Camogie (in Irish, "camógaíocht") is a Celtic team
sport, organised by the Camogie Association of Ireland, the women's variant of hurling. The rules are almost identical to hurling with a few exceptions. One is that goalkeepers wear the same colours as outfield players and a player in camogie can handpass a score, which is not allowed in the men's game. All games last 60 minutes (senior inter-county hurling games last 70), and dropping the camogie stickto handpass the ball is permitted. The All-Ireland Final is held every year in Croke Parkduring September, usually the week between the hurlingfinal and Gaelic footballfinal. There are two main competitions; the National League which is staged during the winter-spring months and is used as a warm-up to the All-Ireland Championships during the summer.
Counties compete to win the
O'Duffy Cup, awarded to the team that wins the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship. Dublin have won the most Camogie All-Ireland titles with 26, the last being in 1984. Kilkenny hold the record for the most successive Camogie titles with 7 victories between 1985 and 1991, their last title to date was won in 1994.
The champions for 2008 are Cork.
The name "camogie"
hurlingis unique in that it uses a different name for the version played by men and women. The reason is complicated: men play using a curved stick called in Irish a "camán". Women would use a shorter stick, called by the diminutive form "camóg". The suffix -"aíocht" was added to both words to give names for the sports: "camánaíocht" (which became "iománaíocht") and "camógaíocht". When the Gaelic Athletic Associationwas founded in 1884 the English-origin name "hurling" was given to the men's game. When an organisation for women was set up in 1904, it was decided to Anglicise the Irish name "camógaíocht" to "camogie".
Team of the Century
Picked in 2004
#Eileen Duffy-O'Mahony (Dublin)
#Liz Neary (Kilkenny)
#Marie Costine-O Donovan (Cork)
#Mary Sinnott-Dinan (Wexford)
#Bridie Martin-Mc Garry (Kilkenny)
#Sandie Fitzgibbon (Cork)
#Margaret O Leary-Leacy (Wexford)
#Mairead McAtamney-Magill (Antrim)
#Linda Mellerick (Cork)
#Sophie Brack (Dublin)
#Kathleen Mills-Hill (Dublin)
#Una O Connor (Dublin)
#Pat Moloney-Lenihan (Cork)
#Deirdre Hughes (Tipperary)
#Angela Downey-Browne (Kilkenny)
Roll Of Honour
All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship
National Senior Camogie League
* [http://www.camogie.ie Camogie.ie] Official Camogie Association Website
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