Jacinta feted for great work

Published 13/02/2016 | 00:00

Jacinta Roche (second from right) with her children, Cathal and Meghan, after receiving her volunteer of the year award from Ailish Whitty (County Board Chairperson)
Jacinta Roche (second from right) with her children, Cathal and Meghan, after receiving her volunteer of the year award from Ailish Whitty (County Board Chairperson)

One of the hardest-working camogie officials in the county was rewarded for her efforts on Monday of last week when Jacinta Roche collected the volunteer of the year award at a County Board meeting in the IFA Centre, Enniscorthy.

Jacinta fulfilled the role of Chairperson of the Marshalstown club for several years up until 2013. During this time, she was the driving force behind the running of the club, and on many occasions she went above and beyond the norm to ensure it operated effectively and smoothly.

Jacinta even stepped in and fulfilled the role of Treasurer when the need arose, and she has been vitally important in the organisation of fundraising activities.

She was also behind the setting up of the shop in the G.A.A. pitch which continues to serve much-wanted tea, coffee and refreshments to those who attend training and matches in Farmleigh.

Jacinta also helps out on any occasion and can be actively seen directing cars to park, taking money at the gate, while also managing the bookings for the three pitches in the club. She always has the clubhouse and dressing-rooms in top shape and well stocked with necessities.

Her nominees from Marshalstown are in no doubt that without Jacinta's continued commitment and dedication, the club would cease to run as effectively as it does. Much of Jacinta's work may be unseen for those not closely involved with the club, but it is incredible how she balances this with raising four sports-mad children.

Jacinta is always on hand for Marshalstown camogie and G.A.A. clubs and also camogie at county level. She is vital to the organisation and management of the clubs. The time and dedication she has given is second to none and extremely valuable, and she has now received some deserved recognition for this work.

Congratulations to the coaches from throughout the county who completed their Level 1 course in Hollymount on Saturday. A huge word of thanks to Joe Roche (Development Officer) for organising the course and to Noel McSweeney (main tutor) and also to Patrick Mullaney and Ailish Whitty who tutored as well.

The foundation course, 'Cáman Get a Grip', will take place ‪on Saturday, February 27.‬

Clubs are encouraged to send forward names of those who are involved or considering getting involved with camogie teams to complete the course and take the first step on the coaching ladder.‬‬

To book your place on the foundation course, please e-mail the County Secretary at secretary.wexford@camogie.ie or contact the County Development Officer, Joe Roche, on 087-9861366.‬

Wexford camogie would like to extend our commiserations to the Oulart-The Ballagh team and their mentors following their defeat to Milford.

Commiserations are also extended to Loreto Wexford following their defeat to Loreto Kilkenny in the Leinster Junior 'A' final which was played in Bunclody.

On a brighter note, congratulations to Our Lady of Lourdes (Rosbercon) who captured the Leinster Senior 'D' title following victory over Heywood College (Laois) in Fenagh recently. The New Ross girls won on a scoreline of 1-3 to 0-4 and will now face the Ulster winners, St. Louis (Kilkeel) in An Riocht, Kilkeel, on Saturday, February 13 at 2 p.m. Best wishes to them.

Also this weekend, Wexford has numerous players taking part in the Ashbourne, Purcell and Fr. Meachair Cups in Ballyhaunis.

In the Purcell Cup, we have Linda Bolger and Lisa Bolger (both St. Martin's) playing with C.I.T. Maynooth have Anna Whitty (Craanford), Amy Dillon (Rathgarogue-Cushinstown) and Katie Lillis (Blackwater) on their team. Emma Walsh (Glynn-Barntown) will line out with I.T. Carlow.

In the Ashbourne Cup we have Nicole Fortune (Bunclody) with W.I.T. while Katie O'Connor (St. Martin's) and Laura Brennan (Rathnure) are both with U.C.C.

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