Dicksboro GAA Club



Dicksboro U21 Camogie had a great victory over Thomastown in the Roinn A County Final on Sunday. Despite playing into the breeze, the 'Boro girls led by 5 points at half time, eventually running out winners with a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-3. It was a great performance by everyone on the field, including the subs, as it takes a strong panel to make a strong team. The win finishes a great year for the club, who are now Roinn A Champions at Under 16, Under 18 and Under 21, a first in the County.
Half Time: Dicksboro 2-4 Thomastown 1-2.

Final Score: Dicksboro 2-10 Thomastown 1-3.



Kirsty Maher, Issey Carroll, Emma Bawle, Sorcha Ryan, Tara Clifford, Danielle Kenny, Ciara O'Shea, Jenna Sherwin, Aobha O'Gorman (0-1), Ciara Phelan, Rachel Lynch (1-0), Aoife Prendergast (0-1), Ashling Morrissey (0-1), Orla Hanrick (1-5(3f)), Jenny Clifford (0-2), Gráinne Hennessey, Eadaoin Doheny, Hannah Lacey, Caoilfhionn Horgan, Aine Fennelly, Elaine Cullinane, Annie O'Connor, Alex Lawless. 

Mentors: Jim Kerwick, Emer Tynan,Tommy Bawle, Anne Bawle. 

Dicksboro's Camogie Under-16, Minor and Under-21 County 'A' winning sides for 2015 were presented with their medals at a presentation night in Palmerstown on Friday, 4th December. Medals were presented by Dicksboro, Kilkenny and All-Star hurler Cillian Buckley. See slideshow above (photos by Tom Beirne) of the night's presentations. 


Michael Devane (The Nore Bar) makes a presentation to aid development in Dicksboro Camogie Club to Chairperson Noreen Phelan. On left is Andy Ryan, Dicksboro Camogie Secretary. 

DICKSBORO – County Minor Camogie Champions 2015.

The ’Boro Minor Camogie Panel and Management Team (Emer Tynan, Tommy Bawle, Jim Kerwick) following victory by 3-7 to 2-7 over Piltown on Sunday, 27th September.


DICKSBORO – Under-16 'A' Camogie County Champions 2015

Dicksboro U16 Camogie team met local rivals Conahy Shamrocks in the County U16 Final last Friday night (Sept 18th 2015) at James Stephens grounds on the Kells Road.  Dicksboro opened in determined fashion with a great score from Annie O’Connor.  Caoimhe Dunne Dowling added two further scores before Danielle Morrissey replied for Conahy.  The opening half was played with huge commitment and courage on both sides.  Leah Dunne excelled in goals and dealt well with some tricky shots as Conahy sought to impose themselves on the game.  Grace Mulhall reduced the Dicksboro lead but up stepped Jane Cass and Caoimhe Dunne-Dowling to extend the Boro lead at half time 7 points to 3 points.

Boro were good value for their lead with good performances in the full back line from Ciara O’Shea, Ella Dowling and Orlaith Moore.  Dicksboro upped the pace in the second half with mid fielders Annie O’Connor and Jane Cass and centre back Ava O’Gorman taking the game to Conahy.  Issey Shine got a fine score under pressure to push Dicksboro eight points ahead.  Kate Dempsey, Bronagh Doheny and Leah Raggett worked hard and won vital possession.

With 15 minutes remaining Danielle Morrissey goaled for Conahy from a 20 yard free and suddenly – game on.  Dicksboro drove on again and their full forward line of Aisling Morrissey, Grainne Hennessy and Ciara McPhillips worked tirelessly to create vital scores.  Tara Clifford came on for an injured Ciara McPhillips and made an instant impact and Aine Trait was introduced late on and worked hard in her position.  Caoimhe Dunne-Dowling added further scores for Dicksboro to run out convincing winners.

This was a great win for Dicksboro as it was born out of determination commitment and team work.  Earlier in the campaign they had suffered serious setbacks through the injuries to Issey Carroll and Tara Clifford and this acted as motivation to all their team mates.  Well done to mentors Enda Morrissey, Alan Dowling, Marie Gough, Lucy Ryan and Pauline Carroll.

Team – L. Dunne, E. Dowling, C. O’Shea, O. Moore, K. Dempsey, A. O’Gorman (J. Capt.), B. Doheny, A. O’Connor, J. Cass, L. Raggett, C. Dowling, I. Shine, A. Morrissey, C. McPhillips, C. Gough, A. Trait, K. Ryan, C. Mullen, M. Byrne, injured – T. Clifford (J. Capt.), I. Carroll.



Camogie report First round senior championship on August 24th. Dicksboro 7-5. St. Martin's 2-3. " In our first round championship match, deferred for two days by request of our opponents, we had a comprehensive victory, and now wait to play the losers ofMullinavat v Freshford in the County quarter-final. We had home venue for this Monday's match. Aisling O Grady lost the toss and we played against the slight breeze to the clubhouse end. We opened brightly, and were in command in all sectors. Our impressive centre forward Ciara Phelan pointed in an early attack. An excellent pass from Jenny Clifford to under-16 star Aobha O'Gorman resulted in our first goal, followed shortly by our second from Lisa Hanrick after more good approach work. St. Martin's then added a goal to an earlier point they had scored to leave just three points difference after twenty minutes. In spite of our impressive display throughout the field, we were not able to make it tell on the scoreboard. We finished the half with two well taken points from Aisling O'Grady and Orla Hanrick. (HT 2-3 to 1-2) In the new half, we took control. In the first 4 minutes we had scored 1-2, a point from play from Orla, and 1-1 from 65's: the goal one of the lucky variety aided by the setting sun. Top performances all over the field, in particular from all the younger players, resulted in more goals: CiaraPhelan, Lisa Hanrick, Aisling O'Grady and Alex Lawless all found the net.

Team: Kirsty Maher, SeoirseFennelly, Caoimhe Shields, Ciara O'Shea, Rachel Lynch, Danielle Kenny, Aine Maher, Niamh O'Donoghue, Sonia Buggy, Aobha O Gorman (1-0), Ciara Phelan (1-1), Aisling O'Grady(1-1) Orla Hanrick(1-3, 1-1f)Lisa Hanrick(2-0)Jenny Clifford Subs: Eva Maher Issey Carroll Alex Lawless (1-0), Sorcha Ryan, Emma Bawle ( all used), Elaine Cullinane, Aine Fennelly, Aoife Prendergast, Jenna Sherwin Ciara O Connor Annie O Connor Grainne Hennessey Caoimhlinn O Hargain Hannah Lacey Eadaoin Doheny, Aisling Morrissey.

