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Thursday 17 January 2019

Artane Band has extra oomph!

All-Ireland fanfares will sound a little louder on Sunday when the Artane Band plays at Croke Park.

The young musicians are so excited to see Dublin play in an All-Ireland Final their energy levels will be even higher than normal.

Band operations manager Joe Doherty said the teenage musicians have never seen their own county in an All-Ireland senior football final and are "so excited."

The band has been rehearsing both The Rose Of Tralee and Molly Malone for the clash. Joe joked: "One of the tunes is getting practised a little harder. They're giving it a little extra oomph! But the band will be totally neutral on the day."

The band of 40 musicians and an eight-strong colour party will be led by drum major Philip Kane (17), a star footballer for Raheny making his last appearance with the band.

The band will be conducted by musical director Ronan O'Reilly.

The band will arrive at Croke Park at 11am to practise with The Barrack Street Band from Cork. The bands will combine in leading the parade of players around the park before the match as they play God Save Ireland.

The National Anthem will be played, along with the President's Salute and Taoiseach's Salute. And The Star Of The County Down will be performed as usual in honour of President McAleese.

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