Bord Gáis Networks and Cork Camogie County Board have announced the recipients of the inaugural Cork Camogie Hall of Fame Award which took place today (Thursday, 2 June 2011), at a celebratory event in the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork.
The four recipients of the Cork Camogie Hall of Fame Award 2011 are:
Betty Sugrue (Midfield). Betty played club camogie for South Pres Past Pupils Club and has four All Ireland senior medals from 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1973. She also captained Cork in 1971 for their All Ireland win against Wexford.
Pat Moloney-Lenihan (Midfield & Forward). Pat played club camogie with Killeagh and has seven All Ireland senior medals from 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1978, 1980 and 1982. Pat captained Cork in victory against Dublin in 1982.
Marie Costine O’Donovan (Full Back). Marie played with both Cloyne and Killeagh Clubs and has 5 All Ireland senior medals from 1970, 1970, 1972, 1973 and 1978. Marie captained Cork in 1973. Marie is also one of the four Cork Players that features on the ‘Team of the Century’.
Marion McCarthy (Outfield and Goal). Marian played club camogie for South Pres Past Pupils Club and Eire Óg. She has 8 All Ireland winning medals from 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973 as an outfield player and from1978, 1980, 1982 and 1983 as a goalkeeper.
John Barry, Managing Director of Bord Gáis Networks, said: “We are delighted to honour four of Cork’s Camogie legends here today in what I think is a long overdue recognition of their dedication and contribution to the sport throughout the years. This year, Bord Gáis Networks introduced a programme for ‘Fuelling Cork’s Camogie Passion’ which aims to promote the sport across the county and gave current and former players the opportunity to celebrate this great sport. The introduction of the Cork Camogie Hall of Fame Award is part of this programme and does very well in establishing a process where we look back and remember great camogie moments and players for Cork. It also gives our County the opportunity to show its appreciation for the tremendous contribution to the sport of former players. I would like to congratulate to Betty, Pat, Marie and Marian on their awards which are truly well deserved.”
Commenting on the Awards, Marion McCarthy, Chairperson, Cork Camogie County Board said ‘Cork Camogie County Board is proud to host this event process with Bord Gáis Networks. Cork Camogie is privileged to have many great sporting days to look back on, all of which are etched in the history of camogie by such great players as those honoured here today. The Hall of Fame Awards honouring former players will be a regular feature going forward in the sports award calendar in Cork affording us the annual opportunity to publicly honour camogie legends of former playing years’.