The aim has been to recognise Ireland’s most dedicated, inspirational and committed camogie coach. Liberty, in partnership with RTE.ie, received a total of 249 nominations from Camogie clubs, players and members of the public from across the country.
They were whittled down to five by a judging panel that included journalist Marie Crowe, former player and now Wexford Hurling coach Mags D’Arcy and Sean Brett from Liberty Insurance.
The five finalists are Charlotte Brenner from de La Salle in Waterford; Cathal Pairceir from Good Counsel in Dublin; Peter Doherty from Edendork in Tyrone; Anne Costello from Bredagh in Belfast; and Aideen McCormack from The Banner club in Ennis, County Clare.
All five finalists will receive new club jerseys, managerial tops and they are now up for a public vote on RTE.ie.
The two clubs with the most votes will take part in a skills challenge at half time of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final in Croke Park on Sunday, September 8th.
The winning club will walk away with €7,000 and the runner-up club will be awarded €3,000 for their club.
“We’re delighted to be one step closer to finding this year’s winner of our ‘Camogie Made Us’ competition in partnership with RTÉ,” said Laura Byrne of Lidl.
“Camogie clubs, players and members of the public around Ireland have nominated the coaches who have had the biggest impact on their lives, on and off the pitch.”
“Our five finalists have all been identified as inspirational figures in their clubs and wider communities. Without individuals like them, our thriving club game would not be possible.”
“We are delighted to support this wonderful initiative by our Championship sponsors Liberty Insurance which not only rewards clubs but will also shine a light on those wonderful coaches who give so generously of their time to help inspire young girls to play and love our sport,” added Camogie Association President Kathleen Woods.
“The opportunity for two clubs to play on the hallowed turf of Croke Park is what any Camogie player dreams of and I look forward to seeing the two lucky teams at our All-Ireland Finals on Sunday, September 8th in what is the pinnacle of the Camogie calendar.”
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