At this time of the year the action moves away from the pitches and the glamour moves centre stage.
Camogie parties in full swing
Apart from the outstanding night that was this year’s All Stars in City West, I’ve been to several other Camogie parties recently.
Two of these were big club birthdays!
Congratulations to St. Ibars/Shelmaliers in Wexford who celebrate their Silver Jubilee and to St. Laurence’s in Kildare who’ve reached the 30 year mark.
I had the pleasure of joining their very successful events to mark the occasion with St. Ibars/Shelmaliers Camogie joining their GAA and Ladies Football families in opening a fabulous new club complex.
Youghal Camogie did it in style too when they celebrated their Cork junior championship and league double at a fabulous presentation night with their GAA counterparts.
Lots of county medal presentations on also at the moment.
Wexford led the way in mid October. A night of stars.
This was the case also at Antrim’s (Premier Junior) All Ireland presentation and Kildare’s (Nancy Murray Cup) presentation nights.
Camogie representatives for One Club Working Group
At many of these social events the close links at club level between the various Gaelic codes has been noticeable. Many of the presentation nights are joint affairs with all codes being recognised.
At national level, a working group is examining the feasibility of a singe administrative structure to support and promote all Gaelic Games at club level.
The Camogie representatives on the æOne Club Model Working Group’ are:
ò Orla Considine, Chair of Clare Camogie Board, Munster Council PRO and member of Clooney Camogie
ò Geraldine Beattie Greene, Chair of Roscommon Camogie Board, member of Camogie Association National Resource Management Committee and member of St. Dominics Camogie/GAA/Ladies Football
ò Colm Hoban, former Chair of Kildare Camogie Board and Treasurer of Maynooth Camogie/GAA/Ladies Football.
The working group’s first meeting is December it will report in Spring 2011.
Senior Championship 2011
Central Council (Ardchomhairle) had its last meeting of the year recently and decided that the format for next year’s championship would remain as in 2010.
So for the first time in recent years, with Offaly stepping up, eight teams will contest the Gala All Ireland Senior championship. The championship will be a single round robin basis – each team playing each other – followed by open draw semi finals.
The Division 1 National League will remain as in 2010 – two groups with semi finals.
ò 4th December – Coaching Conference in Croke Park
ò 5/6th February – All Ireland Intermediate and Senior Club semi finals
ò 6th March – All Ireland Intermediate and Senior Club Finals in Croke Park.
In meantime, hope all AGMs and Conventions are progressing well.
Siobhßn NÝ Fhloinn