The 2017 Senior Camogie All-Star Awards take place this weekend. This year is more exciting than ever, as winners of the coveted awards are not only honoured at the event, but they also get the opportunity to go on the inaugural Camogie All-Stars Tour.
The tour is common place for male football and hurling players, but it is the first time the camogie ladies have been afforded such a luxury. On the 29th of November the 2016 and 2017 winners will jet off to sunny Madrid and play a match in the Spanish capital.
Limerick captain Niamh Mulcahy is one of the lucky ones to be nominated for a 2017 award, but she isn’t letting the pressure and excitement get to her. For Niamh, winning with her team is what matters.
How does it feel to be nominated for an All-Star award?
“I suppose when you play a team sport individual awards aren’t something you dwell on really. It’s a nice honour to be nominated but it’s all thanks to the collective effort of the group. Any player would much prefer to be winning silverware with their team!”
You’re from an extremely successful GAA family, they must be very proud of you?
“Of course, like all players I’m sure, your family are your biggest supporters. They’re the ones that see the effort and commitment you put in and the ones that have to deal with you when things might not be going well! It’s great playing with my two sisters. My parents get great enjoyment from watching myself and Judith playing with Limerick and all three of us playing with our club Ahane.”
This is the first year of a Camogie All-Star tour, how does this make you feel?
“I think it’s a very positive step for camogie. It’s brilliant for the recipients and something that is well deserved. It provides an opportunity to showcase and promote the game outside of Ireland which can only be a good thing.”
Do you look forward to getting dressed up for the event?
“It’s always nice to go and get dolled up. During the season there aren’t as many opportunities because you’re often missing out on nights out/weddings/special occasions etc. I think all camogie players really enjoy the winter especially not having to worry about covering up all the bruises!”
Who would you consider to have been your toughest opponent in your years of playing?
“I never like marking my sister Judith which tends to happen a lot especially at club training. She seems to know what I’m going to do before I’ve even decided myself! I’m fortunate enough to have played against some outstanding players and two that I think have been consistently brilliant down through the years any time I’ve come across them are Gemma O’Connor and Niamh Kilkenny.”
The Senior Camogie All-Stars, sponsored by Liberty Insurance, will take place on Saturday November 4th, in Citywest Hotel.