Scór Stars to stage a super Show in City
THERE will be 3,000 people at Citywest on Saturday week, February 14.
It's the All-Ireland final of Scór na nóg, the GAA's cultural talent competition for U17s.
Scór is a magical world of colour and fun. It has been going since 1969.
It has kept some of Ireland's most-loved past-times alive.
Times when a crowd would gather around the fire for a hooley in the kitchen, or to hear haunting tales of yesteryear.
Thirty-two teams, each representing a county, will take part in the day's opening event, The Tráth na gCeist/Quiztime.
Fingallians will be the Dublin representatives. They emerged from the Dublin final in November.
That will set the standard for what is sure to be a super show.
The organisers have put a massive effort into staging the Scór spectacular in the capital.
"We will endeavour to make the event a huge success," says Liam O Culbaird from Coiste Scór átha Cliath.
"The Dublin County Board are delighted to be hosting the event. The promotion of the Irish culture and language is a very important part of the GAA.
"The competition was devised to promote Irish culture during the GAA's quiet time when the matches are finished and the pitches are closed." Scor certainly shortens the winter, and progressing to the All-Ireland final is quite a feat. The format is similar to that on the field of play.
You first have to win your county, then it's on to provincial level before advancing to the All-Ireland stage.
There's a wonderful social aspect to the organisation, and indeed it brings back memories of the famous John Player Tops of the Town.
The quality is extremely high, and the audience at Citywest are in for a treat.
Also on the packed programme will be Irish Dancing, Solo Singing, Recitation/Story Telling, Tradional Irish Instrumental Group, Leiriu (Historial Drama Piece), Ballad Group and Set Dancing.
The young people have made a promise - 'Let us entertain You.'
And soon after the curtain comes down, everybody will be focused on the Scór Sinsir (over-17) All-Ireland finals, which take place at Citywest on April 25.