SCÓR IN THE PARISH OF MYSHALL:
Scór is a word that means a lot to many of the people of our parish.
It is the cultural arm of the G.A.A. and consists of Instrumental music,
Set and figure dancing, solo singing, Group Singing, Recitation, Sketch
and Question Time. All are competitive events with the winners going
right through to an All-Ireland Final providing terrific entertainment.
Its aim when it was founded in 1969 was to fill a great void left in the
G.A.A. when the field games were over and with no activity for the long
dark winter nights. This was when floodlights in pitches for winter
training were unheard of.
Myshall was first involved in 1973/74 with a half set but as time went on
there was huge representation in all sections of the competition and in 1975
Myshall participated at Co. level in six competitions and won all of them and
the novelty act went on to represent Carlow at Leinster final level but were
unfortunately not victorious. The following year 1976 saw Myshall not only
participate but host both the County final and Leinster Semi-final with the
Community Centre newly built after a fire in 1974 and this year with a sketch
entitled ‘Richie’s mints’ (named after the minister of finance at the time
Richie Ryan), they won the Leinster Final. The final was in Leisureland in Galway but success eluded them beaten by a team from Co. Tipperary. In 1977 the
local area was once again in the All-Ireland final this time in the Savoy in
Limerick and once again they had to settle for second best. In 1980 the parish
was very proud to have a team once more in the Leinster Final which was held in
the Gaiety Theatre Dublin and once more we went on to the All-Ireland final in
the National stadium to be disappointed for a third time. In 1981 the Leinster
finals were again held in the Gaiety Theatre and Myshall were there in no less
than three events Novelty Act, Instrumental Music and set Dancing. This group of
set dancers laid the foundations for the many set dancing sessions that have
since taken place in the area.
1980 Scór All-Ireland Finalists
Scór na nÓg was introduced in 1979 and served a two fold purpose - to occupy young people over the winter period offering them alternative leisure time activities and to train them in the cultural heritage of our native country, instilling in them a love for our native dance, song and music. In 1980 a Scór na nÓg team from Myshall won their way to an All-Ireland final emanating their Senior Counterparts. Excitement was very high in the parish and a 54-seater bus travelled to Leisureland in Galway for the final but as with the Senior teams success eluded them. Scór na bPáistí was later introduced for competitors U-14 and Myshall continues to involve this age group in Scór activities.
Scór has contributed hugely to our area - the enjoyment gained has been
tremendous and while competitively there have been disappointments many people
have been engaged in the development and preservation of our culture and quite a
number have had the opportunity to perform on National stages in the Olympia and
Gaiety Theatres. When we look back we see that perhaps the talents of people
like Jim Nolan, Ballinrush and
Richie Kavanagh, Raheenwood would have gone
untapped except for Scór. Jim won "Entertainer of the Year" in 1986 on R.T.É.
and Richie has become a household name with his own brand of song and in all his
interviews Richie always pays tribute to his first appearance on Myshall Stage
with Tops of the Town and Scór. Scór has trained young children to accept
victory humbly and defeat courageously. We are proud and happy to have supported
and promoted our traditions and to have activities where there is lots of fun
and no alcohol involved.