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Get Ready for a Camogie Gathering 2013

The Camogie Association in conjunction with Dublin Camogie Board are pleased to confirm details of their Gathering 2013 event taking place from July 25th to July 27th in Dublin. “Let’s play ball and have a ball” Camogie Gathering 2013 invites clubs and representatives from North America, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australasia and Great Britain to attend.
A welcome event will take place on Thursday July 25th while a full round of games, coaching workshops, as well as a tour of Croke Park stadium are part of the itinerary. Each participating team will play a minimum of four games during the course of the tournament. 
Games will also take place in Croke Park on the final day of the event, Saturday July 27th.  
Early entry is advised and interested participants can email Mary O’Connor, Acting CEO on 
For further event information please contact Acting Director of Camogie Development Caroline Murray on or Rachel Hogan, Chairperson of the Camogie Gathering Event Committee on 
Check out the Gathering 2013 event details on the Gathering Website at Camogie Gathering 2013

Caman to Croker day a huge success

Forty eight camogie clubs took part in this year's Camán to Croker in association with John Torpey Hurleys on Saturday, April 6th in Croke Park. 720 budding camogie stars took to the field for a Go Games blitz as well as visiting Croke Park Museum. 
This is the second year of the Camán to Croker competition which invites U12 Camogie clubs to enter a draw to play Go Games in GAA HQ. 
The full list of this year’s Camán to Croker participants were as follows: 


Saint Mochuas, Armagh; Portglenone, Antrim; Bailieborough, Cavan; Bredagh, Down; Portaferry, Down; Ballinderry, Derry; Clontribret, Monaghan; Edendork, Tyrone; Letterkenny Gaels, Donegal.


Ballyboden, Dublin; St.Annes, Dublin; Faughs, Dublin; Kilmacud Crokes, Dublin; Naomh Maur, Dublin; Thomas Davis, Dublin; Bunclody,Wexford; Kilrush, Wexford; Cappagh, Kildare; Moorfield, Kildare; Carnew Emmetts, Wicklow; Kiltegan, Wicklow; LoughLene
Gaels, Westmeath; Cullion, Westmeath; Piltown, Kilkenny; St.Annes, Louth; St.Brigids, Laois; Trim, Meath; Birr, Offaly; Naomh Brid, Carlow


Bishopstown, Cork; Rathluirc, Cork; Sarsfields, Cork; Enniskeane, Cork; Cappoquin, Waterford; Feakle, Clare; Tulla, Clare; Killarney, Kerry; Knockavilla, Tipperary; Silvermines, Tipperary; Murroe Boher, Limerick; Tournafulla, Limerick.


Castlebar Mitchels, Mayo; Clarinbridge, Galway; Eyrecourt, Galway; Mountbellew/Moylough, Galway; Mullagh, Galway; Oran, Roscommon
Roscommon Gaels, Roscommon
For further information contact Caroline Murray, Acting Director of Camogie Development, The Camogie Association, Ph: 087 125 1269,

Congress votes for Individual membership

It was an historic day for the Camogie Association at Westport on Saturday March 23rd as Congress decided to make membership an individual responsibility rather than the current club-based system. From April 1st, 2014 there will now be four separate categories of members: over 18 players, youth players (U18), administrators/coaches/referees/non-players that are over 18 and a social membership for over 18s that are not seeking involvement in a club’s administrative or games-related affairs. (A full reading of the motion is available on the following link to download Camogie congress motion ref page 84) Camogie Congress motions
At present, each club pays a €300 affiliation fee to the Camogie Association that covers all its members.
From next year, each adult member will pay €23, with €5 of that retained by the county board, €2 by the provincial council and the rest entering central coffers.
The fee for youth members will be €13. Again, the relevant county board will retain €5, with €2 going to the provincial council and the remainder belonging to the Camogie Association.
The result will be that whereas membership is responsible for just 10% of the association’s income at present, that percentage will increase to 29% of a greater overall figure. 
It was also agreed to retain the current age restrictions at club and inter-county level, whereby no U16 can play at senior inter-county level and no U15 can play at senior club level. Delegates felt that age-appropriate categories were working well in ensuring that more players were getting the opportunity to play.
A motion that the All-Ireland club finals be played in the calendar year was rejected, with the majority of delegates emphasising the honour involved for club players to be playing at Croke Park in March. It was felt that such an opportunity might not be available in November or December, while it was generally more difficult to source venues at that time of year anyway.
Meanwhile, delegates were addressed by the Chief Executive of the Irish Sports Council John Treacy, who praised the association as an organisation based on volunteerism but run professionally. He congratulated members for the manner in which the association had evolved since ISC funding came on stream in 2005. 

