30 September, 2014

Crinniú Bliantúil – 25.9.14
Coiste Scór Uí Mac CoilleClár
1. Miontuairiscí
2. Tuarascáil an Runaí
3. Tuarascáil and Cisteoir
4. Oráid an Cathaoirleach
5. Oráid Cathaoirleach Coiste Chontae
6. Toghachan na hOifigí
7. Aon gnó eileTuarascáil an Runaí
Hereunder is the outgoing Executive and Committee and we always like to get new
Coiste Feidhmiúcháin
Cathaoirleach: Seán S. Ó Ríogáin, Lios gCúl
Leas-Chathaoirleach: Eilís Uí Laoire, Cnocán Na Biolraí
Runaí: Ciarán Mac Cana, Caisleán Uí Liatháin
Cisteoir: Tomás Ó Síocháin, Carraig na bhFear

Caidreamh Poiblí: Donnchadh Ó Céilleachair, Gleann Maghair/Sairséalaigh
Teachtaí/Coiste Chontae: Eilís Uí Laoire, Donnchadh Ó Céilleachair, Dáithí de hÓr
Micheál Ó Faoláin, Lios gCúl
Maighréad Ó Faoláin, Lios gCúl
Seán Ó Briain, Lios gCúl
Parthalán Seoighe, Carraig na bhFear
Liam O Laocha, Eochaill
Muiris Ó Súilleabháin, Fánaithe na Bríde
Máire Mhic Fhlannchaidh, Naomh Caitríonaigh
Máire De Róiste, Gleann Maghair/Sairséalaigh
Meetings throughout the season were held in Lisgoold Hall with Seán Ó Riogán as
Cathaoirleach. The attendances at our meetings were good. Early in the season the Runaí
who had just taken up office at the AGM outlined that she could not continue due to personal
constraints. An Cathaoirleach Seán Ó Riogán accepted the resignation of the Runaí and
sought a replacement from those present. As there was no other person willing to take the
position and tOifigeach Cultúr/ Gaeilge Ciarán Mac Cana offered to take Runaí and this was
unanimously accepted. I would like to especially thank Johnny O Brien, also Austin Brosnan
and Pakie O Keeffe who keep Lisgoold Hall in mighty order for meetings and competitions.
Stage, amplification, moving chairs and “getting the job done” was done with ease and
outstanding commitment. Thanks again lads.Competitions
Scór na bPaistí
Scór na bPaistí was outstanding for 2013/14 as Clubs entered 35 teams which is the largest in
any year since 1993/94. We are immensely grateful for the tremendous efforts of these
young competitors, their parents, Clubs, mentors and adjudicators.
However, a special gratitude to the many teachers in the various National Schools in Uí Mac
Coille who are doing so much work for Cumann Luath-Chleas Gael by putting so much time
into preparing our children for Scór na bPaistí. These National School Teachers work so
many extra hours and do so much to promote our culture, our language and traditional values
amongst our young people and this is so good for Cumann Luath-Chleas Gael. There is a
saying that “the future belongs to those who prepare for it today” so a big thank you to our
hard working teachers.
I would like to thank all our winners especially Carrigtwohill who won 1st Prize in the Leiriú
competition at the County Final. Also, thanks to Eva Ní Murchú who came 2nd in the Rince
Aonair. Again thanks to all our Competitors.
Scór na nÓg
Scór na nÓg for 2013/14 although good quality, had only nine (9) Clubs participating which
is joint lowest since 1993/94. . The Scór na nÓg Final was discussed in detail at a meeting
and there was disappointment expressed by many that no Adjudicators, Quiz Master or
Fear/Bean An Tí were present to run the Competition. Members of the Committee took up
the various roles and the Competition was held with the exception of the Quiz which was
postponed to 27.11.13. However, the fact that people were charged at the door and young
people sent home to return another night for the Quiz was deemed very disappointing also.
We wish to congratulate all those who took part in the competition, their mentors and people
from the various clubs who have worked with these competitors. However there is an urgent
need to focus on this category and improve the number of entries so further review is
We wish to especially congratulate Ms Laura Whelan who won 1st Prize in the
Aithriseoireacht competition in the County Final thus carrying on a great family tradition of
involvement with her mother Margaret Whelan Secretary of the Coiste Scór Chorcaí and,
indeed, her Dad Michael, involved at committee level and adjudicating the Quiz
Scór Sinsir
Scór Sinsir was reasonable as 16 Clubs were involved and was the highest since 2002/03.
However, when one examines the entries it is clear that only for the Tráth na gCeist Boird
which was held on the same night the entries would have been very low. There is an urgent need to focus on this category and improve the number of entries so further review is
I wish to congratulate Bride Rovers who won the Leiriú competition in the County Final Scór
Sinsir and competed in the All Ireland Final in Castlebar. Also, congratulations to Killeagh
who were second in Ceol Uirlise at the County Final Scór Sinsir.
Fear / Ban a Tí and Adjudicators.
I wish to thank all our Fear / Bean An Tí and Adjudicators who were so helpful, patient and
excellent at our competitions. Thanks to Margaret Whelan for her assistance to me in
advising and assisting me in securing them for the various nights as my knowledge was
somewhat limited.
I wish to especially congratulate Ms Orla Arnold of the Bride Rovers Club who was Bean An
Tí at Scór na nÓg 2014 in Castlebar and put in such an outstanding performance. We in East
Cork were all proud of her and no doubt she will land the big one shortly.
Scór Encore.
While we as a Committee were not involved I believe there were trials held in Midleton. I
congratulate Youghal who made it to the finals on RTE. Also, Youghal went on to play some
rousing renditions in Croke Park on a day when Cork senior hurlers were defeated by
Tipperary in the All Ireland Semi Final.
