Camogie

The Camogie Section of St. Mark’s was formed in 1983. An Under 13 Team was entered in competition under the guidance of Celine McCann, Pat Nelson and Anne O'Reilly. In 1984 we had three teams playing at Under 12, Under 13 and Junior C. The First Committee was formed in 1984 which was comprised of the following: Chairperson: Lily Mc Kane, Asst Chairperson: Celine McCann, Secretary: Anne O Reilly, Asst Secretary: Noranne O'Shea, Treasurer: Bernie Carley and Asst Treasurer: Mary Fay.
 
The Junior C Team quickly established themselves and won the league and championship double in 1985. This team made progress over the years and in 1990 under the guidance of Eamon Kelly and Willie O'Reilly they won the Intermediate A League and Championship double and thus ensured Senior Status. They were the first team in the Club to do so.
 
Martina Kenny was the first club member to win a Leinster Camogie Medal in 1991 when she was a member of the Dublin Under 14 Team. Many other players have also represented the Club at Inter County Level. At Under 14 Level they were:
Linda Daly, Patricia O'Callaghan, Sinead Spellman, Lisa O'Callaghan, Aisling McCormack and Helena Martin, at Minor Level they were: Carol Nelson, Liz Pender, Janice Coughlan, Nicola Stokes, Maria Hughes, Martina Kenny, Linda Daly and Sharon Emmet. The Juniors were Nolin Nelson, Helen Byrne, Audrey Maguire, Nicola McTiernan, Amanda Donohue, Sharon Russell, and Leanne Kennedy. At Senior Level has been Amy Murphy.
 
At Juvenile Level the first breakthrough was made in 1992 when the Under 16 Team under the guidance of Gerry Stokes and Pat Nelson won the League and Championship. In the same year the Junior B Team under the guidance of Carmel Jameson and the late Bridie Kelly also won the League and Championship. In 1993 the Junior B Team again under the guidance of Gerry Stokes and Pat Nelson also won the League and Championship
double. In 1993 the Senior B Team also won the League under the guidance of Eamon Kelly.
 
At Under 16 Level we have won the Division 2 League in 1995, 1996, and 1998. Our Feile Team in 1999 took the first Division 3 Title and were runners up in 2000 and 2003 
 
In 1995 the death occurred of Bridie Kelly who had played and been a mentor down through the years, she was a much respected member of our Section and The Ceili Section of our Club. Her family presented a trophy to the County Board in her memory. The Club undertook in 1998 to run this competition each year for Under 11’s, it has proven to be a very successful competition with the standard improving year on year. The County Board now run this competition each year with the Final being played in St. Mark’s each year.
 
In 2000 the Club went down from Senior to Junior A status having lost a lot of our senior players through retirement. This team was an amalgamation of the Senior Team and Junior B Team. The year did not start very well for us but the Team improved considerably during the year. The biggest day of the year for us was Sunday 15th October when we played the Final of The Junior A Championship in O’Toole Park against Naomh Mearnog. We beat them 3-04 to 1-05 in a great game. It was a tribute to the great dedication of all the players in the past year. The Presentation night took place on Friday 26th January. We were honoured to have Uachtarán Cumann Camógaoíchta na nGael Patricia Rafferty to present the medals and The Chairman of the Dublin County Camogie Board also attended.
 
The Panel of players was:
Denise Brady, Nicky Brett, Gillian Byrne, Helen Connick, Louise Curry, Fleur Dillon, Janet Fennell Suzanne Ford(C), Jenny Fortune, Hazel Gartland, Erika Hoare, Maria Hughes, Martina Kenny, Helena Martin, Aisling McCormack, Tara McCarthy, Ellen Minihan, Ciara Moran, Deirdre Murphy, Patricia O’Callaghan, Barbara Quinn, Maria Quinn, Niamh Rabbitte, Sharon Russell, Fiona Somers, Jennifer Tynan, Elaine Walsh and Amanda Donohue Waters.
 
