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Monday 20 August 2018

Kilrush U-14 team make it to All-Ireland Féile for the first time in 50 odd years

The Kilrush Camogie Club Feile under 14s squad who are off to the All Ireland Feile 2018 final in Galway, pictured with their mentors, John Kavanagh, James Tomkins, Noel Mac Sweeney and Vivienne Byrne
The Kilrush Camogie Club Feile under 14s squad who are off to the All Ireland Feile 2018 final in Galway, pictured with their mentors, John Kavanagh, James Tomkins, Noel Mac Sweeney and Vivienne Byrne

Sara Gahan

The Kilrush U-14 Camogie team are off to the All-Ireland Féile in Galway this weekend for the very first time.

The team has been competing in the County Féile for the last 50 odd years and are over-the-moon to have made it to the All-Ireland.

Mentor Vivienne Byrne said everyone is excited about it, and have been continuously fundraising for the trip away.

'It is such a huge achievement for us,' added Vivienne. 'We beat Cloughbawn in the final last weekend.'

Kilrush Camogie Club was formed in 1967, a small club encompassing the town lands of Askamore and Kilrush in north County Wexford.

The determination, dedication, work ethic and talent has transcended through the decades. The first ever team played their first game in a field in Clohamon.

They won their first county final in 1970 and went on to win Intermediate the following year in 1971.

Their club colours, red and navy, originated in 1968 when a second-hand set of jerseys was purchased from a sports club in Coolgreany. Some members of that first team are current members and supporters of the club.

Half a century on, Kilrush Camogie Club fields teams in U-8, U-10, U-12, U-14, U-16, minor, junior and senior level.

They have a large underage membership and are extremely lucky to have many dedicated coaches who are giving their time to growing Camogie in the club.

Vivienne said they have been fortunate enough to have had many others who contributed to the Kilrush camogie club in the past also.

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