Lots of exciting news revealed, including relief for dual players and a search for Ireland’s most skillful squad.
Just three days to go before the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Camogie Championship season kicks off – and now there is even more to get excited about.
Camogie, coming soon to a TV near you
Camogie is one of the fastest-growing games in the country right now, with more people watching and playing than ever before
The official launch of the 2016 season took place in Croke Park last Thursday and it was here the Camogie Association revealed that both senior semi-finals and the All-Ireland Finals will be broadcast live on RTÉ One television, a reflection of the game’s growing popularity.
Speaking at the launch, Camogie Association President Catherine Neary said: “Camogie is one of the fastest-growing games in the country right now, with more people watching and playing than ever before. Live coverage of the semi-finals is not only a huge additional carrot for the quarter-finalists but an extra opportunity for TV viewers to enjoy the thrilling spectacle of top-level Camogie.
“We expect that the additional investment by the Association and Liberty Insurance in TV coverage, in conjunction with RTÉ, will continue to raise the profile of this year’s Championship and further showcase the skills of the game and the dedication of our players.
“We’re also lucky and extremely grateful to have Liberty Insurance partnering with us again this year, helping to promote women’s sport with some fantastic ideas to boost attendances and participation.”
The semi-finals are on Saturday, August 13th and the final is on Sunday, September 11th, so if you can’t make it to the games in person, be sure to tune in.
Squad Goals: the search is on
As official sponsor of the championship, we brought our own bit of excitement to the launch by revealing our new summer campaign Squad Goals: a search to find Ireland’s most skilful camogie squad. The campaign culminates with two teams being given the opportunity to play in Croke Park at half time of the Senior All-Ireland Final.
More details will be available across all our social media channels from the June 20th, so watch this space.
No more clashes
There was even more good news to come out of the launch, particularly for players who represent their county in both camogie and football.
In previous seasons, fixture clashes meant dual players often had to turn out twice in one day for their counties, putting them under physical and mental stress. Last season Briege Corkery spoke out about this, and when asked if a similar clash would be allowed to happen if male dual stars were involved, she said “No, and I think if the clash had happened, one of [the organisations] would have moved”.
The Championship kicks off on Saturday and in just three months time we will know if reigning champions Cork manage to secure a three-in-a-row title
Now the Camogie Association has confirmed it has reached a reciprocal agreement with the Ladies Gaelic Football Association to avoid major fixture clashes in this year’s Championship. This will come as a great relief to many of our top sportswomen across the land.
Ready for action?
The Championship kicks off on Saturday and in just three months time we will know if reigning champions Cork manage to secure a three-in-a-row title. In the meantime, you can follow the action in-person with the 2016 Cairde Camogie Season Ticket. For just €40, you get access to all rounds of the upcoming Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Camogie Championship and the triple-header All-Ireland Finals on September 11th in Croke Park – and 20% of each sale goes directly to your County Camogie Board. Alternatively, you can buy online from tickets.ie.
Here’s to a great season ahead!