The Mentors were:
Pat Murphy, Liz Kavanagh, Mary O Callaghan, Maura Quinn and Breda Mullens.
 
Having won the Junior A Championship we were promoted to Intermediate Status and held our own in our first year at intermediate. A number of players returned to play for the Club the following year who had taken a few years off and we reached the Final of the Intermediate Championship in 2002 against Round Towers. The match was played in O'Toole Park in very inclement conditions and had to be abandoned at half time due to the condition of the pitch. The match was re-fixed for the following Sunday in St. Anne’s and the conditions again were very bad however the match was played and we were
beaten by a very strong Round Towers side. In 2003 we again reached the final of the Championship against Lucan Sarsfield and were beaten by a point having lead all the way.
 
Our Intermediate team had reached Championship finals in 2005, 2007, 2008 & 2010, with an Intermediate Division 1 Championship win over Na Fianna in a nail biting final that finished 4-07 to 4-08. A last minute point was scored by Amy Murphy on the day at Trinity Gaels grounds.
 
In 2008, our Intermediate team’s Goalkeeper, Ellen Minihan, sadly passed away suddenly from an undetected heart condition, she was only 26 years old. The team have honoured Ellen’s memory on an annual basis with regular charity fundraising events. In 2009 we held a 70’s, 80’s & 90’s night in the club to raise funds for the Cormac McAnallen trust for Sudden Cardiac Death, over 500 people attended on the night and we managed to raise €11,630. We travelled to Tyrone later that year to present the cheque to Cormac McAnallen’s family and we played a friendly against a camogie team from Cormac’s club of Eglish.
 
Each year the team takes part in the Ladies mini-marathon in Ellen’s memory and in aid of Cardiac Risk In The Young.
 
Another beloved member of our club who passed away was Pat Nelson who had contributed so much to camogie over the years, a memorial cup was set up in 2007 for Pat and along with the Bridie Kelly, Michael McGee & Dean McCarthy cups are still going today.
 
Our under 11 team won their Championship in 2011 and Aoife Byrne was voted player of the year for her division.
 
At present we have an under 10’s, under 12’s, Junior and Senior team in the club.
 
Previous Chairpersons:
Lily McKane, Pat Nelson, Liz Kavanagh, Patsy McCann, Breda Mullen, Nolin Mulhall, Janet Fennell, Christine Aherne & Anne O’Reilly.
 
Previous Secretaries:
Anne O’Reilly, Maura Quinn, Carol McDonnell, Tara Brerton,Sharon Russell and Erika McLoughlin.
 
Previous Mentors:
Pat Murphy, Johnny McGlynn, Patsy McCann, Christy Russell, Brian Aherne, Sean Crowley, Mick O’Flathery, Liam Donovan, Breda Mullen, Maura Murphy, Nolin Mulhall, Sharon Shannon, Bernie Long, Mary O’Callaghan, Liz Kavanagh, Eamonn Kelly, Pat Nelson & Maura Quinn.
 
Our trip to Scotland 6th to 9th October 2000
 
On 6th October 2000, a party of 31 travelled to Dunoon in Scotland for the Linn go Linn (Century to Century) festival organised by the Camanachd Association. We travelled to Glasgow Airport and were accompanied on the flight by our President Pat Raffety, we were met by Allan McMillan from Sports Scotland. We travelled by Coach and Ferry to The Argyll Hotel, in Dunoon where a team from Clonduff, Co. Down were also staying. On Saturday morning at 10.00am all participating teams taking part in the competition met at The Queen’s Hall to parade through the town to The Stadium at the other end of the town, it was a great occasion.
 
There were 3 Sections in the competition,a men's competition, a women’s competition and a Juvenile Competition. The rain started early on in the day, and we got just two matches played before proceedings were halted. We drew one and won one.
 
The Competition recommenced at 10.00am on Sunday morning. The format of the competition had to be changed to a knock out competition. We beat Oban Lorne in the First round and played and beat Glengarry in the Semi Final. We met Clonduff from Co. Down in the Final and were beaten by two points.