As is the story with many communities steeped in the GAA – family lies at the heart of it all.
This is incredibly apparent in the Laois camogie club championship finals taking place between Camross and O’Moores on Friday, September 21. A total of five sets of sisters will be lining out of both O’Moores and Camross on Friday night.
Burkes, Williams, Fitzgeralds, O’Callaghans, McEvoys, Colliers, Keenans, Mortimers and Cuddys are just some of the families involved in the clash between these two Titans of Laois camogie – as O’Moores and Camross will contest the senior championship final against each other for the sixth year in a row.
Aoife, Sile and Mairead Burke could be considered to be stalwarts of Camross camogie – even though all three sisters are still in their early 20s. Cousin Aisling Burke also lines out for the side who are captained by Olga Parkinson.
Joining them on the Camross team are sisters Sarah-Anne and Clare Fitzgerald while O’Moores also contain three sister acts of their own.
The McEvoys are a quintessential part of the O’Moores team – with Alison and Jenny lining out on the half-back line while captain Emma takes her place in the full-back position.
Emma, Jenny and Alison McEvoy have won a staggering 17 football and camogie county finals, five Leinster club finals, one senior All-Ireland with Laois football, a minor All-Ireland with Laois camogie, three Leinster titles with Laois, two All-Ireland leagues with Laois and one junior Leinster with Laois – between them.
Another bunch of sisters taking to the field for O’Moores and Ruth and Rebecca Williams. Older sister Rachel moved to Abu Dhabi last year and we have no doubt she’ll be keeping an eye on every form of social media to see how her side are getting on.
Lynn and Amy O’Callaghan are also making a welcome return for O’Moores in both the full back and full forward positions.
Camross players and spectators are certainly due to have a busy weekend – Camross intermediate hurlers are out in the IHC final on Saturday night, while their U13s also take to O’Moore Park on the same day at 12.30pm.
Camross senior hurlers play Borris-Kilcotton on Sunday at 3.30pm while their U15 footballers are in a ‘C’ championship semi-final at 11.30am.
O’Moores also have family members involved in both the junior hurling final between Mountmellick and Castletown and the senior ‘A’ semi-finals involving Rosenallis against The Harps and Portlaoise against Clonaslee in Mountrath on Saturday.
However the fixture two these camogie teams will be concerning themselves with first and foremost takes place on Friday, September 21 at 7.00pm.