The presentation of All-Ireland medals to Roscommon’s U-14 and U-16 camogie teams took place at the Abbey Hotel on Friday evening last.
Special guests on the night were St. Dominic’s’ senior county title winning captain, Joanne Beattie, and Oran’s Senior ‘B’ winning captain Shauna Keenan.
Chairperson of the Roscommon Camogie Board, Rebecca Naughton thanked both management teams for their time and dedication to the sport. She said it was a historic night for camogie in the county as two All-Ireland winning teams were honoured.
The Chairperson also thanked clubs, parents, mentors and teachers for their support and the use of facilities. She thanked sponsors for their help with the running costs of teams at underage level including Mahon Sweeney Solicitors, Lidan Designs, McNeill’s Foodstores, and Oates Auctioneers. She also expressed gratitude to local media for their coverage of camogie throughout the year.
Special guests Joanne and Shauna congratulated both teams on their achievements to date and encouraged the players to continue representing both club and county.
Shauna presented medals to the U-14 team while Chairperson Rebecca Naughton commended the management of Noel White (Manager), Lizzy Glennon Tully, Brian Costello, Eithne Kennedy, Elaine Hannon, Breata Coyle, Nicola Crosbie, Mark Delaney, Paul Costello and Emer Sweeney for their work.
The National Blitz took place in Dublin on August 6th, where the U-14 side defeated Laois, Waterford, Cavan and Offaly en route to glory. The Roscommon players paraded their trophy the following day at half-time in the All-Ireland Camogie final.
Speaking at Friday’s awards ceremony, manager Noel White thanked his backroom team and the County Board and acknowledged his players’ commitment throughout last summer.
The U-16 team were presented with their medals by Joanne Beattie while Rebecca Naughton thanked team management of Sean O’Brien, Colm Kelly, Kevin Rogers, Teresa Hession, Bernie Mulry for all their work with the team. She also thanked Andy Hession and Joe Glennon for their work on the stats.
The U-16s comprehensively defeated Armagh, Down, Kerry and Wicklow in their group matches before overcoming Armagh to claim the All-Ireland title.
Manager Sean O’Brien complimented his management team and his team’s dedication throughout the year. He also thanked Treasurer Geraldine Beattie, Rebecca and Sharon for their help and support during the year
The County Chair made a presentation to the both management teams on behalf of the County Board. A presentation was also made to special guests Joanne Beattie and Shauna Keenan.
Geraldine presented the Chairperson with a bouquet to acknowledge her work as over the last two years. John Haughey, Cormac McNally, and Cait Kenny were also thanked for assisting on the night.
The Chairperson thanked Geraldine for stepping in as MC and for all her work in organising the event. Geraldine thanked Liam Coffey and his team in the Abbey Hotel for all their help in making the night a success.
Finally, each girl was presented with a jersey, and Geraldine said: “When you put on that county jersey, don’t just dream, dream big and hopefully you will win another All-Ireland in the coming years”.