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Double delight for Gneeveguilla as they reach All-Ireland

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By Michelle Crean

It’s been many years since Gneeveguilla contested an All-Ireland but they will once again on the double next month.

SOLO: Ger Ryan (Chairman of Munster Council) and Margaret Whelan (Chairperson of Coiste Scór na Mumhan) with Mark O'Leary who won a Munster title for his solo singing in Cappamore Limerick on Sunday.

ON THE DOUBLE: Gneeveguilla Scór members won Munster titles on the double in set dancing and solo singing in Cappamore Limerick on Sunday. Pictured were set dancers Joan Brosnan Kellie O'Sullivan Rachel McGillicuddy Aisling McGillicuddy Kieran Browne Conor Crowley Cathal Collins and Paudie Murphy with solo singer Mark O'Leary.

On Sunday night there was great excitement in Cappamore Community Centre in Limerick, when Gneeveguilla were announced Munster Scor na nÓg Champions in the solo singing and set dancing categories. Now they're getting ready to travel to Castlebar next month for the All-Ireland for Scór Sinsir.

Kerry clubs haven't competed in Munster Scór Sinsear since 2019 due to COVID.

“It’s a huge achievement for any club to win one discipline in Senior Scór but the double is tremendous," Anne Holland, East Kerry Scór Officer, told the Killarney Advertiser.

"We in East Kerry are very proud of our set dancers and singer, Mark O'Leary. Having advanced as superb county champions last week in Currow, we knew that they would be in with a great chance at Munster. It’s not easy trying to get a dance troupe together especially with college and work etc."

All-Ireland Fleadh dancing coach Marie Sheehan has put in trojan work with the dancers and they will be dancing the Caledonian set. Some of these dancers have All-Ireland Fleadh medals under their belts with Sliabh Luachra; Joan Brosnan, Kellie O'Sullivan, Rachel McGillicuddy, Aisling McGillicuddy, Kieran Browne, Conor Crowley, Cathal Collins and Paudie Murphy.

Mark O'Leary is also no stranger to the stage, participating for his beloved club, in Scór na bPaistí and Scór na nÓg, winning many accolades.

"He will sing 'The Hills Around Listowel' and lift the roof with his rendering voice. Joan Brosnan, Scór Officer, is a busy lady as one of the victorious dancers and organising the All-Ireland travel arrangements to Castlebar next month," she said.

"The club is very proud of the participants and the excitement is building. No doubt the club colours will be decorated all over the village and surrounding areas. Wishing them every good wish in the Theatre Royal on November 12 and hopefully going that one step closer to All-Ireland glory."

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  Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday. This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will […]

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Kerry take on Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship at Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday.

This glamour tie always attracts a huge crowd and Cork fans will travel in their droves from the Rebel County.

As a result there will be parking restrictions and traffic disruptions in the town on Saturday afternoon.

“Please be aware that the town will be bustling with activity, and traffic congestion is expected. Some parking areas may reach capacity, so we recommend allowing extra time for your journey,” said a Garda spokesperson.

Parking will be available in the following areas near the stadium: New Street, The Glebe car park, Fair Hill car park, High Street, Rock Road car park and the Lewis Road car park.

Parking in the vicinity of Fitzgerald Stadium is reserved for residents with parking passes only.

For a full preview of the match turn to our Sports section on page 54

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Win tickets for Taylor Swift and support Palestine

Killarney For Palestine is raffling two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Edinburgh. The group is raising funds for the Halaq family who are known to Kerry Friends of […]

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Killarney For Palestine is raffling two tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in Edinburgh.

The group is raising funds for the Halaq family who are known to Kerry Friends of Palestine and who are currently displaced in tents in the Gaza Strip.

Their homes were destroyed in the city of Khan Younis by Israeli airstrikes.

“It currently costs between €5,000 and €6,000 per person to be evacuated from Gaza,” said Susan Larkin of Killarney For Palestine.

To be in with a chance of winning the tickets for the June 8 concert all you have to do is make a donation via the gofundme link below.

A minimum €5.00 donation ensures entry to the draw which will be made on April 24.

Link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/hx5ahx-help-my-children

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