Scór Caoga

Cultúr, Teanga & Oidhreacht – Culture, Language & Heritage

50-Year Celebration of Scór in Donegal

September 29 @ 8:00 pm

An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny.

This event is a celebration of Scór in County Donegal over the last 50 years. It is hosted by Donegal GAA and sponsored by Donegal Connect. It will include past Donegal All-Ireland and Ulster winners, and Fergus McGee will be the MC on the night. Taking part in this concert will be a host of our (Donegal) All Ireland champions and Ulster champions over the years. A good night is assured. Admission is €10.00.

Tickets are available direct from An Grianán and can be purchased at the link below:

Scór – Ag ceiliúradh 50 bliain le Fergus MacAoidh – Oifigeach Chultúrtha & Teanga CLG Dhún na nGall

Tá méadú mór ar an méid clubanna atá ag glacadh páirt i Scór Sinsir agus Scór na nÓg i nDún na nGall agus i gcúrsaí eile, mar shampla, Tráth na gCeist Bord, Bailiúchán na Teanga agus tá níos mó clubanna anois páirteach i léithid Fondúireacht Sheosaimh Mhic Dhonncha. Anuraidh ghlac 30 club (75%) páirt i Scór na nÓg agus ghlac 20 club (50%) páirt i Scór Sinsir.

What differentiates the GAA from all other sporting bodies is that it aspires to be much more than a sporting organisation. Part of the ethos of the GAA is the preservation and promotion of our native pastimes, culture and language. When Derry Gowen from Cork and others came forward with the idea of Scór, approved by National Congress in 1969, they created a vehicle for the GAA to give expression to those aspirations. Over the last 50 years clubs from all corners of Ireland have called on members, young and old, to represent their clubs and to do so in competitions that produced the highest standards of music, song, dance and drama. Just as our games are preserved through competition, so too is our culture.


The records show that the first Ulster title was won by Donegal in Scór na nÓg in 1973 when Gaoth Dobhair won the recitation category. The first All Ireland success for Donegal dates back to 1980 when the Harper family from Robert Emmett’s won the instrumental music. The Scór Caoga Celebration will feature Nuachleas, Amhránaíocht Aonair, Bailéad Ghrúpa agus Aithriseoireacht/Scéalaíocht with current and past champions.


A half-time draw will take place with all proceeds going to Donegal Hospice. Grat prizes include two nigths B&B and an evening meal in the Keadeen Hotel in Newbridge. Thanks to sponsors Donegal Connect, a public/private partnership aimed a creating new opprtunities for Donegal. Donegal Connect engage with our Diaspora and anyone with Donegal connections or interests to encourage them to visit, live, work, invest, start or grow their business in the County. Donegal Connect are running 50 events over the 10 day period Sept 27th t0 October 6th and all support is welcome.


The Programme for the Scór Caoga celebrations is as follows:


Ceolchoirm – An chead leath

  1. Nuachleas – Novelty Act: Gaoth Dobhair All Ireland winning Leiriú from 2017 in Belfast with their historic piece about Niall Mac Giolla Bhríde from Creeslough who wrote many songs and recitations in Irish and English including Noreen Bawn and Mo Chó beag ag bun Cnon a’ Tí. It is noteworthy that this is the first ever all Irish novelty act to win an All Ireland in Scór
  2. Bailéad Ghrúpa – Ballad Group: Na Gleanntaí (Naomh Conaill) All Ireland champions from 1992 Scór na nÓg
  3. Amhránaíocht Aonaoir – Solo Singing: Zara Laughlin – Na Rossa who won several county titles in solo singing and recitations, prepared ballad groups for scór na nÓg and has adjudicated at county and provincial level
  4. Aithriseoireacht/Scéalaíocht – Recitation/Storytelling: Pat Sweeny – Aodh Ruadh B.A.S. All Ireland champion from 1991 in recitation which took place in Threemilehouse, Monaghan
  5. Bailéad Ghrúpa – Ballad Group: Roibeard Eiméid – Scór na nÓg group. The Harpur family represented Robert Emmetts and won Ulster and All Ireland titles in 1980 and 1982. Robert Emmett’s will be represented by the current county champions in Scór na nÓg.
  6. Nuachleas – Novelty Act: Gaeil Leitir Ceanainn won the Léiriú Ulster final in Silverbridge with their piece Paddy McNamee. This is a must see novelty act about two Donegal lads in Dublin for the first time for the All Ireland football final in 1992.

Leath ama – Half Time: a draw will take place at half time with all money going to a Donegal charity.

Ceolcoirm – An dara leath

  1. Nuachleas – Novelty Act: Gleann tSúilí who won the Scór na nÓg All Ireland in Athlone in 2008. Gleann tSúilí have competed in Scór for many years and in truth should have won more than one all Ireland in the Nuachleas category
  2. Amhránaíocht Aonair – Solo Singing: Conor Ó’Gallchóir a bhain craobh Uladh san aithriseoireacht sa bhliain 2017. Bhain An tAthair Seán Ó Gallchóir as Cloich Cheann Fhaola a bhain craobh na hÉireann san aithriseoireacht/scéalaíocht i 1982
  3. Bailéad Ghrúpa – Ballad Group: Naomh Adhamhnáin who won the Ulster final in 2001. This group also won 11 county titles over a 12 – 13 year period and it is great that they will be part of the concert
  4. Ceol Uirlise – Instrumental Music: Iorras instrumental group who have participated in scór for many years and won several county titles in Ceol Uirlise
  5. Aithriseoireacht/Scéalaíocht – Recitation/Storytelling: Noel Ó Gallchóir All Ireland champion in recitation in 1981. Bhain Noel sa bhliain 1981 do Ghaoth Dobhair agus i 1982 bhain a dhearthar, an tAthair Seán Ó Gallchóir do Chloich Cheann Fhaola
  6. Amhránaíocht Aonair – Solo Singing: Caitríona Solan (Doherty) who won several county titles and the Ulster title in solo singing in 2017 in addition to adjudicating at county, provincial and all Ireland level. Caitríona will be accompanied by her sister Bríd Solan
  7. Bailéad Ghrúpa: Gaoth Dobhair who won Ulster titles in 2012, 2013 and 2015 will bring the concert to a close.

All clubs and GAA members are asked to support this concert and charity draw. Beidh fáilte roimh go léir.