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Kate Kelly: parting from her great love of camogie

Posted on 6 July, 2017 at 0:25 Comments comments (0)

“Someone told me when the time is right to give up you’ll know and that’s what I’ve gone on. It never crossed my mind this winter but you do take it year by year. There’s no point saying I’m going to be there for the next 10 years. I’m not!”

Kate Kelly, 2015

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"If you see somebody pulling on one of your sisters it's like a red flag in front of a bull"

Posted on 9 June, 2017 at 10:15 Comments comments (1)

ANNA FARRELL has noticed a transformation towards camogie among the general public in Kilkenny. It had been difficult to gain any traction while the hurlers were dominating the landscape. Failing to get the job done themselves didn’t help but performing in the margins is the ultimate barrier to establishing a profile.

Last September, the Stripeywomen finally bridged a 22-yea...

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"The hardest part was just not playing" - Niamh McCarthy

Posted on 23 April, 2017 at 6:00 Comments comments (0)

THERE was a time, even as she had barely entered her teens, when it seemed inevitable that the Niamh McCarthy would play for Cork.

“I knew if I didn’t try to come back that I would always wonder what could have happened” (Photo by Inpho)

There was a time too, when it appeared certain that the prodigy would never pick up a hurley again. Never bend the s...

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Dunphy relishing combination of work and play

Posted on 21 April, 2017 at 7:35 Comments comments (0)

IT WAS the second minute of injury time when Aisling Dunphy entered the fray. Kilkenny were four points clear of Cork, their supporters in celebration mode. At last, the hurt of 22 years and six final defeats would be consigned to the past. The Cats would be All-Ireland champions once more.

A 17-year-old Dunphy had also been introduced in the 2009 final, when Ann Downey’s ...

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"You never see your friends and maybe you've lost friends over it. But it's all worth it in the end"

Posted on 7 March, 2017 at 4:50 Comments comments (0)

SOME players have a knack for scoring goals and Mary Kelly fits into that category. It has ever been thus.

Mary Kelly wheels away after scoring Slaughtneil's 36th minute goal at the Hill 16 end of Croke Park (Photo: INPHO/Tommy Grealy)

Take, for example, the

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"He'd be a massively proud man. It's just unfortunate that he missed the biggest match of our lives"

Posted on 7 March, 2017 at 3:55 Comments comments (0)

“NÍ NEART go cur le chéile!”

Slaughtneil skipper Aoife Ní Chaiside lifts the Bill & Agnes Carroll Cup (Photos: INPHO/Tommy Grealy)

These were the last words spoken by victorious captain Aoife Ní Chaiside at the end of an a...

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Doyle determined to pull her weight

Posted on 7 March, 2017 at 3:30 Comments comments (0)

CIARA Quirke won most of the plaudits as a result of scoring a goal and nine points in Myshall’s 1-10 to 1-9 defeat of Eglish in the AIB All-Ireland Intermediate Club final at Croke Park but the excellence of Mairéad Doyle at wing-back for the winners certainly did not go unnoticed.

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Slaughtneil keeps All-Ireland treble dream lives on

Posted on 1 February, 2017 at 6:10 Comments comments (0)


SARSFIELDS will play Slaughtneil in the AIB All-Ireland senior camogie final after Niamh McGrath slotted an injury-time point for the westerners to give them a 0-8 to 0-7 win over Thomastown after a real dogfight, while the Derry champions pulled off a shock 3-8 to 3-6 victory over Burgess-Duharra in a cracker to keep their club’s remarkable treble bid alive.

And in the intermediate decider, Myshall will continue their remarkable rise and that of Carlow camogi...

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Work and play co-exist in Lyng's recipe for healthy living

Posted on 28 January, 2017 at 6:50 Comments comments (0)

THERE is nothing like starting a new job to take your mind off an impending AIB All-Ireland intermediate camogie club semi-final.

Áine Lyng began as the National Cancer Control Programme’s cancer prevention manager on Monday, the role marking the latest step in a career progression that has centred on the utilisation of exercise to offset serious illness.

Her love of camogie complemented her interest in this area but after the All-Stars nominee had qualified fro...

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"Our family and friends, people we had grown up with since we were young, and people Daddy had grown up with and played with; they were all there" - Aoife Ni Chaiside

Posted on 28 January, 2017 at 4:30 Comments comments (0)

AS SOMEONE involved in high performance sport his entire adult life, having played in All-Ireland finals with Derry and Slaughtneil, and spent three years as a professional Aussie rules player in the AFL with Sydney Swans, Chrissy McKaigue has had no shortage of tremendous mentors and role models.

When he faced the media in the fading ...

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