On Thursday last the President of the GAA, Aogán Ó Fearghail launched the 2017-18 Scór programme in IT Sligo. Scór is the cultural showpiece of the GAA and incorporates music, song, drama, dance and a quiz.
The All Ireland finals will be held in the Knocknarea Arena in IT Sligo. Among the speakers on the night were Sligo GAA Chairman Joe Taffee, Connacht GAA President Mick Rock, Connacht Scór Chair Gerry McGovern and National Scór Chair Antoin MacGabhann.
Sligo GAA’s Irish & Cultural Officer and Scór Chairman, Keith Henry explained that there are different age levels within the competition.
“Scór na bPaistí is for National School children and does not proceed on beyond a County Final. For the first time ever Sligo are hosting this competition in Sligo so that’s a positive step. Then you have Scór na nÓg for people under 17 and Scór Sinsir for over 17” Keith said.Easkey & St Farnan's musicians with Coolera dancers and GAA President & National Scór Chairman
The hosting of the All Ireland finals will bring a boost to the town as close to 2000 people will attend the finals over the weekend from all over the country. “Similar to the field sports every county has a final and the winners go on to a provincial final with the winners there going onto the All Ireland. So we’ll have plenty of visitors to Sligo” he added.
The President of the GAA put out the call to all clubs in the county to play their part. “This is a fantastic competition that can bring people into the club scene that may not be playing our field games and it’s a great way of having fun in the winter months, so I’m asking everyone to just give it a try” Mr Ó Fearghail said.
“We want to give ourselves the best opportunity to have as many Sligo competitors and hopefully winners on the stage of the Knocknarea so we hope to have as many competing in our upcoming county finals as possible” Keith Henry concluded.
Sligo Scór Committee: Front Row L-R: Tom Haran, Joan Cooney (Croke Park), Aogán O'Fearghail (GAA President), Sean Kilgannon, Keith Henry (Sligo Chairperson).
Back Row L-R: Seamus Kilrehill, Peter Farrell, Michelle Kilrehill, Gerry O'Connor
People wishing to enter or enquire are asked to contact Keith Henry on 086-3357182 or Catherine Gallagher on 087-6494568
Scór Sligo Dates 2017/18
Scór na nÓg (U17) County Final: 26th November 2017 Ballintogher
Scór na nÓg (U17) Quiz County Final: 10th December 2017
Scór na nÓg (U17) Connacht Final: 14th January 2018 Claremorris
Scór na nÓg (U17) All Ireland Final: 17th February 2018 IT Sligo
Scór Sinsir (Over 17) County Final and Quiz: 3rd March 2018
Scór Sinsir (Over 17) Connacht Final: 24th March 2018
Scór Sinsir (Over 17) All Ireland Final: 14th April 2018 IT Sligo