Dublin will take on All-Ireland champions Wexford on Sunday 16 March 2008 at 2.30 pm in the Semi Final of the Leinster Senior Championship at Skerries Harps grounds. The game will mark the first occasion that an adult Inter-County Senior Championship game has been played at the North County venue. It will also mark the launch of the Skerries Harps Centenary celebrations.
The event is a due recognition for a club that caters each week for over 150 camogie players. The game has had a long history in the area most particularly in the period since 1994 when the club expanded tremendously. The crowning glory came in 2004 when the Senior B championship and league was captured earning the club Senior A status for the first time.
Cathy Fay of the Skerries club says “”the game of camogie is growing steadily with great support from our local schools St Patrick’s NS and Skerries Community College. As this game will coincide with the St. Patrick’s Week-end we would love to see families coming out to support the girls and I extend a particular welcome to immigrants who have moved into the area to come along and see our national game. Skerries is always on the lookout for new members and if anyone is interested in taking up the game come along to Harps on a Saturday at 12.30 we welcome all girls from whatever nationality to join our club.””
The clash with Wexford will afford Skerries Harps star Jean Murphy the opportunity of playing before her home fans. Jean was one of three Harps’ girls – Ciara Durkin and Sinead Cunnane – to feature on Dublin’s double Junior All-Ireland success in 2005 and 2006. Bryan Cullen of the Dublin football team is another local star and in 2007 Junior hurling was revived with great success.
The game on Sunday will be preceded by a local derby when the under 10 girls from Skerries Harps take on their neighbours from Naomh Mearn¾g. One of the young Skerries players, Veronica Watt says “”I can’t wait to see the Camogie All Ireland champions play in my own club and they’ll have the O Duffy Cup with them. I was cheering for them in Croke Park last September when they beat Cork in the final but this time I’ll definitely be cheering for Dublin!””
Further information Contact: Cathy Fay 0877932301