Presentation of the Sighle Nic an Ultaigh award

Sr. Mairead Ní Fhearáin was presented with the Síghle Nic an Ultaigh at the Camogie Association Congress Dinner on Saturday March 23rd in Hotel Westprot by President of the Camogie Assocation Aileen Lawlor. 
The award was in recognition of Sr. Mairead's outstanding serviec to the game of camogie. Sr. Mairead has been a mainstay of 
camogie for many decades and her involvement with Ulster Colleges started during her time as a teacher in Ballyjamesduff when she 
joined a colleges' camogie committee. She has worked tirelessly to promote camogie in Ulster Colleges and rejuvenate the game, 
most recently in Cavan post primary schools.
Sr. Mairead has been involved at all levels, from coaching and administration and is renowned for her enthusiasm and passion for the game. She was one of the main architects of the hugely successful Colleges Camogie All Stars. Sr. Mairead was also a member of All Ireland Colleges for a number of years and represented Colleges on Ard Chomhairle and Congress. A fervent supporter of camogie and all things Irish, she is originally from Keady and a member of the Order of Poor Clares.
The Síghle Nic an Ultaigh award commemorates the memory of Sighle Nic an Ultaigh, the eighth president of the Camogie 
Association. In 1998, as a tribute to her long service to the game, she was awarded life presidency of the Association.

Irish Daily Star League Update

Cork produced an outstanding second-half performance to blitz Derry and retain their 100% record in this year’s Irish Daily Star League Division 1 writes Daragh Ó Conchúir.
The Leesiders will play Clare in the semi-final in a fortnight, with Kilkenny, who defeated Offaly, taking on Wexford in the other semi-final.
The pacy Julia White notched up an early goal for Cork but Derry were extremely competitive in the opening half and Karen Kielt found the opposition net from a penalty at the end of the first quarter.
Grainne McNicholl was brilliant in the half back line for John A Mullan’s side and they remained very much in contention at the interval, trailing by just 1-8 to 1-3.
The defending champions moved through the gears after the resumption, with Síle Burns plundering two goals and Jenny O’Leary also raising a green flag.
Mullan introduced his full complement of substitutes as he continues his bid to get as many players as possible accustomed to top level camogie ahead of a maiden senior championship campaign.
Cork kept the foot on the throttle and O’Leary, White, Orla Cotter, Katrina Mackey and the excellent Briege Corkery were amongst the point-scorers as they strolled to a comfortable 4-21 to 3-5 success.
Kielt found the net to bring her personal tally to 1-4 and Áine Kelly also goaled for Derry.
Kilkenny confirmed their place in the last four by coming out on top in the battle with Offaly, 2-13 to 0-10.
Ann Dalton did much of the damage, scoring seven points from placed balls, while Edwina Keane and Denise Gaule were also multiple scorers. Mairéad Power and Áine Fahey scored the goals that made sure Offaly could not peg them back.
The Faithful were much too reliant on the ever-dependable Elaine Dermody, who scored all bar one of her side’s points. Those nine points all came from frees, with Siobhán Flannery contributing Offaly’s only score from play.

Launch of Social Media Guidelines

The Camogie Association President Aileen Lawlor launched the Social Media Policy and Guidelines at the PRO Workshop held on March 2nd at the Croke Park Hotel.  
The Guidelines aim, to inform those involved in using social media while also remaining faithful to, and informed by the vision of the Camogie Association – “To provide an inclusive, enjoyable and lifelong involvement in Camogie, as Ireland’s leading female sport, and as a vibrant part of the Gaelic Games family, at home and internationally.”

Registration of Camogie Social Media Sites

Club Sites must be registered with the County PRO and Secretary. Other sites which must be registered with the Communications and Marketing Director of the Camogie Association are County, Post Primary, Third Level and Provincial. It is the responsibility of the PRO of each unit to register the relevant site. The title of the social media site must be set up in the following format – official(name of  county or club)Camogie. The insertion of ‘official’ and ‘camogie’ and registration of the site will distinguish the sites from any non-approved sites established and purporting to represent the relevant unit.


It is essential that the guidelines are adhered to when officially representing the Camogie Association.
1. Follow Association Values – Use sound judgement and be familiar with the Official Guide of the Association
2. Be Transparent– Identify yourself if writing about the Camogie Association. Neither claim nor imply that you are writing on behalf of the Camogie Association. Use a disclaimer – example available in the Social Media Policy and Guidelines  
3. Confidential Information – When posting on the Internet, do not disclose any information that is confidential or proprietary to the Association. When in doubt do not post.
4. Be Respectful – Posts should convey respect of all individuals and should convey the positive volunteer-led spirit of the Camogie Association.
5. Be honest – Seek help and advice if you need further information
6. Use of Imagery – Camogie Association trademarks and logos are not to be used without permission from the Camogie Association 
7. Respect the Law – Internet postings must respect copyright, privacy, fair use, financial disclosure and other applicable laws
8. Do not Plagiarise – Do not violate the rights of others by claiming ownership of something that is not your own or by using someone else’s content without their permission
9. Dealing with major mistakes – Correct any mistake immediately. If this is a major mistake you must inform the Chairperson or Secretary immediately
The document is available for download and you are advised to read it if you are the PRO of a Unit of the Association or if you wish to set up Social Media for your unit. As a user of social media you will find the document of interest for guidance. You will be informed on comments, disclaimers, moderation, best practice, using your time online, Privacy policy and a Framework Glossary.
The Social Media Setup Guide is a very useful document to guide you through appropriately setting up facebook and twitter accounts and we advise you to refer to it.
Please note The Social Media Policy and Guidelines was adopted and modified from the GAA Social Media Policy and Guidelines document. 

