Kil­coole girls en­joy trip to Scot­land for Celtic Games

Bray People - - Sport -

THE Kil­coole In­ter­me­di­ate camogie team trav­elled to Scot­land at the week-end to take part in Tir Con­aill Gaels Womens Celtic Games Fes­ti­val in Glasgow. This was our first time ven­tur­ing over­seas and pro­vided a new ex­pe­ri­ence for ev­ery­body who trav­elled.

Play started at 10.30 on Satur­day. We had two teams, one in each of the two groups. In ter­ri­ble weather con­di­tions, we were very pleased to win two games in each group and the ‘B’ team made the semi-fi­nal but lost out nar­rowly to St Vin­cent’s from Dublin who were the tour­na­ment win­ners.

We played against teams from Belfast, Ber­ming­ham, Ed­in­burgh and the home team from Glasgow. The play was of a very high stan­dard, par­tic­u­larly so given the poor con­di­tions.

Tir Con­aill Gaels as a GAA Club are in­volved in many com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment projects and in­tro­duc­ing camogie to lo­cal pri­mary schools, along with hurl­ing and foot­ball is a means of get­ting lo­cal young peo­ple in­volved in sport and com­mu­nity work.

The games form part of the club’s work in break­ing down racism and prej­u­dice in a multi-cul­tural so­ci­ety. The fes­ti­val serves to put camogie into an­other con­text for us all. Vis­its from Ir­ish clubs are im­por­tant in a coun­try which has only three clubs.

Apart from all that the fes­ti­val was a mem­o­rable event. The Fes­ti­val Hoo­ley on Satur­day fin­ished off the camogie tour­na­ment very nicely!

On Sun­day at lunchtime, six of our play­ers, were part of the Ire­land se­lec­tion which took on the Scot­land Shinty team in a Com­pro­mise game which Scot­land won by a goal. This is the Scot­land side which will play Ire­land in the an­nual Camogie Shinty In­ter­na­tional in Kilkenny in two weeks time. The trip was a great suc­cess in spite of the weather. The hos­pi­tal­ity of the host club was great and our trav­el­ling party of 19 looks for­ward to re­turn­ing some time in the fu­ture.

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