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St. Martin’s Camogie Club History

(Máire O’ Connor and Tracy Browne)

 

St. Martin’s Camogie Club was first established in 1949 under the careful eye of Tim Kirwan (Betty Brady’s father) who trained players such as Irene Scallan, Betty and Mary Kirwan, Nellie Roche, Tess Devereux, Mary Margaret Whitty and Lilly Parle. Even back then we had county representatives in the form of the Berry Brady (nee Kirwan) and Lilly Parle, winning interprovincial medals with Leinster in 1956 and 1962.

In 1970 another attempt was made to raise a camogie team with Nicky Rooney of Mulgannon leading players such as Joan Cullen, Joan and Tess Devereux, Kathlenn Browne, Catherine, Lena and Nellie Duggan, Majella Kehoe, Betty Lambert, KathlennGoggins, Mary Roche, Betty Brady, Mary Redmond, Francis Berry, May Buttimer, Monica and Kitty Doyle, Nancy Maddock, M. Culleton, Kathleen and Marian Byrne, Joan Ennis and K. Coleman to their first silverware success. The club pushed forward with fundraising activities every Saturday night in the old clubhouse, raising plenty of shillings and pounds but unfortunately the club ceased to exist after 1974 with some of the players concentrating on football, instead.

It wasn’t until 1983 that the club was re-established. The driving force behind the club then were Nancy Maddock, Betty Brady, Kathleen McLeish, Kit Codd and OrnaghD’arcy. Ann Kelly became heavily involved as treasurer in 1987, seeing the club grow from strength to strength. The junior team won a county title beating Faythe Harriers in Wexford Park, while also winning the Slaney Festival. We even had our very own ‘Camogie Queen’ Áine Berry who won the title when chosen to represent our club at a tournament organised by KilrushCamogie Club, a tournament our juniors ultimately won.

Not happy with being runners up in numerous county finals in the early 1990’s, success came knocking at our door in 1993 with our U16 team eventually taking the honours! Membership continued to grow and by 1997 the club participated at U12, U14, U16, U18, junior and intermediate level. Indoor camogie also started under the guidance of OrnaghD’arcy, proving to be extremely popular.

1999 proved to be the most successful season since the reformation of the club in 1983. In the first year playing 15-a-side on the full length pitch, our intermediate team succeeded in lifting both league and championship cups resulting in promotion to senior status. The U14 team also saw great success by winning the double, sheer testament to the hard work being put in by all those involved. The U12s took championship honours in 2001 for the first time with a last minute goal kicked to the net breaking the deadlock against Marshalstown. Victory also came to the U18s in 2002 with a win over Blackwater while the U14s captured championship.

A win over Buffers Alley in Wexford Park in 2003 saw St. Martin’s capture their first ever senior title since its reformation. It cannot go unmentioned that the U14s also had a very successful year winning the treble of championship, league and the Slaney Festival. Plenty more silverware arrived in 2004 but perhaps our biggest achievement was the club being awarded Lá na gClub. Áine Codd topped of a great year being chosen as Wexford’s Ambassador for the year while also winning an All-Star on the first ever team to be chosen.

2005 saw the seniors competing for their first time ever in the WFC Senior Championship final. Despite a thrilling encounter they had to concede defeat to a well-drilled Oulart team. The U12 and U14 teams both took home title in a great year for the club who had its official opening unveiled by Seán Kelly, President CLG. 2007 once again saw our club being awarded ‘Club of The Year’ by the County Board. This was a wonderful achievement, making all the hard work worthwhile. The last number of years have seen the club win numerous underage titles while also winning senior B in 2007, junior league 2007, junior league championship 2008 and junior league and championship in 2011. Our membership currently stands close to 250 people, with two teams being entered at every level, evidence of the sheer hard work being put in by all those involved.

Finally it is time to acknowledge all those who have represented our club at county level. Their commitment and contribution at such a level is something to be admired. All-Irelands and indeed All-Stars are not easily come by and so we thank all those who have achieved such greats- you are a credit to our club!