Sunday 28 December 2014

Three-in-a-row champions return as Model team

Brendan Furlong

Published 18/09/2012 | 05:00

Manager JJ Doyle and captain Karen Atkinson arrive in Gorey
Rachel Goff (8) holds the O'Duffy Cup alongside Wexford players Deirdre Codd, left, and Louise O'Leary during the team's visit to Our Lady's Hospital, Crumlin

WEXFORD sparkled in a glorious blaze of gold and purple yesterday as thousands turned out to welcome home the three-in-a-row All-Ireland camogie champions to the town last night.

Bemused tourists were rapidly enveloped into the celebrations on the famous quayside as the players and their backroom team made their way to the bandstand to be welcomed by Mayor Jim Allen.

These mighty women, who pulled off an historic win in Croke Park against their arch-rivals Cork, were hailed as the finest ever camogie team to leave the Model County.

The team's first port of call was Gorey town, where several thousand people waited to cheer the victors on their way, as they moved on through Camolin, Ferns -- home of team player Josie Dwyer -- before receiving a royal welcome in the square of Enniscorthy town.

Cheer

By the time they arrived in the county capital, the crowd had soared to some 5,000 people who cheered, clapped and wolf-whistled as each player was presented, along with Manager JJ Doyle and his backroom team.

But there was a special cheer reserved for Player of the Match, Ursula Jacob, who had emerged from the final with a massive 2-7, with her second goal branded as goal of the championship.

Grown women shed tears as captain Karen Atkinson lifted the O'Duffy Cup, now a familiar sight in the county after four All-Ireland successes in the past six years.

Mr Allen congratulated the players and team management on winning their third All-Ireland title in a row, the first camogie team from the county to achieve this.

"Right now you are the best camogie side ever to leave the Model County," he said to roars of approval from the assembled crowd.

Team Captain Karen Atkinson said: 'This is the proudest moment for this team.

"Our achievement is now beginning to sink home having been given such a welcome right through all the towns of the county,' she said.

Irish Independent

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