Camogie stars head for Gowran
PERHAPS the biggest gathering of camogie stars away from their own game will assemble at Gowran Park, Kilkenny next Friday. It won't be for racing either, but for golf. Gowran is an 18-hole golf course - founded three years ago - within the racecourse.
Mary Fennelly, herself a heroine of the hurl, is chief organiser of a centenary golf outing to mark 100 years of camogie. "We hope to have players from all parts of the island. It is more of a celebration than a competition, although we will have prizes. I'm looking for 50 teams of four and there is already more than 40 on the timesheet."
No doubt the camogie association will have other functions during the year, but it is fitting that golf should be part of the celebration as many camogie players have taken up golf either during or after their playing days.
One thinks of Kilkenny's Ann Downey, who won 12 All-Irelands and is a regular golfer, Mary Dinan of Wexford and Mary Geaney, who won All-Irelands with Cork, was an Irish hockey international and plays Senior Cup golf for Killarney. The latter two are single figure players.
Other prominent All-Ireland winners are Bridie McGarry (Kilkenny), Sandy Fitzgibbon (Cork), also a basketball international, and Linda Mellerick (Cork) who were nominated on the team of the century. Mary Dinan was also on that team.
The event is not confined to women and among the men are GAA president Seán Kelly and RTE's Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh in the draw sheet. Teams of four cost ?300 and further information is available from Mary Fennelly at 087 2740089 or email email@example.com.