Camogie Club History

History of the Murroe-Boher camogie club:

Murroe-Boher camogie was formed on 7th November 1995, as a result of pressure from the girls of the parish. Con Dee called a meeting and a committee was formed.

At the start of the 1996 season a set of jerseys were purchased, in the colours of green, white and red. These jerseys were purchased due the generosity of a loan from Nuala Hughes, donations from the Credit Union, Murroe GAA and Boher GAA. The first ever training session was set for the 1st February for under-12 and under-14, who were entered in the county league in addition to the under-12 taking part in the Fr. Doran tournament, where the girls all received Certificate of Achievements. Throughout the next few years we continued to enter under-10, under-12 and under-14 competitions, blitzes and inter-parish tournaments. 1998 saw the establishment of the first ever Junior camogie team in the parish.

In 2000, the Junior team reached their first County Novice final, to unfortunately lose out to a stronger Crecora team. In 2001, the club continued to enter under-10, under-12, under-16 and Junior teams. The under-16 reached the county semi-final but were defeated by a strong Newcastlewest side, while the Juniors for the second year in a row suffered defeated, this time at the hands of Patrickswell on a score-line of 3-1 to 1-1, in the County Novice final. Outside of club commitments Susan Boyle played on the County Primary Games team who took on Waterford in Cork and Roisin Brouder playing on the under-16 County Team that won the under-16 B All-Ireland Final against Offaly. In 2002 and 2003 the under-12 team lined out in the Community Games competition, where in 2003 they finished in fourth place.

In 2004, Murroe-Boher was celebrating by bringing home the first ever Junior Camogie championship title to the parish. The Junior team had participated in finals every year for the last four years. Under the guidance of Mike Kett, their league campaign started out against Milford and Abbey Gaels and they beat Bruff in the semi-final, only to suffer defeat in the league final to Newcastlewest. They lined out in the championship semi-final against Bruff and after a closely fought game, they came out winners and into their fifth connective County final. On the 5th September, they lined out in front of a large crowd to play Kileedy and after a great game, the girls came out decisive winners. Catriona Laffan received “Woman of the Match” after her fine display and Helena Hickey proudly accepted the cup on behalf of the Murroe-Boher team. Panel was: Helen Hickey (Captain), Mary Dee, Laura Foley, Marguerite Egan, Catherine Ryan, Roisin Brouder, Michele Daly, Aoife O’Connell, Catriona Laffan, Sinead Hickey, Therese Egan, Brid Reale, Maria Keays, Mairead Hickey, Aisling Flannery, Caroline Kennedy, Eadaoin Brouder, Ann Kirby, Catherine Tracey and Fiona O’Malley. Also that year the under-12 had a good league run winning all five of their matches and finishing top of their section. This team went on to the championship with great confidence, where in the semi-final they were beaten by Ballyagran.

In 2005, following their Junior teams win in the Junior “B” championship, they were promoted to Junior A. In this grade, they were up against stronger opposition than previously. Under the watchful eye of Mike Kett, they trained hard and rose to the challenge, making the final of each the League and Championship, but were unfortunate to lose both to Na Piarsaigh. This year also saw the club for the first time to enter an under-16 team into competition, although the team did not take home any trophy they played well in all their matches. The under-14 team also participated in the Feile na nGael competition in Limerick. This year also saw Niamh Richardson representing the club in the Feile na nGael skills competition and following a local competition, we had three representatives in the Girls’ Long Puck at the Community Games- Chole Murphy, Ciara Bartley and Karen Heffernan.

