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Helmets the big issue for Congress at Newbridge

HISTORY in the making ... on the double.

The National Camogie Congress takes place for the first time in Newbridge, Co Kildare this weekend.

It will be a special occasion for the camogie president, Joan O'Flynn -- a native of Cork who lives in the land of the Lilywhites.

The big motion on the agenda is helmets. If it's passed, it will see all camogie players wearing helmets with face guards in matches and in training.

The hurlers have gone down that road. The rule change didn't suit everybody but, for the greater good, it was seen as the safer and wiser option.

The Congress will also see a major plan being launched -- 'Our Game, our Passion.'

It contains five key priorities:

* Growing Participation -- expansion of club base from 540 to 750.

* Improved Performance -- focus more on the standards of coaching and referees.

* Volunteer Support and Development.

* Enhancing Camogie's Profile.

* Excellence in Governance and Organisational Development.

"With the help of all, we can grow and strengthen camogie even further," states Joan O'Flynn.