Scór na nÓg County Finals 2017
This past weekend has seen the semi-finals of Scór na nÓg concluded at two different venues in the county, Eglish on Friday 3rd November and Dún Uladh Centre on Sunday 5th November. All in all, so far, this has been a most successful season in Scór na nÓg in that at a total of forty three clubs participated in the eight different disciples that makes up the Scór schedule. This is in itself a magnificent achievement for clubs that go the extra mile to participate in all of the GAA activities on offer. The general aim of Coiste Cultúir agus Teanga is to have all the clubs of the county participating in Scór by the year 2019, which marks the 50th anniversary of the inception of Scór.
So far the revelation of the season has been the huge increase in the number of clubs taking part in Ceol Uirlise – Instrumental Music. This increase is largely due to the increased interest in learning to play a musical instrument. The talent on show for the first rounds and semi-finals has been phenomenal. While all the other disciplines also enjoy the exposure to competition most are clearly maintaining their interest levels. There does appear to be a slight fall off in competition at Rince Seit but this can be easily remedied by encouraging more clubs to participate in this skill. Never the less all the make-up of this year’s County Finals promises to provide us with an excellent evening’s entertainment. The finals take place in Galbally Community Centre on Sunday 19th November beginning at 3.00 pm
The qualifiers, which are subject to verification, are listed below.
Rince Foirne: An Eaglais, Loch Mhic Ruairí, Coill an Chlochair, An Ómaigh.
Amhránaíocht Aonair: Orla Hamill, Aireagal Chiaráin; Grainne Maxwell, Éadan na dTorc; Claire McCrystal, Domhnach Mór; Bronagh Scallon, Both Domhnaigh; Tara Connelly, An Caisleán Glas; Eimir Duddy, An Baile Nua.
Ceol Uirlise: Domhnach Mór (Fir); Loch Mhic Ruairí; Fionntamhnach; Trí Leac; Droim Rátha; An Ómaigh (Fir).
Aithriseoireacht: Annabel McAteer, Éadan na dTorc; Cliodhna Toner, Lough Mhic Ruairí; Mairead McGlinchey, An Caisleán Glas; Blaithnid Kerr, An Charraig Mhór.
Baileád Ghrúpa: Gallbhaile; Cabhán a’Chaortainn; Cill Íseal; An Ómaigh (Camógs); Coill an Chlochair; An Ómaigh (Fir).
Léiriú Stáitse: Cabhán a’Chaortainn; Loch Mhic Ruairí; An Ómaigh (Fir)
Rince Seit: An Charraig Mhór
Tráth na gCeist: Éadan na dTorc; An Eaglais; An Charraig Mhór; Taite Riabhach; An Eochair; Trí Leac..
This, of course, is the beginning of a quest for a county title which in turn will allow the relevant champion to represent Tír Eoghain in an Ulster semi-final. It is Tír Eoghain’s turn to host a semi-final which is also to take place in Galbally. The semi-final takes place on Sunday 3rd December at 5.0 pm. Competing counties in this event will come from Cavan, Donegal, Armagh and Tyrone. The second Ulster Semi Final will take place at a Derry venue, one week later, on Sunday 10th December. Two competitors will qualify from each semi-final and go forward to the Ulster Finals to be held in St Patrick’s Grammar School in Downpatrick on Saturday 13th January 2018.
The All Ireland Finals, with the ultimate prize of being crowned All Ireland Champions, will be held in Sligo Institute of Technology on Saturday, 17th February 2018, also beginning at 3.00 pm.
Clubs up and down the county are preparing to hold their AGMs at this time of year, reflecting on the season just past and preparing for fresh challenges in 2018. In putting in place a committee to guide club affairs in the season ahead, all clubs should bear in mind the importance of the health and wellbeing of their members. And the appointment of a Healthy Club Officer(s) is one significant step that should be taken.
Many clubs already have an officer in place, but many do not, and are missing out on the benefits of an active health and wellbeing programme. One club that has grasped the issue and taken several worthwhile initiatives is Clann na nGael. A busy programme of activities organised by the club on an ongoing basis has been of immense benefit to members and to the wider community.
Fionnuala Conwell, the Health Club Officer, says: “Clann Na nGael is a small rural club nestled in the Sperrins within North Tyrone. Our club does ordinary things extraordinary well when it comes to promoting health and wellbeing.
“We try to accommodate all ages and stages of life to ensure that there is something for everyone to benefit from. The success of our club is a credit to the volunteers who tirelessly give up their time to ensure that the entire community and club can benefit from many social and sporting activities, opportunities and events which help promote physical and mental health and wellbeing in a rural area.”
Fionnuala wants to see as many people as possible to participate in this weekend’s Turkey Trot.
“On Sunday the 17th December the club are hosting our second annual 5k ‘Turkey Trot’ and children’s 1k fun run for everyone to either walk, jog or run. This will be followed by a ‘Breakfast with Santa’ and all proceeds from both events will be used to purchase a defibrillator and accompanying storage unit for access in a communal area for community use, should ever the need arise.”
Indeed, Clann na nGael club members and the wider community are spoilt for choice when it comes to participation in a wide range of activities.
Clann Na nGael Walk/Jog/Run club was launched in early 2016 and has grown from strength to strength. It has continually brought members from the community who were not associated with football, into becoming paid fully fledged members of CNG.
The running club provides health and fitness running training three times a week. The club has been represented at many races and events, the most notable being the Omagh and Derry half marathons, the Hard as Oak challenge, and the Jaffa Cake Mud Madness event ,where representatives raised money towards Marie Curie. The club are currently in the process of becoming affiliated with Athletics NI.
A strength and conditioning gym class is provided in the community every Wednesday evening for females only in the local community units.
The club has received two defibrillators from Sport NI’s ‘Defibrillators for Sport’ Initiative. More than 25 members, including coaches, committee members and players, have completed child protection training to ensure wellbeing of our youth as paramount importance.
Five club members trained in SAFETALK through CLEAR project.
Two members trained as Mental Health First Aiders
One member trained in ASIST training.
A new club website has been launched and still work in progress with Health and Wellbeing links
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