Plan to establish camogie in Kerry

MINISTER for Arts, Sport and Tourism John O’Donoghue launched an initiative by Cumann Camógaíochta na nGael to start camogie in Kerry this week.

Part of the Association’s Strategic Plan, the “Camogie for the Kingdom - Bring it On” campaign is focusing on establishing camogie in primary schools in north Kerry, traditionally a strong hurling area.

Speaking at the launch in the Brehon Hotel, Killarney, on Wednesday, the Minister said he was delighted with the initiative, while Camogie President Miriam O’Callaghan, said the initiative was part of the Association’s strategic plan, which outlined the organisation’s goals up to 2008. GAA President Sean Kelly also welcomed the initiative and saluted the work of the Camogie Association.

The highlight of the initiative, involving 14 primary schools in North Kerry, is a one-day blitz on Saturday January 21.

Regional Development Co-ordinator with the Camogie Association, Mary O’Connor has generated interest in camogie through school visits, training sessions since last November, as well as art and essay competitions. The Munster Camogie Council is working to put a structure in place that will lead to the creation of camogie clubs feeding from these primary schools. This will then lead to the establishment of a county board.

Camogie was first played in Kerry shortly after Cumann Camógaíochta na nGael was founded in 1904. The Kerry County Board was established in 1929 when seven clubs affiliated. Kerry enjoyed its best days on the camogie fields prior to 1960.

The “Camogie for the Kingdom Fun Day” takes place on Saturday January 21 in Causeway Comprehensive Secondary School from 11am to 3.30pm.

Special guests on the day will include All-Ireland camogie winner Elaine Burke, who captained Cork to success last year, and Tipperary legends Deirdre Hughes and Sheena Howard.

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