A SENIOR Cork camogie official last night admitted to being “astonished and disgusted” at the nominations for the sport’s manager of the year award.
Pat Murray, a selector on the side which won the All-Ireland last month, is furious that Cork boss Denise Cronin failed to make the list.
He is also aggrieved no females are included in the category. Instead Colm and Eoin Hanley (Clare), Joachim Kelly (Offaly) and Liam Dunne (Kilkenny) secured the nominations, which will be announced at the All Stars awards dinner in the CityWest Hotel.
Said Murray: “I am astonished and disgusted. What sort of message is it sending out by ignoring female managers at the highest level? Denise Cronin led Cork to a Munster and All-Ireland title; Ann Downey led Kilkenny to a league and All-Ireland intermediate title, both legends of the game, yet neither even managed a nomination. As far as I am concerned they should be battling for the award!
“I have never heard of some of these people nominated. I’d like to question who came up with these nominations. With their male counterparts, the media or players who decide the teams and players of the year. But this is all top secret. I’ve been involved in camogie for years and I have no idea who is involved in picking these people.”
He continued: “I think this is sending out a message that women are second class citizens. This is not an isolated incident. The final for the last couple of years have been refereed by men. Why? Camogie President Liz Howard is saying women should have more involvement. I’d like someone to explain how Joachim Kelly, who managed Offaly to an All-Ireland Junior final and lost, is more deserving of a nomination than Denise, who took Cork to an All-Ireland senior final and won.”
Camogie’s acting Ard Stiurthóir, Sinead O’Connor, last night defended the selections: “It was about what they achieved with the resources available to them. Liam Dunne was in charge of the Kilkenny U-16 team that won their fourth successive All-Ireland title. This is an extremely difficult age category as it is always hard to keep a good and strong panel but this team are feeding through to minor level.
“Joachim brought Offaly camogie to within a whisker of an All-Ireland title while Clare won the All-Ireland Junior at their fourth attempt.
“Counties like Cork have a huge amount of talent, huge base of players, massive experience and leaders. You have to put things into perspective.”
* The nominations were:
Camogie Young Player of the Year Award: Catriona O’Regan (Connacht, Roscommon); Edwina Keane (Leinster, Kilkenny); Carina Rosengrave (Munster, Clare); Karen Kielt (Ulster, Derry). Camogie Manager of the Year Award: Colm and Eoin Hanley (Clare); Joachim Kelly (Offaly); Liam Dunne (Kilkenny).
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