cill Dara” was called out as champions will long be remembered. We’d finally done it!! We were Leinster Champions!

 

On Saturday 13th April in Castlebar, a team from Milltown did something that hadn't been done in 31 years - represented Kildare and Leinster in the Léiriú Scór All Ireland final!

It was a hugely proud day for the club, and while the ultimate honour did not fall our way, we can certainly look back on the year with much pleasure and a great sense of achievement, having captured that elusive Leinster title which had been absent for so long.

 

Credit to TG4 for live streaming the event so many of our parishioners could join in live. Now that we've had a taste of success, we're anxious for more, and already plans are afoot to go that 1 step further. Sure, who'd bet against us. #Believe


The Programme from the AI final can be downloaded here.

 

3 All Ireland finals in 12 months…I’ll take that!

Red Sashes, Proud Hearts

Baile an Mhuilinn Abú

Scór Sinsear 2019 - Léiriú Leinster Champions

Scór na nÓg 2018 - Trad Group

Scór na nÓg 2018 - Céilí Dancing

Scór na nÓg 2018 - Solo Singing: Tia Donovan

Scór Sinsear 2018 - Léiriú

Scór Sinsear 2018 - Quiz Team

Scór na nÓg 2017 - Léiriú: Fiachra Malone, Ross McHale, Emma Shannon, Tia Donovan, Joe Dunne, Tom Stapleton, Patrick Keogh, Niamh Murphy

Scór na nÓg 2017 - Céilí Dancing: Emma Shannon, Michelle Curran, Áine Sheerin, Sarah Curran, Claire Sweeney, Conor Sheerin, Aoife Buckley, Ciara Buckley
Scór na nÓg 2017 - Quiz: Fiachra Malone, Cormac Byrne, Peter Hamilton, Hugh Hamilton, Conor Sheerin, Danny O Sullivan, Henry O Sullivan, Joe Dunne

Scór na nÓg 2017 -Solo Singing: Anna O Connor

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
Scór Sinsear 2019 - Céilí Dancing County Champions

Scór na nÓg 2018 - Quiz Team 1

Scór na nÓg 2018 - Quiz Team 2

Scór na nÓg 2018 - Léiriú

Scór na nÓg 2018 - Solo Singing: Róise Carroll

Scór Sinsear 2018 - Club of the Year

Scór na nÓg 2017 - Recitation: Francesca Smyth
Scór na nÓg 2017 - Trad Group: Tia Donovan, Lily Crawford, Róise Carroll, Aoife Shannon, Michelle Curran
Scór na nÓg 2017 - Céilí Dancing: Emma Shannon, Michelle Curran, Áine Sheerin, Sarah Curran, Claire Sweeney, Conor Sheerin, Aoife Buckley, Ciara Buckley
Scór na nÓg 2017 - Quiz: Fiachra Malone, Cormac Byrne, Peter Hamilton, Hugh Hamilton, Conor Sheerin, Danny O Sullivan, Henry O Sullivan, Joe Dunne
Scór na nÓg 2017 -Solo Singing: Róise Carroll
Scór na nÓg 2017 -Solo Singing: Mia Cullen













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