Athenry Camogie Club Christmas 2004

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County and All-Ireland Camogie wins for Athenry Girls.

As the end of another camogie year draws near, I’m glad to report it has been a busy and successful year for the Athenry camogie club.

The club has developed at a rapid pace over the years with numbers growing with every training session. It’s a fine sight to pass Caheroyan in the evenings and see nearly 40 players between the U10s and U12s training.

With such numbers, the club has been able to field teams at U10,U12, U14, U16, U18, Junior and Senior this year.

With players representing the club at County in Senior, Intermediate, Minor and U14, it shows great promise for the club.

Senior Management Team: Midge Glynn, PJ Molloy, Frank O’Shea, Mattie Gannon and Martin Loughnane.

The senior and junior team started back training last February. The transfer of Therese Maher was a real boost to the club. We are delighted to have such a fine and experienced player on side. The commitment from management and players was there from the start and the hard work began.

The senior team got as far as the County Semi Final against Davitt’s. Athenry dominated for most of the game only for the experienced Davitt’s side to take the victory in the end. The fine display of hurling shown in Loughrea that day by Athenry shows that they will be a force to be reckoned with next year.

After their defeat in the Championship the week before, Athenry travelled to Dublin to take part in the famous Kilmacud Crokes All-Ireland 7-a-side Tournament. This was the clubs first time taking part in the tournament. With the defeat of the week before still fresh in their minds, the girls dug deep and fought hard to bring home the All-Ireland victory. This was a great win for all involved.

Junior Management Team: Ann Kindregan, PJ Molloy, Frank O’Shea, Mattie Gannon and Martin Loughnane.

The junior team also got as far as the County Semi Final against Eyrecourt. They had a grip on the game for the best part only for Eyrecourt to snatch the victory. The girls having only played the quarter final the previous evening showed great character and determination throughout the game.

U16 – Management Team: Ann Kindregan, Martin Loughnane, PJ Molloy, Frank O’Shea, Mattie Gannon, Tom Page and Eugene Cloonan.

The U16 team won the County Final on the October bank holiday Monday, beating Killimor 2-11 to 1-6. This was a fantastic game and the display of skill on the day was a joy to watch. The team built up a good lead from the start and never gave up until the final whistle went. With such talented players coming up from underage, the future of Athenry Camogie looks very bright indeed. The support from family and friends on the day was appreciated by the club and it was great to see the bonfires alight for the women of Athenry again. Let’s keep it up!

Under 14 Management Team: Mike Dillon and Gerry Ward.

The U14 team got to the county final. This young side gave a brave performance against a much stronger Mullagh side. The girls are very young yet and the dedication they showed during the year proved that they will be back more determined than ever next year.

U12 and U10 Management Team: Ann O’Dwyer, Liam Gannon and Noel Mulkerrins.

The U12 team got to the county final. The girls put up a great fight against Sarsfields but lost on a score line of 1-5 to 1-3.

The U 10 team won the C competition beating Portumna in the final by one goal.

Photo: Athenry Journal Archive

Achievements at County Galway and All-Ireland Level:

The club had great representatives at County at every level this year.

Senior – All Ireland Semi-Finalist: Therese Maher, Gina Glynn and Stephanie Gannon.

Intermediate-All Ireland Champions 2004 – Gina Glynn, Jessica Gill and Stephanie Gannon.

Minor All-Ireland Champions 2004 – Stephanie Gannon, Mary Ward, Jessica Gill and Noreen Coen.

U14 – Deirdre Ward, Noreen Coen and Katie O’Dwyer.

Stephanie Gannon was  All-lreland Camogie Poc Fada winner 2004. With this win under her belt, Stephanie was chosen to carry the Centenary torch into Croke Park for the Centenary All-Ireland camogie Final.

Deirdre Ward represented Galway in the Community Games final in Mosney.

Noreen Coen was Galway Féile Skills winner and All Ireland Féile skills runner up.

Therese Maher was the winning Captain of Coca Cola International Camogie Competition.

In the New Year:

Next year the club is eager to initiate a beginner’s level of camogie, starting from the age of 7. If anyone could offer their services to help get this off the ground, we would be more than grateful.

If you would like to get involved with the club, keep an eye for the AGM notice in the parish newsletter at the end of January.

The club would like to congratulate the Athenry hurling club on the recent Senior and Junior victories. We would especially like to congratulate Tom Page and Eugene Cloonan. Tom, who was involved with the management team, stayed involved with the U16 camogie team but also somehow managed to be at every camogie game, no matter what level! The club was also delighted during the year when Eugene came on board. It’s a boost to the players to see him take an interest and giving them his insight on the game.

Martina Molloy, Assistant Club PRO, is an enthusiastic camogie player and is a daughter to PJ.

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About this record

Written by Martina Molloy

Published here 27 Dec 2023 and originally published Christmas 2004

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