Up to 2,000 people from across Ireland will converge on ‘The Venue’ at Ebrington this Saturday as Derry hosts the national finals of Scór na nÓg for the first time.
Scór is a GAA competition which promotes traditional Irish music and culture and involves people of all ages.
There are eight events/disciplines in Scór that cover all aspects of Irish culture: Figure/Céilí Dancing, Solo Singing, Instrumental Music, Recitation/Scéalaíocht, Ballad Group, Novelty Act, Question Time and Set Dancing. The competition is divided into two age levels, Scór Na nÓg, for young people under 17 years-old and Scór Sinsear, for those over 17 years-old.
Scór winners are regarded as All-Ireland champions and are presented with their medals by the GAA president just like All-Ireland senior football and hurling winners.
Derry GAA Chairman, John Keenan said he is looking forward to this weekend’s event, part of the GAA’s contribution to the City of Culture celebrations. “2013 is a very special year for the GAA in our County. This year marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of the association in Derry.
“We are a sporting and cultural organisation and are delighted to get our programme of events underway with the hosting of the Scór na nÓg finals on the 23rd February.
“Scór is just one of the many national events we’re bringing to Derry this year and I’d like to thank the Culture Company for all their support they have given us with the hosting of these. We have four GAA clubs within the City itself, with a further five in the surrounding areas.
“I have no doubt that the events of 2013 will leave a lasting legacy on the GAA scene in the City, as well as introduce tens of thousands of people to the attractions and amenities the City has to offer. Derry will benefit not only culturally, but socially and economically from the events of 2013 and that is something to truly welcome.”
Culture Company Chief Executive, Shona McCarthy said: “It’s fantastic that Scór na nÓg is taking place at the new venue in Ebrington. “To have the most talented young performers from every corner of Ireland displaying their abilities here in the city is a great way to initiate the GAA’s participation in City of Culture celebrations.”
Chairperson of Scór in County Derry, Una Ferguson said: “It’s a privilege and an honour for us to play host to the national Scór finals this year.
“In many ways we’ve been building up to this for a few years with the resurgence of the movement in the County and the recent hosting of Ulster competitions. Derry has a rich heritage in story, dance and song. “
Secretary of Ulster Scór, Fergus McGee said: “I would like to extend a céad míle fáilte to the officials, adjudicators, supporters and most of all the competitors from the provinces of Connacht, Leinster and Munster to the historic City of Derry for the All Ireland finals of Scór na nÓg 2013.”
The Scór na nÓg All-Ireland Finals will begin in ‘The Venue’ at Ebrington at 12noon on Saturday and tickets are now available.
Tickets are priced at £20/£17 and can be purchased at The Venue on the day. Advance reservations can also be made through your county Scór officer or County Board.
In the city, tickets can be reserved by emailing Scór committee secretary Maureen Quinn (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Derry GAA Secretary Liam Peoples (email@example.com) or Telephone 028 777 42990.