Rosemarie Bermingham says it is a “massive honour and privilege” to be named the new Laois camogie captain. And she is setting her sights on challenging for All Ireland intermediate glory next September.
The Kilcavan native has been named as captain on the back of O’Moore’s historic Laois championship win in 2016. She will begin her reign in tomorrow’s National League Division 2 game away to Wexford.
Although she missed last year’s championship due to her travels around the world, Rosemarie returned to help O’Moore’s and Sarsfields to camogie and ladies football titles in Laois. But she is now one of Laois camogie’s most experienced players having been since 2008.
“It’s a massive honour and privilege for me and my family,” she said when talking to LaoisToday during the week.
“My parents have always been great supporters,” she said. She also added that her brother Michael also has had a massive influence on her career.
“Michael didn’t have any brothers so from a very young age he was encouraging me to play hurling,” she laughs.
“I started playing when I was very young and it was probably his interest that got me into it.”
Rosemarie was full-back on the side that won the All Ireland junior title in 2015 under David Cuddy after they had contested finals in 2013 and 2014.
Last year they went all the way to the intermediate semi-final and, despite a number of seasoned players currently not on the panel, Rosemarie says the squad have very high ambitions.
“There is a very good set up there (under new manager Owen Drennan). We have so much youth on the team that the league will be all about getting experience.
“There are a few us in our mid 20s – the likes of myself, Sarah Anne Fitzgerald and Laura Dunne – and we’ve a lot of players who are just out of minor.
“Last year we were beaten in an All Ireland semi-final and the aim has to be to win it. That’s what the goal is. Offaly went up from junior to intermediate and are now senior and we would love to emulate them.
“We have been hit by a few retirements but I suppose we don’t want to rule them out yet. Some players have carried Laois camogie and have given huge commitment over a lot of years. but we’d love to have them back on board again.”
Division 2 of the league is split into two groups of six teams. Laois will Wexford and Kilkenny’s second teams and the first teams of Derry, Down and Carlow.
Tomorrow’s game against Wexford throws in at 1.30pm in New Ross.