Bluffers guide to Camogie All Irelands

With both Games over the Seniors winning the O'Duffy Cup, Intermediates winning the Jack McGrath Cup all roads will lead to the homecoming in Earl Inn in Killimordaly. We would like to congratulate all the people involved in getting two teams to Croke Park and we are especially proud of all the Killimordaly people involved and for Lorraine lifting the O'Duffy Cup. The stage is set and the crowds will be waiting for the Senior & Intermediate Girls, Tony and the Management and all the Galway Camogie supporters, 
How to get here
Our Bluffers guide to Killimordalys connection with All Irelands
Lorraine "Mine"
Lorraine Ryan from Knockroe Captains the Seniors (Just in case you were hiding under a Rock), Winner of; Under 10, Under 12, Under 13, Under 18, County League, Connacht League, Junior all Ireland Colleges, Senior Gael Linn (Interprovince), was runner in two All Irelands, on Team of the Championship 2011 and has an All Star in 2011. 
She comes from good hurling stock , she is Daughter of All Ireland Medal winner Pascal, sister of ex County hurler Eanna, Niece of All Ireland winners Aunt Anne(see Below), Uncles John (R.I.P.) and Eanna, Granddaughter Enda Ryan (R.I.P.) Attymon who was picked on Killimordaly's team of the century(1900-2000) along with Dad Pascal and Uncle Eanna. Aunt Dolores also has won an All Ireland with the Presentation Athenry and Uncle Billy also won a county medal in 1986 alongside Pascal, John (R.I.P.) & Eanna(Big Eanna)

Trivia, Lorraine has adopted County Vice Chairman Frank Duane as a second Father!

Laura recieve's Youth All Star
Laura Mitchell is No. 20  on Intermediates. A prodigious underage talent who is still on the road back to recovery from a major knee operation.  At 20 she has won an impressive, club Under 14 , Club Minor, County Intermediate championship 2007, Club Intermediate Connacht Final 2007, Club underage player of the year, Schools junior camogie player of the year, Schools junior girls soccer award, All Ireland Under 16 Championship, All Ireland Intermediate Championship, Gael Linn Intermediate fianl winner (Interprovince), Senior Connacht Final 2009, All Ireland Minor Championship 2010, All Ireland Minor Final Player of the match 2010, was the 2010 Youth All Star and Schools Muiread Meehan Ladies gaelic Sports award 2012. 
Trivia, Laura can do 'Five minute abs' in 3 minutes!

Roisin Callanan in Goals for Intermediates the sister of Senior Colm is a daughter of Mary Daly Cloonshecahill, which one of the Mary Dalys you might ask...The Original one! Her Mother Mary represented Galway at Senior at wing forward and Captained Athenry to a Club All Ireland, her Aunt Kathleen won a Minor All Ireland with Galway, Uncle Chris Daly won County final in goals for Killimordaly 1986 and finally is related to Senior Captain Lorraine Ryan.
Trivia; Roisin can believe its not Butter!

Frank "Rearing to Go"
Frank Duane, a legend on the Field in his own day for Killimordaly hurling club is the Vice Chairman of the County Camogie Board, Sponsor of the Galway Camogie Intermediate Championship, Sponsor of Galwaybayfm Live camogie broadcasts, Unofficial supplier of tae and sandwiches to County camogie teams.
Trivia, Takes in stray Camogie players to work in Duanes Hardware and foodstore and has wife Marys heart broken making sandwiches for training.

Lorraine with Anne and Tony
Anne Forde (Nee Ryan) former Captain of Galway is Aunt to Lorraine Ryan,  showed promise from an early age as Feile na nGael skills winner at 14 and was on the panel of the Last Galway team to win all Ireland Senior. When she 'grew up' Anne was one of the star players for Galway and captained both Galway and her Club Pearses, in fact she captained Pearses to All Ireland Senior Club Glory.  The diminutive forward got a fondness for the Black and White stripes while in Pearse and settled in Tuloughmore with the biggest man she could find in a black and white Jersey. Anne and her Daughters are Lorraines 'biggest' supporters and will lead the vocal charge in Croker.
Trivia; Anne once asked for a Supermacs meal in MacDonalds..and got it!

Sponsors and Captains
Supermacs,  Club Sponsors sponsor both Galway Teams. Supermacs have done more than any other Irish company to promote GAA at both Club and County level. 
Trivia: Supermac and Superman once had a fight, the loser had to wear his underwear outside his trousers!
Tony Ward, while Team Manager of both teams Tony's a Sarsfields man he lives just over the road and can puck a Tony Ward sliotar with one his own hand made Hurleys into Killimordaly from the back door. Tony was the Manager of Galways only Senior winning side in 1996.
Trivia; Tony can do minute rice in 57 seconds!


Earl Inn, Proprietor Frank Daly a great goalie for Killimordaly in his day is an Uncle to Intermediate goalie Roisin Callanan and related to Lorraine Ryan , he sold the dearest Pint in Ireland for a whopping €5200. Frankeen comes from the magical land of 'Clonshe' and some of that magic has transferred onto the Earl Inn where it causes the 'The Craic' to double and as the 'Craic' increases, time slows down. This time phenomenon which defies all laws of physics was seen after Senior Captain Lorraine Ryans 21st when herself and Fiona Gilligan went on a 3 day session...on a Sunday.
Trivia,  Frank can write left handed with both hands!


Other Important points
*Therese Maher AKA the 'Queen' at no 6 with 4 All Stars is widely regarded as the greatest camogie player Galway has ever had and possibly one of the greats of all time nationally. She has won nearly every accolade there is but one, the important one, a senior medal and this All Ireland is her Swan Song.
Trivia, There is no 'ctrl' button on Therese's computer, she is always in control

Galway and Kilkenny meet for the first time in a Senior Camogie All Ireland.
This is Galways 3rd All Ireland in a row, loosing out on the last two.
Kilkenny have not won a final since 1994 and last appeared in 2009.
Kilkenny have beaten Galway already this year.
Galway Intermediates lost by 4pts to Limerick in the League already this year.
Teams 

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