From left Áine Fanning (St Vincents), Sinéad Brennan (Thomastown), Pat Martin, Leinster Camogie Council Chair, Michelle Davis (Shinrone) and Niamh Quirke (Myshall) – Photographer Séamus Massey
by Gerry O'Sullivan, Leinster PRO
Medal winners from the All-Ireland Senior, Intermediate and Junior finals last September will be on view on Sunday in Parnell Park during the AIB All-Ireland Club Championships, Leinster Senior and Intermediate Finals.
It's been a brilliant year for Kilkenny Camogie winning their first senior title in 22 years. 20% of the starting 15 was accounted for by the Farrell sisters from Thomastown – Anna at corner-back, Meighan at midfield and goalscorer Shelly at corner-forward. All could have been All-Stars this year but the honour went to Meighan last weekend. The Cats also claimed the Intermediate crown on the same day and Sarah Walsh, Catherine Walsh and Eimear Corr provided Thomastown's input to that success.
While Thomastown has yet to win the Leinster title, Vincents have in squad members Aoife Cullen and Eimear Brannigan direct links with the team that captured Leinster provincial honours in 1998. On Sunday they will be looking to the likes of Alison Maguire and Sarah O'Donovan, All-Star nominees in 2015 for inspiration.
On that great day for neighbouring counties last September, Carlow took the All-Ireland Premier Junior title with the sizeable help of Myshall's Niamh and Ciara Quirke, Breege and Kate Nolan, Marian Doyle, Ciara Mullins, Michelle Nolan and Ali Ruschitzko as well as Mairéad Doyle and Pamela Whelan.
Shinrone have stars of their own including the Faithful county's first All-Star Michaela Morkan, other current county players Marion Crean, Christine Cleary, and Gráinne Egan. The team can also boast of a mother Fiona McLeish and her two daughters Kerry and Leona combination.
Sunday November 13th
AIB All-Ireland Club Championship, Leinster Intermediate Final
Myshall (Carlow) v Shinrone (Offaly)
Parnell Park, Dublin
AIB All-Ireland Club Championship, Leinster Senior Final
Thomastown (Kilkenny) v St Vincent’s (Dublin)
Parnell Park, Dublin