7th August 2015
Camogie U14 Quarter Final - Dicksboro vs Piltown
By Clíona Dunne

The long awaited quarter final involving Dicksboro against Piltown took place on 7th August 2015. There was a certain edge of nerves in the air for both teams as the losing team would be knocked out of the league. The atmosphere from the crowd in Palmerstown was electric and the shouts of encouragements from the Dicksboro supporters gave us extra confidence. With our forwards charging through the Piltown defence and with our backs stopping any ball that came near them, Dicksboro had the lead at half-time. Two great goals from Niamh Moore and points from Hannah Clifford, Issey Shine and Niamh Moore saw the 'Boro girls leading by 2-3 to no score at the break.

Walking on to the pitch for the second half, we all knew Piltown would come out strong and we would have to give 100% if we wanted to secure a place in the semi-final. Everyone from goalkeeper to full forward worked for every ball and we were rewarded with a well deserved victory. After a goal from Moli Byrne, two goals from Kate Dempsey and points from Jane Cass and Ciara Mullan, the final tally was Dicksboro 5-5 to Piltown's 2-3. Well done to the Dicksboro U14 team and hard luck to Piltown. Next stop is the semi-final!

Panel: Aideen Ryan, Annie McEvoy, Aoibhín Leamy, Aoibheann Smyth, Christine Doheny, Ciara Davis, Ciara Mullan, Clíona Dunne, Dara Scobie, Emer Stynes, Hannah Clifford, Issey Shine, Jane Cass, Kate Dempsey, Katie Breen, Lucy Keane, Megan Harding, Moli Byrne, Niamh Moore, Orla Morrissey, Robyn Comerford, Sarah Martin.

BELOW    –    DICKSBORO – Under-14 Panel in quarter-final victory over Piltown – 7th August 2015


Two Very Different Matches
by Clíona Dunne
Two matches in quick succession for Dicksboro U14 girls could not have had more different results. Our first match was against Gowran and it was hard luck to the girls who were beaten by a very strong Gowran team on Thursday May 28. The girls gave a great performance but unfortunately Gowran emerged as the victorious side on the night.

Our next match against Danesfort told a different story as the Dicksboro U14 camogie team beat Danesfort on Sunday May 31. The girls were dominant all over the field and were the well deserved winners.The final score of 10-4 to 1-2 means that Dicksboro have won 4 out of 7 matches so far, placing us in a good position for the upcoming quarter final draws.

 Comprehensive Win for Dicksboro  U14 Camogie
by Clíona Dunne
Congratulations to the Dicksboro U14 camogie team who had a comprehensive victory over a strong Glenmore side on Wednesday, May 13. There was a great display of camogie skills in all areas of the pitch. Every player gave their all to secure two points on a scoreline of 9-6 to 2-4, keeping DIcksboro at the top of the league table. Our next match will be against Gowran on May 27.

Panel: Aideen Ryan, Anna O'Shea, Aoibhín Leamy, Aoibheann Smyth, Christine Doheny, Ciara Davis, Ciara Mullan, Clíona Dunne, Dara Scobie, Ellie Kane, Emer Phelan, Emer Stynes, Eva Loli, Hannah Clifford, Issey Shine, Jane Cass, Kate Dempsey, Katie Breen, Lucy Keane, Megan Harding, Moli Byrne, Niamh Moore, Orla Morrissey, Sarah Martin.


U16 Camogie League Championship

Dicksboro U16 Camogie team maintained their unbeaten record last Sunday night at a windswept Polo Grounds, Conahy but only just.  The Boro girls raced into a three point lead only to see their hard graft undone by a Conahy goal.  The hosts led at half time 1-1 to 3 points.  Dicksboro controlled the second half and went two points ahead with a goal mid-way through.  Conahy responded with a goal of their own which brought the sides level with ten minutes remaining.  C. Dunne Dowling pointed a free with minutes remaining and Dicksboro held on for a gutsy win 1-5 to 2-1.
  Team – L. Dunne, E. Dowling, I. Carroll, O. Moore, C. O’Shea, T. Clifford, K. Dempsey, A. O’Connor, A. O’Gorman, C. Dunne Dowling, L. Raggett, J. Cass, C. McPhillips, A. Morrissey, G. Hennessy, A. Trait, B. Doheny, C. Gough.

29th April 2016

Congratulations to Dicksboro girls – Jenny Clifford, Kirsty Maher
and Ciara Phelan – on their Kilkenny All-Ireland Minor 'A' Camogie Championship final victory over Tipperary on Saturday last
by 3-9 to 1-12.



by Clíona Dunne

The Dicksboro U14 camogie team got off to a flying start with two well earned points secured after a deserved away victory over Piltown on Friday, April 10. After a great display of camogie, Dicksboro led at half-time by 2-3 to 1-2. The quality of the second half was just as good. All of the girls contributed to the game and there was great work done in all areas of the pitch. The final score of 5-6 to 2-3 was a sweet victory and a great start to the League Championship. The next challenge is the Féile on Saturday, April 18. Bring it on!

Team: Emer Stynes, Annie McEvoy, Aideen Ryan, Katie Breen, Issey Shine, Ciara Mullan, Clíona Dunne, Kate Dempsey, Lucy Keane, Hannah Clifford, Jane Cass, Niamh Moore, Emer Phelan, Moli Byrne, Eimear O'Reilly, Sarah Martin, Eva Loli, Aoibhín Leamy, Ellie Kane.


Dickboro Under-12 Camogie Panel photographed in James's Park on Sunday, March 22nd with their guests, Dublin's Kilmacud Crokes.

5th October 2014

Senior Camogie Championship

Dicksboro 1-9 Freshford 2-9

Our senior camogie players made their exit from the championship today when we lost to Freshford in the quarter final. We had beaten Windgap last Sunday, and were confident of making it to a semi final against Mullinavat. By the time we registered our first score, a pointed free from Orla Hanrick in the 11th minute, we were already 8 points down. While there was a slight breeze against us in this first half, this in no way accounts for our very slow start. We gifted Freshford with two early goals in their first two attacks, and this was to be our undoing. They followed their two goals with two good points, and we were in trouble. Aine Connery at centre back was unbeatable in the early exchanges, and Ann Dalton was showing her class at midfield with some excellent scores. As the half progressed, we came more into the game. We closed the gap by half time to 6 points (2-5 to 0-5), but it was worrying that we had failed to score from play during the half. However, we were confident at the break that we could recover the situation.

We had a lucky escape on the resumption of the new half, when Freshford came within inches of scoring a goal after some great attacking play. They were first to score- a pointed free. Orla Hanrick replied with a free, before the country girls pointed again. By this stage, we were beginning to gain the upper hand throughout the field, but the elements didn’t do us any favours- the wind had now brought a heavy shower of rain with it, and making up the score difference was not going to be easy. We did get the next three points-a point from Caoimhe Shields (our first from play) sandwiched between two frees from Orla. When Freshford scored their next free, it left 5 points between the sides. We needed a big score, and soon! After a good move, and good combination play, Caoimhe Shields again provided the finish, this time a goal. Now, with enough time left, and 4 minutes injury time to play-we applied constant pressure. But in spite of all our attempts, luck was not on our side. Sinead Maher did good work to get a shot in right at the end, but it hit the side net. When Freshford were awarded, and converted a free in the 63rd minute, our challenge was over. It was a pity that we couldn’t build on the superb win the u16 had the previous day in Clara in their county final win over Glenmore. But, with those u16 stars in mind, next year should be a very exciting year for Dicksboro Camogie Club.

