To celebrate our 110th year every Thursday we will have a look back on the game, taking a story from decades past. It's part of Throwback Thursday. This week we kick off with the All-Ireland senior camogie championship which got underway in 1932 but forty-five years elapsed before Galway and Wexford came face to face on the championship field. The dominance of Dublin for almost four decades prevented Wexford from emerging from Leinster to contest an All-Ireland semi-final.
Throw Back Thursday
In June, 1977, Wexford sent a team of fine exponents of camogie to Ballinderreen in the heartland of Co. Galway to challenge the locals in the first round of the All-Ireland senior championship. Fielding most of the side that won the All-Ireland title in 1975, Wexford scored a hard-earned 1-11 to 1-8 victory.
On the Wexford side that afternoon were Margaret O’Leary Leacy, mother of present day Wexford players, Mary and Una; Bridie Doran, sister of Wexford hurler, Mick Jacob and sister-in-law of All-Star, Tony Doran and Elsie Walsh, now wife of Kilkenny hurling manager, Brian Cody.Galway were represented by a young group of players whose skill level was very impressive. Josie Kelly, Catherine Ward, Olive Cody, Phil Foy and Anne Delaney caught the eye but the superior fitness and experience of the Wexford side won the day.
*This weekend Galway face Wexford in the first round of the Liberty Insurance All Ireland Camogie Championship throwing in at 2.30pm in Kenny Park Athenry. Liberty Insurance Championship 2014 #ourgameyourgame
*Pictured Mary and Una Leacy, daughters of Margaret O'Leary Leacy, All Ireland winner with Wexford