Pictured at the Camogie Association Congress dinner in the Rochestown Park Hotel, outgoing Camogie Association President Joan O’Flynn, Eithne Neville, Sighle Nic an Ultaigh Award recipient, Aileen Lawlor, Camogie Association President
Long standing Camogie volunteer honoured
Long serving Camogie volunteer, Eithne Neville from the Croagh/Kilfinney club in Limerick was tonight (Saturday, March 31st) honoured with the prestigious Síghle Nic an Ultaigh award at the Camogie Association Annual Congress dinner in the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork attended by Camogie Association President Aileen Lawlor, out-going President Joan O’Flynn, President Elect of the GAA, Liam O’Neill, Ladies Gaelic Football President Pat Quill and Cllr Declan Hurley, Deputy County Mayor of Cork.
Eithne has enjoyed a long and distinguished association with Camogie, as a player, referee and administrator.
Prior to taking up the role of Secretary of Munster Council (1963-2009), Eithne won an All Ireland senior medal with Limerick in 1957; three Ashbourne medals with UCD (1953, 1954 and 1955) and a Gael Linn with Munster in 1961.
She combined the roles of management and refereeing, overseeing two All Ireland Finals in 1960 and 1967 before later coaching Limerick to Junior All Ireland success in 1977. Eithne acted as Chairperson of Limerick County Board from 1967 to 1969 and was the first President of Munster Camogie Council.
Presenting the award at tonight’s event outgoing Camogie Association President Joan O’Flynn said:
“On behalf of the Association I would like to wholeheartedly congratulate Eithne on receiving the Síghle Nic an Ultaigh award. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Association and their commitment, dedication and enthusiasm to the promotion and development of Camogie is vital for the continued growth of camogie.
Eithne has given many long years of service to Camogie as a player, referee and administrator. She typifies the passion and dedication, characteristic of many volunteers. It is also important to note that Eithne has enjoyed many roles, long after she hung up her boots. One of the dominant aims of our Association is to provide all members with the opportunity of lifelong involvement and to harness their passion and enthusiasm in a progressive and sustainable manner.”
Congratulations were also extended to Eithne Neville by Aileen Lawlor, who assumed the office of Camogie Association President at today’s Congress (Saturday, March 31st)
The Síghle Nic an Ultaigh Award commemorates the memory of Sheila McAnulty, a former leading administrator in the Camogie Association. A native of Down, Sheila served at all administrative levels of the Association. She was elected President of the Camogie Association in 1949, serving for four years, before taking up the post of Árd Runaí from 1953 to 1975. In recognition of her role as a leading sports administrator, she was appointed to COSAC, the sports advisory council in 1970. In 1999, Sheila was honoured with the title of Life President in honour of her unique contribution to Camogie.
Notes the Editor:
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