Big names back in camogie fold for title attempt
THE WEXFORD Senior camogie squad will be a good deal stronger when manager Helena Jacob gets the National League campaign under way at home to Dublin on Sunday, March 9.
The new boss called the players together for a meeting two days after Christmas, and it was noticeable that the attendance included former All Stars and All-Ireland medal winners Una Leacy and Deirdre Codd who have returned from their travels.
Also present were the Bolger twins from St. Martin's, Lisa and Linda, who both missed out on last year's championship campaign, while Síona Nolan (Monageer-Boolavogue) and Tracey Nolan (Bunclody) are back in the reckoning too.
Jacob will be assisted in her sideline endeavours by Monaghan native Gerry McQuaid who trained the three-in-a-row winning squad of 2010 to 2012, as well as Tipperary man David Kennedy whose last assignment on his varied C.V. was a stint as Armagh Senior hurling manager which concluded last September.
The Toomevara native, whose sister Noelle was a former inter-county star, built up his reputation in camogie with U.C.D. in the Ashbourne Cup and later with the Dublin Seniors before joining the Oulart-The Ballagh backroom for their triumphant All-Ireland Club championship campaign of 2012. He was also involved with the Antrim Senior hurlers for a while.
Jacob has indicated that further additions will be made to her backroom team, with one or two selectors from within the county likely to be appointed shortly.
Meanwhile, the festive period was one of great joy in camogie circles as two stars of the game celebrated their weddings. And it was a case of a couple of marriages made in G.A.A. heaven as Michelle O'Leary of Rathnure tied the knot with Ken Furlong of St. Martin's while Noeleen Lambert from that well-known Murrintown family walked down the aisle with Shamrocks stalwart George Jacob.