Colaiste na Trócaire has a proud tradition in Camogie, and this tradition reached a new level as Leaving Cert student Caoimhe Costello captained the winning Limerick side taking the All-Ireland Minor A Camogie title for the first time. When this marvellous Limerick team defeated Cork 3.11 to 1.9 on Saturday May 3 in Charleville it was Limerick’s first Camogie title of any sort at the top grade All Ireland level. To add to this The Limerick Junior team whose goalkeeper is our T.Y student Catherine Fitzgerald also won the All-Ireland League Division 4 title defeating Kerry 5.5 to 1.10.
To mark the outstanding achievements of Caoimhe and Catherine, Joe Quaid Manager of the Intermediate Camogie Team addressed an assembly of the whole school community last Monday. Joe who is a former Limerick All-Star goalkeeper for Limerick said it was an honour for him to be present at this special occasion in Coláiste na Trócaire. As he stood beside Caoimhe and Catherine he was fulsome in his praise for their brilliant talent describing Caoimhe as one of the best Camogie players in Ireland at present and indeed an inspiration to all the students who took to the playing fields. He also paid tribute to the high standard of camogie and hurling in the school. Caoimhe who proudly held the All-Ireland Cup to the cheering assembly stood unphazed by the esteem in which she is held by all who know her and have seen her skill and determination on the playing field.
Joe emphasised the value of sports to young people and encouraged his captive audience to achieve what is their own personal best in whatever sport they played. Winning two All Ireland titles in 10 days was proof of the strength of Limerick Camogie at the moment. His good wishes for Caoimhe in her sporting career and in all her endeavours were echoed by all present. Joe also paid tribute to Helena Fitzgerald of fifth year who has been part of the minor camogie panel but was unable to play due to illness, he wished her well for the future and we hope to see her in the next round of matches.