Edendork Club showing impressive rise in Ladies GAA codes as All Ireland Féile double challenge beckons…
The Edendork St. Malachy’s club has always been seen as a very progressive club and are very much embracing the codes of gaelic games with some aplomb at present.
As they maintain impressive work in the under-age ranks, the girls have well and truly made their mark as the club make a couple of major weekend journeys in the next fortnight to compete in both the All Ireland Féile na nGael Camogie and Ladies Football Féile na n’Og. A total of 17 girls will experience both, being dual players within the club, and the guiding light to the future continues to shine brightly.
Edendork GAC St Malachy’s is a long established club, founded in the townland of Killybrackey in 1932. The club is a very busy one, fielding teams in Gaelic football and Camogie from underage right up to senior level. Edendork girls have played camogie since the inception of the club, with the 1970’s being the highlight with Tyrone senior and minor Camogie titles coming back to the club.
There club tasted double success in the County in both the Ladies football and Camogie arenas, and they will now be travelling to Devenish, Co Fermanagh, and Ferns St.Aidan’s, Wexford, respectively, as proud Tyrone Feile champions.
The U14 Ladies Football Managers, Malachy McLernon, Shane McGuinness and Siun Devlin, have been impressed by the rapid rise and success of their under-age players and are evidently looking forward to the great All Ireland Feile journey.
“We are very proud of our under 14 girls in Edendork. They continue to be a shining example for the rest of the club and they show all that is good of the Edendork area. We are delighted to have qualified through a difficult Tyrone Feile programme and qualify for the national Feile in both football and camogie. This is a unique first for Edendork and the local community has come out in support for both these teams. There are 17 dual players who are looking forward to 2 special weekends of Feile in June and they are working very hard at preparing for both these competitions.”
Edendork Ladies Football Under 14 Feile Panel: Áine Arthur, Clíona Arthur, Eva Corr, Carragh Cullen, Eva Cullen, Orla Cullen, Teighan Currie, Nonita Da Costa, Lára Devlin, Meghan Doherty, Nicole Donaghy, Emily Fox, Kate Gilroy, Anna Grew, Halle Hughes, Emma Mallon, Eimear Maxwell, Ella McCaffrey, Olivia McGuinness, Katie McLernon, Bronagh Moohan, Grainne Murphy, Rionach Murphy, Tara Jayne Murphy, Chloe Parkes, Lauren Scullion
“Our camógs first experience of Féile na nGael was in 2015 when Ulster was host to the national Féile competition and our girls reached the semi final stages. Last year some of the current panel of players demonstrated their football skills on the national stage of Féile na nÓg and have great memories of Monagea, Limerick. It’s the ambition of every young player in the country to win a county Feile title as this may be the only time in their sporting career that many of them will represent their county at national level.”
It is a terrific achievement by the St. Malachy’s club, especially when considering it has a relatively small catchment area…
“More than 70% of the girls are dual players, many represent the club at different age groups and a number of them also play for the county at both codes. This level of commitment is only possible with support from parents, coaches and the wider club and of course, the girls.”
The Camogie coaching team has been labelled as a combination of ‘blow-ins’ and coaches with local Edendork roots; all of whom have had some experience of Feile in the past. Sean Moohan travelled to and played in Feile in Co Clare in 1986 with Ederney Co.Fermanagh and Peter Doherty travelled to Co. Wexford in 1985 with Lavey, Co Derry, respectively to represent their clubs and counties in Feile Na Gael. Harold Herron was involved in Feile in the mid 80’s with Cumann Iomanaiochta Eoghan Ruadh, Dun Geanainn and commente “the experience and memories of those times are still fresh today even with the passing of so many years and he is sure that this squad of girls will remember and cherish their Feile when their own children compete at Feile in years to come.”
The ladies coach in the Camogie squad is Brid Devlin, a past player of Edendork Camogie, and who has travelled to Feile across the country for the past number of years with her family. Her sons, husband and wider family is steeped in Eoghan Ruadh, Dun Geanainn, hurling.
There is great excitement and anticipation amongst both squads for the upcoming Feile events.
“Our players, coaches, parents and the wider Edendork community are looking forward to Féile 2017 and are hoping to forge new skills, friendships and memories that they will have for years to come.”
Edendork Camogie Under 14 Feile Panel: Áine Arthur, Clíona Arthur, Eimear Conway, Eva Corr, Carragh Cullen, Eva Cullen, Orla Cullen, Nonita Da Costa, Liana De Ogiveira, Lára Devlin, Meghan Doherty, Nicole Donaghy, Aoife Forker, Emily Fox, Oatnasia Guterres, Olivia McGuinness, Katie McLernon, Bronagh Moohan, Grainne Murphy, Rionach Murphy, Tara Jayne Murphy