Panel: Aoife Prendergast Helen Byrne Seoirse Fennelly Sonia Buggy Aine Maher Danielle Kenny Niamh Kelly Aisling O Grady Sinead Maher Lisa Hanrick Rachel Lynch Caoimhe Shields(1-1) Eva Maher Orla Hanrick(0-8F) Niamh O Donoghue Ciara Phelan, Aine Curran Siobhan Healy, Andrea Marnell,Jenna Sherwin, Alex Lawless, Emma Bawle, Sorcha Ryan, Kirstie Maher(inj), Aedeen Doheny, Jenny Clifford(inj)

Match report by Martin Hanrick


 Above:  Dicksboro Under 16 Camogie League Champions 2014

Camogie Féile 2014

Dicksboro U14 Camogie team had a very successful weekend away at the Camogie Regional FeilenanGael Tournaments 2014 in Galway on June21st.  The girls playing in Division 1 under the new Feile arrangements had a busy day with some splendid camogie skills evident by the teams involved.  They played three games in their group in Ballinderreen, Co. Galway , winning all three to reach the final in Pearse stadium.

Games:                Murroe-Boher, Limerick 1.4  Dicksboro 2.2

                              Rathnure, Wexford 1.0  Dicksboro 1.3

                              Ballina, Tipperary 0.3  Dicksboro 4.2

The final was a tight contest between Faughs Celtic of Dublin and Dicksboro with some great skill displayed by the Boro girls but Faughs won out in the end by 1goal and 1point.

Great credit is due to the whole panel  many of whom won Division 1 National Feile last year in Limerick. The support of the Dicksboro camogie committee is fantastic and also the support of the Dicksboro GAA committee is highly valued. The parents of the girls need to be commended for their support at all times and to the girls themselves we say a big thank you for the pride you bring to the club. Thank you also to the team mentors and coaches for your hard work, Enda, Alan, Marie, Lucy and Patsy.

Congratulations also to the 8 members of the Dicksboro U14 camogie team who also play Gaelic football with Kilkenny City Ladies Gaelic Football team and who reached the Shield Final of Division 1 at Feile in Galway at the weekend. What an achievement for these girls to play sport at this level and to have several Feile medals over a short period of time.

Panel Members: (Féile rules allow only 24 players tog out on the day)

Leah Raggett, Orlaith Moore, Kate Ryan, Caoimhe Dowling, Ella Dowling, Caitriona Gough, Ella Brennan, Ciara Mc Phillips, Brónagh Doheny, Leah Dunne, Aine Trait, Lucy Keane, Aideen Ryan, Kate Dempsey, Moli Byrne, Dara Scobie, Jane Cass, Eimear O Reilly, Annie Mc Evoy, Christine Doheny, Issey Shine, Anna O Shea, Aoibheann Smyth, Niamh Walsh, Aisling Newing, Emer Phelan, Aoibhin Leamy, Orla Morrissey, Ellie Kane.



Registration Fees 2014 

As a result of the Camogie Association of Ireland bringing in new affiliation fees (See below) we have had no option but to increase our registration fees for 2014 .   The following was decided at our A.G.M in November

Juvenile  Players:  U6, U8, U10, & U12        ---- €35.00 per player

                                U14, U16 & U18              ----€50.00 per player

Adult Players:      Student/Unwaged           ----€50.00 per player

                               Waged                           -----€70.00 per player

If  a family has 3 girls playing camogie the 3rd girl is now €15.00.

Any family availing of the Family Membership with Dicksboro GAA club please note that this applies to players U18 only.

All players must be registered in order to play and be insured.

Dicksboro Camogie Committee

              Membership 2014    -   Information for Clubs/County and Provinces

Affiliation Fee/Membership Type

Affiliation Fee per Member to County Board

Youth Members



Full Members


(Adult Players)

Full Members



Social Members

All Revenue to Club

Before April 30th each County Board must annually forward on behalf of each affiliated club within the county to the Provincial Council, all club CC1 forms. Each County Board will remit to the Provincial Council affiliation fees as    outlined in the table below and retain the balance:

Affiliation Fee/Membership Type

Amount of Affiliation Fee sent to Provincial Council

Retained by County Board

Youth Members




Full Members



(Adult Players)

Full Members




Social Members



Before May 15th each Provincial Council must annually forward on behalf of each affiliated club within the Province to Ardchomhairle, all club CC1 forms. Each Provincial Council will remit to Ardchomhairle affiliation fees as outlined        in table below and retain the balance:

Affiliation Fee/Membership Type

Amount of Affiliation Fee sent to Ardchomhairle

Retained by Provincial Council

Youth Members





Full Members



(Adult Players)

Full Members




Social Members



21.1.2     Clubs, in their first year of registration with a county board or provincial council, will only have to pay half the affiliation fee outlined above.The allocation between county board, provincial board and central council will be as             in 21.1.1. Those clubs that are being re-established after a lapse of at least five years will be eligible for this once off affiliation fee rate.

Under 14 County Final

Dicksboro 3-4 Glenmore 1-4

The Dicksboro U14 girls finished off a fantastic season with a great win over Glenmore in the Roinn A County Final in Callan last Saturday evening. Dicksboro started strongly, and within a few minutes were in the lead following a goal from Kate Dempsey. This was added to a few minutes later by a second goal from Jane Cass. The Glenmore girls kept their composure however and succeeded in reducing the lead with some well taken points and a goal. Dicksboro had one more score, a well-taken goal by Aisling Morrissey going in at half time with a 2 point lead, 3-0, to Glenmore’s 1-4. From the start of the second half, Glenmore reapplied the pressure, but the Dicksboro backs dealt with everything that was thrown at them. They gave a great display of hooking, blocking and clearing, from Leah Dunne in goal, through to Orlaith Moore, Issey Carroll, Ella Dowling, Ella Brennan, Tara Clifford and Ciara O’Shea. Time and again the ball was extracted from the danger zone. The midfield pairing of Annie O’Connor and Aobha O’Gorman aided by Caoimhe Dowling in centre forward worked tirelessly keeping a supply of ball into the forwards. Aisling Morrissey scored a point from play and Caoimhe’s accuracy from placed balls extended Dicksboro’s
lead. The Dicksboro girl’s heart’s soared with triumph as the sound of the final whistle echoed around the stadium. They had defeated Glenmore on a score line of 3-4 to 1-4. This completes the treble of County Féile, All Ireland Féile and County Championship, a great year and congratulations to the team and mentors who have put in so much effort to make this happen.

