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Munster starlets set to impress in Ennis

Lees Road. Photograph by Eamon Ward

Lees Road. Photograph by Eamon Ward

30 Primary Schools from Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford will showcase their talent with a total of 240 participants involved in the SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Munster Finals which kicks off in Active Ennis Sports & Amenity Park at Lees Road today.

The Provincial Finals are the culmination of three months of competition held at County level which sees schools progress to the respective Provincial Finals. The event saw over 18,000 children participate last year. The competition has been running since the mid 1990’s, the event is more popular than ever with 1,038 schools involved in 2014.

The SPAR FAI ‘A’ Schools section will have Ballyneale NS (Tipperary), Coachford NS (Cork), Doolin NS (Clare), Gaelscoil O’Dochair (Limerick), Kill NS (Tipperary) and Ballyduff Central NS (Kerry) all in the mix for the small schools category. This should be a competitive grouping with Ballyneale NS and Coachford all progressing to this level previously. The Cork contingency were runners up in this section 12 months ago, can they go one better this time around? The Tipperary crew won All Ireland titles back in 2013 but can this squad replicate such successes this time out?

The SPAR FAI Girls ‘A’ Section will have Rathkeevin NS (Tipperary), St. Colman’s NS, Cloyne (Cork), Annagh NS (Clare), Glin NS (Limerick), Villerstown NS (Waterford) and Killocrim NS (Kerry) all hoping for silverware on Tuesday afternoon. Rathkeevin will be a team to watch out for as they are reigning Munster Champions having secured a runners up spot in the Aviva last season.

Gaelscoil Durlas (Tipperary), Upper Glanmire NS (Cork), Sixmilebridge NS (Clare), Lisnagry NS (Limerick), Scoil Gharbáin (Waterford) and Spa NS, Tralee (Kerry) will test their fortunes in the medium schools category namely the SPAR FAI ‘B’ Cup section.

The SPAR FAI Girls ‘B’ Cup has a promising group of schools qualified with St. Mary’s Convent NS, Nenagh (Tipperary), Star of the Sea, Passage West (Cork), Scoil Chríost Rí, Cloughleigh, Ennis (Clare), Gaelscoil Calagh an Treoidh (Limerick), Holy Cross NS (Waterford) and St. John’s NS, Kenmare (Kerry) all in contention. St. Mary’s may be hot favourities as they have claimed two Munster titles back in 2009 and more recently in 2013 in this section.

The large schools section, SPAR FAI ‘C’ Cup has CBS Carrick on Suir (Tipperary), St. Anthony’s BNS, Ballinlough (Cork), St. Conaire’s NS (Clare) Monaveen NS (Limerick), Holy Cross NS (Waterford) and Holy Family School, Tralee (Kerry) playing for the prestigious Munster title. The Cork qualifiers have a magnificent record in this competition with four All Ireland appearance to the Schools credit. St. Anthony’s have won three All Ireland titles in 2003, 2011 and 2012. They also picked up a third place finish in 2014 which should bode well for the players as they take to the field in Ennis.

MUNSTER PROVINCIAL FINALISTS:
 
‘A’ Schools:
TEAMS
Ballyneale NS, Carrick on Suir (Tipperary)
Coachford NS (Cork)
Doolin NS (Clare)
Gaelscoil O’Dochair (Limerick)
Kill NS (Waterford)
Ballyduff Central NS (Kerry)

‘A’ Girls Schools:
TEAMS
Rathkeevin NS (Tipperary)
St. Colman’s NS, Cloyne (Cork)
Annagh NS (Clare)
Glin NS (Limerick)
Villerstown NS (Waterford)
Killocrim NS (Kerry)

‘B’ Schools:
TEAMS
Gaelscoil Durlas (Tipperary)
Upper Glanmire NS (Cork)
Sixmilebridge NS (Clare)
Lisnagry NS (Limerick)
Scoil Gharbáin (Waterford)
Spa NS, Tralee (Kerry)

Girls ‘B’ Schools:
TEAMS
St. Mary’s Convent NS, Nenagh (Tipperary)
Star of the Sea, Passage West (Cork)
Scoil Chríost Rí, Cloughleigh, Ennis (Clare)
Gaelscoil Caladh an Treoidh (Limerick)
Holy Cross NS (Waterford)
St. John’s NS, Kenmare (Kerry)

‘C’ Schools:
TEAMS
CBS Carrick on Suir (Tipperary)
St. Anthony’s BNS, Ballinlough (Cork)
St. Conaire’s NS (Clare)
Monaveen NS (Limerick)
Holy Cross NS (Waterford)
Holy Family School, Tralee (Kerry

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About Mark Dunphy

Founder and Editor of The Clare Herald, Mark Dunphy is a native of Connolly in County Clare. Mark also operates Dunphy PR.

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