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President’s Blog July 2011





Well, all the championship action is in full flow now. Wexford, Galway, Kilkenny and Cork seem to be pulling away from the other counties. Plenty games left though and room for counties to take points off each other and perhaps cause a surprise for the semi finals line up.






While the final score lines haven’t been going Clare and Tipp’s way, any team playing them is earning their result. Offaly have gathered their maiden points at senior level and Dublin are striving to improve in each game.





It was great to see Galway senior camogie and Galway hurlers on the same billing in Pearse Stadium a few weeks ago. It follows on from the National League double bill involving Wexford senior camogie and hurlers in Thurles earlier in the year and Dublin camogie and hurlers in Croke Park in February. Progressive thinking all round demonstrates the potential of this approach.






2011 club championship finals stay in Croke Park




Lots of county championships are underway too.






The county title has a lustre all of its own but for many the ultimate is the All Ireland club title.






Killimor (Galway), Eoghan Rua (Derry) and Four Roads (Roscommon) will all be putting their senior, intermediate and junior titles on the line over the next few weeks.






Following the success of the clubs finals in March in Croke Park, the 2011 All Ireland at intermediate and senior level will be held there once again in 2012. The Provincial senior and intermediate finals will need to be completed by the end of the November 2011 and the All Ireland Junior Club final will be completed within the calendar year as per usual.





FÚile na nGael




With all that action plus the Intermediate championships and the opening junior championship games let’s also remember the very successful FÚile na nGael 2011 in Galway at the end of June. 






Congratulations to all the host clubs, Feile skills participants, visiting teams and local and national committees who contrived to beat the elements and made sure that everybody had a memorable FÚile. The Galway FÚile topped the polls for camogie participation with representation of 35 teams. The popular event rolls on to the capital city, Dublin, in 2012.






Many of the young FÚile players had a great day out two weeks later as part of the Torpey Hurleys u14 Schools of Excellence in Croke Park – and the sun shone gloriously on this occasion.




Planning your diary



Wondering what you can do for the summer?  Fill up your diary with guaranteed sporting entertainment on the following occasions!




Camogie action

23rd July

European Hurling and Camogie Finals

30th July

50th anniversary of An Poc Fada, Cooley Mountains

31st July

All Ireland Minor A & B Camogie Finals

4th August

Youth Championships, North America & Canada, Boston

13th August

All Ireland Senior Championship Semi Finals (in association with RTE Sport)

26th August

Camogie Association Annual Golf Classic, Castleknock Golf Club, Dublin

28th August

All Ireland C Camogie Final





See you at the games.


Joan O’Flynn
ßn NÝ Fhloinn


12th July 2011

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