All Ireland Club finals set for Croke Park
The All Ireland Club finals are to be held in Croke Park for the first time since 1972. The 2010 Senior and Intermediate Club finals will be staged as a double header on March 6th 2011 in GAA Headquarters.
It is also the first year of an All Ireland competition for the Intermediate club grade. The club championship previously only allowed for senior and junior champions to progress to All Ireland honours.
Speaking about today’s announcement President of the Camogie Association Joan O’Flynn:
“”Following on from this year’s All Ireland finals triple header, it is a further boost to the Association to now have our Camogie club finals played in Croke Park.
It is a fantastic opportunity for club players who previously would never have had the chance to play in Croke Park and it also provides an extra incentive to club players and mentors to reach All Ireland Club Finals Day.
The Camogie Association are delighted that both the Senior and Intermediate Finals will be held there and we would like to extend our thanks to the GAA and also Croke Park Stadium for this opportunity.””
There will also be new All Ireland senior club champions as title holders Cashel and beaten finalists Athenry were defeated in their respective county finals. Both clubs have dominated the club championship for numerous years.
Wexford champions Oulart the Ballagh, powered by the Leacy sisters will face Ballyboden St Enda’s in the Leinster Senior Club Championship this Saturday, October 30th while Cork champions Iniscarra, led by Rena Buckely will face Limerick side Granagh Ballingary in the Munster Senior Club Championship on Saturday, October 30th. Rossa of Antrim and Killimor of Galway are the respective Ulster and Connacht club champions.
In the Intermediate Club championship, Galway side Sarsfields will play Laois and Leinster Champions the Harps in the first Intermediate Club Semi-final.
Newmarket on Fergus from Clare and Lismore of Waterford contest the Munster Intermediate Club Final this Saturday. The winners will face champions Derry side Eoghan Rua in the second Intermediate All Ireland club semi-final.
The All Ireland Senior and Intermediate Club semi-finals are provisionally fixed for the weekend of February 5th & 6th subject to confirmation.
ò The 2010 Camogie All Ireland Senior & Intermediate Club Finals will take place on March 6th 2011 in Croke Park Stadium.
ò Connacht face Leinster and Munster face Ulster in the Senior Club semi-final pairings and the same follow suit for the Intermediate Club championship finals.
ò Cashel, Tipperary are the 2009 All Ireland Senior Club champions.
ò The All Ireland Intermediate Club Final Cup is named in honour of Cavan born Agnes O’Farrelly a noted Gaelic scholar, writer and champion of women’s rights.
ò Celtic of Dublin won the All Ireland Senior Club Final in 1964, followed by double winners Austin Stacks, Dublin in 1971 and 1972.
ò The Senior Cup is named in honour of Bill Carroll.