In 2006, the club had a successful year, starting with the under-11 team who finished second in the County Limerick Blitz losing narrowly to Monaleen. The under-12 team were unlucky to lose to a stronger Newcastlewest team in the County semi-final, while the under-14 team lost by a point to Granagh/Ballingarry in the county Semi-final. The under-16 team, trained by Helena Hickey, topped off a great season for the underage club, when they won their County C League final beating Adare in a trilling encounter by five points in Ballybrown. Caroline Hickey accepted the trophy on behalf of the team. As this was the first ever club underage title, it was cause for major celebration. Panel was: Caroline Hickey (Captain), Michelle Lynch, Ciara Bartley, Karen Heffernan, Michelle McKenna, Caitriona Kirby, Catherine McCormack, Sarah O’Reilly, Aoife Ryan, Laura Keays, Megan Landers, Sarah Healy, Norah Sheehan, Niamh Richardson, Emer Richardson, Rachel Lynch, Karen McNamara, Laura Richardson, Josephine Reale, Chloe Murphy, Kathryn Egan and Eleanor Dillon. The Junior team continued the club’s success, by beating Adare in the league final, to bring home yet another Junior league title, sadly they lost to Patrickswell by three points in the County Final. Panel was: Anne O’Connor (Captain), Brid Reale, Valerie Hourigan, Catriona Laffan, Joan Ryan, Rachel Hayes, Aoife O’Connell, Marguerite Egan, Therese Egan, Mary O’Farrell, Niamh Richardson, Roisin Brouder, Aine Fogarty, Caroline Hickey, Aisling Flannery, Helena Hickey, Eadaoin Brouder, Helena Hayes, Fiona O’Malley, Maria Keays, Catriona Hickey, Sinead Hickey, Mairead Hickey, Emer Richardson, Caitriona Kirby, Susan Boyle and Denise O’Loughlin. Outside of club commitments, Niamh Richardson was a regular member of the Limerick County Colleges under-14 team, which won two finals beating Galway and Cork Colleges respectively. Caroline Hickey, Emer Richardson, Megan Landers, Caitriona Kirby (all under-16 players), Laura Richardson and Norah Sheehan (under-14 players) were members of the victorious St.Josephs, Convent of Mercy, Doon, who won the Munster  Intermediate “C” final (beating Killenaule), Munster under-16 ½ “A” final (beating Croom) and the County  Junior “B” final (beating Corbally).

2007 was another successful year. We played in five county finals, winning two, the under-16 and under-18. The under-10’s played in the annual county blitz in Adare and lost the B final by a point.. En-route to the under-16 final, trained by Ita Richardson, they beat Ballybrown, Tournafulla, Cappamore, Blackrock and lost to Doon. They faced Doon in the league final, in Doon, with conditions on the night being anything but conducive to play a camogie match- with a strong wind blowing up the field, and very heavy showers at stages in the game. During the first-half, Doon dominated while playing with the wind and lead by three goals at half-time. However, the Murroe-Boher girls were not ones to give up and whittled down the lead slowly but surely and were ahead by one point at the final whistle. Niamh Richardson accepted the trophy on behalf of the team. Panel was: Niamh Richardson (Captain),Andrea Crowe, Amy Lynch, Aoife Ryan, Norah Sheehan, Rachel Lynch, Caitriona Kirby, Karen McNamara, Karen Heffernan, Laura Richardson, Laura Smith, Eleanor Dillon, Sarah O’Reilly, Kathryn Egan, Laura Keays, Ciara Bartley, Claire Cunningham and Nimah Ryan. In the under-18 championship, trained by Helena Hickey, Murroe-Boher beat Ballybrown, Tournafulla, Blackrock and Adare to qualify for the final against Ballybrown in Crecora. This was a game of end-to-end play, which either team could have won, but the determination and commitment shown by Murroe-Boher was evident, by half-time, Murroe-Boher had a three point lead, but after 10 minutes of the second half that lead was down to one point. Murroe-Boher lifted their game and with continuous pressure, won the final by five points. Catherine McCormack accepted the trophy on the teams’ behalf. Panel was: Catherine McCormack (Captain), Sarah O’Reilly, Norah Sheehan, Michelle Lynch, Caitriona Kirby, Karen McNamara, Mairread O’Brien, Laura Richardson, Elaine Berkery, Emer Richardson, Caroline Hickey, Ciara Bartley, Rachel Lynch, Eva Barrett and Niamh Richardson. The Junior team reached both the league and county finals but sadly lost both to a stronger Newcastlewest team on both occasions. Outside of club commitments, four from our under-12 panel- Andrea Crowe, Amy Lynch, Ruth O’Connor and Ashling Heffernan- were on the East Limerick schools development squad. Elaine Berkery, Caroline Hickey, Emer Richardson, Caitriona Kirby, Sarah O’Reilly, Laura Richardson, Aoife Ryan and Norah Sheehan won Munster Intermediate “B” final (beating Midelton) and County Senior final (beating Hospital after a replay) with St. Josephs, Convent of Mercy Doon. At county level, we had three representatives Niamh Richardson (under-16 team) and Elaine Berkery and Caroline Hickey (under-18 team, who won the Munster final beating Cork).

