Camogie History

Camogie Club History

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In 1933, camogie was played in the Middlechapel area, under the name ‘The O’Leary Club’ and a club also existed in Maudabawn.The O’Leary club was formed in May 1933 and Agnes Hennessy was elected Secretary. The players were: Maureen Smith (Capt) Statia Hennessy, Marjorie Carroll, Kathleen Smith, Nuala Smith, Phyllis Smith, Kathleen McCarney, May Reilly, Mollie McQuillan, Mary Ann McMahon, Mollie Mullen, Eileen Connolly, Rosie McNally, Bridie McNally, Elsie Smith, Ellie and Teresa Kelly, Bridie and Eileen McBreen, Kathleen Williams, Bridgie Reilly, Lily Clegg, Doris Lynch, Teresa Kettle, Annie Dixon and Susan Cosgrove.The Maudabawn players were: Agnes McGrath, Minnie Woods, Nan Woods, Maisie Martin, Nellie McIntyre, Annie Keenan, Kathleen McEnroe, Jennie Quinn, Sheila Scully (Capt), Breda Scully, Brigid O’Hare, Bridgie McPhillips, Gretta Daly, Maggie Clarke and Alice Slevin. In August these two clubs played each other in a friendly game with the O’Leary team winning by two goals to no score. Soon afterwards these teams amalgamated to form “The O’Leary Camogie Club, Drumgoon”.
On the last Sunday in October, Drumgoon was narrowly defeated by Cavan Town in the replayed final of Cootehill Aeridheacht.

O’LEARY CAMOGIE CLUB, DRUMGOON

In an effort to unite the parish teams and gain the allegiances of town players home games were played in Celtic Park, Cootehill. However divisions within the parish remained and in 1935 Drumgoon played in the senior grade while Cootehill played in the junior competition. Agnes Hennessy was elected to the position of Vice-Chairperson of the County Board at the Convention and this was the start of her journey of outstanding service to the Camogie Association at all levels, from club right up to Central Council, over the next 15 years.
Her daughter, Statia, was a star player for club and county over many years. Drumgoon continued to play in Cavan competitions until 1938 when it disbanded due to the impending war and the harsh economic times. While Drumgoon had some success in local tournaments during the mid-‘thirties, the club was not a major force in the county domestic competitions.
Their players in these years included Statia Hennessy, Agnes McGrath, Minnie Woods, Vera McCutcheon, Ellen McCutcheon, Margaret Keenan, Nan Keenan, Nan Woods, Jenny and Bridgie Coyle, Elsie Smith, Nan Slevin, Bridgie McPhillips, Jennie Quinn, Brigid O’Hare, Mollie Sherlock, Ethel Gardiner, Anne Taite, Brigid Taite and Kathleen Halton. In the early ‘forties an Ulster camogie final was played in the O’Leary field (Middlechapel area) which was owned by the Kettle family. In 1968 some players from the area started playing for Drung before Drumgoon formed their own club in 1969. The first task was to raise funds and a hop (now disco) was held in the old school (The Kesh) with a four-shilling entry fee. A raffle was also organised which realised £70. This was to keep the club in the black for a considerable time. In 1972 a strong Primary school team was formed in Dernakesh School, with Mrs Mary Daly being the trainer/organiser, ably assisted by her husband Jack.

The school fielded teams from the early ’70’s in county competition. The club won the Junior league and Senior championship in 1973. They defeated neighbours Knockbride in the Junior ‘A’ League final, and won the Senior championship by defeating Kill in the final. The senior team was: Una Shalvey, Ena Shalvey, Carmel Shalvey, Marie Clerkin, Lucia Shalvey, Joan Shalvey, Margaret King, Eileen Keenan, Mary McCabe, Mary Hillis, Rosaleen McQuaid, Margaret Shalvey and Marion Shalvey. Drumgoon won their first Senior camogie league title when they overcame the holders, Castletara in the final played at Breffni Park, to complete the first leg of the Senior double in 1974.
Drumgoon also retained their Senior championship crown defeating the same opposition. The senior panel was: Ena Shalvey, Marion Shalvey, Lucia Shalvey, Joan Shalvey, Carmel Shalvey, Margaret King, Una Shalvey, Eileen Keenan, Mary Hillis, Mary McCabe, Margaret Hand, Margaret Shalvey, Ann McCabe, Bernie King and Joan Gibson. Drumgoon lost to Ballymachugh in the final of the Junior Championship. The team was: Monica Shalvey, Margaret Hand, Anne McGorry, Nancy Reilly, Eileen Keenan, Bernie King, Pauline Shalvey, Geraldine Hand, Brenda Shalvey, Jodie Farrell, Una Shalvey and Maeve McManus.

