Galway player Therese Maher has announced her retirement from inter-county camogie after a career spanning 17 years.
The Athenry club-woman ended the search for an elusive All Ireland medal last September when Galway defeated Kilkenny in the Liberty Insurance Senior All Ireland final. Maher, had previously played in five All Ireland finals, (1997, 1998, 2008, 2010, 2011), losing all five. She made her senior inter-county debut in 1997.
Regarded as one of the country’s leading camogie player she was awarded her fifth All Star award last season at centre-back and also collected the All Ireland final senior player of the match award.
In a remarkable career, at club and county level she won All Ireland minor titles in 1996, 1997; 1 National League, All Star awards (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011) 2 Gael Linn awards as well as numerous personal accolades at County and Provincial level.
President of the Camogie Association Aileen Lawlor said:
“The Camogie Association wishes Therese Maher well in her retirement from inter-county camogie. She has been a wonderful ambassador for the game and has served her club and county with distinction throughout a remarkable career, which culminated in last season’s terrific All Ireland success.
Her playing career was full of remarkable sporting highs and lows and it was a career in which Therese was a true a role model for all camogie players, for the manner in which she played the game with style, skill, dedication and commitment. I wish her every success for the future and while her inter-county playing days have come to an end l hope that she stays involved in camogie for a long time yet. ”