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The games’ action is reaching its peak. The Minor All Ireland Final between Clare and Galway was a second half thriller. The biggest crowd of the season were on the edge of their seats in McDonagh Park in Nenagh. Roll on the replay on August 21st.

The Mßire NÝ ChinnÚide Cup will also require a replay. The all-Ulster tie of Cavan and Monaghan could not produce a winner and these will meet again on 22nd August.

All Ireland Sunday in Croke Park – 12th September While all eyes are on the various All Ireland semi finals underway in August, our sights are also firmly set on 12th September in Croke Park for All Ireland Camogie Sunday.

This year our Senior and Premier Junior finalists will be joined by our Intermediate finalists.  A Camogie triple header for the first time in this superb stadium is something to really look forward to.

It will be a special occasion. Now is the time to start organising your club and supporters to be part of it. A lively crowd only adds to the spectacle and is important to the players. plenty of sporting skill and entertainment is guaranteed. The President of Ireland, Mary McAleese will join us on this occasion. Tickets remain at last year’s prices with group passes being available for children as usual.

Underage Camogie a first in the US
Spent a couple of days in Long Island, New York earlier in the month for the 7th Continental Youth Championships. GAA and Ladies Football representatives were also in the travelling party.

The Championships are an annual weekend tournament of gaelic games for children from the US and Canada. Camogie was added to the bill this year for the first time. Young Camogie players aged under 8-12  from San Fransisco, New Haven in Connecticut, Rockland and St. Brigids in New York and from Chicago all participated. If the enthusiasm on display is anything to go by, we’ve planted a small acorn. I expect Camogie to grow further again over the next 12 months and beyond.   

Development Funding initiative
We recently announced the availability of grants for county boards. This is to support them to put in place plans to the end of 2011 to grow and promote Camogie. This was a commitment I made at the launch of our national development plan Our Game Our Passion at Annual Congress in March. The county plans will help implement the national priorities at local level, taking account of local needs. County officers including County Development Officers who attended the workshop in Croke Park are all eligible to apply for the development funding. Pßraic Duffy Ard Sti·rth¾ir and Ciaran Leddy, Head of Organisational Development gave the workshop insights on the GAA’s approach to development.

Next up is our Camogie Fundraiser in Shelbourne Park on eve of the Hurling All Ireland 4th September. Your club has a chance of winning some monies so make sure to join in the fun by getting hold of some tickets from our National Offices. Promises be to another great night!

Until the next timeà

Joan O’Flynn
Siobhßn NÝ Fhloinn

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