The club joined with neighbours, Kill and they won their first Minor county championship when they defeated Castletara in the final. The Drumgoon/Kill panel was as follows: Eileen Keenan, Ursula Maguire, Lucia Shalvey, Marie McCabe, Deirdre Coyle, Brenda Shalvey, Mary McEnroe, Marie McGorry, Mary Hillis, Roseann Hillis, Carmel Hand, Caroline Lee, Margaret Shalvey and Anne Reburn In 1975, Drumgoon reached the Senior League final, which was played in Breffni Park. Once again, they were victorious and retained the title they first won the previous year. The panel was: Pauline Shalvey, Carmel Hand, Maeve McManus, Brenda Shalvey, Anne McGorry, Joan Garraghan, Bridie O’Hare, Anne Reburn, Mary O’Brien, Marie McGorry, Geraldine Clarke, Bernie King, Mary Hillis, Bernadette O’Hare, Marion Shalvey and Breege Reburn.
The Novice team also reached the county Championship final at Breffni Park and once again victory was achieved. The panel was: Mary O’Brien, Marie McGorry, Geraldine Clarke, Bernie King, Roseann Hillis, Geraldine Hand, Patricia Reburn, Bridie O’Hare, Pauline Shalvey, Carmel Hand, Maeve McManus, Breege Reburn, Brenda Shalvey, Anne McGorry, Joan Carragher, Bernadette O’Hare and Anne Reburn. 1976 saw Drumgoon secure their second Senior League and Championship double in three years when they defeated Ballymachugh and Knockbride respectively to record the ‘double’. The winning panel was: Una McCabe, Ena Shalvey, Margaret Shalvey, Lucia Shalvey, Carmel Shalvey, Margaret King, Joan Gibson, Marion Shalvey, Mary Hillis, Mary McCabe, Marie McGorry, Josephine Farrell, Eileen Keenan, Bernie King and Margaret Hand. The Junior side also reached the League final, but lost to neighbours and fellow parishioners, Cootehill.
1977 saw no titles coming to Drumgoon, but they did reach both the Senior Championship and League finals. Drumgoon came bouncing back in 1978 after their defeats the previous year, when they regained the Senior League title at the expense of a young Cootehill side. The team was: Bernie King, Ena Shalvey, Margaret Shalvey, Carmel Shalvey, Anne McGorry, Lucia Shalvey, Margaret King, Marion Foy, Mary Hillis, Mary McCabe, Marie McGorry and Carmel Hand. Drumgoon retained the Cavan Senior camogie league title in 1979 when they had a one-point victory over Templeport in a thrilling final played at Virginia on Sunday, 27 July.

The panel was: Marie Cahill, Ena Shalvey, Margaret Shalvey, Lucia Shalvey, Carmel Shalvey, Margaret King, Marie McGorry, Joan Gibson, Mary Hillis, Mary McCabe, Pauline Shalvey, Marion Foy, Maeve McManus and Ann McGorry. In the early ‘eighties Drumgoon struggled to compete with younger teams before a decision was made to disband the adult section of the club and concentrate on the local Primary school teams. In 1983, the Dernakesh girls triumphed in glory as they won the county Primary Schools title. The panel was: Michelle McCluskey, Fidelma McManus, Colette Markey, Veronica Lee, Fiona O’Brien, Moira McQuaid, Louise Bannon, Carmel McCabe (Capt), Margaret Fox, Martina Boylan, Margaret O’Reilly, Carmel O’Reilly, Jane Power, Margaret Bannon, Aisling Fitzpatrick and Bernadette McDonnell. Dernakesh Primary School had many more successes down the years, winning the Benny Hannigan Memorial Shield on a number of occasions as well as winning the JJ Crossan cup for many years (this was a local tournament organised by the local club).
In 1989 Dernakesh School was defeated by Lacken in the Hannigan Shield final. The panel was: Theresa Heerey, Rachel Gaffney, Rosemarie McCabe, Roisin Keenan, Aoife Maguire, Derbhla O’Toole, Finnuala Dowd, Jean Gibson, Aisling McDermott, Fiona McCabe, Nicola Shalvey, Joanne McCabe, Roslind McQuaid, Louise and Lorraine Gaffney. Drumgoon adult section was back in action in 1992 when the club affiliated Intermediate and Novice teams, and four years later in 1996 the club bridged a seventeen year gap, when they defeated Ramor in the final of the Novice ‘A’ League at Bailieborough. The panel was: Caroline Shalvey, Eadaoin Farrell, Lucia Smith, Denise Clarke, Roisin Keenan, Jean Gibson, Margaret McBride, Carol Boylan, Nicola Shalvey (Capt), Aisling McDermott, Irene McCabe, Maria Clarke and Michelle McCluskey. In 1997, Drumgoon were promoted to Junior ranks by virtue of their Novice success the previous year, and they reached the championship final, only to lose to Ramor by the narrowest of margins.

