Ardclough

Founded 1936

Co. Kildare

Sc贸r na n脫g 2023

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This years Sc贸r na n脫g will take part on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th March in Allenwood GAA hall.

In a change from previous years, the Quiz will be run as a separate event on Thursday 23rd March, starting at 8pm.

All other competitions (Solo Singing, Ballad Group, Instrumental Group, Recitation, Novelty Act, C茅il铆 Dancing and Set Dancing) will be run on Friday 24th March, starting at 7:30pm.

Sc贸r na n脫g is open to all club members who are U17 for 2023.

What is Sc贸r?

When people think of the GAA, they think of hurling, camogie, football....and maybe handball. But it's easy to forget that a huge part of the GAA's remit is to promote "Irish Culture and the Irish language". Sc贸r is a competition and is the main way in which we, the GAA, give an outlet for our members to take part in Irish pastimes such as storytelling, dancing, music playing, singing, etc.

Why should we take part?

Not everyone can be a star footballer, hurler or cam贸g. But almost everyone has some party-piece up their sleeve....whether that's singing a song, telling a good yarn, dancing a set, a bit of acting or being a quiz boffin.

Sc贸r is a great way to include EVERYONE in your club, by giving them an opportunity to represent it on the county, provincial and All Ireland stage. In addition, it gives an outlet to members of ALL AGES to do so.

This is particularly true for the Sc贸r na n脫g competition. This is for U17s only, but apart from that is the exact same as Sc贸r Sinsir (Senior Sc贸r). It's wonderful to see kids get up and perform in front of a live audience. The confidence and experience it gives them is brilliant, and I'd highly recommend it to any parent/club to give a gentle push to their kids to take part.

This year, the Leinster Final will be in the Wexford Opera House. The experience of being in a professional theatre, with green rooms, professional personal mics, etc, is something that will stay with the competitors forever.

What are the competitions, and how many are there?

There are eight events/disciplines in Sc贸r that cover various aspects of Irish culture: Figure/C茅il铆 Dancing, Solo Singing, Ballad Group, Recitation/Sc茅ala铆ocht, L茅iri煤/Novelty Act, Instrumental Music, Set Dancing and Table Quiz. The competition is divided into two age levels, Sc贸r na n脫g, for young people under 17 and Sc贸r Sinsir, for those over 17. If you have a club which is particularly strong or active in Sc贸r, you may be able to run off an internal club competition to see what acts will go forward to represent your club. In Kildare, each club is invited to submit acts in each of the 8 events, and these acts compete in the county final. Winners go through to represent Kildare in the Leinster semi-final, and then, if successful the Leinster final. Winners in the Leinster final then represent club, county, and province in the All-Ireland finals. The format is the same through each of these rounds (the one exception is the Table Quiz, where winners go straight through to the All-Ireland final).

Who do I contact if I want to take part?

Seamus O'Midheach (somidheach@gmail.com) is our "Irish and Culture Officer". Seamus would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in taking part and the club will provide support to prepare for the event.


Where can I find out more?

You can find out a bit more about Sc贸r on the GAA website (e.g. current rule book): https://www.gaa.ie/the-gaa/cultur-agus-gaeilge/scor

You can also find the latest Kildare Sc贸r news on the Kildare GAA website: http://kildaregaa.ie/bord-na-nog-results/

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