Friday 15 December 2017

UCD dreaming of Ashbourne Cup success

UCD are the queens of the Ashbourne Cup -- and it's all thanks to a graduate of Trinity College.

The UCD camogie club was formed in 1914. Its first president was Agnes O'Farrelly. She was very friendly with Edwin Gibson, Lord Ashbourne.

He could speak perfect English but was also fluent in French, German, Breton, Irish, Welsh, Scottish Gaelic and Polish.

Agnes persuaded him to provide a trophy for camogie. It was first played for in 1915. UCD won it for the first two years, but the cup was damaged during Easter Week.

It was replaced and it is still one of the most elegant and valuable trophies on the camogie, and indeed Irish, sporting circuit.

The competition takes place again this weekend at the Waterford Institute of Technology. WIT are going for the four-in-a-row. They'll meet UCD in the semi-final. UCD last won it in 2008. They have been champs more times than anybody else -- on 37 occasions.

They had a real golden spell in the '50s and early '60s when they compiled the five-in-a-row, a feat they also accomplished in 1984. UCD also achieved the remarkable six-in-a-row from 1937 to 1942.

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