The earliest records of camogie in Offaly are from the 1930s when there were clubs in Mucklagh, Ballycommon, Ballycumber, Tullamore, Killoughey, Rahan, Lusmagh, Drumcullen and Kinnitty.
Offaly team who took on Wexford in the 1930 Leinster Final
In the mid-1930s Offaly reached the Leinster Final only to be defeated by Wexford by one point. After World War II, the game declined in the county and it was largely through the efforts of Clare-born Mary O’Brien that camogie was re-established in Offaly in the 1970’s.
From 1973-79 Tullamore was the only club in the county and as a result was allowed to play in the Laois Championship which it won in the first year of entering.
The Tullamore Camogie team who won the Laois Championship. Tullamore celebrate their 40th Anniversary this year
By 1979 clubs had been formed in Birr, Drumcullen, Clara and Kilcormac so the Offaly Camogie County Board was reformed and in 1980 senior, junior and minor championships were played.
Although the county has enjoyed little success in provincial championships the emergence of clubs in Coolderry, Shinrone, Lusmagh, Kinnitty, Killeigh, Banagher and Ballycommon has ensured that the game remains on a sure footing in Offaly.
Today there are nine Senior Camogie Teams in Offaly with St Cillian’s poised to make it ten in the near future
In 2009 Offaly created history by winning the county’s first All Ireland Junior Championship which earned them a spot in the Intermediate Champioinship captained by Shinrone’s Marion Crean.
In 2010 Offaly followed up their win in the All Ireland Junior Championship by winning the All Ireland Intermediate Championship which meant their upgrade to the Senior Championship. They were captained by Shinrone’s Michaela Morkan.
In 2012 Offaly made it into the All Ireland Senior semi-final
Pride & Passion – A history of Offaly Camogie
This wonderful book is now available from your club secretaries or by contacting 086 8289321. Cost €15.00