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Madeleine plans 150ft plunge for Down Syndrome Ireland

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TAKING THE PLUNGE: Madeleine Doyle from Beaufort is planning to abseil 150 feet from the roof of Croke Park for Down Syndrome Ireland. Photo: Michelle Crean

By Michelle Crean

Abseiling 150ft down from the roof of Croke Park will be an exciting adventure for one local woman who plans to raise funds for a charity close to her heart.

Madeleine Doyle from Beaufort, who is now living in Ballycasheen, is planning to take part in 'Abseil Croke Park 4 DSI' challenge on Saturday, October 24.

And the funds raised will go to the Ability Programme which will help to secure meaningful employment for young adults in Ireland with Down Syndrome.

"I have a younger brother with Down Syndrome - James who is aged 22," Madeleine explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

"The Ability programme is aimed to help James and others like him to find work in an area that is of interest to them, to help them grow professionally and gain confidence."

James, who loves music and sport, is currently working in Deenagh Lodge in Killarney and attends a 'Skills 4 Life' programme through St God of Gods in the IT Tralee.

And Madeleine says that she feels the the abseil was meant to be as it is falling on the day of her birthday.
"I took that as a sign to take the plunge - literally! I now have something to do on my birthday, I'm so excited, I can't wait."

Madeleine set up a Facebook donation page: Madeleine’s Abseil Croke Park for DSI and also an iDonate page with the same name where people can contribute if they wish. Her original target was €250 and to date almost €2,400 has been raised.

"Thanks to everyone who has supported me so far. I genuinely wouldn't have expected to get remotely close to it. People are wonderful especially in these uncertain times."

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Gaelscoil pupils compete in Fleadh for the first time

By Michelle Crean It was their first time entering Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí but Gaelscoil Faithleann pupils proved they’ve got talent as they made it to the next stage of the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was their first time entering Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí but Gaelscoil Faithleann pupils proved they’ve got talent as they made it to the next stage of the competition.

Muinteoir Treasa Uí Scannláin and Muinteoir Lisa Ni Iarlaithe prepared the children over the last two months on Thursday evenings after school.

For the competition 22 kids were entered in the Under 11 and 13 categories in the Comhra Gaeilge competition in Tralee.

Three of the Under 11s and three of the school’s Under 13s are now going forward to represent Chiarraí the Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan in Newcastle West on July 15.

“The standard was very high and it was our first time entering this competition. All of the children were representing Cill Airne Comhaltas,” Lisa said.

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Kilcummin has strong representation in Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí

Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí may have been absent in the live sense over the previous two years, however it returned over the last two weekends and it delivered with aplomb! The […]

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Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí may have been absent in the live sense over the previous two years, however it returned over the last two weekends and it delivered with aplomb!

The home of Kerry Comhaltas, the Dúchas Centre on the MTU campus in Tralee, was the host venue on the first weekend of the Fleadh, which accommodated the dancing competitions.

“We were spoiled with the spectacle of live dancing of the highest calibre accompanied by live music from accomplished musicians … food for the soul!” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCE PRO, said.

“Much credit and thanks goes to the Moriarty School of Dancing, Mary, John and Adrian who represented Kilcummin CCE and prepared our teams to compete at the highest level.

“We also had such a great weekend in the singing and music competitions over the second weekend of Fleadh Cheoil Charraí, held in the Dúchas Centre and other areas of the MTU campus. All of our competitors performed to the highest standard in robust competition. Well done to all who competed and congratulations to all who go forward to represent Chiarraí the Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan, in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick from July 10 to 16.”

Kilcummin had strong representation throughout the dancing competition during the first weekend of Fleadh Cheoil Chiarraí.

U12 Ladies 1st place and County Champions.

“Well done to our second U12 Ladies set who weren’t placed but danced beautifully.”

U12 Mixed 1st place & County Champions.
U12 mixed 2nd place.
15-18 Mixed 2nd place.
15-18 Ladies & Mixed Half set 3rd place
U12-15 Ladies 3rd place
Senior mixed half set 1st place and County Champions
Over 35’s 1st Place & County Champions

Kilcummin also excelled in the music and singing competitions of the second weekend of the Fleadh.

Eoin Foley – Accordion 1st place
Eoin Foley – Melodeon 2nd place
Aisling O’Connor – 1st place – Ladies O18 English Singing
Liam Kerrisk – 1st place – 15-18 Melodeon
Michael Healy – Button accordion (12-15) 1st place
Michael Healy – Melodeon (12-15) 1st place
Sean Butler – Button Accordion (12-15) 2nd place
Colleen Anland and Michael Healy – Duets (12-15) 1st place
Seán Fleming – Kerry Comhaltas U15 History Project 1st place

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