Panel: Leah Dunne, Ella Dowling, Issey Carroll, Orlaith Moore, Ella Brennan, Tara Clifford, Ciara O’Shea, Annie O’Connor, Aobha O’Gorman, Jane Cass, Caoimhe Dunne-Dowling, Niamh Mulrooney, Gráinne Hennessey, Ashling Morrissey, Kate Dempsey, Sarah Walsh, Bronagh Doheny, Catriona Gough, Leah Raggett, Kate Ryan, Grace O’Neill, Áine Trait, Aideen Ryan, Amy Lennon. Mentors: Enda Morrissey, Alan Dowling, Marie Gough, Lucy Ryan, Pauline Carroll.


Dicksboro Camogie U14 squad set out at 8:30 on Friday morning for Kilkeshin, Co. Clare, to represent Kilkenny in Féile Luimneach 2013.  Our first match was against our hosts, Kilkeshin and after a slow start, Dicksboro found themselves two goals down. The girls kept their heads and dug deep to go in at half time with a 1 point lead, 2-1 to 2-0. In the second half the Dicksboro girls drove on to win by 3-3 to 2-1.

Saturday morning and off to Crecora, County Limerick for our second match of the group and again we had a slow start, but came back into the game aided by Caoimhe Dowling’s free taking and by half time the score was Dicksboro 0-6 to Crecora 2-0. The ‘Boro again took command in the second half, winning with a final score of 2-7 to 2-1, Caoimhe Dowling 2-6, Annie O’Connor 0-1. The final group match at 1:30pm against Truagh Clonlara was the toughest yet, against the dogged, determined Clare Co. Champions. Half time and the ‘Boro trailed by 0-2 to 1-3, our two points coming from Caoimhe Dunne. The second half was fought from end to end, the ‘Boro gradually closing the gap, with a goal from Aisling Morrissey, and two points from Caoimhe Dunne, to see Dicksboro win by the narrowest of margins to top the group and go through to a semi-final against St Ibers Shelmaliers.

This match was played in Patrickswell at 6:15pm and the weather was still very hot, with a slight breeze. The Wexford side fought hard but were no match for the Dicksboro girls, who gave an exhibition of camogie skills to finish the day’s business, 2-6 to 0-2. Scorers, Aisling Morrissey 1-2, Caoimhe Dowling 0-3, Sarah Walsh 1-0 and Bronagh Doheny 0-1.  Dicksboro Camogie Club had reached the All Ireland Féile Final!

Sunday morning, and mass in Kilkishen after which we all said goodbye to the host families who looked after us so well. A light stretch and puck around and off to the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick to face Éire Óg Nenagh.  The ‘Boro girls started strongly but despite intense pressure failed to score, while the Nenagh girls settled and began to raid up the field. Nenagh were awarded a free, which they pointed, leaving them ahead by the only score. One minute to half time when a low dropping ball was met by Gráinne Hennessy and sent to the net! Half time, Dicksboro 1-0, Nenagh 0-1. The sun was strong but the ‘Boro girls were stronger, they fought and chased, never gave up and began tagging on the scores, 0-2 from Caoimhe Dowling, then a goal from Aisling Morrissey. Dicksboro kept piling on the pressure and were rewarded with a third goal from Niamh Mulrooney. This was to be the final ‘Boro score, Nenagh replied with a goal at the other end, and the match finished, Dicksboro 3-2, to Éire Óg Nenagh 1-1. Dicksboro are Division 1 Camogie Féile Champions for the first time in the club’s history. 

The Club would like to thank their host club Kilkishen, for the wonderful hospitality and for looking after the girls so well, Crecora for their hospitality on Saturday, the trainers and mentors, parents, sponsors, Dicksboro GAA Club for a wonderful homecoming BBQ on Sunday night, our bus driver who had us everywhere we needed to be when we needed to be there, and most of all the girls, who gave everyone involved a weekend never to be forgotten.

U14 Féile Squad: Leah Dunne, Ella Dowling, Issey Carroll, Orlaith Moore, Ella Brennan, Tara Clifford, Ciara O’Shea, Aobha O’Gorman, Annie O’Connor, Jane Cass, Caoimhe Dowling, Niamh Mulrooney, Gráinne Hennessy , Aisling Morrissey, Bronagh Doheny, Caitríona Gough, Sarah Walsh, Leah Raggett, Amy Lennon, Kate Ryan, Grace O’Neill, Áine Trait, Kate Dempsey, Aideen Ryan.

Trainers: Enda Morrissey, Alan Dowling, Marie Gough, Lucy Ryan, Pauline Carroll.

Under 6's First Game

23rd June 2013

Dicksboro Camogie Club's under 6 team who had their very first match over the weekend against Windgap. Each girl received a medal for their efforts and we are very grateful to Windgap for their hospitality.

Dicksboro camogie U8s who took part in the Ossory Faith Fest blitz in St. Kierans College on 11th May

4th May 2013

Camogie Féile Champions

Dicksboro U14 girls had a great win in the Féile na nGael final, played in Mullinavat on Saturday against Glenmore. Glenmore got the better start, putting a point on the board in the first minute, and following up with a goal a minute later. Despite the setback, the Dicksboro girls kept their composure and settled into the game. The teams were well matched, and every ball was strongly contested. After 15 minutes, Caoimhe Dunne-Dowling collected a ball 30 meters out from the Glenmore goal and fired in a strong shot, all the way to the back of the net. This left just a single point between the teams. Glenmore then replied with a point, and the teams went in at half time, 1-2 to 1-0, Glenmore in the lead.  Dicksboro had the benefit of the breeze in the second half which was blowing diagonally across the pitch, and began to take control of the game. A goal from Bronagh Doheny put the ‘Boro girls one point up, and ten minutes from the end a shot from Niamh Mulrooney also found it’s way to the net, giving the girls a four point lead. Glenmore worked hard, fighting for every ball and never giving up.  The final score was a pointed 45 from Caoimhe Dunne-Dowling, leaving the final score at Dicksboro 3-1, Glenmore 1-2.  Congratulations to the girls and mentors, as they prepare to represent Kilkenny in the National Féile na nGael finals, which will be held in Limerick from 5th – 7th July.  Check out our Facebook page, ‘Dicksboro Camogie Club’.

Panel:  Leah Dunne, Ella Dowling, Issey Carroll, Orlaith Moore, Ella Brennan, Tara Clifford, Ciara O'Shea, Annie O'Connor, Aobha O'Gorman, Jane Cass, Caoimhe Dunne-Dowling, Gráinne Hennessey, Aisling Morrissey, Bronagh Doheny, Catriona Gough, Sarah Walsh, Leah Raggett, Amy Lennon, Kate Ryan, Niamh Mulrooney, Grace O'Neill, Áine Trait, Kate Dempsey, Aideen Ryan.

