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Spellman Hall Kildavin rejuvenated to the sounds of young competitors giving their renditions of rince, ceol, amhran agus aitheoireact at the Scor na nOg Ceatharlach final on Saturday last. This final was bridging a five year gap with the last Scor na nOg final being held in 2012. The Scor Cetharlach committee were delighted with the support from the clubs that entered who were enthuastic and determined that Scor competitions would come back to the fore once more. The same can be said of the young competitors boys and girls as you could see the ardrellin running high as they waited for their chance to come on stage and perform, we congratulate everyone that took part and the key message coming across was that the competitors enjoyed every minute of the evening. A special thanks to all the parents who were there in support of their children. It was very good to see all people having a cupan tae mixing and making friends at the break in a real social event, in fairness that was what Cork man Derry Smith had in mind when he brought forward his motion to introduce Scor to congress in 1969. In a few words Tommy Murphy thanked the clubs that entered and paid tribute to, Mairead Breen, Palatine, Kathleen Doyle, St. Mullins, Yvonne Dunne Kildavin-Clonegal, and Catherine Hosey Naomh Eoin who worked extremely hard to make this night possible and there helpers who came on board and he encouraged them to continue and more clubs to come on board. He also pointed out that Spellman Hall Kildavin was a famed hall for Scor noting two things in 1971 well known RTE presenter Borris and Carlow woman Olivia OLeary played the harp in the instrumental music section and judged two other competitions. The second thing was in the very early years both the figure dnacing and set dancing were all the one competition, a set dancing team from north west Carlow and a figure dancing team from mid east of the county competed in the Senior Scor final. The adjudicators gave their verdict to the figure dancing team, however the set dancing team didnt agree with this, and a lively chuzmuzzle broke out on the stage. At that time there were no mobiles, ipads or tablets or any of that stuff but word travelled even faster and Monday evenings Herald had it front page news , Jigs and Reels in country hall. The National Scor Committee in Croke Park met very quickly after this and the two dances were given separate competition status, it certainly created a great buzz at the time.

Bean-a-Ti for the evening Aileen Ralph St. Mullins was thankd for her contribution and free flowing programme. Vice chairperson of Carlow Co Board Pat Nolan congratulated all that took part and wished the winners the very best when they compete in the Leinster Scor na nOg semi-final in Oulart co Wexford on Sunday December 10th at 2-30. Pat also presented the prizes to the winners. It was good to see all young competitors on stage at the end for a great rendition of Amhran na bFhian.

Winners; Rince Foirne Kildavin-Clonegal, Anne Sheppard, Johnny Sheppard, Megan Redmond, Craig Roberts, Amhranaiocht Aonair, Palatine Zoe Gray, Aitheoireacht, Palatine Allanagh ODwyer, Ceol Uirlise, Garryhill Handball Club Eoin Hosey, James Hosey, Diarmuid ONeill, Darragh Cummins, Thomas Donogue, Ballad Group, Palatine Natalia Connolly, Caoimhe Martin, Rachael Bermingham, Shauna Bermingham, Emma Bermingham, also taking part in solo singing, Katelyn Foley St. Mullins, Joanne Sheppard Kildavin-Clonegal, instrumental music Anne sheppard, Sarah Sheppard, Johnny Sheppard

Scor na nOg Table Quiz

All clubs and schools are notified that the Scor na nOg Table Quiz county final will be held on Friday January 12th 2018 in Spellman Hall Kildavin at 7-30. The table quiz will consist of a team of four people from a clubs. A club can enter more than one team. The format of the Table Quiz is in the Scor guidline booklet and all clubs hould have copies. Clubs are asked to let Tommy Murphy know by December 21st what number of teams they are entering and all clubs are asked to have work done with schools before the Christmas holidays as when schools return after the holidays on January 8th there is only four days to prepare. The winning club will go forward to the thirty two county All Ireland Scor na nOg Table Quiz final in February

Senior Scor; All Carlow GAA clubs are encouraged to put an effort in and ressurect senior scor for 2018. The senior county final will take place at the end of February, so there is time for clubs to act and participate.

Scor na bPaisti, (Under 14), discussions will take place with clubs and schools in Carlow and a few neighbouring counties after christmas with reguards Scor na bPaisti, and Easter Time looks as the time it can be organised.

There will be more information as it comes to hand.

By Tommy Murphy PRO