KILMURRY-Ibrickane ladies will play hosts to 26 teams for the third annual All Ireland U-16 Club 7s on Saturday. Games will be hosted in Kilmurry’s GAA field in Quilty, Hennessy Memorial Park, Miltown Malbay and Mullagh Community Sports Field.
The club was inspired to establish the competition ,when their U-14s participated in the Kilmacud Crokes All-Ireland 7s in 2012. Since then, Kilmacud Crokes have given Kilmurry the benefit of their knowledge and will take part again on Sunday.
Therese Doohan is the Kilmurry-Ibrickane 7s co-ordinator and outlined why the club established this tournament three years ago. “We started this event to help to ensure the continued participation of ladies in clubs nationally and to help stop the fall off, of girls aged 15 upwards playing this wonderful sport. This All-Ireland is a huge opportunity for the girls to meet and befriend girls from all over Ireland and for management to pass on ideas, experiences and knowledge of what works in their clubs,” Therese explained.
The club has already hosted and co-ordinated the 7s tournaments in 2013 and 2014. Amongst the ladies football officials to attend and support the event are Pat Quill, former LGFA president,and Munster Ladies Football secretary, Marie Halvey.
“Our ladies club committee has worked tirelessly to make this event a success, while many local, and national businesses have so generously sponsored us, ensuring this tournament continues. We are most indebted to the volunteers who will be giving of their time on the day from umpires, lines persons, pitch co-ordinators, catering committee, administration staff, general dogs bodies and our own stadium manager,” Therese said.
Amongst the Clare referees officiating will be Niamh O’Dea, Shauna Harvey, Catriona Davenport, Aoife Murphy, Michael Talty, Paul Hickey, John Brew, Tony Henchy, Mick Fitzgerald, Michael Bohannon and Seán Ryan. Maurice Mulchay, Mike Duffy, Gene Buckley, Ian O’Brien and James O’Brien will travel from Cork to referee, as will Kerry referee, Seamus Mulvihil.
Therese also highlighted the co-operation of the St Joseph’s, Miltown and Kilmhil GAA clubs. “We are anticipating a large influx of people to the area for this weekend with 26 teams, their mentors and supporters, which will be very beneficial to the local economy. We are also looking forward to welcoming the LGFA president Marie Hickey; MLGFA delegates and Clare Ladies County Board representatives,” she concluded.