10th April 2013

Dicksboro Camogie Under 16s played their first league match away to James Stephens at a cold and wet Larchfield on Wednesday night. It was a close fought game, with the teams level at half time, James Stephens 1-0 to 0-3 for Dicksboro. The players tried hard despite the weather, with James Stephens eventually  coming out on top by a point, 1-6 to 1-5. The Under 16s have their next match at home to St. Martins this Wednesday at 7:00.  The under 14s had their opening match of the season, with a Féile Round 2 match away to Slieverue on Saturday morning. The weather was wet and windy, but the girls put in a strong performance, coming away with a good win. This team are now in a quarter final, against St Brigids, this Friday at 6:30 in Kilmanagh.  Training for U6s to U12s continues every Saturday, 9:45 to 11:00 in Palmerstown. The Under 12 squad have their first Blitz on Saturday 27th April. More details next week.  

 7th April 2013

Senior Camogie League

Dicksboro Camogie Senior team opened their All County League campaign against St Martins at Palmerstown this morning. The weather was dry but bitterly cold, and the pitch in fine condition after the winter break. St Martin’s took the early lead, putting three points on the scoreboard before a high dropping ball from Danielle Kenny found it’s way to the back of the St Martin’s net to bring the teams level. This was followed by a Niamh O’Donoghue point to leave Dicksboro ahead 1-1 to 0-3 at the break. Following half time, St Martin’s again edged their way into the lead until a long range free from Niamh O’Donoghue just inched in under the crossbar for a second Dicksboro goal. The play moved from end to end until Jenny Clifford collected a ball 20 meters out, headed for goal and finished with a shot to the back of the net. A fine Dicksboro performance was completed by full forward Eimear Tynan winning a ball from wide on the right and scoring the teams fourth goal. Dicksboro finished up winners on a scoreline of 4-1 to 1-8. Dicksboro Camogie have a busy week ahead, with the Under 16 team beginning their league campaign on Wednesday evening against city rivals James Stephens in Larchfield, throw-in 6:30. The Under 14s open their Féile campaign with a second round away match against Slieverue on Sat at midday and the Senior team have their first league outing away to Freshford on Sunday morning at midday. Best of luck to the teams involved, all support appreciated.

Panel: Aoife Prendergast, Danielle Kenny, Alex Horan, Eadaoin Doheny, Eva Maher, Rachel Lynch, Aine Curran, Helen Byrne, Niamh O’ Donoghue, Sorcha Fennelly, Aine Maher, Rachel Doyle, Jenny Clifford, Emer Tynan.


1st July 2012

Minor Camogie

Our minor team had a good win over Clara in the first round of the league on Monday evening, July 1st in Palmerstown. Playing with 14 due players in Irish college, on holidays etc we ran out winners in the end on a scoreline of 6-11 to 3-12. Our next match is on Wed 11th July. Team: Kirstie Maher, Rachel Bawle, Niamh O Connor, Claire Nolan, Rebecca Knox, Rachel Lynch, Louise Kenny, Sarah Hennessey, Lucy Sherwin, Ciara Conefery, Jenny Clifford, Aoife Prendergast, Rachel Doyle, Orla Hanrick.


 June 2012

Under 12 Camogie

The Dicksboro U12 panel had their first outing in the Camogie Summer Mini League last week. The panel is divided into two teams, Dicksboro 12s and Dicksboro 11s. Dicksboro 11s played at home against Paulstown Camogie Club, and after a close and entertaining game, finished eventual winners, 3-1 to 0-0. Panel: Moli Byrne, Eimear O’Reilly, Aideen Ryan, Christine Doheny, Lucy Keane, Issey Shine, Niamh Walsh, Jane Cass, Kate Dempsey, Amy McCarthy, Anna O’Shea, Dara Scobie, Aoibheann Smyth, Lucy Rochford, Rea Maher, Laura Walsh. Missing from photo, Ciara Davis, Emer Phelan, Ellie Kane, Annie McEvoy, Orla Morrissey.
The Dicksboro 12s travelled to Conahy. Both teams worked hard, with the lead changing hands a number of times during the match, Conahy finishing up the eventual winners. Panel: Amy Lennon, Ella Brennan, Aine Trait, Caoimhe Dunne-Dowling, Caitriona Gough, Alannah Clarke, Leah Raggett, Orlaith Moore, Bronagh Doheny, Hannah Kane, Kate Ryan, Leah Dunne, Ella Dowling, Ruth Delahunty, Grace O’Neill, Chloe Murphy, Lauren Walsh, Leah Treacy, Tara Brett.
The Summer League will continue over the next few weeks, with the finals scheduled for 25 August.

Article/Photo by Andy Ryan



27th November 2011

St. Canices Credit Union ICL

By overcoming Tullaroan today on a scoreline of 3-8 to 1-4 in the Intermediate Camogie League, Dicksboro ladies have achieved something unique. The are now all conquering at Intermediate grade in Kilkenny this year, having won the All County, Championship and League.

Photos by Trish Kelly


12th November 2011

St. Canices Credit Union Minor Camogie Championship

Dicksboro 1-5 Windgap 3-8

The final scoreline would seem to suggest that Windgap were a far better team than the 'Boro girls in this County Final held in Palmerstown, but this was not the case. We had three good goal chances in the first half, one a blistering shot that the Windgap goalie saved and knocked over the bar. If one or more of these were converted the result could have been different, but on the day it was not to be.

The 'Boro girls kept up the pressure on Windgap in the second half but we were just not getting the rub of the green on the scoring front. This is a young 'Boro team, most will be under age again next year and so the future is looking bright.

Panel: Aoife Prendergast, Rebecca Knox, Niamh O'Connor, Claire Nolan, Nicola Tynan, Alex Horan, Danielle Kenny, Lucy Sherwin, Sonia Buggy, Rachael Lynch, Orla Hanrick, Lousie Kenny, Ciara Tyrell, Eva Maher, Niamh Browne, Rachel Bawle, Rachel Doyle, Ciara Conifery.

Match Photos Video Clips


23rd October 2011

Leinster Intermediate Camogie Final

Hard luck to our imtermediate(Senior) camogie team who lost out to a strong Harps side from Laois in the Leinster Final, held in Palmerstown today. Our camogie players now have the Under 18 County Final and Under 21 campaign to look forward to.

Panel: Sarah Bawle, Helen Byrne, Niamh Kelly, Sarah Kennedy, Emer Tynan, Sorcha Fennelly, Aine Maher, Sinead Maher, Sonia Buggy, Niamh O Donoghue, Lisa Hanrick, Ann Marie Hoyne, Aisling O Grady ,Orla Hanrick, Jenny Dillon, Rachel Lynch, Mairéad Dowling , Nicola Tynan, Claire Nolan, Alex Horan, Niamh O Connor, Niamh Browne, Geraldine Kelly.


