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.
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.
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
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 :)
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
Scór na nÓg was back again on December 1st, as a large crowd packed in to Allenwood GAA hall for the Kildare finals. As has become the norm, Milltown was very well represented with entrants in Solo Singing, Ballad Group, Novelty Act and Quiz Time.
The Solo Singing was a family affair, with Tia and Caden Donovan entertaining the crowd. Following on from Róise Carroll last year, Tia carried home the Solo Singing crown for Milltown. Caden does deserve a special mention, as it was great to see someone so young with the courage to sing solo in front of a hall full of people. Maith sibh Donovans!
In the Ballad Group competition we had our second success of the day, when our talented group of musicians and singers took home the 2nd county title of the day for Milltown.
Our Novelty Act put in a great performance, but Ardclough (who won the Leinster title in 2019) were again that little bit too strong. Milltown’s act was high on entertainment though, with some great comic moments.
We had 2 Quiz teams take part this year again. With the new format, it meant that Milltown had 2 out of the 3 teams to make the on-stage final. In an incredible and heart-breaking finish, we were pipped on the very last question by Maynooth, having led all the way. It was a hard one to take, but often you learn more from the defeats, so we’ll be back, better and stronger.
There was one more highlight for the club on the night when we took home the Club of the Year award. It is the first time (we believe) the club has won this in Scór na nÓg, and is a great tribute to the hard work and commitment of all our acts and mentors.
On 7th December, our county champions represented Kildare in the Leinster semi-finals in the Marian Hall in Birr. Despite excellent performances on the day, we did not get through to the Leinster final this time.
A huge thanks to our mentors. Without them, we would not be able to take part.
Míle buíochas, Shane Shannon, Breda McHale, Liz Long, Ronan Byrne and Noel Shannon
Solo Singing: Tia Donovan, Caden Donovan
Ballad Group: Michelle Curran, Ross Walker, Mia Cullen, Aoife Shannon
Novelty Act: Ross McHale, Emma Shannon, Áine Sheerin, Betty Dunne, Erika Long, Sarah Curran, Ben Curran, Conor Sheerin
Quiz Team 1: Cormac Byrne, Hugh Hamilton, Conor Sheerin, Robert ShannonQuiz Team 2: Sam O Hara, Karl Heuston, Joe Dunne, Peter Hamilton
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 -Solo Singing: Anna O Connor
Scór na nÓg, 2016 - Milltown Participants
Scór na nÓg Kildare Ballad Group Champions 2015:
Lisa Byrne, Aimee O Neill, Ellen McCormack, Emmeline Hughes & Cliodhna Malone
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 Recitation, 2016: Cliodhna Malone
Scór Sinsear Solo Singer 2016:
Kate O Neill
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