Minister of State for Sport and Camogie President jointly launch All-Ireland Camogie Championships at Croke Park

Irish women’s sport has never been stronger; achievements in recent years a testament to the success of Irish Sport - Minister Ring.
The Minister of State for Sport (Michael Ring TD) and President of the Camogie Association Joan O’Flynn today launched the 2011 All-Ireland Camogie Championships at Croke Park.
Speaking at the launch this afternoon, Minister Ring said: “Irish women’s sport has never been stronger and in recent years the achievements of our female sports stars have contributed enormously to the overall success of Irish Sport. Sport and recreation play a hugely important role in our lives; never more so than in today's hectic environment.”
This year’s Championship will mark 107 years in the history in the sport and the Championship will feature extensively across all RTE platforms, with live updates from selected venues each Saturday on RTÉ Radio 1 Saturday Sport, with highlights coverage each week on RTÉ’s The Sunday Game and ongoing coverage on  This coverage will ensure that the sport will be brought to an even wider audience and to all the thousands of fans who attend matches throughout the country every week.
Camogie President Joan O’Flynn this afternoon called for continued progress and renewed efforts towards achieving equality in sport in Ireland. Speaking today, Ms. O’Flynn said: “Sport is for all. There is a very welcome increase in females playing sport; particularly Camogie. An increase in women in decision-making roles in sport, actions towards women’s sport and giving greater prominence and recognition to women’s sporting achievements will all make a difference to increasing participation.”
Ms. O’Flynn continued: It is vital for future female participation in sport that children get the opportunity to understand that women are major sports achievers and are accomplished sports stars in their own right. I am urging not just GAA fans, but all sports fans to experience the skill and excitement of top class camogie action and to see our sport stars in action. This year’s championship promises great excitement and skill with games at superb venues around the country, and importantly at great value.”
Camogie is the fastest field sport played by women in the world. There are currently a total of 550 camogie clubs in Ireland with more than 100,000 members.  It is aimed to increase the number of clubs to 750 by 2015.
Minister Ring concluded: "Yesterday, I marked the contribution of volunteers to Irish sport in the ‘National Awards to Volunteers in Irish Sports’. There are hundreds of thousands of people throughout the country who voluntarily dedicate their time every year through the involvement with sports clubs and organizations (including to Camogie). I’ve no doubt that a lot of hard work has gone into training over the last few months in preparation for the Camogie Championships. I would like to wish all the teams, coaches, volunteers and back-room staff the very best of luck as they set out on their campaigns. We all look forward to a fantastic Camogie All-Ireland Championship in 2011."
Further information:
Camogie Association: Claire Egan (Communications and Marketing Manager) (087) 903 0775
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport Press office: Caroline Ryan (086) 891 5570.
Notes for editors:
The Irish Daily Star newspaper is on board this year as the Camogie Association’s partner, marking the weekly Player of the Match Award. 
All Ireland winning Wexford Manager JJ Doyle along with Offaly supremo Joachim Kelly were in attendance today, together with players from this year’s senior, intermediate and junior championships. 
Among those was Wexford’s captain Ursula Jacob, whose side will be bidding to retain the O’Duffy Cup. The Model County secured the Irish Daily Star Division One title in early April defeating Galway in a repeat pairing of the 2010 All Ireland Final.
Former All Ireland champions Cork, represented by dual star Rena Buckley,  have received a massive boost ahead of their championship with the news that taliswoman Orla Cotter, has resumed training, following her recovery from a broken jaw sustained in this year’s Ashbourne Finals.
Following five years as championship sponsors Gala Retail Services ended its sponsorship of the Camogie Championship earlier this year.  The Association is currently working towards putting a sponsorship agreement in place for the championship 2012 – 2015.

2011 All Ireland Senior championship teams:

o       Wexford
o       Kilkenny
o       Offaly
o       Dublin
o       Clare
o       Cork
o       Tipperary
o       Galway


 Elaine Alyward, (Kilkenny), Ursula Jacob (Wexford), Elaine Dermody (Offaly), Danielle Smith (Dublin), Orla Kilkenny (Galway), Claire McMahon (Clare), Julie Kirwain (Tipperary), Rena Buckley (Cork), Jane Adams (Antrim) Rosie Crowe (Cavan) Nicola Morrissey (Waterford) along with Offaly manager Joachim Kelly, Wexford manager JJ Doyle, Tipperary manager John Lillis and Dublin manager Denis Murphy represented their counties at the Camogie Championship Launch 2011.
  • The championship will be played in a round robin format with the top four reaching the semi-finals.
  • The first round of the Camogie Championship takes place on Saturday 11 June.
  • The senior semi-finals take place as a double header on 13 August. The Premier Junior, Intermediate and Junior A semi-finals take place on 20 August. The Junior B semi-finals take place on 21 August.
  • The Senior, Intermediate and Junior finals will take place in Croke Park on 11 September 2011.
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