by Therese O’Callaghan
One of the greatest players of the modern era, Kate Kelly, has retired from intercounty Camogie.
Following an incredible 21 years of unbroken service to the Wexford senior team, the 37-year old has decided to call it a day. She won four All-Ireland Senior medals, and has been honoured with a remarkable nine All-Stars awards.
“It was a tough decision, or course,” she said. “You think you will go on forever. You don’t want it to end. I knew in my heart last year that could be it. All good things must come to an end.
“I told the girls on the team at the end of April that I wouldn’t be coming back, so they have known for a while. I was hoping to slip away quietly, but this week people have been asking if I am going to play. I’ve had huge support from the players, my club, my family and my husband.”
Kate was instrumental in helping the Slaneysiders bridge a 32-year gap to win the O’Duffy Cup in 2007. They went on to complete three-in-a-row between 2010-2012. Among the many honours won by the St Ibar’s/Shelmaliers club player during a glittering career, are three National Leagues titles. Kate, who is treasurer of the Women’s Gaelic Players Association, will continue to play club Camogie.
Wexford begin their 2017 Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship campaign with a home fixture against Offaly on Saturday June 24th.