Monday 19 August 2019

Eight-time All-Ireland winner Aoife Murray remains tight-lipped on inter-county future

Jack O'Toole

Eight-time All-Ireland winner Aoife Murray has remained tight-lipped on her intercounty future but admitted that it would be difficult to walk away from the Cork team after their latest All-Ireland win.

Murray was in Croke Park on Monday for the launch of the Liberty Insurance Camogie All-Stars Tour to Madrid as two teams of the country's top Camogie stars will jet out to the Spanish capital next week as part of a celebration of their achievements.

Murray will be one of seven Cork players on tour but she refused to confirm if this would be the last game she played with her Rebelette teammates citing Cork's one-point win over Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final as a major factor in her upcoming decision.

"No decisions made so far but a few people are beginning to ask me the question," said Murray.

"It's always a harder decision to make when you win because you're feeling more positive and you think I can do this for another year, but I am 34 so I'm pushing on and apparently there's others things outside of Camogie as well that people keep telling me about, something called a summer holiday that people have told me about, but I do have a decision to make but I'm certainly not going to make it right now."

Murray added that Cork had redeemed themselves for their performance in the 2016 All-Ireland final, a four-point defeat to Kilkenny, but that her side had also showed a calmness that allowed Gemma O'Connor and Julia White to point pivotal scores that ultimately won Cork the O'Duffy Cup.

"I think we would have taken any way to do it! It's funny, we had a bit of a thing there on Saturday night and people kept on saying what a great year it was.

"Look, there was six minutes of a difference between a great year and a very disappointing year. Literally, two points was the difference in a disastrous year to what people are saying was a great year.

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It was probably one of the first games that I've had that I never really looked at the side-line, I don't think any of my teammates were looking to the side-line for any instructions or help or 'what do I do?'

"We all felt quite in control of what was happening. Maybe that's why we had the calmness to take the last two opportunities, we felt like we had given 100%. We hadn't done that the year before and that was the big driver for us."

Speaking at the launch was Director of Personal Lines for Liberty Insurance Deirdre Ashe, who said that the tour provides an international dimension to one of the most exciting field games in the world.

"Liberty Insurance is committed to raising the profile and awareness of women in sport; that’s why it's a privilege for us to sponsor the first ever Liberty Insurance Camogie All-Stars Tour.

"Both the All-Stars Awards, that were held earlier this month, and the tour to Madrid recognise and celebrate the achievements of the country's finest Camogie players. Each of the players are role models for young women throughout the country by their actions and deeds on and off the field of play and we're really excited to be travelling to Spain later this month."

Also speaking at the launch, Camogie Association President Catherine Neary said that she was excited about the upcoming tour to Madrid and that the trip falls in line with the association's National Development Plan to continue to grow the game.

"I am delighted to launch the inaugural Liberty Insurance Camogie All-Stars Tour to Madrid. Camogie's continued commitment to the development of our game and our players as outlined in our National Development Plan 'Our Sport Our Future' is further enhanced by this initiative, as we strive to ensure that the needs of our players and our members are to the forefront of our plans."

2017 All-Stars Team:

Aoife Murray (Cork)

Tara Kenny (Galway)

Catherine Foley (Kilkenny)

Laura Treacy (Cork)

Gemma O’Connor (Cork)

Máire McGrath (Clare)

Eimear O’Sullivan (Cork)

Meighan Farrell (Kilkenny)

Ashling Thompson (Cork)

Chloe Morey (Clare)

Katie Power (Kilkenny)

Amy O’Connor (Cork)

Ailish O’Reilly (Galway)

Aisling Maher (Dublin)

Aoife Donohue (Galway)

2016 All-Stars Team:

Emma Kavanagh (Kilkenny)

Sarah O’Connor (Wexford)

Sarah Dervan (Galway)

Collette Dormer (Kilkenny)

Rebecca Hennelly (Galway)

Anne Dalton (Kilkenny)

Miriam Walsh (Kilkenny)

Orla Cotter (Cork)

Michaela Morkan (Offaly)

Shelley Kehoe (Wexford)

Denise Gaule (Kilkenny)

Niamh Mulcahy (Limerick)

Tina Hannon (Offaly)

Kate Kelly (Wexford)

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