Clare Camogie held its annual awards night yesterday evening at Treaceys West County Hotel with club star awards for each grade while Audrey McMahon was named club volunteer of the year, the Lifetime Achievement award went to Kilmaley’s Eugene McMahon.
Following the huge amount of service given by Eugene McMahon to Clare Camogie, the Lifetime Achievement award was more than merited. Eugene has served Club and County with passion, dedication and total love of the game over a long number of years. He has been ever present at Club and County games since his daughters Claire and Helen first took up the game.
McMahon was a founding member of Kilmaley Camogie Club where he has managed and trained teams. Eugene is unselfish with his time and has given of his time, experience and expertise to County teams also, most notable the Clare Junior team of 2006, winning the Munster and National Intermediate League honours and getting to the Junior All Ireland semi final. Eugene was also involved in the Clare Camogie Supporters Club when it was needed in getting funds together for County teams. His wife Anne and daughter Claire accepted the award on his behalf. The honour is truly deserved for one of the most dedicated and committed individuals involved in Clare Camogie.
Cratloe’s Audrey McMahon was presented with the award for Clare Camogie Volunteer of the year. Since the formation of the Cratloe Camogie club in 2010, Audrey has served of secretary. She has seen the club grow from having zero to one hundred members. Due to her negotiating skills in ensuring the girls of Cratloe get use of the only GAA field, treatment of visiting teams such as providing hot drinks and food, fundraising efforts, assisting in the designing of the club gear and first aid skills, Audrey was selected as the overall winner of the accolade.
Former Clare minor and current Kilmaley full-back, Sarah Reidy was chosen as the club star for the Senior grade. Only players currently not playing at inter-county level are eligible to be selected and Reidy’s performances for the County Champions in 2014 determined the outcome.
Laurie Ryan of Clarecastle/Ballyea was presented with the award for the Intermediate grade following a very successful season for the amalgamation. At Junior level, Feakle/Broadford’s Collette Purcell secured the club star award for Junior A, while Maeve Davoren of Corofin was the Junior B victor.
At minor level; Ciara Fitzgerald, Hannah Dinan and Aisling Hunt were honoured on the night. Sarah Cotter of Inagh/Kilnamona, Tulla/Bodyke’s Tara Gleeson and Laura Neilan who plays for Ruan/Banner were the chosen winners from the U16 grade.
Eileen Daly, Keira McGrath and Leah Morgan were acknowledged for their displays at U14 whilst it was Linda O’Brien, Leah Hawes and Molly Spazzi who received the awards for the U13 grade.
Various panels were also presented with medals on the night. Clare Primary Development, U14 and U15 panels were recognized for their commitment throughout 2014. The Clare Minor and U16 teams received their Munster Championship medals from special guests of honour; Player of the Decade, Deirdre Murphy and All-Star Maire McGrath.
Following on from their success during the year, St Josephs Secondary School, Tulla and Scariff Community College were honoured for winning their division in the All-Ireland Sevens. Killanena were applauded for their exploits during the Community Games in which they were crowned All-Ireland champions.
Clarecastle referee, John Dolan was presented with a plaque from Chairperson, Joe Robbins in recognition of his display as the man in the middle for the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Final.