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Phyllis is perfect pick

PHYLLIS BRESLIN was reared within a sideline cut of the Phoenix Park. That was the playground of Eoghan Ruadh.

The club will always be in her blood. She won the All-Ireland club title with them in 1967. For camogie, the Phoenix Park was the centre of the universe.

Phyllis became a respected Dublin goalkeeper. She was on the side that lifted the National League title in 1979.

They beat Limerick that final by six points. Unusually, Limerick didn't manage a goal or even a point. It was played at Russell Park, the terrain of the club she also graced, St Brigid's.

Phyllis also gained much acclaim as a referee. She was one of the best that ever blew a whistle. She brought such authority to the stage. And she could read the game so well.


Players were comfortable in her company. They knew where they stood. She let the river flow.

Phyllis also proved more than a capable administrator. She became camogie president.

Her term coincided with the spells of Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese in the park that she loves so well.

Phyllis travelled the world promoting the sport. She brought such integrity to the role.

She worked for many years at Bord Bainne. She was always the milk of human kindness.

She understood people, and she always has time for the young generation. In their eyes, she will always be camogie royalty.

Being inducted into Dublin's Hall of Fame is an honour she'll cherish. And all the better that her great pal, Sheila Wallace, is now also a fellow First Lady.