Scór na bPáistí finals highlight wealth of talent

Kilcummin Music Group: Michael Healy, Sean Cox, Neveen, Ryan and Aoibhe O’Sullivan who participated in the Scór na bPaistí Chiarraí at Glenbeigh Community Centre on Saturday. All photos by Michelle Cooper Galvin
Kilcummin Music Group: Michael Healy, Sean Cox, Neveen, Ryan and Aoibhe O’Sullivan who participated in the Scór na bPaistí Chiarraí at Glenbeigh Community Centre on Saturday. All photos by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Stephen Fernane

The Scor Na bPaisti County Championship is one of the year's standalone events for talented youngsters across the county. The 2019 Lee Strand sponsored finals were no exception as a record audience at the Glenbeigh/Glencar GAA Sports Hall were richly entertained on Saturday last.

The variety of talent on show was exceptional with a mixture of dance, song, music and drama, which was proceeded by the Trath Na cGeist discipline. Over 250 children were involved and they certainly showcased - yet again - the popularity of this National Schools Children's competition.

Each category was a hotly contested one with the winners excelling. Each programme ran smoothly in the presence of Fear a Ti, P J Mulvihill - Oifigeach Coiste Scor Chiarraí. The day started with the Quiz, which involved 24 teams, and after a titanic battle it went to Tralee club, Na Gael, who secured first place.

The rest of the day's programme featured Figure Dancing - won by the Dromid Pearse club. Next up was Solo Singing and Aoise Ni Dhonnchu of Glenflesk got the adjudicator's nod. The prize for Recitation went to Renard's Fiontan O'Suilleabhain; the Ballad Group was one by Glenflesk; Sean Nos Dancing honours went to Cara McCrohan of Renard.

In the Leiriu, Tralee Parnell's stole the show with a top class performance; the Crotta O'Neill's hurling club - renowned for their musical talents - once again proved their worth in the Instrumental Music discipline; while Kilcummin were winners in the Set Dancing category with Currow a close second.

The Renard club also scooped the Siobhan Cottor Memorial Shield for the best overall club on the day. The Healy/Connor Perpetual Cup went to the club that participated in most Scor disciplines - this went to joint winners, Dromid Pearse and Glenflesk.

Oifigeach Cultura Chiarraí, Criostoir O'Cillin thanked the sponsors and gave special mention to the day's adjudicators, Ger Mangan and Scor Secretary, Suzanne Ni Laoire. Mr O'Cillin went on to thank the Glenbeigh/Glencar GAA Sports Hall Committee for hosting the event and the appreciative audience, tutors and parents who supported it.

Operation Manager, Jerry O Dwyer - on behalf of the Lee Strand - and Kerry senior footballer, Graham O'Sullivan presented the winners and runners-up with their medals.

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