The women of Camogie are undeniably people who we can all look up to and admire. Their passion and their commitment to their sport deserves to be applauded. So, take a bow ladies, these are some of the inspirational women in Camogie!
Professor Agnes O’Farrelly
A matriarch of the Camogie Association and an all-around remarkable woman. She was not only a writer, a professor, a Gaelic scholar but also one of the forerunners for women’s rights. She became president of the Camogie Association in 1935 and she led the first meeting of the UCD Camogie Club, and became its first president until her death in 1951. Eamon de Valera attended her funeral. During a time when the Camogie Association had to fight for recognition and acceptance, Agnes was a leader and a champion of Camogie.
As well as being one of the top players for the reigning All-Ireland champions, Cork’s Amy O’Connor is also an accomplished soccer star having played in the UEFA u19 Championships. But her accolades don’t stop at sport, Amy is the first from her family to go to a university where she’s studying pharmacy in UCC on a scholarship. At only age 22, Amy has four senior All-Ireland Camogie titles under her belt!
The Limerick Camogie captain is currently one of the fiercest on the field. She is inspirational to all, she juggles captainship, studying, and being a mum to her little boy Nicky. Sarah showed how passionate she is about Camogie when she revealed in an Off the Bench interview that she lined out for the Limerick team last year, just four weeks after giving birth! Incredible!
A two-time All-Star winner, the Wexford goalkeeper played a pivotal role when Wexford Camogie won the All Ireland four times. Last year, Mags also went on to achieve her first ever county Camogie senior title with her club St Martins. She more recently joined Davy Fitzgerald’s background team as the goalkeeping coach for the Wexford Senior Hurlers. What a woman!
The Downey Twins
Ann and Angela Downey are from the dynasty of Kilkenny Camogie and these two camogie stars helped Kilkenny achieve numerous titles during their careers. From 1974 to 1999, Kilkenny won 12 All Ireland Senior Camogie titles, and the sisters were central to these wins. Angela famously boycotted a ‘Team of the Century’ presentation in protest at the absence of her twin sister from the team. Ann is the current manager for Kilkenny camogie, who will compete to defend their Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League title in the incoming weeks.
Kate Kelly’s Camogie career was pretty much written out for her before she was born. Both parents and four brothers all dawned the purple and gold of Wexford. Kelly is such a versatile player that can play in almost any position on the field. Talent clearly runs in the family, and Kate has five All-Star awards to her name as well as three All Ireland wins!
Having previously won All Ireland’s with Cork, Sarah moved to Dublin, and dawned the blue jersey in 2015. A multi-talented woman she also played for Cork City FC. She retired from playing with Dublin last year, but still plays with her club St Vincent’s. Possibly one of the strongest and most resilient players, Sarah battled back from serious injury to continue playing the sport she loves!