Cahir Ladies Gaelic football Club are celebrating fifteen years as a club this year and they marked the occassion in style with a competition for clubs from neighbouring counties, last weekend.
The club was founded in 1997 with an U16 team under the guidance of Liam and Mary Shinnick, from that year on the club has progressed immensely. By 1999 the club was participating in U12, U14, U16 and minor competitions. With the work and commitment and dedication from players being put into the club it was only a matter of time before success followed, and in 2000 the U14 team brought the first U14 A County title to the club.
By 2000 the club were participating in all grades - U12, U14, U16, minor, junior and we entered a team in the All Ireland junior sevens competition in Dublin, and reached the semi finals.
In 2004 the U14 team won their County title they also won the Munster Feile competition which was hosted in Limerick that year, and for the first time our U14 team were crowned All Ireland division three Feile champions, that competition was hosted in Tyrone.
In 2006 the junior team won their Junior A title hence promoting them to Intermediate status, thus introducing another grade of football to the club. We have been lucky and successful wining many County titles over the past fifteen years.
In 2008 one of the major highlights of the clubs history was a trip to New York. The girls played football in a tournament in Gaelic Park, New York, they also enjoyed seeing the sights.
The club was recognised in the Ladies Gaelic Football ‘Peil’ magazine in 2008, with a review of 2008 report and photographs in that edition. The club was also recognised in ‘Club Focus’, in the 2010 Peil edition.
Over the years the club has been well represented at County level also, and congratulations to the U16 County Captain Aisling McCarthy and her five club colleagues Emma Buckley, Roisin Howard, Megan Burke, Carol Casey, Keely Halpin and the team manager Anthony Fox, as well as team selector Karl McCarthy, from Cahir, who qualified for the All Ireland U16B final having beaten Kildare in the semi final on Saturday, August 11.
At committee level the club is well represented at provincial and national level also with Liam Shinnick serving as vice president of the Munster Council and also a member of the national fixtures committee. Mary Shinnick is assistant secretary of Munster Council and also a member of the national appeals committee.
Last Saturday, August 11, the club celebrated this great fifteen year history when they hosted an U14 A, B, and C competition with teams from Tipperary, Cork, and Waterford participating on the day.
A very enjoyable day was had by all. There was fantastic football played throughout the competition, the sunshine was welcomed and enjoyed by all which added to the days competition. We would like to thank the three local sponsors who sponsored three lovely cups for the competition John Quirke Jewellers, Cahir, who sponsored the cup for the A final. St. Val’s, Macroom, Co Cork won that competition. Cahir House Hotel sponsored the cup for the B Final and Cahir won that competition. Andrew Fanning Motor Factors sponsored the C final and Moycarkey, Borris won that competition. Congratulations to the winners.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank these sponsors for all their support over the years. Thanks to John O’Donoghue, U12 team manager, for organising the refreshments, thanks to Margaret O’Connor and Tara Armitage for organising the shop, thanks to Mairead McEniry and Edel Ryan who co-ordinated the office, thanks to the referees Keith Delahunty, Gene Buckley, John Cummins, John Murphy, T.J. Heffernan, Michael Heffernan, thanks to the traffic control team under the guidance of Pat O’ Donovan and Ciaran Burke, Larry Walsh. Thanks to pitch co-ordinators Brenda Burke, Liam Halpin, Eamon Noonan, Lorna McEniry, Miriam Hally and Mary Shinnick. Thanks to the nurse Freda Casey, thanks to the lines people Alan O’Connor and Dara Howard. Thanks to Karl McCarthy and Martin Halpin for all their help.
We would like to thank John O’Connor the senior club chairman for all his help and support on the day.
The club is run by a good working committee, who have monthly meetings.
Although success is obviously a positive for any club, winning is not the sole focus of Ladies Football in Cahir, the club provides ladies football with girls from all corners of the parish playing for the club, it provides a team sport for ladies, and participation in sport is very important. The club is not just for the players however, it also gives parents, mentors and supporters a chance to get to know each other and make new friends from the locality. Thanks to all the players, team managements, committee members past and present, parents, supporters and volunteers for all your help and support, and with your continued help and support we can look forward to a good future in the club and hopefully continue to promote and develop Ladies Gaelic Football in Cahir.