By Jimmy Rhatigan
AFTER conquering Kilkenny, a team of young girls from Muckalee and surrounds now have their sights set on national camogie gold.
The U14 girls from a thriving and ambitious Muckalee Ladies Gaelic Football Club became Kilkenny champs as they saw off the challenges of Callan, Dunnamaggin, Railyard and Piltown before beating Dunnamaggin again to be crowned county champs.
Next stop for the squad is Féile which is at Bryanford, County Down from June 29 to July 2.
A squad of 22 is preparing well at Coon and Muckalee, with Mayo man Ronan Ruane, now living in Muckalee, doing great work on fitness levels, aided and abetted by team manager Nicholas Purcell, Anita Patterson and Tom Dooley, all of whom will travel to Down.
There too will be active club chairman and team manager of the older age camogie players Pat McDowell, along with Mags McGuinness, described as a brilliant club secretary.
The club also boasts girls’ teams in even ages from U6 to U16, as well as U17 and minor sides.
There is a real buzz in the area as club members and local families look forward to the big event when the squad will stay with host families and club mentors and supporters will look after their own accommodation.
The club is proud to wear a new kit sponsored by Brennan’s of Johnswell and have thanked Ann Brennan for her kindness.
Many other local businesses and individuals have also dipped into their pockets to fund the exciting project.
And as the girls look forward to more possible glory, the club committee and supporters recall the great work done over the years by Tom Cullen and Brendan Healy who sowed the seeds of success when the players were much younger.
Still very dedicated as a supporter is juvenile club founder Paddy Morrissey.
And there is great praise for local woman Danielle Coonan who does marvellous work for the young girls and looks after club facilities.