Kilcoole girls enjoy trip to Scotland for Celtic Games
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.