The Net Effect and the Camogie Association Honour for Sliabh Luachra Club

New season, New nets and a Camogie Association award: Sliabh Luachra Camogie Club members from left: Margaret Cotter, assistant secretary; Áine Walsh, Anne Walsh, chairperson and club founder; Sharon Fitzmaurice and Noelle O’Sullivan, secretary at a training session on Tuesday evening. ©Photograph: John Reidy
The Sliabh Luachra Camogie Club U-12 team which won the county B league by defeating Tralee Parnells in Spa last October and thereby registering the first title win for the club since its launch in February 2019. Front from left: Aoibhean Cotter, joint captain; Meabh O’Connor, Erin O’Sullivan, Maria Jones, Seana Walsh and Julia Donnegan. Back from left: Aoibhe O’Connor, joint captain; Hannah Sheehan, Molly O’Connor, Michelle O’Connor, Moya McAuliffe, Evie Stamp and Roisín Bell. The team also includes: Sofia Fleming, Aimee O’Connor and Rachael O’Donoghue.

Sliabh Luachra Camogie Club was honoured recently by An Cumann Camógaíochta / The Camogie Association as one of just four clubs in Ireland under the Club Development Award Programme 2021.

The Castleisland and district based club was Munster’s representative among the honoured and it joins the following: Clough Ballacolla Camogie Club, Co. Laois; Claremorris Camogie Club, Co. Mayo and Shercock Camogie Club, Co. Cavan on this year’s list.

Ecstatic and Overwhelmed

“We are ecstatic to accept this club development award for Munster and overwhelmed to be up there with such vibrant clubs from around the country,” said club founder and chairperson, Anne Walsh.

“We look forward to engaging with the clubs over the coming months and assisting in the completion of award projects as we progress through the 2021 season both on and off the pitch,” said Ms. Walsh.

The Net Effect

The club made its own bit of history this week at Castleisland Desmonds GAA Club in Monamore with the hanging of a ‘camogie net’ behind the roadside goal-posts.

While both camogie and hurling have been played on the pitch before, the though of a camogie or hurling net never occurred to those playing or in charge at the time in this football stronghold. Sliabh Luachra Camogie Club was established in the early spring of 2019 and it has made great strides since.

A Wide Catchment Area

It has attracted players from a wide catchment area and there’s a healthy turnout of players, coaches and parents at training sessions in Moanmore.

One of the highlights in the club’s short history is the winning of the county U-12 league titles last October as the games and the country picked their steps through the crisis created by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Now, with an honour from An Cumann Camógaíochta and the season and venues opening up before them, the wind is certainly in the sails of the Sliabh Luachra Camogie Club.

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