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Monday 23 April 2018

History-making ladies' clubs are honoured with Mayoral Reception

Anna Hayes

Mayor of Wexford, Cllr Jim Moore; Rory Halligan, chairman of St Anne’s Ladies Football Club; Mairead White, team captain; and members of the St Anne’s ladies football team in the Irish National Heritage Park at the mayoral reception for the St Anne’s Senior ladies football champions and the St Martin’s Senior camogie champs
Mayor of Wexford, Cllr Jim Moore; Rory Halligan, chairman of St Anne’s Ladies Football Club; Mairead White, team captain; and members of the St Anne’s ladies football team in the Irish National Heritage Park at the mayoral reception for the St Anne’s Senior ladies football champions and the St Martin’s Senior camogie champs
Mayor of Wexford Jim Moore with Suzie Maddock, chairperson St Martins Camogie Club, and members of the team who won the Senior title last year

Members of the senior camogie county champions and ladies football county champions gathered at the Irish National Heritage Park recently for a Mayoral Reception, held to honour the achievements of the clubs.

St Anne's Ladies Football team won their first Senior title in sensational style back in August of last year, halting Shelmalier's bid for eight titles in a row.

A few months later, it was St Martin's Senior Camogie team's turn, when they overcame Rathnure in October's county final, recording a historic first senior camogie title for the club.

Both clubs went on to compete in Leinster Senior Championships.

Speaking at the reception, Mayor of Wexford Cllr Jim Moore joked that it was significant to get near neighbours St Martin's and St Anne's in the same room and remarked that he had had to consider where might be the most neutral ground for the two clubs! He made presentations to Suzie Maddock, Chairperson of St Martin's and to Rory Halligan, Chairperson of St Anne's.

Cllr Moore said he had taken the opportunity to acknowledge the clubs for their fantastic achievements, saying that for two clubs to record their first titles in the one year was notable.

'They're both vibrant clubs who do so much for young people. They both have a long history of working hard and bringing communities together. And I particularly wanted to acknowledge the ladies' sections of these clubs, and the integral part that they play in their clubs. I thought it was very apt to reflect on that, given that it is 100 years since women received the vote.'

He added that it was vital that they continued to acknowledge the role women played in their respective sports.

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