Tipp’s football family loses one of its brightest stars

When word filtered through on the untimely passing of 19 year old Clodagh

When word filtered through on the untimely passing of 19 year old Clodagh

Cummins, the footballing world that she lived in lay in mourning receiving the news

with bewildered shock and deep disappointment. The Cappawhite ladies footballer

graced the stage with maturity well beyond her years. Claiming a series of titles in the

underage ranks from U-12 upwards, the Ayle NS Student’s potential blossomed

when she made it onto the Tipperary Primary Game team. At club Level, having just

completed her stint with the minors and making the transition to the senior ranks in

such a short period spoke volumes of the vast array of talents that she possessed at the

top level. After showing promise at an early age, Clodagh was called into the Tipp

U-16 squad and helped in no small part to bringing home All-Ireland honours in

2008. At Doon Convent of Mercy, she also received the coveted player of the year

award for her efforts. Away from the footballing fraternity, she was also a talented

musician with a bright future ahead. Her skill levelsand determined efforts earned her a

call onto the Cappawhite Intermediates and she picked up a county medal for good

measure in 2010. Being quick on her feet, having an eye for goal and not afraid to

battle for possession, she broke into the senior club team in 2011 winning a first

county senior medal in the process. However 2012 marked her most telling

contribution yet, in ironing down a permanent position in the no 12 jersey in

Cappawhite’s march to a second successive county senior title at the hands of Brian

Boru’s in Bansha last September.

Her bubbly personality, heart-warming smile and enthusiasm lit up the dressing room.

On the playing fields, she always performed at her best. Those that played with her

always fed off her positive attitude and unique attacking style while those that were

lucky enough to see her footballing talents coming to the fore have inscribed endless

memories that will never be forgotten. “Our football family has lost one of its brightest stars. We had great laughs on

the training pitch & fantastic days on the C’ship trail. It’s an honour and pleasure to

say we were team mates. Clodagh will always be our number 12” .May she rest in

peace.

(Cappawhite Ladies football Club)