Music and the arts in Nenagh and Newport were honoured by a civic reception for two groups by Nenagh Municipal District Council.
Nenagh Choral Society, who have returned to their spiritual home in the Scouts Hall, and Newport Musical Instrument Group, winners of the All-Ireland Scor competition, were both honoured for their contribution to their local communities.
“In the year that the Munster Fleadh comes to Nenagh for the first time, it is appropriate that we should be honouring two groups that have brought national recognition to Nenagh,” said MDC chair Cllr Fiona Bonfield.
Cllr Bonfield, whose base is Newport, said that Scor had all the colour of the GAA games in a social setting. It gives people a chance to represent their club over the winter when there are no games.
“Scor winners are champions in their own right and that is why national footballers and hurlers make the presentations,” she said.
She hoped the All-Ireland succcess would be replicated into the future.
District manager Marcus O’Connor said it was a tribute to Nenagh Choral Society that they had got together and returned to the Scouts Hall. “They had a vision and they stuck to it,” he said. “This shows what other groups could do.”
Mr O’Connor congratulated Newport on their first All-Ireland senior Scor success.
Ger McCarthy, chair, Nenagh Choral Society, said the reception meant so much to the society. “When the Scouts Hall closed in 1999 / 2000 we no longer had a home, but we continued to bring shows to Nenagh in various locations. When we started the youth academy we realised we needed the Scouts Hall and met the council in 2012. Three months later we signed a three-year lease. We had a vision and we believed in each other,” he said. “With the support of the community the future is bright.”
Anthony Floyd, North Tipperary Scor chairman, accepting the scroll, urged more of Tipperary’s clubs to become part of Scor.
“There were only six or seven clubs in the finals out of 60 or 70 clubs in the county. That’s around 10 per cent. I would like to see more clubs involved. It gives young people great confidence. I am throwing that challenge out,” he said.
Mr Floyd described Newport’s All-Ireland win as a “fantastic achievement”.