Camogie Association President Liz Howard, Ladies Football Association President Geraldine Giles and Vodafone’s Head of Corporate Affairs Rosemary Steen, honoured the two players at the awards function in Dublin’s Westbury Hotel.
Kate Kelly was honoured for her playing contribution and her leadership as Wexford ended a 32 year wait for All-Ireland senior glory, defeating a Cork team containing dual player Briege Corkery in the All-Ireland final.
Corkery continued Cork’s domination of this award when following in the footsteps of Valerie Mulcahy and Juliette Murphy who were honoured in 2005 and 2006 respectively.
Kate Kelly is also a dual player and she was on the Wexford team that reached this year’s Junior All-Ireland Ladies Football final. But it was in her role with the Camogie team that she enjoyed her biggest successes, emulating the achievement of her mother Peggy who won All-Ireland titles with Wexford in 1968 and 1969.
In this year’s championship Kate scored an impressive 1-40, with fifteen points coming from play. Already a winner of two All Star awards she has been named Wexford Camogie Player of the Year and Ladies Footballer of the year, a unique achievement.
Briege Corkery has made an astonishing impact on Ladies Football over the last three seasons. In September she collected her third consecutive All-Ireland senior medal as an essential part of the all conquering team that has dominated the game for the last three years.
Honoured as the Irish Sportswoman of the Year in 2005, Briege has continued to perform spectacularly on a number of stages, collecting two All-Ireland Senior Camogie medals to add to her impressive collection.
On behalf of Vodafone, Rosemary Steen said; “”The list of achievements of both Kate and Briege make extraordinary reading. Their selfless dedication and pursuit of excellence is an outstanding example to young people all over Ireland. Their clubs, counties and families must be immensely proud.
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