Liberty Gaels Set to Continue Their Camogie Revival in New York/New Jersey
New York, February 25, 2016 -- 2015 marked the fulfillment of the clearly visible void of adult Camogie in the New York/New Jersey region. The Hoboken Guards Camogie Club led the resurgence of adult Camogie in the New York area, experiencing a fairy tale ending, when the Senior team won the North American Championship, the Junior team won the North American Shield, and the success of their revival was featured in the New York Times - all in year one.
Starting its first season with just a handful of girls, and ending it with over 50 registered players illustrates how hard this new club has strived to raise the profile of the still relatively unexplored sport of Camogie in New York, but also throughout North America.
“While we remain a very youthful club, during 2016 we want to build on our current momentum and success,” explained Jane McCooey, Club Founder and Chairperson. The Club has therefore decided to become an independent Camogie Club and change its name from Hoboken Guards (which was linked to a New York GAA Hurling team, and thus operates under a different county board) to Liberty Gaels, in the hope of ensuring the longevity and sustainability of adult Camogie in New York and New Jersey after 20 years of stark absence.
“Camogie has something very important to offer the New York and New Jersey region,” added McCooey. In collaboration with the North American County Board, Liberty Gaels Camogs hope to build on their inaugural accomplishments, and will strive to further enhance the vibrancy of Camogie in New York and New Jersey’s Irish-American community.
Liberty Gaels 2016 Board -- Chairperson, Jane McCooey (Armagh); Vice Chairperson, Laura Brennan (Down); Treasurer: Niamh Tierney (Galway); Vice-Treasurer, Sarah Flavin (Limerick); Secretary, Orla Harty (Kilkenny); Registrar, Emily Mullan (Derry); PRO, C.J. Leonard (Philadelphia); Sponsorship Officer, Meabh McDaid (Derry); Development & Youth Officer, Aisling Daly (Offaly) - Board is pictured below.
The Liberty Gaels train each Tuesday evening at 8.15 p.m. in 1600 Park Avenue, Hoboken. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.