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Saturday 19 August 2017

People's President says final farewell

DUBLIN will host the Annual Camogie Congress at Croke Park this weekend.

It's the first time the county has welcomed the Congress since 2004 when it was held at Citywest. It will be an emotional occasion for Aileen Lawlor, who will be handing over her chain of office.

Kilkenny's Catherine Neary will become the Association's new President. Aileen has much to be proud of in her three-year term. She was the 28th President, and one of the best.

She was the first Dublin President since Pat Rafferty in 2000. Pat took over from another Dub, Phyllis Breslin.

The 90's also saw Dublin's Bridin Ui Mhaolagain gain high office.

Aileen brought all her vast experience to the role. She was a top player with Crumlin and Dublin, and an All-Ireland final referee.

She's also very much a people's person, and the Association couldn't have had a better representative.

The Congress begins on Friday evening and ends with the gala dinner on Saturday night.

Na Fianna's Ann Ryan is the entertainment co-ordinator.

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