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Philomena Begley releases song for Tyrone's All-Ireland final

Country legend Philomena Begley has released a new single ahead of the All-Ireland final on Sunday
Áine Quinn

IRELAND'S 'queen of country' Philomena Begley has lent her support to the Tyrone team with a new single.

The Pomeroy-born singer will perform Come on Tyrone on Saturday's night's Up For The Match on RTÉ.

"I've brought out out a song all the other years Tyrone have reached the final so this is just a continuation of that. The song has been done by other singers but its just been revamped a bit for the final," she said.

Philomena (75) played a little football at Croke Park herself when she was part of the Top Rank Superstars team of the 1980s, made of country singers and GAA players who played and sang for charity.

"It was Mickey Mouse stuff," she said.

"We went to America and the women's team was made up of a few singers like Susan McCann and Patrice McNeill.

"Anything I got out of it was a fluke. I think I scored three goals in Croke Park and four in Gaelic Park in New York. It was just for a bit of fun."

She said she is delighted to see the Tyrone team back in an All-Ireland final.

"It's great to see them get this far. I'm delighted for Mickey and the lads and I have great faith in them and I think they have a good chance of winning on Sunday."

Philomena is not the only singer releasing music for fans ahead of the final.

The Knights, composed of Tyrone men Eoin Maneely, Paul Henry and Tristan Ferran and Caolan Cunningham, from Armagh, have released Tyrone, Here We Go in support of the team.

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