As appropriate, a female led committee launched the Sliabh Luachra Camogie Club at Castleisland Desmonds GAA meeting room and pitch on St. Valentine’s Day.
It could have been labelled a Love Camogie Day but there were far more serious matters to occupy the minds of the organisers.
On the Field of Play
A queue gathered as the 4:30pm meeting time approached and it lengthened and wound its way out into the fine, spring evening air as registrations were being taken indoors by club founder and chairperson, Anne Walsh.
On the field of play, mentors, Laura Collins and Jennifer Snook got down to work and split the estimated 50 plus players into two manageable groups.
I mentioned here last week that’s there’s a history of camogie in the town and district. There is, and a history of winning at that.
Victory Socials and Dinner Dances
In 1972 and in 1974 victory socials / dinner dances were held in the Earl of Desmond Hotel to mark significant county wins by Castleisland Camogie Club teams.
At one of these celebrations, club mentor, Garda Mick Fitzgerald told the gathering that some of the Castleisland girls had been playing the game less for than two years and one of those celebrations was for a county championship and league double.
Players and Officers from 1972
Club officers involved in those days included: Mick and Margaret Fitzgerald, Moss and Peggy Teahan, Batt and Breda O’Connor and Jimmy O’Connell. Players included: Mars Fitzgerald, Eileen and Mai Lombard, Margaret Griffin, Margaret, Sheila and Marie Drumm, Kathleen Casey, Margaret O’Brien, Patsy O’Reilly, Deirdre Jones, Marie Dillon, Helen Roche, Mary Geaney, Margaret Gould, Judy O’Sullivan, Irene Barry, Margaret Mitchell, Mary Broderick and Margaret O’Connor.
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