16th October 2011

Leinster Intermediate Camogie Championship

Dicksboro 3-10 Lucan Sarfields 1-9

Just one short week after capturing the Kilkenny Intermediate camogie championship, the Dicksboro ladies travelled to Lucan on Sunday to play the home team in the Leinster semi final. We knew little about the opposition, but were aware that they had won two Feile na nGael titles in the last four years- a remarkable feat.

During the early exchanges, the home side settled quickly. They scored 1-1 without reply and seemed more comfortable with the heavy underfoot conditions. However, by half time, the visitors had found their rhythm. Our backs were now gaining the upper hand , in particular Aine Maher and Sorcha Fennelly. Sinead Maher and Sonya Buggy began to dominate the mid field battle, and with a constant supply of ball reaching our forwards, our scores started to flow. By half time, we had scored 2-5, the goals coming from Orla Hanrick and Niamh O Donoghue, the points from Jenny Dillon, Orla Hanrick and Niamh O Donoghue .HT Dicksboro 2-5 Lucan 1-4.

After the break, the expected rally from the Lucan girls was evident early on. However our full back line, Helen Byrne, Niamh Kelly and Sarah Kennedy, were all dealing comfortably with their opponents. Sarah Bawle had little to do in goal. After about 5 minutes in the new half, Lisa Hanrick scored a decisive goal when she carried the ball from a distance before finishing to the net under heavy pressure. This score widened the gap to a comfortable 7 points, and between there and the end of the game, both sides traded scores, point for point.

Full credit to the Dublin side, they battled right to the end, but finished second best to a Dicksboro side, who, on this day had the tidier hurlers and found their scores a little easier to come by.

Sarah Bawle, Helen Byrne, Niamh Kelly, Sarah Kennedy, Emer Tynan, Sorcha Fennelly, Aine Maher, Sinead Maher, Sonia Buggy, Niamh O Donoghue(1-7,0-4f), Lisa Hanrick(1-1), Ann Marie Hoyne, Aisling O Grady ,Orla Hanrick(1-1), Jenny Dillon.(0-1) ,Rachel Lynch, Mairéad Dowling , Nicola Tynan, Claire Nolan, Alex Horan, Niamh O Connor, Niamh Browne, Geraldine Kelly.

Article by Martin Hanrick


9th October 2011

St. Canices Credit Union Intermediate Camogie Final

Dicksboro 3-7 Tullaroan 2-8

Those that attended at Kilmanagh for our Intermediate Camogie County Final against neighbours Tullaroan could never have predicted the heart stopping, pulsating finish that we were to experience. It was certainly a day to have a defibrillator on standby.

We got off to the best possible start when a Niamh O'Donoghue free, after only forty seconds, landed in the opposition box and was pounced on by Orla Hanrick who converted it to maximun points. With only four minutes gone we had added two points to our tally before Tulloaroan got off the mark with a point on nine minutes. Midway through the half an Ann-Marie Hoyne goal put us in a commanding position, leading by 2-2 to 0-2. We were to score only one further point in the remainder of the half whilst Tullaroan scored 1-1 up to injury time. A further goal deep in injury time(the last puck of the half) meant that Tullaroan had brought the game back to level at HT Dicksboro 2-3 Tullaroan 2-3.

Seven minutes of the second half had elapsed before either team scored and thankfully it was the 'Boro ladies who again had the better of the starts, pulling three points ahead after fifteen minutes. Tullaroan had to wait twenty minutes to register their first score of the half, but they did not stop at that as they tacked on three more in normal time and were finishing strongly, just as they did in the first half. Twenty nine minutes in and the sides were level at 2-7 each. Time to get the defibrillator ready as both teams fought frantically for every ball, knowing the next score could be crucial. Two minutes of injury time had been played when Tullaroan were granted a 21 yard free straight in front of goal and hopes of a 'Boro win faded as we watched the sliothar sail over the bar.

The excitement was now at fever pitch as Sarah Bawle pucked out the ball for what everyone knew would be the last passage of play as we scrambled to get possession of the sliothar to a least salvage a draw. A long ball delivered into the Tullaroan square seemed to be comfortably controlled by the Tullaroan keeper who was about to clear her lines when a charging Lisa Hanrick somehow made up a lot of ground and blocked the clearance. The sliothar fell dead in the clay, three feet from the line and Lisa swung and kicked and the ball travelled over that few short precious feet into the net. With three and a half minutes of injury time played the ball was pucked out only for the full time whistle to blow. Delirium for the 'Boro. Heartbreak for Tullaroan.

Panel: Sarah Bawle, Helen Byrne, Niamh Kelly, Sarah Kennedy, Emer Tynan(Capt), Sorcha Fennelly, Aine Maher, Sonya Buggy, Niamh O'Donoghue, Sinead Maher, Lisa Hanrick, Ann-Marie Hoyne, Jenny Dillon, Orla Hanrick, Aisling O'Grady, Mairead Dowling, Niamh O'Connor, Claire Nolan, Rachel Lynch, Niamh Browne, Nicola Tynan, Brena Hamilton, Geraldine Kelly, Rebecca Knox, Alex Horan.

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17th September 2011

Dicksboro's under 6 camogie panel finished up their very enjoyable year today in Palmerstown. During the year they played blitz' in Danesfort, Tullaroan and also in Palmerstown. Each girl received a medal and a certificate for their efforts throughout the year and of course an all important goody bag. Here's to 2012.


31st August 2011

Marvellous Camogie Minors Make Final

Our minor camogie team qualified for the county minor Roinn A final when they defeated Lisdowney in a pulsating semi final in Clara last Wednesday 31st August. When Lisdowney comprehensively defeated us in the league a few weeks back, few would have believed this victory a possibility, but our girls must have bad memories! From the start the crowd, including a large contingent of Dicksboro supporters, were fully engrossed in the action. Both teams contested every ball with gusto as the play swung from goal to goal. The Boro opened the score with a free from Orla Hanrick, followed shortly afterwards with a goal from Lucy Sherwin. Lisdowney put constant pressure on our backs, but we were giving little away. Our back four, Rachel Bawle in goal, Rebecca Knox, Niamh O Connor and Claire Nolan all had outstanding games. By half time we led 1-6 to 0-4 thanks to points from Aoife Prendergast, Ciara Tyrrell, Lucy Sherwin and Orla Hanrick.

After the break, the favourites, now playing with a good breeze, began to pile on the pressure. Their star players, especially Claire Phelan and Kate Holland were winning lots of possession, and Aoife Murphy up front was beginning to threaten. But our defenders were brilliant, with Rachel Lynch, Alex Horan and Louise Kenny in the half back line repeatedly repelling opponent's attacks. However, when Lisdowney goaled to take the lead with about 10 minutes left, it seemed a victory might be beyond us. But incredibly, we fought our way back. Sonia Buggy was now bossing the midfield area. The tireless Lucy Sherwin won numerous possessions and Eva Maher, who had the game of her life, scored to narrow the gap. With only seconds left, a good move saw the ball end up with Orla Hanrick who just managed to squeeze the ball inside the right hand post from about 35 yards! Game tied 1-9 each, and then the final whistle. After some deliberation, the referee decided there was enough light to play two 10mins of extra time.