Public Relations
I would like to thank our own Denis Kelleher who has been our PRO for 21 years and
advised me he is not standing for election on this occasion. While I know Denis for many
years I was not aware of his capacity for detail and stats until I got involved with Scór. His
background work is humbling and attention to detail is outstanding. Thanks so much for your
great contribution Denis. However, it is nice to note that he is willing to continue as
representative to the County Scór Committee, and, will continue to help out with this
I wish to thank Derek Kiely, PRO of East Cork GAA for his assistance in putting on material
in the East Cork Website during the year. Also, to Ms Tracey Kennedy who is so efficient
and effective as overall Secretary of Uí Mac Coille and CCB PRO and assists in every way to
move and put material on the County Website, Twitter and Face book for us.
One man who has really promoted East Cork Score during the year is John Aherne of the
Avondhu. He arrives just on time to our competitions, takes the photographs and couples it
on the Avondhu with a nice report on the proceedings. Thanks to John and the Avondhu for
their assistance in promoting Scór. Thanks to the East Cork News who help out also.Miscellaneous
There are challenges to Scór and we must discuss them and develop a constructive strategy to
deal with them. It is often said that we are in a different era to when Scór was founded but
similar it is the same for all counties as, indeed, it is on the playing fields we must endeavour
to compete with the best and sure the Rebels ARE the best.
Why is there such a fall off in Scór na nÓg? Why is there such a fall off in Scór Sinsir?
Are Scór Officers members of An Cumann Lúth Chleas Gael & their Club?
Are people elected to positions in Scór generally doing their job?
Rebel Óg was launched in 2011 as an exciting new initiative with an Oifigeach
Cultúr/Gaeilge and one in each Region dealing with children from 8 to 18 but to date I am not
aware of their activities or involvement and I made contact with na hOifigí Cultúr Gaeilge
but while people take the job ......well !!!.
Camogie since its relaunch in 1911 has had a cultural nationalist ideology as Cait Ní
Dhonnchadha published writings outlining how Camogie would strengthen the Irish language
and would help women avoid loniness – thus the ideology supports the values of Scór.
Can we invite Camogie Clubs for an involvement at Scór na nÓg and Scór Sinsir, or indeed,
invite a rep to our meetings.
Ladies Gaelic Football founded in 1974 is a similar organisation with a similar ideology so
can we invite them to our meetings.
Handball: They should be invited here also and have a Cultural Officer but what is his role
or involvement
We must do our utmost to support Scór and attract new people to ensure the promotion of this
extremely important side of Cumann Lúthchleas Gael.
However, I have to say that as Runaí Coiste Scór Uí Mac Coille and as Oifigeach
Cultúr/Gaeilge an Chontae I have witnessed a strong volunteer effort involved on the
organisational side and this is a real tribute to the ethos of Cumann Lúth-Chleas Gael, our
clubs and our members. As both Runaí Uí Mac Coille and on behalf of the County Board I
wish to thank all those who took part and assisted in the running of the competitions in any
way. Thanks so much to the Officers of Coiste Scór Uí Mac Coille, Cathaoirleach, Sean O
Regán, Runaí, and Cisteoir, Tommy Sheehan, PRO Denis Kelleher and their Committee of
Coiste Scór Chorcaí. Thanks especially to Margaret Whelan who has give me so much
advice and assistance during the year – its mighty to have her as Runaí an Chontae and, of
course, Liam O Laochdha, a leader, character and ball of energy in his own right as
Cathaoirleach Coiste Scór Náisiúnta agus Cathaoirleach Coiste Cultúr / Gaeilge Comhairle
na Mumhan. We also get great support from Bride Rovers man , Ger Lane, Vice Chairman
Cork County Board and who actually participated in Scór with Bride Rovers this year despite
his busy schedule.I would also like to thank Mr Pat Malone, Cathaoirleach Coiste Scór Chorcaí who puts in
such an effort and is not afraid to travel out and spread the Scór message Folks we must do
our utmost to support Scór and attract new people to ensure the promotion of this extremely
important side of Cumann Lúthchleas Gael. Indeed, Pat said he would be here tonight.
Some Important Dates
The AGM of Cork County Scór – Thursday, 23rd of October in Páirc Uí Rinn at 8 pm
Scór nÓg - County Final - Saturday 6th of December, 2014 at 6pm
Semi Finals – Scór na nÓg - are pencilled 28th / 29th of November – Venues TBA
Scór Sinsir - County Final - Sunday 8th of March at 6pm.
Semi Finals 28th Feb & 1st March – Venues TBA
Scór na bPáistí - County Final - Sunday 22nd March at 2 pm @ Ovens.
Semi Finals - 6
th / 7th of March at 7pm – Venues TBA
Votes of Sympathy
During Scór season Jimmy Sarsfield, Watergrasshill, and brother of the late Felix whose
name is synonymous with Scór. Jim O Connor, Watergrasshill, an outstanding Scór man and
Bride Casey, Ballynoe, mother of Margaret Whelan, County Secretary and National Scór
Committee. Indeed, there may be many Scór families who have lost a loved one during the
season and to all we offer our sympathy. Ar dheis Dé to raibh a ainmeacha dhilís go léir.
Cumann Lúthchleas Gael has a significant role to play in promoting our culture in an
increasingly diverse Ireland and it is important that we take that responsibility serious as
possible. Scór is vital part of CLCG. So don’t drop the ball – it’s greasy at the moment. Do
allow good constructive debate, work together to promote our culture and tradition which has
such a great capacity to link the past and present while building the future.
Tá súil agam go mbeadh gach gclub páirteach i Scór i mbliana agus cuimhnigí is mór iad na
beaga i deanta a chéile.
Go raibh maith agaibh go léir.
Ciarán Mac Cana
Runaí Coiste Scór Uí Mac Coille