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 1930 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.
Over the years clubs formed and folded in Ferbane, Edenderry, Mucklagh, Ballyskenagh, Ballycomber, Clara and Clareen. By the 2000s there were 10 clubs: Lusmagh, St. Rynaghs, Drumcullen, Birr, Kinnitty, Shinrone, Tullamore, St. Sinchill’s, Kilcormac Killoughey and Naomh Brid (an amalgamation of Ballyskenagh and Coolderry).
In 1998 Offaly won their first Leinster Minor title.
In 1999 Offaly won their first Leinster Junior title, 69 years after appearing in their first final.
In 2001, Shinrone won the Leinster Junior Club title.
In 2001 Offaly won Leinster Junior title
In 2003, Drumcullen won the Leinster Junior Club title, after which the county winners were regraded to Intermidiate level.
In 2005 Offaly won the U16B All-Ireland
In 2006, a new club was set up at Carrig Riverstown GAA club, called St. Cillian’s, serving the areas of Carrig Riverstown and Ballingarry.
In 2008 Offaly won the Leinster Junior title
In 2008 Offaly won the All-Ireland U18B title
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 won the All Ireland Intermediate Championship which meant their upgrade to the Senior Championship. They were captained by Shinrone’s Michaela Morkan and beat Wexford on a scoreline of 2.12 to 2.10.
In 2012 Offaly made it into the All Ireland Senior semi-final
In 2012 Offaly won the u16B All-Ireland
In 2013 Offaly won the U18B All-Ireland
in 2014 St. Brendan’s CS Birr, won the All Ireland Post Primary schools Junior A title
In 2016 Offaly won the Leinster Minor A title and U16A shield title
In 2017, Offaly’s 2nd adult team won the Leinster Junior title
In 2017, St. Cillian’s won Division 2 Leinster Club League title
In 2018, St. Cillian’s won Division 1 Leinster Club League title
In 2018, St. Rynagh’s won the Leinster Club Intermediate title
In 2019, St. Rynagh’s won the Leinster Club Intermediate title and narrowly lost the All-Ireland Final
In 2020 a new club was formed in Edenderry under the One Club Model
In 2021 a new club was set up by Belmont GAA under the One Club Model
Pride & Passion – A history of Offaly Camogie
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