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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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Coolick National School to launch online lotto

A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves. The Coolick […]

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A popular primary school in the Killarney area is launching a new fundraising initiative this week to support and improve the education experience of the children it serves.

The Coolick National School Lotto is now live; offering a weekly prize, a weekly jackpot and a range of valuable spot prizes at launch.

Coolick NS first opened its doors in 1870 making it one of the county’s oldest primary schools. The school and pre-school is home to over 130 children from the locality. This is an increase of 20% over the past 5 years taking enrolment to an all-time high.

Coolick NS School Lotto Chairperson and parent, Pádraig Leane says properly resourcing primary school services is crucial:

“The cost of providing education is rising and the school grants provided by the department, although valuable, only do so much. We want to overcome this challenge with our school lotto. The school has a range of immediate needs but also longer-term goals to expand our facilities, add more sports equipment, wellness programmes, student support programmes and increase extra-curricular trips,” he said.

First on the list is a new set of school jerseys, gymnastics mats, replacement of end-of-lfe iPads and further expansion of their Tír na nÓg play area for the younger pupils.
Coolick National School Principal Gearoid O’Sullivan remains focused on providing the best for the children of Coolick.

“As a school we are committed to providing the best equipment, teaching and learning resources, outdoor spaces and a school interior that helps nurture each child. This school lotto will help us with our commitment to provide the very best for the school and especially for the pupils in our care,” said the principal.

The staff and students of Coolick National School are appealing to families, friends, past pupils, members of the local community, stakeholders and supporters to get behind the weekly school lotto. It is hoped that the option of 1 line for €2.50, 2 lines for €4 or 3 lines for €5 will encourage everybody to contribute. A lotto draw will take place each week with a maximum jackpot of €2,000 to be won.

Signing up is easy; through the school’s website https://www.ourfundraiser.ie/org/coolickns

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Live TV audience date with Daniel O’Donnell at INEC

People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell. TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the […]

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People of Killarney will have the opportunity to participate in a live television audience with Daniel O’Donnell.

TG4 television’s highest rating country music series of concerts is coming to the Gleneagle INEC Arena for the first time from June 17 to 19.

Recorded before a live audience over three nights with two concerts per night, Opry le Daniel offers a different music theme each evening and a host of special guests will join the legendary presenter Daniel O’ Donnell on stage to perform all your favourite songs.

The recordings of the show will be split into two one-hour blocks, taking place throughout each evening.

Now in its 14th year, Ireland’s favourite country music artist O’ Donnell will be joined on stage by Declan Nerney, Cliona Hagan, Mike Denver, Chrissy Mac, Dana and the Donegal balladeers ‘Onóir’ to mention but a few.

Tickets from €30.20 are available from www.inec.ie and the Gleneagle INEC Arena box office on 064 6671555.

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