On the Ball Spring/Summer 2013

The latest edition of On the Ball Spring/Summer 2013 is available to view on line. Read about Kilkenny duo, Grace & Tommy Walsh, the Mackey twins, championship structures and development news. Click on the following link On the Ball 2013

Golf Classic 2013

The fourth annual Camogie Golf Classic will take place at Ashbourne Golf Club on Friday, July 5th. Entry fee is €200 per team of four and entries are invited for this year’s event. The entry fee covers golf, goody bag and lunch on the day. To book a place in this year’s event contact or phone 01 865 8618

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Development News Round Up 


A basic workshop was held in Kill on Friday 22nd March – 14 mentors/parents took part in this workshop delivered by Eve Talbot.  Thanks to Marie Cullen for organising venue.  Notes will be forward on from this workshop also.
An indoor primary schools blitz was held on Thursday 21st March in Naas GAA Club – approximately 100 girls took part in the day.
Thanks to Brendan Kenny and Naas for continued support and use of facilities for these events.
Straffan camogie club took part in schools taster programme – this included schools coaching to 1st, 2nd and 3rd classes during March and culminated in a Come Try It Day in the club and included an invitation for mammies to take part in an introduction to Camogie basics.  
13 mammies took part in a Mum & Me style morning on Saturday 23rd with Eve Talbot and 20 girls in coaching with club coaches.  
Thanks to Carmel and Fiona for organising the schools and the club facilities on the day – tea & biscuits were a nice welcome for all on a cold morning! Well done to all in Straffan. Pictured below Mums and Daughters at the Mum & Me Day in Staffan.


All 1st year PE students in DCU are currently completing the camogie foundation course. A total of 52 students will be up skilled to foundation level which will enable them to coach Camogie and hurling when they go out on placement to local schools. Thanks to our camogie tutors Lizzie Flynn and Ger Gribben who are putting the students through their paces. 
Eve Talbot, RDO Dublin/Kildare, Email: Ph: 085-1128669


The Mum & Me Programme in St. Munnas recommenced after a lapse of bad weather. 10 mammies & daddies participated last Monday evening with 20 children also present on the evening also. Good luck with the remaining weeks.


Next week sees Offaly holding an Easter Camp. The camp is specifically being run to target girls for the Under 14 development squad in 2014. Girls who participate will be invited back to Autumn/Winter initiative. Offaly Camogie All-Star Sheila Sullivan will be just one of Offaly’s top inter-county players taking the girls through their paces.
If any clubs in the midlands region are interested in running a Mum & Me programme or interested in finding out more about camps contact RDO Lizzie Flynn, Email: and Ph: 087-6436579

Galway Easter camps

Easter camps are underway in Galway. A camp took place this week in Moycullen and girls from Moycullen and Cois Fhairraige took part in the 2 day camp. Each girl received a Camogie ‘Get Hooked’ t-shirt for participation in the camp. Although a few snow showers occurred over the 2 days, they didn’t prevent the Camogie activity and the girls enjoyed their experience.
Clarinbridge camp took place on Tuesday the 2nd April and Wednesday the 3rd April from 11am to 2pm. Kilrickle camp will take place on Thursday April 4th and Friday April 5th from 11.00am until 2.00pm. For more information on the camps, please contact Caroline Murray, Email: or Ph: 087 1251269


Fermanagh’s Cumann na mBunscol Camogie finals took place last Monday in Irvinestown. 22 games were played in total with 10 schools and over 80 girls participating. Congratulations to all involved and a special thanks to Fermanagh Club committee and Fermanagh GAA coaching staff. 
McCumhaills Camogie, Hurling and Football club ran a 3 day Easter Camp this week. The camp was action packed with all participants getting the opportunity to try out all Gaelic games including football, hurling, camogie, handball and rounders. 58 children in total attended the camp. 
For more information on Camogie in Fermanagh, Donegal, Leitrim and Sligo contact Yvonne Byrne RDO, Email: or phone 087 6235855

Meath Hurling and Camogie Easter Camp

Drumree Hurling and Camogie held its Easter Camp from Monday to Thursday this week and despite the unusually wintry weather, it was a huge success. With 50 boys and girls attending it was an excellent turn-out and despite the weather a great time was had by all who participated.
With access to the Drumree hall being available, the younger children did a lot of hurling inside which managed to keep them all dry, warm AND entertained during the course of the camp.
The boys and girls took part in different activities which were designed not only for the kids to enjoy, but also to improve their Hurling and Camogie skills.
Well done to Martin Ryan for co-ordinating the camp and also to Maria Kealy, Peter Durnin and Tara Ryan for coaching at the camp. Also massive thanks to the Drumree Camogie girls who assisted at the camp all week.
For more information contact Ger Gribben, Email: Ph: 0872733847
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