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Tara top class as a true Blue

CIARA Gaynor was one of the best camogie players of the modern era. A Tipp icon.

A daughter of Len, the man with the Premier blood in his veins. You can still hear his passion in his co-commentaries on the big hurling matches on RTé radio.

Tara Corrigan held Ciara in high esteem. Ciara was one of her all-time favourite players.

Tara also commends the stick-craft of JJ Delaney and Tommy Walsh. And why not.

Like that celebrated duo, she is of Kilkenny timber. Her club was St Anne's, whose colours Delaney also wears.

Tara had success with Anne's, collecting U21, Junior and Intermediate Championships.

In 2005 she found herself in Dublin. She signed for St Jude's. She settled well at Tymon.

And she enjoys life with the Dubs. She's a polished full-back. Consistency has been her middle name this term.

It hasn't been a picnic in the Gala All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship. The Dublin defence had a busy day, everyday.

"They were all hard matches. The games at senior level are very physical. There was nothing easy.

"But every week I felt we improved a little bit. We tried hard and we gave it as much as we could."

Tara's defensive colleagues included Elaine O'Meara, a first-class woman-marker. Elaine always diligently sticks to her task.


The Dublin skipper, Catriona Power, is also a valued member of the back six. Her tenacity is worth a dozen half-time pep talks.

Tara has been wearing the Blue since last season. The willingness of the panel to battle on has impressed her.

"Everyone puts in 100 per cent. The commitment is tremendous and you can't ask for much more than that."

She one of the fittest players in the squad. She also plays football for Garda, who have a noble record in Dublin. They reached many a senior final over the years.

Players like Tara fill the Dubs with optimism for the future. And the experience gained on Tara Road this year will, hopefully, help with the onward journey in 2011.

"Fingers crossed, things will be better next year. We'll keep on at it and hope for the best."