2008 was another good year for the club. In the under-10 County Blitz, trained by Alan Barry, Murroe-Boher were successful in progressing from their group, they defeated Granagh/Ballingarry in the semi-final and beat a combination team of Kilmallock and Adare in the final. There was great excitement at the end of the game. Panel was: Aisling Cunningham (Captain), Rachel White, Niamh Buckley, Grainne Regan, Karen Cunningham, Saoirse Barry, Mary O’Reilly, Ann White, Orla Regan, Maebh Bartley, Niamh Cusack, Aoife Barry, Sinead Buckley and Anna Ryan. The under-14 team entered a nine-a-side East Limerick/North Tipperary tournament which was run over four weeks in May. Teams were Doon, Ballina and Monaleen. They missed out on the A final conceding a last minute point to Ballina. Following a tough game, Murroe-Boher came out winners against Monaleen, much to the players and mentors delight. Eimear Byrnes (Captain) accepted the trophy on behalf of the players. Panel was: Eimear Byrnes (Captain), Fiona Quigley, Marie-Claire Kett, Ashling Heffernan, Ruth O’Connor, Jennifer Fitzpatrick, Andrea Crowe, Clodagh Buckley, Mikaela O’Connor, Siobhan O’Connor and Amy McNamara. The under-18, trained by Helena Hickey, Ita Richardson and Joe McNamara, won this competition for a second year in a row, beating Tournafulla in the final in Kildimo on a score-line of 6-4 to 2-3. Emer Richardson accepted the trophy. Panel was: Emer Richardson (Captain), Karen McNamara, Norah Sheehan, Emer Richardson, Catherine McCormack, Ciara Bartley, Niamh Richardson, Laura Keays, Aoife Ryan, Elaine Berkery, Laura Richardson, Sarah O’Reilly, Caroline Hickey, Eleanor Dillon and Rachel Lynch. The Junior team had a very successful league, winning the “A” league final against Bruff on a score-line of 1-11 to 1-3. They lost the County Semi-final to the same opposition, who went on to win the County final. Outside of club commitments, Amy McNamara represented Limerick in the primary games, Niamh Richardson played under-16 and under-18, Andrea Crowe participated in the under-14 County Development squad. Elaine Berkery, Caroline Hickey, Emer Richardson, Laura Richardson, Sarah O’Reilly, Norah Sheehan and Aoife Ryan won the Munster Intermediate Camogie Final (beating ?) with St. Josephs, Convent of Mercy Doon.

In 2009, after the Juniors’ winning the league final they were moved up a grade to Intermediate. After a tough league, they came out winners beating Tournafulla in the final. They had a good championship run too only to suffer heartache in the final, losing to Knockaderry by one point, after conceding a goal in the dying minutes. The under-14 were winners of the League “A” plate and were unfortunate to lose the County “C” final. 2010 saw history being made in the club, as it was now a Senior club, after winning the Intermediate league the previous year, overall it was a difficult year, but it was an experience to see the standard that has to be maintained in order to compete as a successful Senior team. At under-12 level, they won the Shield “B” final beating Cappamore on a score-line of 4-2 to 3-0, this was a fitting end to the season. This year also saw the club amalgamate with Monaleen at under-16 level and Cappamore at under-18 level, which saw them reach the County “B” semi-final. Outside of club commitment saw under-12 players- Mary O’Reilly, Aoife Barry, Saoirse Barry and Grainne Regan representing East Limerick in the final in the Neville Shield, Lisa Ryan was on the County under-14 Development squad, Niamh Richardson, was on the County Senior team and was part of the team that won the Munster Intermediate Championship.