Two minutes into extra time came the decisive score. Danielle Kenny, now moved from midfield to full forward won a high ball over the head of impressive Tracey Brennan. Her first and second attempt were brilliantly saved by Lisdowney's excellent goalkeeper Noelle Murphy, but Danielle's persistance saw her convert on the third effort. The game was a frenzy for the next 15 minutes, with fortunes swaying one way and then the next. Another star, not mentioned till now, was Nicola Tynan, who was moved back to wing back at this stage. She was brilliant in this new position and cleared vital balls to help us to victory. Also Niamh Browne, who came on during the second half, won precious possession and played her part. Lisdowney kept in the game as the game entered the last period of extra time with 3 frees, converted by Clare Phelan and Kate Holland, while Orla Hanrick pointed two placed balls, helping us to a final total vivtory of 2-11 to 1-12. Final mention goes to our sub Rachel Doyle, who was not used on this occasion. Congratulations to all the girls involved. Next up is Windgap in the final, date to be arranged.

Article by Martin Hanrick


26th August 2011

Minor Camogie Quarter Final

Our minor camogie team travelled to Thomastown last Friday to play the local girls in the fourth and fifth place playoff, the winners going on to meet Lisdowney in the semi final. We had finished fifth in the league, having recently lost to Thomastown in the last match. When captain Alex Horan won the toss, she opted to play with the help of the strong wind in the hope of gaining the early advantage. However, when Thomastown goaled in their first attack in the first minute, we looked to be in serious trouble. But our girls didn’t panic and hurled their way back into the game to level the match at half time.

HT Dicksboro 0-7 Thomastown 1-4.

Facing into the stiff wind for the second half, we knew that only our best would be good enough. In an incredible second half performance we held the Thomastown girls to a mere two points, while we added four to our half time total. To single out any player for special mention would be silly as each team member put in a superb effort after the break. A similar performance against fancied Lisdowney side in the semi-final might see us cause an upset.

Dicksboro 0-11 Thomastown 1-6

Panel: Rachel Bawle, Rebecca Knox, Niamh O Connor, Claire Nolan, Rachel Lynch, Alex Horan, Louise Kenny, Sonia Buggy (0-1), Danielle Kenny, Nicola Tynan, Orla Hanrick(0-9, 0-7f), Lucy Sherwin, Aoife Prendergast, Eva Maher(0-1), Ciara Tyrrell, Niamh Browne, Laura Lacy, Rachel Doyle, Ciara Connefery.

Article by Martin Hanrick


 Camogie Under 10's

The Dicksboro U10 camogie teams played their final summer blitz games at the weekend.The Boro Tigers travelled to Freshford, where they played matches against Freshford, Clara and Lisdowney, had refreshments and received medals, all in the lovely sunshine.
The players, who put in a great effort in every game were:
Eimear O'Reilly, Aideen Ryan, Annie McEvoy, Sophie Slattery, Robyn Comerford, Niamh Walshand Niamh Moore.

The Boro Sharks hosted their tournament in Palmerstown and played matches against Conahy, Ballyragget and St Martins. The weather stayed fine apart from a light shower towards the end, everybody showed great skill and effort, and received refreshments and medals at the end.

Photos Article & photos by Andy Ryan


11th June 2011

Under 10 Camogie

The under 10 camogie girls, 'Boro Sharks, travelled to Ballyragget early on Saturday morning, June 11th, for a Blitz. The Blitz was contested by ourselves, Conahy, St. Martins and the hosts Ballyragget.

Our first game put the girls under pressure and despite a valiant performance by our back line St Martins just proved too strong with a final score of 0 - 4. The team regrouped and in a very exciting second game held Conahy to a draw with a strong perfomance by the midfield and forward line, score 0-0. The final game saw the whole team rising to the challenge of a very stong host team Ballyragget and with some fantastic goal keeping and despite loosing a player to injury the final score was 0-0.
Panel - Ciara Davis, Kate Dempsey, Christine Doheny, Lucy Keane, Orla Morrissey, Dara Scobie, Aoibheann Smyth, Laura Walsh, Katie Breen, Nicole Dragos, Cliona Dunne, Issey Shine
Report by Dor Keane

On Saturday the 11th of June the U10 camogie team 'Boro Tigers, hosted a blitz in Palmerstown. Three teams: Clara, Lisdowney and St. Lachtains came to Dicksboro for the blitz.
They played three matches in total. In the first match against Lisdowney they won 2-0 thanks to Ciara Mullan who scored both goals. In the second match against Clara they drew 6-6 with Jane Cass scoring all 6 goals for Dicksboro. In the third match against St. Lachtains Dicksboro won 1-0 thanks again to Jane Cass who Scored the only goal. It was a great morning and the sun shone.
The Dicksboro team consisted of: Jane Cass, Aideen Ryan, Eimear O'Reilly, Ciara Mullan, Moli Byrne, Ellie Kane, Annie McEvoy, Anna O'Shea, Niamh Walsh, Lucy Buckley, Eva Carroll, Robyn Comerford, Niamh Moore, Alice Murphy and Sophie Slattery.
Report by Meabh O'Reilly





11th Sept 2010

                     St Canice's Kilkenny Credit Union All-County ICL


Well done to the Dicksboro Intermediate Camogie team who beat Clara today by 2-16 to 4-5 in the All County League final, played at St. Johns Pk in what was a great team performance



30th August 2010

Dicksboro - St Canice's Kilkenny Credit Union Under-16 Roinn 'A' County Camogie Champions 2010


Dicksboro secured their second year-in-a-row win in the St Canice's Kilkenny Credit Union Under-16 Roinn 'A' Camogie Championship
at Ballyhale on Sunday following victory over a fancied Windgap side by 2-9 to 0-9.
The 'Boro girls played with a strong wind in the first half.  The midfield pairing of Lucy Sherwin and Louise Kenny soon gained control, breaking down ball after ball to the hard working Orla Hanrick at centre forward and wing forwards Ciara Tyrell and Nicola Tynan. 
Intelligent passing and running by the full forward line of Niamh Browne, Jenny Clifford and Eva Maher created space for Orla to
score 1-1 from play and another 1-4 from frees in the first half for the 'Boro to lead at half time by 2-5 to 0-5.

Windgap must have fancied their chances in the second half as they were now playing with the wind, however it was in this half that
the 'Boro defence came to the fore and showed their mettle.  Wave after wave of attach by Windgap was repulsed by our half back
line of Niamh O'Connor, Rachel Lynch and Danielle Kenny.  Any ball that went over the top was soon deal with by our full back line
of Rebecca Knox, Alex Horan and Claire Nolan and a clean sheet kept by Rachel Bawle is testament as to how well this group played. 
It would have been easier for Windgap to breach the Great Wall of China and they were only able to add another four points to their
tally in this half.