In 1998 the club won the county Intermediate League and Championship double. The Drumgoon side was: Caroline Shalvey, Margaret McBride, Louise Smith (Capt), Martina Sullivan, Niamh Smith, Jean Gibson, Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Nicola Shalvey, Marian Clarke, Nicola Clegg, Carol Boylan, Caitriona Lennon and Aisling McDermott. The club entered a team for the Novice ‘A’ League in 1999 and they reached the final where they met Laragh and after a hard battle Drumgoon were worthy winners.
The year 2000 saw Drumgoon defeat Lurgan in the Intermediate league final with the following panel: Catherine Smith, Roisin Keenan, Anne Marie Bannon, Angela Black, Nicola Shalvey, Catriona Lennon, Aisling McDermott, Fiona Smith, Joanne McCabe, Margaret McDermott, Angela Smith, Sabrina Shalvey, Carol Boylan, Caroline Shalvey (capt.), Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Margaret McBride, Catherine McBride and Nicola Clegg. Aidan Fitzpatrick was the team coach.

Drumgoon reached the 2001 Senior League final, but they were defeated by Lacken. Dernakesh was also defeated by Bruskey in the Cumann na mBunscol final. The panel managed by Nora Connolly was: Niamh Farrell, Karen Kelly, Sinead McDonald, Marie Carragher, Siobhan McGorry, Mary Fitzpatrick, Marie Kelly, Niamh McDermott, Siobhan Smith, Lorna Lavery, Grainne Boyle, Cora McBride, Gillian Kettle, Aisling Mulligan, Doireann Farrell, Kathryn O’Brien, Cliona Farrell, Bridget Markey, Nuala Mulligan and Claire Smith. Drumgoon were back on the winning honours list in 2004 when they won the county Junior double, League and Championship; the club Minor (Under-16) team also reached the County ‘B’ final where they were defeated by Crosserlough.
The Junior panel of players was: Caroline Shalvey, Louise Smith, Jean Gibson, Catherine McBride, Siobhan McGorry, Nicola Shalvey, Leanne Brady, Pamela Crowe, Irene McCabe (Capt), Angela Black, Maria Clarke, Margaret McBride, Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Sarah McCabe, Fiona Murray, Aisling McDermott, Niamh Farrell and Doireann Farrell.
The Minor panel in 2004 was: Anita McKetterick, Niamh Farrell, Cora McBride, Carmel McBride, Siobhan Smith, Bridget Markey, Siobhan McGorry, Sarah McCabe, Aisling Mulligan, Doireann Farrell, Fiona Murray, Marie Kelly and Laura Shalvey.

From 2004 to 2008 Drumgoon have participated in the Senior grade and no further county titles have come their way. Drumgoon was beaten in the Senior ‘B’ final in 2007 with the following panel: Catriona Lennon, Laura Shalvey, Irene McCabe, Caroline Shalvey, Carol Boylan, Aisling McDermott, Louise Smith, Carmel McBride, Kathryn McBride, Deirdre Dolan, Sabrina Shalvey, Emer O’Hea, Margaret McBride, Leanne Brady, Maria Clarke, Theresa Clerkin, Jean Gibson, Anita McKitterick, Nicola Clegg and Cora McBride