The Centenary Committee headed up by Carmel McGarry, Vice Chairperson of the County Board was in attendance along with some of the stars of Antrim Camogie, past and present:Mairead Magill who was named in the All Ireland team of the Century, Jane Adams who is currently playing for Antrim and has achieved numerous awards in her playing career such as County & Ulster titles and Tennent’s Player of the month and Rhona Torney who is currently playing in the Antrim Senior Squad and won the Antrim Senior Player of the Year in 2007.
“”It is a wonderful achievement for any organisation to sustain itself for a hundred years; but the Camogie Association in Antrim is particularly proud. Throughout the last century there have been considerable social, political and economic issues that have to a greater or lesser degree impacted upon the camogie community. Despite the challenges and difficulties many dedicated people throughout the County of Antrim voluntarily committed themselves to the promotion of our game alongside our language and culture to benefit and enrich the community in which they lived. To those people this celebratory centenary banquet offers an opportunity for us all to say; thank you””
Caoimhin O’Gormaile, Antrim County Camogie Chairperson
‘We have a great history of Camogie in Antrim, with All Ireland winning teams, past presidents and All Star players. It’s great to be celebrating such an achievement especially with a continuing high number of quality players coming through we are looking at a bright future.’
Carmel McGarry, Chairperson of Antrim Camogie Centenary Committee
The Centenary Committee intends to have different events throughout the year to celebrate 100 years of Camogie in Antrim. In the past 100 years Antrim have made 16 appearances in All Ireland Finals and were successful on 6 occasions in 1945, 1946, 1947, 1956, 1967 & 1979. The Antrim Team also won the All Ireland junior Championship and Junior National League in 1997. In recent years the U14 teams and U16 teams have been successful in Ulster and the U16 team won the All Ireland B Championship in 2004. U18 team won the All Ireland B competition in 2007 and went on to compete in the Semi Final of the All Ireland A competition but were narrowly beaten by the eventual winners Kilkenny. Antrim’s Senior team got to the semi final of the Junior All Ireland in 2007 where neighbours Derry beat them and went on to win the All Ireland in Croke Park. With new senior managers Mary Connolly and Grace McMullan in place and successful managers from last year staying on at U14, U16 and Minor the county players are in high spirits.
À The Centenary Banquet will be held in the Tullyglass Hotel on the 10th May 2008.
À The event will be black tie/formal with guest speaker and entertainment.
À Tables are ú600 and individual tickets are available.
À There are sponsorship opportunities for the event and all donations are welcome.
À Please contact Gemma for more information on 07821586150 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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