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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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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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