March 29th ‘11
Since Camogie was founded in 1907 and 27 Presidents later, Congress was finally held in Belfast for the first time when Antrim hosted the Annual Congress in the Wellington Park Hotel.
The Lord Mayor of Belfast welcomed everyone and wished them a successful weekend.
Monaghan Delegates Geraldine Clarke, Maretta Sherry and Anne Mc. Kenna attended the 2011 Congress which was one of the best attended in recent years.
Joan O’Flynn President of the Association got proceedings underway on Friday evening when she launched a handbook named ‘Volunteering for Camogie’
The publication is a guide to recruiting volunteers to participate at all levels of the Camogie Association. It outlines the steps for attracting and retaining volunteers as well as the many ways in which the efforts of volunteers can be acknowledged.
Speaking at the launch President of the Camogie Association Joan O’Flynn:
“Volunteering is of incalculable value to Camogie. This publication shines a light on how importantly the Association takes the role of the volunteer.
One of the key things we can do to put this into action is to encourage groups who are currently under-represented to volunteer with us at club and county level.
Increasingly, more men are getting involved at all levels in coaching, refereeing and administrative roles. We want to invite more ex-players, more young people, more people with disabilities, more Travellers, more older people, more people from other countries now settled amongst us to join with us and be involved!
By doing this, we will have more skills, more diversity and more experience to draw from.
It is also timely that we publish our first resource on Volunteering during the EU Year of Volunteering 2011. It is also appropriate that this coincides with the introduction of county volunteer of the year awards throughout the Camogie Association.”
Volunteering for Camogie was produced by the Camogie Association’s Volunteer and Officer Support and Development Committee under the Association’s Strategic Development Plan Our Game, Our Passion.
- Volunteering for Camogie is available from the Camogie Association and is an appropriate information resource for club, county, school, post primary and third level units. Volunteering for Camogie is available to download from www.camogie.ie
Lawlor announced as Camogie Association President Elect
Aileen Lawlor was voted in as the President Elect of the Camogie Association at Annual Camogie Congress this evening in Belfast.
Aileen Lawlor will take up the role as President of the Camogie Association in March 2012 succeeding Joan O’Flynn.
Aileen Lawlor, a former inter-county referee and vice-chair of Westmeath County Camogie Board defeated Catherine O’Hara of Antrim the out-going chair of Ulster Camogie Council.
Speaking on Congress 2011 President of the Camogie Association Joan O’Flynn:
“It was a great weekend with fantastic energy and enthusiasm displayed by all who attended- including delegates from North America, London and Europe.
There was excellent feedback from all involved and amongst the main items on the agenda was a twelve month review of the playing rules with recommendations to come before Congress in 2012. Galway camogie player Veronica Curtin, Kilkenny Camogie Manager Ann Downey and Wexford manager JJ Doyle are some of those on the playing rules review committee. I wish them well in their work.
I would also like to take the opportunity to congratulate Aileen Lawlor and I look forward to working with her during the course of the year and ensuring a smooth transition of the Presidency in 2012”
President Elect of the Camogie Association Aileen Lawlor said:
“I am delighted to take up the position as President Elect of the Camogie Association. It is a fantastic honour and a great privilege.
During my tenure, I will work with others to continue to raise the profile of the Camogie Association and I would also like to focus attention on efforts to increase the number of female referees in the Association.
It is also my intention to work to continue to ensure that our overseas communities are catered for and that the Camogie Association will work in conjunction with the GAA on this matter.”
The 2012 Camogie Association Congress will take place in Cork- the native county of President Joan O’ Flynn.
A special Banquet at which a presentation was made to Catherine O, Hara who was defeated for President elect, Pat Quill, President of the Ladies Football Association and Aodghan O. Farrell, Chairman of Ulster Council brought the Congress to a close on Saturday evening.
Hurling/Camogie Conference to be held in Monaghan County Training Grounds, Cloghan on Sat April 2nd. Tutors delivering practical sessions are Paudie Butler (National Hurling Director), Ronan McWilliams (Ulster Council Regional Development Officer) & Gerard Gribben (Camogie Regional Development Officer). John Leahy Former all Star & Tipperary Senior Hurler will also be in attendance. This conference is due to start @ 9:30. Cost 5euro.
Under 14 Development Squad
Another good turnout was reported from the Coaches at the training session for the U14 Development Squad which was held in Cloghan on Saturday last. The Blitz day will take place in Cloghan on Sunday next 3rd. April when County teams from the Region will part
Training continues tomorrow at 6.30 and again on Monday at 8pm. The county blitz takes place on Sunday the 10th of April. Could everyone please make sure they are available. Everyone should now have a copy of the fixtures if not please ask Lorraine for a copy.
Juvenile training will resume on Saturday the 9th of April at 11am. New players are very welcome.
Lucky square will resume this Saturday at €2 each. If anyone would like to join our lucky square please contact any of the camogie members.
The club will also be holding the annual Easter raffle. Lines will be on sale shortly at €2 per line. Prizes galore!
Training continues in Gratton pairc on Monday and Wednesday at 7pm. Reminder that we are still collecting your old and unused mobile phones. Please have them gathered and bring to training. If you have any phones that you would like to pass on to the club, please text 087 4133 584 for details.
Note for your diary: This years County Blitz is just around the corner. It has been set for Sunday 10th April, provisionally in Inniskeen. Please keep this day free and come and support the girls in their run for the Blitz cup! All players to bring any jerseys or helmets to training as we will need all of this before games begin!