Scór Sinsear

What is Scór

Scór is a GAA competition that combines all the colour and rivalry of Gaelic Games with the social element of Ireland’s traditional past-times. The competition was established by the GAA in 1969 with the aim of promoting Ireland’s traditional pastimes and culture while offering club members the chance to represent their club during the winter months while Football and Hurling had ceased.

Today there are eight events in Scór that cover all aspects of Irish culture: Figure/Céilí Dancing, Solo Singing, Instrumental Music, Recitation, Ballad Group, Novelty Act, Question Time and Set Dancing. The competition is divided into two age levels: Scór Na nÓg (for those under 17) and Scór Sinsear (for those over 17). Just like the All-Ireland Football and Hurling Championships clubs taking part in Scór must first take part in a county championship. The winners go on to the provincial championship and then the All-Ireland Final.

The Killoe club has won 31 County titles and 1 Leinster title in Scór Sinsear since 1971, and has appeared 12 times in the Leinster Final and once in the All-Ireland final over the years.

Scór Sinsear

While Killoe enjoyed great success through the 80’s and 90’s in the Scór na nÓg section, county titles were not as forthcoming at Senior level (Scór Sinsear) with a Solo Music title in 1971 and Figure Dancing title in 1995 the only highlights of the first 30 years.

Killoe has enjoyed a renaissance at Scór Sinsear in the 21st century, winning a number of titles in a various sections.

The Ballad Groups led by Grainne Fox and consisting of members of the previously successful Junior groups claimed county honours in 2006, ’08 & ’09. The Figure Dancers won back to back county titles in 2009 and 2010 while the Instrumental Musicians achieved a similar feat in 2008 and 2009 and claimed a third title two years later. The popular Set Dancers were also triumphant in 2008 with Killoe deservedly winning the overall ‘Club of the Year’ award in Ballinamuck that very year. Figure Dancers were back in winning ways in 2013, capturing the Longford title and competed in the Leinster Semi Final in March 2013 while our talented instrumental musicians took county honours in 2017.

The parish’s greatest success story at senior level has been Marie McCormack from Bawn who, along with winning three titles with the Ballad Groups, claimed four county titles for Solo Singing in 2006/08/09/10. In 2010, Marie went one step further winning the Leinster title – a first for the club at this level – and going very close to claiming All-Ireland honours in Killarney giving a magnificent performance of ‘The Banks Of The Moy’ in the final.

In 2017, the Instrumental Group of Padraig Walsh, Marie Brady & Paddy Collum reached the Leinster Final and would repeat the feat in 2018 with back to back county titles and Leinster Final appearances. In 2019 the club won County Scor titles for Figure Dancing and Set Dancing. In 2020 Carmel Kennedy won the County Scor title for recitation and Killoe and Abbeylara were awarded joint-winners for Club of the Year. 2022 saw county success in Ballad Group, Instrumental, Solo Singing and Figure Dancing categories with Killoe taking home the Club of the Year award too. The Ballad Group and Instrumental Music teams reached the Leinster Final in 2022, while the Ballad Group qualified for the Leinster Final again in 2023. In 2024 Killoe won ‘Club of the Year‘ at the Scór Sinsear county final. 

Scór Sinsear Titles

YearCategoryScór Sinsear County ChampionsLeinsterAll-Ireland
2024Ballad GroupEamon Keogh, Olivia Whelan, Alanna McKeon, Marie Brady, Anna MoorheadFinalist----------
InstrumentalPadraig Walsh, Eoin Walsh, Marie Brady--------------------
Solo SingingRebecca Moorhead--------------------
2023Ballad GroupOlivia Whelan, Eamonn Keogh, Marie Brady, Alanna McKeon, Anna MooreheadFinalist----------
InstrumentalPadraig Walsh, Eoin Walsh, Marie Brady--------------------
2022Ballad GroupMarie McCormack, Marie Brady, Grainne Fox, Olivia Whelan, Alanna McKeonFinalist----------
InstrumentalPaddy Collum, Marie Brady, Padraig WalshFinalist----------
Solo SingingOlivia Whelan--------------------
Figure DancingTara Goulding, Triona Goulding, Alannah McGuinness, Aoife Clyne, Ciara Loughlin, Marie Brady, Michelle Whelan, Hannah Maloney--------------------
2020RecitationCarmel Kennedy--------------------
2019Set DancingC Loughlin , N Whelan , M Brady , P Collum , P Walsh , E McCarthy , A McKeon, S Higgins--------------------
Figure DancingN Whelan , C Loughlin , T Goulding , M Brady , S Higgins , E McCarthy , A McKeon, S Rowley--------------------
2018InstrumentalPadraig Walsh, Marie Brady, Paddy CollumFinalist----------
2017InstrumentalPadraig Walsh, Marie Brady, Paddy CollumFinalist----------
2015InstrumentalM. Walsh, S. Mulroy, D. Murphy, J. McLoughlin, G. McKenna--------------------
2013Figure DancingK. Lynch, I. Glennon, T. Brady, L. Casey, A. Kiernan, S. McCormack, P. McCormack--------------------
2011InstrumentalM. Walsh, J. McLoughlin, L. Linnane, J. Brady, G. McKenna--------------------
2010Solo SingingM. McCormackWinnerFinalist
Figure DancingI. Glennon, L. Glennon, D. Rowley, A. Kiernan, K. Lunch, T. Brady, A. Conway, L. Brady--------------------
2009Ballad Group G. Fox, A. Fox, D. Fox, M. McCormack, N. DevaneyFinalist----------
InstrumentalM. Walsh, J. McLoughlin, L. Linnane, J. Brady, G. McKennaFinalist----------
Figure DancingM. Loughlin, N. Kiernan, A. Kiernan, K. Lynch, T. Brady, K. Prunty, B. Prunty, L. Brady--------------------
Solo SingingM. McCormack--------------------
2008Set Dancing G. Hagan, D. Rowley, J. Halpin, M. McLoughlin, T. Brady Snr, M. Brady, A. Brady, Y. BennettFinalist----------
Ballad GroupG. Fox, A. Fox, D. Fox, B. Corrigan, M. McCormackFinalist----------
Solo SingingM. McCormackFinalist----------
InstrumentalM. Walsh, J. McLoughlin, T. Hagan--------------------
2006Solo SingingM. McCormackFinalist----------
Ballad GroupG. Fox, A. Fox, B. Corrigan, M. McCormack, N. McGoey--------------------
1995Figure DancingM. Kiernan, J. Leonard, C. Flaherty, A. Bratten, J. Tully, C. Dempsey, H. Holzapfel--------------------
1971Solo MusicMarie Reilly--------------------