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Spa’s set dancers and Churchill’s quiz team win All-Ireland Senior Scór titles in Killarney

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Churchill have won five All-Ireland Tráth na gCeist titles since winning their first 2014, while Spa claimed yet another set dancing national title

The Spa team of Liam Spillane, Garry O’Sullivan, Darragh Brosnan, Kianan O’Doherty, Anna O’Connor, Katie O’Connor, Meghann Cronin and Áine Brosnan, pictured with GAA President Jarlarth Burns, that won the Set Dancing competition at the All-Ireland Scór Sinsear finals at the INEC Arena in Killarney on Sunday. Photo by Sportsfile

Churchill’s Quiz team of Paul Culloty, Donnacha Buttimer, Micheál Gaynor and JJ Prior that won the All-Ireland title at the Scór Sinsear finals at the INEC Arena in Killarney, with Poilín Mhig Aodha, Cathaoirleach Scór na hÉireann, and GAA President Jarlath Burns.

thumbnail: The Spa team of Liam Spillane, Garry O'Sullivan, Darragh Brosnan, Kianan O'Doherty, Anna O'Connor, Katie O'Connor, Meghann Cronin and Áine Brosnan, pictured with GAA President Jarlarth Burns, that won the Set Dancing competition at the All-Ireland Scór Sinsear finals at the INEC Arena in Killarney on Sunday. Photo by Sportsfile
thumbnail: Churchill's Quiz team of Paul Culloty, Donnacha Buttimer, Micheál Gaynor and JJ Prior that won the All-Ireland title at the Scór Sinsear finals at the INEC Arena in Killarney, with Poilín Mhig Aodha, Cathaoirleach Scór na hÉireann, and GAA President Jarlath Burns.

Spa’s set dancers and Churchill’s quiz quartet were crowned All-Ireland champions – not for the first time – at the All-Ireland Scór Sinsear finals held in the INEC in Killarney on Saturday. With competitors from all four provinces seeking All-Ireland titles for their clubs, counties and provinces, the level of performances in all categories was of a extremely high standard and the audience in the INEC auditorium were treated to wonderful entertainment.

The action got underway with the Tráth n agCeist competition when three teams from each of the four provinces went into battle seeking the coveted title, Churchill among them. Ulster CLG secretary was Máistir na gCeist and though the questions were described as being very difficult the Churchill team took a four-point lead to the stage part of the competition.

Having been in a similar position in last year’s final and having to be content with a third place finish, the Churchill team of Michael Gaynor, Paul Culloty, Donnacha Buttimer and JJ Prior used all their experience to claim a fifth All-Ireland Tráth na gCeist title since winning their first 2014. The club has competed in the Tráth na gCeist competition from the beginning of Scór back in 1971.

Churchill’s Quiz team of Paul Culloty, Donnacha Buttimer, Micheál Gaynor and JJ Prior that won the All-Ireland title at the Scór Sinsear finals at the INEC Arena in Killarney, with Poilín Mhig Aodha, Cathaoirleach Scór na hÉireann, and GAA President Jarlath Burns.

Spa’s set dancers were Kerry’s other representatives in a packed stage schedule which began with the Rince Foirne on Saturday evening after the Tráth na gCeist. Spa were drawn fourth for their set which meant that they were the last performers of the evening but this competent troop of dancers showed no signs of what must have been a nerve-wracking wait.

When they stepped onto the INEC stage they again gave a foot perfect performance of the Lackyle Set and when the winners of the final event of the night was announced it came as no surprise that the Killarney dancers prevailed and were again All-Ireland champions. Comhghairdeachas le Cáit Ní Chonchubhair, Meghan Ní Chroinín, Áine Ní Bhrosnacháin, Áine Ní Chonchubhair, Cianán Ó Dochartaigh, Liam Ó Spealáin, Gearóid Ó Súilleabháin agus Dara Ó Brosnacháin.

GAA President Jarlath Burns presented the prizes to all winners and he spoke of the importance of Scór at all levels within the Association and recalled his own personal experiences of being involved with his club Silverbridge.

A special word of thanks to the members of Coiste Scór Chiarraí who assisted with the smooth running of the Tráth na gCeist and who dedicated another afternoon selling raffle tickets for Coiste Scór Chiarraí and thanks to Páirc An Chrócaigh, The Gleneagle Hotel, Coiste scór Chiarraí and Bord CLG Chiarraí for sponsoring the raffle prizes.

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