Camogie - History

The was a vacuum for a Senior camogie team by 2015, not only in northern Britain, but in Britain as a whole. There were three teams playing out of London and any other new teams to play at this grade were welcome. Enter 'Shire Gaels',  This was an amalgamation of teams consisting of Wolfe Tones, Liverpool; Fullen Gaels, Manchester; Erin go Bragh, Birmingham and John Mitchel's Birmingham. This was pushed out of necessity in fact, as the Liverpool Wolfe Tones captured the Junior Championship the year before and were now graded as a Senior club, illegible for Junior, but they simply did not have the numbers.

The Senior League consisted of 4 teams. Shire Gaels played two league games against Tara, London and Croydon, London; as this was a brand new team a lot of the girls did not know each other, so it was quite daunting. Shire Gaels lost both games and got given the points against Fr. Murphy's, London. Their main focus was on Championship however, were they up against a very strong Croydon.

Training was orgainsed and a few combined training sessions for Tones and Fullen camogs to train together either in Manchester or Liverpool, lead by Finnian O Callaghan and Conall Maskey of Fullen. Location wise it was the best they could do, the commitment from the girls to travel to either city for a training was amazing, great dedication. Both Birmingham teams would do the same, John Bergin of Mitchel's kept the Birmingham teams going and his dedication to Shire Gaels was fantastic, for the matches we couldn't have done without him.

The Wolfe Tones were allowed to pick the name of the amalgamated team, it turned out a harder task than people would have thought, so the name "Shire Gaels" was a suggestion from one of the camogs, Lancashire and Warwickshire combined, we went with that! Owen Pavey created a crest that looked the part too.  There were some great players in the team which included Karen O'Leary (FG), Ariane Parcell (EGB), Aileen McParland (LWT), Nuala O Hagan (JM) and Aoife Murphy (JM). 

Shire Gaels beat Croydon in the Senior Semi-Final by 2 points, this was a shock to the country.  They were now up against Tara of London in the final who were going for their 7 in a row. It turned out to be a a great  game of camogie and they had big performances from Caroline Jackson (LWT) and Noelle Devlin (JM); Tara ran out winners however. 

Shire Gaels going forward are hoping and proposing to the camogie county board next year that Shire Gaels should remain, keeping the Junior competition as it is and having this amalgamated "County" team in the senior competition, as it has created so much interest, experience and opportunity for camogie in Britain this year having this extra tea competing and at a high level. 

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