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50 Years of Scor: There are celebrations for 50 years of Scor and it brings back great memories to me and the involvement of the Emyvale Club in this competition. Many clubs have similar great memories and many people have enjoyed great entertainment from participating and spectating at Scor. My earliest memory is of Seamus McCluskey getting people involved to participate. Solo singers, Reciters, Quiz contestants, musicians and actors and actresses for the Novelty Act. Young dancers of quality were easily found as Mrs. Coffey held Irish Dance classes each week in Emyvale and since then Gerard McQuaid and his sister Mary McQuaid Kirke have annually prepared teams to compete. However when it came to the Senior Scor there were few who could be signed up. We got a team together and they were: Bill Donegan (a garda stationed in Emyvale at the time), Maura McKenna (Mohan), Kathleen McCormack, John Treanor (RIP), Packie Hughes, Mary McQuaid (Kirke) who is still a contestant, and myself and Ann. What a team and what fun we had as we practiced in the Old Technical School at the top of the town. However we soon made other teams sit up and our major opposition was a team from Blayney, and they were hard to beat. Arranging to have Ms. Coffey hold Dancing Clases in Emyvale was organised by Breda Goodwin Heaney, who also organised Music Classes with Pat McCabe as tutor and from that there were contestants available for the Solo singing, Ballad group and Instrumental. The boy scouts had a Variety Concert each year and Scoutmaster, Benny McKenna, gave potential contestants an opportunity to practice in public prior to Scor. Then Gerard and Mary were tasked with finding contestants for those slots and indeed someone was found so that Emyvale contested every section of the Scor competition. Seamus wrote the script for the team entering in Scor na nÓg Novelty Act and then he persuaded a few of us, including himself, to perform the same act for the Senior Scor with a few changes to the script. The fun we derived during the rehearsals made it all worthwhile and on occasion we got out of the county but maybe no further than an Ulster Semi-final. In those days Monaghan was very much to the fore in Ulster and we were asked if we could host the Ulster Final of Scor na nÓg in Emyvale. For a number of years then Seamus and I organised and ran the Ulster Final in the Emyvale Inn. This was big stuff. Hundreds attended and every parking space around the village was occupied. They came from the nine counties and we fed and looked after their every need with top class hospitality. Of course we had nothing to do with the judges as the Ulster Council looked after that part and thankfully, as that is a most onerous task and it is impossible to make everyone happy. Year after year we looked forward to Scor and year after year we did our best to win – sometimes we did and other times we didn’t but we dealt with the disappointment by being convinced that the judges made a mistake!! The county Final of Scor Sinsear was held in the Lyric Theatre in Castleblayney and tickets were like gold dust – they were harder to get than All-Ireland football final tickets. And speaking of All-Irelands - Emyvale’s Seamus McCluskey was the first Monaghan person to act as Fear an Tí for the All-Ireland, which he did in the National Stadium Dublin in 1983 a great honour. Yes – those were the days. Over the 50 years many many people have been involved and our three children were participants too. Edelle got to a number of All- Ireland finals and in some of those she was participating in three or four sections – Figure Dancing, Set Dancing, Recitation, and Ballad group. Paula was in Figure Dance and Ballad group and Declan in Ballad group and Novelty Act. It was a hectic time but very rewarding and since then there were times when Scor seemed to be on the way out. I would certainly recommend it for many reasons and I hope that Scor committees and County Boards will ensure that it continues into the future with a few changes. I have selected a few photos from my archives which I hope you enjoy.
This year the All-Ireland hopes of Emyvale, Monaghan and Ulster in the Solo Singing section rested with Amelia Murphy McCormack in Castlebar and we hear that she was not given the decision, despite what we are told was a fantastic performance. Well done Amelia.
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50 Years of Scor: There are celebrations for 50 years of Scor and it brings back great memories to me and the involvement of the Emyvale Club in this competition. Many clubs have similar great memories and many people have enjoyed great entertainment from participating and spectating at Scor. My earliest memory is of Seamus McCluskey getting people involved to participate. Solo singers, Reciters, Quiz contestants, musicians and actors and actresses for the Novelty Act. Young dancers of quality were easily found as Mrs. Coffey held Irish Dance classes each week in Emyvale and since then Gerard McQuaid and his sister Mary McQuaid Kirke have annually prepared teams to compete. However when it came to the Senior Scor there were few who could be signed up. We got a team together and they were: Bill Donegan (a garda stationed in Emyvale at the time), Maura McKenna (Mohan), Kathleen McCormack, John Treanor (RIP), Packie Hughes, Mary McQuaid (Kirke) who is still a contestant, and myself and Ann. What a team and what fun we had as we practiced in the Old Technical School at the top of the town. However we soon made other teams sit up and our major opposition was a team from Blayney, and they were hard to beat. Arranging to have Ms. Coffey hold Dancing Clases in Emyvale was organised by Breda Goodwin Heaney, who also organised Music Classes with Pat McCabe as tutor and from that there were contestants available for the Solo singing, Ballad group and Instrumental. The boy scouts had a Variety Concert each year and Scoutmaster, Benny McKenna, gave potential contestants an opportunity to practice in public prior to Scor. Then Gerard and Mary were tasked with finding contestants for those slots and indeed someone was found so that Emyvale contested every section of the Scor competition. Seamus wrote the script for the team entering in Scor na nÓg Novelty Act and then he persuaded a few of us, including himself, to perform the same act for the Senior Scor with a few changes to the script. The fun we derived during the rehearsals made it all worthwhile and on occasion we got out of the county but maybe no further than an Ulster Semi- final. In those days Monaghan was very much to the fore in Ulster and we were asked if we could host the Ulster Final of Scor na nÓg in Emyvale. For a number of years then Seamus and I organised and ran the Ulster Final in the Emyvale Inn. This was big stuff. Hundreds attended and every parking space around the village was occupied. They came from the nine counties and we fed and looked after their every need with top class hospitality. Of course we had nothing to do with the judges as the Ulster Council looked after that part and thankfully, as that is a most onerous task and it is impossible to make everyone happy. Year after year we looked forward to Scor and year after year we did our best to win – sometimes we did and other times we didn’t but we dealt with the disappointment by being convinced that the judges made a mistake!! The county Final of Scor Sinsear was held in the Lyric Theatre in Castleblayney and tickets were like gold dust – they were harder to get than All-Ireland football final tickets. And speaking of All- Irelands - Emyvale’s Seamus McCluskey was the first Monaghan person to act as Fear an Tí for the All-Ireland, which he did in the National Stadium Dublin in 1983 a great honour. Yes – those were the days. Over the 50 years many many people have been involved and our three children were participants too. Edelle got to a number of All-Ireland finals and in some of those she was participating in three or four sections – Figure Dancing, Set Dancing, Recitation, and Ballad group. Paula was in Figure Dance and Ballad group and Declan in Ballad group and Novelty Act. It was a hectic time but very rewarding and since then there were times when Scor seemed to be on the way out. I would certainly recommend it for many reasons and I hope that Scor committees and County Boards will ensure that it continues into the future with a few changes. I have selected a few photos from my archives which I hope you enjoy.
This year the All-Ireland hopes of Emyvale, Monaghan and Ulster in the Solo Singing section rested with Amelia Murphy McCormack in Castlebar and we hear that she was not given the decision, despite what we are told was a fantastic performance. Well done Amelia.