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Team of Decade

The following players were recognised for their efforts in a Dublin jersey over the past ten years at a special awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel, Kilmainhan last Saturday afternoon.

Naturally, the players took centre stage with their skills, dedication and unique contribution to Dublin Camogie acknowledged.

It was also an occasion to acknowledge the many players who have played for Dublin. There are many young players coming through who will be in contention for such future honours.

1. Eimear Butler

(Naomh Uinsionn)

A double All-Ireland Junior winner in 2005 and 2006, Eimear has seen success as part of the Dublin coaching team with the All-Ireland U16 and Leinster Minor championship winning sides.

2. Elaine O'Meara

(Na Fianna)

Elaine made her senior debut in 2006 and the former team captain (2012) has junior All-Irelands and says "camogie is something that's inside you...you have to have passion - the need to play."

3. Tara Corrigan

(Naomh Jude)

The Laois-born Garda is the only non-Dub on the team. Once accidentally hit a referee which necessitated stitches. "I couldn't concentrate for the rest of the game" says the girl who cherishes the day she played in Croke Park.

4. Gráinne Quinn

(Naomh Bríd/ Naomh Pádraig)

Gráinne has fond memories of the 2012 All-Ireland championship win in extra-time over Kilkenny in Portlaoise. A medical laboratory scientist at Our Lady's Children's Hospital, she is one of the game's top defenders.

5. Andrea Fitzpatrick

(Naomh Mearnóg)

A former All-Star nominee, Andrea was part of the Junior All-Ireland successes and also starred for her club in Mearnóg's only senior championship success in any code. "Camogie has taught me the value of discipline and teamwork."

6. Anne McCluskey

(Erin's Isle)

Crossmaglen was the unlikely venue for her Dublin Junior debut. Captain of the All-Ireland Junior winning side of 2006 two days before she got married. "Camogie is our national sport - it gives you an identity."

7. Catríona Power

(Naomh Mearnóg)

Catríona traces her interest in camogie to her Clare mother and Kilkenny father. A Championship debut in 2002 led to Junior All-Irelands in 2005. Favourite memory: "Jean Murphy complaining at training 'I can't hear you, the sun is in my eyes."

8. Cíara Lucey

(Ballyboden St Enda's)

Dublin's first All-Star in 2005, Ciara's dad Peter was manager of the double Junior All-Ireland win. Nearly missed her senior debut due to a mix-up in communications but "loved every minute in a Dublin jersey."

9. Louise O'Hara

(Erin's Isle)

A dream debut at U14 for Dublin saw Louise hit 7-7 against Offaly. The Erin's Isle stalwart has been a Dublin senior for 18 years and is the current team captain. An All-Star in 2006 and Player of the Match in that year's Junior All-Ireland, Louise is also Dublin's Player of the Decade.

10. Ciara Burgess

(Raheny)

Being selected on the Team of the Decade is one of Ciara's career highlights as is scoring a point from a sideline in an U16 final in the Phoenix Park. A Dublin senior at the age of 17, Ciara says "camogie has motivated me and shaped the person that I am."

11. Eimear Brannigan

(Naomh Uinsionn)

Eimear won Junior All-Irelands as a forward and then reverted to full back in 2007 when she became Dublin's third All-Star. "I'm proud to be part of the camogie family."

12. Eve Talbot

(Good Counsel)

The only member of the team with an Ashbourne Cup medal, won in 2001 with WIT. Eve, the RDO for Dublin and Wicklow, has a simple maxim "it doesn't matter what level you play camogie - the rewards of friendship, camaraderie and sense of belonging are the same."

13. Niamh Taylor

(Naomh Mearnóg)

Made her senior debut at home in Carrickhill at 17, Niamh has great memories of the 2005 All-Ireland final when she scored the levelling point from a free, forcing the game to a replay against Clare. Now living in Australia, Niamh says camogie has given her the "bestest friends".

14. Sarah Ryan

(Naomh Mearnóg/Good Counsel)

Not many players put five goals past Kilkenny but that's what Sarah did in the 2007 senior championship. 2006 was a special year - a debut and a junior All-Ireland. Engaged to former Dublin manager and current Wexford selector David Kennedy.

15. Áine Fanning

(Naomh Uinsionn)

A granddaughter of a former GAA President, Áine has overcome a broken leg to continue to line out for Dublin. Her dad Pat was part of the 2005-06 All Ireland management. "Camogie has given me so many positive experiences and great friends."


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