24 counties across five grades will commence this year’s Liberty Insurance Camogie Championship later this month.
The Liberty Insurance Camogie Championship, which includes Senior, Intermediate, Premier Junior, Junior A and Junior B, was launched at Croke Park this afternoon by President of the Camogie Association Aileen Lawlor and CEO of Liberty Insurance Pat O’Brien. Liberty Insurance recently announced its sponsorship of the GAA Hurling and Camogie All-Ireland Senior Championships for the next five years.
Wexford are the current All Ireland Senior champions securing their third title in a row against Cork last September. Derry were promoted to the senior grade after winning the Intermediate title in 2012 while Meath secured the Premier Junior crown.
Players from each grade of this year’s camogie championship, including Wexford joined invited guests for this afternoon’s launch. The first round of the Liberty Insurance Camogie championship will commence on June 22nd with last year’s All Ireland finalists Cork facing old rivals Tipperary in one of the weekend’s key games.
Speaking at today’s championship launch President of the Camogie Association Aileen Lawlor said:
“We are delighted to join with Liberty Insurance to officially launch the 2013 Camogie Championship. The joint partnership with the GAA All Ireland Hurling Championship is an exciting new departure for the Camogie Association and a fantastic opportunity for camogie. It symbolises the strength of both Camogie and the GAA working together and the natural synergy between both games.
We are particularly pleased that Liberty Insurance, an international company and a leader in its field, has chosen to come on board and partner with our organisation over the next five years. We are excited about the possibilities that this presents and the opportunities to bring camogie to an even greater audience with the strong support of Liberty Insurance.”
Speaking at today’s launch Pat O’Brien, CEO of Liberty Insurance said:
“It was very important for us that this partnership took in the full GAA family of both hurling and camogie. Indeed it is a family where brothers, sisters, cousins and club mates are all united by their shared love of our oldest games. We look forward to working together with the Camogie Association in helping to enhance and promote this unique sport.”
For further information:
Contact Claire Egan, Communications & Marketing Director, The Camogie Association, 01 865 8618, 087 9030 755, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Máire Scully, Director, Head of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship, WHPR, 01 669 0030, 087 822 9456, Email: email@example.com
Notes to the Editor:
•Photographs from the Liberty Insurance Camogie Championship launch are available from Sportsfile on www.sportsfile.com.
• The Camogie Association has over 100,000 members and 560 camogie clubs nationwide
•The following players represented their counties at the Liberty Insurance Camogie Championship launch: Kate Kelly (Wexford), Anna Geary (Cork), Louise O’Hara (Dublin), Arlene Watkins (Offaly), Grace Walsh (Kilkenny), Deidre Murphy (Clare), Katie McAnenly (Derry), Lorraine Ryan (Galway), Jill Horan (Tipperary), Niamh Mulcahy (Limerick), Jennie Simpson (Waterford), Fionnuala Carr (Down), Eileen Murphy (Westmeath), Tara Wilson (Carlow), Rosie Crowe, Bríd Boylan (Cavan), Fiona Madden (Meath), Brid Treanor (Monaghan)
•Wexford are the current All Ireland Senior champions securing their third title in a row in September 2012. Derry were promoted to senior after winning last year’s Intermediate Final while Meath won the Premier Junior crown in 2012. Westmeath won the Junior A final and Carlow the Junior B.
•The Liberty Insurance Camogie Championship begins on June 22nd with round robin games taking place before reaching knock-out stages. Twenty four counties will take part in championship action across five grades; Senior, Intermediate, Premier Junior, Junior A, Junior B.
•A full list of championship fixtures is available on www.camogie.ie
•The Liberty Insurance All Ireland Finals (Senior, Intermediate, Premier Junior) will take place in Croke Park on Sunday September 15th. The Liberty Insurance Junior A & B finals will take place on August 25th.
•Highlights from each round of this year’s Liberty Insurance All Ireland Senior Championship will feature on RTÉ The Sunday Game in addition to live updates on RTÉ Saturday Sport.
•The Liberty Insurance Senior semi-finals will broadcast on RTÉ.ie; The All Ireland Intermediate & Senior final will broadcast on RTÉ The Sunday Game and RTÉ Radio Sunday Sport. The Premier Junior final will broadcast on RTÉ.ie
•The Irish Daily Star will act as Media Partner for the Liberty Insurance Player of the Match for each round of the senior championships and feature in the Monday edition of the Irish Daily Star.
•To follow all the Liberty Insurance Camogie Championship follow camogie on www.facebook.com/officialcamogieassociation and on twitter at twitter.com/officialcamogie and see www.camogie.ie for more information.