In 2011, the club was against Senior, but this year was partaking in the Senior “B” section, where they finished 3rd, they also reached the Championship Senior “B” semi-final where they lost to Newcastlewest.  This year saw the club amalgamate again with Cappamore at under-18 level, which saw them reach yet another County “B” semi-final. Outside of club commitments saw seven under-12 players- Mary O’Reilly, Sarah Clohessy, Edel Cunningham, Grainne Regan, Niamh Clohessy, Aoife Barry and Saoirse Barry- on the East Limerick Schools team that lifted the Eithne Neville Cup. This achievement was further added to with Grainne Regan, Aoife Barry and Saoirse Barry were kept for the under-13 Limerick Development squad. Amy McNamara, Siobhan O’Connor and Lisa Ryan were part of the St. Josephs, Convent of Mercy Doon team that won the Munster under-16 ½ “A” final (beating Newcastlewest) and Clodagh Buckley, Aoife Barry, Saoirse Barry and Grainne Regan were on the panel winning the Post Primary Schools Munster Intermediate “A” final (beating Roscrea). In the 2012 season, saw the Senior team coming back down to Intermediate for the coming season and reached the League final and County semi-final, only to be beaten by a stronger Adare team on both occasions. The under-12 won all their league games and lost the County semi-final to a stronger Newcastlewest. The under-14’s won the league final beating Cappamore after scoring Murroe-Boher scored a late goal. There was great excitement at the end of the game as Cappamore were the only ones to beat Murroe-Boher in the league. After a good Championship run, they reached the County final against Patrickswell, only to suffer a two point defeat after a nail-biting game. Panel was: Aisling Cunningham, Alannagh Russell, Ann White, Anna Ryan, Aoife Barry, Edel Cunningham, Grainne Regan, Karen Cunningham, Maebh Bartley, Mary O’Reilly, Niamh Clohessy, Orla Regan, Saoirse Barry, Sarah Clohessy, Sarah-Jane Barry and Shauna Ryan. Outside of club commitment, we had three girls- Orla Regan, Leonie Kelly & Amy O’Halloran- representing us on the East Developmental squad-who played a blitz against the City, South and West, with the East coming out overall winners. We also had three of our U12’s on the East Primary School squad and County team- Hazel Hourigan, Edel and Karen Cunningham- who played in the Neville Cup and Edel Cunningham was on the Primary Game team that played in Thurles. Four of our under-14 players- Grainne Regan, Mary O’Reilly, Saoirse Barry and Aoife Barry- were picked on the County under-14 panel and Niamh Clohessy had made the Limerick Primary Schools team. The four girls on the county panel represented Limerick at the Munster Finals Blitz and also travelled to Dublin for the All-Ireland Finals Blitz.

In 2013, the club is fielding under-12, under-14, under-16, under-18 and Intermediate teams and also cater for under-8 and under-10. Our under-14 team will be participating in Feile na nGael, which is been held in Limerick, and the club will be hosting a team from Roscommon. Panel is: Jayne Ryan, Aishling Cunningham, Jade Hurley, Courtney Hannon, Anne White, Deirdre Crowe, Sophie Heelan, Hazel Hourigan, Aoife O’Connor, Sinead Mc Elligott, Katie Heelan, Lisa Meehan, Niamh Clohessy, Karen Cunningham, Amy O’Halloran, Anna Madigan, Orla Regan, Aoife Ryan, Edel Cunningham, Theo Ryan, Kayla McKann and Meabh Bartley. Outside of club commitment, Lisa Ryan and Aoife Barry were on the Limerick Minor Panel that won the Munster Shield and Aoife along with her sister Saoirse played on the Limerick U16 Panel that won the Munster U16 C Final.