Kirsty Maher and Aoife Prendergast came on during this half and fitted into their positions perfectly.  Two points from Kirsty and
one each from Orla and Ciara was enough to secure this great victory and the management team of Martin Hanrick, Tommy Bawle
and Dan O'Connor were justifiably very proud of their charges.

The team and supporters returned to the clubhouse and very welcome refreshments were served.  Thanks to all.

Panel: Rachel Bawle, Rebecca Knox, Alex Horan, Claire Nolan, Louise Kenny, Niamh O’Connor, Danielle Kenny, Rachel Lynch,
Nicola Tynan, Laura Lacey, Orla Hanrick, Ciara Tyrell, Niamh Browne, Jenny Clifford, Lucy Sherwin, Niamh Tynan, Rachel Doyle,
Aoife Prendergast, Ciara Conefery, Eva Maher, Kirsty Maher.

Match Photos



29th August 2010

Thrilling win for Dicksboro Under-12 Camogie girls in County Final


Dicksboro's Under-12 camogie ‘A’ team had a brilliant one point victory over a gallant Conahy Shamrocks in the county final at
Palmerstown on Saturday. 
There was a great turn out of supporters on both sides to witness an epic final. Dicksboro elected to
play with the breeze in the first half and opened brightly with goals from Grainne Hennessy and Katie Keenan. Dicksboro had an
outstanding centre back performance in their captain Emma Bawle who was ably assisted by the tenacious Annie O’Connor in midfield. 

Dicksboro continued to pile on the pressure with great displays in the middle of the park from Alex Lawless and Ciara O’Connor. 
The ’Boro girls continued to maximise wind advantage and went further ahead with a great point from Emma Bawle. 
continued to scrap for every ball and were rewarded with further goals to leave them with an interval lead of 5-1 to 1-0.

Conahy came out in the second half and blitzed the ’Boro rearguard. Saoirse Ryan cleared a lot of ball assisted by Lilly Kavanagh
and Olivia Fahy. Conahy scored four great goals in a fifteen minute period to reduce the margin to the minimum 5-1 to 5-0. The
excitement and the nerves were palpable. Annie O’Connor won a free on the 30, up stepped Emma Bawle who struck the Conahy
net with a great goal. The ’Boro side was immediately rocked by a fine Conahy goal which again reduced the margin to a point with
two minutes to play.

The Dicksboro girls craved the final whistle and duly celebrated their one point victory on a scoreline of 6-1 to 6-0.

Team: Leah Murphy, Lilly Kavaangh, Saoirse Ryan, Olivia Fahy, Emma Bawle, Annie O’Connor, Alex Lawless, Ciara O’Connor, Aine Fennelly, Amy Delaney, Kathie Keehan, Grainne Hennessy, Thea Harte, Megan O’Connor, Ashling O’Neill


 Junior County Final 2009


Dicksboro camogie team won the junior ‘A’ final in Thomastown on Sunday last, and so will rejoin the intermediate ranks next year.
They last played in that grade two years ago, and having lost last year’s junior final after a replay against Piltown, they were fiercely determined to make no mistake this time.
This game was well contested throughout. The camogie was tough but fair, and referee Sean Cleere had, for the most part, an easy
job.  Glenmore played with the advantage of the wind to the country goal in the first half, and when they pounced on a defensive
lapse from the Dicksboro defence to score the game’s first goal in the 22nd minute to go into a 1-3 to 0-3 lead, it looked bad for the
’Boro. The city girls were finding it difficult to make any inroads into the Glenmore defence, particularly their half backs. The full
forward line, led by Jenny Dillon, was getting very little ball to play with. However, approaching half time, after a good spell of
pressure, the ball fell to Noelle Corrigan, and the classy centre forward unleashed an unstoppable shot high into the net to leave
the scores tied at 1-3 at half time.
With the aid of the wind in the second half, the ’Boro girls opened brightly. Niamh O’Donoghue converted two early frees (one a
penalty won by Annmarie Hogan bearing down on goal) and were now playing well. Lisa Hanrick and Niamh Kelly were commanding
at the centre of the defence, with both corner backs, Áine Maher (capt) and Geraldine Kelly keeping tight reins on their opponents.
Slightly against the run of play, and due to a small slip-up under a high ball from distance, Glenmore regained the lead when the sliotar
ended up in the net.
The hard-working Niamh O’Donoghue converted two more chances, one from play and the other a free, to put Dicksboro back in the
lead again. The game was now in the melting pot. Sorcha Fennelly and Eimear Walsh defended stoutly, and both midfielders, Sinead
Maher and Breena Hamilton, were working tirelessly to get ball into the forwards.
This game turned in a one-minute spell. Orla Hanrick, the youngest player on the field, won possession about 35 yards from goal and
took on the defence. She was hooked about 14 yards from goal but as the ball hit the ground, she booted it to the net – four points up.
Less than 60 seconds later, the ball found its way to her again after some great work by Aisling O’Grady. From near the edge of the
square, a ground stroke to the corner of the net gave the Glenmore ’keeper little chance. Dicksboro, now seven points clear, had a commanding lead with about 10 minutes left.
Full credit to Glenmore, they were not about to capitulate. They attacked persistently for the remainder of the game and added three points, and had a penalty saved by the assured Sarah Bawle in the ’Boro goal.
Sonia Buggy and Hilda Butler were both introduced during the second half.
This was a case of history repeating itself: the last time that Dicksboro won the junior was in 1992; the opposition was Glenmore;
the ’Boro manager was Tom O’Donoghue and Bridget Mullally played in both matches for Glenmore!
Congratulations to all concerned – Tom O’Donoghue and his selectors Phil Hogan and Jim Kerwick, and commander-in-chief, Nicola

Dicksboro scorers: Niamh O’Donoghue (0-7), Orla Hanrick (2-0), Noelle Corrigan (1-0).

DICKSBORO – Sarah Bawle, Aine Maher, Lisa Hanrick, Geraldine Kelly, Sorcha Fennelly, Niamh Kelly, Eimear Walsh, Sinead Maher,
Breena Hamilton, Niamh O’Donoghue, Noelle Corrigan, Aisling O’Grady, Orla Hanrick, Jenny Dillon, Ann Marie Hogan. Subs: Cathy
Bergin, Sonia Buggy, Hilda Butler, Helen Byrne, Mairead Dowling, Siobhan Healy, Emer Kelly, Sarah Kennedy, Ciara Murphy, Claire
Nolan, Niamh O’Connor, Aoife Walsh, Darra Walsh, Emer Tynan, Niamh Browne, Eimear Skehan.

Management team: Tom O’Donoghue and Phil Hogan (managers), Jim Kerwick, Nicola Tynan-Doyle.

Match photos