This month saw the rise of camogie and records broken!
September 11th saw the culmination of all the hard work, sweat and tears with a Choker in Croker. Attended by over 20,000 people, the Camogie Final between Cork and Kilkenny wasn’t just a win for the victors, but for women in sport.
This year’s Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Camogie Championship Finals saw Michelle Quilty lifting the O’Duffy Cup for Kilkenny in the county’s first Championship win since 1994. The women also saw the highest match attendance since 2006, with a record 328,000 viewers tuning in to the live broadcast on RTÉ One for the senior final – fully 23,000 more television viewers than last year.
Camogie Association President, Catherine Neary said that live TV coverage of the semi-finals for the first time in 2016 is a massive boost to the sport:
Camogie is one of the fastest-growing games in the country right now, with more people watching and playing than ever before
“Camogie is one of the fastest-growing games in the country right now, with more people watching and playing than ever before.
“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”.
With a 5% increase in registered personal camogie membership compared to 2014, we are delighted to see active participation in the sport continuing to grow.
Will Dublin and Cork see eye to eye?
Hawkeye’s absence at the All-Ireland Ladies Football on 25th September is proving a contentious issue for Dublin, who are gunning for a replay with the benefit of the ball-tracking technology. Whether it happens or not, this raises a serious question for future championship games: Why shouldn’t women’s games be on an even playing field with men’s?
Irish success at the Paralympics
The Irish ladies claimed a lot of heavy metal at the Paralympics this month, resulting in a great ending to this year’s games: Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal pedalled their way to silver in the Tandem Road Race; Ellen Keane claimed bronze in the pool; Noelle Lenihan scooped a bronze for her Paralympic debut in the F38 discus, while her team mates Niamh McCarthy and Orla Barry took home silver in the F41 and F57 respectively. Bring on 2020!
Ireland ended the Rugby Europe Women's Sevens Grand Prix Series in third place overall
Irish Sevens reach third in France
Ireland ended the Rugby Europe Women's Sevens Grand Prix Series in third place overall, thanks to their top four finishes in Kazan in June and Malemort over the weekend. It was a positive tournament for Ireland in France. New caps Chloe Blackmore and Katie Heffernan made their presence known, with the girls in green securing wins over two of their World Series rivals, England’s GB Lions and Spain.
The squad is now preparing for the start of the World Series, which starts in Dubai in December. The team hopes to gain more tournament experience ahead of the Series with some training days against other World Series teams scheduled for November.
Go on give it a try
Women's Rugby is a great spectator sport but it’s even more fun when you give it a try! Clubs all over Ireland are hosting Open Days for girls and women to come out and to play. No experience is necessary and fun is guaranteed! Contact your local club for more details.
Ronan steps down as WNT head coach
The 23rd of September saw Sue Ronan step down as Head Coach of the Republic of Ireland Women's Senior International Team in order to focus on her new role as Head of Women's Football for the Football Association of Ireland.
Thanks to Sue, Ireland is now recognised as one of the most improved nations in Europe when it comes to women's football and Sue will continue to play a big part in that.
Ireland is now recognised as one of the most improved nations in Europe when it comes to women's football
High Five for UCD
UCD Waves rolled over Peamount United in The Continental Tyres Women’s National league table with a final score of 5-0. Two goals each from Aine O’Gorman and Player of the Match Eleanor Ryan-Doyle, along with a Sylvia Gee strike, helped UCD to glory at Jackson Park.
McCarthy takes Berlin
Congratulations to Cork’s Claire McCarthy, who completed The Berlin Marathon on Sunday 25th September in 2:38, sliced more than a minute off her personal best, and qualified for the 2017 World Championships in the process.