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Local success at Fleadh Cheoil na hÈireann

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kilcummin branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann will be holding a homecoming celebration this Sunday night to acknowledge their massive success at Fleadh Cheoil na hÈireann.

BOSCA CEOIL: Button Accordion Under 12 winner Seán Angland of Glenflesk. Photo: David Lynam

FLEADH: Half Set Mixed Under 18 second place Aaron Buckley Gavin Cronin Maeve O'Connor and Sarah Pigott from Kilcummin. Photo: David Lynam

CHAMPIONS: Kilcummin CCÉ over 18s Half Mixed Set who were crowned All-Ireland Champions at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. Photo: Derek O'Leary

SECOND PLACE: Kilcummin CCÉ Over 35s Mixed Set second at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2022.

DANCERS: Full Set Ladies Under 12 winners: Aisling Gallagher Aoife Coffey Éabha McCarthy Jennifer Rae Laura O'Sullivan Maedbh O'Brien Regan O'Shea Sophie O'Shea from Spa GAA. Photo: David Lynam

FIRST PLACE: Rince Seit Mná/Full Set Ladies (12-15) 1st Abbie McGuire Alison Pigott Andrea Counihan Aoibhe O'Sullivan Ciara Foley Cliona Doolan Rebecca O'Leary Sadbh O'Halloran CCÉ Kilcummin.

LADIES SET: Kilcummin CCÉ U12 Ladies Set with their trainer Adrian Moriarty who came Second at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

SMILES: Smiles all around for the victorious Kilcummin CCÉ 12 to 15s Ladies Set and their trainer Adrian Moriarty - first place and All-Ireland Champions at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. Photo: Derek O'Leary

DOUBLE: Michael Healy double All-Ireland Champion in the 12-15 Melodeon and Accordion at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. Photo: Derek O'Leary

It will be held at Kilcummin clubhouse.

Kilcummin and local GAA clubs, Spa and Glenflesk, were amongst the big winners at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÈireann in Mullingar last week.

The first major prize for Kilcummin CCÉ was the 12 to 15 age group Ladies Full Set competition.

“The standard throughout was exceptional. The Kilcummin set were dancing last and knew it would take their best to deliver the ultimate prize. The ladies did indeed deliver their best and were soon crowned national champions, claiming first place,” Derek O'Leary, PRO Kilcummin CCE, said.

“The next day saw the Kilcummin over 18s Half Mixed Set to the stage in what was an obviously serious competition with little separating the various groups. Once again, this set danced supremely and deservedly took first place and were crowned All-Ireland Champions.”

Kilcummin CCE also celebrated a double All-Ireland Champion when Michael Healy continued his dominance in the music competition. He won the 12 to 15 Accordion and also the 12 to 15 Melodion competition with exceptional and comprehensive performances.

“Much credit must go to the dedication and hard work from all the dancers and also their mentors, Adrian, Mary and John Moriarty of the Moriarty School of Dancing. Much thanks to Conor Moriarty and Sean Kelliher for providing the music for the dancers over the two days of competition,” added Derek.

“Kilcummin CCÉ will be holding a homecoming celebration at Kilcummin clubhouse this Sunday night at 8pm. All are welcome to come and help us celebrate what has been a great success in Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadheana.”

Glenflesk GAA Club were also celebrating this week following their success at the Fleadh Cheoil.
Rian Gleeson won the Under 12 Storytelling competition while Seán Angland was first in the Under 12 Button Accordion class. Sean also finished second in the piano accordion competition and was third in the flute playing section. One of his sisters Grace won the 15 to 18 age group piano class and another sister, Colleen was third in the 12 to 15 age group flute category.

Spa GAA’s ladies won the Over 18 Full Set dancing competition and were second in the 15 to 18 age group.

“Congratulations to all the Kerry competitors, especially all our Spa members, who took part in Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Mullingar last week,” Spa GAA PRO Deirdre O'Sullivan Darcy said.

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Last chance to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising draw

By Sean Moriarty There is just less than one week left to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising raffle. The ‘Cairde Spa’ draw takes place on Thursday night (February 2) the Spa’s […]

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By Sean Moriarty

There is just less than one week left to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising raffle.

The ‘Cairde Spa’ draw takes place on Thursday night (February 2) the Spa’s clubhouse at 7pm.

Funds raised will go towards the upgrade and development works planned over the next few years.

Guest of honour on the night is national GAA president Larry McCarthy and the Sam Maguire Cup will make an appearance too.

“Apart from ongoing and essential maintenance work, the club has a number of development projects in the pipeline. The money is being raised towards improving our grounds to provide top class facilities that can be used year-round, including car parking, perimeter fencing for pitches, ladies and juveniles dressing rooms, outdoor skills wall, player dug outs for senior and juvenile pitches, safety enhancements and lighting on the walking track, landscaping, scoreboard, viewing gallery to the sports hall, alignment of entrance to the grounds and a remembrance garden,” said Michael Cronin, Club Chairman.

“We are calling on everyone to get behind the fundraiser. Our vision is to provide top class grounds and facilities where everyone is welcome to use and participate fully in our activities, games and culture. In order to achieve this vision, we are setting out exciting new developments and investments in our facilities – and we need your support.”

There are 10 prizes up for grabs: 1st Prize: €15,000, 2nd Prize: €3,000, 3rd Prize: €2,000, 4th Prize: €1,000, 5th Prize: Two nights dinner and B&B at the Killarney Park Hotel, 6th Prize: €500 Voucher for Killarney Carpets & Furniture, 7th Prize: €300 Voucher for O’Sullivan’s Cycles, 8th Prize: €250 Voucher for Killarney Oils, 9th Prize: €150 Voucher for Killarney Hardware and 10th Prize: A signed Kerry jersey.

Tickets are €100 each and can be collected/returned at the clubhouse this Saturday (10.30am-12noon), Monday (7-8pm) or Wednesday (7-8pm), and tickets are also available online on spagaa.com.

Any queries contact Andy (087 2236754), Michael (085 8213027), Assumpta (087 6779292) or Deirdre (085 1216359) or any Club Officers.

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Marian Players excited to get back on stage

By Michelle Crean With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on […]

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By Michelle Crean

With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on stage this weekend.

It’s been two years since they staged a show due to COVID but the Marian Players Rathmore are rearing to go tomorrow night (Saturday) with their hilarious show ‘Dame Annie Goes West’.

A medley of comedy and colour, combined with music and dance, locals from both sides of the border have been working together to make it a great production.

“We’re very excited, we can’t wait! It’s great to be back,” Mary Hickey told the Killarney Advertiser.

“They [the cast] got together in October and they’re at it since.”

Val Moynihan is the “genius behind it”, she added, and it’s produced by her son Brian Hickey, and co-written with Eilish Coakley.

She said that they have loads working in the background also doing the stage curtains, lighting and making costumes amongst other tasks.

“It’s a pantomime without the pantomime in the background! It’s a whole community effort both sides of the border.”

Evening shows start at 7.30pm tomorrow (Saturday) and again Sunday (January 29) at 3pm.

Mid-week shows continue on Wednesday next (February 1) at 7.30pm, Thursday (February 2) at 7.30pm and also Saturday (February 4) at 7.30pm and Sunday (February 5) at 3pm.

The booking office (085 2031730) will be open every day from 2pm to 6pm to reserve seats and collect tickets and is located adjacent to the community centre, next to Christy’s Take Away.

Seats may be reserved over the phone too and paid for using a bank card. All proceeds are going to Kerry Parents & Friends Association.

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