Camogie: Sars, Co unsel and Kevin’s broaden cultural horizons
THREE Dublin camogie clubs have swung open their doors and painted a welcome sign on the mat. Lucan Sarsfields, Good Counsel and Kevin’s put up the posters and sent out the invitations. They were billed as Camogie Intercultural Events with the aim being that all players of all abilities and backgrounds are catere d for.
“The idea is to ex pand the playing opportunities among ethnic minorities and young people,” ex plains Eve Ta lbot, the Dublin and Kildare Regional Camogie Officer.“Each club links with their local groups in their area to attract new girls and to give them a taste of the wonderful game.”
The Camogie Try Days were designed as a gentle introduction to the sport, with fun-filled activities thrown in. Lucan invited the girls from the Adamstown primary school to get tips on making that perfect connection between the ash and the sliotar.
Counsel already have players of seve n different nationalities, a number they’d like to increase, while Kevin’s continue to prosper at Dolphin Park. Camogie is now beginning to make serious inroads into urban areas where the game is more popular than ever. And the continued work of clubs like Kevin’s, Lucan and Counsel is to be admired.
In time it could lead to girls, who were born far away from this island, helping Dublin back to All-Ireland glory.