Marie Doherty of Antrim was announced as the recipient of the 2018 Síghle Nic an Ultaigh Award at this weekend's Annual Congress in Mount Juliet Estate, Kilkenny.
Marie has been involved in Camogie in some shape or form all of her life, initially as a player, then as a coach and also in Club and County administrative roles.
Marie is the linchpin of Geraldine’s Camogie Club, Portglenone and has carried out a number of key roles as a committee member, secretary, coach and chairperson within the club over the last 40 years and was nominated for this prestigious award by Ulster Council.
Iar-Uachtarán Catherine Neary presented Marie with the award at the 2018 Annual Congress Banquet Dinner.
From Warrenpoint, Co. Down, Síghle Nic an Ultaigh is credited with guiding the path of Camogie for 50 years. Elected National President in 1949, Síghle served in many roles including Secretary of the Down County Board, Chairperson of Ulster Council, Ard Runaí (1953-1975), President of All-Ireland Primary Schools and Trustee (1985-2004). In 1999 she was honoured with the title of Life President of the Camogie Association. Síghle passed away in the Centenary Year of the Association, 2004, at the age of 88. The Síghle Nic an Ultaigh Award was inaugurated to acknowledge Distinguished Administrators of the Association.