Cork and Tipperary clubs were to the fore at the Pan Celtic camogie Festival held in Dingle last weekend as Burgess Duharra, Glen Rovers, Eire Og, and Burgess brought home trophies. From early on Saturday morning teams from all over the country battled it out in glorious sunshine at different divisional all over Dingle with pitches in Lispole, An Gaeltacht, Dingle and Annascaul hosting games.
In the Senior A final Cork club Ballygarvan had to give best to a strong Burgess Duharra side from Tipperary on a 2-8 to 0-4 score line. Powered by Inter county senior stars Eimear McDonnell and Ciara Gaynor Halloran the runners up in the Tipp county senior championship final of 2009 set the pace of the game but Ballygarvan worked hard to contain them, however an injury which robbed them of the service of the impressive Catriona Kelly proved to much as the Cork representatives were eventually worn down by the strength of the Tipp side but not before turning in a good display.
In an all Cork Senior B final Glen Rovers and Eire Og battled it out for the title, Glen opened with an early point but with the strong wind in the favour Eire Og equalised and keeping the Glen defence under pressure they grabbed a goal before the break to lead 1-1 to 0-1 at the break. On the turn over the Glen with the wind in their favour got back on level with a Denise Luby goal and they took control to go 2-5 to 1-3 ahead with Sinead O Halloran and Karen O Connell on the score sheet as Margaret O’ Herlihy and Erin Corkery hit two Eire Og points. With the full time whistle looming Margaret O’ Herlihy hit an Eire Og goal but it came to late to effect the outcome as the Glen held on to the final whistle.
Better luck for Eire Og in the Under 16 A competition as they took the title in the second all Cork final of the day with a victory over Carrigaline on a 2-4 to 1-3 score line. Gaols form Shauna O’ Mahony and Elaine Scally were crucial for Eire Og as they set the pace but Carrigalines Abbie O Meara kept them in the hunt striking 1-3 however two points from Elaine Scally and Siobhan Hutchinson helped Eire Og take the title.
In the Under 16 B final Burgess over came the challenge of St Anne’s to take home the title.
Without doubt the weather played its part as camogie teams from near and far enjoyed the brilliant sunshine and hospitality of the people of Kerry, already clubs are looking forward to next years event which will no doubt be even bigger and better.
Well done to everybody winners and losers who made it a weekend to be remembered.