About Us

A long-term dream of current Club Chairperson, Tara Brereton, Banríon Gaels Camogie Club was officially formed in September 2013. After much research with camogie enthusiasts Patrick Mullaney and Stephen Hoary and technical advice from the Camogie Association, Banríon Gaels Camogie Club became a reality. The practical side is testament to the huge amount of time and effort that committee members past and present invested in establishing the club. That first committee was made up mostly of family, extended family and a few friends of the founders.

 

In the early days a training programme facilitated by Laois County player Olga Parkinson in Killenard National school in October 2013 and ongoing training in Presentation Primary School, Portarlington, generated huge interest. This was quickly followed by a 'Come and Try it' five-week programme where children from Portarlington, Killenard, Emo and surrounding areas were invited to come and play hurling and camogie for five weeks. The interest was overwhelming with 146 children turning up for the first day in Portarlington GAA Centre. The level of interest carried throughout the five weeks and the decision was taken to proceed with the commencement of official training in Mid-January 2014. Today as we enter our fifth official year as a fully-fledged camogie club, we have 120 registered members.

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