Féile na nGael 2012

Monday, July 9, 2012

What a wonderful few days for our under 14 Camogie team, their mentors, families and supporters on the rollercoaster that was the Féile. When Paul accepted the invitation to participate in the Féile back in April we could only have dreamed of reaching the finals. However, a huge amount of hard work and effort was put into bringing us to the Division 4 finals against Clane on Saturday morning at Parnell Park where we finished runners up. Bray Emmets played Fermanagh on Thursday and Naomh Fionnbarra and St Kevins (Louth) on Friday winning all of their games. They then travelled for the semi finals over to Erins Isle grounds in Finglas for a 7pm throw in and put in a huge amount of effort against Castleblayney of Monaghan in what can be only described as atrocious weather conditions. The whole team played heroically in driving rain on a very sodden pitch and battled for the sliotar continuously. Thank you to Michael Dwyers of Wicklow who were participating in the Féile as guests of Erins Isle who clapped us off the pitch. Following the win against Castleblayney the planned BBQ was abandoned and a quick pizza arranged at the clubhouse so as to maximise sleep time for the team and the mentors. A 10.00am throw in at Parnell Park meant leaving Old Conna at 8.15am on the team bus. The girls put all they could into the match but ultimately came up short taking runners up medals. However, back to that phone call and the experience that we all had culminating on Sunday night when all the Féile Hurling and Camogie team finalists were announced by Des Cahill on RTE's The Sunday Game and Bray Emmets were there as Division 4 finalists.

The success of this huge event would not have been possible without the help from many parents and members of Bray Emmets. Thank you to families who hosted the Fermanagh girls and their mentors, and transported them to and from Bray Emmets. On the Thursday and Friday over 100 people were fed each day at the clubhouse, a big thank you to those who prepared hot food and helped out in the chaos in the kitchen. A thank you also for the many homemade cakes, biscuits and donations of food. A number of people who helped on the day acting as officials, stewards, umpires and also attended Féile meetings in Parnell Park on Bray Emmets behalf to whom we are very grateful. A special mention to members of the wider Bray Emmets community who gave help before and during the Féile including Brenda Maloney, Dave Barry, Hugh Connaughton, Ger Conroy, Liam McGraynor, Patrick Wogan and Gerry Morgan. We also appreciated the help and support we received from the under 16 girls, Jessica in the shop and our no.1 supporters Orla, Joe, James and Macdara. It was also great to receive kind words of support over the few days from other clubs including Commercials, our Wicklow neighbours Kilcoole and Michael Dwyers.

The Bray Emmets panel for Féile na nGael 2012 was Ruth Aherne, Tricia Phelan, Amy Barry, Lauren McKenna, Nicola Holland, Aisling Moylan, Meave O' Doherty, Casey O'Brien, Aoife Connaughton, Niamh McCormack, Kellie Gilbert, Clare Holland, Rachel Rice, Ali Byrne, Clare Benville, Molly Fitzgerald, Meadhbh Ni Mhidigh, Liadain Ni Dhunai, Doireann Ni Dhunai, Grace Browne, Olivia McGarry, Olivia Duffy, Vicky Crimmons, Kellie Walters, Eleanor Carroll-Hayes and Clare Faherty.

The mentors were Paul Sweeney, Seamus Phelan, Rory McGarry and Anne Carroll.