Clubs gearing up for a great Golden Jubilee of Scór
The GAA's flagship cultural activity, Scór, reaches a significant milestone in 2019 on reaching its 50th anniversary, and Duhallow GAA are making a concerted effort for club participation in a divisional final in Cullen Community Centre on Friday, January 25.
Scór is a celebration of Irish culture, and from the early days Scór has played a hugely important role in preserving the country's culture and heritage.
The cultural activity holds a special affiliation with north Cork; all those years ago the late Derry Gowen from Fermoy had the foresight to provide an outlet for the young and not so young to engage in a diverse range of culture-related activity.
Looking at national success for Duhallow over the years, John Lennon of Dromtariffe led the way in "Motion Speaking" in 1970 ,and Con O'Sullivan from Cullen recorded a win in the 1972 Instrumental Music Final.
The club waited 46 years for their next big win, when Maggie Moynihan savoured the fruits of a terrific run to claim Scór na nÓg glory at solo singing last spring. Carmel Sheahan of Freemount secured honours at solo singing in Scór na nÓg, Freemount adding senior Instrumental Music titles in 1998 and 2000 with two totally different teams, before Elle Marie O Dwyer enjoyed a national title in solo singing from 2009.
From 1996, Joanne Gallagher of Millstreet sampled All-Ireland recitation honours, with success repeated by club colleague Lisa O'Donoghue in 2000.
Further honours were bestowed on Millstreet: two quiz titles won in 1988 and 2001; and the club's set dancers and Instrumental Music teams took the national Scór na nÓg laurels in 2008 and 2010 respectively. In more recent years, Boherbue have emerged to the forefront with a phenomenal seven All-Ireland titles won in as many years from 2007 to 2013, including an initial three-in-a-row at Instrumental music, with two titles apiece collected in both Figure Dancing and Set Dancing.
Current Duhallow Cultural Officer Liam Buckley says Duhallow and Cork have played a prominent part in the promotion of Scór.
"Today, Scór is more relevant than ever as a facility to proudly display a unique Irish culture through native song, storytelling, dance and music. We in Duhallow intend to mark the 50th anniversary with a big divisional final on Friday, January 25", he said.
"I urge clubs to get involved; old friends and newcomers are invited to come along and get a taste of what Scór is all about so that we have our biggest-ever number of participants for a long number of years,"he said.
Individuals interested in becoming involved can do so by contacting club cultural officer co-ordinators or the Duhallow Scór Committee, headed by Liam Buckley and Secretary Julie O'Connor.
Meanwhile, a special Scór concert, drawing talent from across Munster, will take place at Pairc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday, January 26. The show features provincial and All-Ireland winners from over the years. Tickets can be pre-booked from divisional or county Scór officers.