Kilkenny aim to add to Minor success with Camogie Challenge on the Double
Kilkenny fans won’t have to wait until Saturday September 27th to enjoy more final action in Croke Park with not one, but two teams, lining out this Sunday in the Liberty Insurance All Ireland Camogie Finals.
In the Senior Final, Kilkenny, beaten finalists in 2013, face a Cork side chasing a first win since 2009. While the Kilkenny hurlers have dominated the last decade, it was 1994 when Kilkenny last claimed the O’Duffy Cup. The Intermediate Final sees the Cats face a Limerick side still hurting from last year’s narrow defeat to Galway.
This year marks the 110th anniversary of the Camogie Association, and the six captains Anna Geary (Cork), Leann Fennelly (Kilkenny), Fiona Hickey (Limerick), Mags Fennelly (Kilkenny), Niamh Mallon (Down) and Sarah Ann Fitzgerald (Laois) joined with President of the Camogie Association Aileen Lawlor and Joe Canning from Liberty Insurance to announce details of the Finals Day celebrations.
The Camogie Association is making it easier than ever for fans from all participating counties to support their teams and has released special advance purchase tickets and group deals. In addition, clubs, schools or counties who purchase under the Adult and Juvenile group rate will be entered into a draw to win a coaching session with Liberty Insurance ambassadors, Cork camogie player Anna Geary and Dublin hurler Liam Rushe.
Fans and clubs are also encouraged to get involved in the action on Camogie Finals Day by bringing a banner celebrating the Association’s 110th birthday with the best banner winning €1000 courtesy of Liberty Insurance.
President of the Camogie Association Aileen Lawlor said:
“September marks an important month for Gaelic Games and this coming Sunday, September 14th, all Gaelic Games fans have an opportunity to see top camogie athletes representing their counties in Croke Park in the Liberty Insurance All Ireland Camogie Finals.
So far, this has been a fantastic year for women in sport. All Ireland day presents an opportunity for our supporters and fans to come out and witness the great game we have and to share that experience and be part of a great national occasion.
In June, the Camogie Association launched Our Game Your Game a promotional campaign for championship 2014 to give people an insight into the lives of six of our top players, the game they play and the reasons they play it. The Finals mark the end of this season’s journey and provide a wonderful opportunity to see some of these players, on the biggest stage with the ultimate prize of an All Ireland title at stake. This year we celebrate our 110th birthday and I urge fans to come and make it an event to remember.”
Liberty Insurance, proud partner of GAA Hurling and Camogie, is insuring all three sets of the All Ireland winners’ medals on Sunday (as well as those of the 2014 Hurling and Football winners) against loss or theft during the lifetime of their sponsorship, up to and including the 2017 Championships.
Speaking in advance of the finals, Annette Ní Dhathlaoí, Head of Marketing for Liberty Insurance said:
"This has been another exciting year for Irish women in sport and the Camogie Association in particular, in this their 110th year anniversary celebrations. We have witnessed tremendous skill, memorable encounters and closely contested matches with more to come on the 14th of September. I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all the Junior, Intermediate and Senior teams who will take to the field on Sunday the very best of luck, hope they all enjoy the experience, and beir bua! I would also encourage supporters and players travelling from across the country, to be safe on their journey to and from Croke Park #drivesafer".
To follow all the action on the 2014 Liberty Insurance Camogie Championship and Captains’ event check out facebook.com/officialcamogie, follow us @officialcamogie or hashtag #Ourgameyourgame (#OGYG) and via YouTube.com/officialcamogie.
Photographs released FOC by Inpho
Notes to the Editor:
The Liberty Insurance All Ireland Camogie Finals take place on Sunday September 14th in Croke Park
Premier Junior Down v Laois, 12noon
Intermediate Kilkenny v Limerick, 2.00pm
Senior Kilkenny v Cork, 4.00pm
Admission Prices: €30 for adults; €15/€20 for Students/OAPS; €5 for Juveniles (U16s).
€25 for pre-booked adult ticket by logging onto gaa.tickets.ie
Adult Group rate – minimum of 15 tickets purchased for €200 and an additional 20 can be purchased at €15 each. Maximum purchase is 35 tickets.
Juvenile Group rate – 10 Juveniles (U16s) – and one adult for €50.
Students/OAPS must purchase an adult ticket and avail of a refund on the day at selected stiles.
Ticketing information is available on camogie.ie and to download the Adult & Juvenile Group Rate forms.
Go to gaa.tickets.ie to pre-purchase adult tickets.
Tickets also available to purchase in Centra and SuperValu stores nationwide.
*Pictured (l-r) Mags Fennelly,( Kilkenny Intermediate Captain), Fiona Hickey (Limerick Intermediate Captain) Aileen Lawlor, President of the Camogie Association, Anna Geary (Cork Camogie Captain), Leann Fennelly (Kilkenny Senior Camogie Captain), Joe Canning, Sponsorship & PR Executive, Liberty Insurance, Sarah Ann Fitzgerald (Laois), Niamh Mallon (Down)